The Ultimate Trail to Tavern 3-Day Weekend in Asheville

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Here’s a secret about the craft beer scene in Asheville, North Carolina: you can’t go wrong. With so much competition, each brewery has got to be at the top of its game in order to keep the doors open. Same is true for the outdoor exploration: whether you’re scouting singletrack, craving an airy mountain summit, or going in search of waterfalls, the Blue Ridge is brimming with big mountain adventure.

Still, when you’re aiming to experience the crème-de-la-crème of what this mountain town has to offer, it’s always best to ask. This three-day itinerary of trail to tavern activities in Western Carolina was brewed up by an Asheville local who excels in the fine art of pairing stout adventure with hoppy refreshment.

Day One

Paddling on the French Broad River near the Biltmore Estate.Paddling on the French Broad River near the Biltmore Estate. anoldent

Begin your long weekend with a drive along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s longest linear park. Half an hour from downtown Asheville, at milepost 364.6, you’ll find yourself at the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. A brilliant section of the Great Craggy Mountain Range, the Gardens are characterized by steep rocky slopes, mile-high views, and high altitude meadows that blush pink with rhododendron in the summer.

Get your blood pumping with a hike to the top of the Craggy Pinnacle via the 1.5-mile round trip Craggy Pinnacle Trail. Twisted, altitude-stunted mountain ash, birch, and beech trees give way to a summit of exposed rock, a beautiful and fragile habitat for many rare plants. From there, the panoramic views of distant Appalachian peaks are sure to wet your appetite for more exploration to come.

As the morning rolls into afternoon, travel from the rugged mountaintops to the meticulous grounds of the Biltmore Estate, surrounded by thousands of acres of rolling meadows and wooded hillsides. Cruise alongside the peaceful banks of the French Broad River on a rented bike or wander along the extensive network of hiking trails to discover quiet fields, secluded forest groves and elaborate gardens.

It’s hard to believe that such pastoral beauty is only a four-minute drive from downtown Asheville, but when you’re done at the Biltmore, it’s time to head back. Allow yourself an hour just to wander through the bustling streets, browsing the local bookstores, cafés, chocolate shops and peruse the many art galleries.

For dinner, head over to Wicked Weed Brewery. You’ll recognize it by the crowds on the patio—a swarm of adventure-types nursing pints of Pernicious IPA around the fire pits. This insanely popular craft beer hotspot, housed inside a refurbished hardware store, was created by local climber turned award-winning brewmaster. The menu features ‘elevated pub gastronomy’ like a short rib burger and fried chicken sandwich, with an à la carte selection of classic southern sides.

Just south of downtown, the industrial buildings and former warehouses of the South Slope District (also known as Asheville’s Brewery District) have been chicly restored into restaurants, coffee shops, and no less than eight distinguished microbreweries. It’s hard to believe that this entire neighborhood claims only a couple of city blocks.

From the exclusively sour beers of the Funkatorium to the cult-following of Catawba’s Peanut Butter Jellytime Ale and Burial’s silky-dark donut skillet stout, each establishment in the Brewery District offers something fresh and tantalizing. Greenman is where the old-timers go, although its newly minted taproom is pretty hip, and Asheville Brewing Company’s lauded Ninja Porter is devastatingly delicious. Take our word for it—in one weekend, even the world’s thirstiest beer enthusiast could only scratch the surface of the illustrious South Slope.

Where to Sleep While there are plenty of hotels in the area, from the swanky downtown A-Loft and the Grove Park Inn to cheaper options on the outskirts, we recommend finding accommodation that’s more grounded in the local culture. A cursory search of Glamping Hub or Airbnb reveals a wealth of convenient, affordable, and off-beat lodging options in the Asheville area. Book a private cabin on the French Broad with Riverside Escapesor reserve a cozy cottage close to downtown at The Pines. Camping areas such as Montreat Family Campground and Big Creek Campground are quiet and entrenched in the wilderness, but will require a bit of driving.

Day 2

Pisgah National Forest covers more than 500,000 acres. Jeff BartlettPisgah National Forest covers more than 500,000 acres. Jeff Bartlett

Less than an hour outside of Asheville, the mountain town of Brevard is the jumping off point to some of the Southeast’s most popular outdoor recreation activities. Situated alongside the waterfall-studded DuPont State Recreational Forest, as well as the 500,000 acres of nearby Pisgah National Forest, you’ll have your pick of singletrack, multi-pitches, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails.

