Hiking at Grandfather
Hiking at Grandfather

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Hot Springs, NC
Hot Springs, NC

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Plan your visit with these convenient links to area visitor centers, local eats, attractions, lodging and much more!

 

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Renew Your Sense of Wonder
Along the Blue Ridge Craft Trails
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This year, the foothills and mountains of Western North Carolina beckon with fresh discoveries around every bend. For generations, the natural beauty of the region has inspired artists. Now, travelers can explore welcoming communities, meet local artists, and enjoy outdoor fun along the newly completed Blue Ridge Craft Trails.
 

Spring/Summer 2022 Issue

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Hot Springs, NC
by Bonnie East

There’s a spot in North Carolina, tucked in a small valley, surrounded by boulders lined with rhododendron and mountain laurel, which houses a secret. Well, there’re  a few secrets. I’m about to let them out right here.
 

Outdoor Adventure Comes to Life in
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Mile-high adventure is always on tap at nearby Grandfather Mountain. The nature park is home to the Mile High Swinging Bridge, a suspension bridge perched at 5,280 feet with panoramic views of the NC High Country.

Other attractions at Grandfather Mountain include miles of hiking trails, animal habitats for elk, cougars, bears and otters, and a nature museum and fudge shop.

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Hendersonville’s Bearfootin’ Bears Ready for their Close-up

Every May, 20 colorful bears take their spots along Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. Each sculpture is decorated by a local artist. The bears stay on display through the summer and into the fall, delighting passersby with their creative designs and encouraging selfies. In October, the bears are auctioned off for charity. Last year, the Bearfootin’ auction raised $102,000 for 20 nonprofit organizations, a program record.
 

New Fun to Share in Sevierville, Tennessee
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The excitement of something new and the joy of returning to places you love to visit. Sevierville blends the best of both worlds to create experiences the whole group will enjoy. This year, make plans to visit these new places in the Smoky Mountains.

Downtown Sevierville is experiencing a rebirth with a new look and new things to do. Plan an afternoon in downtown Sevierville – and be sure to include lunch or dinner. Stop by the bronze statue of Dolly Parton for a quick photo, then buy a little something to commemorate your visit to her hometown at Jolene’s on Bruce Street.

A Town for Every Type of Traveler in Virginia’s Blue Ridge
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The Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge has five charming towns, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, with the perfect blend of adventure for everyone! From history buffs and foodies to antique hunters and outdoor enthusiasts – there’s a town for every traveler in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Be a #Trailsetter and choose your next adventure below!
 

Lake Rabun Hotel
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by Bonnie East
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The Historic Lake Rabun Hotel, in the mountains of North Georgia, rests among the trees as if it is one of them. There is a large floor-to-ceiling tree trunk in the lobby.  The furniture is woven with mountain laurel branches and rhododendron legs and arms.  There are 100-year old heart pine boards throughout. And the gentle stretch of the structure feels like a tree yearning for the sun.

 

Coming Next issue

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The Hike Inn

 

Amicalola Falls State Park

 

Beagle Ridge Lavender Farm

 

Sevierville and Pigeon Forge:
even more than before

 

Bedford: Home of the National D-Day Memorial

Wytheville - there really is only one!

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