DON'T DELAY - WE'RE FILLING UP FAST!  The leaves are already turning, and will be spectacular somewhere in the highlands of western NC until the end of October.  Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway for spectacular vistas, take a breathtaking ride through the Nantahela Forest to the magnificent Dry Falls on the Cullasaja River, explore the delightful mountain towns of Highlands, Waynesville, Franklin, Dillsboro, and Sylva, visit the nearby Barber Orchard for the best apples, apple cider, and baked goods in the Smokies (nothing says autumn better than an apple cake or a handful of cider donuts!),  still warm enough for hiking and water sports , get a craft beer and great meal at the new Currahee Brewing in downtown Franklin, right on the Little Tennessee river, eat out on the Fido friendly patios of many of our delicious local restaurants, and shop!...consignment shops galore, independent bookstores (Books Unlimited in Franklin, and City Lights bookstore and the Friends of the Library used bookstore in downtown Sylva), performing arts, enjoy a meal and our spectacular organic coffee at Panacea Coffee in Waynesville, and while you're in Waynesville! - pick up some local smoked trout at the Sunburst Market, everything you can think of and more for Fido at the Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery, lunch on the Fido friendly and a great house made beer at Boojum's Tap Room, my favorite farm to table Thai food at Blossom on Main or local farm to table cuisine at the Frog Leap Public House, and two incredible consignment shops for women's clothing...and that's just for starters...much of the fun is in the discovery - head out in any direction and you'll find more to see, do, drink, and eat than you can fit into a week, let alone a weekend - you'll want to join the ranks of our "regulars" and come back time and time again.

TO START, HERE ARE FORTY FALL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN OUR CORNER OF THE SPECTACULAR SMOKY MOUNTAINS!...there is absolutely something for everyone, much of it Fido friendly.  What better month than October for the Oktoberfest celebrations of craft brewing (Asheville, October 7), all things mountain apples, arts and crafts, mountain music and clogging.  Mountain Heritage Day at Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, September 30), Colorfest Arts Fest (Dillsboro, October 7),  Church Street Arts and Crafts show (downtown Waynsville, October 7),  the Cherokee Indian Fair (October 3 - 7), Blue Ridge Pride (the largest LBGTQ  pride festival in western NC, Park Square, Asheville (September 30), the Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing festival, Bryson City (October 7),  and the HardLox Jewish Festival in downtown Asheville (Sunday, October  15).  Stay tuned for a listing of the wonderful holiday events all around us in November and December)

HERE'S OUR CALENDAR OF LODGINGS thru New Year's (email or call for availability and to make reservations)

 Closed September 25 - 27

Good availability still September 30 - October 6

Very full October 6 - 15, but availability some dates in some cottages - give a call asap!

If you can get away durinng the week, the week of October 16 - October 20 is a great time to come - peak leaf season at our elevation, and we have good availibility

Weekend of October 20 - 22 (we are full - a retreat has booked the whole property)

October 23 - 27 - ditto if you can come during the week - we have availability in some cottages (don't delay!)

October 27 - 29:  we still have availability for WCU Homecoming weekend! - every cottage Fido friendly, the kids are welcome to come back with you, and best of all, we NEVER raise our rates for WCU events, and families still get their 10% discount! (and no Fido fee...).  It's hard to believe it's almost here again - to our "regular" WCU families and the new families who have just discovered us - we will fill up - don't delay!!

Monday October 30 -  Tuesday November 7:  still spectacular weather, and good availibility (and not so many crowds at the local attractions and restaurants)

Wednesday November 8 to Wednesday November 15 - if you're lucky enough to be a grandparent, you'll understand!  Closed for my annual trek up to Maine for my grandson's birthday - hard to believe he's going to be 2!

November and December are a  favorite time in the Smoky Mountains - we are accessibleyear round, the shops are full of great gift ideas - pottery and crafts, foods, and the orchards are still open, seasonal concerts and performing arts abound...the holiday season is just spectacular here.

