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NC Skiing

December 23, 2010 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

Winter started early in December and we’ve already had about 19 inches of fresh snow during the last several weeks. Christmas is promising to be a “white” one with several more inches expected. This is great for skiers, snowboarders, snow tubers and anyone who enjoys seeing and being in the white stuff. We’re fortunate to be close to Ski Beech ( 14 slopes are open with a 40-70 inch base ), Sugar Mountain ( 15 slopes open with a 38-72 in. base and 5 700 foot tubing lanes are open plus ice skating ), Appalachian Ski resort ( 12 slopes open with a 57-85 in. base plus ice skating ). Hawksnest Resort boasts a 20 lane tubing park with lanes up to 1,000 feet long ! These resorts are a 30 minute drive from our inn except for Beech Mountain which is about 40 minutes away. Whatever your favorite snow activity is there’s plenty of action nearby.

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Bed & Breakfast Gift Certificates

December 8, 2010 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

We offer gift certificates based on a dollar amount or based upon a nightly rate. These may be perfect as a Christmas gift, for an anniversary, birthday, wedding present or just as a thoughtful way of telling someone “thank you” for their help or for showing them your appreciation. For more details call us at 800.297.1342 or email us at

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Boone NC Fly Fishing

June 8, 2010 by Gary · 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. Hours of operation are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily ( closed Wednesday & open holiday weekend Sundays but guide trips can be arranged for anyday of the week). 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.

Watauga River Anglers

Watauga River Anglers

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Huge snowfall excites skiers

December 22, 2009 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

Last weekend 12 inches to 24 inches of snow fell ( depending on one’s elevation )over the High Country, a huge launch to this winter’s ski and snow tubing season. Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Appalachian Ski Resort ( near Blowing Rock ) are now in full swing. Sugar & Appalachian are 30 minutes from the Baird House bed and breakfast inn. Hawksnest, located in Seven Devils, has the longest snow tubing park on the East Coast and is 25 minutes from the Baird House. According to a local reputable weather forecaster Valle Crucis and surrounding area will have more snow this year than last year with projections of upwards of 90 inches. The town of Boone is a short 15 minute drive from the inn. A common question people ask is ,” do we need a four wheel drive vehicle ?” and the answer is “not really” . Since tourism is the #1 industry here the county does an excellent job of cleaning the roads.
Make your plans now to visit our beautiful area !

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Frequently Asked Questions and their Answers

May 19, 2009 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

How close are you to Blowing Rock, Grandfather Mountain and/or the Blue Ridge Parkway? 25 minutes.

How close are you to Boone and Appalachian State University? 15 minutes.

How close are you to Asheville & the Biltmore House? 2 hours.

How close are you to major airports? 2 hours to Charlotte & Asheville airports, an hour and 15 minutes to Tri-Cities Airport ( Bristol/ Johnson City/Kingsport ), 2.5 hours to Greensboro and about 3.5 hours to Raleigh.

Is your front yard REALLY along the banks of the Watauga River? IT SURE IS :) See the video & photos on this website.

If I wanted to flyfish in the river where could I do that ? In our front yard. Catch and release. You can purchase a fishing license at the Mast General Store just 2 miles from the Baird House.

Is there land for sale in Valle Crucis? Yes and we have a beautiful 8/10 of an acre lot for sale with a spectacular view of St. John’s Church and the river.

If we wanted to play golf is there a course nearby? Yes, the Boone Golf course is 20 minutes away. We have repeat guests from Ireland who play it every year at least twice.

How close to the inn are there waterfalls where we can hike ? 3.3 miles from us is the Valle Crucis Conference Center where you can park and walk to the falls, a 15-20 minute easy to moderate hike. Linville Falls is a 45 minute drive from us.

Where could we have a picnic ? There is a large, somewhat flat, rock on our property by the river’s edge where many people have enjoyed a picnic. 2 other places nearby are the Valle Crucis Park ( 4 minutes from us ) and by the creek at the AppleBarn ( 3 miles away ) below the Valle Crucis Conference Center. Creekside Deli, a great place to eat lunch or to buy a lunch to go, is a 4 minute drive from us.

Do you serve dinner at the Baird House? No however we can recommend some great restaurants, one is only a 4 minute drive from the Baird House.

I see that your check in time is from 3pm until 9pm; can we arrange for an earlier or later check in time? Most of the time our answer is “yes” depending on a number of factors. We’ll do our very best to accomodate your needs.