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About the Asheville Area For more than a century, Asheville and its surrounding region of the Blue Ridge Mountains have inspired authors, artists, and celebrities, including George Vanderbilt who built his home here, the 250-room Biltmore House at the Biltmore Estate, which is now open to the… Read More
About Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, & Sugar Mountain Area Banner Elk is located in the northwest quadrant of Avery County in the Appalachian Highlands 3,701 feet above sea level. Home to Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk features a lively arts and crafts cultural scene, complete with an intimate pedestrian shopping… Read More
About Bedford Area Located in the shadow of the legendary Peaks of Otter, Bedford offers warm hospitality. The historic downtown features a fascinating local history museum, antique and specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, and cafes. The National D-Day Memorial is located here, an inspiring tribute to the valor and sacrifice of… Read More
About Blowing Rock Area The Town of Blowing Rock gets its name from The Blowing Rock, an immense cliff located 4,000 feet above sea level and overhanging Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below. The rocky walls of the gorge form a flume through which the northwest wind sweeps with… Read More
About Boone & Watauga County The town of Boone was named for legendary frontiersman, Daniel Boone, who maintained a hunting camp here. The surrounding mountains, such as Grandfather Mountain, boast elevations up to 6,000 feet above sea level. Renowned for outdoor offerings, this area offers a wealth of recreational activities including… Read More
About Brevard & Transylvania County Area Brevard is a storybook town surrounded by fabled forests – Pisgah, DuPont, Gorges – known for their waterfalls and white squirrels. Don’t miss this classic American small town. Visitors enjoy one-of-a-kind shops as they explore 10 art galleries, 16 animal sculptures, five murals, and a heritage… Read More
Formed in 1871 from parts of Jackson County and Macon County, Swain County was named for David L. Swain, governor of North Carolina from 1832 to 1835. Much of the county lies within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including its highest peak, Clingmans Dome. Four scenic rivers,… Read More
About Buchanan & Botetourt County In Botetourt County you can retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark as they set out on their remarkable journey across the American continent. In 1803, the famous explorers departed from the frontier town of Fincastle. Present-day Botetourt still offers lots of opportunities for discovery. Read More
About Burnsville, Madison & Yancey Counties Madison County, located 15 miles north of Asheville, North Carolina, was formed in the mid-1850s, carved from Buncombe County and the western part of neighboring Yancey County. The town of Hot Springs, known for its long-visited mineral springs of the same name is situated… Read More
About Charlottesville & Albemarle County Home to three founding fathers – the private residences of U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson (Monticello); James Monroe (Ash Lawn) and James Madison (Montpelier) still stand among the most visited historical attractions in Albemarle County. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of one of the… Read More