As I type this post we are sitting in a place we have dreamed would happen—one day. For the past couple of months we have been looking for a mountain cabin to purchase to make available for couples and families to rent for vacation. We also wanted it large enough for our family to come when possible, and nice enough for a couple to use for their honeymoon. What we’re most excited about is the possibility for future retreats—marriage, ladies’, mens’, and maybe even writer’s retreats.
Yesterday, we closed on Barefoot Cabin. It was originally named Bearfoot Cabin, but we wanted the name to reflect a part of life on a vineyard. We didn’t name it The Romantic Vineyard simply because we don’t want families to feel it’s too romantic for their children to come and enjoy. And we thought folks would expect there to be a working vineyard on-site. Oh, how I wish it had one, but we DO have one less than a mile away. It’s called Banner Elk Winery, and it’s everything you would expect a small vineyard to be. We’ve driven by it, but have yet to go in and introduce ourselves. We will soon.
We’ve chosen the name “Barefoot Cabin” for a couple of reasons:
- We want our guests to kick off their shoes and make themselves at home from the moment they enter the door.
- We found a piece of art that depicts grape stomping, and we realized what an important aspect this is of making great wine. It all begins with stomping the grapes in order to extract the sweet juice of the vine, and what an excellent metaphor for making a great marriage. God takes two different people and uses life’s challenges to meld them into one flesh—one marriage, that can be poured out as an offering to the Lord. And like grape-stomping, it can be messy at times.
We knew as soon as we saw the painting that this was to be the name!
Our cabin has 5 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, two huge porches, a hot tub, pool table, and blackberry vines galore (my childhood favorite)! We will be working between now and the end of June making the place our own, Once we’re finished we’ll share with you pictures and how to go about reserving a getaway, if you would like.
We are reading through The One Year Bible this year for our devotions, and imagine how amazed we were when we read the following verse in today’s reading:
“This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” – Psalm 118:23 ESV