The 15 Best Treehouse Rentals in the North Carolina Mountains

Tree House on the Farm Rental near Boone NC

Home to the five tallest peaks east of the Mississippi, countless waterfalls, adventurous hiking trails, bustling mountain towns, and spectacular scenery, the North Carolina mountains have practically everything you could want if you’re looking for a nature getaway. After a full day of exploring the great outdoors, you’ll obviously need a place to come back … Read more

Things to Do at the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area (Near Linville Falls NC)

Things to Do at Linville Gorge Wilderness Area near Linville Falls

Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains are renowned for their rugged beauty, and the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area ranks among the most dynamic places to see it. This 12,000-acre section of Pisgah National Forest is locally referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the East.” It is one of only two wilderness gorges in the … Read more

The Best Hendersonville NC Restaurants for Foodies

Exterior photo of UMI Japanese Fine Dining in Hendersonville NC

From Blue Ridge and Clayton GA to Asheville and Burnsville 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, was no exception.    From … Read more

Apple Picking in North Carolina: The 10 Best NC Apple Orchards to Visit

Apple Picking in North Carolina at an NC Orchard

Most people know Western North Carolina for its beautiful national forests, beloved state parks, charming mountain towns, and scenic routes like the Blue Ridge Parkway and Forest Heritage Scenic Byway. But what may surprise some visitors is the abundance of apple orchards you can find scattered across the state. In fact, North Carolina is the … Read more

The Top 10 Waterfalls Near Brevard NC (Transylvania County)

Hiking to Triple Falls in DuPont State Forest

In a region wrought with spectacular waterfalls, no place has as many as Transylvania County, North Carolina. Encompassing 381 square miles, the area is home to some 250 waterfalls. The county seat of Transylvania is the tiny mountain town of Brevard, North Carolina, which has a population of less than 10,000 residents. With a smattering … Read more

The Top 10 Treehouse Rentals near Asheville, NC

Treehouse Rentals near Asheville NC

The Western North Carolina mountains have practically everything you could possibly want if you’re looking for a back-to-nature getaway. Home to the five tallest mountains east of the Mississippi, countless cascading waterfalls, adventurous hiking trails, and bustling mountain towns, the region offers beautiful scenery every which way you turn. After a full day of exploring this nature-lovers’ … Read more

Things to Do at Grandfather Mountain State Park in Banner Elk NC

View from the Swinging Bridge on Grandfather Mountain

For me, the monolithic majesty of Grandfather Mountain preceded itself. On a few occasions in the past, my wife Emma and I visited friends who had a distant view of it from their mountain cabin. They were always thrilled to point the iconic summit out as a centerpiece of the High Country landscape. In a … Read more

The 10 Best Blue Ridge Parkway Hotels & Cabin Rentals in NC

View From the Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock NC

When we drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina for the first time, we didn’t have much time to plan our trip because a plumbing issue forced us to vacate our home for 4 days. Starting at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Milepost 469.1), we gradually made our way north … Read more