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Eclectic Marshall Preserves Its Picturesque Past

Marshall NCFrom a quaint Main Street to ideal proximity to outdoor adventures, Marshall, N.C., is home to a range of rich experiences. A short 28-minute drive from Asheville, this idyllic town in Madison County, with easy access to trails along the French Broad River, features a downtown lined with historic buildings, including a century-old courthouse. Main Street features artists’ studios, interesting shops, music and dance venues and galleries. Stroll to Blannahassett Island, just over the river, to enjoy more artists’ studios, as well as picnic areas and fishing.

Marshall (population 870) boasts a history defined by the French Broad River. The Main Street has the river on one side and a cliff on the other. Transportation routes along the river and the subsequent railroad created a booming economy. Because of its location, the town was selected to be the Madison County seat, and the county courthouse was constructed in 1907. 

History has a home here

Marshall has strived to maintain pieces of its past, including the courthouse, the James H. White House and the Capitola Manufacturing Company Cotton Yarn Mill, all on the National Register of Historic Places. Old-time stores, art galleries, shops with unique home decor and gifts, restaurants and coffee shops line the downtown drag. Blannahassett Island, with the restored Marshall High Studios, features a Sunday afternoon farmers’ market, as well as arts festivals and holiday markets.

Marshall North CarolinaHomes in Marshall encompass a variety of sizes and styles. Mountain retreats with stellar views dot the hills around town; there’s also new construction on expansive tracts, as well as compact cottages and rustic cabins. Plenty of acreage is available to build a custom dream home.

Fun-filled Marshall NC festivals

Marshall features a number of entertaining festivals throughout the year:

Madison Potters Market – More than 20 of the best potters from around Madison County display their wares at Marshall High Studios (April).

Mermaid Parade & Festival – This downtown fest showcases arts, crafts and music, a seafood cook-off, and a costume parade (June).

Art on the Island Fest – Artisans, crafters and musicians join in this fall fair on Blannahassett Island (September).

Marshall Handmade Market – This arts fest, holiday market and open studio stroll in Marshall High Studios gives the public an opportunity to watch artists at work (November).

Town of Marshall NCOutdoor adventures galore in Marshall

When you’re ready to hit the outdoors, Marshall offers a range of activities suited to all interests and levels. The French Broad River provides the perfect stretch for whitewater rafting. Many outfitters offer knowledgeable guides for the adventure, for either half- or full-day trips.

Hiking is another popular and easy-to-access activity from Marshall. The nearby Laurel River Trail is an easy 7-mile round trip that follows Big Laurel Creek in Pisgah National Forest. An hour away are the famed hiking destinations of Max Patch – a bald with 360-degree, long-range views – and Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in eastern North America (6,684 feet).

Hot Springs, 23 miles from Marshall and tucked in Pisgah National Forest, is a popular destination, thanks to its natural hot mineral springs. After a relaxing soak, you can enjoy shopping and dining in the picturesque town.

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Waynesville Wows With Natural Beauty and Main Street Charm

Waynesville NC Walkable TownWaynesville, Haywood County's biggest town with about 10,000 residents, has been a favorite North Carolina mountain retreat since the early 1800s. The reasons for its popularity back then – cool, clean air and water and spectacular scenery – still exist today, but add to its modern allure a quaint, urban charm, a walkable shopping district, a vibrant farm-to-table restaurant and craft beer scene, and amazing proximity to exhilarating outdoor activities.

Waynesville sits about 25 miles west of Asheville, off of I-40, between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The town of Waynesville was founded in 1810 by Colonel Robert Love, a Revolutionary War soldier. He donated land for the courthouse, jail and public square, and named the town after his former commander in the war, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Waynesville boasts a number of historic places, including the Boone-Withers House, the Haywood County Courthouse, the Dr. J. Howell Way House and the Masonic Hall, among many others.

Home styles in Waynesville run the gamut, from rustic log cabins to majestic mansions to compact townhomes. Many properties come with plenty of acreage ideal for spreading out and soaking in the beauty of Waynesville’s natural surroundings. Waynesville is part of the Haywood County Schools system. Residents also have access to a handful of private parochial schools.

Downtown destinations

Downtown Waynesville's restored historic buildings and brick sidewalks are the perfect backdrop for browsing the town’s many specialty stores, galleries and antique shops. And when you’re ready for a bite (or a beverage), there is no shortage of restaurants, coffee shops and breweries. There is plenty of free parking along Wall Street (parallel to Main Street).

