If you think towns like Andy Taylor’s Mayberry and George Bailey’s Bedford Falls don’t exist anymore, you just aren’t looking in the right places. The Blue Ridge Mountains are richly populated with picturesque, historic, salt-of-the-earth small towns that will steal your heart away. North Carolina Small Towns—you’ll love them as much as they love you.
The founding of Valdese in Burke County by the Waldensians won statewide recognition in the spring of 1893. Etched in history as the oldest Evangelical church in the world, the Waldensians predate the Reformation by hundreds of years. Come to Valdese and hear their story of faith and determination. Visit the Trail of Faith to experience life as they lived it, then continue to the Waldensian Museum viewing items used in their crafts of bread baking and winemaking. Group tours can be booked through the Valdese Tourism Office.
Make the Asheville Visitor Center/Asheville Chamber of Commerce, your first stop for information about the Asheville area. Talk to knowledgeable volunteers who can help customize your Asheville vacation experience. Need a room? Let the on-site concierge find the perfect accommodation for you. You can even purchase attraction and tour tickets or pick up souvenirs at The Asheville Shop.
Make Black Mountain your vacation headquarters. We are officially the Little Town That Rocks! Our quaint and charming town is full of wonderful locally owned shops and galleries. We have amazing independantly owned restaurants. Stay at a historic B&B or quaint cottage while visiting some of the region’s greatest attractions that are within a short drive: the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Estate, Lake Lure and Chimney Rock State Park. Sit and rock on our "Front Porch". Stroll around Lake Tomahawk. Drink in the ever-changing mountain views. Luxuriate in the peace and fresh air. Visit Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley to discover the best that Western North Carolina has to offer.
From majestic peaks rising above Hickory Nut Gorge to the history and charm of Rutherfordton, Forest City and Spindale, each winding road invites you to slow down, take a breath and enjoy your relaxing getaway to Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills. With mountain cabins and lakeside cottage, historic B&B’s and luxury resorts, you’ll find the perfect accommodations in the perfect setting.
Yancey County, home of Mt. Mitchell, Highest Point in the Eastern United States.
Yancey County is nestled in the diverse forests and lofty mountains of western North Carolina. The county shares its northwestern Appalachian Mountain Ridge with Tennessee. The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway outlines Yancey's southeastern boundary. Burnsville's historic Town Square is the site of the annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, the first weekend in August. Spectacular views enhance outdoor activities including golfing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, canoeing, camping and fishing.
The town center of Brevard, NC offers quaint and fabulous shops, locally owned restaurants, beautiful historic buildings, and many family-friendly attractions all located within walking distance. Four times a year the streets are filled with local families and tourists who visit Brevard for the street festivals. Nearby, discover the renowned Porter Center, where world-class music and entertainment are presented in afternoon and evening performances. Brevard is located to the southwest of Asheville, and is an easy, picturesque drive away. On the border of Pisgah National Forest, you can also enjoy a variety of family day trips, hiking, Sliding Rock (a natural waterslide), and the Cradle of Forestry, all within a short drive from Brevard.
Discover the Heart of Brevard-where exciting things are always happening.
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Welcome to the most wonderful place you may not have heard of: Tryon, North Carolina. Located smack dab in the center of the triangle formed by Asheville, NC, Greenville and Spartanburg, SC, we're close to everything but away from it all. Want endless nightlife, countless restaurants and shopping that rivals the Mall of America? See you around. Just not around here. Our claim to fame is quality—not quantity—of life. So come see us and stay for a spell. You're going to love this place without reservation. But then reservations are helpful.
The community of Little Switzerland is as unique as the name itself. It embodies what western NC is all about and promotes the region and all that it has to offer. From Little Switzerland lodging to Little Switzerland jewelry, you will find more information than you could ever ask for when looking into the majestic place of Little Switzerland North Carolina. Please visit our website for information on where to eat, sleep and shop while you are here.
Whether you plan to visit, stay, or are just curious about the area information, Little Switzerland NC is at your service. We feel blessed to live and work here in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains and enjoy sharing the joys with others. Who better to educate newcomers than the people who experience it everyday? We make it our job but consider it an honor.
See our guidebook at: www.mcdowellnc.org/trip_planner/pdf/travel_guide.pdf