One of the many things that North Carolina is known for is the gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This state allows for so many fun activities and adventures, such as hiking, camping, and even relaxing, while taking in the beautiful views. If you are headed this way, don’t forget to visit these 4 places in North Carolina with views of The Blue Ridge Mountains:
Omni Grove Park Inn
Located in Asheville, NC, the Omni Grove Park Inn is a must-see when traveling to North Carolina. Inspired by the beautiful inns at Yellowstone National Park, The Omni Grove Park Inn made its big debut in 1913, after one year of work was wrapped up by stonemasons, carpenters, mules, pulleys, as well as a single steam shovel. Now, when you visit Omni Grove Park Inn, you have the chance to enjoy the surroundings beside movie stars, popstars, and even presidents, as well. Why does everyone love it so much? For starters, their spa has been voted countless times as one of the best spas in North America and it’s truly unlike any other spa. This 43,000 square foot underground spa cost The Omni Grove Park Inn about $50 million dollars when it was first built. It features cavernous rock walls, tunnels, and about 20 water features, as well. Some of the unique features that the spa offers are therapeutic waterfall pools, mineral pools, a ceiling embedded with fiber-optic stars, underwater music, a eucalyptus-infused steam room, and more. Their ten pools are mineral-based and chlorine-free, which gives you peace of mind during your relaxing day. Surrounded by fireplaces, cozy corners, and a beautiful view of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, you can spend the day getting pampered and then curl up by the fire with warm blankets, light snacks, and herbal infused waters as the sun sets. The food, the backdrop, and the service are all worth mentioning, as well. You truly will have a great getaway at Omni Grove Park Inn while you are visiting North Carolina. Pro tip: Go mid-week for some great deals!
Blue Ridge Parkway
According to Planetware, “Nicknamed “America’s favorite drive,” the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway was designed by landscape architect Stanley Abbott whose vision was to create a road that was far more than just a way to get from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, with its scenic hiking trails. The drive itself has incredible views of the Blue Ridge mountains and the surrounding landscape, and the road is popular with motorcyclists and bicyclists for its endless scenery. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails that branch off from the numerous pull-offs, picnic areas, and campgrounds that line the road. Tourists will find the parkway most crowded in October during foliage season, while summer visitors can enjoy the colors of flaming azaleas and rhododendrons.
In addition to the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is home to several visitor centers and museums, some of which are open seasonally. In the summer and autumn, Mabry Mill (Milepost 176) has demonstrations that include grinding corn in the original mill, cutting boards in the sawmill, and the art of blacksmithing. The Folk Art Center (Milepost 382) is open year-round and includes a gallery of folk art as well as demonstrations by local craftspeople, and the Museum of North Carolina Minerals (Milepost 331) has detailed exhibits that look at the region’s mineral resources and mining industry. Between the months of November and March, tourists should be sure to check for weather-related road closures prior to setting out.”
Jeter Mountain Farm
Located just minutes away from downtown historic Hendersonville, NC, Jeter Mountain Farm is a running farm and event venue with picturesque views of The Blue Ridge Mountains. Nestled on 411 acres of rolling hayfields and woodest forest, Jeter Mountain Farm operates as a running farm with hay cut every year from the fields, over 20 acres of tomatoes grown in the summer, as well as 5,000 apple trees, a peach orchard, and even a berry patch. The farm has a long history, with deeds dating back to 1813 and a lot of memories have been made on the farm. For example, the owners, Zach and Kayla Hunsader, were married on the farm in June of 2011. They now own and operate Jeter Mountain Farm as not only a running farm, but an event facility in Hendersonville, NC, as well.
They say, “We’ve just ended our fourth successful season of weddings at Jeter Mountain Farm, and we can both tell you we would not have our lives any other way. Zach and I are continually blessed with amazing couples and families, that choose to have one of their lives’ biggest days here on the farm. We count ourselves very fortunate each and every day in how God continues to provide a living for us at the same place we call home. So as the winter projects come out, and we prepare for another season, know that this couple is here to make your big day exactly how you dreamed it. We look forward to being your host whether it’s for your first time out, or for the weekend of your long awaited day. Our prayer is that each and every couple would go on the have long blessed marriages, and remember every moment they spent here with a smile!”
If you are looking for a North Carolina wedding venue with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or if you are looking for a family-centric, stress-free venue to make the wedding of your dreams happen, Jeter Mountain Farm is the place for you. Their main goal is for you to relax and have a great day. They make the wedding planning process pain-free and simple, which allows you to take in the beautiful scenery, relax, and have the best time of your life.
If you want to be within the Blue Ridge Mountains, head over to Grandfather Mountain, located just 70 miles from Asheville, directly off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Grandfather Mountain is not as tall as Mt. Mitchell, but it is the highest peak on the eastern escarpment and also offers plenty of vistas, in order to take in the terrain and dramatic views. It is most known for its swinging bridge, which is something that everyone has to see at least once in their life.
This post was sponsored by Jeter Mountain Farms.