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Summer Travel Tips, What to Pack & How to Prepare for your Trip to the mountains!

Summer Travel Packing Tips for Your Stay at White Fence Farm in Trade, TN:

Planning a summer travel getaway to White Fence Farm? Our charming vacation rental and event venue in High Country, NC, offers the perfect setting for a relaxing and adventurous holiday. To ensure you have everything you need for a memorable stay, we’ve put together a comprehensive packing guide. Here are our top summer packing tips for your visit to White Fence Farm.

Essential Clothing

  • Lightweight Layers & Rain Jacket: High Country, NC, enjoys warm summer days but cooler evenings, so pack lightweight layers like t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, and light sweaters or jackets. Bring a rain jacket because the area of Western North Carolina qualifies as a rain forest. There is an average of rain each year to qualify as one. Winter is certainly the wetter season, with more rain than snow. However, summers do bring sudden storms, too. Stay dry!
  • Comfortable Footwear: Bring sturdy hiking boots or sneakers for outdoor activities and comfortable slippers for lounging around the farmhouse.
  • Swimwear: Don’t forget your swimwear for enjoying nearby lakes, rivers, or a potential dip in a local swimming hole.
  • Sun Protection: Pack a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen to protect yourself from the summer sun. Don’t forget SPF lip balm!

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Outdoor Adventure Gear

  • Hiking Essentials & Insect Repellent: High Country, NC, offers fantastic hiking trails. Bring a daypack, water bottle, trail snacks, a map, and a compass or GPS. Include your favorite insect repellent because if you are sitting around the campfire or the creek in the evening, you’ll be glad you brought it. Insects are milder in the mountains than in the south but still around!
  • Picnic Supplies: If you plan on enjoying a picnic, pack a blanket, reusable containers, and and a cooler. A cooler can be really helpful to add to your packing list for a mountain vacation. Chill some champagne in it and spend the evening watching the sunset from one of the area’s many overlooks.
  • Fishing Gear: For those interested in fishing, pack your fishing rod, tackle, and appropriate licenses. The local streams and lakes are teeming with fish. Book a local fishing guide to take you and your family on a professional adventure!

Comfort and Convenience During Summer

  • Personal Toiletries: While White Fence Farm provides essentials, bringing your preferred toiletries ensures extra comfort. Include items like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush, lotion, and toothpaste. Don’t forget to pack some hydrating lotion because spending all day outdoors on a hike can dry out your skin quickly!
  • Medications and First Aid: Pack any prescription medications you need and a small first aid kit with band-aids and pain relievers just in case.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout your stay with a reusable water bottle. Many local trails have water refill stations.

Summer Entertainment and Extras

  • Camera or Smartphone: Capture stunning landscapes and special moments with a quality camera or even your smartphone. Don’t forget chargers and extra batteries.  PRO TIP: Consider researching smartphone photography tips and tricks beforehand, so your camera-phone images are print worthy!
  • Books or E-Readers: Relax and unwind with your favorite book or e-reader during your downtime. The farm has many great snuggly spots inside the Farmhouse and out on the property for reading.
  • Binoculars: High Country, NC, is perfect for birdwatching and wildlife spotting. Binoculars will enhance your experience.

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Special Event Essentials…

If you’re attending or hosting a special event at White Fence Farm, like a wedding, a family reunion, a swanky birthday bash, or some other celebration – consider packing these additional items:

  • Event Attire & Comfortable Footwear: Pack any specific clothing or accessories you’ll need for the special occasion. Be sure to bring comfortable sturdy footwear because the venue is located on 105 green grassy acres of land.
  • DIY Decorations and Party Supplies: If you’re organizing an event, bring DIY decorations, personalized party favors, or party supplies you might need for the space.

Preparing for Your Perfect Summer Travel Stay

Remember to do these things ahead of time so your getaway goes off without a hitch!

  • Confirm Reservations and Details: Double-check your dinner reservation details, check-in/check-out times, and special instructions provided by White Fence Farm. Make sure you contact the restaurants you plan to dine at ahead of time because summertime is HIGH SEASON and busy! Places like Blowing Rock and Boone tend to draw crowds, so it’s smart to call the host ahead of time.
  • Local Attractions Information: Research local attractions and activities to make the most of your stay. Consider fly fishing, brewery hopping, mountain climbing, Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park, Appalachian State University tours, or elevated hiking…to name just a few…
  • Pet Supplies & Needs: If you’re bringing a pet, pack food, water bowls, a leash, and necessary medications to keep your fur-baby comfortable. Go ahead and research local and nearby emergency vet locations, so you are prepared in the event that your pup needs to make a visit during the trip. Download digital copies of your pet’s vet records (rabies and vaccine shots) or print them and keep handy.
Final Summer Travel Thoughts

White Fence Farm is a magical place to spend your summer vacation. By packing thoughtfully and bringing all the essentials, you’ll be ready to fully enjoy everything High Country, NC, has to offer. Whether you’re hiking through scenic trails, relaxing at the farm, or celebrating a special event, follow these tips to ensure an easy breezy summertime stay!

Ready to experience the beauty and tranquility of White Fence Farm? Book your stay today and start planning your perfect summer getaway in High Country, NC!

For more information or to make a reservation at The Farmhouse, The Appalachian House, or The Downtown Boone House, visit the website or contact White Fence Farm directly.

Call 828-202-4262 to book 

  • The Farmhouse: Sleeps up to 6 (1 Queen, 2 Full)
  • The Appalachian House: Sleeps 4 (1 King, 1 Sofa Bed)
  • The Downtown Boone House: Sleeps 6 (2 Queen, 1 Sofa Bed)


Written by Andrea Morton, Creative Blogging + Marketing Strategies

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