From the perspective of someone who hasn’t gone on a vacation in a mountain town, the touchstones are usually twofold: Aspen, and South Park! But there’s more to your humble mountain town than a bunch of foul-mouthed children and some skiing! And if you are considering going on a vacation in a mountain town, there are so many common touchstones that you need to experience. Here are a few.
Quiet Mountain Walks
The big draw in any mountain town are the mountains (well, duh!). Go to Jackson County in North Carolina, and head around the mountain trails, or go camping so you can see these areas of beauty close up. The great thing about mountain walks is that you are getting some exercise, but you’re also taking it slow, and absorbing the beauty of the nature around you. Heading to a sleepy mountain town isn’t about that snail crawl pace of life, it’s about experiencing the wonder of these beautiful landmasses all around you.
Explore The Rich History
For those who aren’t so keen on exploring mountains, you can explore the history of these beautiful places. Dahlonega in Georgia is where the first large-scale gold rush took place, back in 1828, and in the town, you can visit the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, check out the museum and courthouse and experience the cultural legacy of this region.
Relax In The Luxurious Accommodation
It’s truly a wonderful thing if you open your curtains in the morning and see beautiful clear skies, snow-capped mountains, and just take this in for a moment and realize how much beauty is in your eyesight. It’s even better if you a can do this in luxury accommodation. The Marriott’s StreamSide Birch at Vail in Colorado is one of the places to stay to get all the amenities you need, but it’s the perfect starting point when heading on a mountain adventure. Or if you’re planning on skiing, you’ve got a nice relaxing bed to get back to! Chalets and log cabins are in abundance in the Colorado mountains, and it gives you that extra bit of comfort, especially when you are embarking on physically exhausting hikes or skiing excursions.
Wander The Quiet Streets
Part of the charm of a mountain town is the peace and quiet. One such place that typifies this is Lewisburg in West Virginia, it makes you feel like you’ve wandered into a movie from the 50s! But this isn’t the only attraction, the food is to die for! If you like your food wholesome and homely, Hill & Holler Pizza serves up delicious pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, and the various beers on tap mean you can have a glass or two and really let yourself go! Once you are fuelled up, you can wander the quiet streets and really enjoy what being in a mountain town is all about!
Mountain towns aren’t all about skiing vacations, and though you can certainly make this part of a package, make sure you take the time to appreciate the beauty of any mountain town you head to.