An interesting hostel success story:
"We always dreamed about having a place in the mountains and sharing it in some form or fashion. We got to talking and thought, 'Why not build a bunk house and wilderness hostel?' That's how it all began," says Arleen Decker.
She and her husband, Ed, are proprietors of Once Upon A Time Wilderness Hostel, a rustic accommodation about 20 miles southwest of Maryville. It opened in July.
To set the dream in motion, Ed used his carpentry skills to build their house, his wood workshop, a bunkhouse and shower house. "We got the lumber from trees we cleared to make a garden space," she says. The bunkhouse is primarily yellow pine; its porch is cedar.
Ed, a professional woodworker, crafted a dining table and bunk beds using black walnut. The pieces bear his signature natural edge, a quality that sets his work apart from others.
Read the full article on KnoxNews.com.
Photo courtesy of Once Upon a Time Wilderness Hostel