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#042 - Authentic Railroad Cabooses And Depot Just Off The Blue Ridge Parkway

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 250 sq. ft.
Property type cabin

Overview

About the property

Railroad cabooses & cabin (depot) with high mountain meadow views for miles

Come spend some time in a real, completely refurbished railroad caboose (with all the modern amenities) just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Orchard Gap, approximate mile 193.5. Probably the most unique lodging along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Grassy Creek Cabooses are cabooses renovated into cabins for lodging/rental in the Blue Ridge mountains near Fancy Gap Virginia with private bath, kitchenette, 2 person Jacuzzi's, 32” flat screen satellite TV (w/over 145 channels), heat and air in each unit. We are convenient to I-77 near the NC/VA state line or highways 52 & 58. We're family owned and operated (we live on site) open since 2001. Please tell your friends, family and coworkers about us.

Relive a bygone era when train travel was fun and elegant. Come relax in a real caboose built by Nickel Plate Road or Norfolk Western and reminisce about the simpler times when everything wasn't so hectic and fast paced. Travel back in time and remember how you enjoyed waving to the brakeman in the caboose window when you were sitting at the tracks waiting for the end of the train to pass.

Perhaps you'd prefer to stretch out in our large mountain cabin, we call it the Depot. It's similar in appearance to some of the old depots that once dotted the landscape at small railroad stops across the country. The 2 person jacuzzi is in the bedroom with a queen size bed and an additional queen size sleeper sofa is in the living area. The depot is very spacious with over 500 sq/ft (16'x32') and features 3 decks 2 of them covered as well as all the other amenities of the cabooses. There is also a 34' flat screen TV in the living area. You will not find a cabin this size with all the extras we provide for less.

We have a few of the remaining mining cars from the old Austinville lead mines. There is only limestone left now but the mines used to produce the lead for musket balls, cannon balls and other things during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The lead was taken to the Shot Tower on the New River & molten lead was dropped down the tower into the river where it immediately cooled to form a round ball. The mines were opened in 1756 and were discovered by Colonel John Chiswell. The center car was an actual dynamite car but I had to rebuild it after it was out in the weather for around half a century.

We are members of Virginia Green. They promote recycling, conservation, energy efficiency and other environmentally friendly projects. There are bins on the decks for recycling. We do conserve electricity so we need advance notification to make sure everything is turned on for your stay. Reservations are suggested but drop ins are also welcome, just have to cut things on. Recycling requires more work but we believe it is a good cause. We're also installing LED lighting outdoors to reduce power demands.

Escape the hustle and bustle of urban life as you relax on one of the decks in an oversize rocker while taking in the high meadow, rolling countryside at an elevation around 3000 ft. There are a couple of oversize swings on the hill to relax and unwind while the world hurries by. Since we're just off the Blue Ridge Parkway you will find this to be a peaceful and serene setting.

Grassy Creek Cabooses is a great place for your anniversary, honeymoon or a romantic getaway. You will find our accommodations to be secluded & private. We are biker friendly.

On a clear night you can sit outside to see thousands of stars in the higher altitude without a bunch of those bright vapor lights. During the day you can walk around the 33+ acres and hike down the hill to Grassy Creek. There you can relax all by your lonesome among the pine & laurel thickets. On occasion you may see a doe & fawn run across or maybe even some turkeys or a buck. We have added some horseshoe pits for fun and relaxation.

Whether you're just stopping over while traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway or as a home base for the many local activities you will find Grassy Creek Cabooses to be a most enjoyable and memorable place to spend some time. Mabry Mill the most photographed spot on the parkway is north about 18 miles.

Address: 278 Caboose Lane Fancy Gap, VA 24328

GPS Position: 80°35'12"W, 36°40'21"N

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 193 & 194 at Orchard Gap. If traveling north on the parkway from hwy 52, turn left on Keno Rd at the Orchard Gap market and go 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane. If traveling south on the parkway from hwy 58 turn right on Keno rd at the Orchard Gap market.

I 77 traveling south - take exit 8 and turn left under the bridge, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.

I 77 traveling north - take exit 8 and turn right, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.

After exiting from I 77 - At highway 52 turn right (south) and go about 1 mile to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Get on the Parkway and go (north) about 6 miles to Orchard gap, approximate mile 193.5. Turn left off of the Parkway onto Keno rd (the paved road) and go about 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane, turn right on Caboose Lane and proceed to the office.

More Details

Owner
Donnie
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
18 September, 2017

About Donnie

We bought the land around 1997 and built the entire business from the rails/ground up on our own. We started with 2 Nickel Plate Road bay window cabooses then a few years later we added the N&W cupola caboose for our third. We stripped down the interiors of the cabooses & refurbished them ourselves. Then we added the Depot a couple of years later to accommodate more guests.

