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Abingdon, Virginia

EAT: Grab a milkshake at the Ice Cream Stop

PLAY: Send classic sport routes at Hidden Valley

STAY: Post up in a cottage with Creeper’s End

Asheville, North Carolina

EAT: Brunch big at Sunny Point Café

PLAY: SUP the French Broad River

STAY: Bunk, camp, or reserve a room at Bon Paul & Sharkey’s Hostel

Atlanta, Georgia

EAT: Eat simple, sustainable, and southern at Miller Union

PLAY: Kayak the Chattahoochee River

STAY: Pitch a tent at Stone Mountain Park Campground

Baltimore, Maryland

EAT: Find fresh-off-the-farm plates from Woodberry Kitchen

PLAY: Tube the Gunpowder River

STAY: Camp in the capitol, as in Capitol KOA

Birmingham, Alabama

EAT: Order the best burger in the South at Saw’s BBQ

PLAY: Cruise the Double Oak Trail at Oak Mountain State Park

STAY: Car camp at Cherokee Campground

Blairsville, Georgia

EAT: Pick up a Cuban from Dan’s Grill Inc., the sandwich, not the owner

PLAY: Summit Blood Mountain

STAY: Bunk with thru-hikers at Mountain Crossings

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

EAT: Make your day with Appalachian Peach Marmalade from Foggy Rock Eatery & Pub

PLAY: Sunday drive the Blue Ridge Parkway

STAY: Cozy up at the Village Inn of Blowing Rock

Boone, North Carolina

EAT: Fill up on a proper southern meal from Proper

PLAY: Zigzag the switchbacks up Elk Knob’s Summit Trail

STAY: Soak in the stars from Grandfather Mountain Campground

Bowling Green, Kentucky

EAT: Chow down with home cooked plates from Cambridge Market & Cafe

PLAY: Ride Low Hollow Trail, the first mountain bike trail built in Warren County

STAY: Get the lowdown on regional cycling during your stay at Spongie Acres Bed & Breakfast

Brevard, North Carolina

EAT: Eat your weight in burrito goodness from Pescados

PLAY: Pedal from waterfall to waterfall at DuPont State Forest

STAY: Glamp and ride at The Bike Farm

Charleston, South Carolina

EAT: Get a taste of the Lowcountry at FIG

PLAY: SUP the salty marshes of the Folly River

STAY: Rough it in a tent or reserve a cottage at James Island County Park & Campground

Charleston, West Virginia

EAT: Grab a pint of local brew and catch some tunes during “Tappy Hour” at Bluegrass Kitchen

PLAY: Pedal the tour de Kanawha State Forest’s 13 miles of singletrack

STAY: Listen to the roar of Kanawha Falls as you drift to sleep at New River Campground Inc.

Charlotte, North Carolina

EAT: Expect food with a local flavor and a global twist at Heirloom Restaurant

PLAY: Bike, boat, climb, or zip your day away at the U.S. Whitewater Center

STAY: Escape the city bustle at McDowell Nature Preserve

Charlottesville, Virginia

 EAT:  Get the flavor of Charlottesville, from food to atmosphere, at The Local

PLAY: Think fast and flowy at Walnut Creek Park’s 35 miles of singletrack

STAY: Stay in Charlottesville like a local with Stay Charlottesville

Chattanooga, Tennessee

EAT: Don’t miss Whiskey Wednesdays and Beermosa-brunch Sundays at The Flying Squirrel Bar

PLAY: Test your trad climbing on the Tennessee Wall

STAY: Save some green, in your pocket and the planet, at the LEED-platinum certified hostel The Crash Pad

Cherokee, North Carolina

 EAT: Satisfy your sweet tooth at Sassy Sunflowers Bakery & Cafe

PLAY: Take on the bermy turns and gradual climbs of the Tanasi Trail System and you’ll be rewarded with ripping downhills and a flowy ride

STAY: Fish and camp on the Raven Fork River at River Valley Campground

Chesapeake, Virginia

EAT: Customize your breakfast at The Egg Bistro

PLAY: Paddle to Lake Drummond in the heart of Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge

STAY: Tour the night sky by telescope during your stay with Northwest River Park & Campground

Cumberland, Maryland

EAT: Caffeinate your morning with Café Mark

PLAY: Cycle the Great Allegheny Passage north toward Pittsburgh, or east toward Washington, D.C.

