Itinerary for the Date Weekend
Updated: May 24
**this is still a working itinerary, but here's what. we favor right now:
Take your time getting into camp and take the scenic route:
If you’re coming from the East: Follow the Lake James Loop, it's a quiet two-hour ride on scenic backroads joining the Parkway and circling Lake James. Along the way stop by Bear Creek Marina, the Orchard at Altapass, Little Switzerland, and Linville Caverns.
If you’re coming from the South: Lake Lure Washburn Marina - If you’re passing through Lake Lure on your way in take advantage of the scenery with a Lunch Cruise. Reasonable prices and online bookings available.
Ask us about our in-room experiences: couples pedicures, charcuterie making class or elderberry syrup making class. View all our on-site experiences available for booking, here.
A moderate Hike to a beautiful overlook - Lookout Mountain, Montreat - Mostly uphill, but a fun hike with rewarding views at the top! Wander the streets of Black Mountain, featuring local artisans and cute book shops before heading back to Marion.
Read about Lookout Mountain on Explore Asheville
View hiking details on AllTrails
Try your hand at Fly Fishing with The Catawba Angler - a fly fishing and light tackle guide service based out of Old Fort, North Carolina
McDowell Local - craft sandwiches & pizzas are their specialty, but you also have to tried their pickled treats platter! Check out their menu here.
Swing by one of these on your way out of town:
Mountain Brook Vineyards - Actually really good NC Wine! In a romantic, mature setting in Tryon, NC.
There's also Parker Binns Vineyard with a Burger Barn and
Overmountain Vineyards is an adult-only, luxury experience!
Botanical Gardens of Asheville - a 10-acre independent, non-profit botanical garden dedicated to the study and promotion of the native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians. Check out their website for ongoing activities and hours.
If you're looking for a family friendly camping or glamping vacation, look no further than Gold River camp + cabins. Located in Marion, NC, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and just 45-minutes from Asheville, we are not short of activities. If you need additional suggestions, don't hesitate to reach out, I have activities to recommend in Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Hendersonville, Burnsville, Asheville, Morganton and Hickory - all within an hours drive!