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The Smoky Mountains were named for the morning mist that rises out of the valleys, shrouding the mountains in “smoke.” They are one of the most beautiful places in America and a place to return to – again and again. The climate allows outdoor activity year round – winter is not all that long and the summer nights are cool for a good night’s sleep.

You will be staying in Dillsboro, on the “quiet” side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in a wonderful old mansion originally built as a summer home for the Kress family. Now a bed and breakfast, it’s furnished with period antiques and spacious rooms where you’ll enjoy wonderful food and spectacular views. On the day of arrival there will be a delicious welcome dinner to introduce you to your guide, discuss the itinerary, and enjoy some mountain music.

Our hikes explore the “Smokies” and you’ll be immersed in the history of the Cherokees as well as the early Appalachian settlers. Nature abounds here with a diversity of plants and wildlife found no place else on earth. A World Heritage site and biosphere all its own, you’ll marvel at the variety of trees and wildflowers. You’ll behold the beauty of Lake Fontana, a 10,000-acre lake, and enjoy the thrill of a New Zealand-style jet boat ride as it cruises and spins – what great fun!

You’ll visit the magnificent Biltmore Estate and Gardens in Asheville and one day will be spent on the Cataloochee Divide – enjoying a gourmet picnic lunch at The Swag – a unique inn hidden away in the mountains.

A free day is provided for you to enjoy one of the other many activities available in the area – whitewater rafting, zip lining, fly-fishing, tubing, swimming, shopping, or a customized hike suited to your particular interests.

We also offer this trip self-guided. You will stay at the same hotel, arriving any Sunday night through Friday. After a delicious breakfast, you will be free to choose any of the delightful options available in the area.

Guided Option:
Dates: (7 nights) June 2-9, Sept. 8-15
Rate: $1,650.00 USD per person – double occupancy (Single Supplement: $425.00 USD)

Self Guided Option:
Dates:  (5 nights) Arriving any Sunday through Friday. It is possible to arrange for additional nights, please call to discuss.
Rate: $395.00 USD per person – double occupancy (Single Supplement: $375.00 USD)

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