Tucked in North Carolina's southwest corner, the small town of Bryson City sits amid the woodsy slopes of the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. The bisecting Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers create picturesque waterfalls that cascade through the mountainous terrain, a natural setting for outdoor recreation throughout the year. On clear days, one can catch a 360-degree view of the entire range from Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the national park at more than 6,500 feet. In winter, lodgers can take a scenic half-hour drive from the cabins to Cataloochee Ski Area, a challenging downhill course with 16 illuminated trails and slopes. Once all the snow thaws or is exported as ice cubes for Hawaii, whitewater rafting and kayaking become popular attractions at nearby Nantahala Gorge. And Bryson City itself charms tourists with antique stores, handcrafted pottery, and homemade chocolate amid the fetching natural landscape.