Margaret Frazier of White Pine has been a fan of primitive décor most of her life.
When the opportunity came to open a bed and breakfast in her home, she jumped at the opportunity.
That was a year ago and business is good.
Frazier’s home is part log structure, part wood. In fact, a century separates the two buildings that are part of her home, a four-bedroom, 2 and a half bath edifice.
“The back of my home was built in 1783, the front in 1889,” Frazier said. “I have spent the past 24 years remodeling and upgrading. The 1783 part is a log structure, which I have re-chinked between each log. I have decorated the bedrooms with antiques.
“The 1889 floors are heart pine. The two showers are step-in for easy access, all 3 toilets are handicapped. There is a 2-acre yard with rocking chairs on the front porch. My home is 1.8 miles from interstate 81 and a Cracker Barrel,” she said.
Being part of Airbnb, she doesn’t have to provide cooking, but she has a side patio that has a grill for those who want to prepare their own meals. On the front porch, there are rocking chairs if customers want to relax after a long day of travel.
In the house, she has a bedroom downstairs that she uses, four bedrooms and two baths she can rent out to visitors. Since she opened a year ago, business has been great. White Pine provides a prime location that is off the beaten path, but not by much.
“Some come for the mountains, some for the lakes,” Frazier said. “If you go the back way to Sevierville (Highway 411), you won’t get the traffic you’ll have with going through Pigeon Forge (on Interstate 40).”
Frazier’s father was an executive with Alcoa when she and her family moved to Iowa when she was less than a year old. When she saw the opportunity to move back south, she seized it.
“I love to entertain and open my home,” she said.
Frazier had as her guests recently 3 bluegrass musicians who were practicing for an event over Labor Day weekend.
“The best guests I’ve had were three gentlemen in their 30s who are bluegrass pickers over Labor Day weekend to practice for an event they were going to play in,” Frazier said. “I had bluegrass picking on my front and side porches that weekend. That was the sweetest thing.”
Frazier also has had a lot of people from the north to come to visit. She said that many want to move to the south because of affordability here.
“You can’t live up north on a pension,” she joked.
Frazier makes the point that those wanting to go to the beach can be there in 7 hours from White Pine.
According to Airbnb, 92 percent of the guests who have stayed at Frazier’s home have given her a great check-in experience.
Others who have stayed there have described Frazier’s home as “more than just a stay, it’s an experience. Unique accommodations. Don’t let ‘Primitive deter you-all the comforts in a historically significant package.”
Another said that the home “was one of the most unique places I have ever stayed at. It was a great night stay. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a unique staying experience.”
As a chiropractor for the last 29 years, Frazier has been used to wearing many hats. She has also been an adjunct professor at Walters State Community College for the last 10 years.
If you go: check in time is after 3 p.m. This place is not suitable for children under two years of age.
There is no smoking, pets, parties or events allowed. Price is $82 per night, plus tax. For more information, contact Frazier at 865-850-1685.
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