Featured Vacation RentalShady Grove - Secluded Log Cabin with Fire Pit and Hot Tub Minutes from Harrahs Cherokee Casino
Property Code: Morning Sun Retreat
Morning Sun Retreat -- Gorgeous All-Wood Cabin with Wi-Fi, Jetted Tub, Fire Pit and More!
Available to Reserve Online 24/7
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 4-7, Not Pet Friendly, Not Motorcycle Accessible
Near Bryson City – You’ll Love Morning Sun Retreat! Savor peace and quiet at Morning Sun Retreat as you breathe in the fresh mountain air. See the mountains peaking through the trees providing wooded seclusion plus a view of the Great Smokys. Let your spirit feel restored at Morning Sun Retreat.
Morning Sun Retreat is a well-appointed log cabin. As you open the front door you will find the soaring cathedral ceiling, huge clerestory windows, and the glowing wood interior.
The open great room includes a living room with a flat panel HD 42 inch TV, a dining room with a large solid wood table, and a modern kitchen. The windows will surround you as you relax on the cozy sofa or in the lounge chair.
Relax in the upstairs loft with a futon, desk, and TV. Past the loft, the master suite has a Queen size bed, a book nook, plus a spacious bathroom with a jetted bath tub.
Downstairs you’ll find the second bedroom with an adjacent bathroom and the third bedroom with a bunk bed of a twin over a full.
Outside you can play ball or throw a Frisbee in the flat, grassy back yard, or you can toast marshmallows over the fire pit. Take in the mountain serenity from the rocking chairs on the porch. Two large boulders, keepsakes from the original site, frame the green landscape.
Morning Sun Retreat is convenient to adventure: the cabin is just minutes to the Nantahala River with kayaking and canoeing, Fontana Lake, tubing at Deep Creek, biking at the Tsali Recreation Area, Harrahs' Cherokee Casino, and fishing on the Oconaluftee River.
Morning Sun Retreat, however, has so many great amenities, you may not want to leave the cabin!
Families with kids will love how kid friendly Morning Sun Retreat is! The cabin is equipped with Board Games, a High Chair/Booster Chair, a Stroller, a Portable Crib, Toys and Children’s Books, plus a large and flat grassy yard perfect for enjoying a game of tag.
General Amenities: Central AC & Heat, Ceiling Fans, Electric Fireplace, Satellite TV, DVD Player, Internet Access, Covered Porch, Deck, Outdoor Furniture, Gas Grill, Security System, Fire Pit, Xbox 360 Kinect, Table Top Air Hockey
Kitchen: Stainless Appliances - Refrigerator, Ice Maker, Electric Range & Oven, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Toaster, Dishwasher, Washer/Dryer
3 Bedrooms & 2 Baths: The upstairs private master suite has a queen-size bed, a book nook and a private bath with jetted tub. The loft area, also upstairs, has a futon, desk and TV. The second bedroom on the main floor has a queen-size bed. The main floor has a full bathroom. The third bedroom has a bunk bed of two twin beds.
Pet Friendly - No
Motorcycle Accessible - No
Maximum capacity of up to 7 is based on county guidelines.
Available to Reserve Online 24/7
Rental Rates and Seasons: (USD)
* Rates are subject to change without notice. Pricing excludes taxes, additional options and fees.
See What Past Guests of Morning Sun Retreat Have Said:
July 3-8, 2013 The Wagners
We had a wonderful 4th of July long weekend, reconnecting with family! In spite of the dreary weather. We managed to enjoy walking along the Nantahala River, two camp fires here at the cabin, white water rafting (a great ride since the water was very high cause of the rain), hiking at the deep creek loop trail and seeing the waterfalls. We also enjoyed sitting on the porch and talking. The cabin was just what we expected and a great place for us to reunite.
June 26-29, 2013 The Tinker Family
Our family of 5 loved staying in the cabin on our way to Michigan. Lots of fun adventures and a great place to call "home base" Maybe this will become an annual tradition!
