The Cataloochee Ranch

A travel guide to my new favorite spot in North Carolina! Excited to share this Cataloochee Ranch review!

Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Visit in the NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Almost two weeks ago, Joshua and I made the short 3.5 hour drive to Maggie Valley, NC to stay at the Cataloochee Ranch. The drive was super easy coming from Charlotte and extremely beautiful once you hit the mountains. It was the first time both of us has visited the Maggie Valley area and we blown away by it’s beauty! The mountains honestly amaze me every time I visit them. 

As mentioned here, I was EXTREMELY excited about this trip. I had been dreaming of visiting a dude ranch for years and basically jumped for joy when the opportunity came to do so. There was lots of planning that went into my packing. And maybe a countdown in my planner! 

Well luckily, the Cataloochee Ranch and our experience not only lived up to my dreams {and excitement} by honestly surpassed them! Our cabin was the cutest {and so spacious}, the food was incredible, the views were breathtaking, and relaxation was real! So let’s dive into the trip + my recommendations for those looking to visit a ranch or experience a new kind of vacation.

THE Property

I have to talk about the property first because it absolutely blew me away. As stated above, Joshua and I were blown away by the beauty of Maggie Valley, specifically that of the Cataloochee Ranch. The ranch has a 5,000-foot elevation that borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Providing extraordinary mountain views and wonderfully cool temperatures. There are mountains as far as you can see, horses grazing in pastures, and sweet cabins all around you. It is a sight to be soaked in and truly enjoyed!

From the second you drive onto the property you have an instant feeling of peace and relaxation. Something I know we all strive for when trying to get away from it all! This was honestly my favorite thing about the ranch. Even though we were working lots of the trip, the moments we were not, we felt so relaxed and miles away from real life and real stressors! 

Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Visit in the NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Visit in the NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
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Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Visit in the NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Visit in the NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Visit in the NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

WHERE TO EAT

The Cataloochee Ranch offers a couple of options when staying with them. You can book as a bed & breakfast, where only breakfast is included in your rate. Or you can book with full service. Meaning breakfast and dinner are both included. You can then prepare a light lunch in your cabin or join them for lunch at $8-13.50 per person. 

Dinner our first night: 
Garden Salad with Homemade Ranch or French Dressing & French + Rolls 
Sides: Garlic Mash Potatoes, Green Beans, Onion Casserole 
Entrees: Sweet & Spicy Chicken, Beef Brisket – Homemade BBQ Sauce 
Desserts: Brownie, Pecan Oatmeal Cake, and Strawberry Lemon Tart 

Breakfast our first morning:
Sausage, Bacon, Eggs, Oatmeal, and Biscuits. 
Assorted Homemade Jams 

Lunch:
Garden Salad with Homemade Ranch or French Dressing
Sides: Pasta Salda, Coleslaw, BBQ Beans {they were amazing}, Corn on the Cob  
Entrees: Cheese Burgers with fresh toppings 
Hot Dogs with fresh toppings 

Dinner our second night: 
Fajitas: Grilled Onions, Chicken, Steak, Sour Cream, Cheese, Lettuce, Beans, and Tortillas. 
Sides: Guacamole, Salsa, and Chips. 
Dessert: Mexican Chocolate Cake

Breakfast our second morning:
Sausage, Bacon, Eggs, Oatmeal, and French Toast. 
Assorted Homemade Jams

If you’d like to take a closer look at their dinner menu, you can view their Summer 2018 menu here

Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Eat in Maggie Valley, NC | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Eat in Maggie Valley, NC | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Eat in Maggie Valley, NC | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Eat in Maggie Valley, NC | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Eat in Maggie Valley, NC | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Eat in Maggie Valley, NC | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

WHERE TO STAY

You have a couple of difference options when booking your stay at the Cataloochee Ranch. There are Cabins on the Ridge, Ranch Cabins, Rooms in Silverbell Lodge, and Rooms in the Main Ranch House. Deciding which one to book really just depends on how many people you are traveling with and how much privacy you would like! 

Ranch Cabins and Rooms in Silverbell are great options for larger groups and families. 

Cabins on the Ridge and Rooms in the Main Ranch House are perfect for couples looking to get away and enjoy some time together! Joshua and I stayed in Willow, which is one of the Cabins on the Ridge. It was the perfect size for us and we absolutely loved it! Seriously, neither of us wanted to leave! 

Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Rent a Cabin in the NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Rent a Cabin in the NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Rent a Cabin in the NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Rent a Cabin in the NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Rent a Cabin in the NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Rent a Cabin in the NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

WHAT TO DO

The very first thing you need to do is explore the property! Check out the main ranch house, walk up to the horse barn, and down to the fishing pond. Then, if you’re in a cabin, sit right down in one of the rockers and enjoy the view! After that…

Go Horseback Riding: This is an absolute must if you’re staying at the Cataloochee Ranch when the horses are in town {they send the horses to SC in the winter for them to get away from the cold and take some time off work}. Their horses are beautiful and you can tell instantly how well kept and healthy they are! The trails are also beautiful and well kept. And you cannot beat the view from the top! 

Joshua rode Dodger and I rode Junior. Which seemed fitting as Dale Jr. is my favorite NASCAR driver {even if he’s retired now}. 

