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Recent Smoky Mountains reviews

  • It's all about the view!

    "Our family vacations have always been at the beach. So I guess we are flatlanders! The first drive up Highland Gap Road was a shocker, very curvy and somewhat narrow road. As it happens, over the week, this curvy road became one of the things a loved most about this very private location.We saw 3 deer and a wild turkey the 1st day trying to find the house. The iron railing around the deck prevented any obstruction of view and with no down exit we did not have to worry about the safety of our french bull dog, Lulu. The 2nd week of Aug and we never had the a/c on. Hubby and adult children went white water rafting, kayaking,and hiking. I had to baby sit Lulu, which was not a problem in this relaxing home. Only negative was the sofa. It really,really needs replacing."
    Guest: Vero Beach girl Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 9, 2014
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  • I'll be back!

    "Blessing Ridge far exceeded our expectations and was even nicer than the pictures depict. The view of the mountains from the two story greatroom with open beam ceilings was breathtaking; and the house was very tastefully decorated, nicely equipped and immaculate. My sister owns a cabin in Franklin, and a large group of family and friends meets in town every year. In previous years, I've rented a room at a local hotel, but I'll never be satisfied doing so again. Members of our group that stayed in hotels, but had the opportunity to see our accommodations, were actually pretty jealous and teased about trying to secure Blessing Ridge before I have the chance next year. Every aspect of our stay was exceptional, and we indeed felt "blessed" to be there! A huge "thank you" to the owners for providing such a beatiful place and for being wonderful to work with through the booking process . . . ."
    Guest: Blessed by Blessing Ridge Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 12, 2014
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  • Perfect getaway!

    "My wife and I were looking for a nice getaway for a long weekend over Valentine's Day and the Cottage was perfect. It had all of the comforts of a quaint mountain retreat. It had rustic charm with nice updates around the house to give it great shabby chic feel. The setting was beautiful amidst the farm and animals around. The hot tub was great for relaxing after a day of sightseeing around the area. It was nice and secluded, yet super close enough to shopping and entertainment that makes you feel like your time is well spent. We can't wait to go back!"
    Guest: Dave Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 19, 2015
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  • Weekend getaway for 2 couples

    "A friend of mine and our girlfriends decided to take a spontaneous trip to the mountains for a weekend getaway. After looking at a lot of places in western NC, we stumbled upon this gorgeous house in Hayesville. Although Hayesville is a smaller town, there's plenty to do around the area (vineyards, golf courses, hiking, sight-seeing, horseback riding, and good restaurants, etc.) and staying in this home almost makes you want to stay in all the time! Hot tub has a great view on the porch overlooking the lake and mountains. Great place to watch the sunrise. The owners were very kind and helpful in making sure we were prepared for the weekend. House is easy to access and even though is near other homes, feels very secluded. The road is paved up to the house, which was really nice not having to worry about any treacherous unpaved roads on a mountain. There's also a grocery store less than 10 min away, which was very convenient. Had a minor glitch with payment, but the owners were very quick to fix it, and very easy to work with. The four of us thoroughly enjoyed our vacation, and would recommend this place to just about anyone."
    Guest: Alex Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 5, 2014
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Smoky Mountains Travel Tips

The Smokies rise above the South along the North Carolina-Tennessee border and are a sub-range of the Appalachian Mountains. These beautiful peaks are most well-known as the home of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This area in North Carolina is great for enjoying the outdoors during all seasons. When the temperatures warm up, check out water activities like rafting or river tubing. As the snow falls, enjoy your free time with a little downhill skiing.

The Great Smoky Mountains get their name from the natural fog that hangs over the peaks and creates large plumes in the distance. They’re an awesome place to plan adventurous hikes thanks to the dense forests. You might even catch a glimpse of a black bear!

Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

- Cherokee Indian Museum: Located in Cherokee, North Carolina, the Cherokee Indian Museum displays a fascinating collection of original artifacts used by this tribe many years ago. A 20-foot, hand-carved statue of Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet, greets visitors to the museum, and inside you will learn all about the history of the Cherokee Native Americans through audio and visual presentations and displays.

- Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts: While in North Carolina visiting the Smoky Mountains, stop by the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts to catch a live show. This theater seats 1,500 people, so there’s plenty of space for both visitors and locals to see a performance. You can hear country, gospel and folk music, see a choral festival or watch a dance performance. It’s a great place to spend an evening after a delicious meal tasting the local fare.

- Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum: For those who love looking at sparkly things or may be interested in the history of the area, a trip to the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum is a must. Located in a historic 1850s jail in the center of the town of Franklin, the museum features eight rooms filled with minerals from North Carolina, fossils, Indian artifacts, fluorescing minerals and a collection of minerals and specimens from around the globe.

Outdoor Activities in the Smoky Mountains

- Gem Mining: If you’re intrigued by the idea of hunting for buried treasure, gem mining is for you. The Nantahala River Gem Mine gives you the chance to search for a variety of gemstones like rubies, emeralds, amethyst, citrine, peridot, moonstones, rhodolite, apatite, aquamarine, turquoise, ametrine, Mexican opal, sapphires, garnets, topaz, quartz and smoky quartz, chrysoprase and more. Test your luck and skill to see if you can if you find your own beautifully colored treasure.

- Appalachian Trail: The Appalachian Trail is an iconic feat for any avid hiker or explorer and runs straight through the Smoky Mountains on its way from Georgia to Maine. Visitors to the Smoky Mountains area can enjoy numerous hikes to explore the different parts of the trail in both Tennessee and North Carolina; however, be warned that the paths are quite steep but offer spectacular views of the Southern landscape.

- Darnell Farms Corn Maze: For a unique outdoor adventure, try not to get lost in the Darnell Farms Corn Maze. Located near the Tuckaseigee River in Bryson City, the farm creates different patterns with the corn stalks each year where visitors can try to make their way from one end to the other without getting turned around. Put your orienteering skills to work as you enjoy each other’s company, some fresh air and what’s sure to be a hilarious experience.

- Deep Creek Tubing: When the weather turns warm, the best way to cool down is to get in the water. With deep creek tubing, you can rent your own tube for the day and enjoy floating along the water as you relax under the sun and breathe in the Appalachian air.

- Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Appalachian history and culture was born in these mountains, which can be explored on more than 500,000 acres. On the North Carolina side, there are great trails for hiking as well as horseback riding. There are many adventures to be had here as you enjoy the open spaces and breathe the fresh air. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by natural beauty. You can also visit the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, which displays exhibits on mountain life in the 1800s. Adjacent to the center is the Mountain Farm Museum, boasting a collection of historic farm buildings you can examine.

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