Does a weekend get away in a mountain cabin sound relaxing? We stayed in a cabin near Franklin, North Carolina and enjoyed exploring the area. It’s got everything from gemstone mines to the Appalachian Trail. Be sure to plan ahead. Missed my tips for planning a weekend get away? The basics, more tips.
Have you picked the mountains for your weekend get away? If you want to stay in an isolated cabin be sure to pick a cabin near what you want to explore, or with it’s own brook. We spent hours sitting on the porch listening to the babbling brook, very relaxing!
Weekend Get Away Questions
- Do you want to stay in a hotel or cabin?
- Will you need a full kitchen?
- Do they have WiFi?
- Is there a grocery store in the town you’re staying in?
Double check travel restrictions before you make your reservation! Are they allowing tourists from your state or region? If they require tourists to quarantine, pick another location. Check the local news and see what’s going on in that area. Berlin, Germany continues to have rowdy protests over Corona Virus restrictions. You need to be comfortable with the current climate in the place you’re going.
Remember an isolated mountain cabin is isolated! If you need WiFi pick your location with that in mind. You don’t want to have to drive to the nearest small town every time you need WiFi. Keep in mind that mountains can interfere with cell phone coverage. So you may not be able to use your phone at your cabin. Plan ahead and bring your essential items. If you need a wine opener, or a particular brand of coffee, bring it from home. Rural grocery stores may not have all the brands that you’re used to. Rural areas have very little in the way of public transportation. You will need a car to get there and explore the surrounding area.
Things to do on your weekend get away
Think about how you’ll fill your time. Will you need to bring fishing poles to fish? Do you need a fishing license? Many areas have websites that explain when licenses are needed.
We spent a day exploring the nearest small town, Franklin, NC. What hours are the local shops open? Are there any must do places, like the local ice cream shop? Or special attractions, like caves, or gemstone mines? Or maybe you’re interested in history and there’s a historic site nearby. Find out what days and hours they’re open before you make your reservations.
Three things we really enjoyed in the mountains near Franklin, NC, USA
- The small town shops, especially the ice cream shop!
- Panning for gemstones.
- The Oconaluftee Indian Village
Franklin, North Carolina is a small town ideally located for exploring. It’s very close to the Appalachian Trail, a famous hiking trail that goes from the state of Georgia north to the state of Maine. Hiking a section of the trail at a time is fun. Many sections, like the one near Franklin, NC, are accessible for even young children. For less active exploration take a drive along the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway it has overlooks with stunning views of the mountains and valleys.
Pack a light sweater or a hand knit scarf for evenings, mountainous areas are always cooler. You’ll also want to pack sturdy shoes for hiking and clothes for digging in the dirt if you plan to mine gemstones.