Hear about Travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Western North Carolina as the Amateur Traveler talks to Nathan from Wand’rly Magazine.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park, in part because it is located in the Eastern Half of the country. Nathan also says it is the “closest you can get to an out-west experience” near the Eastern seaboard. It does not hurt that the National Park is free.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina located between Charlotte North Carolina and Nashville Tennessee on US 40. What the Smokies are all about is big wide views with “smoke” (clouds) just rolling in. If you come to the Smokies in September you can experience Summer, Fall and Winter weather all in the same drive up the Smokies. Nathan talks about hiking in the Smokies including the Appalachian Trail which crosses the park and the Mountains to the Sea Trail.
Nathan then talks about his current home town of Asheville North Carolina. “It is such a tiny city, but it is just packed with people from religious people to old school hippies”. Hear about Asheville restaurants and ships and the food cart scene.
Great Smoky Mountains
G reat Smoky Mountains Backpacking — Appalachian Trail
The Wedge Brewery
Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company
Smoky Mountain Brewery
The Grove Park Inn
Hiking in the Smokys
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My husband and I just returned from a 2 and a half week trip to France and your podcast on the Champagne region of France helped us tremendously! We were very eager to explore the champagne/wine region and after listening to your podcast, we were hooked! We visited the Drappier Champagnerie and loved it! The Drappier family were very hospitable and their champagne is delectable! Before the trip, we contacted Drappier about a tour, and they suggested we simply show up for a wine tasting. We arrived about 2pm for the tasting and were surprised to find that 1) it was free! and 2) a private tasting as we were the only ones there at the time. They told us there would be a tour at 4pm, so we had a little picnic in our car and lo’ and behold, about 40 people showed up for the tour at 4pm (there were just as shocked as we were!) So while we didn’t have all the information from the get-go, we were pleasantly surprised with the end result. The family (husband, wife, grandfather) ran the tours and gave us a touch of French hospitality. We have continued to exchange emails with them over where we can purchase their champagne in the US.
One thing that surprised me about the Champagne region as well as Burgundy (where we stayed and did a wine tour) is that it is NOT AT ALL like Napa or Sonoma! I thought we could drive around and just walk into a winery, but simply not the case. Since most of these wineries are family run, you either need a guide or need to make a reservation beforehand.
All in all, we LOVE listening to your podcasts as your 30 min episodes are the same length as my commute to work as well as the length it takes to walk my basset hound a mile.
Thanks for all that you do!
Miranda and Aaron
(+ Reggie the basset hound)
PS – During our trip we also spent 3 days in Amsterdam, but noticed you have not done a podcast there. What’s the hold up? ; )
PPS – On a recent podcast you read a listener’s email regarding San Antonio and I can’t help but agree – definitely explore the surrounding areas of San Antonio, New Braunsfels (home of Schlitterbahn) as well as Austin and the hill country. (My husband is a native San Antonian.) So many great outdoorsy things to do, see, and of course, the food! From traditional German towns to Tex-Mex to bar-be-que, 30 minutes of talking can simply salivate your tongue.