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Thursday, May 18, 2017

FALL 2017 DETAILS

Check In: October 29, 2017 at 4 pm - Pick up your keys and packets at the office, there is an after hours pick up as well so go to the office even if it's after 5.
Check Out: November 2, 2017 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.
Location: Springmaid Mountain, Spruce Pine, NC

Since the choices of accommodations at Springmaid Mountain are varied there are several options for your stay.  They are 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. If I feel you are choosing a cabin that is too small for your needs I will suggest a different one.

IMPORTANT: There are a lot of ponds on the property, please watch young children carefully.

PRICES BELOW INCLUDE ARGH REGISTRATION (only $100 per family) PLUS LODGING (4 NIGHTS) and DIVIDED PAVILION RENTAL. THERE ARE NO OTHER CHARGES. The PER FAMILY charge on shared and single family cabins means YOUR family, if you are bringing extra children from other families there is an extra $50 charge per extra person. Also when 2 families share a single family cabin there will be an additional $100 charge on the cabin for their registration.

Single Family Cabins
These cabins are small but if you want to try to fit 2 SMALL families you can.

Sweet Bay Campground Cabins (2) - $460 (DOG FRIENDLY with fee)
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) - $460
Efficiencies have two queen beds, one bathroom and a kitchenette.  Convenient to trout ponds and hiking trails.

Larger Single Family Cabins
These cabins are a little larger and could accommodate 2 SMALL families.

River’s Edge Cabins (4) - $570
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 Pondside Cabins (2) - $580
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.
Comfortable cabin with a scenic view of the North Toe River. Convenient to our horse stables, fishing ponds and waterfall hiking trails. Cabin has a great room, two bedrooms downstairs, sleeping loft, wood stove, kitchen and one bath, and front and back porches.

Whispering Pines #2 - $580 (DOG FRIENDLY with fee)
Comfortable cabins with a scenic view of the North Toe River. Convenient to our horse stables, fishing ponds and waterfall hiking trails. Cabins have a great room, two bedrooms downstairs, sleeping loft, wood stove, kitchen and one bath.

Shared Family Cabins
These are much larger cabins and can accommodate several small families easily.  To make sure that we cover costs, I have set a minimum number of families for each of these cabins.

The Trillium Suite - A minimum of 2 families can rent this cabin for $350 each
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.  

Timber Oaks Lodge - A minimum of 4 families can rent this cabin for $350 each
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!

The Saddle Ridge Overlook - A minimum of 4 families can rent this cabin for $350 each
(Not Available for the Fall 2017 Gathering)
This is a beautiful retreat at the top of Springmaid Mountain with spectacular views of the North Toe River, Mount Mitchell and Humpback Mountain. The best views of the property can be had from either side of the cabin.
Saddle Ridge has two queen and two twin beds, three bedrooms, great room, fireplace, kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer, 2.5 baths, front and back porches with swings and rockers and separate gazebo. Ideal for those who want to appreciate nature’s beauty and relax in comfort.

The Bunkhouse
$275 per family or $125 per person.
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 (3 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.  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.  Bunkhouse community hours will be available Sunday, 6pm-10pm; Monday, 11am-10pm; Tuesday, 11am-10pm; Wednesday, 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.

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.

We rent the pavilion as an extra space for hanging out and workshops as well as the dance and potluck overflow.

Springmaid Mountain Family Campground
The campground offers campsites suitable for primitive camping. no electricity.  Bathhouse with showers, latrines, and sinks available. A Dining Shelter is available for refrigerator and electricity use and sink but no hot water.

Tent Sites - $175
These are outfitted with a lantern post and fire ring with a grill. no electric.

Screen Shelters - $190 
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 $100 (or $25 per day) per family for the 4 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.