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While some get their kicks hiking the
Appalachian Trail all at once, for
the rest of us, it's best enjoyed in
little sections. The following seven
hikes will get you out on the Great
Trail, trekking over a mountain and
through some woods, but with one
key proviso: They are all near a destination-worthy overnight accommodation. So yes, a hike, but also
shuttle services where needed, fine
dining, cold brews and other sips,
and a great place to fall asleep thinking about your walk.
Let's start at the northern end of
our coverage states' AT miles, where
the hikes are especially short and
the stays especially rewarding.
WEST VIRGINIA: Harpers Ferry
Stay: The Jackson Rose Bed & Breakfast. This historical B&B was originally built in 1795 and draws its
name from the fact that, at the onset
of the American Civil War, it served
as the headquarters for "Stonewall"
Jackson. In a letter to his wife, the
then-colonel commented upon the
beauty of the property's pink climbing roses-hence the Jackson Rose.
Rooms are furnished with antiques,
completing the historical theme.
Lodgings start at $140. thejacksonrose.com
Dine: Bisou Bistro at the Canal
House. Housed in a brick building
dating to the 1790s, the Bisou's
menu changes seasonally according to availability of local produce.
Owner/Executive Chef Kevin Plunkett specializes in crafting classic
New Orleans Cajun and Creole
French cuisine. We recommend the
Cajun Jambalaya, which, according to Plunkett, features "onions,
bell peppers, celery, Tasso, sausage,
chicken, tomatoes, jalapenos and
garlic, combined with a rich stock
and simmered for hours with just
the right amount of rice folded in
and served with sauce piquant." thebisoubistro.com
Hike: The AT passes right through
the neat and very small historical
town of Harpers Ferry, and, heading
At Skyland Resort in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park,
views into the Great Valley often come with the foreground
element of a deer; the Applalachian Trail is nearby.
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