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Fall-Seasoned Smoky Mountain Getaways: Nantahala Lake

During autumn’s peak, Western North Carolina bursts into a colorful meld of vibrant hues, including marigold, amber, kelly, and crimson. Self-proclaimed “leaf peepers” cannot resist the urge to frolic into the Nantahala National Forest in search of sheer tranquility. Amateur photographers, outdoor enthusiasts, and seasoned “autumnophiles” alike embark on Smoky Mountain getaways as summer subtly fades from summer to fall. Jaw-dropping waterfalls, steep singletrack, and rushing rapids lie hidden deep within North Carolina’s Smokies, home to Forge Lake Lodge, a dazzling, 10,000-square-foot palace along the edge of Nantahala Lake. Adventurous Smoky Mountain Getaways Nantahala Lake rests in the heart of the Appalachians, along the southern rim of the Smoky Mountains. Much like New England, Upstate New York, and parts of the Pacific Northwest, most autumnal Smoky Mountain getaways revolve around those vivid, flamboyant leaves that transform from deep green to a colorful palette that would make Bob Ross blush. There are dozens of ways to commemorate a mid-fall expedition through Western North Carolina’s sprawling, densely-thicketed mountains. Remember to arrive with a leaf peeper’s toolbelt, including a pair of binoculars, a professional camera, a trusty GPS, years of outdoor intuition, and a healthy thirst for adventure. Below, we’ve compiled a fall [...]

Discover Mountain Luxury in Teton Village, Wyoming

Hidden near Wyoming’s rushing Snake River at the foothills of glorious Grand Teton National Park lies an idyllic four-season destination: Teton Village, home to one of the world’s most prestigious ski mountains. The region offers so much more than “just” fresh powder, rugged mountains, and 130-plus world-class ski trails. Nature enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, and casual adventurers alike will discover that Teton Village is sublimely positioned at the Grand Teton’s front door, where hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, and mountain biking excursions naturally transpire. There’s never been a more suitable time to research, book, and plan a secluded, undeniably stirring escape to the United States’ least-populated state. And there’s no better place to start and finish each day of outdoor recreation, fine dining, and utter relaxation than at Garnet Lodge, Teton Village’s crown jewel. Teton Village’s Finest Vacation Home: Garnet Lodge Elite Destination Homes has lavish vacation rentals all across the globe, and this sophisticated Grand Teton lodge remains the crème de la crème among ski homes near Jackson Hole’s genuinely head-turning Rendezvous Mountain. Most skiers and snowboarders find their mouths agape when they first spot this world-renowned mountain. But the truth is that Garnet Lodge itself is equally spellbinding, with its [...]

Safe Travel in the USA: Life after COVID-19

As we swiftly approach Easter, Earth Day, and Memorial Day, it’s growing increasingly difficult to see the light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel. However, as English theologian Thomas Fuller so eloquently put it, “It is always darkest just before the day dawneth.” COVID-19 will, eventually, be a thing of the past. Life will return to normalcy. And people will begin to travel again. That being said, it’s natural to assume that travelers will be a little gun-shy once the curve has been effectively flattened. In anticipation of this fact, the friendly folks here at Elite Destination Homes have compiled a brief, post-coronavirus guide for those looking for safe travel in the USA in a few months. Enjoy! And don’t be afraid to reach out to our caring team of travel experts at 651-389-3843 with any questions about our ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19. Safe Travel in the USA: Ways to Feel Safe Post-Coronavirus For many of us, it’s hard to imagine how our daily lives (and upcoming vacations) are going to look like once the dust settles. Safe travel in the USA will no longer be taken for granted; that much is for certain. Some travelers will be [...]

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