STAY: Pedal right to your door at the trailside Trail Inn B&B

Davis, West Virginia

EAT: Stuff your face with gourmet pizza from Sirianni’s Pizza Cafe

PLAY: Learn to cross-country ski while drinking moonshine at White Grass Touring Center

STAY: Dance the night away at The Purple Fiddle

Dawsonville, Georgia

EAT: Wine and dine at Montaluce Winery & Restaurant

PLAY: Hike the Approach Trail in Amicalola Falls State Park to the Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus

STAY: Hike in, literally, to the Hike Inn, a taste of home in a rustic setting

Durham, North Carolina

EAT: For the “mo’ distinguished” of southern breakfast experiences, head to Dame’s Chicken & Waffles

PLAY: Cast your luck catching bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie on Falls Lake

STAY: At Rollingview Campground, you can park the rig year round

Eden, North Carolina

EAT: The Garbage Plate from Red River Grill sounds bad but tastes delicious

PLAY: Rent a canoe and fish the Dan River

STAY: Family-friendly, pet-friendly Dan River Campground is the best place to base

Ellijay, Georgia

EAT: Don’t leave town without one of Cantaberry Restaurant’s tasty pies

PLAY: Ride or run the Pinhoti Trail

STAY: At Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway, all you need is a bike and an appetite, for food and adventure

Fayetteville, West Virginia

EAT: From bacon jam to fried eggplant, Secret Sandwich Society has something for every palette

PLAY: Marathon paddle all 23 miles of the Gauley River in a day

STAY: Join your fellow dirtbags around the campfire at the American Alpine Club Campground

Greenville, South Carolina

EAT: Listen to the live tunes across the river from your balcony dinner at The Lazy Goat

PLAY: Ride the Swamp Rabbit Trail to nearby Travelers Rest

STAY: Rent a room, and a bike, from Swamp Rabbit Inn

Harrisonburg, Virginia

EAT: Locally sourced, ethically minded, vegetarian and vegan friendly meals are the staple at The Little Grill Collective

PLAY: Rent a bike, or a guide, or both, for a day of singletrack at Massanutten Resort’s 15-mile trail system

STAY: The Side of the Road Inn & Cottages offers visitors a luxurious stay and gourmet breakfast just two miles from the ‘Burg

Hendersonville, North Carolina: EAT: Pig out on pulled pork from Flat Rock Wood Room PLAY: Run or ride the rugged trails of the Green River Game Lands STAY: Shack up trailside and riverside at Wilderness Cove Campground

Johnson City, Tennessee

EAT: Savor the heat of East Tennessee hickory smoked meats at The Firehouse Restaurant

PLAY: Paddle or raft the Nolichucky Gorge

STAY: Try farm life without the commitment at Storybrook Farm B&B

Lexington, Virginia

EAT: Indulge in farm to table dishes inspired by the Shenandoah Valley at The Red Hen

PLAY: Explore the Natural Bridge Caverns

STAY: Trek through the woods with a llama in tow at Applewood Inn

Lexington, Kentucky

EAT: Cajun and creole meets the bourbon belt at Bourbon n’ Toulouse

PLAY: Seek the elusive smallmouth fishing holes on the North Fork of Elkhorn Creek

STAY: Camp on the banks of the Kentucky River at Fort Boonsborough

Louisville, Kentucky

EAT: Fine southern meals coupled with contemporary art make for a unique dining experience at Proof on Main

PLAY: Stay cool no matter the season as you rip the features at Louisville Mega Cavern & Underground Bike Park

STAY: Settle back in time at the historic Central Park B&B

Luray, Virginia

EAT: Ask for the Luray Spelunker at The Purple Door Cafe & Konditorei

PLAY: Section-cycle the scenic 105-mile Skyline Drive

STAY: Fish for smallmouth bass on the Shenandoah River right from your campsite at Outlanders River Camp

