Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions • Two, three or four day retreats for groups of 4 to 28. A good place to start is to explore The Express Page which presents a complete overview of the Retreats North Carolina website, and mirrors the navigation menus to the top, right and bottom of these pages. Another fast and easy way to start is to send us a brief message at “Your Retreat” asking a few questions.

We are an ecological, health, natural & organic conscious retreat and learning facility serving creative artists and artisans, nature groups, family groups, associations, businesses, non-profits, church, spiritual and cultural groups. The Mast Farm Inn is an uplifting and enriching environment where guests are treated with respect, kindness and consideration. The Mast Farm Inn estate is located on 21 acres in the pristine mountain village of Historic Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Valle Crucis, is North Carolina’s first rural historic district, designated as such by the legislature, and the entire community is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as are many of its individual structure. It’s a place which at the same time generates excitement, relaxation and fulfillment. It’s a place where you feel comfortable, energized, exhilarated, passionate & challenged, where groups can get plenty done while enjoying healthy carefree fun and feel closer.


COSTSThe costs listed here are for the packages presented on this website. This so we can provide a snapshot overview of retreat package costs. Do not let the old-fashioned country-frugal rates fool you, we are talking about very high-quality retreats, in terms of lodging, dining, and services, and we walk that talk. You might also be as surprised as we were by some of the creative retreats, workshops, and other special events we have produced. We can do a lot more than what you see on this website while providing the same type of country frugal pricing you see in evidence here. So do not hesitate to ask for the moon, and let’s see how close we can get. That being said if your retreat is as described here, this is exactly what it will cost. No hidden fees, no nickel-and-diming.

Setup • Planning, Setup & Coordination. Each retreat has planning, setup & coordination, which are included in the total flat rate setup fee. This is a total charge per retreat and not a per night charge.
For 4 participants • $190.00
For 5-7 participants • $290.00
For 8-10 participants • $390.00
For 11-14 participants • $490.00

Lodging • Total charge per group, per night and not a per person per night charge.
• Total Lodging Charge for 4 rooms and participants, $596.00 per night, includes all lodging charges for 4 rooms, cottage or cabins, The Granary as meeting & gathering place, and lodging one upstairs.
• Total Lodging Charge for 5-7 rooms and participants, $1,192.00 per night, includes all lodging charges for 5-7 rooms, cottage or cabins, and The Granary as meeting & gathering place.
• Total Lodging Charge for 8-10 rooms and participants, $1,639.00 per night, includes all lodging charges for 8-10 rooms, cottage or cabins, and The Granary as meeting & gathering place.
• Total Lodging Charge for 11-14 rooms and participants, $2,235.00 per night, includes all lodging charges for 11-14 rooms, cottage or cabins, and The Granary as meeting & gathering place.

Dining • Lodging rates include refreshments such as water, sodas, fresh baked treats, and snacks
• Lunch at Over Yonder, per meal/per person • $17.50
• Country Dinner at Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn, per meal/per person • $30.00
• Gourmet Dinner at Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn, per meal/per person • $50.00

Gratuities • As services and meals occur over multiple days, at several events and times with numerous staff, we add a 15-20% gratuity to the entire bill based on your choice within that range so you do not have to attend to individual tipping.

Taxes • The North Carolina state sales tax rate is currently 4.75%, Watauga County Sales Tax is currently at 2.00%, and the Watauga County Room Occupancy Tax is currently at 6%. The lodging component of your bill will therefore be taxed at 12.75%, and the other components at 6.75%.

Insurance • We highly recommend Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance, or Event Cancellation Insurance, so partial or complete cancelations do not become a financial burden for your group. Such insurance is very reasonably priced and can avoid you significant losses. Click Here for more information on event insurance.

Hidden • None on our side, we do not nickel-and-dime. Among numerous other things which are free and do not find their way into your bill: Free fiber optic 50mbps wireless internet, Free private parking, Free water, Free coffee, Free snacks.

Deposit, Payment, Cancelation • Deposits & Payment Schedule,  33% at the time of reservation, 33% at check-in, and balance at check-out. While we manage and coordinate other third party providers on your behalf they will have their own deposit, payment and cancelation requirements. Cancelations, $100 service charge if cancelled 45 days or more before scheduled date of retreat. You forfeit the equivalent of the planning, setup & coordination fee if cancelled between 44 days and 21 days before the scheduled date. You will pay the full payment on the setup & lodging portion of the entire retreat bill if cancelled less than 21 days before the scheduled date, as well as any third party obligations we may have incurred on your behalf such as for music, flowers, food, catering, or special order items or activities. We will reimburse you afterwards for the rooms you had reserved and paid for that time frame, if we were able to rebook them to others on your behalf.

The difference in pricing between a participant and a participant’s guest • A participant is considered on person participating in all lodging, dining, and any group meetings. Lodging is priced as single occupancy with each participant having their private room, cottage or cabin, private bath, and includes a country gourmet breakfast for one. Rates include meeting refreshments such as water, sodas, coffee, fresh baked treats, and snacks. Participants can share a room with their spouse, significant other, their children or friends, who are not themselves participants, and an extra charge applies for these extra breakfasts, housekeeping and amenities for extra non-participant guests sharing the same room. $40 per night for guests 13 and older, $25 per night for children under 12. Participants can share a room with other participants, and an extra charge applies for these extra food and beverage meeting items, breakfasts, housekeeping and amenities for extra participants sharing the same room. • $89 per night for extra participant sharing the same room.


