Dunlap, Tennessee – Enjoy a dude ranch stay at the Tennessee Guest Ranch

  The Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch in Dunlap, Tenn., offers a quiet escape to a Tennessee ranch. If you're looking for a place for your family to get comfortable with horses and enjoy some family downtime and Christian reflection in the great outdoors, this is your spot. A long dirt road leads to the Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch and transports visitors to farm life, offering expansive views of the Sequatchie Valley, a narrow valley near Chattanooga that is lined by Walden’s Ridge on one side and the Cumberland Plateau [...]

April 10th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Family Camp, Tennessee, Unique Stays|Tags: , |

Rugby, Tennessee – A quaint mix of history and outdoor fun

Rugby is a unique destination for families looking for a quaint mix of history and outdoor fun. (Photo: Brian Stansberry)The historic village of Rugby in Northeast Tennessee was established in 1880 as a social experiment by British author and social reformer Thomas Hughes, who hoped to provide a better life in America for the younger sons of wealthy English families. Today, Rugby is a unique destination for families looking for a quaint mix of history and outdoor fun, providing easy access to the woods and waters of Big South Fork National [...]

February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Parks, Tennessee, Unique Stays|Tags: |

Tennessee – It’s a short hike to this rustic backcountry lodge

Photo: Charit Creek Lodge, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Set deep within the woods of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area on the Tennessee-Kentucky border, Charit Creek Lodge is the perfect weekend getaway for families looking to rough it—with some amenities. Charit Creek is one of only a handful of backcountry lodges in the country that cannot be reached by car. To get there, guests park their car and hike, bike or ride horseback along either of two well-maintained trails (1.2 miles or 1.7 [...]

November 18th, 2015|Categories: Mountains, Tennessee, Trails, Unique Stays|Tags: , |

Canadys, S.C. – Overnight paddle to backcountry treehouses

Photo: Alice Tubley, Carolina Heritage Outfitters Tucked in the woods of South Carolina along one of the longest blackwater rivers in North America, the Edisto River Treehouses are accessible only by canoe. Guests paddle 13 miles for an overnight stay in one of three rustic and secluded treehouses and spend the next day paddling another 10 miles to the Refuge Outpost. Operated by Scott and Anne Kennedy of Carolina Heritage Outfitters, the Edisto River Treehouses are located within the private 150-acre Edisto River Refuge in Canadys, S.C. The [...]

October 6th, 2015|Categories: Rivers, South Carolina, Unique Stays|Tags: |