Trish Artim's blog

Winter in the Hollow

 Imagine.  It is a cold, crisp morning in late November.  The sun is just starting to rise above the surrounding mountains.  The songs of the winter birds are carried across the winds and whips through the naked trees.  A doe crunches along in the already fallen leaves, as a squirrel rustles close by.  You enjoy all of this from the view off your cabin balcony.&nbs

Tweetsie in the Fall

 Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Tweetsie Railroad offers guests of all ages a chance to explore the historic “wild west.”  The park is geared toward children and families and features a 3 mile train ride on an authentic steam locomotive.

Panning for Golden Memories

 People in the tiny town of Blountville, Tennessee use to shout “there’s gold in them there mountains!” and now visitors of all ages can travel to Cooper’s Gem Mine and experience there own gold and jewel rush.  Established in 1991, owners Amy and Johnny offer various buckets and packages for parties, groups and individuals seeking to discover their own “hidden treasures.”  For m

Bear Paw Adventures Are One-of-a-Kind!

 Tucked into the heart of the North Carolina Mountains, in between Seven Devils and Valle Crucis, Bear Paw State Natural Area offers tranquility to all her guests.  Officially authorized in 2005, Bear Paw is located just north of Grandfather Mountain, and is managed by Elk Knob State Park.  The 325 acres is also home to many rare plants and the Hanging Rock Ridge.