While we’re all excited to get back to bustling destinations, North Carolina offers the ultimate year-round camping experiences and views that will get you back to a better place. Check out these beautiful North Carolina cabins and destinations that offer a change of scenery and a rejuvenating getaway.
GET BACK TO: CAMPING | ROMANCE | SCENIC DRIVES
The Asheville Glamping site features 14 glamorous lodging options, including deluxe bell tents, a safari tent, a vintage trailer, an adults-only treehouse and awe-inspiring domes with beds positioned under skylights – perfect for a night of stargazing. All accommodations have comfy beds, refrigerators, electricity and air conditioning. Four even have private hot tubs and some of those are near babbling streams. The property sits just 1 mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway, “America’s Favorite Drive,” a must-do for any rejuvenation vacation with its spectacular sweeping views.
GET BACK TO: NATIONAL FORESTS | OUTDOOR ADVENTURES | WATER ACTIVITIES
With so many outdoor adventures in Pisgah National Forest, Bear Den can be your base camp. When you camp or book a cabin here, your next adventure is right outside your door on the 13 miles of trails and a lake begging for lazy days drifting on the water or casting a fishing line. Bringing the kids? This campground is a parent’s paradise with basketball, volleyball, table tennis, shuffleboard, horseshoes and playgrounds, plus an on-site store to help make planning a breeze. Since several trails start inside the campground, park your car for your entire vacation and enjoy all the amenities and activities this place – and Mother Nature – have to offer.
GET BACK TO: BREWERIES | MOUNTAIN VIEWS | SNOW SPORTS
A ski-in, ski-out experience is by far the easiest, most stress-free way to enjoy a ski vacation to the fullest, with no time wasted lugging stuff from a faraway parking lot. Beech Mountain is a particularly fun mountain to stay on, since this resort is also home to the tallest bar on the East Coast, 5506′ Skybar. It has beers on tap brewed just steps away from the ski runs and boasts fabulous views of everyone coming off the lift and zipping down the first hill.
GET BACK TO: FISHING | OUTDOOR ADVENTURES | SNOW SPORTS
Nestled in a 150-acre cove on Boyd Mountain are eight authentic hand-hewn log cabins. Though the cabins date back more than 150 years, each one has been carefully restored and furnished with modern amenities. Nature lovers can revel in tons of trails for hiking, biking and bird-watching. There’s a creek that’s an excellent tubing waterway, and the ponds are stocked with trout, bluegill, bass and catfish for an unforgettable fishing trip. Boyd Mountain is also near another popular ski destination, Cataloochee Ski Area – a resort with quick trails, good food and an outdoor deck perfect for watching the skiers come down the mountain.
GET BACK TO: DOG-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATIONS | SNOW SPORTS | WINE TASTING
Boone’s sister city and next-door neighbor, Banner Elk, is a ski town and very close to Sugar Mountain. You’ll be well taken care of at Cornerstone Cabins, home to three adorable A-frame cabins (affectionately named Love, Hope and Faith) with huge decks overlooking the property. Each cabin also offers room for six, a grill on the patio, a fully equipped kitchen and the option to bring your furry friend. Plus, the award-winning Banner Elk Winery is less than a half-mile down the road, so you can savor even more of the area (and take some home).
GET BACK TO: DOG-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATIONS | NATIONAL FORESTS | OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Designed by a professional dog trainer, DogWoods considers every detail to ensure people and their best friends have a fun getaway. Every log cabin includes a spacious, private fenced-in yard along with covered porches and a hot tub. Adventures can be found all around with hiking trails nearby, 250+ waterfalls in the area, mountain biking trails and horseback riding in Pisgah National Forest. You’ll certainly be getting all the licks – and great pics – from your happy travel companions, and you can even book a consultation with the trainer so you both get “a new leash on life.”
GET BACK TO: FISHING | STATE AND NATIONAL PARKS | WATER ACTIVITIES
A Great Smoky Mountains gem, Lakes End features several luxury yurts. We’re talking granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a rain head shower and private hot tubs. Fall into your soft bedding at night, and you’ll feel recharged the next day for more fun on Lake Nantahala, where you can rent a boat and water sports equipment from the on-site marina. Or opt for a lakeside cabin to soak in the water views on your spacious porch. Lakes End also has a restaurant on-site featuring sandwiches, pizzas, specialty items and plenty of signature Southern fare.
GET BACK TO: GARDENS | OUTDOOR ADVENTURES | RUSTIC LODGING
Built little by little over time by hand, this destination is focused on healing by immersing guests in a one-with-the-Earth setting without a schedule or organized activities. Described as a magical place filled with wonder (and maybe an elf or two), this sanctuary is often utilized for group retreats, but it also attracts those who want to enjoy a silent, working or solo getaway to completely unplug. Accommodations range from camping and private shelters to open-air bamboo huts. Guests are required to register as a member before booking a reservation – just another touch that makes visitors feel a part of something bigger.
GET BACK TO: NATIONAL FORESTS | ROMANCE | SPAS
A visit to Shoji will leave you saying, “Ahhhh” as this Japanese-inspired destination spa features five private, outdoor hydrotherapy salt tub abodes carved into Pisgah National Forest. Soaks include access to the wet cedar sauna and tub-side tea service. As the Southeast’s only outdoor salt tub retreat, many who visit end up extending their stay. Guests can reserve one of three rustic lodging options located “2,500 feet above stress level” and just steps from world-class massage therapy. With accommodations that include a stone fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and a luxurious bathroom, this mountainside retreat helps you feel rested and renewed.
GET BACK TO: OUTDOOR ADVENTURES | STATE AND NATIONAL PARKS | WATER ACTIVITIES
Another souped-up camping experience awaits in Bryson City, just steps away from America’s most popular national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These top-of-the-line yurts have lofts, full kitchens, large decks, TVs, firepits and full bathrooms – truly taking glamping to the next level. For when you do venture out, there are quite a few tubing, ziplining and whitewater rafting options available. Or take an open-air Jeep tour if you’re looking to explore with a local guide. Plus, the tallest dam on the East Coast, Fontana Dam, is nearby, where you can rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards from Bryson City Outdoors.
GET BACK TO: MOUNTAIN VIEWS | OUTDOOR ADVENTURES | ROMANCE
Seeking a luxe experience to soothe your soul? Pick 2019’s No. 1 ranked “Top Resort in the South” according to Condé Nast readers. The four handsomely appointed cabins each have a fireplace, king-size bed and soaking tub. Some even have a sauna, plus the overnight rates include all meals, appetizers, cookies and a daily high tea. For even more space, splurge on the two-story log cabin – complete with a game room. Stunning 5,000-foot views can be seen throughout the property’s 250 acres that border Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Guided hikes, secluded hideaways, double hammocks, badminton and a treehouse give plenty of ways to unwind and reconnect with nature – and each other.
Source: Visit North Carolina