One of North Carolina’s most sought-after mountain biking trails, the seven-mile Ridgeline Loop Trail in DuPont State Recreational Forest is pure joy. It begins with a sustained, roundabout climb that never gets too steep or technical, unlike most of the trails in the area. The downhill is a flowing, curving plunge that gets delivered all in one shot. You’ll be tempted to lap it again and again, but try and pace yourself, the day is young.

Next, lace up your trail runners and throw a couple of extra power bars into your backpack—the journey to the top of Looking Glass Rock is a powerhouse. The trail, which totals 6.5 miles round trip, climbs 1,700 vertical feet over a series of serpentine switchbacks. At almost 4,000 feet above sea level, the summit is a rolling granite dome with unbroken views unfurling in every direction.

After a long day of adventure, it’s time to kick back and relax. Never before has craft beer and outdoor culture found such a perfect coexistence than at the Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch. Located just outside Brevard, the Ranch is a conglomeration of all things good: biking trails, a farmhouse-turned bed and breakfast, beer, food trucks. A daily pass to the Reeb Ranch Bike Park includes access to the Pump Track, Dual Slalom and two Jump Lines. It’s like summer camp for adults, and you’ll walk away wishing every brewery would invest in something equally awesome.

Perfectly positioned between Asheville and Brevard, the dazzling, castle-like campus of Sierra Nevada Brewery is the Hogwarts of breweries. Guided tours (available by reservation) offer a glimpse into the history, evolving tastes, and eco-friendly engineering of this extraordinary establishment. The small-plate menu takes a tapas approach to creative pub fare, with a seasonally rotating selection to match the growing season. As for the beer, don’t you dare invest in a full pour until you taste a flight or two!

Day 3

The New Belgium Brewery is a bright and airy space to enjoy a pint.The New Belgium Brewery is a bright and airy space to enjoy a pint. Kevin Stewart Photography.

Begin your final morning with a southbound cruise on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Your destination is Black Balsam Knob, whose lush, rolling scenery is the stuff of Appalachian daydreams. This high altitude meadow is a particularly gorgeous example of a mountain bald, a unique geological feature of the Southern Appalachians. Just under a half-mile on the Art Loeb Trail will lead you above the trees and onto an airy summit of wildflowers and waving grasses. For a longer hike, continue on the Art Loeb Trail towards the Shining Rock Wilderness.

As you follow the parkway back into town, you will pass the parking area to Graveyard Fields on the left (milepost 418.8) This mile-high valley, encompassed by 6,000-foot peaks, is home to two dramatic waterfalls and a number of wooden boardwalks. The area is popular for hunting wildflowers in the summer and wild blueberries in the fall. The best way to explore this unique landscape is by following the 3.2-mile Graveyard Fields Loop Trail.

Once you get back to town, it’s worth spending some time exploring Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD), a lively collection of art studios, pottery shops, and cafés on the banks of the French Broad River. Slick new eco-construction and crumbling brick warehouses comprise this eclectic neighborhood, brazenly decorated with street art, murals and statues.

Nothing exemplifies Asheville’s artistic, counterculture vibe quite like the Wedge Brewing Co. in the RAD. Order a pitcher of Iron Rail IPA and dig into a bucket of free salty peanuts. The RAD is filled with pizza shops and gastropubs, but we recommend eating dinner as the locals do—from one of the onsite food trucks like Melt Your Heart (grilled cheese) or El Kimchi, the beloved Mexican/Korean hybrid. In the age of renovated garages and art-deco interiors, the Wedge’s quirky aesthetics are a refreshing taste of authentic, old-school Asheville.

Across the French Broad River from the Wedge sits the gleaming campus of New Belgium. The tasting room, known as the Liquid Center, is bright and clean surrounded by bright garage door windows. It is a beautiful space to sit back, sip a cold pint of Fat Tire or Sunshine Wheat, and reminisce on the weekend’s many highlights. On a warm evening, sit outside on the deck to watch the French Broad flow lazily past, and begin planning your next visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Originally written by RootsRated for Toad&Co.

