The 20 Best Lakes in North Carolina (Mountains, Coast & Beyond)

[Updated January 25, 2023] As anyone who has ever visited will tell you, the state of North Carolina is truly a haven for nature lovers. The state is home to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest, dozens of beloved NC State Parks, the beaches of the Outer Banks, and famous scenic routes such as the … Read more

The 15 Best Hendersonville NC Restaurants for 2023

Outdoor Patio at Never Blue, a Downtown Hendersonville Restaurant

[Updated January 20, 2023]   From Blue Ridge and Dahlonega GA to Asheville and Waynesville NC, nearly every great mountain town we’ve visited has had a fantastic, foodie-friendly assortment of restaurants to lure visitors.    The Hendersonville eateries we explored during our recent visit proved the town, which lies just 20 miles south of Asheville, … Read more

Exploring the Davidson River Campground Near Brevard NC

Pisgah National Forest -Looking Glass Falls by Makasana Photo

Located off the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway (a.k.a. Pisgah Hwy) near Brevard NC, the Davidson River Campground  is a perfect base for anyone wanting to explore Pisgah National Forest. This prime Pisgah campground boasts several of its own attractions. But it’s also just a stone’s throw away from many of our favorite North Carolina waterfalls, … Read more

The 10 Best North Carolina Mountain Resorts to Visit

Timberlake's Restaurant at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock NC

Many travelers envision their NC mountain getaways in terms of the best mountain resorts in North Carolina.  Some resorts are steeped in history, romance, adventure, or roughing it on challenging hiking trails. Others are built around soaking in small town  charm, or exploring local arts and culture. I’ve lived in NC and explored its Blue Ridge Mountains region … Read more

The 14 Best Restaurants in Waynesville NC for Foodies

Patio Dining at Best Restaurants in WaynesVille NC

[Updated January 13, 2023] We’ve explored 40-50 of small towns in North Carolina over the last few years, from tiny burghs like Bryson City and Little Switzerland to major tourism hotspots like Blowing Rock, Boone, and Cherokee.  But none of these mountain towns has had more personal relevance for me than Waynesville NC. Located halfway between … Read more

The 20 Best Things to Do in Hendersonville NC for 2023

Hendersonville NC Main St in downtown

[Updated January 5, 2023] 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 10 Best Restaurants in Brevard NC for Foodies

Outdoor Patio at Wild Morel Restaurant in Brevard NC

We’ve visited 40 to 50 towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains over the past two years, from like Asheville and Roanoke to tiny burghs like Burnsville NC and Hiawassee GA.  But as we begin to narrow down the search for our future mountain home, few towns have impressed us quite as much as Brevard, North Carolina.  There … Read more

Christmas Town USA: 10 Ways to Celebrate in McAdenville NC

McAdenville NC Town Hall during Christmas Town USA Celebration

For approximately 340 days a year, the tiny town of McAdenville, North Carolina (population 900) is a quiet community with a charming little downtown area.  But every year from December 1-26, this quaint Charlotte suburb transforms into “Christmas Town USA,” one of the best Christmas light displays in North Carolina.  Ranked among the Top 10 … Read more

The 20 Best Cabin Rentals in Boone NC

1 of a Kind Cabin Rental Boone NC via VRBO

[Updated on 1/3/2023] Located about 85 miles northeast of Asheville, Boone NC is a popular mountain town that’s packed full of outdoor activities and attractions. From Blue Ridge Parkway road trips and beloved hiking trails to enjoying the area’s many fun festivals and art galleries, Boone offers a little something for everyone. Three of North Carolina’s best ski … Read more