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$574,900 Unique Historic Home for sale near Boone NC on the Watauga River

August 10, 2014 by Tom · Leave a Comment 

Most likely this is the most unique  historic property for sale in this area. Operated as the Baird House bed and breakfast since 1998. Recipient of Tripadvisors Certificate of Excellence Award in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Historic home built in the late 1700’s by Ezekiel and Susannah Baird  on approx. 2 private acres on the Watauga River in the historic Valle Crucis community ( ). Oldest home in the county per the Dept of the Interior. The Baird family lived on the property from the 1700’s until the early 1930’s. The surrounding adjacent land is in a land trust preventing future development. Conveniently located 15 minutes from Boone, 25 minutes from Blowing Rock, 25 minutes from Grandfather Mountain,25 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beech Mountain ski resort, Sugar Mountain ski resort & Appalachian ski resorts are within 30 minutes. Close to hiking,skiing, snowboarding,trout fishing, Appalachian State Univ., Lees McCrae College, the Appalachian Trail,white water rafting,horseback riding, the Grandfather Mountain Scottish Highland Games, the Blood/Sweat/Gears Bicycle Race, art galleries & theatre. The home has hand-planed hardwood walls and hardwood floors.  7.5 baths, 7 guest rooms (2 separate buildings ), 2 wood burning fireplaces and 4 gas log fireplaces. Cable tv.Propane & electric heat. Commercial fridge. Porches overlooking the river (the front yard is the Watauga River where there is great trout fishing ). The family cemetary, dating back to 1832, is adjacent. Many productive Black Walnut trees and a productive 130 year old Yellow Transparent apple tree ( June-July fruit ). Firepit. Water is supplied by a well. Septic system. Above ground root cellar. Large kitchen. 2 dining rooms. Large laundry room with large adjacent storage room. 3 rooms with whirlpool tubs. 2 miles from the original Mast General Store. Property has been operated as a bed and breakfast inn ( since April 1998 but***** owners are selling as an unfurnished residence for $649,000**** however if a buyer is interested in purchasing the property as a business with most furnishings including the website   ( wh/ has been online since 1998 ) then this can be negotiated. Buyers could use one of the largest guestrooms, such as Highlander, as owners’ quarters if run as a B & B and have 6 rooms for guests. Buyer could also use the main house as his/her own residence and use the 3 rooms in the Carriage House for B & B purposes.. Approximately 2,800 feet in elevation. Owners’ 3,000 sq. ft. residence was built in 2001 ( 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 person outside hot tub, 2 large living areas, cathedral ceiling, office, etc ) is on a separate adjacent 1 acre lot which can be purchased separately for $325,000. Contact Tom and Deede Hinson at 828-297-4055. Photos on and videos can be seen on YouTube ( Baird House or Baird House B & B ). The pin on the Google map may or may not be correct…see directions on…don’t trust your GPS, Mapquest, Tom Tom, Garmin, etc. to direct you here.  Shown by appointment only. The owners’ email is

2014 Blood,Sweat and Gears Race bed and breakfast

May 2, 2013 by Tom · Leave a Comment 

At 7:30 am Saturday June 28 thousands of bicyclists will pedal away from Valle Crucis on a 100 mile race ( the Blood,Sweat and Gears ), some of the ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, up to Snake Mountain and back to  Valle Crucis. For many years riders have stayed at the Baird House, a Valle Crucis North Carolina bed and breakfast near Boone NC, conveniently located 2 miles from the origin of the race. We serve a large hot breakfast at 6 a.m. to the participants to fuel them for their strenuous day, most of whom ride to the starting gate at the Valle Crucis Elementary school from this Boone area bed and breakfast. Sponsored by Watauga Red Cross.Showers are available. The Baird House B & B is 1.5 miles from the starting point. At this writing we still have some room availability. 1-800-297-1342.

The Lillie Mae bathroom

February 13, 2012 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

The Lillie Mae roomThe Lillie Mae roomIn the description of the Lillie Mae room we say the bathroom is private but separate from the room. To help one understand exactly what this means here are 2 photos…one shows the privacy screen set up.

Baird House Receives TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award

May 27, 2011 by Gary · 2 Comments 

Free music in the Valle Crucis park this summer

May 23, 2011 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

Free Summer music in Valle Crucis Park
Free Summer music in Valle Crucis Park

Beginning Friday May 27th at 7pm the Music in the Valle music series kicks off in Valle Crucis Park behind the Mast Store Annex/Candy Barrel. There’s plenty of free parking and there’s free admission. Bring a blanket, folding chairs, the kids ( or not ), a picnic and some adult beverages then enjoy a time with  great local musicians.

Springtime, Wine and a Barn at a Valle Crucis bed and breakfast

May 5, 2011 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

Barn in wine

Barn in wine

Brenda & Rick were enjoying wine on the Appleview porch. Barb & Tom were walking up to the Baird family cemetary. Brenda’s wine glass was on the railing. Here’s what it looked like.

A Springtime afternoon at a Valle Crucis bed and breakfast

A Springtime afternoon at a Valle Crucis bed and breakfast

The Very Best Blackberry Pound Cake Recipe

May 1, 2011 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

No words can describe how terrifically delicious this cake is…

6 TBSP blackberry juice…1PKG white cake mix…1/2 cup milk…1/4 cup of water…3/4 cup of oil…1-3 OZ blackberry jello…4 eggs at room temperature.

Combine all ingreds. except eggs then add eggs one at a time. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.

Blackbery glaze: 6 TBS. blackberry juice…1 cup of powdered sugar…1/2 cup of softened butter. Mix all ingreds. in oven proof bowl then place in pre-heated oven at 300 degrees for 2 minutes. Spread over cake.

Valle Crucis’ New Website

April 22, 2011 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

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Trout fishing, hiking, playing music, R & R and big breakfasts

April 19, 2011 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

Trout fishing, hiking, playing music and big breakfasts Fishing for trout in our front yard, getting caught in a hailstorm while hiking, playing music on the front porch, taking time for R & R by a waterfall and having lots to eat at each breakfast is what this group of friends did last weekend at the Baird House bed and breakfast.

Merlefest 2011 bed and breakfast

February 6, 2011 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

The Merlefest music festival  will again be held at Wilkes Community College ( Wilkesboro, NC ) April 28, 29, 30 & May 1st. The Doobie Brothers,Robert Plant & Band of Joy ( I saw them recently  in Charlotte…fantastic ) Randy Travis, Lyle Lovett, Doc Watson, John Cowan Band ( amazing ),   Sam Bush and dozens of other musicians will be performing. There are plenty of  fine motels & hotels in the Wilkesboro area but those looking for an historical bed and breakfast( 1790 ) in a quiet, serene riverside location should consider the Baird House bed and breakfast This inn is located in Valle Crucis, elevation 2,850 feet, in the Blue Ridge mountains about 45 minutes from Wilkesboro. Baird House still has a few rooms available. 


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