Martinsburg, West Virginia

EAT: Meatless never tasted so good, thanks to Good Natured Market & Vegetarian Cafe

PLAY: Hike Shockeys Knob Loop in the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area

STAY: Find any amenity you need at Falling Waters Campsite

Martinsville, Virginia

EAT: Can’t decide between Italian, American, Spanish, or French? Rania’s Restaurant Bar & Grill has it all

PLAY: Paddle the Smith River

STAY: Camp lakeside on Philpott Lake at Goose Point Campground

McHenry, Maryland

EAT: MoonShadow Café, where farm fresh food, craft brews, live tunes, and local art unite

PLAY: Bring your A-game to Big Bear Lake’s glorious, techy singletrack

STAY: Whether you want a room or a studio, the Inn at Deep Creek has it all

Morganton, North Carolina

EAT: At root & vine, you can order gourmet comfort food and a bottle of wine to go or dine among a sophisticated atmosphere

PLAY: Soak in the sights of the Blue Ridge from the Fox Trail in South Mountains State Park

STAY: The clear mountain waters of Camp Lake James are the perfect backdrop to your campsite or cabin stay

Morgantown, West Virginia

EAT: Satisfy your post-adventure appetite with a Cold Trail Ale and a Fire on the Mountain flatbread from Mountain State Brewing Co.

PLAY: Tackle the Cheat River Canyon by raft, kayak, or canoe

STAY: Sing camp songs around the fire by night, boulder by day at Coopers Rock State Forest

Nashville, Tennessee

EAT: Spoil your biscuit standards at Loveless Motel and Café

PLAY: Hamilton Creek Park is the only mountain biking within Nashville proper, and its techy climbs and challenging descents aren’t to be taken lightly

STAY: Affordable lodging located on the Cumberland Riverfront, Nashville Downtown Hostel makes even one-time visitors feel like family

Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

EAT: Falls City Restaurant & Pub, where only the bar dancing rivals the food

PLAY: Paddle the loop on the Lower Youghiogheny River, then cycle or run your shuttle for a multisport day

STAY: Trails connecting to Kentuck Campground offer hiking enthusiasts plenty to explore during the day

Pikeville, Kentucky

EAT: Try the best pit BBQ in Kentucky at the Pig in a Poke

PLAY: The Russell Fork River offers paddlers everything from class II boogy water to classic class V creekboating

STAY: Clean facilities, easy access to the Russell Fork, and scenic trails make Breaks Interstate Park a must-visit

Richmond, Virginia: EAT: Pasture may specialize in small plates and a minimal setting, but the flavor of the food is anything but PLAY: Cycle, paddle, run, or multisport it up at the James River Park System STAY: Make new friends at the centrally located Hostelling International USA

Sylva, North Carolina

EAT: Hippies unite at Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro, where veggie burgers have their own category

PLAY: Dawn patrol a hike out to Clingmans Dome and you’ll be rewarded with near-360-degree views of the Smokies

STAY: Get back to nature at Moonshine Creek Campground

Virginia Beach, Virginia

EAT: Start the day off right with a $2.50 Bloody Mary and The Ray Ray from Doc Taylor’s Restaurant

PLAY: Post up in the evening for a night surf fishing session at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

STAY: Camp in the sand or upgrade to a cabin with First Landing State Park Campground

Washington, D.C.

EAT: Big Bear Café, likely the only place you can grab a cup of coffee in the morning and a five-course meal that same night

PLAY: Hike alongside the impressive Great Falls Park or step up your paddling game and navigate the high volume falls on the Maryland side by boat

STAY: Conveniently located to museums, subways, and more, Downtown D.C. Hostel makes your city stay a little less stressful

Waynesville, North Carolina

EAT: Bogart’s Restaurant & Tavern serves comfort food in a cozy barn setting

PLAY: See where Charles Frazier got his inspiration and hike the 10-mile trail to the summit of Cold Mountain

STAY: Just two miles off of the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway, Grandview Lodge couldn’t make accessing the park any easier