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Where to Stay in the Mountains

Hiroshima, Japan
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Where to Stay in the Mountains

I'm looking at a vacation for next summer for extended family- it would be a total of 13 people. We want one cabin for all of us in the mountains, where we can go hiking and be in nature, but also be relatively close to a town so the cousins can go shopping, eating, etc, and there is something to do when grandparents get tired. Stuff to do in the cabin itself is also important, we stayed in a great cabin once that had a pool table, tv, internet, hot tub, great views, barbecue grill, etc.

So, where in NC should we stay to be close to a town (doesn't have to be huge) and be in nature? Any specific cabin suggestions? Thank you!

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1. Re: Where to Stay in the Mountains

I can recommend the Asheville / Waynesville / Maggie Valley area, especially closer to Waynesville & Maggie Valley. This area give you access to the moderate-sized town of Waynesville, with it's historic downtown Main St. (and Wal-Mart, if needed), as well as proximity to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

The Blue Ridge Parkway has access points in all of these towns, and Cataloochee is nearby for viewed the elk, and picnicking.

Cherokee is about 30 minutes away from Waynesville/Maggie Valley, as is the entrance to the park and it's many opportunities for hiking and viewing.

I'm sorry, I can't help with a specific cabin in the area, but there are hundreds to choose from.

http://www.downtownwaynesville.com/

http://maggievalley.org/index-welcome.html

nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/cataloochee.htm

http://www.cherokeesmokies.com/

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

I hope you have a great trip!

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2. Re: Where to Stay in the Mountains

I would say either the Asheville area (lots to do around there) or the Boone/Blowing Rock area (where there is, again, lots to do). The Blue Ridge Parkway runs from below Asheville through Blowing Rock and on up, so from either location you'll have easy access to the Parkway and lots of scenic stops and hikes. Both areas offer outfitters for adventures like rafting, tubing, ziplines, waterfall hikes, caving, etc. In Blowing Rock you have the small amusement park of Tweetsie. It's great for kids, especially if they like trains. Lots of good shopping and great restaurants in both areas.

I don't have a specific cabin recommendation, either, but there are a lot in both areas.

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3. Re: Where to Stay in the Mountains

Also look at Brevard. It is the gateway to the Pisgah National Forest with beautiful hiking trails, Looking Glass Falls, Cradel of Forestry, and the ever-popular sliding rock. If you are there in the summer, there is the Brevard Music Center/Camp, with public performances offered throughout the summer (we always went for the 4th of July concert and fireworks back in the 60's). Brevard is a lovely town and is close enough to Asheville to daytrip there. The Blue Ridge Parkway is at the top of the road that runs through the Pisgah National Forest.

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4. Re: Where to Stay in the Mountains

All of these recommendations are good. I think the trick is going to be finding a house that will accomodate that many people, since, unlike the beach, I am not aware of people building houses for that purpose. I suggest checking the rental sites in each location and then, when you find one that suits your needs, use this site to double check. That said, my own first choice would be Boone/ Blowing Rock.

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5. Re: Where to Stay in the Mountains

Willow Winds has nice cabins and it's a short drive to Asheville.

Willow Winds @ 39 Stockwood Road Extended, Asheville, North Carolina 828 - 277 - 3948.

http://www.willowwinds.com/

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6. Re: Where to Stay in the Mountains

Thank you all so much! I'll be sure to look into each of these options

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7. Re: Where to Stay in the Mountains

We like Watershed Cabins. Most are in the area near Bryson City/Cherokee, so lots to do if you want shopping/meals/museums, plus very close to Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) for rafting, Bryson City entrance to the national park (tubing, waterfall hikes). They have lots of different sized cabins with great amenities.

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