Discover A NC Region Full of Craft Venues & Outdoor Fun!
Combine World-Renowned Craft with Unique Outdoor Recreation Locations To Create Your Own Handcrafted Getaway!

Are you drawn by the feel of handcrafted art? Does the mention of a craft studio visit perk up your ears? Are you someone who would rather experience the outdoors than see it through a windshield? From Spruce Pine to Little Switzerland, Bakersville to Penland, our region of the Blue Ridge Mountains combines the best of both worlds, with natural and hand-crafted beauty.


The Secret Season is Upon Us

Our mountain air is turning crisp signaling that Fall is just around the corner, but September ushers in our secret season.  Why? Because the…

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71st NC Rhododendron Festival June 16-17

Don't Miss our mountain turning pink for the NC Rhododendron Festival this year! The 600 acres of Catawba Rhododendron atop Roan Mountain are poised…

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Spruce Pine & The Masters: Over 40 years of history by Sam Greenwood There are 44 bunkers at Augusta National, each majestic and hazardous in its own right. The glistening sands…

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Spruce Pine’s Knife & Fork Restaurant Makes Our State Top 7 List

Our State Magazine is highlighting their Top 7 Farm to Table Restaurants in North Carolina and we weren't surprised to see our own Knife & Fork…

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Trout Season Opens April 1st in WNC

  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 1. The season…

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Asheville Trail Features Their Favorite Roan Mtn Hikes

"Hike through abundant high-elevation beauty at Roan Mountain, a series of five mountain summits on the Appalachian Trail near the NC / TN state…

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Dellinger’s Grist Mill: An Experience in History, Grits & NASA

Dellinger's Grist Mill is one of those "must experience" places....not just in Mitchell County, but in the State.  Maybe in the country. …

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