Beautifully situated on Sunset Mountain in Asheville, The Grove Park Inn is a fabulous destination to experience, especially during the Christmas season. Christmas is here in every imaginable way, especially since this historic inn is hosting its 22nd Annual National Gingerbread Competition. The caliber of entries shows visitors that there is truly an art to making gingerbread creations. So, head on up to Asheville for a Christmas escape into the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.
This Christmas season, indulge your family with a trip to see America’s largest home, The Biltmore Estate, beautifully decked out for the holidays. The Biltmore House is an impressive 250-room French Renaissance chateau tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains. When Christmas comes around, Biltmore gets ready in a grand way. Dozens of decorated trees, thousands of ornaments, and endless evergreen garlands grace the interiors of this national treasure. A day trip to this magnificent place will not disappoint your family.
If you love Myrtle Beach, then you will love Pigeon Forge. The setting may be the Great Smoky Mountains instead of the Grand Strand, but many of the attractions will feel really familiar. Off the main strip, visitors can choose from a wide range of ways to be entertained from amusement rides, miniature golf, outdoor adventures, arcades, go-cart racing, and dinner shows. It takes just over 3 ½ hours to get there from Charlotte, so skip the beach and head to Pigeon Forge for your next weekend away. [Read more…]
Whatever takes you into the North Carolina Mountains, don’t miss making a stop at Mast General Store. Just follow the winding Highway 194 into Valle Crucis, and you will find the original Mast General Store. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and named as one of the finest remaining examples of an old country general store. History buffs, shoppers, and kids will really enjoy this place.