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2015 Blood,Sweat and Gears Race bed and breakfast

January 5, 2015 by Tom · Leave a Comment 

At 7:30 am Saturday June 27 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.

Watauga River Fishing and a Watauga River Bed and Breakfast

January 5, 2015 by Tom · Leave a Comment 

Watauga River Anglers is located several miles south of Boone on Hwy 105 near the traffic light of Broadstone Road ( where one would turn going to Valle Crucis ). Owner Steve Michel offers flyfishing guide trips on the Watauga River,South Holston,Watauga Tailrace,the New River,North Toe River, the Nolichucky and on private property streams. He offers instruction in casting techniques, he is superbly knowledgable of the current conditions & what the fish are biting and has a pontoon fishing boat for trips to Watauga Lake. Watauga River Anglers has a full retail shop where flyfishing supplies & licenses can be purchased.  All guides are certified with the American Red Cross in adult CPR/AED and first aid. Every guest that we have sent here has returned saying great things about Steve, his staff and the services he provides.  Call Steve for info and rates at 828-963-5463. Stay at the Baird House B&B or at Riverdream Vacation Rental

Watauga River Anglers

Watauga River Anglers

Merlefest 2015 Bed and Breakfast or Vacation Rental House

January 5, 2015 by Tom · Leave a Comment 

The Merlefest music festival  will again be held at Wilkes Community College ( Wilkesboro, NC ) starting  April 23 2015. The Marshall Tucker Band, North Mississippi Allstars ( I saw them a couple of years ago when they opened for Robert Plant & Band of Joy…incredible ), Bela Fleck, The Kruger Brothers and dozens more  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. If you need a vacation rental house that can sleep 10 then we have that…visit but call us directly at 828.297.4055 for discounts ( 3 or4 night minimum).

Watauga River Vacation Home, 5 Bedrooms,3 Baths,Hot tub,Sleeps 10

January 2, 2015 by Tom · Leave a Comment 

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Brought to you by the same family that runs the historic Baird House B&B is in, comes this beautiful riverfront home in peaceful Valle Crucis!
The main level of the home has a great room with a vaulted ceiling. A warm and welcoming atmosphere is promoted from the rich black leather furnishings and a gas log fireplace with a 50” HDTV mounted above it. The fully stocked kitchen has granite counters and everything you would need to create tasty snacks and meals for the entire group, and the hand-painted red dining table is the perfect place to enjoy all your gourmet creations.
One master suite is to the left of the great room, with a King bed and TV and a private bathroom with a shower. There is another bedroom next to it, with a set of Twin bunk beds. To the right of the great room is a bathroom and two bedrooms, each with a Queen bed. A tree theme runs through the décor of each room, manifested in a unique way in each bedroom.
Downstairs is another family room, with a leather sectional sofa arranged around a bookshelf with an HDTV and an air hockey table behind it. There is a second master suite on this floor, with a King bed and private bathroom, as well as a laundry room.
Outside on the lower level patio, the large hot tub waits for you. The main level deck, stretching across the entire front of the home and overlooking the river, has a swing as well as a set of chairs and table. A large gently sloping yard leads from the home down to the Watauga River across the street. Enjoy smores and hot dog roasts in the firepit by the river.
Enjoy over 175 feet of private frontage on the Watauga River, one of the oldest rivers in the country and known throughout the region for its wonderful fly fishing. It’s shallow and gentle enough so young children can splash and play, and after a heavy rain you can take a leisurely 2-hour tube trip down from an access point close to the Mast General Store.
The home is conveniently located in the peaceful and picturesque community of Valle Crucis, next door to the historic Baird House Bed & Breakfast and just 5 minutes away form the Original Mast General Store and the Valle Crucis Community Park. Boone and all it has to offer is only about 10 minutes away, and the towns of Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, both home to great skiing, shopping, and dining are only about 20 minutes away. Come experience your own Riverdream today! Call Deede  & Tom at 828.297.4055

$574,900 Historic Home or Bed & Breakfast 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 Western North Carolina. Operated as the Baird House bed and breakfast since 1998. Recipient of Tripadvisors Certificate of Excellence Award in 2011, 2012 and 2014. # 1 bed and breakfast on Tripadvisor.  Historic home built in the late 1700’s by Ezekiel and Susannah Baird  on approx. 2 private acres on the Watauga River.. 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, snow tubing , 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. 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 ).  Many productive Black Walnut trees and a productive 140 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 $574,900**** 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 ) the price is  $674,900 . Buyers could use one of the largest guestrooms, such as Highlander, as owners’ quarters ( as current owners are doing now ) 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 $359,000 FULLY FURNISHED which is now a vacation rental house ( . 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  Shown by appointment only. The owners’ email is

The Lillie Mae bathroom

February 13, 2012 by Tom · 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.

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.

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.

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