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The new Blue Ridge Travel Guide is at the printer, but a complete Page-Flipping version is online today. (Print copies should be in our warehouse by March 1st for distribution to more than 250 inns and resorts.)
When I look at this new page-flipping copy of our book, I am still amazed by the beauty of our area, and I’m extremely thankful for the privilege of living in such an incredible place.
Of course the credit for exhibiting this awe-inspiring beauty goes to the professional photographers who display their work in our pages. (I know I’m more than a little biased, but I believe this is the best edition so far.)
If you would like a copy of Blue Ridge Travel Guide for your home or business, click on the PayPal button to securely purchase one. (Keep in mind that your book will not be shipped until we receive copies in March.)
Outdoor Activities in the Mountains
Outdoor and indoor activities for children and adults abound in the mountains of WNC. For the young and young at heart, there are numerous activities, from magical train rides through the mountains to wildlife tours on foot. Snow tubing for all ages (no experience required), as well as snowboarding and skiing opportunities are fantastic in WNC. Trails for beginners to experts are available, with modern facilities and breathtaking views. Our list of snow sports areas and ski resorts is located here. For current weather conditions check the mountain resort live webcams listed here. Of course, Grandfather Mountain and Chimney Rock Park are two of the most popular, awe inspiring attractions, offering spectacular panoramic views, with high mountain-top elevations, hiking trails, and exhibits…
Zip line canopy tours are really fun, and the mountains of Western North Carolina have some of the fastest and most thrilling in the nation. Some zip line tours offer special winter rates, along with spectacular winter views of the mountains and valleys below. Look over the list of zip line canopy tours here. Hot air balloon rides are also available year round in Western North Carolina, and because balloons travel with the wind, you’ll only need a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves to enjoy your flight. Our list of aviators is located here.
Indoor Fun in the Mountains
There are lots of ways to have fun learning and playing indoors during the winter in Western North Carolina. Kids of all ages will enjoy the many museums found in most Western North Carolina cities and towns. You’ll find them here on our Activities & Attractions page. Two of the most popular museums are Bennett Classic Cars and the WNC Air Museum.
Youngsters love prospecting at gem mines in Western North Carolina. Some gem mines, like Elijah Mountain, have indoor plumes and are open year round. Adults will find numerous wineries and local craft beer breweries to keep warm. And for those who want some special pampering and an enjoyable way to relax, Western North Carolina offers excellent spas. We’ve compiled a list of them here.
You’ll also find live theaters and other entertainment venues here. Shopping is another good way to stay warm during your winter break, and you’ll find many of the best boutiques and shopping areas here. Plus, art and craft galleries abound throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, from Boone to Cherokee, and every town in between. Check out our list here. Last but not least, finding the best places to eat will make your trip to the mountains more enjoyable. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner, a good breakfast, or a quick lunch, you’ll find what you need here. We hope you have a wonderful time in the mountains this winter!
Here are some good books to help you enjoy your visit: