many people can our cabins accommodate?
Jim's Cabin sleeps 6, Tootsie's cabin Sleeps
4 and the Wandering Bear Cabin sleeps 2.
- We have designed all our new one bedroom cabins to be a romantic
couple's retreat, therefore we limit our occupancy to 2.
We are in the
process of becoming as energy efficient and eco-friendly as
possible. We are adding insulation and replacing old
appliances with Energy Star rates fixtures (as we can afford
them). Of course our new front load washer/dryers, heat pump
(21 SEER), dishwashers and televisions are all Energy Star
rated. We have replaced our bed linen with
organic sheets. When possible we have purchased local made
furniture. We have recycling bins in the cabins. We
primarily use natural hypoallergenic cleaners. When available we buy
reused or recycled products. We're not totally green, but we are headed in
that direction! Any suggestions would be more than welcome.
- Do we have our own full bathroom?
Believe it or not, this is a popular question! Please
put your mind at ease that in addition to the full kitchen, each
cabin also has a toilet and shower . No trips to the outhouse at
Pine Gables Cabins!
- Can I stay for just one night?
We regret that we CANNOT accommodate one night guests under any
Plan instead on coming for a visit when you have at least two
nights (or more) to really enjoy your cabin!
- Can I bring my pets?
Please, bring your pet to any cabin (except
the Duck Pond Cabin)! You are required to keep your pet on
a leash and your pet must be under your control at all
times. We have a lovely Meadow that is for all our guests to
enjoy, both human and canine! We normally allow two pets to come
with you, but contact us if you wish to bring more than two pets
or pets other than dogs, and we'll do our best to accommodate you!
Your $35 pet fee is a one-time fee that covers your pets
for the entire length of their stay.
We take your $35 pet fee and donate 1/2
of it to the local spay and neuter program. This means that
every time you bring your pet to Pine Gables Log Cabins, money
will be donated to help the animals of Rutherford County.
Can I bring my children?
Children are welcome but they do count as
a guest when calculating the occupancy.
- Do all of the cabins have hot tubs and
where does the water come from? How hot is the water?
All the new log cabins have a private hot
tub on a covered porch and they are open year round. The two historic cabins
do not have hot tubs. The hot tub water comes from the Town of Lake Lure Water system.
We rigorously maintain our hot tubs with chlorine and proper
filtration. And no, a swimsuit is NOT required! We set the hot
tubs to 100 degrees although you are welcome to raise or lower
the temperature. 104 degrees is the maximum temperature of our
hot tubs (set by the manufacturer for health and safety
- What is there to do in the area?
Where do we start? There's great hiking at Chimney Rock Park,
plus rafting in local rivers and The Lake Lure Inn Spa. Lake Lure has
excellent restaurants too. Please see our
Area Info & Activities
page for details. We also have a
Gables Adventure Book" in each cabin with maps,
brochures, and ideas for how to enjoy yourself in our gorgeous
How far are the cabins from Asheville and
We are less than an hour from Asheville and The Biltmore. See
maps of the area.
Are there nice restaurants in the area?
There are excellent restaurants in Lake Lure such as The
Lake Lure Inn, The Point of View and Larkins on the Lake. Please
Area Info & Activities
page for details.
- What should I bring with me to the
We have tried to stock the cabins with everything you
might need except yourself, toilet accessories and groceries. Please see our
page for a complete list of what we provide
and what to bring.
Do I need wood for the fireplace or charcoal for the grill?
Wandering Bear Cabin and Tootsies Cabin have a charcoal grill and you will
In the new log cabins, the
fireplaces are gas and on a timer. The grills at the new cabins are gas and propane is
What about gas and groceries?
There is a nearby full size grocery
store and a convenience store. Please see our
page for suggestions on where to stop for
groceries and fuel.
- Do the cabins have A/C?
Yes, we have a wall unit A/C in the historic cabins and
there are energy efficient heat pumps in the new cabins.
