Easy Escapes Travel Piece – (200-500 words or less): Southern Safari in North Carolina

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Easy Escape – Featured in Roads to Adventure Magazine

Destination: Southern Safari in North Carolina

Nearest Large City: Charlotte, NC

Why Go:  Hot Tubs, Massages, Gourmet Food … and Yes, It’s Camping—Sort Of.

Are you sick of sticky s’mores and wish you had gone camping with your chiropractor? Have you always wanted to go on a safari, but couldn’t quite afford the airfare—or tolerate the shots? No problem. If you’re ready to become a pampered camper—Martha Stewart style—then Southern Safari in Ashville, North Carolina, has the weekend for you.

After a smokin’ climb up the Smokies, or white-water rafting down the French or Nolichucky River, you can return to your “camp” (and I use that word loosely), jump in the outdoor hot tub, have a massage and maybe even get in a game of bocce ball before you sit down to afternoon tea—served on the finest china, of course.

Touting itself as an “outdoor B&B,” Southern Safari offers everything from day trips to overnight, all-inclusive adventure packages that give you a full weekend of surrealistic safari simulations—right down to the Land Rover and the charging elephants. -jenni keast

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DON’T MISS:  White-water rafting, mountain climbing, biking, fly fishing, llama trekking, hot-air ballooning and gourmet outdoor dining in the moonlight—with music. You name it, they’ll do it.  Be sure to visit the famous historic Biltmore Hotel in nearby Ashville, NC, then stick around town for some fabulous craft-and-antique shopping.

WHERE TO STAY:  In the Serengeti, or so you will think. It’s Southern Safari’s own version of an African expedition base camp, complete with spacious old-fashioned canvas tents (with air beds vs. sleeping bags), screened dining tents and tea on a teak table.

DIRECTIONS: Longer than this article so call Southern Safari.

HELPFUL HINTS: Depending on the outdoor activity that you choose, you will need to plan accordingly. Southern Safari supplies all the food, bedding and outdoor equipment.

MORE INFORMATION:  (Included address, contact, seasons and dates of operation, etc.)

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