What the Press is Saying

“The 1,000-acre Cataloochee Ranch is so close to paradise, you half expect to enter it through pearly gates.” – Atlanta Journal Constitution
“The stories are long ago and far away, but the lure of the landscape at Cataloochee still draws the people, and it's still as special as ever.” – Southern Living
“The best time of day is when you get back to your cabin in the evening, start a fire in your own fireplace, ease into a rocking chair, and mellow out until bedtime. Then, with the embers burning low, a cool night breeze and the distant call of a whippoorwill drifting in through an open window, you relax into the deep, quiet peace of these ancient mountains.” – National Geographic Traveler
“Part of what makes Cataloochee such an ideal place for families is its all-in-the-family style of management.” – Travel + Leisure
“Again and again, we were surprised by the range of conversations around a ranch-house table: literature, education, African art, justice and (inevitably) families.” – New York Times, Travel Section
“When Tom and Judy Alexander set out 75 years ago to create a rustic mountaintop resort known as Cataloochee Ranch, they laid the groundwork for a lasting family legacy that remains a cherished destination for visitors seeking a slice of Smokies life.” – Smoky Mountain News
“The ranch to this day is managed by third generation members of the Alexander family, continuing over 70 years of mountain hospitality providing lodging, great food and some of the best horseback riding trails in the Smokies.” – Waynesville Weekly


What Guests Are Saying

“I just want to come here every day.” - S.M., age 9, June 2010

“Each of your staff members from front desk to kitchen to housekeeping — an excellent variety of people — each with an outward desire of making your guests feel at home. A group much like the ducks on a pond floating with no sign of effort on top, while paddling with all their might below.” - M.C., July 2010

“Thanks for a wonderful stay. It was the best honeymoon anyone could ask for.” - T.B., May 2010

“This trip has been the most wonderful trip. This is my third year and probably the best year ever.” - H.P., June 2010

“What a magnificent place and great family legacy. My family has been coming here for ten years, and it holds a lot of special memories. Thanks for sharing God's majesty with us!” - L.P., June 2010

“Your collective knowledge of hospitality, horses, and the people business made this a vacation we'll always hold dear in our memories.” -G.L., June 2010

“Thanks for helping us celebrate our 10 year anniversary! It was wonderful here!” - R.A., June 2010

“We have enjoyed every minute we spent here.” -C.H., June 2010

“The Rheine-River-Country-Club was here from Germany with 16 people! It was great food, nice people, and friendly hospitality. Thanks a lot!” - June 2010