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  • Appalachian Trailhead close to the Mountain Magnolia Inn.

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NC Mountain Family Vacations

Hot Springs is a great place for a North Carolina family vacation as we have an abundance of kid-friendly things to do right here in town. We are centrally located in the mountains of Western North Carolina so you can easily take advantage of regional attractions with just a short drive.

Below are the accommodations we have which are most suitable for families. To give you maximum flexibility and savings we have discounted all accommodations for stays of 3,4, and 5 days mid-week anytime from Sunday through Thursday. To reduce the cost further we have excluded breakfast except for one day although you may add breakfast any day for a small charge. Go to availability/rates and look at Family Vacation Package. (Rates are for up to 4 people).

Accommodation

Sleeps

Kitchen

Bed Size

Fireplace

# Baths/Jetted Tub

Pets

Daily Rate w/o taxes

Garden House

2-10

Yes

2 Kings, 2 Twins, 3 Futons

Yes

2 Baths/Yes

Yes

$160

Fowler's Bend

Cliffside

2-6

Yes

2 Kings, Queen, Futon

Yes

2 Baths/No

Yes

$140

Bird's Nest

2-6

Yes

2 Kings, Queen, Futon

Yes

2 Baths/No

Yes

$140

 

Octagon House

2-8

Yes

Queens and Twins

No

2.5 Baths/Yes

No

$140

Upper Spring Creek Chalet

2-4

Yes

Queen and Queen Futon

No

1 Bath/No

No

$100

Natural or Man-Made Amusement Parks

A favorite summer activity is a trip to the Laurel River, a natural water amusement park just five miles from Hot Springs. The Laurel’s headwaters are 20 miles back in the mountains. It runs very clear and clean and is home to wild mountain trout. As it approaches the French Broad River, its descent quickens and the waters tumble over huge boulders carved in various shapes from thousands of years of water flowing over them. There are rapids, small waterfalls, deep still pools, and places you can slide on slippery rocks covered with algae. Our family has spent the majority of a day sunning, swimming and picnicking on a sandy beach on the Laurel. Alternatively, within an hour you can visit Gatlinburg and go to a man-made waterpark – but why?

Horseback RidingOutdoor Adventure Galore

Hot Springs was voted the Best Small Mountain Town from Georgia to West Virginia by the readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine because of the abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities.

  • Take a hike—The Inn is 200 yards from the Appalachian Trail and there are a number of hikes you can do right from the Inn. Lover’s Leap Trail is the most popular with the walk along the French Broad River and then the turn up the mountains edge with switchbacks taking you to great views of the river and valley below.
  • Whitewater raft—The French Broad River, one of the oldest rivers in North America and one of the few that runs east to west, flows right through the middle of Hot Springs. We are the center of whitewater rafting in the mountains of North Carolina. From the Inn or one of our family vacation properties you can walk to the rafting company. They’ll equip you, train you, shuttle you and guide you down the river on a raft, a sit-on-top kayak or a tube on a quiet section of the river. Take a ½ day trip or all day. It’s great fun and, while exciting, it is very safe.
  • Horseback ride—Jackie Ball at Sandy Bottom Trail Rides has over 20 horses and offers rides for all skill levels and ages. Take a 1-hour, 2-hour or 3-hour trip. Visit his garnet gem mine and keep the semi-precious stones you find.
  • Treetop zip-line—Just 45 minutes from Hot Springs visit Navitat Canopy Adventures, a 100% tree-based adventure. Their zip-line canopy tour allows participants to experience a secluded mountain cove from high in the treetops.
    • 10 zip-lines, ranging from 120 to 1100 feet in length.
    • 2 rappelling experiences, 2 suspended sky bridges, 3 short hikes.
    • Take in beautiful long-range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from artfully crafted tree platforms.
    • Explore the forest from 2 feet to over 200 feet in the air!

Gentry HardwareExperience Mountain Culture and Tradition

  • Catch a trout and cook it—Spring Creek runs right through Hot Springs and it is stocked with mountain trout. Pick up a license at C&H Fishing Supplies and head off to fish. Catch it, cook it, eat it….all in the same day. What could be better?
  • Visit an organic farm—There are plenty here and we can arrange a tour. Many kids don’t make the connection between the food you buy and where it comes from. This will help them to make that connection.
  • Check out an old time hardware store—It’s an incredible experience. Keith Gentry runs the family hardware store which was first opened by his Dad, James in 1945. He has everything you can think of, knows where it is without resorting to a computer, and will spend 30 minutes to sell you 5-cent screw. He’s got moon pies, hard candy, and even a treat for your dog. THIS IS A MUST.
  • Visit Artisan Gallery—Sounds imposing but it’s pretty relaxed. Sunny, owner of the gallery, was an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker who came back to Hot Springs and opened a business. She has local artisan crafts, local-made ice cream, a coffee bar with a wicked latte, and a wine bar and wine shop. ALSO A MUST GO either before or after Gentry Hardware.

Wildflowers in Hot Springs, NCGet Back to Nature

We are blessed to have an abundance of nature surrounding Hot Springs: wild mountain flowers; a wide variety of birds (some migrating and some calling this home); at night, the stars shine like nowhere you see in or around a city; there are fish and water-life galore the mountain streams. The Inn has a library of guides with pictures and descriptions of this and more. Plan a day out with nature. It will be educational, fun and free.

Picnic on a Mountain Top

Pack a picnic lunch and head off to Max Patch, the 5000-foot bald mountain with 360-degree views as far as the eye can see. It’s an easy walk up and always 10-degrees cooler with a nice breeze.

Great Day Trips

Have a MassageA Day of Pampering for All

One afternoon, take some time off and take the family to the hot mineral baths for a restful, rejuvenating soak in the 103-degree water alongside the French Broad River. If you want to really splurge you and the kids might enjoy a foot treatment or 1/2-hour or hour-long massage. Afterwards, a trip to the ice cream shop downtown for a scoop of your favorite flavor might be in order.

 


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