Wonderful Woodsy Getaways

As winter sets in, what better time to explore destinations close to home that offer quiet, wooded tranquility along with beautiful landscapes…and, if we’re lucky this year, maybe even some snow? Get ready to build a fire and bundle up. These are wonderful, woodsy getaways you will love. 


Brevard, North Carolina is a quaint little town and the county seat of Transylvania County. It is located at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest and has become a noted tourism, retirement and cultural center in the western part of our state. It’s also known as the “land of waterfalls.” 

When you get to Brevard, bundle up and go find Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock, with the Moore Cove Falls Trailhead in between the two. These are just two of numerous waterfalls in the vicinity.  

There is a thriving art scene alive and well in Brevard. Craftspeople in studio hideaways, potters throwing beautiful shapes on the potter’s wheel and young musical prodigies performing classical masterpieces under the stars at Brevard Music Center. You will find art galleries in town to visit, as well. 

Brevard offers ample gorgeous scenery all around. Many of the most beautiful areas are located inside Nantahala National Forest and Pisgah National Forest. Keep an eye out for some of the white squirrels that lurk around Brevard College. 

Where to stay: 

The Sunset Motel offers the classic “Vintage Vibes” roadside motel experience all within a 10-minute walk to the center of downtown. This motel was voted among the “10 Best Roadside Motels” in all of America by USA Today’s readers for 2020 and 2021.

Bryson City 

A great place for a family weekend getaway is Bryson City. Sitting on the western edge of North Carolina near Tennessee, Bryson City is a quaint small town that has lots to offer. Their Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is a bucket list experience! Throw on your PJs and get tickets for the Polar Express ride near Christmastime to delight kids of all ages. (Polar Express rides go on through January, so check the website for dates and times.) 

Celebrate Bryson City’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene where the streets are lined with hand-painted artwork, and music flows from every corner. Snap a selfie at one of downtown’s many murals as a keepsake from your visit. The Stecoah Artisans Gallery offers a unique opportunity to buy original artwork as well as the fine crafts that have made North Carolina famous. 

Don’t miss the action and excitement at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort! They feature live table games like Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and more. Find video slots for beginners to experienced players…there is something to love for everyone here.  

Where to stay: 

Gina’s Great Getaways

“We are a small family business in The Great Smoky Mountains, and we try to stand out in more ways than one. You can expect great service, communication, cleanliness and local tips. We will make your stay as stress free as possible. Most of our rentals are creekside and all just minutes away from waterfalls, tubing, hiking trails, the National Park and still less than five minutes from Bryson City’s quaint downtown. We have Tiny Homes, Log Cabins, a 1965 Vintage Camper, a one-of-a-kind Caboose Camper, a 1920s Farmhouse and much more!”

Burke County

Morganton, North Carolina is the Burke County seat and a great home base for exploring the Linville Gorge Wilderness. Hop in your car and take a short drive to Table Rock Mountain and Hawksbill Mountain or head up to Wiseman’s View for an incredibly gorgeous view of the Gorge.

For flatter terrain, check out the Catawba River Greenway in Morganton. It’s a lovely, scenic trail that connects two of the town’s best parks.

Take a selfie in front of Linville Falls and stop by Silver Fork Winery for a taste of some amazing North Carolina wine. But, don’t just stay for the wine. Enjoy the live music and another spectacular mountain view while you’re here, too. 

Morganton offers a vibrant downtown with great restaurants and attractions to keep you engaged. You can also explore the quaint surrounding towns of Valdese, Connelly Springs and more.

Take a detour to the Henry River Mill Village in Hildebran. Some clever locals have preserved this piece of NC Mill history which you may also recognize as District 12 in the first Hunger Games film!

Where to stay: 

The Belle at Avery, built in 1890, is located in historic downtown Morganton. The combination of Colonial Revival and Victorian era design elements are maintained in this newly renovated home. This property was formerly a school and is a short walk to craft breweries, restaurants, music venues and everything downtown Morganton has to offer. See more photos and Book through the AirBnB website link. airbnb.com/rooms/20469553?locati…


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