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Do you need a recommendation of a great place to stay for your North Carolina mountain vacation? Are you looking for a special mountain cabin, inn or NC Resort? We're here to help! The places on this North Carolina Favorites Page are just that - our favorites and those of other mountain lovers. We have hand-selected all these Favorite Places and add more to our list as we find them or they are recommended.  If you have questions or need additional information, just email us anytime - and have a great mountain vacation!
Knife and Fork Restaurant -  located at 61 Locust Street in downtown Spruce Pine. A remarkable menu utilizing local foods and products created by the top award-winning chef of the 2011 WNC Chef's Challenge. Chef Nat Allen and co-owner Wendy Gardner offer a simple environment they call Provincial Country with a sophisticated cuisine. Menus include daily specials and a good variety of delectables from a grilled trout sandwich to roasted beets and rabbit rillettes. Knife and Fork in open for lunch and dinner weekdays, dinner on Saturdays and Sundays for Brunch.
 
Sweet Onion Restaurant  in downtown Waynesville NC  offers a good variety of good food with virtually everything on the menu tasty and plentiful. You'll be ready for a long hike the next day. You MUST get a side of mac 'n cheese, which should be called MAX and cheese, made with ziti and a multi cheese blend that you can't stop eating. The trout is great too and add a pleasant "happening"  atmosphere and professional service and that makes it a favorite. 
LaZoom Comedy Bus Tours - Our Favorite guided tour because it's the funniest thing on wheels. The tour  shows you Asheville "with a twist". The daily tour season runs from April 15 through October 31 with special events, live comedy shows, live music and holiday tours all year long. Get on the bus and laugh your Asheville off!
 
Western North Carolina Nature Center is a living museum of plants and animals native to the Appalachian region and our favorite place for kids of all ages to learn about mountain wildlife. The Center's  mission is to increase public awareness and understanding of all aspects of the natural environment of Western North Carolina through hands-on and sensory experiences. WNC Nature Center strives hard to meet the needs of our adopted 'critters' and our community. Each year we welcome 100,000 visitors through our doors - of which 30,000 are school children attending the Nature Center in conjunction with their classroom curriculum.
 
The Folk Art Center
Home base for the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Center is the hub of traditional and contemporary mountain art and crafts. Our favorite place to see the best in current mountain craft exhibits.  With changing exhibits in both the focus gallery and the main gallery and the permanent exhibit all styles are displayed. Demonstrations and educational opportunities are scheduled regularly. The members shop is visited by thousands of tourists and locals annually
 
Chimney Rock State Park Standing atop the Chimney Rock, a 500 million-year-old giant granite monolith overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge, visitors are awed by the breathtaking view that spreads 1200 vertical feet beneath them and 75 miles across the Carolinas.  Our favorite events park whether you're on your own, with your family or a member of a large group. The state-owned park, located in Chimney Rock North Carolina, encompasses 1,000 acres, including the Chimney itself and Hickory Nut Falls and the beautiful Hickory Nut Falls. Chimney Rock Park is a "must see" for any trip to the mountains.
 
Larkins on the Lake and The Bayfront Grill - An award winning wine list and creative cuisine which has been featured in numerous newspapers and television specials in the Southeast. From the fresh mountain trout to the hand cut steaks and the tender ribs, Larkin's will live up to your expectations of what a dining experience should be. Located directly on Lake Lure - you can arrive by boat!


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The Grove Arcade  is an architectural marvel as well as an historic landmark in downtown Asheville. Built by E.W. Grove, the visionary and creator of the Grove Park Inn, the Grove Arcade opened in 1929 and thrived until World War II as one of the country's leading public markets. Today the Arcade houses restaurants, specialty shops, galleries and year around special events such as the the Winter Wonderland and Gingerbread house Display in December.

The Grove Arcade is located at 1 Page Avenue, downtown Asheville NC.
 
