Hotel at a Glance: Nantahala Village
Nantahala Village’s lodges, cottages, and log cabins occupy their own secluded tree-lined paths in the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s a peaceful setting, but close to heart-pounding outdoor adventures that include zipline canopy tours, rafting on the Nantahala River, and mountain hiking just outside the resort. Guests can take in the scenery more passively at the onsite Bistro, where dining affords views of distant, mist-veiled mountains.
- Mountain suites have full kitchens and some have the added luxury of a fireplace and deck.
- Fireplace suites all have indoor and outdoor fireplaces.
- Lake Fontana has over 240 miles of shoreline and clear waters perfect for relaxing or recreation
Bryson City, North Carolina: Small-Town Charm in Great Smoky Mountains
The small town of Bryson City sits amid the woodsy slopes of the Great Smoky Mountains in southwestern North Carolina. The Tuckasegee River flows right through town, creating picturesque waterfalls and fishing holes teeming with rainbow and brook trout. On clear days, head a few miles north to catch a 360-degree view of the entire range from the 6,643-foot Clingmans Dome, the highest point of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can also tour the rugged wilderness by train—the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad runs year-round excursions in restored historic railroad cars that depart from Bryson City.
In winter, the Cataloochee Ski Area opens 18 trails and slopes on its challenging downhill course. Once all the snow thaws, whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular at nearby Nantahala Gorge. All the while, downtown Bryson City charms visitors with antique shops, handcrafted pottery, and housemade chocolates.