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Appalachian Farm and Mountain Trail Ride
Reawaken your wander-seeking spirit on our Appalachian farm. Our trail rides offer open-field exploration, a winding uphill climb (hand-hewn by your host!) shaded by old growth forest, and four seasons of breathtaking Blue Ridge views. For 90 minutes, give yourself permission to unplug and indulge in the hidden moments that make this experience unforgettable. From stunning flora to new horizons, come find your joy in nature. Our cozy farm is home to nine horses that love to ride and roam. All are gentle, playful and eager for an ear scratch. Worried about your first time on horseback? Your host, Joy, has trained many riders and will be by your side for the entire trip. Before hopping in the saddle, you’ll learn horsemanship techniques to help you understand your horse while building trust and confidence. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or first-timer, a kid or retiree, it doesn’t matter; you are capable and welcomed! Free your senses with the fresh air, rustling trees, and rolling acres — all in the quiet calm of our farmstead just 30 minutes from Asheville, NC. Whether you seek the anticipation of adventure or soulful solitude, our intimate trail rides create wellbeing for all who wander.
Canoe the river to local craft breweries
Recipe for a perfect day: Floating down an ancient river, cooling your toes in the water, laughing with good friends... all within reach of award-winning breweries serving up fresh craft beverages and tasty treats. We start by meeting near Asheville's River Arts District, where your canoeing gear and friendly guide await. Canoe on a navigable but adventurous section of the French Broad River, where one of the oldest rivers on the planet passes by some of the best spots in "Beer City USA." We'll paddle up to a variety of Asheville's best breweries, eateries, funky riverside bars, and wading pools. Each trip will vary based on the weather, what is open, and what the folks in your group enjoy most. Most trips include 2 breweries, a couple of eating options, and depending on the day, a bonus brewery or winery. Non-drinkers will have plenty of sight-seeing options nearby as well. Depending on the time of year, we may see otters, beavers, herons, friendly ducks, and colorful fish. Other things to note You will enjoy this the most if you are comfortable with being on a river and are able to swim. Rapids are very mild (Class I at most). No pets or children allowed.
Tip-Based Asheville Walking Tour
Pay what you want in the end! We will start downtown in Pack Square to learn about the history, architecture, and some of the local legends surrounding Asheville! During our tour, we will be sure to cover all major landmarks like the Basilica of St Lawrence, and the Grove Park Arcade, but we will also go off the beaten path to explore the Block, the YMI, Woolworth Walk's old-timey soda fountain, and Wall St's catwalk! During the trip, I will be providing insider tips on the best places to eat, drink and play for the best prices, including the places where locals hang out for free! We will discuss hidden gems that many people walk by daily without ever noticing an eagle overhead, the faces engraved on the wall, or secret mice! We will dive deeper into Asheville's "buy local" culture and what that means for companies who get listed as "sell-outs." Also, we will discuss stories of sabotage, controversy, and little-known success stories of previous residents! We will also check out a cool museum called Leaf Global and taste local spirits from a distillery and ice cream from the Hop! At the end, my guest will get discount beer tickets to taste some local brews from one of Asheville's finest, local breweries called Twin Leaf. Other thing If you are unable to make your reservation, please let me know so I can plan accordingly!
Asheville barhop by SUP or Kayak
We will be exploring a couple of the best breweries of Asheville by SUP and kayak! 21&up. Get your friends together for a river caravan down the French Broad! This river is flat and wide, an easy beginner run, winding through the river arts district. Our guides will help you learn to kayak or SUP if you are new to it. It is a scenic and fun way to get to the breweries. Great for groups, solo travelers or couples, because you make friends with your crew throughout the afternoon. We have dry bags for personal items, dress to get wet and still be able to walk a block or two. Our takeouts are riverside banks, not docks, so ability to get out of your boat and walk up a trail is required. A sample or two can be provided at the breweries, but bring your wallet to purchase beer and food.
A morning with the birds
We will spend a leisurely two hours walking around arguably the best birding spot in all of Henderson County. I will introduce you all to the world of birds and bird watching through the many trails of Jackson Park. We will look for whatever birds are around this time of year. It will be a great way to learn common birds of the Southeast and a study of migration and migrating birds if the time of year allows. If you are a more advanced birder I can accommodate you as well.