Favorite Places to Stay  (in no particular order)
Burnsville_North_Carolina_Favorite_Vacation_Rentals Mount Mitchell Vacation Rentals - 4 rentals from which to choose, all with unique personalities. What makes this a favorite is they are everything they advertise and more, and, the price is a TOTAL PRICE, no surprise extra fees and additional taxes. And your hosts are just plain great folks. Mountain view, golf course view or river view. 3-4 bedrooms, 1-3 baths. WIFI, fireplace, gas grill, Cable TV, Pet Friendly, riverfront, mountain view or on the golf course. $850 - $1050 TOTAL! 
BURNSVILLE NC  Get photos, details and availability 
Asheville Nc Bed and Breakfast_Lion.JPG (5872656 bytes) The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast - . A beautifully restored mansion offering rooms & suites with fireplaces, fridge, full GOURMET breakfast WIFI, 24hr guest pantry, robes. The interior is loaded with antiques and original details. Guests keep returning year after year to this exceptional place. You can walk to downtown from the prime location in Asheville's historic Monford district. Rates are reasonable and the hosts are the best with attention to every detail for quality and comfort. 
ASHEVILLE NC See photos, details and reserve online
Bryson City vacation rental youman2.180.jpg (8302 bytes)Nantahala River Lodge is a unique riverfront cabin directly on the Nantahala River with 1400 feet of river frontage, privacy, quick access to area attractions, luxury accommodations and world class fishing. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, fireplace, flatscreen TV, and a beautiful interior decor. Right outside the front door is the rushing river and world-class fishing. Within walking distance you'll find the Nantahala River Launch Site where Class II and III whitewater rafting begins, the Bartram Trail, and a paved path  that winds along the river bank.
BRYSON CITY NC See  cabin photos and availability
NC Favorite Place the River Lodge bed and breakfast The River Lodge Bed & Breakfast  -  A wonderful country setting but only minutes from attractions and Western Carolina University. You'll love the 800+ feet riverfrontage on the Tuckasegee River, the balconies, porches, patio. This is "rustic elegance" at its best with a waterfall on site and daily gourmet breakfast with fresh ingredients and handmade breads.  
SYLVA - CULLOWHEE See Lodge photos and details
Cherokee NC Log Cabin rental Dancing Stones 1800s restored Log Cabin on the Cherokee Reservation. Experience history and heritage in this mountain view log cabin. Gas fireplace, sleeping loft, waterfall fountain, plenty of rocking chairs, cable TV/ DVD and full kitchen. Near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  An Affordable Favorite at $75 night, $450 week. 
CHEROKEE NC See cabin photos and availability 
 
vacation by the stream on 83 acresStreamside vacation home on 82 acres - 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 8. Fish for trout right outside your door and enjoy total seclusion in the serene wooded setting. Newer cedar home 50 feet from Beech Creek, stocked trout waters. Hot tub, covered porch and open deck with grill, fireplace, video games, onsite hiking. $235 - $265 night, $1450 week. 
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beautiful mountain views from atop the ridge Ridgetop cabin getaway with mountain views - Favorite hammock view in the mountains! 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps up to 6. Covered and open deck with stunning mountain views, rockers, hammock and gas grill. Wood-burning fireplace. Onsite hiking and waterfall. $180 - $200 night, $1300 week.
BAT CAVE - CHIMNEY ROCK See cabin photos and get rental rates 
 
peacefull mountain getaway near Blowing Rock and Boone Beautiful sunsets at this mountain cottage - A favorite location convenient to all the High Country cities and attractions. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 4. Beautiful pasture to mountains view, covered deck with grill and hammock, fireplace, WIFI, lots of peace and quiet. Located minutes to shops and restaurants. $219 night, $1025 week.  
BLOWING ROCK NC Get photos and rental availability 
 
walk to a waterfall and swimm, picnic or play Mountain views and waterfall - A favorite for privacy in a natural setting but an easy drive to area attractions.  3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, sleeps 6. Wonderful mountain views and only a short walk to Hebron Falls. Deck with gas grill, fireplace, DVD and video library, located on 12 acres with trails and easy access only 6.1 miles to Blowing Rock and 8.4 miles to Boone. $180 night, $990 - $1300 week. 
BLOWING ROCK NC Check current rates and availability 
 
beautiful and natural log home rental with its own waterfall Upscale log Cabin rental with waterfall and streams -  Favorite use of natural on site materials.  2 bedrooms plus loft, 2 baths, sleeps 6. 20' stacked river rock fireplace, large covered deck, garden, hammock and streams. Seating at the waterfall. WIFI. $200 - $250 night, $995 - $1150 week. Located mid-way between Brevard and Sapphire Valley. 
BREVARD NC See photos and check availability 
 
