Unique Places to Stay, River Hill Retreat, Sparta North Carolina

Are you heading through North Carolina and looking for an affordable, extraordinary stay away from the busy city life and typical hotel?

 Look no further than the beautiful, scenic, Christmas Tree Farm in Sparta, North Carolina. Better known by the locals and Airbnb as River Hill Retreat.


This beautiful retreat and tree farm is located near a state route beside main thorough fair Interstate 77 and is nestled in the foothill of the Blue Ridge Mountains. River Hill Retreat is a relaxing surprise at the end of a long drive.


Located on a 23 acre Christmas Tree Farm actively ran by husband and wife Joel and Mandy along with their two sweet little boys, created a home away from home that is exactly the reprieve you are looking for.

 If you are in the mood to relax amongst beautiful scenery – you’ve come to the right place. The four bedroom five bed home is pleasing to both families and couples alike.

 Relax on the porch swing under the tree or in a relaxing chair overlooking the vast hillside.

 Looking for adventure? I suggest a small hike down the hill to the pond to fish. Walk amongst the Christmas trees as they beautifully wait for their season.


Did the kids come too?? Absolutely no worries. Take a breather while the kids play on the trampoline, feed the Alpacas, enjoy s’mores by the fireplace, or play with the friendliest dogs you would ever want to meet. And don’t forget catching lightning bugs in a jar before bedtime.

Dinner on the go is no problem at all. Less than 10 minutes up the country roadside are delicious local take-outs. Or, use the full kitchen in your home away from home to whip up a dish from the local grocery store. All your dishes and supplies needed are already tucked away for you in cabinets.


In the morning wake up to fresh peaches, mandarins oranges and bananas, farm fresh eggs, Starbucks and French Press to sip in the morning.

Does this hidden retreat sound too good to be true? It might, but I believe most hidden treasures are. To book your next stay at River Hill Retreat click here






15 Simple Pleasures Money Can’t Buy


Regardless of the amount of money in your pockets, Earth’s beauty will forever be one thing that we ALL can afford.

Take pleasure in knowing that such vastness and beauty can be enjoyed at any time – day or night – for FREE!

All too often a person can feel stagnant or depressed because of their financial stature. Society moves so quickly that we can easily forget about the simple free pleasures that surround us every day.



Forget about the meeting this morning or the stressful day you may have had at work or home. If you woke up and opened your eyes you can take in this simple pleasure. Cozy up in your robe or blanket, grab your favorite beverage and go have a seat at this beautiful spectacle.




The playground was already built in a city near you. Whether young or old – a push on a swing or a ride down a slide always triggers an immediate smile or laughter across the face.




Hiking in the park is a wondrous free exploration that never gets old. Grab some old boots or shoes and venture into the woods. Some cities offer meet-ups or guided tours, however, the best hikes I have ever experienced have been the unscripted trails that I choose on my own. Encounter butterflies and interesting insects you may not see every day.




After a long day or for an early start to your day begin with a walk through your neighborhood or nearby trail.




Grab a blanket and sand toys for the kids. Sit back and enjoy listening to sounds of the mesmerizing waves.


Feed fish/ducks


Grab a loaf of bread or leftover biscuits and head out to the pier or park.




Gather sticks or leftover firewood. Make a fire at home or in a fire pit at a local park.


Blow/run with bubbles


Everyone has a tube of bubbles lying around. This simple pleasure can be done just about anywhere.


Catch lightning bugs



Free festivals 


Every city has their own unique free festivals. Check your local magazines and online local venues.


Pick/Plant Vegetables

Help a friend or have a friend help you pick or plant vegetables and fruits in the garden. Getting your hands dirty in the Earth is always therapy for the soul.


Lay in the grass



Not into planning for the day? Take a blanket and stare into our beautiful sky.


Stick your toes in the grass


Need to feel a little more grounded in your life? Take off those socks and shoes and stick your feet in the grass.


Enjoy your FREEDOM!