Waynesville NC WalkableWaynesville is home to a number of annual festivals: Folkmoot U.S.A. (July) is a 10-day celebration of world dance and music with performers from around the globe. Church Street Art & Craft Show (October), a popular juried art show, also features mountain music, clogging, entertainment and food. Apple Harvest Festival (October) celebrates all things apple – think cider, fried pies and donuts – and showcases mountain music, dance, craft and demo booths. 

Nearby outdoor adventures

Maggie Valley, just 8 miles from Waynesville, is home to lots of fun winter destinations, including Cataloochee Ski Area and Tube World. Lake Junaluska, just 3 miles away, offers the perfect spot to spend a Saturday. There are 13 peaks above 6,000 feet in Haywood County, including the famed Cold Mountain. Take a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to waterfalls, hikes and camping destinations. The Pigeon River section of the Great Smoky Mountains is home to plenty of outdoor adventures, including ziplining and whitewater rafting. 

Waynesville NC real estate

For these many reasons, you can see how Waynesville makes for a lovely place to live. For more information about real estate in Waynesville, or anywhere in the Asheville area, contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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Asheville's Varied Industries Provide Wide-Ranging Employment Opportunities

City of Asheville EmployerAs people around the country consider relocating to areas with more space and less density, Asheville continues to attract attention as the ideal balance of city and country. Thinking of making a move to Asheville, but wondering about employment and business opportunities? The Asheville area is lucky to have both low unemployment and strong job growth. And it’s no wonder: Very few tourist destinations boast the stable population growth, healthy housing market, growing professional services, strong health-care industry and small-business boom that Asheville does. 

Additionally, the Asheville population’s unfaltering support of local and independent businesses, coupled with the entrepreneurial spirit so integral to the city, has helped start-ups thrive in recent years, generating even more jobs and business opportunities.

Top employers in Asheville

According to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, the top employers in the area range from medicine to manufacturing to education, in addition to tourism. The four-county Asheville metro is a diverse $16.4 billion economy, with nationally recognized schools, close proximity to many major cities, direct access to I-26 and I-40, and the Asheville airport, with direct flights to Washington and New York, among others. Annual visitors to Asheville number in the millions.

The top 10 employers in the Asheville area are:

Mission Health System and Hospital

Buncombe County Public Schools

City of Asheville

The Biltmore Company

Buncombe County Government

The Omni Grove Park Inn

Ingles Markets, Inc.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

VA Medical Center - Asheville Department of Veterans Affairs

Eaton Corporation - Electrical Division

Major Industries and Employers AshevilleBig on small business

Thanks to the kind of startups, incubators, co-working spaces, business community support and commercial resources you’d find in much bigger cities, Asheville is the perfect place for entrepreneurs who want to develop quality products and services while maintaining an enviable quality of life. With an overwhelming majority of businesses in the Asheville metro area employing fewer than 50 people, small businesses and entrepreneurship are active engines fueling the region's diverse business landscape and shaping the economy.

Driven by a city that embraces the impact of small companies on culture and lifestyle, the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Coalition and other community organizations have developed a variety of resources designed to help small businesses succeed https://www.ashevillechamber.org/business-environment/small-business/. In addition, services like those offered by the non-profit Mountain Bizworks help small businesses start, grow and create jobs through loans, classes and coaching https://www.mountainbizworks.org.

Work is brewing in Asheville

Nowhere is small-business growth more evident than in Asheville’s craft-beer boom. The community support of such local start-ups as Hi-Wire Brewing Co., Burial Beer Co. and Asheville Brewing – to name just a few – has helped fuel a cycle of growth that has spurred job creation and even greater entrepreneurial drive. And the country is watching: Local start-up successes have drawn the likes of such national heavy-hitters as Sierra Nevada and New Belgium brewery, whose second U.S. facility, based in West Asheville on the French Broad River, generated 140 new jobs when it opened in 2016.

Most who choose to relocate to Asheville are driven by the area’s natural beauty, range of outdoor activities, and greatly heightened lifestyle. Now you can add incredible employment opportunities to the mix. 

