River’s Edge Treehouse Resort | NC Weekend | UNC-TV

September 28, 2019 2 Comments


>>THIS IS A MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY
WHERE RIVER RUNS AND TREES HAVE THE RUN OF THE PLACE. IT INSISTS THAT WE DO SEE THE
FOREST FOR ITS TREES, PINE AND POPLAR, EVERGREENS AND THE
EVER-CHANGING. HERE AT THE RIVER’S EDGE
TREEHOUSE RESORT IN ROBBINSVILLE, THE ACCOMMODATIONS
ARE NOT JUST AMONG THE TREES. THEY ARE AT ONE WITH THEM. SOUTHERN APPALACHIA IS A
WOODLAND WONDERLAND, AND RESORT OWNERS DOUG AND LEYLA MORTIMER
WANT US TO GET WAY UP CLOSE.>>EVERYBODY LOVES A TREEHOUSE. EVERYBODY LOVES BEING UP IN THE
TREES.>>EACH OF THE SIX TREEHOUSES,
OR CABINS, IS BUILT ON STILTS AND NUZZLES UP TO ONE OF THE
WOODY NATIVES. DECKS ARE BUILT AROUND THEM. EAVES MAKE WAY FOR THEM.>>THE ONE WORD THAT EVERYBODY
USES IS TRANQUIL. IT’S VERY TRANQUIL AND RELAXING.>>TRANQUIL AS IT IS, THUNDER
ROLLS REGULARLY THROUGH THESE MOUNTAINS. TWO LANES TWIST THROUGH THE
TERRAIN LIKE THE VEINS IN A LEAF, BECKONING BIKERS LIKE ART
WAKELEY OF SUBURBAN WASHINGTON, D.C. WHEN RIVER’S EDGE OPENED IN THE
SUMMER OF 2014, IT HAD AN EDGE OVER OTHER PLACES TO STAY. THAT’S BECAUSE HIS BIKE COULD
STAY UNDER THE TREEHOUSE.>>I LIKE IT, ESPECIALLY SINCE
I’M KIND OF A FREAK ABOUT KEEPING MY MOTORCYCLE DRY. AND, YOU KNOW, IT’S HARD TO FIND
A PLACE AROUND HERE WHERE YOU CAN REALLY GET YOUR — YOUR BIKE
OR YOUR CAR OUT OF THE ELEMENTS.>>MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT VISIT
ARE EITHER ON MOTORCYCLES OR IN SPORTS CARS, AND WE KNOW THAT
THEY ALL WANT ONE THING, AND THAT’S COVERED PARKING FOR THEIR
BABIES, SO WE FIGURED IF WE WERE GOING TO BUILD TREEHOUSES, THEY
COULD PARK UNDERNEATH.>>ONE BIG ATTRACTION AMONG
MOTORCYCLISTS IN THESE MOUNTAINS IS HIGHWAY 129, THE
SWITCH-BACKING, HAIR-RAISING, TAIL OF THE DRAGON. HERE IS THE TRAIL OF THE DRAGON,
SWITCH-BACKING DOWN TO THE CHEOAH RIVER. DOWN HERE BY THE RIVER ARE A
FIRE PIT, CHAIRS, STACKS OF WOOD, EVEN LIGHTER FLUID, ALL
WAITING FOR SOME FIRESIDE FELLOWSHIP. THE CHEOAH MIGHT EVEN PROVIDE
YOUR CHOW.>>WE HAD SOME GUESTS RECENTLY
THAT SPENT THE WHOLE DAY FISHING FOR TROUT IN THE RIVER AND
CAUGHT ENOUGH TO HAVE DINNER AND FIXED IT ON THEIR LITTLE
BARBECUE GRILL UP ON THEIR DECK.>>YES, THE DECKS HAVE PROPANE
GRILLS AND ADIRONDACK CHAIRS. NOW LET’S TAKE YOU INSIDE THE
CABINS.>>ALL OF THE ROOMS HAVE A
KING-SIZE BED WITH MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS, HEAT AND AC, CEILING
FAN, UM, MINI FRIDGE, MICROWAVE, COFFEE MAKER.>>Wi-Fi, FLAT SCREEN TV,
SPACIOUS BATHROOM, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, ALL IN 320 SQUARE
FEET, AND THE STRIKING IMAGES ON THE WALLS OF LOCAL LANDSCAPES,
LEYLA MORTIMER PHOTOGRAPHED THEM ALL. AS TREEHOUSES GO, THESE ARE
QUITE LOFTY IN STYLE AND COMFORT.>>THERE’S A RELATIVELY NEW
TERM. IT’S CALLED GLAMOUR CAMPING. THEY CALL IT GLAMPING FOR SHORT.>>THIS ISN’T WHAT THE MORTIMERS
HAD IN MIND FOR THEIR RETIREMENT, AT LEAST NOT AT
FIRST. HE’S FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. SHE GREW UP IN JACKSONVILLE,
FLORIDA, THOUGH HER FAMILY HAS 200 YEARS OF HISTORY HERE IN
GRAHAM COUNTY.>>WE TRAVELED THE COUNTRY WITH
OUR RV FOR A FEW YEARS. AND, UH, I GOT BORED. AND, UH, SO WE STARTED TALKING
ABOUT DOING THIS.>>THEY STARTED TALKING AFTER
THEY LEARNED THAT GRAHAM COUNTY, RICHLY FORESTED AS IT IS, WAS
SOMETHING OF A DESERT WHEN IT CAME TO LODGING. RIVER’S EDGE IS THEIR WAY OF
ADDING SOME WATER.>>MY MOM OWNED A PROPERTY
ADJACENT TO US, AND WE BOUGHT A LITTLE BIT MORE AND STARTED
BUILDING THE TREEHOUSES.>>IT’S THE MOST GORGEOUS PLACE
ON EARTH. WE’VE TRAVELED ALL OVER THE
WORLD FOR YEARS AND YEARS WITH MY BUSINESS, AND THIS IS THE
MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE THERE IS. THE LAKES, THE RIVERS, THE
TREES. IT’S JUST ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.>>WOULD YOU JUST LOOK AROUND? THEY’RE EVERYWHERE. TREES, A PRESENCE AS CONSTANT
AND LIFE-GIVING AS THE AIR WE BREATHE. HERE WE COME TO EMBRACE THEM AND
TO BE EMBRACED. FOR “NORTH CAROLINA WEEKEND,”
I’M BRYAN MIMS.

2 Replies to “River’s Edge Treehouse Resort | NC Weekend | UNC-TV”

  1. Jeff Underwood says:

    Can't wait to visit River's Edge!! I've always wanted my old tree-house, back in Roanoke!  Now it seems like that may happen, again!

  2. Thank You says:

    Take me to the river …

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