Away We Go

Away We Go: From bison to boats to Winnebagos, WNC offers no shortage of offbeat escapes
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Buffalo Creek Vacations » Clyde

A rare herd of bison make this a notable getaway already, but its unique accommodations—refurbished cabooses—make it wholly incomparable. Two lovingly restored train cars afford all the amenities (including a full kitchen and free Wi-Fi) you’d expect from more traditional lodging. And there are plenty of boutique cabins on-site as well. Starting at $135/night, the cabooses sleep five each; (828) 550-0960; www.buffalocreekvacationsnc.com

Blue Bear Mountain Camp » Boone

Tepees were the historic homes of Plains Indians, but with solar power and a queen-size bed outfitted with luxury linens, the tepee at Blue Bear Mountain Camp is situated firmly in the 21st century. The campground hosts a traditional camping experience—winding trails and a fishing pond, for starters—making it a prime respite for families. Starting at $75/night; (828) 406-4226; www.bluebearmountain.com

River’s Edge Treehouse Resort » Robbinsville

Talk about branching out: This resort is home to six decked-out tree houses with homey flourishes like king-size memory foam mattresses and gas grills set on picturesque perches. “Because we built up in the air, there’s a space under each tree house for our guest’s car or motorcycle,” points out proprietor Laila Mortimer—an important amenity for the seven million motorists who pass through Graham County annually. Starting at $150/night for two or more nights; (828) 735-2228; www.riversedgetreehouses.com

Floating Houseboats » Fontana Lake

Fontana’s 240 miles of shoreline, 90 percent of which is scenic, protected land, harbors a host of idyllic getaways, but for the true lake lifer, only a houseboat will do. Your feet never have to touch solid ground when you book one of a dozen boats like this one—its two bedrooms and a deluxe loft can fit the whole family for aquatic fun, and the deal comes with two kayaks for your floating pleasure. Starting at $400/night; www.vrbo.com/300357

JuneBug Retro Resort » Weaverville

“People visit the Asheville area for a lot of reasons, but mostly to experience something different,” says Charlene Pagano—and they’ll find it at her unique venture. The 1950s- and ’60s-era campers that dot the property are tricked out with 21st-century glory. The crowning achievement is the 1953 Spartan trailer “bathhouse” that visitors liken to a spa. Starting at $150/night; (828) 208-1979; www.junebugretroresort.com

Photographs courtesy of (Train) Cheryl Hillis, (Junebug) (outside) Joseph dix photography (Inside) Meg Reilley Photography, (treehouse) Laila Mortimer, (Boathouse) courtsey of VRBo & (tipi) Happy Snappin' Photography