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Dig These Dog-Friendly Outings Around Asheville

Asheville Dog-Friendly PlacesAsheville is an enjoyable place for every member of your family – including the four-legged ones. Dog-friendly restaurants, hikes and parks abound in and around town, promising that your furry pals can join in on all the non-stop fun Asheville has to offer. And with a growing number of restaurants and other establishments shifting to outdoor-centric service, there are more opportunities than ever for bringing your pup along; here are just a few. 

Eating out in Asheville with your pup

Many restaurants around town allow well-behaved canine companions to come along for the ride. Your best bets are eateries with outdoor and patio seating. Another enjoyable option are the myriad dog-friendly breweries around town, many with open areas for you and your furry friend to mingle and make new ones. From Downtown to River Arts District, check out these pooch-perfect spots:

12 Bones Smokehouse – Plenty of outdoor seating this an ideal destination for you and your dog. www.12bones.com

Zia Taqueria – This West Asheville favorite has expanded its seating into a spacious outdoor spot, with lots of room for Rover. https://ziataco.com

Sunny Point Café – Daytime outdoor counter service coupled with a picnic area means you can enjoy this popular place with your pup. https://sunnypointcafe.com

All Souls Pizza – This River Arts District spot has plenty of outdoor seating at picnic tables and an adjacent open field. http://www.allsoulspizza.com

Posana Café – Along with its eclectic menu, Posana serves dishes specifically designed for dogs, so you and your pooch can park for a meal on the patio, entertained by the buskers that frequently set up nearby. www.posanarestaurant.com

Laughing Seed Café – This vegetarian restaurant offers a laid-back vantage point from its Wall St. patio. www.laughingseed.com

Burial Beer Co. – This downtown brewery also has a full-service kitchen and lots of seating to accommodate you and your pet. https://burialbeer.com/location/avl/

Wicked Weed Brewing – A dog-friendly patio means you can enjoy this popular downtown brewery and restaurant with both four-legged and two-legged friends! https://www.wickedweedbrewing.com

Asheville Dispensary - This West Asheville cafe and dispensary is dog friendly inside their store/lounge and offers outside, covered seating and they sell pet products. https://avldispensary.com/collections/pet-products

Asheville with DogsKennels, specialty shops and daycare

For those times when your dog needs day or overnight care, there are several options from which to choose:

Pet Vet on Patton – In addition to an array of veterinary services, this centrally located office offers boarding, grooming and doggie daycare. http://petvetonpatton.com

Happy Tails Country Club – Their Fairview and Enka facilities are crate-free: Boarders instead have “suites” with full walls. http://happytailscc.com

Patton Avenue Pet Company – Boasting an array of pet food and other items, this store (with multiple locations) offers food delivery, as well as self-dog-washing stations at its South Asheville location. www.pattonavenuepet.com

Pampered Pets Inn and Spa – Play care, a spa, training and boarding are all offered at this location. http://pamperedpetsinnandspa.com

Parks and hikes

Your dog has plenty of exercise options around the area. In addition to the many hiking trails in Asheville, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and in national forests, there are city parks where (leashed) pooches can play, and fenced dog parks where they can run with abandon:

French Broad River Park and Dog Park

The meandering paths of this West Asheville gem wind along the French Broad River and lead to a large, fenced-in dog park (with an area set off for small dogs), complete with water and poop bags.

Azalea Dog Park

Just beyond the John B. Lewis Soccer complex in East Asheville is the Azalea Dog Park. With large fenced areas for small and big dogs, and plenty of seating and shady spots for their owners, this is a favorite place to mingle with fellow dog lovers.

A wag-worthy welcome center

The Dog City USA Asheville Welcome Center (1 Battle Square) is a one-stop-resource to help dog owners get the most out of their downtown Asheville visit. The first of its kind in the country, the welcome center features tours every Friday designed for dogs and their owners, featuring local shops with doggie goodies, breweries catering to pups, and even special canine dining for you and your dog to enjoy on the town. The center offers a doggy potty area, fresh cold water from doggie drinking fountains, free goody dog bags, dog-friendly public bathrooms, and even human refreshments. http://dogdoorcanineservices.com/Dog-City-USA

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Warm Up to Socially Distanced Fun With Friends This Fall

Fire Pit OutdoorsSince “social distancing” entered our everyday lexicon in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, finding ways to hang out with small groups of friends in a safe setting has required new, creative outlets. The warmth of Asheville’s summer lent itself to outdoor, spaced and small gatherings (widely accepted to be the best way to see friends and family without spreading the coronavirus). As the chill of fall in Western North Carolina sets in, continuing outdoor meet-ups and hang-outs is still possible. Here are some ideas for fall fun with family and friends while still social distancing.

