Why we built Hemlock Bluff Cabin, and why we’re selling


Our friends and family, former cabin guests, and strangers responding to our “cabin for sale” notices are all asking us the same question: Why are you selling?


To answer that question, I need to start from the beginning.... The reasons we’re selling are connected to the reasons we built in the first place.


A much-needed getaway

Back in 2002, I had just started a small business in Nashville. Like everyone in that position, I was working long hours and dealing with a lot of stress. My wife suggested that we take a weekend off, find some quiet getaway out in the country, and chill for a bit. 


Google turned up some cabins at the Big South Fork National Park, a short two and one-half hour drive from Nashville. We packed up the family dog and our two boys, ages 13 and 8 at the time, and drove to the woods. 


Long story short, the wilderness retreat worked. The Big South Fork turned out to be beautiful and remote. We hiked. We rode horses. We played board games. We watched goofy shows on TV at night. We relaxed and had lots of laughs. 


The first of many

That first weekend at a cabin led to many more such weekends over the next few years. We stayed in a wide variety of cabins, making notes of likes and dislikes along the way. We bought this lot that borders the National Park in 2003, thinking we’d build on it “one day.” Then, I became obsessed with building the perfect cabin for our little family and the timeline accelerated. We built Hemlock Bluff Cabin in 2006.


For us, the “perfect cabin” included everything you see highlighted on this web site. We came up, on average, twice a month. And we spent almost every Thanksgiving and Christmas here. Our boys grew to love these woods and creeks and trails. So did we.


A part-time vacation rental

During the first six years, from about 2006 through 2012, when we didn’t want to use it, we rented the cabin through the property developer / manager, Laurel Fork Rustic Retreat. They took care of everything associated with the business of renting (and still do, if you’re interested in doing the same). From 2013 to 2016, we rented it less and less, as our financial circumstances got better. We stopped renting it entirely in 2017.


Life changes

As happens, when the boys grew into young men with their own lives, we stopped coming so much as a family unit. And, as my wife and I got older, we developed a passionate interest in spending more and more time in yet another idyllic part of the world — Italy. 


Consequently, in recent years, we’ve spent less and less time at Hemlock Bluff and more time across the pond. It took us a long time to reluctantly come to this conclusion, but, finally, we decided it makes no sense for us to keep Hemlock Bluff. Some other family should have it and enjoy it. So, here we are....