City life got you down? Ditch this town for a Smoky Mountain gem called Bryson City, North Carolina.
Wind your way north through Buford and keep on truckin’ (and by truckin’, we mean a four-wheel drive is best for making the scenic trip) to Watershed Cabins (300 Everett Street; 888-604-3075). The luxury, Lincoln-loggish rentals feature tree-lined gorge views, hot tubs, and deluxe modern kitchens. Call ahead for special touches like a grocery drop, pool table, or arcade machine.
Go for a river ride at Nantahala Gorge and sup on seasonal sides, fresh trout, and steaks at Relia’s Garden, a resto overlooking an herb and flower garden (Nantahala Outdoor Center, 13077 Highway 19 West; 888-905-7238).
Take a load off at Lakeview at Fontana day spa (171 Lakeview Lodge Drive; 800-742-6492). A tranquil treatment hut, jazzy gourmet coffee cafe, and Lake Fontana views are this rustic retreat’s claims to fame. Scoop Alternative Apparel shorts, candles, and Naturopathica products at the boutique. Meanwhile, the secluded, sunny swimming pool terrace and biking, hiking, and yoga packages are om, om good.
You’re bound to return feeling high on life.
Hit the ground running with more roadie inspiration courtesy of DailyCandy’s Summer Trippin’.