The hotel that you stay at during your travels can make or break your overall experience. If you try to find a hotel that is cheap, you may not have the best possible experience. Unfortunately, the same goes for high-dollar hotels. So, if you cannot base the decision on where to stay on the price, how do you determine what hotel to reserve for your travels? My blog is filled with tips and advice that can help you pick and choose the hotel that will provide you the amenities, comfort and luxuries that you want or need while you are away from home.
It's not a secret that mountain vacations can powerfully pull you out of the thick of your ordinary routine life. Breathe in that fresh pine scent and check out the sweeping panorama high above the humdrum. There's nothing like it. And America's southeastern region has some of the best mountain getaways around. Here are a few places that are sure to boost your altitudes as well as your spirits.
1. Townsend, TN: One of the three main entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend is known as the least trafficked. Here you'll find the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and the Tuckaleechee Caverns. And the popular Cades Cove with its historic homes and churches is only 9 miles away.
2. Lake Douglas, TN: For water sports at the foot of the mountains, go 45 miles north of Townsend to Lake Douglas. Rent a cabin (from companies like Red River Gorge Cabin Rentals) at the lake and spend your days swimming, boating, and fishing.
3. Walland, TN: If you're looking to really get away from the crowds, Walland is your place. This small town (think less than 300 people) is found in an enclosed valley in the Northwestern foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Rivers, coves, and trails make this a great spot for explorers.
4. Asheville, NC: This popular destination rests comfortably in Pisgah National Forest. Go mountain biking, hiking, zip lining, or just witness the breathtaking scenes on a leisurely drive. Don't miss the wildlife—keep a lookout for otters, bears, birds, and more. And cabin rental options are plentiful.
5. Maggie Valley, NC: Maggie Valley gives you access to North Carolina's side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, but from a small town starting point. The famous park gives you hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, and more. Check out the picturesque waterfalls and the well-known diversity of wildflowers.
6. Blue Ridge Parkway, NC, VA: Spanning 469 miles through these southern states, the this famous scenic drive offers grand views of the Appalachian Highlands. Lodging is available along the way so you can span this trip out as long as you need.
7. Blue Ridge, GA: Located in the north Georgia Mountains, Blue Ridge offers a popular scenic railway that takes you along the impressive Toccoa River. The quaint town also provides art galleries, fruit markets, shopping, and antiques.
8. Helen, GA: This Northeast Georgia village lies on the south end of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chattahoochee River. It boasts jubilant festivals and luxury cabins. And during the warm months you can go tubing down the river.