- Do the cabins have a TV?
Yes, we have a TV with satellite TV and a DVD player.
- What about smoking?
Absolutely no smoking is allowed inside the cabins,
although we do provide an ashtray that you are welcome to use
out on the porch.
- What about having a bonfire?
Absolutely no bonfires, campfires, etc. are allowed on
the premises. The risk of a fire spreading is simply too high.
The use of fireworks or firearms of any kind are not permitted.
- Are there any streams, creeks or
at the cabins?
Yes, along with Lake Lure, and our three private ponds there is
a small branch at the western side of our property.
- Can I bring my motorcycle or trailer?
Many guests have enjoyed our cabins on
motorcycles. We do have a gravel driveway, so folks on
sportbikes need to be careful. All motorcycles
must have proper mufflers. Please no trailers, motorhomes, or
extremely low-clearance vehicles.
may bring your own boat, but you will need a Lake Lure Boat Permit
from the Town of Lake Lure. For more information, here is a link to
the town's web page for permits. http://townoflakelure.com/boat_permit_fees.htm
- Do you have any brochures you could mail
Sorry, we do not have any printed materials or additional
pictures as we have included everything on this website.
- How do I make a reservation or contact you with questions?
Please click on the "RESERVE YOUR CABIN NOW"
here or on our reservations page.
You can then access our real time availability program and
reserve your cabin safely and securely online. If you have
questions, please email us at:
When you make a reservation with us we
give you our home office phone number so that you can call us if
you have questions or concerns. We forward that number to a cell
when we're away from home and it rings on our bedside table at
night. We do not have our phone number on the website as we
cannot take a reservation or "check availability" over the phone
unless we have internet access to our online reservation
programming. (Typically, we are away from our computer during
regular business hours as that is when we clean cabins, buy
toilet paper, or work at other jobs.) We check emails at least
every morning and evening and will respond promptly.
If you have questions that I haven't addressed, please allow us
to email you back or call you at a time that we have internet
Giving our number to reserved guests only allows Jim and Robin
to personally answer all phone calls, emails, and reservations
to ensure quality customer service for our guests. We are "on
call" for our guests 24/7/365.
Thank you for your
- Are your availability calendars really
accurate? What about cancellations
or a a waitlist?
Please click on the
"RESERVE YOUR CABIN NOW"
here or on our reservations page to
access our real-time availability, including any cancellations
or reservations made today. (The calendars that are displayed
throughout our website are automatically updated every few
hours. Similarly, I update the website ASAP if I have dates
advertised on the homepage, but there may be a few hour delay
between the time a guest makes a reservation online and I am
able to update the homepage - sorry!)
If you would like us to notify you if we receive a cancellation,
please email us at
and we would be happy to do so!
Do you have any
packages or specials?
Stay with us 3 or more nights and
receive a 6% discount. Stay a week or more and you get a 25%
DISCOUNT! A great value!
Please click on the
"RESERVE YOUR CABIN NOW"
for more information.
If you are Active Military, please be sure to let us know so
that we can have a bottle of wine waiting in your cabin for you
to thank you for your service!!!
Please click on the
"RESERVE YOUR CABIN NOW"
- What is your cancellation
days or more before arrival will receive a full refund minus a
$35 booking fee.
Cancellations less than 30 days prior to arrival will receive a
refund (less $35) ONLY for the days we are able to rebook the
No shows or early departures are due no refund.
If you do need to cancel, we will make every effort to rebook
the cabin if you allow us enough time to do so. Please realize
that if you cancel less than 30 days before your reservation, it
may not be possible for us to rebook the cabin. We are just two
people running this business and we prefer to price our cabins
and packages such that they will enjoy practically 100%
occupancy. We do not overcharge to compensate for empty nights,
hence last minute cancellations affect us greatly.
- What is the best time of year to visit?
