The 20 Best Things to Do in Waynesville NC & Haywood County

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[Updated September 25, 2022] When my wife and I explore the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s typically with two main goals in mind.  The first objective is to create in-depth guides on the best things to see and do there. The second is to use that information to decide whether or not we want to move … Read more

The Best Hendersonville Apple Orchards for Apple Picking & More

The Best Hendersonville Apple Orchards for Apple Picking, Hayrides and more

Did you know that North Carolina is the 7th largest apple producing state in the USA? Or that Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in the state of North Carolina?     There are a whopping 19 Hendersonville apple orchards, which is pretty amazing for a Blue Ridge Mountain town with a population of … Read more

The 15 Best Campgrounds in the North Carolina Mountains

Price Lake Campground in North Carolina

[Updated September 20, 2022] One of our favorite ways to take a deep dive into the beauty of nature is to enjoy the myriad campgrounds in the North Carolina mountains. Sure, hiking trails are great for getting outside to appreciate the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge region. But camping overnight allows us to explore … Read more

The Best Places for Snow Skiing in North Carolina

Best Snow-Skiing in NC

[Updated 9/16/22]  The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains may not have the jaw-dropping 13,000- to 14,000-foot peaks you’ll find in the Rockies of Colorado or Utah, but there are actually numerous great places to go snow skiing in North Carolina. There are impressive options for skiing near Asheville, not to mention top-flight North Carolina ski resorts … Read more

The 10 Best Campgrounds in/near Bryson City NC

Deep Creek Campground in Bryson City NC by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

From a visitor’s standpoint, Bryson City is the ideal of what Western NC small towns can be: It’s walkable, wild, and packed with a mixture of wonder and whimsy. The town is perched on the southern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a few miles from Lake Fontana, and just as near to Nantahala National Forest. … Read more

Fall in North Carolina: 25 Great Places to See Fall Colors in NC

Fall in North Carolina: Fall Colors on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City NC

[Updated September 7, 2022] Fall in North Carolina is particularly special because the autumn leaves are around for an extended amount of time. The vibrant fall colors almost seem to develop in shifts, gradually working their way down the sides of the Blue Ridge Mountains as seasonal temperatures begin to drop. Leaves changing in North Carolina … Read more

The 15 Best Things to Do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Straddling the boundary of North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses over 500,000 acres and is the most visited of all the U.S. National Parks. Part of it is located in the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee people, who occupied the territory prior to the 1830s Indian Removal Act and … Read more

The Top 30 Blue Ridge Mountain Towns in GA & NC

Bell Mountain Overlook of Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee GA

[Updated Sept 3, 2022] It’s not difficult to understand why so many people love taking getaways to the Blue Ridge Mountains, which stretch 550 miles from North Georgia to southern Pennsylvania. From hiking trails that lead to sensational scenic vistas and breathtaking waterfalls to pastoral valleys filled with wildflowers and wildlife, there’s something mesmerizing about exploring this … Read more

The 15 Best Cabins in Cherokee NC for Rent

Cherokee mountain cabins -3 Bed Vacation Home Whittier NC

Cherokee, North Carolina is a town that’s immensely rich in culture and history, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s no wonder that more than 4 million people visit Cherokee NC each year to explore all the natural beauty and man-made attractions the area has to offer. Cherokee is home to the … Read more

Review of Mountain Springs Cabins in Asheville NC

Mountain Springs Cabins in Asheville NC

Asheville NC is one of our favorite Blue Ridge Mountain towns to visit, and it shouldn’t be difficult to understand why.  It’s a truly a nature-lover’s playground, surrounded by ecotourism attractions such as Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Linville Falls, Mount Mitchell, and the 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest.  Of course the city itself also has a lot … Read more