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Can’t-Miss Holiday Events in the Blue Ridge Mountains
The most wonderful time of the year has come to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and there are plenty of ways to get into the …
The most wonderful time of the year has come to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit! Here are a few of our top event picks for the 2021 holiday season.Read More
Plan a Visit to the Historic Carson House
Tucked between US Highway 70 and the Catawba River on the edge of Marion is one of the oldest surviving homes in this a…
The Blue Ridge Parkway
Discover Little Switzerland, Linville Falls, The Orchard at Altapass, Crabtree Falls, and the spectacular views of America's Favorite Scenic Drive.A Photographer's Dream →
Pisgah First: Exploring the Oldest National Forest in the East
With hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking, and forest exploration, you're invited to come experience this region first-hand. The possibilities are endless.Discover Something New →
Hike into Pisgah to find amazing waterfalls, the region boasts over 200 waterfall trails.Western NC Waterfalls →
Your Travel Guide To Little Switzerland, Lake James, Marion, Old Fort & Linville Falls
Welcome to the Blue Ridge Traveler's Towns and Trails! With cool mountain weather and warm Southern hospitality, the holiday season is the perfect time to plan your next vacation to the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.
Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in a little mountain holiday spirit or you’re shopping for unique handmade gifts, be sure to check out these top holiday events. Stroll the small-town streets of Marion, Old Fort, Little Switzerland and the Linville Falls community, where you will encounter the craftsmanship of local artists in shops and galleries. Check out the events calendar for a full line-up of happenings throughout the season.
Winter is the season for breathtaking mountain views! Hiking trails like Newberry Creek and Catawba Falls are beautiful in the winter months. Take a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway (weather permitting) for unforgettable vistas — and selfies for next year’s holiday cards!
When it’s time for a bite, pull up a chair at one of our delicious local restaurants. From barbecue to bakeries, burritos to bubble tea, and plenty of scrumptious Southern fare, you’re sure to find the local flavor you’re looking for. Enjoy a pint of locally brewed beer at one of several craft breweries, and look for local wine, coffee, mead and spirits, too.
At the end of the day, choose from numerous lodging options including mountain cabins, lakeside vacation rentals and national brand hotels.
If you’re already planning your 2022 mountain vacation, be sure to take a look at our Blue Ridge Traveler’s Visitor Guide. Add some of our historic attractions to your itinerary to get a glimpse of mountain life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and find fun things to do for the whole family.
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