RomanticAsheville.com named Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland to the list of the coolest small towns near Asheville. “We love exploring our cool small towns nestled in the mountains in western North Carolina, filled with historic buildings with a mix of longtime family operated stores and restaurants, along with new galleries and trendy shops. Each town has its own personality and many things to do. Meet some local folks and experience a leisurely day of exploration. Since many are in close proximity, you can visit several in a day,” said RomanticAsheville’s news posting.
When announcing Spruce Pine as one of the top 25, they highlighted downtown Spruce Pine with its unique ‘’upper” and “lower” streets as well as its outstanding browsing of art galleries, outfitters, and public art projects. They also mentioned the Toe River Studio Tours held every June and December where visitors can take a self guided tour to over a hundred artists’ studios.
For more information about downtown Spruce Pine visit http://downtownsprucepine.com/Festivals.html
RomanticAsheville.com calls Little Switzerland a great stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway for its unique restaurants, shops, and inns as well as gem mining. Stops at the Museum of NC Minerals and Grassy Creek Falls are also included as special stops near Little Switzerland.
For more information about Little Switzerland visit http://visitlittleswitzerland.com/