Minutes from the Lodge


TOWNS: Jefferson, West Jefferson


We're always looking for fun, seasonal things to do in the area as well as recommendations for the best food, shopping and activities close to the lodge.


Right Here!

Phoenix Mountain Lodge is directly adjacent to a 480 acre nature preserve. It offers great hiking and views.


The Hotel Tavern

Located in an historic hotel about 25 minutes from the Lodge, The Hotel Tavern has 'Wine Down Wednesdays,' with specially priced wine specials.

Mt. Jefferson Natural Area

Featuring five hiking trails, including a child friendly trail, Mount Jefferson can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Under 20 miles from the cabin is the magnificent Blue Ridge Parkway, a 489 mile drive through the Appalachian Highlands. Take the parkway to fun destinations all along the way.

New River State Park

About 20 miles away is New River State Park where visitors can enjoy scenic hiking, paddling, fishing and picnicking.

Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant

Right in West Jefferson, this Craft Brewery also offers really good food, especially sandwiches, featuring locally sourced ingredients. Check out the "Boon Deck", an outdoor covered seating area.

Smoky Mountain Barbeque

A no-frills, cafeteria style restaurant, this BBQ joint has good food for very reasonable prices. You have to try the sweet potato casserole and hush puppies!

Choose and Cut Christmas Trees

One of the most charming things about Jefferson is when you come down from the mountain, Christmas Tree farms are sprinkled along the road. Below are a couple resources for finding these opportunities.

Black Jacks Pub and Grill

A bit of a hole-in-the wall, this place has your classic local bar feel and offers the pub grub that tastes so good with a beer.

Helton Creek

Some of the best fly fishing North Carolina has to offer.

Zaloo's Canoes, Kayaks and Tubes

Take an adventurous kayak trip, or chill out on a tube ride down the river. Fun for any level.


There are many mountain region gamelands around the cabin.

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Mountain Aire Golf Club

Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge, Mountain Aire is an established, public course offering 18 holes of well-maintained fairways, complimented by the natural, rugged beauty of the Appalachians.

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Minutes from the Lodge

30 to 60

TOWNS: Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk

Downtown Blowing Rock, NC

Less than an hour from the Lodge is quaint Blowing Rock, where you can shop in eclectic boutiques, get ice cream or sweets at Kilwins and bring the kids play at the park across the street.

Turtle Island

If you're a Mountain Men fan (like we are), check out Eustice Conway's preserve; you can even book a private horse-drawn carriage ride with the man himself.


Appalachian Ski Mountain

One of three ski mountains in the Watauga County area of western North Carolina- skating rink, skiing and fun.

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Golfers >>

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Grayson Highlands State Park

Hike with beautiful mountain views surrounding you until you find the friendly, wild ponies

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Appalachian State Mountaineer Sports

A division 1 school, Appalachian State University has sporting events year round.

Apple Hill Farm

A mountain top Alpaca farm and store, this working farm offers tours and special events (like Alpaca shearing day) throughout the year.


Minutes from the Lodge

60 to 90

TOWNS:  Sugar Mountain, Damascus, Abingdon

Sugar Mountain

Voted the Best Ski Mountain by "Best in Boone" in 2015, there's plenty of winter fun to be had here: skiing, ice skating, tubing, snowshoeing and more.

Barter Theatre

One of the nation's longest running Equity theaters in the country. Great place for live theater.

Red Tail Mountain Golf

Designed by Dan and Ellis Maples, RedTail Mountain has some of the Finest Mountain golf in the High Country.

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Creeper Trail Bike Trail

Ride 17 miles downhill through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Great for all ages.

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Minutes from the Lodge


TOWNS:  Asheville

The Biltmore

George Biltmore's 8000 square foot estate is something to be seen. With the adjacent Antler Hill Village & Winery, there is plenty for people with different interests and ages to enjoy all day.

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