You don't have to be Davy Crockett to enjoy a romantic weekend in the woods. Table Rock State Park offers 16 cozy cabins with all the comforts of home - well, almost.
High-definition flat screen TVs are noticeably missing from these rustic log bungalows. But who needs Hollywood stars when you have a sky full of the real thing beaming down at you.
Hand-built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the historic structures feature classic "parkitecture" design, the hallmark style of the public work relief program that put unemployed young men to work building roads, bridges and parks during the Great Depression.
The cabins were built using local stone and lumber, complementing their natural surroundings. Hand-hewn beams, heart of pine floors and chinking between the logs give the homes their own special character.
Updated in recent years, all of the cabins come fully furnished with everything you need for a weekend of adventure, The one-bedroom cottage my husband and I shared this spring included new bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets and appliances. The furnishings aren't fancy, but the view of the surrounding mountains more than makes up for it.
HVAC systems make the cabins comfortable any time of year. In cooler weather, guests will love warming up in the den in front of the original stone fireplace; in the summer, the screened porch offers an inviting spot to kick back and soak in the fresh mountain air.
Each of the one-, two- and three-bedroom cabins is furnished with bath and bed linens, basic cooking and eating utensils, an automatic coffee maker and microwave. Nightly rates range from $95 to $250 depending on the size of the cabin and the day of the week.
Two-night stays are acceptable most times of the year. During busier seasons and holidays, a minimum of three to five nights may be required. And no pets, please. If you plan to bring your dog, you'll need to stay in a campsite.
The park is in Pickens, and there's a webcam at www.southcarolinaparks.com that shows its' scenic vistas. You also can view photos of each cabin on the park website. For more information, call (864) 878-9077.