The beauty of our area is the seasons!!! Everybody knows that
the mountains are a cool respite in the summer and gorgeous in
the fall. To many of us who live here, the winter is the
prettiest time as you can see forever in the crisp air during
the day, then snuggle up and feel cozy at night. Spring is quite
a marvel too as you can still see very well through the trees,
plus have the bonus of the daffodils, dogwoods, apple trees,
forsythia, etc. greeting the new season in a riot of vibrant
- What is the weather like?
Generally, the roads are clear and travel
is easy most all winter, although there may be a few days of light
US 74A, US 64 and NC 9 are all kept very clear.
Do cell phones work in the area?
Sometimes! USCellular just put up a tower in Bat Cave so most
cell phones will work at least some of the time. At the cabins,
many cell phones can get service (especially standing on The
Mini-Barn porch next to the landline!), but many phones will not
have a good signal inside the cabins. cell service is possible,
- Is there a phone in our cabin?
no phones in the cabins. For your conveyance, there is a 'land
line' phone at the mini barn. The Phone at the mini-barn
now allows free calls to anywhere in the USA!
- What about email
Our Property now has broad band wifi.
Information about using our internet is in the Guest
- What is your minimum stay?
2 nights is our minimum stay.
Please no check-ins or outs on Christmas Day or Easter Sunday!
How do I pay for the cabin?
50% deposit due at time of reservation with the balance due 30
days prior to arrival. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American
Express or Discover. The remaining balance will be charged to
the same credit card as the original reservation.
Reservations cannot be confirmed or "dates held" until payment
is made. Full payment is due at the time of reservation for
stays within the next 30 days.
- What is your tax rate?
6.75% sales tax plus 5% Rutherford County bed tax.
- Are there any cleaning fees?
No, there are no extra cleaning fees with our cabins. We have a
washer and dryer in the new cabins for your convenience only -
we'll take care of the laundry! We do ask that you do the dishes
prior to departure, or leave $10 behind for the housekeeper's
There is a one-time $35 pet fee that we donate 1/2 to the local
spay and neuter program. The
animals thank you in advance!!!!!
- I am
a cabin, but I am not bringing a pet and I don't want to "smell"
any previous pets!
Of course you don't and of course you won't!!!
No pets are allowed in the Duck Pond Cabin
plus we clean the
cabins very thoroughly and you would never know by smell or
sight that a pet had previously enjoyed the cabin, other than
seeing the "pooch pail" of toys. The cabins are mostly wood,
with no carpeting so they clean up
quite well and easily.
- How old are the cabins?
Tootsies Cabin was built in the 1930s by CCC workers. Jim's
Cabin was built in 1947 by Jim Washburn. Our new cabins were
built in the Fall of 2009.
idea was this anyway?
We're very proud of our cabins and hope you will enjoy them and
all the personal touches you will find within! Jim's
grandparents, Jim and Tootsie Washburn, started renting cabins
soon after they purchased the property in 1946. Their
grandson, Jim Proctor, started working here in 1972 and has
spent most of his summers at Pine Gables ever since. Robin was born in
Ohio and then spent most of her youth in Florida. Both Jim
and Robin went to Warren Wilson College, in Swannanoa (near
Asheville North Carolina). Jim married Robin in
1996 and they have spent many hours planning and "fixing up" the
property. Robin is the naturalist and landscape designer of the
two. Jim mows grass and is the handyman. Our cabins are our
dream and we invite you to share it with us.
Robin and Jim live at the old inn at the beginning of Pine Gable
Drive. It was originally built as a stage coach stop in the late
1700s. It has two log cabins under the lap boards that date back
to 1834 and 1877.
- I want to know more about Lake Lure and
Chimney Rock, North Carolina!
Please visit this site for more information about our great
airports are closest to Pine
Gables Log Cabins?
Asheville Airport is southwest of
town and is about 45 minutes away.
Greenville/Spartanburg Airport, SC, is about 60 minutes
Charlotte, NC, airport is about 90 minutes away.