Are You Ready for the Perfect Southeastern Mountain Vacation?

Are You Ready for the Perfect Southeastern Mountain Vacation?

Are You Ready for the Perfect Southeastern Mountain Vacation?

Sometimes the best solution to life’s stresses is to simply get away from it all – and what better way to get away than to run to the mountains? While much of the South offers excellent coastal destinations, the Appalachian Mountain range spans a large part of the Eastern United States and provides a number of breath-taking subranges in the southeast. From the Smoky Mountains, up into the Blue Ridge Parkway, we’re about to give you a few hidden gems that offer unforgettable mountain vactaion spots for the next time you want to connect with nature and be on top of the world.

Balsam Mountain Inn

Website: http://www.balsammountaininn.net

Want to really disconnect? Visit what once served as the highest railroad station in the east beginning in 1908. This beautiful inn continues to be a majestic getaway nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, offering guests one of fifty individual rooms all with unique décor and arrangements.

The unforgettable part of this stay:
The inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and your experience is sure to reflect that. Forget spending your vacation watching cable television or prank calling the front desk – the rooms have neither televisions nor telephones. Instead, grab yourself one of the many rocking chairs lined along the porches, stroll the beautifully manicured grounds, take a breath-taking day-hike, or drive the Blue Ridge Parkway located only a half mile away.

Big Lynn Lodge

Website: http://www.biglynnlodge.com

If the idea of a retro roadside inn in the mountains sounds appealing to you – Big Lynn Lodge may be the spot for you. Found halfway between Asheville, North Carolina and Boone, North Carolina – Big Lynn Lodge is right off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland, North Carolina. This quaint roadside “motel” offers 38 rooms, four suites and a number of cottages – most of which have spectacular views of the mountain valleys it looks down on.

The unforgettable part of this stay:
A favorite and hot spot for repeat visitors, your stay at Big Lynn Lodge includes a home-cooked breakfast and dinner in a dining room that overlooks the mountains. Get a real taste of hospitality and simplicity in the mountains that will no doubt have you coming back year after year.

Dancing Bear Lodge

Unlike other National Parks in the US, The Great Smoky Mountain National Park does not have a lodge in the park that you can stay in. However, if you are looking for the larger lodge-in-the-park type feel for your mountain getaway, give Dancing Bear Lodge at try.

The unforgettable part of this stay:
Located right outside the official entrance of the Smoky Mountain National Park in Townsend, TN – it offers its guest as close to a National Park Lodge experience as you can get. Considered “the Peaceful Side of the Smokies”, guests enjoy a more relaxed experience than perhaps other more-touristy towns such as, Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.

Rent Your Own

Sometimes a vacation or getaway means you really need to get away from everyone – including hotel staff. Lucky for you, the mountains are a perfect spot to rent your own secluded cabin in the woods. A number of sites throughout the different mountain ranges offer cabin rentals specific to that area. Here are some suggestions to find your perfect private cabin in the mountains:

Visit Southern Living’s recommendation for the best cabin rental companies for the Smokies and be sure to check out sites like TripAdvisor.com for reviews not only on cabin rental companies, but also on the properties listed above or any other activities you are considering. These sites are a great resource for getting honest, detailed feedback.

Also consider owner-rental sites like vrbo.com, airbnb.com or HomeAway.com – these sites connect you with actual owners of properties that are renting their spaces out for temporary stays. For the mountains especially, you will find a variety of cabin options in any of the small towns throughout the Appalachians. Of course, you will find may more options in the more visited areas such as for The Great Smoky Mountains areas such as Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and those surrounding areas, or further up into the Blue Ridge area, towns like Asheville, Boone, Blowing Rock, Etc.

The unforgettable part of this stay:
It’s just you, yours, and the mountains.

Heading to the southeastern mountains is sure to provide a much needed breath of fresh air you are looking for. These few spots will give you a quintessential mountain getaway and get you close to activities that the area has to offer including: white-water rafting, hiking, skiing and other attractions. Be sure to consider the season you plan to head up and factor that into the cost of your stay (fall, for instance, is an extremely popular time of year due to the changing colors). But, no matter the season, a mountain vacation in the southeast will offer an experience you won’t forget.