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Visitors to fall foliage advice

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Visitors to fall foliage advice

We will visit NC in the fall for the first time to see the famous fall foliage. Please let us know where we should visit. We are retired from CA and are flexible with time and timing. We probably are thinking of four or five days or more. We are around 70's and will do moderate amount of walking/hiking. We would like to splurge in nice lodging and great food. We will probably start our trip from Chapel Hill NC where we have family.

Thank you in advance of any suggestion.

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1. Re: Visitors to fall foliage advice

Grove Park Inn in Asheville and The Swag in Waynesville both offer luxury lodging with views. The Swag is much more remote with no city skyline competing with the beautiful foliage. Both offer fine dining. Wherever you stay, reservations are a must!!! I would make them right now! As for sightseeing, just about anywhere you go in Western NC is gorgeous in October-don't miss the Blue Ridge Parkway and be sure to see the elk in Cataloochee Valley. Max Patch is a short hike and top of the world views. Enjoy your trip-

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2. Re: Visitors to fall foliage advice

Around which week would be best for either hotel?

Thanks.

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3. Re: Visitors to fall foliage advice

Each year "peak" varies based on the weather, etc. It also varies by elevation... higher elevations get peak colors while lower ones are still green. Our anniversary is October 16th so we always visit the Blue Ridge around that time and it's normally beautiful.

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You are right. Any suggestion to the second or third hotel choice for Wagnesville, just the mountain view we are looking for, not necessary luxury, B&B works also, but bet those are all full, too.

Also, any suggestion for itinerary for a week or two, not rushed, drive through the foliage scenery, in October?

Much thanks in advance.

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5. Re: Visitors to fall foliage advice

You might want to consider actually staying in the mountains. Asheville, Boone, Blowing Rock. Asheville is lower than the B/B area so the timing of the colors can be slightly different.

The B/B mountain area is about a 4 hour drive from Chapel Hill.

visitnc.com/journeys/articles/fall-color-l-f…

http://www.ourstate.com/app

www.blueridgeparkway.org 

http://www.highcountryoutdoors.com/hike.htm

www.visitboonenc.com

www.mountainsofnc.com

www.blowingrock.com

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6. Re: Visitors to fall foliage advice

We are starting from Chapel Hill, but going into the mountains, and trying to find good route with hotel overnights, hopefully with good views.

Taking suggestions.

The list is great, we will look through.

Thanks.

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7. Re: Visitors to fall foliage advice

You can cover a lot of territory in a week or two, sounds like a dream trip! My suggestion- do the whole Blue Ridge Parkway from NC to VA. Then head Iinto WV and work your way back south. Everything but the Canaan Valley should be looking pretty fabulous in mid October. Bridge Day in Fayetteville WV is the third Sat. I got lucky one year and hit WV at the very height of color and I've never seen anything so beautiful! Waynesville and Maggie Valley have lots of lodging options for every budget. Cataloochee Ranch may be a good choice for you, but getting your reservations early is still very important.

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8. Re: Visitors to fall foliage advice

Our anniversary is the 23rd of October and we typically go then and usually hit gorgeous leaves then, too.

Check out the Fall Foliage pictures at http://www.romanticasheville.com/fall.htm . If you go after the 15th of October you can usually find some nice leaves at some elevation. Earlier than that and you're probably before peak. The leaves peak earlier higher up and if you've missed those go down to see some.

A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville to Blowing Rock is a classic. You might also like to check out the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Lots of nice lodging in Asheville. The Grove Park Inn would be iconic, but there are many newer properties that are also very nice. In Blowing Rock/Boone there are many resorts such as Yonahlossee and Chetola, but many other very nice properties also. The Green Park Inn or the Inn at Ragged Gardens in Blowing Rock are both high end historic accommodations.

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