Are you looking to escape to a place of serenity surrounded by the beauty of nature and deep mountain waters? If so, Chris Bainbridge has the perfect destination for you, and it’s right here on the Ingles Open Road. Check out his happy spots.
Lake Logan got its start in the 1930s when the logging town of Sunburst was abandoned. The Champion Paper Mill built a dam on the Pigeon River to create a water supply for their facility in nearby Canton. The owner created a family compound called Sit ‘n Whittle Village, consisting of the main lodge and six log mountain cabins that were moved from the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Sit ‘n Whittle became the nucleus of the Champion Paper Company’s Executive Retreat.
In the year 2000, the company was divested to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. A couple of years later, Lake Logan Conference Center and Camp Henry were born. Not only is it peaceful, even spiritual, but it’s also a ton of fun.
When you purchase a day pass, you sign on for a vacation without the overnight. Lake Logan has hiking, swimming, boating, and picnicking. Pack an Ingles picnic and set it up at one of the tables around the lake.
For an additional charge, you can check out the fishing. But heads-up, you’re in for some stiff competition with the bald eagles as they also love the fish here. Bainbridge and his daughter Cate were at Lake Logan a few weeks ago when a pair of bald eagles came soaring across the lake, passing over their canoe. It was a sight to see.
You’ll find your pulse slowing, your breath coming in a little deeper, and a slight grin taking up constant residence on your face. If you’re up for more of an overnight or weekend escape, you can book campsites or cabins. Don’t forget to check out the dining halls while you’re here. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with to-go options and meals for special occasions.
Lake Logan is a treasure—a true hidden gem about a half-hour from Asheville. There’s so much to do you’ll want to take your time exploring. If you’re interested in learning more or planning a visit, go to LakeLogan.org.
To learn more about Ingles Market, visit their website at ingles-markets.com.