If you want to escape the heat, Beech Mountain is the place to be. My husband and I, with another couple, stayed at this cabin and it was really nice. The price is right for two couples. You can't stay at any hotel for this price. So, it's a really good value. Large enough for the 4 of us with a full kitchen. We enjoyed the big porch. No a/c but you don't need it. It was in the high 60's at night. Plenty of windows to open. We saw deer every day; one right outside our window. Quiet neighborhood. It's a 20 min drive down the mountain. We highly recommend visiting the local wineries (ncwine.org) Grandfather winery was my favorite. Bring your lunch and picnic. Linville Falls has a short 1 hour hike that is well worth it and Mast General Store is always good to get treats. We would definitely recommend this to friends and return next summer.