Cloud 9 Relaxation
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When we asked our friends what they would suggest for you to do while you’re visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is what they recommended:
Kitty, docent at the Biltmore Estate; ” The Biltmore House is a must see especially if you’ve never been to British estate or castle. The attention to detail in the French wallpaper and the carved wooden doors will astound you.”
Bill, retired Air Force; “I love golf so in the summers when I come up from Florida, I am sure to visit the Mt. Mitchell golf course about 1 hr. and 15 min. from Fairview northeast and Etowah golf course about 35 min. south. I say that because of the spectacular beauty and ease of play.”
Carla, crafter of Cranberry Creek Baskets says: “The ‘Handmade in America’ organization has developed craft and farm tours in the area. They would take you off the beaten track that most tourists don’t see.”
Allan and Kathy, authors; “When our grandchildren visit from Florida we like to take them hiking to the Dupont State Forest. It is one of the only places we know where you can see 3 different waterfalls on one short, easy trek.”
Jan, school teacher; “The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad starts in Dillsboro where they have awesome craft shops, too. I’d go there for a day trip.
Suzanne and Steve, Doctor and nurse team; “Our favorite day trips include a short ride up to Hot Springs for a soak and massage at the Spa, followed by a gourmet dinner; or a quick trip down the road to Lake Lure for either a day of golf and a picnic or renting a pontoon for relaxation, swimming and fishing on the clear, calm waters.”
Darlene, banker; “If you haven’t been to the spa at the Grove Park Inn, that would be a treat. You should see what they’ve done with waterfalls and rocks to look like an underground cave.”
Theresa and Gerry, health professionals:”We are avid hikers so our favorite day hike is to Shining Rock Wilderness Area in the Pisgah National Forest.”
Joyce, biking enthusiast, “There are 426 fenced acres of the Bent Creek experimental forest full of biking trails with everything from novice to advanced. Some of the best biking in the country is right here.”
Rick, consultant and Ducati motorcycle nut, “Fairview is just a day trip from Deal’s Gap. If you’re looking for twisties this is the place to launch from. The drive through Hickory Nut Gorge to Chimney Rock is pretty good, too.”
Julia, IV nurse: “Smiley’s Flea Market is where I find treasures every Saturday morning…early.”
Greg, crafter and fishing enthusiast; “Fly fishing the river through Shelton Laurel is a lot of fun. Catching and throwing back the brown mountain trout is great.”
Dick, graphic designer: “I volunteer at the NC Arboretum and it’s becoming a popular spot because of its unique gardens like the ‘Flower Basket’ Quilt Garden and also the curator’s collection of Bonsai trees and scenes. We also have workshops on broom making, basketweaving, papermaking and more.”
Cathy, retired nutrionist; “What stimulates me are the classes at the NC Creative Retirement Center at UNC-A. They have classes in everything from square dancing to Understanding the Middle East. I take a class every semester.”
Re’al, house painter and hiking enthusiast: “The Appalachian Trail and the Mountains to Sea Trail are all close by. I like to attend the Hot Springs reunion in April to meet friends I made along the way.”
Asheville has a growing reputation as one of the more progressive alternative health communities. Relax with one of the many healing modalities available at local spas.
Billy Graham’s “The Cove” workshops
Picnic at Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak on the east coast, and, (personal favorite)
Guided river rafting tours of the Natahala River.
Mine for gem stones in our rich soil.
View the elk of Catalooche Valley.
Harrah’s casino in Cherokee is an hour and 15 min. west.
Urban Trail self-guided tour of the eclectic architecture of Asheville, where most of the buildings were built between 1890 – 1929 or Trolley tours.
The downtown is alive 7 nights a week with live music, micro-breweries and diverse ethnic restaurants.
There are many city-sponsored festivals like “Shindig on the Green” every Saturday night in the summer.