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About Rustic Rest Lodging in the Smoky Mountains

The Owners

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Sarah enjoys creating art, serving in the kids ministry at our church, and hiking while Brian enjoys photography, woodworking, hiking, and anything outdoors. We absolutely love being on Fontana Lake, mountain biking at Tsali, and hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our quaint little small town of Bryson City NC provides just enough to do while maintaining a relaxing Smoky Mountain experience!

Our Passion

We have a passion to see people restored to a place of peace and balance in their lives. We believe time away from it all at a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina is a perfect way to unwind and disconnect from it all! One of the best methods of accomplishing this form of rejuvenation is a custom group retreat for your family, friends, church, or workplace!

Our Journey

Our journey to the Smoky Mountains began back In 2011. We took a road trip and ended up in the Bryson City NC area of North Carolina. We found this place to be beautiful, relaxing, and naturally peaceful. Not only was it peaceful but it was full of outdoor adventure! The views while on Fontana Lake were amazing! Rock Jumps into crystal clear mountain water, The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Fishing, Whitewater Rafting, Zip lines, Tail of the Dragon, Golf; what can beat that? We also enjoyed the Great Smoky Mountains National Park being so easily accessible! Another year went by and a friends and family trip was planned to the same area to share this experience with others. Everyone agreed this place was marvelous and full of rest and relaxation for the mind and body. It was a place to rejuvenate ourselves and to be ready for the coming months in our busy cultures. Another trip was planned immediately and the love and affection for the Bryson City NC area and sharing this peaceful encounter with others would continue.

The Mission

To provide a place of rest to those who are weary and peace to those who are anguished. Our aspiration is for people from all walks of life to experience peace in their lives. We fully believe in rest and rejuvenation as being great for the mind, body, and spirit. Read More about our “Heart of the Hive”.

The Experience

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Did you know we offer themed retreats at The Hive Lodge for a unique Smoky Mountain experience for each and every time you visit with us? Its what we call the "A Journey into the Hive"
We also partner with our guests each year to give back! Read More about our "Heart"


  • We partner with our guests in search of individuals who may need a “Journey into the Hive”
  • We partner with churches and businesses to fund retreats for those in need of a “Journey into the Hive”

The Reason

You see, we are the same as everyone else in American culture today who live in and around the big city: we are busy bees! Too much work, not enough time to relax and take care of ourselves both spiritually and mentally. Not only that, but many people cannot afford to take a trip of this kind to just getaway and clear their thoughts. As statistics and the evidence in front of our faces demonstrates to us, this has led to an overall health decline for individuals, families, our work environments, and general interactions with others. Read more about our guests partnership program here.
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Things to Do

There are so many things to do in the Smoky Mountains of Western NC! Its an outdoor adventure paradise. Check out all of our favorite things to do in Bryson City NC and area attractions on our Area Info Page.

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We have the perfect small family or large group lodging for your next trip to the North Carolina Smoky Mountains! Take a look at our Lodging Page for photos and descriptions of our cabins located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park!