Morning Sun Retreat and the Guesthouse - The Seclusion You Crave - Fire Pit and Internet - 20 Minutes from Rafting and the Train

Morning Sun Retreat Cabin and Guest House form a unique four bedroom, three bath property. Entertainment area, bath, sleeper sofa and pool table are in a separate building for additional fee.

  7 guests
  3 bedrooms
  2 bathrooms

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Property Features

Sleeping Arrangement

Bedroom 1
1 Queen
Bedroom 2
1 Bunk Bed
Bedroom 3
1 Queen
Common Space
1 Sofa Bed


The Guesthouse is available for an additional $50 a night with a onetime $45 cleaning fee.
From the covered front porch, you see the first rays of the sun rise slowly and fan out over the mountain tops. Then light hits the pristine woods surrounding you as you hear birds singing through the large yard.
Later you can fire up the grill and have lunch on the open deck or roast marshmallows around the fire pit.
You’ll love Morning Sun Retreat! Savor the peace and quiet as you breathe in the fresh mountain air. See mountain peaks and ridges through the trees, nicely framed in wooded seclusion with a panoramic view of the Great Smokys. Let your spirit be restored.
Morning Sun Retreat is a delightfully designed log cabin. As you open the front door, you will find the soaring cathedral ceiling, huge clerestory windows, and glowing wood interior.
The open great room includes a living space with a flat panel HD 42 inch TV, a dining area with a large solid wood table for 6 (that can seat up to 12 with additional leaves), and a modern kitchen. The windows provide a panoramic view as you relax on the cozy sofa or in the lounge chair.

In the upstairs loft you’ll find a futon, desk, 13” TV and table air hockey. The upstairs bedroom adjacent to the loft has a queen-size bed, a book nook, and a spacious bathroom with jetted tub.

Downstairs you’ll find the second bedroom with an adjacent bathroom and the third bedroom with a twin bunk bed over a full.
Outside you can play ball or throw a Frisbee in the flat, grassy back yard, or toast marshmallows over the fire pit. Two large boulders, keepsakes from the original site, frame the green landscape.
If you need more space for entertaining and entertainment, you can add the Guest House, a large studio apartment over a spacious two-car garage, to your rental of the Morning Sun Retreat Cabin. The Guest House can be rented only in conjunction with the Cabin to ensure your privacy.  Enjoy life in one large room and spacious upper and lower decks.  Inside there’s seating for five on the dual-power-reclining console loveseat and the comfortable, matching queen-size sofa sleeper.  The 60” TV is wall-mounted for easy viewing from anywhere in the room.  The Guest House has a full bath, full kitchen, and a dining table with four comfortable captain’s chairs and an optional game table top.  There’s also a small desk next to contemporary sockets with USB plugs. Outside you can watch the sun rise from the upper deck while seated on one of the four rockers or at the bistro or dining table.  Or you can enjoy privacy amid the trees on on the gliding loveseat or padded sofa and chairs on the covered lower deck.
Families with kids will especially love Morning Sun! The Cabin is equipped with board games, a high chair/booster chair, a stroller, and a portable crib as well as toys and children’s books.  And the large flat backyard is perfect for enjoying a game of tag or catch.

- Past Guests of Morning Sun Retreat share their Mountain Experiences:
"The property was perfect for our family of seven (4 girls ages 5-10, 1 boy age 2). The sleeping arrangement was perfect for us, and we could all fit comfortably around the dining table. We love the idea of coming back with extended family in the guest house. We all loved the porches -- especially on the afternoon that we had rain -- and the backyard was so nicely, naturally enclosed and weed-free that we could let the children play without any concern.  Loved the landscaping.  
We were apprehensive about choosing a rental cabin online. We were impressed with other customers' comments and satisfaction with the properties, and with the careful attention that the property managers gave to every comment from the customers. It was clear that the managers pay careful attention to their property and were very responsive and dependable. We liked the professionally managed linens.  TripAdvisor ratings were important to us. Very pleased with Great Smoky's Cabin Rentals and the property we stayed in." - Brent

- "We finally came back to celebrate our grandmothers 94th birthday. We are blessed everyday to have her with us. She loves the mountains. This here we decided to spend more time here at the cabin relaxing, reading, and watching movies. It was just what we needed. Another successful girls getaway to celebrate. See you next year." - Denise

For more guest reviews, please click on the Reviews Tab.


