As the sun sets you gaze at the mountains and start to feel just like them - fierce and strong. That inner strength you craved to feel once again is building inside and you feel amazing and confident in your own skin. As your inner athlete comes back to life you remember the powerful & positive impact feeling strong in your body has on you.
The Smoky Mountains have inspired you all weekend and you feel amazing having immersed yourself in this wildly majestic place. These mountains are called "smoky" for a reason. The cloud formations are in constant shift making for outstanding sunsets and sunrises. You feel truly inspired and rest in this great transformation.
This is exactly what you needed. The challenging hike up to Mt Leconte Lodge was well worth it and a memory you will never forget!
Mt Leconte Lodge + Gracehill Bed & Breakfast are the perfect places to spend 4 days and 3 nights....
....Challenging yourself to invigorating hikes in the Smokies, learning yoga techniques that will make you strong and eating fiercely delicious food.
Are you tired of the same hikes and looking for a big, new challenge that will inspire you to step back into a fit lifestyle?
We've got you covered. The hike up to Mt Leconte Lodge is totally unique, inspiring and not for the faint of heart - you will feel amazing and inspired after conquering this mountain!
Are you ready to step into the strength and vitality of your body?
Happy to help! Heather will inspire you to awaken your inner athlete once again!
Do you desire to feel amazing in your body and let go of judgements around insecurities?
We'll dive into this topic together! No worries. Heather will teach you how to feel confident in your skin through hiking, yoga & meditation.
Mt Leconte Lodge + Gracehill Bed & Breakfast - You will spend 1 day, 1 night in Mt Leconte Lodge and 3 days, 2 nights Gracehill Bed & Breakfast in Townsend which is away from the hustle and bustle of Gatlinburg.
As you approach Mt Leconte Lodge which sits just below the summit of Mt Leconte at an elevation of about 6400 feet you feel elated at the accomplishment and like you have just stepped into another beautifulworld. After the scenic hike to the top you feel tired, but invigorated and energized by the experience. Your body feels healthy and powerful and it feels good!
You don't know anyone who has actually hiked to a lodge. How cool! You can't wait to share this experience of hiking 6 miles to a hike in only lodge, one that is only accessible on foot, with your friends and family!
You feel a quiet simplicity in the lodge and are ready to put on a comfy sweatshirt, put your feet up and relax, renew your energy and sip some hot cocoa. There is a charm about these cabins and you can't wait to snuggle up in the cozy cabins which are hand built rough hewn log cabins with propane heat, kerosene lanterns, clean linens and warm Hudson Bay wool blankets.
After yoga and meditation up on the mountain top you hear the ring of a bell and it is time for dinner.
...and then the amazing sunset takes the cake to wind down the evening. What an amazing day!
After the experience at Mt Leconte Lodge
you can't imagine what'snext!
Your jaw drops when you experience the amazing views of The Great Smoky Mountains from Gracehill B&B. You are blown away by the truly fantastic sunsets as you sip a glass of wine or tea. In the mornings a peaceful feeling fills your body as you gaze at the little pockets of mists filling the valleys as you savor your morning coffee.
Watching the butterflies and hummingbirds flit through the outstanding gardens at Gracehill will delight you and the breakfasts will wow you. Each morning as you wake up in your beautiful room and then head out onto the veranda for breakfast and are treated to such gorgeous table settings you feel like a queen... a very strong queen! As you enjoy the 3-course breakfasts with variety abounding prepared by the innkeeper, Kathy, you begin to truly feel and soak into your bones your value and worth.
All of this pampering amidst the challenges of hiking and yoga reminds you that you really are worth it and you deserve to feel healthy and amazing!
You will enjoy fiercely delicious food at Mt Leconte Lodge, Gracehill B&B and one of the local restaurants in the Townsend area. You are so hungry when you reach Mt Leconte Lodge that the hearty, family style, stick to your ribs food is just what you craves. All dietary needs can be met! Simply let Heather know if you have any special needs.
Your mouth waters each morning you rise for breakfast at Gracehill B&B. The 3-course breakfasts paired with the elegant dining and a stellar view of the smokies on the patio are out of this world. The breakfasts are so filling and fuel your daily hikes. There hasn't been much need for lunch! You enjoy the fresh coffee and foods made with fresh herbs from the garden, eggs from free range chickens a couple of miles down the road, handpicked blueberries from a local farm, blackberries off of the property, honey from the innkeepers brother’s hive, and veggies from the garden.
You enjoy one evening out on the town for dinner on one of Townsend's best restaurants and one evening in on the patio with dinner prepared on the grill by Chef Heather with the help of everyone on the trip! It's a group effort and so much fun! You even learn a few things are are inspired to do more cooking for yourself when you return home so you can fuel the amazingly strong body you have!
Oh yes, the downtime!
After hiking down the mountain full of inspiration on Friday you will have time to totally chill.
You decide to take a float down refreshing and lovely Little River in a tube. You had not idea this could be so much fun! It is the perfect way to relax, unwind and giggle as you float through the fun little rapids with your new friends.
And then it is time to get a massage and enjoy the view with a good book...
A masseuse comes to the B&B where you will enjoy your massage on the porch with the fresh breeze.
You didn't think it could get any better!!
You leave this adventure with a full treasure chest of experience, wisdom & strength!
You will head home with inspiration you need to be more fierce and confident in your health and body.
You will learn yoga tips that will immediately bring you into your strong body and fierce self.
You will be equipped to step into a NEW you standing tall and strong.
The confidence gained from the hike up to Mt Leconte will stay with you long after arriving home.
You will gain an amazing new community of people who will support and encourage you as you leap into this healthier life.
The people you meet on this trip will be a priceless addition to your new treasure chest!
- 5 Yoga Sessions
- Most Meals (you will be responsible for 1 dinner + 1 lunch)
- 2 nights Gracehill B&B - double occupancy, shared king bed
- 1 night at Mt Leconte Lodge - double occupancy, shared queen bunk beds
- Daily guided hikes
What's Not Included:
- Transportation to & from Townsend, TN
About Your Guide, Heather:
I absolutely love an active lifestyle, feeling strong & confident in my body. In my opinion, there his no other way to go through this life! I am a marathoner, ultramarathoner, triathlete, long distance swimmer, avid hiker and 500-hour trained yoga instructor.
But, it hasn't always been this way...
I used to feel insecure and lacked confidence in my body and in myself...
I chose "The Nourish Life" over "The Party Life" after my dad died from a rare neurological disease called Multiple Systems Atrophe in 1999. In the first month of my Freshman year at Lake Forest College my entire world shifted. A significant transformation began when started practicing yoga and running to cope with the loss. I was on a destructive path during my teenage years and chose to move in the direction of health which brought forth true healing and growth.
While an active lifestyle can be tough to maintain there are ways to inspire yourself back into finding that inner athlete or the active life you once knew and loved...
I can't wait to share with you two of my biggest passions, hiking and yoga, which are a big part of my healthy lifestyle. I can't for you to experience how a beautiful hike and yoga in an amazing place can inspire you to create big shifts in your life towards a healthier lifestyle.
I went to Mt Leconte for the first time in 2005 and it inspired me dig deeper and go further with my fitness. I remember climbing to the top for the first time and feeling so strong and powerful I felt like I could do anything!
I can't wait to share this fairy tale like, inspiring place with YOU that I know will make you feel amazing in your body like it did me! I know when you strike a warrior pose on the top of Mt Leconte you will feel like you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.