Living in a log home is an experience unlike almost any other. The log aesthetic surrounds and defines you. So, before you buy your own log home, it's well worth a preview to give you a taste of what log-home living is all about. Here are a few web sites to help you book a stay in a log-home setting.
The Timbers Log Motel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, offers a real Smoky Mountain log-cabin experience. It features a variety of room types, from Jacuzzi-equipped suites to family lofts with fireplaces. The web site offers a slideshow tour of the modern motel, the rooms and the surrounding area. And you'll get free high-speed wireless Internet. Best of all, you can bring the family dog with you.
These cozy log cabins in the Black Hills of South Dakota are on the National Register of Historic Places and were a must-stay stop for newlyweds traveling to this vacation area in the 1930s and 1940s. Located near Custer State Park and its large buffalo herd, historic Deadwood and the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, the cabins are on the small side, although some have kitchenettes and can accommodate up to four beds.
The log chalets, part of the Trout House Village Resort on Lake George in New York's Adirondack Mountains, offer a real feel for the log life. They're next to a 400-foot sandy beach and the huge Adirondack park that surrounds the lake, affording the opportunity to enjoy the water as well as the woods.
While visiting this site, click on the Old Faithful Inn to get a sense of the log grandeur located mere feet from Old Faithful geyser. Most of the large National Parks, particularly in the West, have both large and small log accommodations. The Old Faithful Inn offers a variety of rooms, from luxury suites to singles. And regardless of room size, everyone gets to enjoy the inn's towering Great Hall lobby that is a monument to log building.