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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
Carlton Gallery – Located at 10360 Hwy 105 South between Boone & Banner Elk, NC. Celebrating 38 years of promoting local and regional artists, offering paintings, clay, wood, glass, fiber art, jewelry, and even art workshops. Visit us online at www.carltongallery.com. Read More
Christa’s Country Corner offers a General Store, Deli & Restaurant, Ice Cream, Clothing and Gifts! Plus, Choose and Cut Fraser Fir Christmas trees in season. Located across from the Parkway exit/entrance at Milepost 312. (828) 733-3353. Read More
Crossnore Weavers & Fine Arts Gallery – Explore the art of Appalachian hand weaving in our working museum. Quality wearables, table and kitchen linens, and home decor hand woven by local artisans. Gallery features artists, sculptors, and fine craftspersons. Open Mon-Sat. Off Hwy 221 in Crossnore. (800) 374-4660. 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
Fred’s General Mercantile is America’s highest elevation general store, located in Beech Mountain, 30 min from Milepost exit 305.2, everything a general store used to be…and more! “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.” Ski shop, groceries, deli, and lodging, too! www.fredsgeneral.com (828) 387-4838. 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
Greenhouse Crafts Shop – 1/4 mile west of the Northwest Trading Post at Parkway Milepost 258.7. Beautiful cards, gifts, crafts, books, CDs, instruments, garden. Soaps and other local handmade items. Open 7 days a week. www.greenhousecrafts.com (336) 982-2618. Read More
John Harmon Gallery – Just four miles south of Parkway Milepost 229.7 at 10100 US Hwy 21 South in Roaring Gap, NC. Featuring fine art photography, pottery, handmade furniture & chainsaw carving created by John and his friends. Photography prints also available in online storefronts. www.JohnHarmonGallery.com (336) 363-9138. Read More
Mast General Store – Established 1883 & listed National Register of Historic Places. Authentic & nostalgic emporium located in NC’s first rural historic district, Valle Crucis, just 8 miles from Boone. Clothing, camping gear, shoes & boots, housewares, candy & unique gifts. Hwy 194, (828) 963-6511. More downtown locations near… Read More