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best home base for a week in July/August?

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best home base for a week in July/August?

Our family is planning to rent a house in NC for a week in late July / early August for a relaxing vacation. We will have three adults in their 30s, a toddler, and two elderly grandparents. I had planned to rent a house near Chimney Rock / Lake Lure but am now considering Asheville or Blowing Rock instead. We probably won't do a lot of hiking because of the toddler and elderly grandparents. We're planning to take it easy, visit the Biltmore and Asheville one day (or two), and take small day trips. Would it be better to make our home base in Asheville or stick to the Lake Lure area? Or go up to Blowing Rock, where it will be cooler?

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1. Re: best home base for a week in July/August?

Hi ahearta,

First, I think you and your family would thoroughly enjoy any of the locations you're considering. Just about anywhere in the mountains is great--it really comes down to what you want to do and your preferences. Lake Lure will offer a few less options than the other areas you've mentioned, but still it's a great place to vacation. Since you are (apparently) unfamiliar with the NC mountains, I would suggest either Asheville or the Boone/Blowing Rock area simply because there are more things to do close by. And both are great jump-off spots for exploring--better than Lake Lure, IMO, because they are both closer to major attractions so you'd have a bit less driving to do.

Since you want to visit the Biltmore, it might make more sense to stay in/near Asheville. If you had to drive from Blowing Rock, do the Biltmore, then drive back in the same day, it would be rather tiring effort. But Blowing Rock/Boone has its own merits too, like Tweetsie Railroad, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns, and much, much more.

So bottom line, you'll have a great time no matter which you choose, so don't sweat it. Just spend a little time researching each area to see which attractions appeal to you more. You might also consider splitting your trip by staying a few days in Asheville, then a few days in the Boone/Blowing Rock area. Best of both that way!

Good luck, and feel free to ask more questions as you plan your trip.

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