A Stage for Mountain Memories
July 13, 2014
Theatre performances that elicit laughter, joy, and even tears, are often remembered for years to come. Yet only when the theatres, and specifically when the stages, offer something special and unique are they incorporated with the meaningful memories of the theatrical experience.
The Blairsville, GA mountain cabin where we recently had the pleasure of staying, was the momentous stage of significance for our recent Fourth of July vacation. The owners of the property seemed to preconceive every possible scenario in each room -- and even outdoors, to comfortably accommodate each of the cabin locations' experiences. From citronella candles on the porch, flavored coffee in the kitchen, board games in the living room, pillow rests by the bathroom Jacuzzi, and extra blankets in the bedrooms -- the private mountain cabin owners set the stage for a beautiful week of mountain memories.
Outside, the rocking chairs, ottoman, and built-in benches made the outdoor fireplace one of the highlights of our stay. We bought giant marshmallows (the size of baseballs) and shared fireside stories for hours -- even in July! Similarly to audience members sitting in a captivating theatre, inside the cabin, we took in sights of thoughtfully decorated mountain rooms -- complete with mountain baskets, black bear and moose décor.
The doors to the wrap-around deck and multiple windows made mountain views the scenic backdrop for meal preparation, singing, dancing, and lots of love and laughter. Though we did not venture out often, having local business cards, directories, and previous guests' suggestions readily available, gave us helpful insight as to the availability and quality of food, business, and entertainment beyond the 'stage'.
As the stage curtains to the long weekend closed, we hated to say goodbye to the retreat that had offered respite from what often becomes the weekly grind. Yet we smiled with the thought, and with the hope of another soon-to-come encore performance on the private mountain cabin stage in the lovely Blairsville, GA.
Mary Marcia Brown, Southern Pines, NC
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