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Appalachian Farm and Mountain Trail Ride
Reawaken your wander-seeking spirit on our Appalachian farm. Our trail rides offer open-field exploration, a winding uphill climb (hand-hewn by your host!) shaded by old growth forest, and four seasons of breathtaking Blue Ridge views. For 90 minutes, give yourself permission to unplug and indulge in the hidden moments that make this experience unforgettable. From stunning flora to new horizons, come find your joy in nature. Our cozy farm is home to nine horses that love to ride and roam. All are gentle, playful and eager for an ear scratch. Worried about your first time on horseback? Your host, Joy, has trained many riders and will be by your side for the entire trip. Before hopping in the saddle, you’ll learn horsemanship techniques to help you understand your horse while building trust and confidence. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or first-timer, a kid or retiree, it doesn’t matter; you are capable and welcomed! Free your senses with the fresh air, rustling trees, and rolling acres — all in the quiet calm of our farmstead just 30 minutes from Asheville, NC. Whether you seek the anticipation of adventure or soulful solitude, our intimate trail rides create wellbeing for all who wander.
Canoe the river to local craft breweries
Recipe for a perfect day: Floating down an ancient river, cooling your toes in the water, laughing with good friends... all within reach of award-winning breweries serving up fresh craft beverages and tasty treats. We start by meeting near Asheville's River Arts District, where your canoeing gear and friendly guide await. Canoe on a navigable but adventurous section of the French Broad River, where one of the oldest rivers on the planet passes by some of the best spots in "Beer City USA." We'll paddle up to a variety of Asheville's best breweries, eateries, funky riverside bars, and wading pools. Each trip will vary based on the weather, what is open, and what the folks in your group enjoy most. Most trips include 2 breweries, a couple of eating options, and depending on the day, a bonus brewery or winery. Non-drinkers will have plenty of sight-seeing options nearby as well. Depending on the time of year, we may see otters, beavers, herons, friendly ducks, and colorful fish. Other things to note You will enjoy this the most if you are comfortable with being on a river and are able to swim. Rapids are very mild (Class I at most). No pets or children allowed.
Candle Making Class overlooking the Smoky Mountains
Held at at a private home located on top of Soco Mountain with a Panoramic View! This large home overlooks Cherokee, NC, Bryson City, NC, all the way to the Tennessee boarder. Our 2-hours candle making workshop will give you the basic skills to create a scented container candle from a selection of fine fragrance oils. The course is ideal for those who are completely new to candlemaking or who have made a start at home and would like some further guidance. Courses are run in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with plenty of ‘hands-on doing!’ Attendees will start with learning about how our sense of smell works and how fragrance affects our mood and emotions. They will then learn about the different fragrance families and what top, heart and base notes are. They will then learn how to use the range of essential oils to blend into their own candle. Come along to one of our workshops to understand more about the different types of candles, then learn the skills to make your own using natural products! This workshop will show you how to make beautiful container, floating or rolled candles. Choose from a variety of fragrances and dyes to personalise your very own candle range. All equipment, materials, and hearty refreshment of tea, coffee and bakery are all included in the workshop cost. Escape the everyday stresses and worries of life and take some time for yourself.
Tip-Based Asheville Walking Tour
Pay what you want in the end! We will start downtown in Pack Square to learn about the history, architecture, and some of the local legends surrounding Asheville! During our tour, we will be sure to cover all major landmarks like the Basilica of St Lawrence, and the Grove Park Arcade, but we will also go off the beaten path to explore the Block, the YMI, Woolworth Walk's old-timey soda fountain, and Wall St's catwalk! During the trip, I will be providing insider tips on the best places to eat, drink and play for the best prices, including the places where locals hang out for free! We will discuss hidden gems that many people walk by daily without ever noticing an eagle overhead, the faces engraved on the wall, or secret mice! We will dive deeper into Asheville's "buy local" culture and what that means for companies who get listed as "sell-outs." Also, we will discuss stories of sabotage, controversy, and little-known success stories of previous residents! We will also check out a cool museum called Leaf Global and taste local spirits from a distillery and ice cream from the Hop! At the end, my guest will get discount beer tickets to taste some local brews from one of Asheville's finest, local breweries called Twin Leaf. Other thing If you are unable to make your reservation, please let me know so I can plan accordingly!
