Image Alt Text

Dog friendly vacation rentals in Banner Elk, NC

LBF-Turtle House

Turtle's House at Little Bear Farm

Dog Friendly vacation rental-Sleeps 6

Little Bear House

Little Bear House is currently under construction with a complete overhaul we hope to complete by July 1, 2023.  We are so excited about this listing.

 Little Bear Studio

Little Bear Studio

Dog Friendly Vacation Rental-sleeps 2

Little  Bear  Farm


Little Bear Farm is home to a variety of wild life including a number of deer that fawn on the property.


Dobie 'n'Me in Hoot Owl Holler and Echoes from Hoot Owl Holler were written by Doris Bliss an original owner of the farm now known as Little Bear Farm.  These collections of short stories recount her memories of childhood events in the Valley below NC194 off Tom Shook Road, and in the Matney community.  Doris was raised on the two farms by Bill and Hester Smith along with her 7 siblings.  These stories are a child's memories of growing up in Appalachia on a family farm.  They highlight events and activities in the community as well as feature local establishments such as the Taylor House in Valle Crucis and the community store which closed in the late 1980's and is now known as the Matney Mall.  These books are for sale at our farm by letting us know you are interested, or feel free to contact us by phone at 828-256-2707  Books are. $10 each if picked up on site or can be shipped for an additional  fee.

About Little Bear Farm

In the winter, the hill makes for great sledding and snow boarding, and snow play.  Feel Free to indulge whether you are 5 or 50.
Summer nights offer fireflies.  If your children have never experienced fireflies, get ready for some fun.

There is a creek across the road.  It is accessible by walking across the road and down the drive.  Understand that the property is owned by the man, Bill, living in the house across the road and you would need to gain permission to take your children to the creek.  If he allows, wading and skipping rocks is great fun.
The forest to the back of the property, is owned by the Episcopal Mission.  It is beautiful old timber.  If you leave Shawneehaw Outpost and enter this property, watch for old fence wire.  It is a good idea to take a cell phone.  If you get lost, walk uphill and you should return to Shawneehad Outpost.  There are several old unused trails and roads here.  This is an awesome place for a short hike and a picnic with children.  Please remember to "leave it as you find it nothing in and nothing out."  There are a vast variety of wild flowers, rocks, birds, and small animals to be found here.

A campfire is an unforgetable experience.  Be sure to bring some makings for S'mores, or hot dogs for roasting on a stick.
Because the property is remote, our connection and power are sometimes unreliable during bad weather so rainy or cold days offer their own challenge.  You may want bring along some dvds for children as well as board games etc.  We provide a range of dvds as well as some toys and a limited supply of board games and books.







  • Golden Easter egg hunt- 8 days before Easter-historic banner elk school


  1. Merle Fest. April 20-may-1.
  2. Fire on the mountain-spruce pine. Last Friday in April-black smith festival
  3. 29 10 am. Spring Malitia muster- horn in the west
  4. 29th. 5pm. A night at fire rock station, vilas-auction benefit and dinner


  • Memorial weekend -Arts on the green at Historic. Banner Elk School 
  • 13th 11-5 colonial Celtic concert-horn in the west
  • 20-art in the park, blowing rock
  • 21-concert in the park-Blowing rock 4-6


  • 10 art in the park blowing rock
  • 11concert in the park-blowing rock 4-6
  • Rhododendren ramble-grandfather mountain June 4 12-2:30
  • 8th Charity horse show blowing rock
  • 9-11th. High Country jaz Festival-boone
  • 25. Kiln opening Bolick pottery
  • 24 blood sweat and gears -Valle Crucis 7:30am


  • July 4 Arts on the Green at historic banner elk school
  • Star Spangled Banner elk 4th of July Parade
  • Grand Fatjher Mountain Highland Games -Linville week of July 4. 6th - 9th
  • Concert in the park-banner elk- every weekend
  • 15 art in the park blowing rock
  • 16 concert in the park-blowing rock 4-6
  • 4th. Fireworks ar tweetsie 9:30-10:30
  • 14th run the beech
  • 15th doc and Rosa lee music fest-cove creek school
  • 25-30th blowing rock charity horse show


  • Early weekend-arts on the Green at Historic Banner Elk Scnool
  • Concert in the park-banner elk- every weekend
  • 12 art in the park blowing rock
  • 13-concert in the park-blowing rock 4-6
  • 4th. Run the beech


  • Labor Day weekend-arts on the green at historic Banner Elk School
  • 2nd Asu football-Gardner webb
  • 9 art in the park blowing rock
  • 16th Asu football-east carolina
  • 10 concert in the park-blowing rock 4-6
  • Autumn at OZ-
    • 8-10
    • 15-17
    • 22-24


  • Wooly worm festival- 3rd weekend in oct. 
  • October fest 2nd weekend-sugar mountain resort. 14th-15th
  • 10th asu football -coastal carolina
  • 28th asu football-usm
  • Trunk or treat oct 31
  • Valle Country Fair-Valle Crucis
  • 7 art in the park blowing rock
  • 8 concert in the park-blowing rock 4-6


  • 26-blowing rock Christmas parade 10-12
  • 4th asu football-Marshall
  • 25th asu football-Georgia southern eagles


  • Small Town Christmas-first weekend banner elk
  • Banner elk Christmas 2,4,16,17,18
  • 2 boone tree lighting 5-8 jones house
  • 9th 4-8pm. Holiday stroll in blowing rock
  • 10th 2pm boone Christmas parade
  • 17th 7pm mountain home holidays music concert-grace Lutheran church
  • 22nd 4pm beech mountain Christmas parade