June 23, 2013 The Close and Albrecht Families
We loved the cabin. We has a great 3 days!
- April 19-23/2013 - The Hammond Family
We had a wonderful time here and most definitely plan on returning.
- March 22-24/2013 - The Hagin Family
Thank you for a beautiful relaxing weekend. Wish we could have stayed longer.
- March 16-18/2013 -
Dot and clan stayed here. We really enjoyed the peace and solititude. The weather was beautiful. We took in the sites, first going fishing at Cooper Creek Trout Pond. We came back to the cabin and cooked the trout. The next day we went to Nantahala to do some whitewater rafting. The weekend was a happy and fun time.
- February 1-3, 2013 - Clemson University Cycling Team
We stayed here for a very memorable weekend. On our first ride it started snowing and we made our way back to the cabin in 2" of snow. A total of 8" would fall over the weekend, cancelling our Sunday ride. We still had a great time.
- December 9, 2012 - Brian, Tammy, Callie Bree and Dixon L. with Hannah B. and Morgan K.:
This was our second time staying here. The last time we were here my little girl was two and now she is four and our little boy is two. We brought our best friends with us this time! Both times we came to ride the Polar Express! We had a blast both times. We really enjoyed the fire pit; the kids loved roasting marshmallows. The cabin has such a home feel. Thanks for letting us have the experience. We can’t wait to return again.
- September 21-23, 2012 - The E.s, Knoxville, TN:
My husband, son and I enjoyed our stay here at the Morning Sun Retreat. We loved the fact that the cabin is kid-friendly with the crib, highchair and books. We also enjoyed running around outside and the view of the mountains. Thank you for sharing your cabin so we could have a relaxing time while visiting the mountains.
- September 12-13, 2012 - Rob O. and Cayenne E., Las Vegas, NV:
Woke up to find the hollow below the cabin filled with fog. Watched the sun come up over the mountain ridge from the front porch and our minds went slack—letting all the knots and tension of busy city life slip away. Such a calm and wonderful place to spend a few days.
- September 7-9, 2012 - Jim, Tammy and Jordan S., Christian, Jessica and Stella H.
Kinards, SC and Cameron NC:
Wow! The Morning Sun Retreat is a slice of heaven on earth. The cabin is beautiful and the views from the deck are stunning. We enjoyed visiting the shops in Bryson City and relaxing in the cabin watching college football games. The grill and spending time around the firepit with our family brought a warm, cozy end to a wonderful day.
The cabin is beautifully decorated and well stocked which allowed us to get away from it all but still feel like we were enjoying all the comforts of home.
Thanks for being so kind to share your beautiful mountain cabin with our family. We look forward to returning in the near future!
- August 12-18, 2012 - Robert, Kathy, Emily:
I have enjoyed reading entries from the past. Some of them had really helpful info. Mostly, though, the sweetness of the entries was such a pleasure. What a blessed little home for so many this is. The solitude and quiet; the ability to see a bazillion more stars in the night sky; the provision so thoughtfully made by the home owners for our time here; and the cleanliness all made such a haven for us.
Of all the things we drive around to do, none was more fun than the time we spent rocking and talking as dusk settled in. We loved our time together here. Already looking forward to next summer. God bless you for making your cabin available.
Beautiful location! Beautiful home!
- August 4-11, 2012 - Love, Karla, Jake, Hector, Carl, and Debbie:
We had a wonderful stay here at the Morning Sun Retreat. The cabin was very well kept and cleaned. The week wasn’t long enough! We loved the secluded location and the rocking chairs on the porch and home to come back again soon.
Thank you for the wonderful experience … my first vacation with the most incredible boyfriend, his parents and best friend.
- July 13-15, 2012 - Terry N. and family, Greenville, NC:
We have enjoyed our stay here. It was a different experience for us but everything was nice and the cabin is well kept and cleaned. Everything looked exactly the way it did on the website. We had a wonderful stay and look forward to coming back soon!
