By: Paula Walter
Assistant Editor

Iron Mountain Inn sits tucked away among more than 141 acres that back to the Cherokee National Forest.  This beautiful bed and breakfast in Butler, Tennessee, sits on Iron Mountain and is surrounded by neighboring Doe, Pond and Roan mountains.  It offers a haven of peace and calm to relax and enjoy all Mother Nature has to offer.  In an unusual and creative marketing strategy, short of real estate transactions, this piece of heaven could be yours for the cost of a short essay and a $200 entry fee.

For more than 20 years, Vikki Woods, the owner of Iron Mountain Inn, has held onto a memory of a bed and breakfast located in Maine that sold in a most unique way.  An essay contest was held to choose the winner, accompanied by a small entry fee.  Now that her inn is up for sale, Woods decided to make the sale a bit more interesting by holding a contest of her own.  In addition to the five-bedroom inn, there is also a separate three-bedroom, two and a half bath log cabin by the creek and a Ford Diesel F-250 pickup truck that is part of the package the winner of the contest will receive.  

Built by Stone Mountain Log Homes, the construction on Iron Mountain Inn began in 1997 and was completed in May of 1988.  Each of the bedrooms has its own theme, reflecting different times in Woods’ life.  

There are five and a half baths, each with private jetted tubs, and two with steam showers. Each of the bedrooms has individual heat and air conditioning controls. There are also quarters in the basement that offer living space that includes a bedroom, living room, bath and small kitchen.  There is a large, wide porch that wraps around the deck and covered porches. The house will be sold furnished.

The kitchen is a chef’s delight, with a six-burner gas stove, wall oven with microwave and convection/regular oven, and a sub zero refrigerator with a separate stand alone freezer.  There is a separate laundry room and even an electric dumb waiter for transporting laundry and supplies to the second floor.

A large fireplace welcomes you into the great room that is surrounded by large windows offering magnificent views at every turn. There are bookcases built into cozy corners, each filled with a vast array of reading choices. Comfortable and cozy sofas and chairs invite you to sit down and take in the peace, quiet and tranquility the inn offers.

The contest begins on January 15th and runs through May 15th, which just happens to be the day Woods moved into the inn in 1998. The theme is “What would you do?” According to Woods, the theme does not necessarily apply to what you would do with the inn and all its amenities, but could encompass what would you do with your life, the property or any other scenarios you could create.  “I would love to have someone do something with it,” Woods said.

The rules of the essay contest are very specific and must be followed exactly as they are written in order to be considered.  

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