Fired up – Patio firepits offer an ideal focal point for small outdoor get-togethers. Besides providing warmth, they can do double-duty as a cooking source: Think s’mores on a stick or roasted hotdogs or kabobs on a skewer. Once the fire dies down and you’re left with hot coals, you can treat everyone to a campfire-foil “meal” (chopped veggies and a protein combined in a single-serve packet, placed in the coals – never the fire); this can also work on a grill, and eliminates the need for clean-up or shared serving dishes.

Hot spot – When the temperatures drop, turn your backyard into a cozy outdoor “living room.” Heated blankets and portable space heaters can keep your guests toasty while you socialize under the stars. Or shift hang-outs to the afternoon, while the sun is out and has had a chance to warm things up. 

Garage bond – If you have a spacious garage, roll up the doors, move out the cars and set up some spaced-apart seating for a socializing spot that’s protected from the elements. Also consider carports, covered patios and screened-in decks for small gatherings that can stay safely outdoors.

Asheville Cold Weather HikeHeightened activity – Even though hiking in the mountains is often associated with warm weather, the activity can be enjoyed year-round. Bundle up and meet friends on the trails for a fun way to socialize and get in some blood-pumping exercise. While the Blue Ridge Parkway closes in the colder months, there are still plenty of spots in Western N.C. to hike year-round. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate or savory soup to warm up while you take in the splendor of iced-over foliage, crisp long-range views, and clean, invigorating air. Bonus: Hiking hotspots tend to thin out during the colder, less-busy seasons, which means locals can take advantage of the open spaces to social distance while still enjoying the company of friends.

Happy trails – Asheville is replete with in-town greenways and trails, which means you can enjoy a social stroll or bike ride almost anytime. Take a group mountain bike ride (which naturally lends itself to social distancing!), either in town or a short drive away at one of the popular trails in DuPont State Forest or Pisgah National Forest. 

Eat, drink and be merry – safely – Breweries and restaurants around Asheville have gotten creative since the start of the pandemic, setting up outdoor dining areas, offering touchless ordering, limiting numbers in a group, and taking extra cleaning and safety precautions to stop the spread of coronavirus. As the weather shifts, breweries and eateries continue to offer outdoor seating options, adding heat lamps and space heaters to keep customers warm. So grab your coat and head out for a brew and a bite with friends.

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Nature-Enveloped Sylva Exudes Idyllic, Small-Town Charm

Sylva NC Walkable TownA quintessential small town nestled amid stunning scenery, Sylva sits an hour southwest of Asheville in the Great Smoky Mountains. Sylva’s Main Street is a popular downtown destination, packed with restaurants, specialty shops, galleries, bookstores and breweries. It’s the perfect spot to stroll tree-lined streets, and take in the crisp fall days for which Western N.C. is famous.

Sylva is the county seat of Jackson County, situated in the Plott Balsam Mountains of Western N.C. It has a population of around 2,600. The town became the county seat in 1913 after the county voted to move the seat from Webster to Sylva, after the town gained a railroad station. Many businesses followed the railroad to Sylva. 

Majestic landmarks and movie backdrops

The majestic Jackson County Courthouse, a Sylva landmark, was constructed in 1914 and is perched on a hill at the end of Main Street. The building no longer serves as the official courthouse; since 2011, it has housed the Jackson County Public Library. The historic structure draws visitors from all around who come to admire its beauty, then climb its 107 steps for a bird’s eye view of Sylva’s downtown.

Sylva’s small-town scenery has attracted the attention of Hollywood over the years: Several movie scenes have been filmed here, including for the 1972 movie “Deliverance” and the 1993 movie “The Fugitive.” More recently, downtown Sylva was transformed for filming of the 2018 Oscar-nominated “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” 

The town has the main county high school, Smoky Mountain High School, as well as two K-8 elementary schools (Scotts Creek and Fairview). Sylva is home to Southwestern Community College; Western Carolina University is seven miles away in Cullowhee.

