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My wife and I are planning a trip this summer, probably in July (ya, I know, it's gonna be warm but that's what we're stuck with), to North Carolina and possibly South Carolina. She would very much like to go to Charleston for a day or two as well. This will be only a week long trip, Saturday to Saturday.

I have looked up both the Iron Horse Lodge and Deal's Gap already but don't know of anywhere else one might recommend lodging. How are these two places? We won't be camping so that's not an issue. The Blue Ridge Parkway run is a definite.

I have a feeling we'll probably be making impromptu stoppages for the night. Kind of like, "well, let's stop around here tonight" stuff. We have plans, not many, but depending on weather, etc..., we could change them on a dime.

We are coming from Wisconsin so it will be an almost 800 mile trek just to get down there.

Any advice, help would be very much appreciated in advance!

This is our first BIG trip with the two of us on two wheels so we are excited!
 

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You really cannot do better than staying at the Iron Horse Lodge. From there you are only 25 minutes or so from the start of the BRP. You may want to consider staying at the Pisgah Inn on night. www.pisgahinn.com

If your trip is after April 23, you can stay at the Switzerland Inn www.switzerlandinn.com, in Little Switzerland, which is about two hours or so east on the Parkway from Asheville. Or the Alpine Inn, www.alpineinnnc.com.

Not much good riding in SC - 276 south from Brevard, NC towards Greenville, SC across Caeser's Head is an exception.
 

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If you have time....take us17 south out of Charleston to 162.
In Hollywood make a left onto Toogoodoo Rd. (pronounced like it is spelled}
Turn left on 174 going to Edisto Beach.

Really nice ride through the Low Country. Part of the ride has live oaks covered in Spanish moss over the road. Probably ought to allow a couple of hours each way.

Firehouse Pizza in Hollywood is a good place to eat.

Enjoy
 

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That's an ambitious plan for a week.

I can list a bunch of places to see and things to do here in the mountains, but you'll scarcely have time for a short jaunt (budget 30 MPH) on the Blue Ridge Parkway which runs perpendicular to your path to the beach.

I'm not saying the beach ain't pretty, and Charleston isn't a Charming Town but maybe your lady would enjoy a night or two in a Floating House on Lake Fontana instead:

http://princeboatdock.com/

You could also visit some waterfalls in the area:

http://www.dupontforest.com/

Asheville has a delightfully high per-ca pita number of breweries to explore with flowing taps and affordable accommodations within comfortable walking distance:

http://www.exploreasheville.com/foodtopia/food-adventures/asheville-breweries/index.aspx

If you need bike servicing, gear or advice on routes, you can always stop by Acme Cycles, a valuable regional riders resource.

http://acmemotorcycles.com/

If you're a little saddle-sore and your hands are too numb from riding to massage your lady, you can always enjoy one of the very delightful twisty roads to Hot Springs, NC for a soothing soak:

http://www.nchotsprings.com/

Western North Carolina (WNC) is a renowned summertime destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes: Backpacking, rock climbing and mountain biking opportunities are afforded by a plethora of outfitters scattered throughout the region. Rafting, kayaking and canoeing outfitters also abound if you need a little cooling off.

Please note that at this current time there a number of road closures caused mostly by rock slides and the (don't laugh) brutal winter we just survived. These closures include Interstate 40 at the NC/TN border, US 129 (Tail of the Dragon) at the NC/TN border (the amusement section of it is open daily from the NC side). Sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway remain closed hopefully only until mid-May. One section between Hwys 276 and 191 may be closed well into summer due to unstable ground.

Stay in touch, if I have some time I wouldn't mind showing you some of the more scenic and challenging back roads in my neighborhood (Henderson/Transylvania Counties).

Norm
 

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Iron Horse

Been there twice and will return for the 3rd time in May.
The owners and staff will look after you. You can't go wrong. Book space asasp.
 

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Thanks again for the tips!

Yes, we were talking yesterday about the possibility of not going farther south to Charleston. She grew up on the ocean and still loves it. Me, I could care less. We'll be talking more in the VERY near future about plans and where to stay. Hey, with a family of six we don't get to talk that often!

Norm, thanks for the "invite". I'll definitely let you know.

All I really hope for, besides good weather, is good coffee. Gotta drink the juice...:beatnik:
 

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Norm, thanks for the "invite". I'll definitely let you know.

All I really hope for, besides good weather, is good coffee. Gotta drink the juice...:beatnik:
I'm with you on the coffee.

I've got one of these:



Take your own favorite coffee along and you can press great coffee wherever you can find hot water.
 
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