We stayed at the Bear Affair in late April 2015 for our 2-year anniversary, All other reviews we have seen have been on the rental website VRBO and all reviews were 5 stars. We had very high hopes for the cabin, and just about everything was as-described, except for a couple things. Unfortunately, one of the problems we had severely affected our stay.
-Very private (close to another cabin, but can barely be seen through trees)
-AMAZING, 6-person hot tub with 2 jet settings and color-changing light, and "outdoor living room" with party lights, cushioned rockers and loveseat. Even an overhead light and fan if you want it!
-Owner obviously takes great care of the cabin, there are even carpenter bee traps to keep them away and citronella candles provided
-Well stocked cabin with creamer, coffee, zip-lock bags, etc.
-Several board and card games available
-Perfect size for two people
-VERY close to downtown Helen - barely 10 minutes - and only a couple of miles from Anna Ruby Falls
-Although the cabin is pretty private, there is actually a highway just down the hill, and you can frequently hear cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc. going by.
-King bed hard as a rock. Now, some people can sleep on firm beds easily enough, but to us, this was like a wooden board with springs underneath. The first night, we tried taking melatonin to help sleep, and gave up around 3am and ended up trying to sleep on the pull-out bed downstairs. Which, thankfully, is far softer than the King bed (the pull-out is La-Z-Boy brand) but it's still a pull-out bed, so it's not quite as nice as a bed. The second night, we had the same problem. After two days of sleep deprivation, you just get cranky. We ended up hanging out at the cabin on our last night, but driving home that night instead of trying to stay overnight and checking out at 10am. We loved hanging out at the cabin, we just couldn't sleep :(
Overall, this is a very cozy cabin, it is clean and taken care of. If we could handle firm mattresses, we would have absolutely LOVED every aspect of the cabin. SO, if you can handle a very firm bed, or if you have a king-sized foam mat/memory foam pad you can bring, we'd recommend it! But just be aware the bed is FIRM, so be prepared for that. :)
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