Sylva NC Walkable TownOutdoor activities and festival fun in Sylva

Recreational opportunities abound in Sylva. The town boasts a community-built state-of-the-art playground, as well Pinnacle Park, replete with hiking trails and waterfalls. Sylva is home to the Western N.C. Fly Fishing Trail; the Tuckasegee River is famed for its whitewater and trout populations. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are both just a short drive away.

Sylva is home to several annual festivals. Greening Up the Mountains Festival takes place on the fourth Saturday in April, drawing thousands of people downtown for arts, old-time Appalachian crafts, local music, ethnic and locally inspired cuisine, tastings from local craft breweries, and many family-friendly activities. The Hook, Line & Drinker Festival in May celebrates the designation of the area as a popular spot for fishing, and features fly-fishing guides, fishing-industry vendors, kids’ activities and live music. Concerts on the Creek takes place every Friday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day at Sylva Bridge Park.

Popular local restaurants in Sylva include Lulu’s on Main (678 West Main) and Guadalupe Cafe (606 West Main). For downhome cooking, head to The Coffee Shop (385 West Main Street), a favorite since 1926. For something sweet, stop at Baxley’s Chocolates (628 West Main Street).

Sylva’s Main Street is home to two breweries: Innovation Brewing (414 West Main Street) has 32 brews on tap, a homemade ginger ale and three ciders. Balsam Falls Brewing (506 West Main St) has 16-20 beers on tap, including a rotating selection of IPAs, pale ales and sours, along with six staple beers.

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Enjoy Autumn Activities at Asheville Area Apple Orchards

Asheville Area Apple OrchardsApple-picking around Western North Carolina is a favorite fall pastime, and everything that comes with an outing to an orchard – think corn mazes, hay rides, and chowing down on warm apple fritters – is what makes autumn in Asheville extra special. With the season starting up, now is the perfect time to experience an enjoyable afternoon of all things apple at one of the area’s many orchards. 

Henderson County apple orchards

Henderson County, 25 miles south of Asheville, is the largest apple-producing one in the North Carolina, which is the seventh-largest apple-producing state in the country. That adds up to a lot of apple-picking opportunities! Between Hendersonville and Chimney Rock along Highway 64, a number of orchards beckon with pick-your-own or pre-picked apples, as well as country markets featuring ciders, apple cider doughnuts, apple fritters, apple cider slushies, jams and the like.

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

This fourth generation working farm offers mountain views to go along with pick-your-own apples, grapes and pumpkins, as well as a market brimming with cider, apple butter and other gifts. Stepp’s offers farm wagon rides through its orchards and pumpkin patch, as well as the ever-popular apple canons. https://steppapples.com

Apple Orchards in WNCGrandad’s Apples

Pre-picked or pick-your-own apples await you at this popular orchard. Grandad’s Barn and Country Store boasts fall decorations and an array of apple-related gifts, as well as apple turnovers, fried pies, apple bread, caramel apples and ice cream. There’s also a corn maze set against a backdrop of long-range mountain views. https://www.grandadsapples.com

Justus Orchard

Offering u-pick or we-pick applies, blackberries and pumpkins, Justus has farm animals and a Cow Train through the orchard to entertain the entire family. The store sells honey, jams, jellies, preserves and other homemade goods, as well as fried apple pies, cider slushies, caramels and more. The orchard also offers mountain cabbage, sweet potatoes and other local fall vegetables. https://justusorchard.com

Sky Top Orchard

Apple Orchards Near AshevilleAlong with pick-your-own apples, Sky Top in Flat Rock offers u-pick peaches, Asian pears and grapes. Make an afternoon of it with a visit to the orchard ponds with ducks and geese, a barnyard with sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and peacocks, and a bamboo forest for exploring. http://www.skytoporchard.com

Waynesville/Sylva area orchards

Barber Orchards

This fruit stand and bakery is a local favorite. Stop in for a variety of fresh apples, as well as other fall produce. The bakery is known for its apple turnovers, fritters and pies. https://www.facebook.com/BarberOrchardFruitstand

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Blue Ridge Mountain Wineries Serve Up Tasty Sips and Sumptuous Scenery

Asheville Area WineriesFor a relaxing daytime excursion, take a visit to one of the many wineries dotting Western North Carolina. These wineries, in and around the Asheville area, offer the opportunity to enjoy tastings and tours as you soak in the stunning surroundings unique to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Make sure to plan ahead: Most wineries take reservations, and it’s best to check their latest COVID-19-related policies before making your visit. 

