The 7 Best Hikes on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina

Clingmans Dome on the Appalachian Trail

Of the 2,000-plus miles of AT stretching up the East Coast, the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina has just under 100 miles of the world-famous trail coursing through it. Another 217 miles are shared along the Tennessee border. Nevertheless, some of the most beloved sections are part of the Appalachian Trail in NC, including Clingmans … Read more

The 6 Best Boone NC Breweries & Brewpubs (with Map)

Boone NC Breweries

Boone NC is perhaps best known for its iconic Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks and the easy access it offers to excellent campgrounds, hiking, snow tubing, and downhill skiing options. But thanks to the area’s continual growth, in recent years Boone has also become home to a number of popular breweries that are frequented by locals and … Read more

The 10 Best Restaurants in Boone NC

Popular dishes at Red Onion Cafe in Boone NC

The North Carolina High Country (which includes popular towns like Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, and Boone) is home to an abundance of delicious eateries. Home to Appalachian State University, Boone is located approximately two hours north of Asheville. The hip mountain town offers an array of attractions for locals and visitors alike.  There are all sorts of art … Read more

Fall in North Carolina: 20 Great Places to See Fall Colors in Western NC

Autumn Leaves at the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway

[Updated September 18, 2021] Fall in the North Carolina mountains is particularly special because the autumn leaves are around for an extended amount of time. The vibrant fall colors almost seem to develop in shifts, gradually working their way down the sides of the Blue Ridge Mountains as seasonal temperatures begin to drop. Changes at … Read more

The 20 Best Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes for NC Day Trips

Beacon Heights Overlook

The Blue Ridge Parkway road trip is truly an American classic. It’s possible to traverse the entire 469-mile route on rubber alone, stopping at some of the 200+ overlooks for those famously breathtaking mountain views, without ever breaking a sweat. The list of the area’s natural attractions is so extensive, your Blue Ridge Parkway itinerary … Read more

The 10 Best Things to Do in Weaverville NC

Downtown Weaverville NC Town Hall

We started this website in large part because we wanted to explore the small towns of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in the search for our future home. We’ve since visited dozens of towns all across North Georgia, Western North Carolina, and Virginia, and found some potentially great places to live in each state.  But … Read more

The 15 Best Things to Do in Hendersonville NC

Main St in Downtown Hendersonville NC

[Updated September 3, 2021] For far too long, Hendersonville NC seemed like the Jan Brady to Asheville’s Marcia, never quite garnering all the accolades and attention it deserved.  But in recent years, Asheville’s immense popularity has proven to be a double-edged sword. Thanks to national media attention, Asheville’s population has grown by nearly 12% since … Read more

The Best Hiking in Asheville NC Bucket List (Top 20 Hiking Trails)

Between the vast Pisgah National Forest, rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, wondrous waterfalls, and countless meandering creeks and verdant meadows, there’s no shortage of natural beauty in Western North Carolina. The area is also home to some of the most charming Blue Ridge mountain towns, from quaint small towns such as Banner Elk and Burnsville to larger towns such … Read more

The 10 Best Waterfalls Near Boone NC

Couple at Elk River Falls in Banner Elk NC

Located in the North Carolina High Country, Boone is a scenic college town with a surplus of art galleries, shopping, restaurants, hiking trails, Christmas Tree Farms, and beautiful overlooks.  The Blue Ridge Parkway runs right through Boone, which is close to small towns such as Blowing Rock, Seven Devils, Wilkesboro, Newland, Linville, and Banner Elk. This … Read more