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As the sun rises over the Blue Ridge Mountains, a sea of fog sweeps across the treetops, lapping at the base of the mountains. It’s here, in the thick of a misty morning like this one, that you’ll feel the quiet, pulsing magic of western North Carolina—from its blue-tinged peaks to its towering oaks. On this three-day journey, we’ll wander these ancient alpine landscapes, exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway, Haw Creek, and the nearby city of Asheville. Accompanied by local experts, we’ll forage for plants and herbs and prepare traditional Appalachian dishes using our harvested bounty. We’ll learn traditional handicrafts from a local artisan, sample renowned North Carolina BBQ, and listen to the wail of a fiddle from a local bluegrass musician.
The cost of this trip is $635.
Traveling solo? You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the core of our experiences, there's a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip.
Accommodations are not included in your trip, but there is a variety of wonderful hotel, bed and breakfast, campground, and local lodging options available in Asheville. Our guide recommends the Chestnut Street Inn, The Beaucatcher, Asheville Cabins of the Willow Winds, or Campfire Lodgings. There are also many Airbnb options in West Asheville.
We recommend you arrive in Asheville by 3 p.m. on Day 1. Our trip concludes after brunch on Day 3, and you can continue on to your next adventure that afternoon.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to five miles over the course of each day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
We’ll be supporting local artisans as well as businesses with sustainable practices at each step of the way, from the restaurants we eat at to our accommodations.