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Where There's Smokies, There's Fire

By: Tracy Grinnell

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Your wedding dress is extraordinary and your fiancée's tux is stunning. The hall is all paid for and the cake is, at the moment, being made. All of your guests have sent their response cards in and your family and friends are awaiting the big day. But of all things, you're most excited about your perfectly planned honeymoon because you're sharing it with your pet.

Fire Mountain Inn

Fire Mountain is a majestic, natural wonder in the beautiful Blue Ridges of the Great Smokey Mountains in western North Carolina. The secluded, romantic Fire Mountain Inn has only three suites and sits at the highest point of this enchanting mountain. The Inn's high elevation on 336 acres makes for dramatic views from all rooms. And, because each suite has a furnished terrace or deck, you can submerge yourself in the mountain's natural splendor without leaving your own intimate environment.

After your quaint candlelight breakfast in the main dining room of the inn, you can choose to hike, canoe, bird-watch or fish. Or, you can relax in the many little worlds of the inn, including: the gallery, which features fine artwork from artists around the world; the library; the many viewing decks; the Big Dipper - a huge outdoor aquatic spa, the lounging areas; the bird sanctuary or the sculpture Garden.

And the splendor doesn't stop here.

The Cabins

Fire Mountain also accommodates guests in six comfortable cabins also located at the top of the mountain. Each cabin was built in 1992 and combines rustic elements with cozy comfort. All are fully furnished - including fireplaces and porches. Floor plans vary for each cabin, which holds either two to three or four to six guests.

Cabins for two to three guests either have one large great room with a vaulted ceiling or three rooms with cathedral ceilings. Luxurious king- and queen-sized beds are available, along with full kitchens so you can create your own menu, fireplaces to relax by, private shower baths, two-person hot tubs, furnished decks and porches with swings, rocking chairs and complimentary firewood.

Other cabins can accommodate four to six people. Guests will find fully-equipped kitchens, king-sized and bunk beds in each of the two bedrooms, large living areas with over-stuffed furniture, cathedral ceilings, a dining table that sits eight, private shower baths, four-person hot tubs, furnished decks, porches with swings, rocking chairs and complimentary firewood.

The Treehouses

Nestled in the trees of Fire Mountain are three magical treehouses that provide guests with perfectly-secluded, storybook accommodations including private parking and private entrances. Treehouse dwellers are welcome to share the same amenities that the inn guests do. These private hideaways are perfect for a romantic rendezvous with someone who's close to your heart.

Owner Hiram Wilkinson is passionate about his inn, cabins and treehouses that are located in what he says is called the "Land of Waterfalls." Nature enthusiasts, he says, will delight in "mountain-top view properties that have long-range views of 30 to 50 miles on a clear day."

Pets Please!

"Fire Mountain is an incredible place to bring your pet," Wilkinson says, "because being able to travel with an animal in a natural setting like this allows you to spend time with your pet in nature and expose your pet to it." He explains that the inn, cabins and treehouses are wonderful for pets and owners, especially if you live in the city. "Here we give people and animals the opportunity to connect to the outdoors and nature."

Though Fire Mountain's accommodations only accept dogs at the moment, Wilkinson says, they might try adding other types of animals to their guest list in the future. "We've had such great results from taking dogs because the owners are fantastic and we've never had a problem. We get the nicest pet owners and wonderful pets who are very well-behaved. It's a great thing!"

For reservations or for more information, call: (800) 775-4446 or access the Web site at www.firemt.com.


Photo Caption:
The cabins at Fire Mountain are a great place to escape from life's daily stresses.


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