8 Wonderful Things to do in Western North Carolina
4. Plan a winter fun day at Appalachian Ski Mountain
Although North Carolina doesn’t spring to mind first as a premier skiing destination, there is still plenty of fun to be had at the area’s numerous skiing destinations. Appalachian Ski Mountain is a great choice as it offers plenty of amenities including the only night skiing in the area and a Zamboni maintained ice rink.
Private and group lessons in both skiing and snowboarding allow newbies to test out their skills in a safe setting. You will also find an ice rink, which is perfect for non skiers visiting with skiing friends as well as for skiers seeking a relaxing break after a long day on the slopes. The rink is lit up at night, creating the perfect setting for winter dates!
Location: 940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
5. Rent a cabin in the woods
Staying in a rustic cabin in the woods is one of the best ways to truly experience the natural wonder of the area. Most cabins in the area offer a secluded setting with great views of the mountains. What could be better than waking up to incredible views from the comfort of your own private patio? If you still want that cabin feeling but prefer a bit more amenities, you can always rent a room in a lodge or bed and breakfast.
Be sure to pick a place with a great location, preferably built on a hill to take advantage of the natural setting. Boone and Blowing Rock are home to dozens of charming inns and lodges, along with no shortage of privately owned cabin rentals.
Location: Lazy Bear Lodge is located at: 315 Lazy Bear Trail Vilas, NC 28692. Additionally, you can check Blue Ridge Mountain Rentals for more lodging in the area.
6. Plan an early morning hike
Outdoor enthusiasts will be pleased with the availability of hiking options in the area. Whether you feel like taking an easy stroll to a waterfall or a more challenging climb up a mountain, there is a hike to suit your skill level and personal preference. Morning hikes offer the opportunity to avoid the hefty crowds and enjoy nature in a quieter setting. Plus, the chances of seeing wildlife are much more likely in the earlier hours of the day. Grandfather Mountain is one of the best hiking options in the area with 11 different trails, all with incredible views.