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Old 09-14-2010, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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We have yet to travel to the NC mountains! I posted a similar thread previously when I solicited recommendations on where to travel for a quick getaway.

Every year since 2006 we say we're going for Thanksgiving but haven't followed through yet.

Researching some options and don't know what to pursue - Blue Ridge or Smoky. Any suggestions?

I think we'd prefer to keep it to a 3 hr drive. We're likely going to look at private rentals, like on VRBO.

However, if you have a recommendation for lodging with nearby activities or onsite, that would be cool too.

We'll have adults and children, varied interests.

Just need some direction or input to narrow my focus.

Thank you kindly!

Sara
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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We have yet to travel to the NC mountains! I posted a similar thread previously when I solicited recommendations on where to travel for a quick getaway.

Every year since 2006 we say we're going for Thanksgiving but haven't followed through yet.

Researching some options and don't know what to pursue - Blue Ridge or Smoky. Any suggestions?

I think we'd prefer to keep it to a 3 hr drive. We're likely going to look at private rentals, like on VRBO.

However, if you have a recommendation for lodging with nearby activities or onsite, that would be cool too.

We'll have adults and children, varied interests.

Just need some direction or input to narrow my focus.

Thank you kindly!

Sara

Sara, since you really want to keep the trip to three hours or under head to the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville

I can recommend this resort (which has great rental cabins), great for families with lots to do:

Western North Carolina Vacation Resort - Mountain Cabin Rentals - Real Estate Scenic Wolf Mountain Resort
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Carolina Mountains
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The end of November isn't a good time to visit either. Both have closures. GSMNP closures: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Roads (U.S. National Park Service)
And the parkways facilities are all shut down. The parkway might not even be open depending on the weather.
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
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Coming from the Charlotte area, the High Country centered around Boone is the closest part of the NC mountains. You can go all the way up 321 from Gastonia, or exit onto I-40 and then take NC-181 up from Morganton. Since you've never been, you really must visit Grandfather Mountain. Lots of animal exhibits the kids will like (bears, mountain lions, eagles, otters). On clear days you can see the Charlotte skyline from up there. If you're looking to rent a private house, I'd check out some of the offerings on Beech Mountain.

One thing to bear in mind if you come up at Thanksgiving is that that's when ski season nominally begins (weather permitting). It can draw a big crowd and accommodations might be scarce.
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