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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/

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Find Your Blue Ridge Mountain Escape in Fletcher

Fletcher NCIf you’re looking for a town that’s tucked away yet perfectly positioned to take advantage of everything Western N.C. has to offer, Fletcher is for you. Located in Henderson County, with downtown Asheville 12 miles to the north and Hendersonville 9 miles to the south, Fletcher provides proximity along with a sense of respite – living here will feel like a vacation getaway!

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Fletcher was incorporated in 1989, and has a population of around 8,000. Its 5 square miles rise 2,112 feet above sea level. It is bordered to the west by Mills River and to the north by Arden. Interstate 26 passes through the west side of Fletcher, while Hendersonville Road passes through its center, providing quick and easy access to vibrant commercial corridors as well as the natural outdoor activities for which the area is famed.

Home styles in Fletcher vary to fit almost any taste and budget, from rambling ranches and grand new builds with long-range views, to conveniently compact cottages and condominiums. Part of the Henderson County Public Schools system, Fletcher also features private educational options, including a number of parochial schools.

Fletcher’s close proximity to the Asheville Regional Airport makes it easy to catch a flight. The nearby commercial strip of Hendersonville Road boasts a plethora of restaurants, as well as grocery and department stores.

Outdoor activities abound in Fletcher

To the west of Fletcher flows the French Broad River, replete with kayaking, canoeing and tubing opportunities. A short drive away is Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a hiker’s and mountain biker’s paradise, with miles and miles of trails on which to spend the day. 

Fletcher North CarolinaAlso nearby is the North Carolina Arboretum, which offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of trails, and year-round exhibits to enthrall the entire family. A mere 28-minute drive away is Pisgah Forest, perfect for a day trip getaway to spots like Looking Glass falls, Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry. 

A popular place to spend the afternoon outdoors is Lake Julian Park in nearby Arden, a county park with a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, disc-golf course, rental boats and picnic shelters. 

Fiber fairs, pigs and plays

The nearby Western N.C. Agricultural Center & Fairgrounds is home to year-round events to appeal to a range of interests: everything from train shows to fiber fairs to livestock expos to the ever-popular N.C. Mountain State Fair.

For an evening play or performance, take a quick drive to the Flat Rock Playhouse. The nearby Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is the perfect place to spend a day, where you can learn about the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer.

For more information about purchasing a property in Fletcher, or anywhere in the Asheville area, contact us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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