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Monday, October 25

Weekend Adventures: Bryson City, NC

For a dual anniversary-birthday celebration extravaganza, husband and I recently spent a few days around Bryson City, NC. We started off our trip with one night of car camping at Tsali Campground, located near Fontana Lake. The weather was cool and crisp, but not too cold for sleeping in a tent.

Friday morning we started with breakfast over the campfire, freshly brewed coffee, and then off for some mountain biking. Tsali has multiple options for biking, and we opted for the 8 mile trail. The path wound through the mountains following the edge of Lake Fonatana. While there were a few technical parts that required walking from an amateur like yours truly, the trails were very rider-friendly and filled with turns, hills, and little jumps.

After a day of biking at Tsali, we headed into town to the West Oak Bed & Breakfast, a perfectly adorable B&B located on the hill just on the city's edge. Our room was small, as are most bed & breakfasts, but included a complete kitchen and a washer/dryer. There was a lovely outdoor patio for drinking coffee and enjoying the mountain view.

Saturday was spent in the mountains of Deep Creek, where we spent 14 miles hiking through the beautifully colored fall leaves. We stopped often to admire the waterfalls near the base of the mountain, and even saw a little black bear on the trail! It was a great hike, with plenty of uphill climbing, lunch on the trail, and incredible views of the fall colors.

Forever 21 vest & earrings, H&M shirt, Joe's skinny jeans, The Loft scarf, vintage boots

While in Bryson City we ate at Anthony's Pizza and devoured the most delicious Margherita pizza I have ever eaten! Chicken, fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, and mozzerella. Yes, please. We also had a cozy breakfast at the Freymont Inn, complete with a fire in the fireplace, blueberry pancakes, and home-cooked potatoes.

Bryson City is definitely one of our favorite places in the southeast for outdoor adventures, especially in the fall. There's just something magical about the Smoky Mountains with their vibrant leaves and looming morning fog. It's charm pulls you in from your first glimpse.

Happy Adventures, friends.

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stylebyrachael said...

Those outdoor pictures look AMAZING!! The colors are so vivid, beautiful!

Jodi Kendall said...

what a lovely weekend! we've been itching to go camping. the fall leaves are just past their peak now, and the air is nice and cool.