LOCATION • The Mast Farm Inn is situated in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Valle Crucis is pronounced Valley-Crew-Sis and in Latin means Valley of The Cross, so named for the rivers and streams which cross our valley. We are on the Watauga River in a beautiful mountain valley a little under a mile long, by about a quarter mile wide, surrounded by mountains, forests, rivers and streams, and our population is eight hundred.

Locations & Distances • Valle Crucis is a peaceful rural community, nestled high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Western North Carolina High Country, that has stayed untouched over the years. Valle Crucis’ majestic scenic beauty mesmerizes residents and draws visitors from throughout the world. The GPS Coordinates of The Mast Farm Inn are +36° 12′ 25.75″, -81° 46′ 16.20″, 15-30 minutes from Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, Linville and Grandfather Mountain. A few minutes from The Blue Ridge Parkway, and about two hours by car from Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, High Point, Concord, Chapel Hill, Burlington, Hickory and Lenoir in North Carolina. Less than two hours from Abingdon and Bristol in Virginia, Johnson City and Kingsport in Tennessee. • Directions, Road & Weather ConditionsGPS Navigation

Setting & Natural Environment • The Mast Farm Inn estate is located on 21 acres in the pristine mountain village of Historic Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Valle Crucis, is North Carolina’s first rural historic district, designated as such by the legislature, and the entire community is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as are many of its individual structure. We are an ecological, health, natural & organic conscious retreat and learning facility serving creative artists and artisans, nature groups, family groups, associations, businesses, non-profits, church, spiritual and cultural groups. The Mast Farm Inn is an uplifting and enriching environment where guests are treated with respect, kindness and consideration. • More Information


STYLE • Well Fancy Pants Y’All.  Your facility looks very high-end, upscale and intimidating.

Fancy Pants? Your facility looks very high-end, upscale and intimidating! Yes in terms of history, reputation, lodging, dining, amenities, services, facilities, comfort and hospitality. No in terms of vanity, conceit, pretentious airs or attitude. The place and its people are rural, rustic, comfortable, clean-cut, authentic, simple, human and down to earth. We are indeed pretty highly educated, world-travelers, and did not fall off any turnip trucks, but gratitude, kindness, and simplicity are at the very core of our values and enterprise. • “Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat.” ~ Scottish Proverb • “Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” ~ Frederic Chopin • “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie  • Here is one of our favorite videos.


DRESS CODE • Yes, you definitely must be dressed!

Comfort • Yes you definitely must be dressed! How is up to you. Decent & unpretentious is in. Style and elegance is always in, but above all comfortable in mind, body and spirit.


QUALITY • Historic Hotels of America, Select Registry, TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

Modest Rural… like the Beatles were just a cool little rock band from Liverpool. • We do have a bit of street cred! Every year we pass the most rigorous quality inspections by Historic Hotels of America and by Select Registry, two of the most rigorous certification inspections in hospitality.

Our location, history, geography, climate, and authentically friendly people, all contribute to making Mast Farm Inn & Valle Crucis quite simply a treasure… a natural sanctuary & haven of peaceful calm. We are not just in the sticks… we are in the twigs. That is partially true. While you have the impression you stepped back in time and are in the middle of rural nowhere, in fact some of the most vital, diverse and attractive small mountain villages in the United States are within 10 miles, as is the Blue Ridge Parkway, the second most visited National Park in America. The Mast Farm Inn, along with The Mast General Store and The Valle Crucis Conference Center is one of the three key landmark institutions of Valle Crucis, is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the entire historic district of Valle Crucis in which it is located. Nestled high in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina our peaceful rural community has stayed untouched over the years. Valle Crucis’ scenic beauty and majestic quality continuously mesmerizes residents and draws visitors from throughout the world. “Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat.” ~ Scottish Proverb

