The 10 Best Blue Ridge GA Hotels (Including Pet Friendly Options)

Though it is now widely considered one of the best places to live in the Georgia Mountains, it wasn’t all that long ago that Blue Ridge GA was just a sleepy little town.  As the surge of growth in Atlanta sent more people to the North Georgia Mountains to escape the hustle and bustle, the town’s mix … Read more

Hiking the Schoolhouse Falls Trail Near Cashiers NC

schoolhouse falls nc

Schoolhouse Falls NC is widely considered one of the most popular Panthertown Valley waterfalls, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Pathertown Valley is a backcountry wilderness area and bear sanctuary that is part of the Nantahala National Forest in Western NC. There are nearly 30 miles of excellent hiking trails in this valley, winding their … Read more

The 20 Best Lakes in North Carolina (Mountains, Coast & Beyond)

[Updated January 25, 2023] As anyone who has ever visited will tell you, the state of North Carolina is truly a haven for nature lovers. The state is home to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest, dozens of beloved NC State Parks, the beaches of the Outer Banks, and famous scenic routes such as the … Read more

20 Things to Do in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

The Virginia mountains encompass much of the western half of the state. Most of the mountain lakes, stunning summits, and incredible scenic vistas are part of the Blue Ridge Mountains range. The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia offer an endless assortment of natural attractions, including activities ranging from camping and hiking to snow skiing and driving … Read more

The 15 Best Hendersonville NC Restaurants for 2023

Outdoor Patio at Never Blue, a Downtown Hendersonville Restaurant

[Updated January 20, 2023]   From Blue Ridge and Dahlonega GA to Asheville and Waynesville NC, nearly every great mountain town we’ve visited has had a fantastic, foodie-friendly assortment of restaurants to lure visitors.    The Hendersonville eateries we explored during our recent visit proved the town, which lies just 20 miles south of Asheville, … Read more

Exploring the Davidson River Campground Near Brevard NC

Pisgah National Forest -Looking Glass Falls by Makasana Photo

Located off the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway (a.k.a. Pisgah Hwy) near Brevard NC, the Davidson River Campground  is a perfect base for anyone wanting to explore Pisgah National Forest. This prime Pisgah campground boasts several of its own attractions. But it’s also just a stone’s throw away from many of our favorite North Carolina waterfalls, … Read more

The 10 Best Helen GA Hotels, Motels & Inns to Visit

Places to Stay in Helen GA-Hampton Inn

With its Bavarian architecture, traditional German restaurants, and kitschy gift shops, Alpine Helen GA is arguably the most popular small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia.  And while there are a plethora of interesting places to stay in Helen, some of the most colorful options for lodging in Helen GA are right near the … Read more

Top 20 Things to Do in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia

Black Rock Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia

I’ve been exploring the North Georgia mountains since I was a young boy, camping and hiking with my parents and our church youth group (which they led).  In my 20s I got my start in professional photography by exploring the North Georgia State Parks, whose myriad hiking trails and waterfalls provided a great escape from … Read more

The 10 Best North Carolina Mountain Resorts to Visit

Timberlake's Restaurant at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock NC

Many travelers envision their NC mountain getaways in terms of the best mountain resorts in North Carolina.  Some resorts are steeped in history, romance, adventure, or roughing it on challenging hiking trails. Others are built around soaking in small town  charm, or exploring local arts and culture. I’ve lived in NC and explored its Blue Ridge Mountains region … Read more