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A Redneck#s Guide to Skiing and Mountain Resorts

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Taking along four coonhounds to decorate your cabin#s front porch or having to decide between packing the wetlands or hardwoods camouflage may never be a consideration in your vacation plans. But hey, everyone needs to get in touch with nature at some point, even if that just means including the family dog. So take a look at some alternative approaches to the usual skiing and mountain resort ideas.

How about a trek through the woods accompanied by a lama! Lama? Well, why not? At least you won#t have to carry anything. At the Windsong Mountain Inn in western North Carolina#s mountains you can enjoy all the comforts of a bed and breakfast along with lama hikes. If skiing#s on the agenda, the Cataloochee Ski Area is only 30 minutes away.

Or if you can#t bear to leave Fido behind, take him along to the Iron Mountain Inn in Butler, Tennessee. You can even bring your horse! Innkeeper Vikki Woods welcomes pets and accommodates people in either four lovely rooms or the creek side chalet, all located on 140 acres bordering the Cherokee National Forest and the Iron Mountain range. Woods also offers a hunting package that includes a hearty breakfast and lunch along with deer, bear, turkey, grouse or squirrel hunting.

If the kids are bugging you for some skiing, but you#d rather relax by the fire, then make everyone happy by going to the French Broad Outpost Ranch in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. A complete dude ranch, you can enjoy the lodge#s fireplace, saloon and big screen TV. The ranch offers two add-on ski packages for Gatlinburg and Beech Mountain.