- May 22-29, 2012 - The L. family, Harrisonburg, VA, Vero Beach, FL:
We had a wonderful stay here at the Morning Sun Retreat. We’ve been up to this area many times, but have always stayed closer to Dillsboro, so this was a nice change. We went to the Gemstone Mine and found some rubies, turquoise, and other stones. The kids loved it because there was a huge open field they could explore (we were the only ones there). We also hiked off the Parkway, explored Deep Creek, and the boys went white water rafting on the Ocoee. The highchair, pack-n-play and stroller were a big help. We only had to bring 1 of each for our 2 one-year-olds. Nice cabin!
- April 9, 2012:
We even used the fire pit and roasted marshmallows. I hadn’t done that in years.
The highchair, pack-n-play, and stroller were a big help (only had to bring 1 of each for our two 1-year olds.
Everything looked exactly as it did on the website—wonderful.
- Feb 19, 2012:
Do we have to leave? The cabin is so clean and quiet and we had lots of sun. So it really is a Morning Sun Retreat.
- August 25, 2011:
What a beautiful cabin! It was immaculate, had a great view, and perfect amenities. I felt we were at home. And the rocks! Who would have thought 3 large rocks could be so much fun—it was their (daughters’) favorite thing to do every evening when we got back to the cabin after breakfast every morning! The games you had were perfect for night time, right before bed.
Beautiful cabin, wonderful view! We really enjoyed our stay here. The cabin was so well=stocked, we had everything we needed for the weekend, with plenty left to spare. We loved the secluded location and the rocking chairs on the porch. The cabin was very cozy and has a great floor plan.
- July 4, 2011:
Your place is wonderful.
- June 26, 2011:
Had another wonderful stay here. We come twice a year. What a value compared to a motel! Just sitting on the deck, enjoying the view, is well worth the trip! This is a beautiful cabin in a spectacular location—the peace & quiet, the views, the breeze… and with all the amenities of home.
- June 24, 2011:
We read the plaque on the loft wall: ‘Anyone who keeps the ability to see Nature never grows old.’ ‘Having spent so many hours immersed in n our front porch rockers, we actually believe we have grown younger! A transcendent experience—Really!
- June 3-5, 2011:
We have truly enjoyed our stay here at Morning Sun Retreat. The cabin is beautiful & had all the amenities of home.
- May 1-8, 2011:
Morning Sun Retreat is a perfect home base for a wonderful week in the Bryson City area.
- April 26, 2011:
No words to describe our experience here @ this incredible cabin.
- October 24-26, 2010:
The quietness of the night. The stillness of the morning. All leading up to the moment when the sun begins to peek over the top of the mountain. Like little fingers stretching out across the sky, each ray seems to touch the leaves and burst them into colors or red, yellow, and orange. With camera in hand, I realize at the moment … No picture could ever capture the peace and serenity of the moment when God delivers a new day.
My husband, sister and brother-in-law had a wonderful stay.
- October 19-22, 2010:
Great cabin! We love the views and great fire pit. It’s a very family friendly place—thank you!
We enjoyed time in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
It’s nice to get somewhere and have it be better than advertised!
The W. family, Monroe, NC
- October 10, 2010 :
Morning Sun Retreat was a beautiful cabin! We were only here for a short weekend, but it was a blast. The views are amazing and we all spent both nights around the fire pit outside. We will definitely visit again soon! Thanks!
Jenn, Steve, Josh, Kylee, Amber and Dee
- August 8-14, 2010:
A lovely cabin. Perfect for our family of 4. I had all the comforts and amenities we relish, plus peace and quiet and lovely views. We hiked Deep Creek and its trails to the three waterfalls, went to Clingman’s Dome in the park, and did whitewater rafting at NOC. We tried to do ziplining but they were booked full for the week and weekend we were here. Next time we’ll be sure to schedule that in advance. So, instead we went horseback riding in Nantahala Gorge and down to Fontana Lake. We squeezed in a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mount Pisgah and had a lovely dinner at the Inn. It was a wonderful late summer getaway before the kids and I return to school.
