Rattlesnake Lodge was built in the early 1900s as a vacation home.
A vacation home right in the middle of the woods that you must hike to. I consider this a solid option to avoid unwanted drop-ins while you're at home in PJs.
Follow the link above to read about the family that built it and what led to the ruins there today.
To the left you can see partial ruins, they are few and far between while you hike this trail.
We were more impressed with the hike itself. Access to the trail is right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway and a quick drive from Asheville.
You get a small work-out in but the hike is not strenuous.
The trail is quite covered within the forest.
It feels palatial inside, as if the slender trees were tall walls all around you.
A beautiful hike all around that leads you through the wiggly trees (named by me), past the old family chimney with plenty of shade to keep you cool.
Western NC hikes have yet to fail.
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Foothills Farm & Butchery knows local. Their whole team understands the concept and advocates for it.
During the summer months, this team hosts farm dinners on their front porch. The dinners are overflowing with local foods, local beer and lots of local folks enjoying every moment.
In collaboration with ASAP, my husband and I were lucky enough to attend the last September dinner.
A hike a day keeps the...
DuPont State Forest & High Falls awaits you! Climb up, slide down & swim around.
Stand back and take it all in.
Explore the covered bridge.
One last look... up close then through the trees.
So many places to eat in Asheville.
So many options just for lunch.
So many options that aren't chains.
So many options that won't break the bank and are in awesome locations.
I've narrowed it down for you. To 2.
Above we see the traditional Neapolitan pizza from River Art District's Pizza Pura. The wood fired pizza is one of a kind in Asheville. Grab one to share and add on an appetizer or dessert to complete the meal.
Below we see three Indian street food dishes from Chai Pani in downtown Asheville. Small plates can be combined many different ways for a meal to share or all to your self. We didn't run into anything too spicy but I'm sure it's an option!
Both Pizza Pura and Chai Pani have been well received by foodies and us regular folk too. The menus have a nice range but are not overly expansive.
Both joints are casual and perfect for lunch in Avl sans reservation. Patios available at both!