Thursday, January 5, 2012

Winter Getaway to Waynesville, North Carolina

While these pictures were the scene at our Waynesville, North Carolina Bed and Breakfast two years ago, we just had our daffodils bloom this winter because it has been so warm. The poor things think its already spring!

The warmer weather has also extended our hiking season, here in the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The great thing about hiking in the winter is NO BUGS!! The temperatures are also more condusive to longer hikes in the fresh, clean, crisp air up in the mountains. You'll see some of the most beautiful mountain views you've ever seen.

This is one I captured while hiking a trail along a ridge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cataloochee Valley. Of course, I had to find a break in the trees to see this due to all the leaves. Not such a problem this time of year! There are so many hiking trails in this area its hard to determine which ones to tackle first. They range in difficulty from easy to strenuous with a wide variety of vistas, waterfalls and natural formations to see.

Not much into hiking? Well if you like to snow ski, Cataloochee Ski Area makes it's own snow so you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding or tubing throughout the winter season.

There's also the historic train out of nearby Bryson City on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Your ride will take you by the actual train used in the movie "The Fugitive" starring Harrison Ford. You'll also ride into the Nantahala Gorge and see sights only visible from the train. You can even arrange to have lunch during your excursion!

What about going to Harrah's Casino in Cherokee? You'll find world class entertainment, great home cooking at Paula Deen's restaurant and all the poker, black jack and slot machines you could ever want.

Come see for yourself why the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the country. You'll come to the area for the scenery, but stay for the adventure! While you're in the area, come stay with us at Brookside Mountain Mist Inn Bed and Breakfast. We'll welcome you home to fresh baked goodies, hot cocoa or cider and a nice warm fire by which to sit and relax.

Let us be "Your Luxury Smoky Mountain Escape"! See ya'll soon.

Carolyn Gendreau & Dina Giunta
Brookside Mountain Mist Inn

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