Morning Sun Retreat Cabin Amenities: Morning Sun Retreat Guest House Amenities:
• Table Top Air Hockey
• 42” flat panel HDTV and 13” TV
• Blu-Ray DVD Player with selection of DVDs
• Satellite TV and Wireless Internet for streaming media
• Telephone with 4 cordless handsets and Unlimited Long Distance to Continental US
• Electric Fireplace that can be used with or without heat for comfortable Year-Round Use
• Central Heat and Air
• 6 Ceiling Fans—one in every room
• Covered Porch with Four Rockers
• Open Deck with Dining Table for Four with Umbrella
• Board Games and Yard Toys
• high chair/booster chair, stroller, portable crib with sheets, children’s and adult books and travel guides; small desk for laptop or tablet in loft
• Gas Grill
• Hair Dryer
• Iron and Compact Ironing Board
• Fire Pit
• Washer and Dryer
• State-of-the-art pool table
• 60” wall-mounted flat panel HDTV
• Xbox 360 with Kinect with standard DVD video and Kinect games
• Satellite TV and Wireless Internet for streaming media
• Telephone with 2 cordless handsets and Unlimited Long Distance to Continental US on a separate line so you can call from the Cabin to the Guest House as well
• Wood Burning Fireplace
• Central Heat and Air
• 1 Ceiling Fan in one big open room
• Open Upper Decks with Four Rockers, a Bistro Table for Two and Dining Table for Four with Umbrella
• Very Private Covered Lower Deck with seating for 8 on a glider loveseat, couch and four comfortable chairs.
• Board Games
• Small desk
• Step-less entry via ramp onto open deck
• Hair Dryer
• Spacious two-Car Garage

Imagine the convenience and expanded options of two full kitchens! Morning Sun Retreat’s Cabin and Guest House each have a Fully Equipped Kitchen.
The Main House has:
• Refrigerator with Ice Maker
• Electric Range & Oven
• Microwave
• Mr. Coffee (basket filter) & Keurig
• Toaster Oven
• Dishwasher
• Tea Kettle
• Rolling Pin
• Blender

The Guesthouse has:
• Refrigerator with Ice Maker
• Electric Range & Oven
• Microwave
• Double stainless Steel Kitchen Sink with Spray Attachment
• Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker (basket filter)
• Toaster Oven
• Dishwasher
• Colander 

♦ Morning Sun Retreat features 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths. The private suite bedroom upstairs has a queen-size bed, a book nook and a private bath with jetted tub. The upstairs open loft area has a futon, desk and TV. The second bedroom on the main floor has a queen-size bed. The third bedroom has a bunk bed of a twin bed over a full. The main floor has a full bathroom.

♦ The Guesthouse features the game room with the pool table, a full kitchen, a living room with a deluxe queen sleeper sofa, and a full bath. The Guesthouse sleeps two additional guests and is available for an additional charge of $50.00 a night, with extra cleaning of $20.00 per stay.

• Not Pet Friendly
• Not Motorcycle Accessible
• Yes - Internet
• Smoke Free Facility - Owner requests no smoking indoors or outdoors on premise due to drought and the 2016 fires in our area. Should you wish to smoke outdoors, please contact us and we will help you find an alternative cabin.

Maximum capacity of up to 7 for the Cabin and up to 9 for the Cabin plus Guesthouse is based on county guidelines.


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* Rates are subject to change without notice. Pricing excludes taxes, additional options and fees.
Vacation Rental Standard Pricing Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Weekly   Min Nights
Low Season $115 $115 $115 $115 $115 $115 $115 $690   2
Mid Season $135 $135 $135 $135 $135 $145 $145 $810   2
Peak Season $155 $155 $155 $155 $155 $165 $165 $930   2
Holiday Season $165 $165 $165 $165 $165 $165 $165 $990   2


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Merritt Island, US
Reviewed: Jul 31, 2013
Reviewed: Jul 8, 2013
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.
Reviewed: Jun 29, 2013
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!
Reviewed: Jun 23, 2013
We loved the cabin. We has a great 3 days!
Reviewed: Jun 14, 2013
I would recommend this cabin to anyone because its private and peaceful yet close to all points of interest, nice and very clean and still affordable great cabin to kick back and relax at!
Reviewed: Apr 23, 2013
We had a wonderful time here and most definitely plan on returning.
Atlanta, US
Reviewed: Mar 29, 2013
Reviewed: Mar 24, 2013
Thank you for a beautiful relaxing weekend. Wish we could have stayed longer.
Reviewed: Mar 18, 2013
Dot and clan stayed here. We really enjoyed the peace and solicitude. 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.
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2013
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.


**The above rates are for rental of Morning Sun Retreat Cabin only.  The optional Guest House can be rented for only an additional $50 per night and one-time cleaning fee of $20.  Please call our office if you would like to add the Guest House to your rental or select the option on the online registration.

Morning Sun Retreat is in the middle of it all!  Here are drive times and mileage to the best loved things to do in the mountains:
• Harrahs Cherokee Casino is a 25 minute drive, or 20 miles
• The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is a 20 minute drive, or 7 miles
• The NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) is a 24 minute drive, or 13 miles
• White Water Rafting is  a 20 minute drive, or 10 miles
• Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a 20 minute drive, or 9 miles
• The Visitors Center (Oconaluftee) for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a 35 minute drive, or 20 miles
• The Biltmore Estate is an hour and 20 minute drive, or 70 miles
• Ripley's Aquarium Gatlinburg, TN 1 hour 43 Min or 52.7 Miles
• Alarka Boat Dock 29 Min or 9.2 Miles
• Almond Boat Dock 25 Min or 811.3 Miles
• Cataloochee Ski Area 1 Hour or 35.6 miles
• Tsali Trail Head 30 Min or 14.9Miles
• Western Carolina University 53 min or 31.0 Miles
• Ingles Grocery Store - 20 Min or 7.2 miles


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