In 2012 The Mast Farm Inn was inducted into Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. There are only 330 Historic Hotels of America hotels in America, among which The Waldorf-Astoria, and only 8 in North Carolina, among which Pinehurst and The Grove Park Inn. Martha Stewart Living, in the August 2012 edition, includes The Inn in “The Best List” of 34 Best Hotels, as Best Hotel, and Best Food & Drink, and Best Southern Fare: The Mast Farm Inn of Valle Crucis North Carolina. In 2015 The Mast Farm Inn & Executive Chef Andrew Long are honored to be featured on the cover of WNC Magazine’s November & December 2015 edition, and in the featured article on the Appalachian Culinary Revival. Simplicity at the Mast Farm Inn awarded Top 10 in 2010, 2nd Place in 2011, for The Best Dish in North Carolina Award. Best Dish is North Carolina’s Official State Competition presented every year by The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and sponsored by Our State Magazine. In 2015 The Mast Farm Inn earns the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence and is inducted into The TRIPADVISOR HALL OF FAME. In 2014 The Mast Farm Inn is Nominated for Four Historic Hotels of America 2014 Awards. Historic Hotels of America Announces 2014 Award Nominees, and The Mast Farm Inn of Valle Crucis, North Carolina is nominated for Best Small Historic Hotel, Best Historic Dining in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel, Best Hotel Historian of the Year, Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel. “The modest yet venerable North Carolina institution is one of only six hotels in the nation to be nominated for four or more of the fourteen awards. Effectively in this stellar field of 83 finalists in fourteen categories, which includes The Waldorf-Astoria, The Plaza, The Brown Hotel, The Willard, The Fairmont, The Lenox, The Mayflower, The Inn at the Presidio, and The Grove Park Inn, only six hotels are finalists in more than 3 categories. These are The Mast Farm Inn of Valle Crucis, North Carolina, The Strater Hotel of Durango, Colorado, The Bedford Springs Resort & Spa of Bedford, Pennsylvania, The Royal Hawaiian of Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, The Jekyll Island Club of Jekyll Island, Georgia, and The Netherland Plaza of Cincinnati, Ohio.”


SERVICES • Beyond awards, validation and recognition

Authentic • Let The Mast Farm Inn & Valle Crucis touch your heart and soul as it has touched ours, and you will see why we are here and the indescribable gratitude we feel for the people and the place. Some places are simple magic, and this is one of those places. It’s the old home place, with as much authenticity, and as little bluff and pretense as we can muster. The world is a complicated place, the Mast Farm Inn and Valle Crucis are simple places. It is the proverbial real deal, owned and managed by real people for real people. We invite you to visit our old home place with an open heart, and you will rediscover the true measure and value of simplicity.


TRANSPORTATION • A two to six hour drive from most major metropolitan areas in the Southern, Southeastern, & Mid-Atlantic United States. A two hour drive from 2 major aviation hubs & international airports.

By Plane • The major airports servicing this area: Charlotte International, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and Asheville, NC, are about 2 hours driving time from Valle Crucis. Closer in are Foothills Regional Airport, Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Hickory Regional Airport all less than an hour.

By Car • A two to six hour drive from most major metropolitan areas in the southeastern United States. Located in the Valle Crucis historical district, of Watauga country NC, near Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, Linville and Grandfather Mountain. A few minutes from The Blue Ridge Parkway, and about two hours by car from Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, High Point, Concord, Chapel Hill, Burlington, Hickory and Lenoir in North Carolina. Less than two hours from Abingdon and Bristol in Virginia, Johnson City and Kingsport in Tennessee. • Directions, Road & Weather ConditionsGPS Navigation


AVAILABILITY • Anytime.

Days of the week available • Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, for these packages and rates. We can do retreats anytime, but weekends, some days and dates, require different rates. Basically know that any time frame is possible, but we cannot design packages for every eventuality, so simply get in touch. It never hurts to ask.

Months of the year available • Any months except for July, October, November, December. Not as big an issue as one might imagine, as those are not advisable months for retreats and workshops in general. People travel, and are more in party mode. That being said if you want to do a fun or work based retreat during those months we are happy to explore that with you.

Custom Retreats at Any Time • As indicated above no problem. As you can see by clicking here, Novel Adventure’s “Gathering On The Ridge” is quite out of the box, and takes place during prime time July. Simply get in touch. It always helps to ask.


GUIDELINES & POLICIES • Click here to review retreat & workshop specific conditions & terms. Trying to keep it simple!

Important Note • We may waive, reduce or raise individual components and fees depending on your specific plan. Please note that all pricing on this website is indicative and informative and not an official proposed price or quote. Days, times, seasons, the context and configuration of your retreat or workshop, and the price and requirements for same, can shift up or down considerably. You will receive an official quote from our retreats & workshops manager. All retreats & workshops taking place at the Inn require a special event contract no matter how simple, and require the advance notice to, and authorization of our retreats manager. Sites and locations are not available as stand alone rentals for self-produced retreats. We cannot authorize self-produced and self-serviced retreats and workshops on the estate. Among many of the sound reasons, there are legal, fire marshal, food safety and service, alcoholic beverage service, and insurance prescriptions and constraints involved in operating an Inn vs. simply renting a stand alone cabin or detached home. Each room cottage and cabin has its own legal occupancy limits, and we have a global occupancy limit. The same holds true for locations and sites on the estate. We are on The National Register of Historic Places, and obviously quite averse to damage to property or furnishings, and as part of Historic Hotels of America and Select Registry we uphold high standards. Other risks include your retreat or workshop group spilling out into unreserved common areas of the Inn, Estate and Grounds and creating what other guests might sense or experience as a disturbance. If you want a 100% self-produced retreat, we recommend you rent a private owner cabin, cottage or home and we would be happy to help you with dining or catering. See the Guidelines & Policies page by clicking here.

 

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Award-winning Historic Hotels of America® boutique hotel, and Select Registry® country inn, specializing in historic lodging, weddings, elopements, honeymoons, retreats and workshops, in Historic Valle Crucis, North Carolina. The Mast Farm Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the entire historic district of Valle Crucis in which it is located; a world-renowned rural mountain village, in the western North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
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