Monday, November 7, 2011

Navitat named "one of the best in the nation" in USA TODAY's "10 Great Ziplines Across the USA!"

What could be better than hiking through the last of the color season in Western North Carolina? I have decided that ziplining through the trees and looking out over the mountainous splendor that is locally known as Moody Cove is definitely a better way to do it. This canopy
tour allows participants to experience a secluded mountain cove from high in the treetops in what is advertised as “one hundred percent tree-based adventure.” It is in beautiful acreage about forty five minutes from the inn on the north side of Asheville.

How did you find a zipline company you ask? My daughter decided that a trip to Navitat was the perfect Mothers’ Day gift in 2010. Have I mentioned that I was afraid of heights? Do you think this was a test of love and devotion? I debated this issue and decided that in fact she just thought it would be fun and this was a great excuse to get me out into nature on a Sunday afternoon. So, knowing that there are things that you just have to do for your children, I went out to try my new adventure “gift”.

With encouragement and some fake praise from my family I was soon ziplining like a semi-pro. My fears were no longer an issue and I felt younger and more carefree that I had felt in quite a while. There were ten ziplines that gradually took us farther, faster and higher into the woods. There are also two rappelling experiences. I loved the rappelling. While thinking that I positively was not going to be able to do this, I did it...gracefully. An amazing feat for a woman with two left feet and more than a few extra pounds on my frame! I learned so much from our super human guides about the plants, trees and birds that we saw. They taught me something new on each walk or tree stand. It was three and a half hours of fun that will be repeated often.

Navitat closes at the end of November for the winter so you really should get out there as soon as possible. To experience the fall in Western North Carolina from 120 – 1100 foot ziplines is spectacular. It has been an incredible autumn for foliage and the color is not gone yet. Navitat is committed to helping their customers discover the world from a higher and different perspective and it is one of my favorite experiences. There is even a ‘Navitat at Night’ beginning at dark on Saturday evenings. “Zip under a blanket of stars in beautiful Moody Cove. Allow nighttime noises to surround you as you travel from tree to tree by lamplight and learn about life in the cove after the sun goes down.” Their words – not mine. It makes me want to clear my schedule and head out to my next great adventure.

Times and spaces are limited so you will need to make a reservation. Either go to or call 828.626.3700 to make your reservation.

For those of you that cannot cut loose this month Navitat will open again in the spring for what will feel like a totally different experience because of the topography and seasonal differences of the area.

We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit the 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

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