Appalachian Amusement Center. Learn to “fly” over a vertical wind tunnel. 49 Adventure Park,  Waynesville, 828-926-WIND. Adventure Flying

Cataloochee Ranch. Great spot for horseback riding, hiking, or hay rides. Fabulous mountain views, just one mile from The Wrens’ Nest. Cataloochee Ranch

Cataloochee Ski Area. 19 runs, casual lodge with hamburgers and drinks, best skiing in the state, just 1.5 miles from The Wrens’ Nest. Usually open Thanksgiving – February. Cataloochee Ski Area

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.  Rail trips through the mountains, over lakes, beautiful scenery, and even dinner served on some of the longer trips. Bryson City, an easy drive from The Wrens’ Nest. Smoky Mountain Railroad

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum. 62 Vintage Lane; Maggie Valley; 828-926-6266. Wonderful collection of more than 300 classic motorcycles plus special exhibits and events. If you’re a biker, this is not to be missed! Wheels Through Time