Biltmore Winery

A visit to this famed winery, in the heart of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, is included in the price of the admission to the house. The winery offers tours of the facility, as well as complimentary tastings of its handcrafted wines. A range of bottles, cases and snacks to complement its wines is offered in the winery gift shop. https://www.biltmore.com/visit/winery/visit-our-winery/

Addison Farms Vineyard

This family-owned vineyard and winery in Leicester, a short drive from Asheville, boasts a tasting room with mountain views, where you can enjoy samples of wines from its six grape varieties. http://www.addisonfarms.net

Wineries Near Asheville NCTryon Foothills Wine Country

An easy 45-mile drive from Asheville, this area is home to more than 20 vineyards along with four wineries open to visitors. The rolling countryside offers fertile ground for grape-growing, and the surrounding mountains that protect it from harsh weather extremes mean it has the longest growing season in Western N.C. The wineries open to visitors are: family-run Parker-Binns Vineyard, with 40 acres of winery and vineyard (Mill Spring) https://www.parkerbinnsvineyard.com; Overmountain Vineyards, featuring a variety of estate-grown wines (Tryon) https://overmountainvineyards.com; Russian Chapel Hills Winery, with seven varietals as well as a muscadine dessert wine (Columbus) https://www.russianchapelhills.com; and boutique family winery Mountain Brook Vineyards (Tryon) https://www.mountainbrookvineyards.com.

Catawba Valley Wine Tour

This collection of three wineries between Marion and Morganton, about 30 minutes east of Asheville, sits in the foothills of Burke County and takes advantage of the ideal growing conditions for grapes. The three wineries, all within a 15-mile drive, are: South Creek Winery, boasting Bordeaux-style wines (Nebo) http://www.southcreekwinery.com; Silver Fork Vineyard, where you can enjoy samples along with live music, movies and art exhibits (Morganton) https://www.silverforkwinery.com; and Lake James Cellars Winery, where you can try a variety of tastings in a restored 1915 textile mill building (Glen Alpine) https://www.lakejamescellars.com.

Hendersonville Winery Trail

If you’re looking for an easy daytrip from Asheville, consider visiting the Hendersonville Winery Trail, about 25 miles south of downtown Asheville. Take a scenic, 10-mile country drive to sample a range of award-winning wines as you soak in the vineyards’ beautiful settings and mountain views. The vineyards are: Point Lookout Vineyards, with six red and four white wines along with seven meads https://pointlookoutvineyards.com; Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, which grows 14 grape varieties https://www.saintpaulfarms.com; and Burntshirt Vineyards, a North Carolina Winery of the Year offering 19 wines, as well as winery production tours https://burntshirtvineyards.com.

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Step Into the Charm of These Walkable Western N.C. Towns

The small towns surrounding Asheville are the perfect spots to soak in the sights as you stroll through quaint downtowns brimming with historic buildings, restaurants, galleries and specialty shops. Following are a few of our favorite Main Streets.

Weaverville NCWeaverville

Weaverville, located north of Asheville in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley, boasts outstanding local shops and restaurants, all within an easy stroll. From coffee spots and bakeries to artists’ studios and historic sites, this family-oriented town offers a range of accessible downtown destinations in a relaxed atmosphere. Nearby Lake Louise provides a park setting for family play and recreation, and there is access to the Blue Ridge Parkway from the back of the Reems Creek Valley. Search Weaverville real estate.

Black Mountain

About 16 miles east of Asheville, downtown Black Mountain has a wonderful collection of shops, restaurants and breweries, and the hiking and mountain biking opportunities are abundant.Black Mountain is known as the front porch of Western North Carolina because of its downtown’s quaint charm and stunning location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sit in one of Black Mountain's iconic rocking chairs that line the streets of downtown and take in the charm for a while. Search Black Mountain real estate.

Brevard NC Walkable TownBrevard 

Tucked in the heart of Transylvania County, southwest of Asheville, Brevard boasts unique boutiques in the downtown area – offering everything from children’s toys to salvaged furniture to antiques. In addition, the walkable downtown district offers a range of restaurants and cafes. The city is famed for its ideal access to some of the most beautiful natural attractions – think mountain bike trails, waterfall hikes and epic views – in Western N.C. Search Brevard real estate.