Carl, Leslie, Grant (14) and Rees (12) B., Chapel Hill, NC
- August 4-9, 2010:
Brad, Melissa, and Philip enjoyed the slice of paradise here at Morning Sun Retreat. We biked, hiked and took a dip in Fontana Lake. Orlando, FL.
- August 1-4, 2010:
What a lovely cabin! We had the pleasure of meeting up with our two college kids and enjoying every minute of our too-short stay! The jet boat ride, the whitewater rafting, hiking and zip line—great adventures!
Anne and Philip, Meridian, MS
Daniel, Murfreesboro, TN
Emmie, Birmingham, AL
- July 28, 2010:
This is a vacationer’s paradise. Outside you are surrounded by the trees and have beautiful views of the mountains. Sipping tea on the porch was relaxing, and staying in the cabin was renewing. This place feels like home, not a rental cabin. The rooms are spacious, and the decor is beautiful. While the cabin is listed as a 2-bedroom, my friends and I felt like we were in a 3-bedroom with a loft. We each had our own bedrooms. We could work in two separate office spaces if we so chose. There is free internet and long distance phone calls. The owners walk the talk when it comes to the environment. All the walls, ceilings and floors are wood. The sheets are luscious organic cotton. The cleaning supplies are green. The spices are organic. I haven’t had this spent a respite in twelve years, and I can’t wait to return.
The S. family and friends
- July 25, 2010:
These were good times with family and friends. Beautiful cabin. Can’t wait until next time.
Rob, Cari, Deb, Erica and Al
P.S. Great for kids! I’m 12.
- July 19-21, 2010:
We have enjoyed our stay very much! The view is amazing and incredible in just looking from the cabin out to see the mountains. We enjoyed walking around on the windy road and seeing what else was in the area. During our stay here, we went ziplining, whitewater rafting and riding to Chimney Rock. We enjoyed grilling every night and playing games and just enjoying our time! Thank you for everything!
David, Kari, Leta W., Larrabee, Iowa
- July 1-7, 2010:
We loved the cabin, the weather, and the seclusion. The views were amazing and there were plenty of activities to engage in: whitewater rafting—so much fun, tubing—cheap and loads of fun. Recommend boating on the Fontana. See Tony at Alarka boat dock.
- June 27-29, 2010:
We have enjoyed our stay here at the Morning Sun [for our first wedding anniversary]. My wife and I have enjoyed the peace and quiet most of all. We spent all of our sundowns on the deck enjoying the sound of night approaching. We also had our first real casino experience at Harrah’s Cherokee. We also went trout fishing—lots of fun. Thank you for the quality get-away.
Marc and Michelle M., Rocky Mount, NC
- June 28, 2010:
Spent a week at Morning Sun! Very nice setting. Mornings started with coffee and the views from the deck. The trip purpose was mountain hiking! Great Fun. The rest of time we discovered the N.O.C. (Nantahala Outdoor Center). We took the trip to southern WNC to check out the waterfalls—Cullajasa, Whitewater, Rainbow are musts! Beautiful drive, beautiful state! There were hikes for Rainbow Falls and Rufus Morgan Falls. Later we discovered Wayah Bald, rest of Nantahala Gorge and Nantahala Lake. Now we must return to Michigan to RELAX after our adventures! Thanks for the memories!
Holly B., Grand Rapids, Michigan
- December 30-31, 2009 :
It was outstanding and an adventure to stay in your log cabin. We love the surrounding nature of the NC Mountains. We’ll be back. Thanks. Happy New Year 2010.
- December 26-28, 2009:
We had a wonderful time. Love the views and the peace and quiet. Hiked Indian Creek Trail in the National Park—excellent hike. Kelly and Rose R., San Antonio, TX