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How to Have an Awesome Microbrew Tour in Jackson County

Innovation Brewery


Loaded with more microbreweries than any other southeastern state, North Carolina is rightfully recognized as one of the country’s booming bastions of craft beer. While Asheville’s heavily concentrated collection of microbreweries may have made the town North Carolina’s capital of craft beer, one of the state’s most singular beer trails is just west of the city, in mountain-rippled, stream-laced Jackson County.

Jackson County features an eclectic trio of breweries around Sylva.
Jackson County features an eclectic trio of breweries around Sylva. Photo Courtesy of JCTDA.

The Jackson County Ale Trail makes for a compact, craft-brew loaded pub crawl. The scenic, mile-long route winds through picturesque Sylva, showcasing the town’s closely concentrated but eclectic trio of breweries—including Heinzelmännchen Brewing, Innovation Brewing, and the newly opened Sneak E Squirrel. The trail’s taprooms serve everything from time-tested classic ales, to outdoor-inspired seasonal brews, to experimental flavor fusions with limited release, guaranteeing Sylva’s collection of craft breweries will proffer a pints sure to satisfy even the pickiest palates.

The ale trail’s first stop is the Sneak E Squirrel, the most recent arrival to Sylva’s craft brewing scene, opening last year in a creatively repurposed car dealership. The tap list at the newly minted microbrewery is largely driven by inspired interpretations of classic European-style ales, punctuated with inventive fusions like the Pepper Squirrel Habanero IPA.

The Sneak E Squirrel features creative interpretations on classic European-style ales.
The Sneak E Squirrel features creative interpretations on classic European-style ales. JCTDA.

The Sneak E Squirrel’s breadth of beers includes options like the 221 Sneak E, a traditional English bitter; the Clockwork Zombie, a Belgian wit style beer infused with hints of cherry and pomegranate; and the full-bodied Parrot Porter. The whimsical hangout includes barroom treasures like billiards and ping pong, and you’ll find the place scattered with assorted board games, including rarities like Star Trek Catan. The brewery also dishes up an imaginative menu, with elevated munchies like fried green tomatoes and truffle fries. Specials include the likes of Riblettes served with Bananas Foster and playful plates like the Pork Belly BLT and the Fat Elvis—a sandwich loaded with bacon, peanut butter and fried bananas. Best of all, the menu even includes suggested beer pairings for every dish.

For artsy ale enthusiasts, the Sneak E Squirrel is also the perfect place to pick up an original work. The brewery showcases the work of local artists—offering an array of unique pieces for sale, with displays changing every two weeks to highlight different contributors.

After the Sneak E Squirrel, mosey along to the Heinzelmännchen Brewery in downtown Sylva, the second stop on the ale trail, and the town’s longest-standing microbrewery. Heinzelmännchen’s German-born brewmaster Dieter Kuhn has been crafting Bavarian-inspired beers at the location since 2004, alongside his wife and brewery co-owner Sheryl Rudd.

Heinzelmännchen is Sylva's oldest microbrewery.
Heinzelmannchen is Sylva’s oldest microbrewery. Photo Courtesy of JCTDA.

The brewery’s cozy and casual taproom serves well-rounded collection of ales, with offerings like the Ancient Days Honey Blonde Ale, a crisp, pilsner-style beer infused with locally harvested honey; the rich Black Forest Stout, flavored with notes of roasted coffee and caramel; or the hearty but highly drinkable Middleworld Brown Ale, with a flavor profile distinguished with slight traces of toffee.

Heinzelmännchen’s beers can also be interspersed with samples of the brewery’s nostalgia- inducing offerings—non-alcoholic root beer and autumn red birch beer, also available both by half-gallon or the keg. To round out the authentic Bavarian beer hall experience, the brewery offers locally made soft pretzels served with Asheville-produced Lusty Monk mustard.

Behind the scenes at Innovation Brewing.
Behind the scenes at Innovation Brewing. Photo Courtesy of JCTDA.