Go Fishing: Joshua is ALL about some fishing. And honestly, I am too. Although, you will not find me putting the bait on the hook or taking the fish off haha. Right down from the cabins is a sweet fishing pond that is full of trout and more. If you ask the kitchen, they’ll provide you with some bait. There are also bamboo rods in your room. You are allowed to bring your own fishing rod though!

We caught a trout within 15 minutes and she was just about the prettiest fish I’ve ever caught or seen Joshua catch. 

Take a Hike: While we did not do this activity, we certainly will next go around. There are short trails, long trails, and a couple in between. Great for beginnings, intermediate, and avid hikers. 

Upon arrival you’ll receive a hiking trails map with all near by trails outlined. This will provide you with miles of trails that wind deep into tall hardwood forests, go along the banks of streams, and climb to mile-high meadows that offer breathtaking views. 

For more things to do check out this page

Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Go Horseback Riding in NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Go Horseback Riding in NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
Cataloochee Ranch Review | Where to Go Horseback Riding in NC Mountains | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
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Now I can say, hands down, that our stay at the Cataloochee Ranch was one of my favorite trips to date! We will 100% be going back to this special place!

Not only will we be going back but I have been recommending it to ALL my family and friends. So I know lots of them will be visiting too. And now, I’m telling you, you NEED to book a stay here stat!! Especially if you’re planning to go during peak leaf season {which this spot would be incredible for}. As they do book up very quickly for that season!

Joshua and I were gifted a weekend stay at The Cataloochee Ranch + meals in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are of course my own! 

38 Comments

  1. May 15, 2018 / 8:12 am

    This post is giving me all the feels because my family and I used to vacation here, and we loved the ranch so much we bought a cabin on the same mountain! Some of my favorite memories!

    • May 15, 2018 / 10:25 am

      Aw!!! I love that! It is such a special place. Hope y’all stop by when you’re in the area.

      xo Laura Leigh

  2. May 15, 2018 / 10:39 am

    This looks like so much fun! It also looks relaxing!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    • May 15, 2018 / 11:16 am

      Isn’t it? I was overwhelmed by it’s beauty. You’ll definitely have to take a trip!

      xo Laura Leigh

  3. Anna English
    May 15, 2018 / 10:52 am

    What a beautiful place! It looks so relaxing!

  4. carolinestfrancis
    May 15, 2018 / 11:26 am

    This trip looks amazing Laura – truly the perfect weekend getaway and I wish we had something similar close to NYC (though we probably do and I’m just missing out)! Also, I love your ranch-esque but still feminine looks – nailed it 🙂

    xx Caroline
    http://www.whenwear.com

    • May 15, 2018 / 11:52 am

      It was a wonderful trip for sure! Maybe you’ll need to make a little trip down to NC to visit 🙂 Thank you so much gal – I really appreciate that!

      xo Laura Leigh

  5. May 15, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    Seems like the vacation you’ve always wanted!! I know you and Josh were in heaven!! That’s so awesome that they have meal package where you can have both b&d provided! No need to ever leave haha!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • May 16, 2018 / 8:29 am

      We absolutely were! Both loving life haha. Right? I wish more places did that. Makes for such a simple, relaxing vacation.

      xo Laura Leigh

  6. May 15, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    What a great time on the ranch. Definitely looks like you had a wonderful time and the food looks fab, too.

  7. May 15, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    This sounds like such a fun trip & something that Nick would totally love!

    • May 16, 2018 / 8:32 am

      It was incredible – such an experience! Y’all should definitely book a weekend here – I am sure you’d love it!

      xo Laura Leigh

    • May 16, 2018 / 8:34 am

      The ranch is absolutely stunning! Truly couldn’t get over the beauty of the property.

      xo Laura Leigh

  8. May 16, 2018 / 11:14 am

    This whole ranch looks like a dream!! How stinking fun 🙂

  9. Lauren
    May 16, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    This seriously looks absolutely amazing and your looks are gorgeous! I’ve been dying to go to somewhere like this. I need to travel more!
    xx
    Lauren

    • May 16, 2018 / 2:57 pm

      It was truly an incredible experience. Such a beautiful place! You will definitely need to plan a trip here.

      xo Laura Leigh

  10. Ciera Chang
    May 17, 2018 / 1:59 am

    This ranch looks Iike a dream!! Definitely bookmarking for my next trip 😍

  11. jane
    May 17, 2018 / 4:36 am

    This ranch looks amazing
    I would love to visit it one day

    Much Love,
    Jane

  12. May 17, 2018 / 9:48 am

    First of all I love the new site layout! Second of all, you have the best travel guides out of anyone I know!!!

    • May 17, 2018 / 10:08 am

      Ah yay!! Thank you Ruthie. Seriously making my week with your compliment, thank you gal!

      xo Laura Leigh

  13. May 21, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    What a gorgeous getaway! I’ve never been to NC before but now I’m dying to go!

    • May 22, 2018 / 6:44 am

      It truly was! Oh girl you need to make it happen and stay at Cataloochee Ranch – it will be a trip you’ll always remember!

      xo Laura Leigh

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