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How many times have you said, “I need a vacation from my vacation”? I know my sweet boy and I say that after almost every trip. We come home utterly worn out, not wanting to exert the energy to unpack, much less cook dinner, and we certainly are NOT ready to go back to work. Vacationing is exhausting!

What if I told you there was another way to vacation. What if I told you there was a peaceful, restful, truly energizing way to spend time travelling? What if there really was a way to just relax and recharge? Would you want to know more?

I’m getting ready to divulge our best kept secret. Are you ready? Wait for it…

Shadow Creek Mountain Cabin


This is our secret, and it’s quite delightfully genius.

Picture if you will a spacious, 4300 sq. ft., three level, four bedroom, four bath, mountain cabin with heavenly natural surroundings and a clear, fresh water, bubbling creek just steps from your door. This is Shadow Creek, and it is truly a home away from home.


Hass and I arrived on a cool, rainy day in June. We were completely mesmerized by the gorgeous location and the complete privacy of the area. Many of the trees were in bloom leaving a delightful, lingering scent in the air.


We grabbed a handful of bags and proceeded to the cabin. The first thing that won my heart was the porch swing. Growing up I spent many hours swinging and singing children’s songs with my mom. I couldn’t wait to have my first cup of morning coffee here listening to the chirping birds and maybe humming a line or two of “She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round The Mountain” like mama and I used to sing.

Upon our first step inside, we auto’magically’ fell in love with the authentic, mountain decor, and the artwork of the cabin’s namesake, Shadow the black Labrador, above the towering stack stone fireplace.


The main level of the cabin is rustic by design and reminiscent of a much simpler time. The cabin is exceptionally spacious with high, vaulted ceilings. It is an open concept with a clear view of the main level from the upstairs balcony.


Shadow Creek has a fantastically well equipped kitchen with all of the pots, pans, sheet pans, cutting boards, kitchen appliances, cups, glasses and plates you would ever need to make delicious, home-cooked meals. We took full advantage of the kitchen making all of our breakfasts in the cabin as well as as several lunches, dinners and snacks. The cabin also comes equipped with wine glasses, ice cream glasses and assorted serving trays to make your dinners even more special.


One of our favorite meals in the cabin was grilled lamb chops with mushroom risotto and a wonderful bottle of wine by the fire. There are multiple grills provided offering both gas and charcoal options. We also enjoyed creating decadent cheese boards as well as hearty breakfasts. Finding the ice cream glasses and extra long spoons was truly a treat, so we enjoyed hot fudge sundaes after dinner.


After a very full tummy, we decided to turn in for the evening but not before an incredibly relaxing bubble bath in one of the multiple, stunning, claw-foot tubs. I made Hass promise that he would purchase one of these for our house or I refused to ever leave the cabin. He promised. We’ll update whether he keeps that promise! 😉 We were also thoroughly enamored by the old-fashioned pull flush toilets! I’ve only seen this once before but it added such a unique, authentic feature to the cabin.


The master bed was extremely comfortable and lots of extra pillows and blankets were provided for additional comfort in the master, and in all three of the additional guest rooms. It was a special treat to fall asleep to the steady rainfall.

After a great night’s sleep, we decided on a mini egg skillet breakfast, country potatoes, coffee and fresh orange juice.


Feeling lazy, we both chose a book from the extensive selection in the library, and camped out reading there for the next few hours. There are literally hundreds of books and magazines available on any topic you can imagine, both classics and new. I chose an original copy of the New York Times Cookbook (of course I did), and Hass chose an antique “How To Guide”. We were in heaven.


We decided on a quick lunch of grilled hot dogs, pasta salad and chips. I rocked in one of the incredibly peaceful rocking chairs enjoying the back deck view while the sweet boy grilled. After we ate, a nap was in order and we quickly fell asleep listening to the afternoon rain.


Later that evening we decided to become kids again, spending the evening in the huge game-room on the lower level. We literally spent hours playing games by the stone fireplace in the game-room, and enjoying a little after dinner brandy. We played air hockey, ping pong, shot three games of pool, played board games, checkers in the checkers cubbyhole and Foosball. They also have DVD & VCR movies, additional books, and a children’s toy cubbyhole with a gigantic teddy!


As most of our time here was rainy, we didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy smores over the great fire-pit, or walk the trails to the creek, but Hass did take a brief jaunt down and said it would be great to dip our toes in the creek and make smores… next time.


We had such a great adventure at Shadow Creek Cabin and never had to leave once except to buy groceries from one of the local grocers. It is undeniably the most peaceful, restful vacation we’ve ever enjoyed. It was the first time we came home not feeling the need to have a vacation from our vacation and we were truly rejuvenated.

Maybe next time we’ll venture out to visit the many waterfalls in the area, or try a new restaurant. Maybe next time we’ll enjoy a few holes of golf at one of the many gorgeous fairways or maybe next time, we’ll just stay put in Shadow’s Creek and take another blissful sabbatical from the real world.

Hmmm…   Next time.
I really like the sound of that.


A very special thank you to our host Shadow Creek Cabin in Cashiers, NC. Our stay could not have been any more pleasant. We would highly recommend this property to anyone looking to visit the Cashiers or Highlands mountain area. We would also like to thank our readers for allowing us to share our thoughts and opinions on these complimentary experiences and products with you. Thank you for your confidence in us and thank you in advance for visiting and supporting these businesses.
If you are interested in renting Shadow Creek Cabin, you can find more information including rates located HERE on VRBO. Tell them we said Hello!