North America Vacations
Custom Homestay North Carolina Example
Unmatched Adventure from your own personal lodge
6 Days / 5 Nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Nestled in North Carolina’s High Country near the towns of Boone and Banner Elk, The Lodges at Eagles Nest are an exclusive mountain community meant to give you a new perspective — immersed in the great outdoors and feathered with luxury amenities.
Executive mountain homes provide the perfect base for exploring the diverse activities in the region. This custom Homestay was designed for a family gathering of 12. They stayed in 2 custom homes with guides from Austin Adventures who did everything from cooking and cleaning to leading hikes up the famous Grandfather Mountain.
Asheville, North Carolina AVL
Asheville, North Carolina AVL
Asheville Arrival / Biltmore House / Eagles Nest
Your guides will pick you up from the Asheville Airport upon flight arrival midday. From the airport, it’s a short drive to one of the most famous homes in the country, Biltmore House. Here, we’ll enjoy a special private meal before embarking on a tour through the Biltmore House itself. This famous residence is the largest private home in the world and an expert-led tour will give you an insider’s look at what makes the Biltmore so incredible. After we’ve had our fill of touring the gardens, we’ll make our way onto the Blue Ridge Parkway towards our home(s) for the next five nights at The Lodges at Eagles Nest near the town of Banner Elk. Tonight (and for every meal on this trip), you’ll be in very good hands with your very own private chef who will cook up and serve all meals for our group. Toast to a great first day – we have many more neat experiences coming your way in the days to come!
Linville Falls / Eagles Nest
Today is a relatively easygoing day to get you introduced to the Blue Ridge Mountains up close and personal. After breakfast at the house, we’ll meet up mid-morning to drive to our destination of the day, Linville Falls. One of the most photographed waterfalls in North Carolina, the short hikes to the different viewpoints of this waterfall will provide ample opportunity to get the perfect shot and will give you a chance to stretch your legs after a day of travel yesterday. We’ll enjoy a mountain top lunch with wonderful views and will continue touring the different viewpoints along the famed Blue Ridge Parkway in the afternoon as we make our way back to Eagles Nest. After some time to relax back at the lodge, we’ll join together for a happy hour before dinner prepared by our private chef.
Grandfather Mountain / Mountain Glen Golf Course / Eagles Nest
After breakfast this morning, the group will split up. Those who signed up to golf will be taken to Mountain Glen Golf Course and dropped off for your pre-arranged morning tee times. The front nine of this course features more of a links style with small bent grass greens and relatively flat open fairways. The back nine works its way up to what was once referred to as “Cranberry Draw”. The 11th hole uphill dog-leg left was rated as one of the best par 4’s in Western North Carolina. Holes 14 thru 18 work their way back down “Cranberry Draw” and return to the clubhouse.
Those who aren’t playing golf today will head to Grandfather Mountain State Park for a jaunt around an icon of North Carolina. Grandfather Mountain is the only privately held property to pass the rigorous certification requirements to be designated as an International Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Everyone should check out the Mile High Swinging Bridge, a 220-foot suspension bridge spanning an 80-foot-wide cleft to provide access to Linville Peak. Those in the group who are feeling more adventurous can head out on a guided hike into the rugged backcountry where a bit of scrambling and ladder climbing provides access to multiple unique ecosystems and magnificent views.
Later we’ll all meet up as a group to enjoy dinner together and a lovely outdoor dessert at sunset.
Linville Gorge / Eagles Nest
Today, we explore “The Grand Canyon of the East” – Linville Gorge for a true backcountry experience! The Linville River begins as a trickle on the flanks of Grandfather Mountain, and as it gathers steam, cuts a steep rocky gorge, dropping almost 2,000 vertical feet in 12 miles from the Falls itself to Lake James below. We’ll do a bit of hiking in/around the gorge itself and will take advantage of your guide’s favorite swimming hole (weather pending). Lunch will be eaten overlooking yet another incredible view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Eagles Nest Flyfishing and UTV Riding
Today, we split our group in two to take advantage of a smaller group size for two very fun activities: fly fishing and UTV riding! If you fly fish in the morning, you’ll UTV in the afternoon and vice versa. Fly fishing includes a half day lesson on casting (and catching!) on a stocked pond full of trout on property. The UTV ride takes us on trails around the Eagles Nest property so we can check out areas we haven’t seen before on our drives to/from our lodge. We’ll meet up as a group for a lunch midday between activities. Those who do not want to fly fish or UTV can spend a relaxing morning or afternoon back at the house resting up for the evening’s festivities. Tonight, we enjoy a final chef-prepared meal and then retire to a nearby fire pit where a bluegrass band will be waiting to help us celebrate our final night in North Carolina!
Mount Mitchell State Park / Asheville
This morning, we bid goodbye to the Lodges at Eagles Nest and our private chef as we make our way back to Asheville. Along the way, we’ll stop by Mount Mitchell State Park to explore the incredible viewpoints around the highest point east of the Mississippi River. The unmatched views will provide the perfect backdrop for your last photos of the Blue Ridge Parkway and a last lunch together. In accordance with your flight time, we’ll transfer you back to Asheville for drop-off at the airport. Safe travels and we hope to see you again!
This is just an example of what we have done. If a Homestay adventure like this is what you are looking for, you just tell us your interests, time-frame, budget, and location and we’ll create a unique vacation that unfolds just the way you want it to.
Arrival & Departure
Asheville, North Carolina
Arrive at the Ashville Airport at your convenience. Your guide will meet you at the arrivals terminal and transfer you to the Biltmore for a light lunch and tour of the area. You’ll arrive to your home at Eagles Nest early evening.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
President of Austin Adventures
Kasey was born in Alaska and raised in Billings, Montana. She graduated in 2011 as a Presidential Leadership Scholar at the University of Montana in Missoula with a degree in Education. Growing up in the world of adventure travel, it was only natural for Kasey to jump into the family business upon entering “the real world” . Kasey works full time at Austin Adventures as the President. This allows her to work closely with AA’s U.S. and European guides as well as tour operators worldwide. Due to a full-time office schedule, Kasey’s guiding days are more limited than what they used to be, but she still jumps at the chance to hop on a tour whenever possible. She’s guided trips across the western US and travels abroad (usually to attend adventure travel conferences or study “future trip territory” ) on a regular basis. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in Montana’s beautiful mountains, competing in triathlons, reading, and fishing with her dad