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There is a perception that it can be easier to live a healthy lifestyle in a bigger city where there are many different choices like various grocery stores and gyms, and more options on what to eat and how to exercise.

If you’ve never been to the Highlands-Cashiers plateau in Western North Carolina, there are still ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle while you’re on vacation. The plateau preserves its small town, local charm and it always has.

The small, quaint feel of towns in Western North Carolina doesn’t mean you can’t have access to everything you need to vacation how you want. Here are some tips for a healthy lifestyle in Western North Carolina.

1.    For Yoga and Meditation, Check Out Cashiers Valley Fusion

A mecca for all things health and wellness in Cashiers, Cashiers Valley Fusion is where you want to go if you need to unwind, realign and refresh. There is a whole spectrum of classes and services to get you to where you want to be.

Yoga- No matter how experienced you are in the practice of yoga, Cashiers Valley Fusion has a class to fit your level of comfort and experience. You can take a class for beginners or one that’s a little more advanced if you practice yoga often. The best part about Cashiers Valley Fusion is you can register for a drop-in class if you won’t be in town for long, or you can register with a number of passes. That way, you can go to one class if you are just passing through town, or you can snag a pass for a week or a months’ worth of classes. They also offer private classes if you’d like more one-on-one time with an instructor who can give you more tips for a healthy lifestyle in Western North Carolina.

If you are looking for a more in-depth yoga experience, Cashiers Valley Fusion also goes on group yoga retreats to exotic places like Mexico and Panama.

Massage- Sometimes, a massage can change your physical and mental wellbeing for the rest of your week. Cashiers Valley Fusion has a massage therapist on staff and a menu of massage offerings that can help you reach your health and wellness goals and leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

2.    Check Out the Local Health Food Stores

Whole Life Market – Highlands, NC

Whole Life Market is a huge resource on the plateau for healthy food and supplements. Located on N. 4th Street, you’ll find Whole Life Market to be a refreshing, organic store with all of your favorite supplies for living a healthy lifestyle. One really cool feature in Whole Life Market is their smoothie bar. If you’re in the mood for a quick, healthy breakfast before you explore Highlands, you can walk into Whole Life and order from an array of yummy smoothie options to help start your day. Whole Life is a huge resource for healthy eating and healthy living in Highlands.

Roomful of Nuts – Franklin, NC

If you head down Franklin Road and make the beautiful drive past Cullasaja Gorge, you’ll wind up in Franklin, NC. A Roomful of Nuts is one of Franklin’s most popular health food stores. You can find an array of locally sourced and organic food and supplements, but you can also find some unique sweet treats. Dark chocolate covered coffee beans and unique chocolate bars with bits of orange baked in are just a few of the unique, yummy food choices you can find at this store. You’ll appreciate their interesting selection and knowledgeable staff, who will have plenty of suggestions and tips for a healthy lifestyle in Western North Carolina

3.    Use Outdoor Activities as Your Way to Exercise

Arguably, the biggest draw to Western North Carolina is the undeniably gorgeous landscape and outdoor beauty. When you are surrounded by mountains, you are surrounded by countless outdoor activities at your fingertips.

Hiking- Throw on a good, supportive pair of shoes and go the distance on one of the many trails around Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire and beyond. Gorges State Park and Panthertown Valley are two parks with many trail options for you and your family to get out and get active.

Kayaking- Our mountain lakes are beautiful, and there are many ways you can get out and enjoy them. If you’re looking for a way to exercise and still enjoy the lake setting, kayaking is the perfect way to do so while working on your upper-body strength.

Stand-up Paddle Boarding- This is another lake activity that is sure to be a winner! If you’ve never done it before, stand-up paddle boarding can be a challenging physical activity. You’ll probably fall in the lake a few times, so make sure you wear your life jacket! Once you get it down, it’s a great way to work on your core strength while having fun at the lake.

Fishing- Admittedly, this activity isn’t always necessarily charged with high impact exercise. However, if you’re looking for something just to get you out of your cabin, fishing is an awesome way to get out and enjoy your mountain vacation. Whether you are a seasoned fisherman or you’re trying it for the first time, Brookings Anglers in Cashiers, NC does guided trips to local favorite fishing holes, and they’ll also take you to the best-kept secret fishing holes. You can wade out to fish or take a boat. Brookings can discuss all of their options with you. This is a great way to get out into nature while you’re in the mountains.

4.    Book a Vacation Rental that Comes with Access to a Club Amenity Card

One of our tips for a healthy lifestyle in Western North Carolina while you’re visiting, is to take advantage of our vacation rentals with amenity card options. This gives you access to a variety of ways to help you stay active. All of our Sapphire Valley vacation rentals come with the option to get amenity cards. For $2 per person (with a 3-day minimum), you will have access to Sapphire Valley’s amenities, which include but aren’t limited to, their exercise room, indoor heated pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, tennis courts and a track. If you have a particular exercise routine that you’d like to stick to, an amenity card will help you stay the course.

5.    Look into Local Restaurants that Accommodate Dietary Restrictions

Our local restaurants have found the perfect balance of maintaining local culture and introducing unique cuisines with worldly perspectives. With various dietary restrictions out there, the experienced chefs of the plateau know that accommodations often need to be made. Many restaurants in Western North Carolina have dishes or alternate menus for those who have alternative diets, making it easier for you to enjoy your night out. All you have to do is ask!

Landmark Vacation Rentals and Your Healthy Lifestyle

At Landmark Vacations, we know our small mountain towns well. If you are looking for any specific activities or groceries, we can give you some places to start looking. If you are up here visiting for a day, a week, or a lifetime, we can give you some tips for a healthy lifestyle in Western North Carolina that will get you started on your journey to finding your Plateau Style.