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Blue Ridge Soap Shed – See soap made. Enjoy 130 varieties of handmade soap in retail shop. Open 10-5 Monday-Saturday April-November or by appointment. Located 6/10th mile from Parkway MP 330.9 on NC 226N toward Spruce Pine at 179 Meadow View Rd. Web orders welcome year round. Classical seven path… Read More
Emerald Village is just 3 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Little Switzerland, Milepost 333.9. Gem mining, gold panning, mine tours, waterfall, free exhibits, real mines, fun shopping! NC’s Gem! www.emeraldvillage.com (828) 765-6463. Read More
Gem Mountain – Located at Milepost 330.9. Mine trips to an active mine. Flume mining at its best. Picnic area, gem & jewelry store, general store, ice cream and free fluorescent mineral display. Make your gems into jewelry. People’s choice for gem mining! Open March-December, Monday-Saturday from 10-5. (828)… Read More
Little Switzerland Books & Beans offers the best coffee break on the Parkway, with pastries, restroom, EV charging station (L2), 30,000 books to browse, unique gifts, and compasses and maps for when GPS fails you! Open 7 days a week, 9-5PM March through November at Parkway Milepost 334. Come… Read More
Penland Gallery at Penland School of Crafts in Mitchell County is one of the finest showcases for contemporary craft in the Southeast. Visitor Center provides information about area studios. Seasonal hours. Exit Parkway at Milepost 330.9 and take NC 226 north for 7.5 miles; turn onto Penland Road; follow… Read More
Switzerland Cafe specializes in fresh, homemade sandwiches, soups, and quiches and we craft our own award-winning Applewood Smoked Trout and Hickory Smoked Pork BBQ. Serving lunch daily Easter – Halloween. Our General Store offers picnic items, wine, beer & cheese as well as T-Shirts, crafts and souvenirs. Open 7… Read More
The Orchard at Altapass is a 100-year-old non-profit apple orchard located just off the Parkway at Milepost 328.3 featuring heirloom apples, family fun, bee habitat, U-Pick, storytelling, “heyrides,” weekend free music, heritage information, & spectacular views. Hand-scooped ice cream, hot apple pie, homemade fudge, gifts, & jarred goodies are… Read More