Finally, cap off the Jackson County brewery crawl at the ale trail’s third stop, Innovation Brewing. Boasting the lengthiest beer list of Sylva’s three breweries, Innovation Brewing has more than 30 different options on tap, pouring everything from beloved year-round mainstay brews to experimental ales and rotating seasonal options. The extensive beer selection at the three-year-old brewery includes constants like the Afternoon Delight Blonde Ale, the Hoppy Camper IPA, and the Nitro Irish Stout, mingled with rarities and seasonal brews like the Nitro Coffee Blonde, the Orange Berlinerweiss, and the Beet and Basil Pale Ale.

Aside from the beers, the beloved Sylva-based food truck Cosmic Carryout is also reliably anchored in the brewery’s outdoor beer garden on a daily basis. The laidback location also regularly hosts live music, featuring shows on Saturday nights. Earlier this year, the environmentally conscious brewery also took an ambitious step to reduce the location’s energy footprint by mounting 100 solar panels on the location’s rooftop.

Originally written by RootsRated for Jackson County Tourism Development Authority. Featured image provided by Nick Breedlove.

The Best Trail to Tavern Pairings in North Carolina

North Carolina Highland Brewing Company


Nothing pairs better with an exhilarating outdoor adventure than an inspired microbrew. Fortunately, for outdoor-loving connoisseurs of craft beer, North Carolina is not only laced with majestic mountains, pristine rivers, and massive national forests, the state is also loaded with some of the best breweries in the country. When your day of adventure has wrapped up, there are plenty of inspired brews waiting to be discovered.

Paddling in the Nantahala River Gorge.Paddling in the Nantahala River Gorge. anoldent.

Begin in Bryson City. This town is wedged between the Nantahala National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the western corner of the state. Start at the Nantahala River Gorge, one of country’s premier paddling destinations for paddlers of all levels. Framed by deep forests and craggy canyon walls, the run is largely a Class I & II paddle, capped off with a chute down a Class III cascade. Not sure about whitewater? Grab an SUP and hit Fontana Lake instead. Rather stick to terra firma instead? Trade paddle for pedal on the 40 miles of singletrack ringing the massive lake at Nantahala National Forest’s Tsali Recreation Area. Cap off the day with outdoor inspired brews like Apple Trail Extra Pale Ale, Up River Amber, or the seasonal Hellbender Hefeweizen at Bryson City’s aptly named Nantahaha Brewing Company, located in a restored 76-year-old industrial warehouse.

Triple Falls in the DuPont State Forest.Triple Falls in the DuPont State Forest. Adam Fagen.

Next, head east to mountainous Sylva, a town loaded with both outdoor adventures and craft breweries. Get a hawk’s eye view of town from the Pinnacle, accessible after a 3.5-mile uphill hike through 1,000-acre Pinnacle Park. Or try your hand at one of the town’s premier pastimes, trout fishing. Several of the hotspots along the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail are just minutes from downtown Sylva, including Scott’s Creek and the Tuckasegee River.

In the evening, peruse the the town’s eclectic trio of breweries. Innovation Brewing is loaded with creative fusions like the Beet & Basil Pale Ale, the Apple Butter Brown, and the Chardonnay Barrel Aged Saison. A resident foodtruck, Cosmic Carryout, uses Innovation as its home base. The German-inspired Heinzelmannchen Brewery features ales like the Black Forest Stout and the Weiss Gnome Hefeweizen, both which pair perfectly with freshly made soft pretzels. And the whimsical Sneak E Squirrel offers artful brews like A Clockwork Zombie pomegranate, cherry-infused Belgian Wit, and Cherry Vanilla Stout.

Make the short southward hop to Franklin and hit the trail. Both the Appalachian and multi-state Bartram trails ramble past the town, bestowing panoramic views from the summit of 5,347-foot Wayah Bald, named for the region’s once thriving red wolf population. Afterward, head to Lazy Hiker Brewing to mingle with thru-hikers and plan your next adventure while sipping trail-worthy beers like the Slack Pack IPA or the Trail Mate Golden Ale.

Make the half-hour trip from Franklin to Highlands and begin by exploring the ruggedly wild swath of Nantahala Forest known as Panthertown Valley, named for the iconic big cats that once roamed the wilderness. After Panthertown, try a flavorful flight at Satulah Mountain Brewing Company in Highlands, pouring everything from lighter options like Helles Ridge Lager, fruity ales like Lakeside Hoppy Saison, and dark beers like Smokey Mountain Porter.