We're hoping to build something for the future for our children & granddaughter. She is already working on the business at 3 years old, if she is visiting she wants to help check folks in and insists on helping clean if we need to clean while she's here.

Donnie purchased this cabin in 1997

Why Donnie chose Blue Ridge Highlands

Probably the best sunsets around. Love the rural high meadow setting with virtually no traffic.

What makes this cabin unique

Quite possibly the most unique lodging along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Location

Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Rap's (seasonal)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Old Mill & Skyland lakes
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I 77
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Lakeview
Car: necessary

A listing of some things within 30 minutes of us. -

Dining:

Lakeview Restaurant ($),

Rap’s Bar & Grill ($),

Hillsville Diner ($),

Hungry Farmer ($),

Chateau Morrisette ($$$),

Olde Mill (Maples Restaurant) ($$$),

Galax Smokehouse ($$),

Numerous other restaurants in Hillsville

and Mount Airy -

Orchards:

Levering’s Orchard (cherries, peaches, apples),

Ayer’s Orchard (cherries, peaches, apples) -

Wineries/Breweries:

Chateau Morrisette,

Blacksnake Meadery,

Foggy Ridge Cider,

Old North State Winery & Brewery,

Shelton Vineyards,

Stanburn Winery,

Villa Appalaccia Winery -

Other:

Floydfest – Large music festival,

Hillsville Flea Market & Gun Show,

Maybry Mill – most photographed on parkway,

Rocky Knob – hiking,

Blue Ridge Music Center,

Rex Theater in Galax,

Shot tower state park,

New River Trail State Park,

Mayberry

Driving Directions

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 193 & 194 at Orchard Gap. If traveling north on the parkway from hwy 52, turn left on Keno Rd at the Orchard Gap market and go 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane. If traveling south on the parkway from hwy 58 turn right on Keno rd at the Orchard Gap market.

I 77 traveling south - take exit 8 and turn left under the bridge, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.

I 77 traveling north - take exit 8 and turn right, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.

After exiting from I 77 - At highway 52 turn right (south) and go about 1 mile to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Get on the Parkway and go (north) about 6 miles to Orchard gap, approximate mile 193.5. Turn left off of the Parkway onto Keno rd (the paved road) and go about 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane, turn right on Caboose Lane and proceed to the office.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Fancy Gap in Piper Gap

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes:
Biker friendly, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Near several antique shops, Hillsville Flea Market, Floydfest, Galax, Mount Airy. We do not charge extra cleaning fees like some folks.

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R&R

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent two nights in #042.

We had a wonderful relaxing weekend, went into Fancy Gap to eat at local diners, but kept snacks and drinks at the caboose. Our favorite was sitting on the porch, drinking a glass of wine, watching lightning in the distance as a storm rolled in. We thought that storm would be loud and miserable in the caboose, but the caboose is well

Insulated so we hardly heard the thunder outside.

The caboose was clean and comfortable, the view was beautiful.

We would love to go back, but next time we might bring the kids or dogs.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a nice review. Glad you all enjoyed your stay.
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5

Awesome

  • 5 of 5

This was a great experience.... we had great views and it was very clean we would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Raleigh NC
5

well thought out

  • 5 of 5

Well thought out property. Now if you are looking for a full cabin with kitchen etc. don't stay here you will be disappointed. Although between the outside charcoal grill the micro wave and the toaster oven you can prepare meals there is no actual kitchen. But if you are looking for a place to bed down and clean up this is a very clean, great property at a great price. Excellent host superb views of the Virginia countryside and close to many area attractions. We will definitely consider this place again! Hey have you ever spent the night in a Caboose!?

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review, we're glad you all enjoyed your stay. Caboose 494 does have a full kitchen if folks are interested.
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5

Super authentic

  • 5 of 5

Owner was very friendly and accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Relaxing great views & silence

  • 4 of 5

A great place to really get away. No traffic noise relaxing experience

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Uniquely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and i spent my 40th birthday weekend exploring the wine trails in the area and spent one night in this fabulous caboose! It was lovely, quaint, friendly, perfect! I loved the rockers on the deck overlooking the rolling mountains. The oversized swing was perfectly located for beautiful views and relaxation. The property owners were friendly and kind. The area was quiet and peaceful, just what we wanted. Even though the other cabooses were rented out as well, we still felt like we were the only people around.

Cozy, unique, peaceful and exciting. My boyfriend loved that it was a renovated authentic caboose too. Much better than an overpriced hotel anyday!

The interior of the caboose was small but spacious, just enough room for the two of us! i can't say enough how perfect it was and we are absolutely excited about visiting again! Thank you for the hospitality and for the incredibly perfect getaway location!

Bobbi and Eric

Charlotte, NC

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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