The Journey Eve

So, today is the eve of our romantic getaway to Hot Springs, NC. I am so excited! We will be celebrating our three year anniversary and making our second trip to Hot Springs, NC. This little mountain town nestled in the Western North Carolina Mountains is a very quaint town located directly on part of the Appalachian Trail. I find that bit very exciting as it has always been on my bucket list to hike the Appalachian Trail, and last year when we made our first trip to Hot Springs, I was able to live out part of that fantasy. We hiked a path that climbs 1100 feet up in less than 20 minutes, but the view was spectacular! download

This was our view from the summit we reached after what seemed like a very long, very intense hike. However, when we looked at our watches we realized it only took 20 minutes to make that strenuous trek, and the reward of this amazing view was totally worth it! It was so majestic to see the rushing blue-green water from the river running off the mountain and we were even treated to the train rolling through in the background.  I’ve had a fascination with trains since I was a small child, and the atmosphere of this town definitely feeds that fantasy. When we visit this little mountain town we stay at the Iron Horse Station which used to be the train depot and has since been converted into a wonderful hotel with an amazing restaurant below. Plus, when you book a room there you can add a spa package which allows you to soak across the way at the Hot Springs Spa for an hour, a must for anyone visiting the area.

I am an avid lover of history as well and it is easy to see when visiting this town how people would have arrived from far off destinations such as Raleigh or Charleston, maybe even as far away as New York, to simply soak in the natural mineral springs coming off the mountain. The best part of this trip we are taking this weekend is we will be traveling by train on Saturday, taking the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad through the mountains along the Nantahala River from Bryson City to Dillsboro and I cannot wait to enjoy the fall colors along the way. Stay tuned next week to see some pictures and get great insights on our trip to this sleepy little mountain town!

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The Journey Begins

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Thanks for joining me! The world of online blogging is new to me, however, I feel that I may be able to share some insight and ideas regarding the wonderful area I live in and the opportunities for travel that are readily available. Most people think you have to have tons of money to travel, and I admit, I used to think the same and actually wasted a lot of potential opportunity because I thought I didn’t have enough.

However, over the past two years I have learned that whether traveling with my fiance, our kids, or for work, it is possible to travel on a budget. I look forward to sharing with you the experiences of the small towns we find to enjoy from the mountains of the Carolinas to the coast!

Tune in next week to see how our trip to Hot Springs, NC faired. We are going this weekend for our second time, and this time we are also including a trip on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad! We are both very excited about this opportunity, and while it is one of our pricer excursions, I will include ways to save along the journey.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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