Practical Holiday

We are all looking for practical, economical ways to travel these days. In the next few weeks I am going to outline ways we can accomplish this. I will start with trips within 500 miles of my hometown and then start sprawling farther as I learn things we can do this winter and spring with our daughter, with a budget. I will focus in on affordable lodging, activities, transportation and food. For the local folks, maybe this is an opportunity for you to explore your own backyard!

Let’s start with the most obvious, our backyard:


Buncombe County

Here are a few links to affordable lodging:

Sweet Peas Hostile

Explore Asheville

The Altamont

Campfire Lodgings

Tipi Camp Asheville

U.S. National Forest Campground Guide


A little Asheville lodging tip: if you decide last minute to head into Asheville you can call places like the Grove Park Inn or Biltmore for same day deals/discounts. If they have a ton of empty rooms they usually have flexibility to discount.


Asheville Transit


(if you stay downtown you can walk to all the great things the city has to offer)


Cycle Blue Ridge Parkway

(The section of the parkway at the top of Ox Creek driving North toward Craggy Gardens is closed during the winter through April usually. This is a great section to cycle/walk/run on warmer winter days or early spring. This is the safest opportunity to explore the road without having to share with vehicle!)


Dupont State Forest

Big Laurel Trail, Madison County

Downtown Asheville

(Asheville is loaded with great shops and galleries, perfect for window shopping)

Downtown Marshall, Madison County

(you can cross over the bridge in the city center, make your way down to the edge for skipping rocks, having a grassy picnic or read a book)

Pisgah National Forest

Asheville Urban Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway Trails

And the Whitewater, well, just take your pick.

Look here and here.

Even if you don’t enjoy kayaking or rafting you can find places along the river to hike or even picnic.

Take the time to look through the links and start planning your Practical Holiday. Later this week we will dive into the food, beer, farms and other misc. activities in the area. Make sure to share your secrets and ideas of fun, practical things to do.

In the meantime, enjoy the start of your week!



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