Size –3 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms 3 Baths • Sleeps 5-10
Located 50 minutes from 3 NC ski resorts, this Watauga Lake waterfront getaway with hot tub and private dock will have you coming back for years to come. Ski your day away, then take in the sunset over the forest in the hot tub or at the fire pit each night. Enjoy the water view from the wraparound porches while you swing or rock your worries away.
Rest, relax and play on Watuaga Lake! Enjoy the outdoor living spaces, take in the lake views, and watch the kids play in the quiet cove from the comfort of the wraparound porches. At the water, you will find room to fish, sunbathe, swim, or just unwind. Just outside the secluded cove is a large bay away from the main channel, perfect for water activities. Bring your boat and launch at the nearby Little Milligan boat ramp or rent a boat from a local marina and keep it docked in the boat slip during your stay. At the fire pit, kick back in the Adirondack chairs and roast s'mores, enjoy a picnic, or play some corn hole. Continue the fun after sunset when the string lights illuminate the backyard and dock into the evening hours.
In the house, spread out on Skipping Stones Getaway's three levels. The entire top floor is a retreat in itself with its private deck, balcony chairs and table for two with water view. The retreat continues indoors with a king bed, fireplace, desk, dual head shower, two person bubbling garden tub, and large walk in closet. The 2nd floor encompasses an open concept kitchen and living space with another fireplace, TV, sleeper sofa, full bath, and 2 guest rooms. Moving outside, find the large wrap around porch with the hanging hammock chair, high top dining table, picnic table, porch swing, and swivel gliders. The ground floor features another full bath, den with sleeper sofa, love seat, wet bar, fireplace, TV, game table, and game cabinet. Outside you find more covered decks with a hot tub, gliders, and plenty of outdoor furniture and seating. Sonos speakers are on the decks, dock, and in every room for you to enjoy your favorite Spotify or Airplay playlist during your stay.
Guests will find plenty of options for the outdoor cooking enthusiasts: a gas Weber grill, gas Camp Chef griddle, gas Camp Chef pizza oven, charcoal Pit Barrel smoker, and fire pit with cooking grate, cooking forks, and plenty of firewood. If you are headed indoors, our kitchen has all the conveniences of home. Guests have a convection microwave, coffee maker with both pot and k-cups, a burr coffee grinder, KitchenAid blender, hand mixer, KitchenAid tilt-head stand mixer with: dough hook, flat beater and wire whip, Waring Pro Belgian waffle maker, crock pot, and electric kettle. The downstairs wet bar houses an ice maker, beverage cooler, and ice chest to help keep refreshments handy throughout the day. We have glasses and dishware for 10 guests as well as plastic drinkware for use around the hot tub. For the wine connoisseur, we have Govino shatterproof wine glasses as well.
There are plenty of activities you can do without ever leaving Skipping Stones Getaway. We have a hot tub, fire pit, corn hole boards, tons of games, 3 kayaks, a canoe, SUP paddleboard, paddle boat, floaties, life jackets from youth to adult, a large dock with seating and swim ladder. The home is in a large secluded cove where guests can swim, play, or float all day but still remain within sight of guests on the deck making it easy to keep an eye on those in the water. If you brought or plan to rent a boat, guests can dock it in our slip for the duration of the stay. We also rent water sports equipment for the duration of your stay upon request including water skis, 3-person tube, knee board and tow ropes. The Little Milligan Boat ramp is just minutes from the house, and it a great spot to launch your boat. The lake is 16 miles from end to end and with its 185 miles of shoreline, you can explore the area for days.
Why Skipping Stones Getaway?
Skipping Stones Getaway is a lakefront home that boasts an easily accessed private dock directly in front of the home, a flat back yard overlooking the lake and easy drive to the home. Unlike many vacation homes on Watauga Lake, this isn't a community access area, it is an exclusive private oasis in a quiet neighborhood of homeowners. Another great benefit of this property is that it is just a 3-minute drive down a paved road to your driveway. There are no steep drop offs or narrow gravel roads to navigate, and guests won't need a 4-wheel drive or SUV regardless of the weather. Any vehicle can easily access the property, helping to make this a prime, low stress destination. The best way to get around the lake is with a pontoon. If you're in a hurry, we recommend jet skis. If you're driving instead, leave some extra time as the roads follow the lake making for a scenic ride. Bear in mind, the locals are not in a hurry. Boone, NC is 39 minutes away; Johnson City, TN is just 38 minutes, and both are abundant with activities. Elizabethton is just a short 23 minute drive for quick dining, shopping, ice cream etc. In addition to all of the lake activities, guests can also enjoy the Appalachian Trail, Roan Mountain State Park, Sugar Hollow Retreat, a winery, and lots of snow skiing, tubing, and snowboarding options nearby. We provide guests with many local recommendations for activities, food and drink.
Skipping Stones Getaway is located off a well maintained 2-lane state highway. From there, you'll continue 3 minutes (0.9 miles) down an easily navigated 1-lane paved road. In the unlikely event you encounter another vehicle on this dead end road, there are plenty of places to pull off for passage. The home sits just 100 yards down a well maintained gravel driveway where you will find a large parking area with ample room to turn around. There is plenty of lighting for the parking area if arriving at the property after dark.
About the OwnerChristie and Donaven both agree, there is no better place to be than on Watauga Lake in the Cherokee National Forest. Donaven is a Realtor, vacation rental manager, and the proud dad of two teenagers, a daughter Ella, and a son Donaven. Christie is also a Realtor and teaches 8th grade ELA at Hampton Elementary School. The entire family loves to ride bikes, hike, spend time on the golf range, shoot skeet, jet ski, boat, swim and hang out on the lake or sit out by a campfire.
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