We are filling up fast for November 16 through Thanksgiving, with good availability until Thanksgiving, and still a good choice of cottages for our warm and wonderful Thanksgiving gathering and potluck meal (no additional charge to our guests!).  We fix free range turkey and drinks, and guests bring the rest - and is it ever delicious!  The Macy's parade then football are on TV, the meal is a delightful and leisurely affair, there's a crackling fire in the Farmhouse fireplace, then guests take a variety of leftovers back to their cottages for the weekend, as well as enjoy leftovers from the Farmhouse fridge.  It's become a Mountain Brook annual tradition - don't delay or you'll have to miss it!

Our beautiful Christmas tree and Chanukah menorah will be up in the Farmhouse, and we will be booking guests for three night weekends only in December until the Christmas week - we have good availability (and good access for any weather! - you can always hope for snow!) in every Cottage type for the following weekends:  Friday Dec 1 - Monday Dec 4,  Friday Dec 8 - Monday Dec 11, and Friday Dec 15 - Monday Dec 18.  Chanukah falls in the weekend of December 15 - 18...the menorah will be lit, and we will share latkes and homemade sugar donuts around the fire at the Farmhouse (with plenty of wine, craft beer, and local hot cider).

We will re-open Friday December 22 through New Years, and it is a very special time  in the Smoky Mountains and at Mountain Brook - fires and fellowship at the Farmhouse, holiday foods and music, maybe snow, maybe 60 degrees (maybe both in one day...wear layers), firewood brought to your door each day for your fireplace (and of course your breakfast basket and plenty of fresh roast organic coffee!), and stark and spectacular views and vistas - with the leaves gone, you can really see the mountains!.  Then join us at the Farmhouse to see in the New Year - rocking New Year's Eve at Time's Square on TV,  snacks and hot cider around the fire, then a glass of champagne when the ball drops at midnight...guests have been known to break out into Auld Lang Syne before heading back across the lighted bridge to their cozy cottage and their own fire (and isn't it great to be at your home away from home and not have to drive!)  Accessible and cozy no matter what the weather, you just don't want to miss the holiday season in the Smokies this year.  Bring the whole family! - it's just like having the holidays at home (except we take care of you!), plenty of chimneys for Santa,  we never raise our rates for holidays (and our policy of no additional fees or charges and no Fido fee still apply, of course!) - even our group at WCU discounts apply!  It just doesn't get better than that...

Please note that this year Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages will be closed the month of January (starting Tuesday Jan 2) - with such a busy year, both we (and the property!) need a breather.  It's been a great year  at Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages because of YOU, and we appreciate your business, your warmth, and your making us your home away from home in the Smokies...

Copyright 2017 - Randi Taylor, Architect

And there it goes...the North Carolina Smoky Mountains WERE the best place to view the total solar eclipse, August 21, 2017, the first one in 26 years, and our guests agree that Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages was the best party, and absolute best place to relax, look up in awe, and enjoy the show...!  (Eclipse time lapse image by Gina McCole, guest)

​​​​​​​Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages has been delighted to welcome back the spectacular Asheville musicians Lew Gelfond and Gary Mehalick,  for the 2017 season's front porch music series, "Swingin' on the Porch".  For guests of Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages only!..four great early evening gatherings and musical events - don't delay! - we're almost full for a spectacular autumn weekend, and our last front porch music concert of the year,

 ​Saturday, October 7th, 6:30 pm


The fall season has begun!  Come join us for our spectacular leaf's already starting!  There's festivals golore, home football games & the WCU family events (Family Weekend, Mountain Heritage Day, and Homecoming),  and we are starting to fill up for our fantastic (and delicious!) Thanksgiving potluck meal!  We supply the free range turkey and drinks, then guests bring (and bring and bring...) the rest from their cottages, plenty for all (including lots of vegetarian dishes and desserts!).  The Macy's parade and football on TV,   a fire  in the Farmhouse fireplace, and  leftovers for all  - we're filling up sooner each year, so don't delay - and (of course), absolutely no additional charge to our guests!

Then there's apples (and more apples) and foliage - the color has already started here in the highlands and it's spectacular!  Don't pay attention to those leaf looker  websites - peak foliage time depends solely on elevation.  Since our corner of the Smokies enjoys elevation variation of over 3000', there is color somewhere around us throughout the month of October!  You don't all have to (try to) come the same week - you know the secret now, and can avoid the crowds!