A street photographer, craft beers, and an Asheville insider
Spend time with local Asheville photographer and craft beer connoisseur Joel, as he shares with you his love for all things Asheville. Put down your cameras and enjoy the experience while I capture some candid moments on film. I'll also share my love of dive bars, to fancy restaurants as we walk around one of Asheville's coolest neighborhoods. We will meet up at Burial, my favorite brewery on the south slope - first round is on me - as I snap some moments with you and your party. If beer isn't your thing there is an awesome coffee shop/vinyl record store with some sick house plants. Then we will take a short walk around exploring some of Asheville's street art, music venues, unique photo ops, and local craft stores. I'll let ya'll do some exploring, and l'lI play paparazzi. We will make another stop at a sake distillery called Ben's Tune Up for the last round and I'll share with you all I know about this awesome city, and help plan some more highlights for your trip. If you don't see a day available hit me up, and I can try to get you in! The tour can be dog friendly, just let me know ahead of time. Come to walk, drink, and share some stories. :) You'll get a collection of over 30 edited digital photos, one to two days after the tour, those are yours to keep and post as you please! Check out my Insta for more content: roadwarrior_and_copperdog
Asian-Fusion Tasting Menu Experience in Grand 1908 Home
You will enjoy a six-course tasting menu of specially curated dishes for a unique Asian-Fusion experience. No General Tsao chicken or pad thai served! This will be authentic Asian food with influences from Malaysian, Thai, Chinese and Indian cuisine. For an additional fee, you will have the opportunity to retire upstairs in one of our luxurious bedrooms, for a memorable overnight stay.
Nature walk & Highland Cow
We will meet at the front porch to of the historic farm house. We will then start our nature walk throughout the property. We will start at the top of the field and start out walking around our old pecan trees, then heading into the forest and around the pastures exploring the forest with our highland cows in the pastures along the way. We will share with you about the breed of cows we have and what they are known for. We will explore how they interact with each of us their mannerisms and irresistible cuteness. While circling the pastures we have other animals you may interact with that include 5 Scottish highland cows and their 2 calves who were born in spring 2019, 2022 our goats and our sweet rescue horse Eli &livestock guardian dogs. We will end our visit at the west pasture sharing treats with the animals sharing our time in the forests with them. Other things to note Wear good closed toe shoes for hike and you may not mind getting dirty, clothes you can interact with animals. Hiking stick, jacket if cold, bottle of water. For families with children 6 or younger message us privately to book we have a tour made specifically for little ones. No dogs please as not all dogs like cows. One more thing if the weather is bad don’t worry we will see cows.. but will replace hike with the historic farmhouse tour listed under our experiences..
Private Horseback Trail Ride hosted by Glass Mountain Ranch
Private horseback trail ride. Only two people per group, must be at least 18 years old and no more than 200 pounds. No riding experience necessary! We will ride for approximately two hours up and down the Blue Ridge Mountains. The terrain varies from open fields to old growth timber forest. Depending on the time of year, we may see long range views from the peak in Winter, the beautiful changing colors of Autumn, or an ensemble of Spring blooms! Upon arrival at the trail head, we will ask you to complete a Release From Liability form, collect the balance of your payment, give you a brief riding demonstration, help you to mount your horses, adjust your stirrups, and make sure your saddles are tight before the start of each ride. However, there's no need to arrive in advance of your scheduled ride time. We simply want to make you aware that it takes time for us to get you ready to ride, so you may be with us a little longer than the 2 hours that you are scheduled to ride. In any case, your ride doesn't officially begin until everyone is mounted and the horses are headed down the trail.