Marshall

This historic town in Madison County, with easy access to trails along the French Broad River, packs an eclectic punch into its compact downtown. Lined with historic buildings including a century-old courthouse, Main Street features artists’ studios, interesting shops, music and dance venues and galleries. Stroll to Blannahassett Island, just over the river, to enjoy more artists’ studios, as well as picnic areas and fishing. Search Marshall real estate.

Waynesville NC Walkable TownWaynesville

Sitting at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains near the Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesville’s bustling downtown features everything from art galleries to antique shops to furniture centers, along with gift and specialty shops. A range of restaurants, as well as breweries, round out this walkable town’s offerings. The revitalized Main Street and historic Frog Level areas offer seasonal festivals and community gatherings during warmer months. Search Waynesville real estate.

Hendersonville

Filled with historic buildings and vibrant streetscapes, Hendersonville – the largest downtown in Western N.C. outside of Asheville – offers many outdoor dining options, as well as unique shops and galleries, along Main Street. Hendersonville’s downtown is part of the Main Street Program, aimed at revitalizing central business districts across the country through historic preservation, attention to design, and thoughtful recruitment of businesses. Search Hendersonville real estate.

Saluda NC Walkable TownSaluda

Saluda, NC, located to the southeast of Asheville, has been drawing tourists to its picturesque Main Street since the late 1800s. With established restaurants as well as shops and galleries set against a stunning backdrop, this tiny town offers the perfect opportunity for a downtown stroll after a day of outdoor adventures at nearby Green River Gorge. It's proximity to the Interstate 26 corridor makes it convenient to get to the neighboring town of Hendersonville. Search Saluda real estate.

Sylva

This small, scenic town in Jackson County has a Main Street packed with restaurants, specialty shops, galleries, bookstores and breweries. Its historic courthouse draws visitors from all around who come to admire its beauty, then climb its 107 steps for a bird’s eye view of Sylva’s downtown. Home to the campus of Western North Carolina University, the town also has a small college town feel. The beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest lie just to the west of Sylva.

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Mills River Offers Space Amid Abundant Natural Beauty

Mills River NCWithin minutes of some of the country’s most popular and picturesque state and national forests sits Mills River, N.C., a town in the northwestern part of Henderson County stretching northeast to the Buncombe County border and southwest to the Transylvania County line. Sitting 17 miles to the southwest of Asheville, Mills River offers expansive living against breathtaking backdrops, with close proximity to all manner of amenities.

Mills River was incorporated as a town in 2003, and has a population of around 7,500. Featuring rolling hills dotted with everything from rambling ranches to newly constructed homes, as well as lots ready for custom creations, the town is a draw for those seeking room to stretch out, but still be within arm’s reach of conveniences. The Asheville Regional Airport and I-26 are mere minutes away. The towns of Hendersonville (8 miles away) and Brevard (14 miles away) are also easily accessible. 

Mills River is part of the Henderson County Public Schools system. In addition, families can choose from a number of private and parochial educational options. Brevard College, a small, liberal arts institution, is 20 minutes away from Mills River.

Outdoor adventures abound in Mills River

Mills River NCWhen it comes to outdoor adventures, Mills River can’t be beat. For water activities, the French Broad River flows through the northeastern part of town, while one of its tributaries, the Mills River, flows through the center of town. Both Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest are a short drive away, offering daytrips overflowing with waterfalls, hiking paths and mountain biking trails – you can even take a horseback trail ride. The area also boasts renowned destinations like Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry. 

For world-class music performances, Mills River is just a short drive from the Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, which features everything from bluegrass to classical to operatic productions. www.brevardmusic.org

Excitement is brewing

A major boon to the town came in 2014, when Sierra Nevada opened a brewery – its second in the U.S. – in Mills River. The sprawling, state-of-the-art facility and Taproom and Restaurant draw thousands of visitors from all over the region and the world to enjoy tours, tastings and special events, as well as live music indoors and outdoors, in a relaxed family atmosphere. www.sierranevada.com/visit/north-carolina/

Other popular spots to visit in Mills River include the Mills River Creamery, offering a range of locally made milk, cheeses, ice cream (www.millsrivercreamery.com), as well as the Bold Rock Hard Cidery, which has daily tours, tastings, flights and food. www.boldrock.com/visit/mills-river-cidery/

For more information about real estate in Mills River, or anywhere in the Greater Asheville area, contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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