The air is getting cooler and crisper and we don’t know about you, but the change of season is putting us in the mood for a little change of scenery. For the last few months we’ve mainly enjoyed “the great outdoors” by hopping in the nearest pool when we’re not going from our air-conditioned car to our air-conditioned home, so the time feels right to truly get out and about and enjoy mother nature. And one of the best ways we can think of to do exactly that is by planning a getaway to the majestic mountains for some hiking, biking, and — obviously — luxurious lodge living. That said we’ve zeroed in on two super scenic destinations where you can cozy up near a fireplace, explore some epic trails, and breathe in that fresh mountain air. And if you want to know what to pack to look super stylish through it all, we’ve even provided a list of chic must-haves.
If the Blue Ridge Mountains are calling your name, and you desire a lush and cozy place to stay, Asheville’s Grand Bohemian Hotel is probably the perfect place to lay your head. The luxury hotel boasts a self-proclaimed “hunting club ambiance” (think plush furniture and light fixtures decorated with antlers) so a stay here will totally help fulfill your mountain fantasy. But besides the decor, this destination makes it tempting to not even leave the premises with a farm-to-table restaurant, spa, and art gallery to explore.
If indeed you do make it out of the hotel, you should put hiking one of the area’s incredibly scenic trails (many of which take you to directly to some stunning waterfalls) at the top of your to-do list. You can also check out the historic Biltmore Estate, a massive chateau-style mansion built by the Vanderbilt family in the late 19th Century, and if you’re headed into Asheville’s hip downtown area, grab some contemporary Southern cuisine at Tupelo Honey Cafe and a sour beer at the Funkatorium taproom.
For contemporary, well-designed accommodations with just the right amount of mountain vibes, check in at the hip Coachman Hotel. In the morning you can hit up the chic in-house coffee shop, and during cool nights enjoy a glass of wine around the fire pit or a relaxing soak in the jacuzzi. Another great option for a cozy stay is Base Camp, where the rooms have a stylish camp theme and you can snack on s’mores nightly on the lobby deck, play lawn games, and sip brews in the beer garden.
A trip to Tahoe in the fall may mean that skiing or swimming activities won’t be in the cards, but thankfully you can still get outdoorsy with plenty of trails to hike or bike. While you’re in the area, make a quick stop in Historic Downtown Truckee, which looks straight out of a storybook. And speaking of taking a peek into the past, you’ll want to swing by Tallac Historical Site where you can tour the Pope-Baldwin estates and garden, see what 1920’s life in Lake Tahoe looked like at the Baldwin Museum, and (through mid-September) even watch authentic blacksmiths forge tools and utensils, which you can buy in the gift shop.