Sunday, December 30, 2012


Spring 2013 ARGH
Check In: April 28th, 2013 at 4 pm - Pick up your keys and packets at the office.  After 5 come to Whispering Pines #1 or the Bunkhouse to find Laura.
Check Out: May 1st, 2013 at 10 am (this is one hour earlier than their official check out time because as a group we tend to take longer) - Leave your keys in cabins on table and LEAVE DOORS UNLOCKED.

Since the choices of accommodations at this new location are varied there are several options for your stay.  Springmaid Mountain is fine with allowing us to bring air mattresses to increase the number of people we can put in the cabins but we don’t want them overflowing so much that we risk damaging the property.  So please be respectful of their generosity when occupying the cabins.
Single Family Cabins - These cabins are small but if you want to try to fit 2 families you can.
Smaller Single Family Cabins, 4 to choose from - $400
Sweet Bay Campground Cabins (2)
Cozy one bedroom cabins, convenient to the campground, pond and hiking trails.  Cabins have one queen size bed, living room, wood stove, kitchen and one bath.
Trillium Mountain Efficiencies (2)
Efficiencies have two queen beds, one bathroom and a kitchenette.  Convenient to trout ponds and hiking trails.

Larger Single Family Cabins, 6 to choose from - $450
River’s Edge Cabins (4)
Newly remodeled duplexes with levels rented together or separate.  Connecting stairs allow for privacy or togetherness.  Convenient to fishing pond and waterfall hiking trails.  Cabin includes a living room with wood stove, kitchen, two bedrooms (one with a queen, the other with two twins) and 1 ½ baths. Lower levels have a porch for rocking and relaxing.
Wrangler and Angler Ponside Cabins (2)
Newly remodeled cabins are secluded and have a relaxing view of the fishing pond and quiet mountainside.  Each cabin has 2 bedrooms, one queen and two twin beds, living room, wood stove, kitchen, a shower and 2 half baths.  The Angler Pondside Cabin is handicapped accessible.

Shared Family Cabins – These are much larger cabins and can accommodate several families easily.  To make sure that we cover costs and have a nice sized gathering I have set a minimum number of families for each of these cabins.  The cost for sharing a cabin is $300 per family.
Trillium Mountain Suite (1)
The Trillium Suite is adjacent to the Trillium Efficiency cabins and is convenient to the trout ponds and hiking trails.  Horse stables are only a five minute walk from the Trillium complex.  The Suite has 3 bedrooms, four twin beds and one queen bed, a living room, wood stove, kitchen, two baths and balcony.  minimum of 2 families can rent this cabin.
Saddle Ridge Overlook (1)
This cabin is a beautiful retreat at the top of the property with spectacular views.  There are 3 bedrooms, one queen and four twin beds, great room, fireplace, kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer, 2 ½ baths, front and back porches with swing and rockers, and separate gazebo.  minimum of 3 families can rent this cabin.
Timber Oaks Lodge (1)
This rustic, five bedroom cabin is the most centrally located cabin and includes 5 bedrooms, eight twin beds and two queens, a great room, wood stove, kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer and 3 baths.  This cabin is quite spacious!  minimum of 5 families can rent this cabin.

The Bunkhouse
A dormitory-style bunk cabin with accommodations suitable for both youth and adult groups.  There is a commercial kitchen and a large multipurpose room, 16 rooms (with some doors that lock from the inside but no individual keys) with 1 bunkbed in each room (32 beds), fireplace, washer/dryer, and four baths (2 with showers).
This is where we will be holding all of our community activities.  Anyone who would like to stay at the bunkhouse will share bathrooms, kitchen and living spaces.  The cost to stay is $175 per family or $75 per person.  This might be a fun place for teens to stay but the common area IS NOT a specific youth hang out place although everyone will certainly be hanging out there during community activities.  While our previous community space had specific hours of use, we have the bunkhouse full time.  BUT, there are community hours for the use of the space to give those who are staying there some quiet time as well.  It will be available Sunday, 6pm-10pm; Monday, 11am-10pm; Tuesday, 11am-10pm. Please respect these hours as there are several families staying at the Bunkhouse. The kitchen space (and the food therein) is to be respected and not for community use.  It should also be stated that this is a commercial kitchen with a large gas stove, please be sure to use hood fan when cooking.  Snacks for community use will be provided by us on a table in the common area, anyone is welcome to add to it at any time.  Some people found the mattresses in the bunkhouse very uncomfortable, bring a pad, extra blanket or sleeping bag for comfort.

In the past we have had a hang out cabin for the kids.  With the limited number of cabins available at this location, having such a space is not feasible.  One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that the kids in the hang out cabin tend to have small clusters of kids hanging out with each other and not one large group.  If one family of each of these small clusters would like to volunteer their cabin for occasional hanging out that would work nicely.  Our cabin has always been an alternate hang out space and we always welcome it and enjoy hosting whoever wants to hang out with us.  This won’t change with the new location, so as long as one of us is there feel free to stop by.
We are renting the pavilion this time as an extra space for hanging out and workshops.

Springmaid Mountain Family Campground
The campground offers campsites suitable for tents, pop-ups, campers and RVs.  Bathhouse with showers, latrines, and sinks available.
Tent Sites - $150
These are outfitted with a lantern post and fire ring with a grill.

Camper and RV Sites - $200
These have water and electrical connections.  A separate dump station is located on the grounds. Camper sites suitable for units up to 36’ in length.

Screen Shelters - $165
Three screen shelters are available for those who want the experience of camping without having to stay in a tent or outdoors. Each shelter sleeps six. Wood siding on three sides with screen on the front side. They have 3 sets of bunks in them with mattresses. You bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. There are lights and electric plug in them as well.

The cost to attend ARGH without renting a cabin, bunkhouse or campsite is $75 per family for the 3 day event.

Activities Available for an additional charge:  Trail Rides on Horseback and Hay Rides.
Hiking is free!

Please read the group FAQ. Even if you've read it in the past, do so again as it changes each gathering and there are things that are always good to be reminded of.