This article is sponsored by Kia Motors America. We were given a 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid to take on a road trip adventure that began in Pigeon Forge. This in no way shaped my opinions in this post. Special thanks to O.B.I.C. Stables owner Angela for offering us a discount.
I love adventure. But what I really love about adventure are the experiences and unique accommodations. That’s exactly what we had when we stayed in a luxury Airbnb teepee in Lynchburg, VA to wrap up our Fall in the Mountains road trip with Kia. After Driving from Atlanta to Pigeon Forge, through the Great Smoky Mountains into Linville Falls, and along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we found ourselves heading towards southern Virginia. It was here where we found one of the most unique places to stay, pretty much ever. It gave me a whole new perspective on rustic glamping.
I’m telling you, this was AWESOME!
I’ll admit, at first I was a little hesitant to book this stay. But after seeing the photos and chatting with Angela the property owner, I felt pretty good about it. Let me tell you, that’s an understatement.
Picking Up Where We Left Off – Our Last Day of Adventure
We had just spent the morning cooking our breakfast over a campfire after spending the night camping along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was a beautiful day. The air was crisp, the fall colors were bright and the sun was perfectly shining into the Kia Niro sunroof as we made our way through the North Carolina Mountains and into Virginia.
We spotted a perfect apple orchard along the way with a quaint pumpkin patch out front. It was the kind of place you would picture in a movie, like Fried Green Tomatoes. A perfect little cottage with old country signs stood at the foothill of the farm. The scent of sweet apples filled the air.
I could not resist making a pitstop here.
Inside we met the oldest working humans on the planet, I am convinced. They must have been in their 90’s. The old lady and her husband were dressed just as you’d imagine two farmers be dressed in their market. Overalls and a dress. He wore a ball cap, she a long chain with glasses.
The old man handed my son the biggest apple I have ever seen. It was easily four times the size of anything I’d ever seen in the store. We decided to get a bag for the drive home. One 15lb bag was $10. I about hit the floor. I couldn’t believe how cheap they were!
We hit the road and one insanely huge apple later, we were in Lynchburg.
One of the Most Unique Places to Stay – Luxury Airbnb Teepee
I’ve always awed at the Airbnb pins. They are notorious for offering some of the most unique places to stay. When I started my research for this trip, I knew I wanted to involve a farm, camping, some cool excursions and at least one or two super epic overnight experiences.
We totally pulled that off with the hiking in Linville Falls, the breathtaking vistas through the Great Smoky Mountains and the tiny house. Oh, and I can’t forget the 33-degree camping under the stars. But the luxury teepee thing was totally the icing on a very tasty cake.
It’s so funny because when we first started down the road to the O.B.I.C. Stables we were in a regular neighborhood. And I remember saying to Sean, “Are we in the wrong place?”. But at the end of a normal street there it was, the entrance to O.B.I.C. Stables. We followed a windy driveway which opened up to a lake, a farm, stables and of course, luxury teepees.
It was like we transported to a whole other place.
It was quiet, peaceful, and we were surrounded by animals. A few horses, chickens and your regular run of the mill furry farm friends.
We couldn’t wait to see what this luxury Airbnb teepee was like!
About the Luxury Airbnb Teepee – Eagle’s Landing at O.B.I.C. Stables
Before I get into our personal experience I want to tell you about the details of the property. O.B.I.C. Stables stands for, “One Body in Christ” Ministries. Here they offer a petting farm, horseback riding, trail rides, camps and more. You can find the exact Airbnb listing here.
About the Teepee
- Rated the best glamping location in Virginia
- There are two teepees. One sleeps 4, the other 2. (additional space for sleeping bags)
- Outdoor shower
- Indoor fireplace
- Fully equipped with everything you need to cook, clean and wash up (including towels)
- Situated under the forest trees
- Firewood, chopped
- Stocked pond for fishing
- 3 miles of trails
- Petting zoo
- Horseback riding
- Book a massage
Our Personal Rustic Glamping Experience
Right away I knew this was going to be a super fun experience. The property was well taken care of, the animals were well groomed and friendly, and the teepee was enormous!
We pulled up the Kia Niro and eagerly hopped out to check this thing out! Basically, “Oh my God!” was the first thing out of our mouths. It was beautiful! Every little detail was perfect. The decor, the amenities, even the carpet was super soft! I just kept thinking of how much Sean and Gauge were going to love spending the night.
Of course, we had to check out this outhouse situation, which I think merits an entire section on its own.
The Outhouse Situation
Never have I ever loved an outhouse. True story. Except for this one. I am convinced that the magic of design and decor can make anything cozy. Yes, even an outhouse. There were framed sayings on the walls, air freshener, flowers even! And the flagstone walkway to the door was just as cute.
Right next to the outhouse was a heated outdoor shower as well. Talk about that teepee life!
As the night pressed on…
It didn’t take us long to enjoy the hammock. A few moments to relax beneath the trees was well deserved after the day’s drive. Soon after we had our fire going, both outside and in, and we spent the evening eating campfire food, roasting marshmallows and listening to Sean play guitar.
It was a perfect evening. I couldn’t wait to surprise my son with a horseback ride along the trail in the morning.
The next morning my son and I slipped away to the farm to get suited up for my son’s horseback trail ride. We took a few moments to pet the animals. They were all super sweet and, of course, adorable. Horseback riding is an extra charge of $40. You can learn more about that here.
He loved the trail ride and, he especially loved waking Sean up from the top of a horse!
Our stay at O.B.I.C. Ministries was incredible. We couldn’t stop talking about it on the way home. I’m really looking forward to taking another trip there and spending more than just one night.
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About the Kia Niro Hybrid
We spent a year with the Kia Niro Hybrid and we love this car! Coming from a Kia Sorento, it was a little bit of a change to get into a crossover, but the comfort and handling of this car made it easy to fall in love. I live just outside of Atlanta which means I deal with a lot of heavy traffic in all kinds of weather.
I always feel super confident behind the wheel. The safety features and advanced technology give me a sense of my surroundings and driver control that I’ve never had before. And with the amount of money we save driving a vehicle that runs on EV and fuel getting a combined 50mpg, adventures are that much more doable. Want to know more about this crossover? Check out Kia’s cool website full of specs and video content here and check out the video below!