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The two houses of Ocoee Mist

The two houses of Ocoee Mist

We travel with our 4yr old all the time and while we do enjoy staying at hotels, we do change it up a bit and recently we stayed at The Ocoee Mist in Benton, TN. And let me just tell you, it has to be one of my favourite places on Earth. From the location, the surroundings, the peacefulness, the accomodations, and the farm animals.

Wait. What. Farm animals? Oh yea.

13 llamas
2 camels
1 horse
10 donkeys
1 peacock
24 goats
4 geese (maybe 5 now? They had an egg when I was there)
6 parrots
6 cats
5 dogs

Heh. Llama butt.

Heh. Llama butt.

I know it sounds a lot, but Kevin and Carol have a lot of land and those animals have plenty to roam. The animals do not stay in your room nor do you stay in their stable. There is 2 wonderful houses (one house has two rooms and the main house is for the overflow of guests). The animals are extremely friendly and the owners are especially kind enough to allow us to walk around and get near the animals. I have never heard my daughter squeel has much as she did while we were there. This really is a family-friendly environment and I can’t recommend it enough. If you want to have a great time rafting on the Ocoee, they are only 5 miles away from it and then you can relax at Ocoee Mist.

Ocoee Mist is located in Polk County, Tennessee near the Ocoee River and the Hiawasee River. They are 2 miles from Lake Ocoee, 2 miles from restaurants, and 5 miles from downtown. The view there is wonderful, even when it rained we were happy sitting on the porch watching Mel the Camel impatiently wait for my husband to pet him again.

Mel and my husband

Mel and my husband

The breakfast was amazing (the dining room is awesome!) and I can’t talk highly enough about the owners. Very sweet, down to Earth, and wonderful people to talk to. Your family will never forget the experience, I promise. Our daughter still talks about “Daddy’s best friend, Mel the Camel”

For more pictures of Ocoee Mist Farm B&B, check out our Flickr set.

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Traveling through the mountains, you have to stay overnight somewhere, and we opted for a Timber Frame Home in Franklin North Carolina. Sure we could’ve stayed at a motel, but why stay there.. when you could stay here:

Timber Frame Home Cabin Rental

Yea. That’s where we stayed. Talk about living in the lap of luxury, and honestly, it wasn’t that expensive and it was worth every penny. Pam (owner) has thought about every single detail of this home. The only thing we really had to bring was ourselves and a change of clothes. There was even leftover food in the fridge and freezer and plenty of condiments. The kitchen was fully equipped and we didn’t have to want for anything.

Nature Walk in NC MountainsWe took a nice nature walk during sunset, and once nighttime came around, we sat outside on the back porch and could actually count the stars. It was beautiful, fantastic, and peaceful. In the morning we woke up to birds singing, a beautiful mountain breeze, and coffee on the back porch (it had the best view). Coffee was provided. I told you, there was very little we had to bring.

Timber Frame Home Cabin RentalSo how does this experience differ from a stay in a hotel? Well I just got back from another trip and let me just tell you the difference:
– We had to go to the front office to get more sugar, more towels, and some little shampoos.
– The people next to us really enjoyed watching a movie… LOUD
– Some guys outside our door talked until 2am.
– We were near a fire station.
– I opened our curtains and our lovely view was a guy bending over (yea, not kidding there)
– We had to go out to eat, which is nice sure, but after driving for 6 hours.. we only wanted to rest and didn’t want to have to get back into the car.

You really pay for the experience, the exclusivity of the area, and the bragging rights once you get back home. And honestly, when we returned home we didn’t have that exhausted feeling. We felt extremely refreshed. I know that has to do with Pam’s attention to detail in The Pond House.

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