As contradictory as it may seem, the pandemic has kept Marc Hoffman away from his favorite spot for making music.

Hoffman’s two Airbnb properties — one near Sparta on the Little River and another in Ashe County — have seen near-constant bookings. That’s been good for business, but kept Hoffman away from making a creative getaway.

There were months where both were rented almost every night. In February, about 15 nights were already reserved, he said.

It’s a trend that’s expected to continue as people opt for more remote rentals. Airbnb said last year it saw a shift to more remote and socially distanced stays in the top-booked property types. That means cabins and cottages instead of townhouses.

“People want to just get away,” Hoffman said in a phone interview from the cabin in Sparta after returning to the retreat for the first time in weeks.

Besides allowing vacationers to get away, isolation makes for good music-making, too, whether it’s strumming a few chords by the river on a ukulele or spending nights with silence all around as Hoffman works through a song idea.

As he’s been able to escape to the cabin hideaway, Hoffman has been fine-tuning an album to release in April or May. He’s drawing inspiration from modern day questions about morals, what’s the truth and whether something is right or wrong.

Earlier this month, he also released an original album titled “Always Waiting”
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