Hemlock Hill view from dock.jpg (26730 bytes) Luxury Lakefront Cottages  -  Our favorite esthetic with amazing interior decoration combining luxury with total comfort all in beautiful lakefront settings.  4  Luxury lakefront Cottages with private docks, canoe, awesome lake to mountain views. 3-6 bedrooms, 2-5 baths, luxurious bedding & linens, fireplace, rustic elegance decor, lakeside  hammock, WIFI. 185-$425nt, $1100-$7000wk  
CASHIERS - GLENVILLE See cottage photos and rental details
 
 
 
 
 
 
NC Mountain City Guides
Get everything you need on ONE easy to use page for each of our 50+ NC mountain cities. We've done the searching so you don't have to. Find a locator map, cabin and vacation rentals, Inns, camping, restaurants, maps, weather, attractions, outdoor activities, galleries, shops and more.  CLICK HERE
Favorite things to do:
The Blue Ridge Parkway   The word "BREATHTAKING" was surely  made  to describe the experience of traveling  the nation's longest scenic rural parkway. With dozens of scenic overlooks and hiking trails there are endless opportunities to see and feel the magic of the NC mountains. You can spend a few hours, the entire day of take a week to journey from one end to the other with stops along the way at  lodging and restaurants on or near the Parkway.
Sandy_Bottom_Rides_Asheville_area_Horseback_Rides Sandy Bottom Trial Rides Fresh mountain air, breath-taking scenery and an old fashioned down-home friendliness greet you when you visit family-owned (for 4 generations) Sandy Bottom Trail Rides.  Enjoy a leisurely ride on picturesque trails over mountain ridges and through scenic meadows and wooded areas.  Rides are designed for all ages and horseback riding abilities with no weight limits, and the flexible to meet your needs, including wagon and buggy rides.
 
 
Mt Mitchell State Park  is located off The Blue Ridge Parkway at Marker #355  between Asheville and Little Switzerland. There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places. At an elevation of 6684, is the highest peak in the Black Mountains and in the East.  The park offers overnight rustic camping, picnic areas, trails and breathtaking views from a height above the clouds.
Penland School of Crafts  is a national center for craft education located in ta pristine setting in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Penland Craft Gallery is one of the best contemporary craft galleries in the United States and offers student and instructor exhibits as well as local professional works for sale. The school campus is surrounded by artist studios open for self-guided tours and purchase of their art and craft products. Penland offers one, two, and eight-week workshops in books & paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking, textiles, and wood.
 
The Orchard at Alta Pass on The Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 328.3. Over 100 years old, the Orchard  and its "apple house" sit right on the Parkway providing some of the most amazing scenery in North Carolina. You can purchase REAL apples from a REAL orchard without all the "spit and polish" that leaves you wondering what you're eating. The Orchard serves as an Appalachian cultural and historical center celebrating the people, music, art, and natural beauty with live "music and more" Wed - Sun, May through the first week in  November. 
Biltmore is a favorite attraction in the NC mountains Biltmore - America's" Castle" was built in 1895 by George Vanderbuilt  and is preserved and maintained today by his descendants. With interior square footage over 4 acres, 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, 43 bathrooms and an impressive collection of art and period furnishing it is one of the East's most popular attractions. Once a working dairy farm the 8,000 acre estate now includes a winery; trails, gardens & grounds to explore; an Equestrian Center, River Bend Farm, a luxury Inn and the newest addition, Antler Village. Plan on spending at least one full day or more to fully enjoy all that Biltmore has to offer.  
River Arts District in Asheville NC River Arts District  is a special place FULL of creativity and positive thinking! Old warehouse and factories that were once abandoned, blighted and forgotten have now been transformed into a hub of art and environmental activity. The core of the area is a concentration of art and craft studios and galleries with year around open studios and demonstrations, plus special events. As the District has grown restaurants have opened, including Smoky Bones, a favorite of the Obamas and a micro-brewery, Wedge Brewery. Get calendars, maps and details for artists, studios and tours. 
 
Asheville NC restaurant The Corner Kitchen.jpg (53104 bytes) The Corner Kitchen Restaurant  has been a favorite with both locals and visitors virtually since the day the doors opened. It's often the "little things" that count and in this case the homemade vegetable chips added to lunchfare are truly the best chips on the planet. But then, they'd have to be great to get noticed alongside the rest of the remarkable menu. It's hard to find a place you don't want to eat in Asheville, but put this one at the top of your list.  
 
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area    Established by Congress in November 2003, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (Trail) recognizes and celebrates the natural abundance and richly varied cultural history of the North Carolina mountains. The Heritage "trail" includes Agricultural, Craft, Cherokee heritage, Music and Natural heritage components. 
 
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