Asheville barhop by SUP or Kayak
We will be exploring a couple of the best breweries of Asheville by SUP and kayak! 21&up. Get your friends together for a river caravan down the French Broad! This river is flat and wide, an easy beginner run, winding through the river arts district. Our guides will help you learn to kayak or SUP if you are new to it. It is a scenic and fun way to get to the breweries. Great for groups, solo travelers or couples, because you make friends with your crew throughout the afternoon. We have dry bags for personal items, dress to get wet and still be able to walk a block or two. Our takeouts are riverside banks, not docks, so ability to get out of your boat and walk up a trail is required. A sample or two can be provided at the breweries, but bring your wallet to purchase beer and food.
Casual & scenic winery party bus tour
We will pick you up from Hendersonville on our 12 passenger bus and drive you to 3 or 4 of the best wineries in the area. We will have a cooler on board with bottled water, feel free to bring beers along if that is the preference of someone in your group. You are allowed to drink on board while we cruise the mountains, just no liquor allowed. All wine tastings or purchases at locations are on your own tab. Prices per glass or flight range from $7-15. Wineries often have live music. Private larger groups we can pick you up from your airbnb in the Hendersonville or Chimney Rock Area.
A morning with the birds
We will spend a leisurely two hours walking around arguably the best birding spot in all of Henderson County. I will introduce you all to the world of birds and bird watching through the many trails of Jackson Park. We will look for whatever birds are around this time of year. It will be a great way to learn common birds of the Southeast and a study of migration and migrating birds if the time of year allows. If you are a more advanced birder I can accommodate you as well.
Dive into Large Marbling to Print Scarf
I will demonstrate the 17th Century of floating paint on a thick gel surface. I will show how the paint is manipulated with combs and rakes rather than a paint brush. In this class, we will learn how to prepare the paper for marbling with the archival stability of the image frozen. We practice deliberately on paper building your knowledge of historic patterns. The goal will be to find that magical combination of colors and patterns for the long silk scarf, our finale project. I have over 30 years of teaching marbling to all ages, from 5 year olds to 70 year olds. I will provide background on marbling + historical reference to the origin of the media. Each workshop participant will leave with a completed wearable long silk scarf, your own work of art! Wow, you will amaze yourself!! Other things to note Some marbling experience is preferred, however, all participants will gain more confidence their ability in this workshop. Each person will have lots of papers for book arts projects, card making, and other creative endeavors.
Creek-side yoga, mindful waterfall hike, and meditation
We will begin with a breathwork session that will teach the basis of yogic breathing, then we will put these into practice with an hour long sequence of yoga and qigong postures aimed at releasing blockages and tension in the body and mind, savasana will be accompanied by sound healing. After the yoga session there is a half mile hike to a beautiful waterfall, i will open discussion on the topic of mindfulness meditation and then the group will enjoy a walking silent meditation to the waterfall. We will meditate with The waterfall, share our experiences, ask questions, connect, etc.
Sewing Workshops in the Heart of Downtown Durham
Have you always wanted to learn how to sew? Or, maybe you learned years ago but fell out of practice? Either way, Meek Making's Sewing Workshops are a fun, social way to build your skillset. As always, we’ve got you covered on the materials and machines — just bring a can-do attitude! You will learn the basic functionality of a sewing machine and how to maintain a straight seam line. This class is perfect for people who have never used a sewing machine and those who have had a little bit of experience a long time ago and need a refresher course! Create projects like a pillow, tote bag, bucket hat and more! Located Downtown Durham, you get local insight to food, entertainment, and other fun ideas to do during your stay.
Self Care Experience-Sound Bath, Journaling & Affrimations
Join me, Tamiko Hope, for a Meditational Sound Bath, Journaling Session & Custom Affirmation Card Wellness Experience. We will start our time together calming the nervous system as well as relaxing the mind and body using the harmonious sounds of crystal singing bowls and other soothing instruments. Next, I will led you in a guided journaling session and we will end our time together with you making your own affirmation cards to take home. Your mind and body will be bathed in calming sounds using crystal singing bowls that are tuned to specific chakras. I also incorporate other calming instruments. I will lead a journaling session with self-care prompts to help you focus on your personal journey. Lastly, you will write out personal affirmations that you can take with you to incorporate into your daily self-care routine. Namaste.