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Old 09-16-2009, 10:29 AM
 
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You could go to Mt. Airy and Pilot Mountain and see the real Mayberry.

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Mt Airy is certainly an option. That is only 2.5 hours away. We went camping at Pilot Mountain last fall and had a very nice time hiking there. I'll check my guidebooks to see if there are any other trails in the area that we did not do.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:33 AM
 
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Another good option is the Charlottesville, VA area - about 4 hours. One nice place there is the Silver Thatch Inn B&B.
Sorry. 4 hours is farther than we want to drive.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:37 AM
 
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Closer to home a very nice B&B is Laurel Ridge in Siler City.

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Siler City is nice and close. What hiking options are there? I checked one of my NC hiking guidebooks and didn't see any recommended hiking spots nearby.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:37 AM
 
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You could try The Pinehurst Hotel in Pinehurst. While it's certainly a golfing town, there are other things there; lots of lakes in the area, the "Village of Pinehurst" is a quaint little town, Seagrove is not far away for pottery shopping, and the Asheboro Zoo could be another easy trip. The Pinehurst Hotel itself is one of those big old hotels that always reminds me of The Shining.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:41 AM
 
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I would stay in downtown Blowing Rock. Check out the Hemlock Inn. You can actually go on a very nice hike with multiple waterfalls from right downtown. It takes me 2.5-3 hours from RTP when I leave at 4pm to get there. Easy drive I-40 to 421 into Boone, then on around to BR. Blue Ridge Parkway goes right by there and the wonderful Tanawha Trail is in that section (I especially like the section starting at the Viaduct and following the Parkway North). A couple of good loop hikes, too, around Julian Price (around the lake (super easy) and the Boone Fork trail (longer, moderate)). Grandfather Mountain also has excellent trails, but you'll need to either pay and go into the park, or buy a trail pass for trails that leave from other points.

Blowing Rock is very charming. Some good food (Mellow Mushroom is very filling if you've been hiking all day. There are fancy places, too), lots of interesting shops.
Blowing Rock is another good suggestion. It would actually take us more like 3.5 hours to get there (we're 30 minutes east of RTP) but it might be worth it. We've been to Boone a few times before and to Jefferson once. Thank you for also providing a good list of hikes.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:46 AM
 
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You could try The Pinehurst Hotel in Pinehurst. While it's certainly a golfing town, there are other things there; lots of lakes in the area, the "Village of Pinehurst" is a quaint little town, Seagrove is not far away for pottery shopping, and the Asheboro Zoo could be another easy trip. The Pinehurst Hotel itself is one of those big old hotels that always reminds me of The Shining.
Hmmm. Pottery shopping and the zoo isn't exactly what we had in mind. I do see that there is a Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve there in Southern Pines. Not many hikes listed for it though.
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:56 PM
 
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What about any basic cabins/lodging for under $100 in the Blowing Rock/Linville area? The links provided look great, but after splurging on furniture that's more than we need or want to spend. Just a small cabin with a shower and king bed (dog allowed and wireless would be nice, but not a definite). Sorry for highjacking the thread. Didn't want to start a new one with one so similar and I already posted in the Western NC forum but it's so darn slow. Thanks!

NewUser, let us know what you end up doing. I am also maybe considering an overnight trip to Mt. Airy/Pilot Mountain if we decide against Blowing Rock.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:23 PM
 
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Siler City is nice and close. What hiking options are there? I checked one of my NC hiking guidebooks and didn't see any recommended hiking spots nearby.
We got married at Celebrity Dairy in Siler City ( @The Inn at Celebrity Dairy - (919) 742-5176 -Chatham County, North Carolina ) and I know at one time they were talking about putting in some hiking paths. I'm not sure if they did, but you could call and ask.

I've also heard good things about hiking in the Uwharrie Uwharrie NF Recreation Guide (http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/recreation/uwharrie/index.htm - broken link)

These would be some B&B choices for that:
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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I'd second the Boone/Blowing Rock weekend.
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:37 PM
 
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We got married at Celebrity Dairy in Siler City and I know at one time they were talking about putting in some hiking paths.

I've also heard good things about hiking in the Uwharrie Uwharrie NF Recreation Guide (http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/recreation/uwharrie/index.htm - broken link)
A path around a hotel is a little tame. Now the Uwharrie is more like it. I see that they have a 7.2 mile hike (Birkhead Mountain Trail) that looks to be about our style.
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