Head to the small mountain town of Bryson City, over 4 hours away from Charlotte, for a perfect getaway into the Great Smoky Mountains and Fontana Lake where you can rent these unique and cozy houseboats right on the water to kick off the end of summer.
Only accessible by kayak or boat, this cozy houseboat sits floating in Graham County atop Fontana Lake. Borrow the renter’s kayak or bring your own and paddle out 35-40 minutes to reach your accommodations for the night. Utilize the kitchen, dining room, and deck for a relaxed stay out in nature where you can really immerse yourself in the scenery with the splash of water underneath the house and the humble fact that there’s no Wifi. This rental is a little above $100 a night currently.
A gorgeous riverfront retreat awaits you in Nantahala Gorge outside of the National Forest is the perfect, romantic getaway. The property is directly on the river with a waterfront hot tub to enjoy the crickets and fireflies amidst the trees. Or, stay at one of two other houseboats dubbed ‘The White House,’ and ‘The Gray House,’ both floating atop Fontana Lake, and for which you’ll need a boat to access.
If you’re looking to get back into civilization, definitely head to Bryson City, a small mountain town in North Carolina where you can explore their restaurants and shops. The city is a great stop for nature lovers with the Great Smoky Mountains, Fontana Lake, and Nantahala River nearby where people hike, bike, fish for trout, scenic railroad excursions, and much more.