Paddling the French Broad River near the Biltmore.Paddling the French Broad River near the Biltmore. anoldent.

From Highlands head for Brevard, in the heart of Transylvania County. This area has been dubbed North Carolina’s “Land of Waterfalls” for the 250 different cascades adorning the area’s extensive wilderness. Begin by seeking out iconic destinations like 120-foot Triple Falls or 150-foot High Falls in the DuPont State Recreational Forest. After a day spent chasing cascades head to another local institution, the Brevard Brewing Company, the county’s first brewery. Lagers are the brewery’s specialty, with options like Bohemian Pilsner, crisp American Wheat, and the seasonal Octoberfest Lager.

Next, head for America’s mecca of microbrew, Asheville. Breweries seem to abound around every corner in town. Luckily, adventure is just as plentiful. Wander the 10 miles of trails at the massive North Carolina Arboretum, framed by the Pisgah National Forest. Or explore another of Asheville’s iconic locations, the Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt’s opulent, 19th century escape. Hit the water on the French Broad River with a 7-mile paddling trip through the heart of the city.

The Clawhammer from the Highland Brewing Company.The Clawhammer from the Highland Brewing Company. Gary Peeples/USFWS.

It is difficult not to stumble upon a stellar microbrewery in Asheville but first-timers paralyzed by the wealth of options can begin at long-standing institutions like Highland Brewing Company, beer-town’s very first microbrewery, famous for pouring hearty, European-inspired ales. Or head to Green Man, another of the town’s long-standing breweries, serving beers with a Blue Ridge backdrop from the open air taproom. Or try a uniquely Asheville locale like Wedge, lodged in a 19th century warehouse in the city’s River Arts District and a hub for a fleet of local food trucks. Wicked Weed Brewing’s Funkatorium is the very first tasting room dedicated solely to sour and other funky brews on the entire East coast.

Asheville's Wedge Brewing is located in a 19th century warehouse.Asheville’s Wedge Brewing is located in a 19th century warehouse. TimothyJ.

After Asheville, cruise north to the quintessential Appalachian town of Boone. Explore the high country’s diversity of landscapes on the rugged, 5-mile Boone Fork Trail, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Julian Price Memorial Park. Then sidle up to the creekside bar at Appalachian Mountain Brewing and sample flavorful fusions like the dry-hopped cider mimosa or the C.R.E.A.M Coffee and Donut Infused Milk Stout. Afterwards, wander over to Lost Province and sip on beers like the Balsam Blonde Ale or Leaf Peeper Oktoberfest while noshing on the brewery’s wood-fired pizza.

An iconic view at Pilot Mountain State Park.An iconic view at Pilot Mountain State Park. suttonls.

Finally, round out the trip in Winston-Salem. But first, head for Pilot Mountain State Park. Explore the network of trails ringing the park’s iconic landmark, Pilot Mountain, a 2,000 foot peak capped off with a tufty plug of rock. Or explore the recreation area from the water along a forested stretch of the Yadkin River. When you are ready to hit the town, head to the tasting room at Foothills Brewing. There are a whopping 28 different beers on tap, including distinctive offerings like Carolina Strawberry, Dead and Berried Barrel Aged Blackberry Imperial Stout, and Frostbite Black IPA. Aside from the diversity of brews, the taproom also draws a rotating array of food trucks, slinging everything from tacos to gelato.

Originally written by RootsRated for Visit North Carolina. Featured image provided by Gary Peeples/USFWS.

Southern Comfort: Scenic Cabins and Yurts in the South

Staying in the Guillebeau cabin, which was built in the late 1700s, is a historic experience. Photo from and Discover SC

Chilly days, chillier nights and unruly rain showers may deter you from planning a camping trip in the next few months, but there’s no reason to stay at home. Cozy up, Southern comfort style, in a historic pre-Civil War cabin or wind down in a restored barn on a working farm. Looking for a middle ground between tent camping and a cabin? Try a yurt. These funky, circular dwellings are built out of flexible wood lattice and wrapped in canvas, generally with a skylight built into the domed roof. So you’re not exactly roughing it, but you’ve got all summer to do that. Here are our favorite, most scenic cabins and yurts in the Southeast.

