• The Best Waterfall Hikes Around Asheville, NC
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    The 10 Best Waterfall Hikes Near Asheville

    Asheville’s surroundings offer infinite hiking opportunities, including many that will lead you to cascading waterfalls. Hiking to get to one of the many waterfalls near Asheville is always a fun adventure, and nothing beats a picnic in the sunshine while listening to the falls and taking in the view.  The 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest is home to many of the area’s most famous waterfalls (including Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls), swimming holes, and hiking trails. And over in DuPont State Forest, you’ll find six astonishing waterfalls, including some that have been featured in Hollywood movies.  The landscapes surrounding these waterfalls change with the seasons, giving excellent photo ops year-round.…

  • Guide to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock in North Carolina
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    Guide to Lake Lure & Chimney Rock: Activities, Restaurants, Bars, and Shopping

    Only an hour from Asheville, a haven awaits that is so beautiful and notable that Hollywood directors have singled it out for films – Lake Lure, NC. When you come looking for a Lake Lure visitors guide, you’ll find that there’s a lot to recommend a trip here: from the beautiful manmade lake that gives the area its name to the notable hiking and delicious dining in town and in nearby Chimney Rock.  Whether you simply want to relax in the mountains, spend time out on the water, or be hiking in nature, your options are strong here, and every morning starts with a beautiful view in almost any direction! …

  • The Best Restaurants in Waynesville, North Carolina
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    The 16 Best Restaurants in Waynesville, NC

    The charming town of Waynesville in Haywood County is one of the best side trips from Asheville since it’s only a 25-mile drive and has much to offer. Considering the population of 10,000 people, you’ll find a surprisingly humming downtown with many restaurants and shops. Still, Waynesville is the biggest town in Haywood County, which is known for its lovely small towns and 13 peaks above 6,000 feet.  You’ll love exploring art galleries, antique stores, gift shops, and restaurants. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best Waynesville restaurants, with options for everyone’s cravings – from the best burgers in Haywood County and Yelp’s #1 Brisket in the US…

  • Guide to Hendersonville, North Carolina: Where to Eat and What to Do
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    A Complete Guide to Hendersonville, NC: Best Activities, Restaurants, Bars, and Shops

    If you drive south for about 40 minutes from Asheville, North Carolina, you’ll find the charming and bustling town of Hendersonville. This town has a pretty perfect balance: just big enough to have a lot of nice conveniences but small enough to feel like a neighborly and fun place to spend time. The backdrop of gorgeous mountains really makes it the best place for a great day out in nature but also just a walk down Main Street. From the excellent Hendersonville restaurants to the unique Hendersonville shops, you’ll find that there’s something to do or explore around every corner. We’ve compiled some of our favorite Hendersonville activities, including things…

  • Complete Guide to Maggie Valley, NC
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    Maggie Valley, North Carolina: Best Activities, Events, Restaurants, and Shops!

    Since the days long ago when Maggie Mae Setzer lived here and became the namesake of Maggie Valley, this little piece of paradise just outside the Asheville metro area has been a draw for everyone from nature lovers to those looking for a dose of small-town charm.  Between the many nearby mountain vistas and the easy jaunt back to the city, this town has a good mix of the options people want, from the ability to go to a big festival one day to the chance to commune with nature in a quiet part of the valley the next.  With the Great Smoky Mountains National Park so close by and…

  • The Best Restaurants in Hendersonville, North Carolina
    Wining & Dining,  Surrounding Areas

    The 18 Best Restaurants in Hendersonville, North Carolina

    Downtown Hendersonville has really blossomed in the past few years. Whether it’s seen as the “city” by those living in the beautiful and rural areas of Western North Carolina, or a sojourn from the hustle and bustle of Asheville or Charlotte, this town is just right, not too big and not too small.  Many of the best options for places to eat in Hendersonville are near or on Main Street itself, so on a pretty day, you can survey all the places to eat in downtown Hendersonville by simply taking a stroll and checking out any specials on display outside each spot. We tried to get you a cross-section of…

  • Complete Guide to Black Mountain in North Carolina
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    A Guide to Black Mountain, NC: Activities, Restaurants, Bars, and Shops

    Sometimes, the hustle and bustle of downtown Asheville isn’t the goal of your vacation, but you still want to be able to easily hit a couple restaurants or a show in town. In such a case, it’s hard to do better than a stay in Black Mountain, which is a stone’s throw from the east side of Asheville and easily accessible via 40 and 240 to most of the city.  At the same time, Black Mountain is its own destination, and over the years, the many things to do in Black Mountain have helped to develop its tourism economy and made it a real small-town destination in its own right. …

  • The Best Restaurants in Black Mountain, North Carolina
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    The 14 Best Restaurants in Black Mountain, NC

    Being so close to Asheville proper, it’s no surprise that Black Mountain has way more wonderful restaurants than you might expect of a similarly-sized town elsewhere. Set in the beautiful mountains, Black Mountain boasts multiple breweries, a distillery, and even a cider/mead purveyor, bringing tourists in for the craft beverages, and you know how a drink might get you hungry. You’ll also find incredible hiking, all of which makes it a great place to grab a bite to eat alongside a local brew after a big adventure.  As a result of all this tourism, the places to eat in Black Mountain, NC, run the gamut, and you’ll be pleased that…

  • Complete Guide to Fairview, North Carolina
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    A Guide to Fairview, NC (Buncombe County): Activities, Restaurants, Bars, and Shops

    Immediately to the east of Asheville, nestled in the mountains and near lots of hiking hot spots, the town of Fairview offers small-town charm with easy access to city amenities. You’ll find that just driving a few minutes from the bustle of Asheville Mall and Tunnel Road, things quiet down and you get to really focus on the beautiful hilly views and feel the calm and coziness of this area.  Staying in Fairview is a great way to be right next to great hiking, including Strawberry Gap Trailhead and Bearwallow Mountain Trail. Keep heading southeast, and you’ll hit the charming spots Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, or head up north…

  • Complete Guide to Highlands, North Carolina
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    A Guide to Highlands, NC: Events, Attractions, Restaurants, and Shops

    Whether you’re drawn to the nearby national forests, the surprising variety of cultural arts, or the tasty restaurants available, Highlands, North Carolina, is a picturesque mountain town. The locals are ready to show you an amazing time as you explore Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, golf at the Highlands Country Club, and luxuriate at the Old Edwards Inn.  Located just 90 to 120 minutes from Asheville (depending on the route you take), Highlands is only a stone’s throw from both South Carolina and Georgia, in the far western portion of the state.  Not only do you get incredible views here, but you’ll also get away from the city environment…