The Great Outdoors
To beat the summertime heat, enjoy a day at the family-friendly Sliding Rock, about an hour from the resort. Also, don’t miss a drive on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Stop at one of the hundreds of trail heads along the way, and enjoy miles and miles of trails to keep your feet moving.
Some well-known excursions include the Horsepasture River waterfalls hike, the Chattooga River Trail, and the most popular Cashiers hike – Whiteside Mountain, part of the Nantahala National Forest. Some breathtaking waterfalls in the area include Bear Wallow Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, Glen Falls and Rainbow Falls, to name just a few.
Other outdoor activities include swimming in the cool, crystal mountain waters, biking through rocky mountains and fishing for that perfect catch!
For fun and entertainment geared more towards adults, start your morning by teeing off at the Sapphire Mountain Golf Club, a scenic 18-hole mountain course.
If history is your thing, don’t miss a visit to one or all of the area’s wide variety of museums. Just a short drive from the resorts, visitors can access a world of information at one of the many museums in the area including the Museum of American Cut and Engraving, the Scottish Tartans Museum Center and the Wilderness Taxidermy and Wildlife Museum. The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, about an hour away from Foxhunt in Franklin, features a 2.25 lb. local ruby, which was featured on Travel Channel! The museum offers free admission to its facility and showcases beautiful gems and minerals, as well as historical artifacts.
Perhaps the area’s greatest draw, the Biltmore House & Gardens sit only an hour and a half from the resort, in Asheville. Spend a romantic day touring America’s largest house, and don’t miss it during the holidays for an experience you will never forget.
While staying at Foxhunt, enjoy family dining for lunch and dinner in the on-site restaurant. For totally casual fun, you’ll also have access to barbecue facilities, picnic areas, and seasonal entertainment.
When you feel the urge to go out and explore local fare, check out The Four Seasons Grille, located at the base of the Sapphire Valley Ski Area, the rustic Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company, less than 10 minutes away, and Mica’s Restaurant & Sports Pub – serving pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as a variety of thirst-quenchers.
For a more formal dining experience, enjoy dinner at The Orchard, located 10 minutes from the resorts. Boasting an extensive American Cuisine menu with charming Southern flair, this restaurant is set in a 100-year-old farmhouse, overlooking an apple orchard, lawn and gardens.
Another multicultural, exquisite culinary place you’ll want to visit on your vacation is at On the Verandah, located in Highlands. This fine dining restaurant offers appetizers and entrees from the cuisines of Asia, Europe and the Americas, with complimenting wines to pair. They promise only the freshest ingredients available and the use of a flavorful range of locally-grown produce, herbs and spices prepared by the owner and chef. Enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner at On the Verandah. The view, overlooking Lake Sequoyah, combined with elegant wines and live piano music make this award-winning restaurant a stop you don’t want to miss!
Some other area restaurants recommended by the locals are Canyon Kitchen (open through October), The Gamekeeper’s Tavern, and The Cork and Barrel Lounge.
Popular This Time of the Year: Go fishing, take a hike, drive through the mountains and/or play a round of golf
- Average High: 65°
- Average Low: 41°
Popular This Time of the Year: Have a picnic, play tennis or golf, go swimming in the lake, rent a canoe
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- Average High: 75°
- Average Low: 59°
Popular This Time of the Year: Go tubing, build a snowman, soak in the hot tub and enjoy a hot cocoa by the fire
- Average High: 47°
- Average Low: 26°
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In the village of Cashiers, visitors will find an abundance of shopping, art, antiques and gifts. In nearby Highlands, N.C., visitors will find even more shopping, restaurant and entertainment options to inspire all types of travelers. Located an hour and a half away, downtown Asheville is a hub of culture, art, shopping and dining. Local artists and street musicians openly share talents, and the city invites visitors with colors, sounds and an overwhelming sense of welcoming. Asheville should be a pin on the map that you don’t overlook.