North Carolina

Why struggle in naming a town when Mother Nature provides clear, carbonated water in abundance? Those who were among the first to discover this sanctuary in western North Carolina christened the new community Hot Springs.

The historic town became a resort destination in the early 1800s, is situated along the banks of Spring Creek and French Broad River and has the Appalachian Trail traveling right down main street. A 100-acre resort is an oasis with several hot tubs filled with the healing waters, spa treatments and various lodging options ranging from camping to luxury suites and a cabin.

Or stay in cabins on a local organic farm that discovered in 1999 that it was sitting on naturally warm mineral springs. Today, the focus is on hosting guests who can enjoy the waters in hot tubs, admire the large kitchen gardens and enjoy the abundance from 250 acres of pick-your-own blueberries.