John and Teresa Litschke originally came from Oklahoma, born and raised. Theirs is a romantic tale as they met and two months later were married—that was almost 37 years ago. While they still love Oklahoma and still have family there, they wanted to experience something new, somewhere new. Because of John’s television work, their first taste of NC was in Charlotte from 1987 to 94.
In 1998, the Litschkes decided they wanted to raise their family in the country and started searching for NC land. They settled on 28 beautiful acres of land flanked on three sides by the Big Elkin Creek. They built a small cabin (now the Frog Holler business office) as they built their house.
It was determined the land was not well suited for agriculture, particularly the vineyard they wanted. The Litschkes toyed with other options wanting to tie-into the wine industry. One evening, sitting on their porch, they joked about the frog chatter, “…actually it was more like screaming coming from the stocked fish pond,” recalls Teresa. And so, the name Frog Holler Cabins.
In 2006, the first cabin plan came to fruition. “Only one cabin at a time to see how we would like having strangers staying close. We chose a one-room floor plan to accommodate a couple or a small family of four. The next time we built an additional cabin, we tweaked the plan for the next cabin. Now there are five 400 square feet cabins, with the same amenities…all five cabins are waterfront and enjoy the total privacy and seclusion of being 70 to 100 yards from each other through dense woods and hillsides.”
Many of their guests visit because of the nearby Yadkin Valley’s vineyards and wineries. The Litschkes offer Wine Tours with John being the family specialist with those tours. You don’t have to be a Frog Holler guest to take the wine tours. Just call for reservations at 336-526-2661 and groups are welcomed.
While the Litschkes are on site, guests seek restaurants, wineries, shopping of their choice. It was noted that a lot guests end up content to cook on site with the peaceful, sedate slower pace of the nature surrounded cabin. Each cabin has hot tubs on the deck over looking Big Elkin Creek, in-cabin massage therapy available, fireplaces with gas logs, convertible couches, a spotless abode with great smelling, soft linens. Also, on the property is a barn available for larger celebrations.
On the table for the future is a two-bedroom cabin and two saved lots for their adult children should they decide to take advantage of pure country living. Daughter, Anna, works with her parents now as the property manager and like her parents passed by day care to take her young daughters everywhere her work environment takes her. “Lots of my calls, locally and internationally, ask about privacy, peace and quiet—a chance to go off the grid but still they want WiFi, satellite TV and the closeness of stores,” says Anna.
“It isn’t unusual for guests timed for check out on Sunday to request just a few more hours or even another night instead of checking out, that’s what makes me feel good,” shared Teresa.
To book your stay…
Frog Holler Cabins
564 E. Walker Road, Elkin, NC