Hickory Knob State Park – McCormick, South Carolina
You can’t help but feel like you stepped into the history books when you stay at the historic Guillebeau House in Hickory Knob State Park. Nestled into one of South Carolina’s most stunning landscapes, Guillebeau House was originally built circa 1770 and evokes all the sentimental southern feelings you never knew you had. Settle into the 2-bedroom cabin for the weekend and set out to explore Hickory Knob during the day. The lake, which lies on the border of South Carolina and Georgia, is fed by the Savannah River and offers excellent fishing among its never-ending coves. A 12-mile trail system hugs the shoreline of Strom Thurmond Lake, dipping in and out of dense stands of cedar and pine. Simple, Southern beauty.

Photo from and Alaxa Lampasona

Fort Yargo State Park – Winder, GA 
Just south of Athens, Fort Yargo State Park is a true retreat, where you’ll find a sense of solitude and pristine beauty in early Spring. A group of five yurts make up the yurt village that sits on its own peninsula of the lake (and trust us, Yurt #3 has the best views since it sits on the elbow of the lake’s biggest bend). You’re surrounded by water on all three sides so you’ve got primo views of the lake’s west and northern banks. Sitting on the back deck mimics the feeling of being on the water. The yurts are located a few hundred yards from the boat ramp, and a canoe rack is in the village where $15 will get you a canoe for the weekend.

Interior of the yurts at Georgia State Parks. Photo from and Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Red Top Mountain State Park – Cartersville, GA
Red Top Mountain State Park’s peninsula sits like a leaf on Lake Allatoona, its jagged edges breach the shores of the 12,000-acre lake. Book in advance, because there is only one yurt at the park – and it’s worth the wait. The yurt is hidden, and accessing it evokes the feeling of a top-secret hideaway. Just outside your humble abode are 15 miles of red-soiled trails that weave through picturesque rolling hills — perfect for a long distance trail run or hike. If the yurt is all booked up for spring, get it on your summer calendar – every Saturday evening in summer, listen to a live bluegrass concert at Old Vaughn Cabin just “next door.”

The Villas at Devils Fork State Park line the shores of Lake Jocassee. Photo from and Discover SC

Lake Jocassee – Salem, South Carolina 
Lake Jocassee, close to where the South Carolina, Georgia, and Western North Carolina borders meet, is an absolute gem. Rolling, undeveloped hills surround its deep, clear waters. Several waterfalls, tucked away in green coves, tumble over rough rocks creating secret hideaways. Thirty minutes away, sweeping views from atop Table Rock Mountain are worth the steep hike. And when the day’s adventure is done, kick back on the screened in porch of one of the 20 villas that line the lake at Devils Fork State Park. Whiskey and ginger not included.

Photo from and East Fork Farm Cottages

East Fork Farm Cottage – Marshall, North Carolina 
Imagine yourself waking early, surrounded by farmland, mist rising off the pastures as you sip a cup of hot coffee out on the deck. In the afternoon, you hike up to nearby Max Patch, a rolling meadow considered the most beautiful section in all the 2,168 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Unwind later in a cedar hot tub, watching the sun go down over the farm. That’s the norm when you stay at East Fork Farm for a couple days. The farm is family-owned and fully operational, located in the small mountain town of Marshall, about 25 miles outside of Asheville. There are three cottages on the premises: Meadow Branch is a quaint, cedar-shake getaway with a view of the entire farm. The East Fork is an elegantly refurbished utility barn surrounded on three sides by meadows and grazing sheep. And the Mill House is a small, two-story cabin complete with a working waterwheel. A great place for springtime contemplation and rejuvenation.

The Nantahala Yurts sit on the banks of two small ponds and above Lake Fontana. Photo from and Nantahala Yurt Village

Nantahala Gorge – Bryson City, North Carolina 
Within the steep canyon walls of the Nantahala Gorge lie some of the most wild and pristine wilderness in the south. For an experience that’s off the beaten path—but directly on the hiking trails—reserve one of the eight coveted Yurts at Wildwater Village. Rugged meets boutique, so this will appeal to campers and hotel aficionados alike. The yurts come complete with a queen bed, mini fridge, ceiling fan, space heater, and you’re never to far from a hammock. Like we said, there’s no need to rough it just yet.