Thinking about buying real estate in Asheville? During your next trip here to explore the new home market and the area, be sure to leave time to explore some of the must-see places that lie just a short drive from town. You’ll be glad you did.
Let a trip to Linville Caverns engage your wonderment and awe. Located outside of Marion, NC, it’s the only “show cavern” in the state. Get an up close look at stalagmites and rare blind fish, plus bats, salamanders and even an underground stream. Your tour guides offer expert history as they take you through this stunning view of nature. Be sure to bring a jacket and comfortable footwear, as the temperature inside the cavern year round stays a constant 52 degrees fahrenheit.
Mount Mitchell, famous for being the highest point east of the Mississippi (elevation 6,684), is a relaxing 30 mile drive from Asheville along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Suitable for families and adventure seekers alike, you’ll find not only majestic views from the top but also an observation deck and museum alongside plentiful hiking trails for all ability levels. Pack a picnic or visit the Mount Mitchell Restaurant to re-fuel after taking in the sights of this unique spruce-fir forest. Want to learn more? Check out this video of Mount Mitchell produced by North Carolina State Parks and Recreation.
And don’t forget to immerse yourself in the quaint yet bustling mountain town of Boone, North Carolina. Home to Appalachian State University, this college town offers local art and craft, pottery, and the iconic Mast General Store, where you can browse outdoor clothing and gear as well as a signature selection of old fashioned candies. To round out your trip to Boone, spend some time in nearby Blowing Rock, and visit The Blowing Rock feature after strolling around Blowing Rock’s downtown shops, galleries and fine dining restaurants. Recently featured in the New York Times, these lesser-traveled mountain towns are not to be missed.
One more destination is Lake Lure, North Carolina, nestled in the Hickory Nut Gorge, just 27 miles from Asheville. Perfect for families, there is a beachfront, a water park and a boardwalk to keep everyone entertained. Or visit Chimney Rock Park to see the characteristic rock formation by hike or by elevator; no matter how you get to the top, the panoramic views won’t disappoint. Then reward yourselves with a first-class dining experience at LaStrada At Lake Lure or Treetops Restaurant, both offering exquisite views of the lake while you dine.
All of these destinations are within an easy drive of Asheville and offer a small mountain town feel while delivering on fun and relaxation. Meet the locals, take in the sights and enjoy the southern hospitality just waiting for you.