Travel

Travel
Embark on a tour of six distinct wine-producing regions in WNC, and find out why each of our vineyards and wineries can boast of unique and notable fruits of the vine.

As tourism continues to rise, local college students size up the economic impact

The winding route to Plumtree through far western Avery County on U.S. 19 East is the very definition of a road trip. It’s the kind of byway most people would take only if this out-of-the-way hamlet were the destination itself. But for fans of beer and scenic beauty, a thriving brewery and a cluster of outdoor options are enticing reasons to tour the North Toe River valley’s flower-filled fields.

Hop the border to Virginia’s Primland for a luxury experience that reaches for the stars

Burke County is bursting with options for your next adventure

Head to Charleston this spring to tour grand estates and prize-worthy gardens

Internationally known for the quality of the mica in its soil, Spruce Pine is also ground zero for one of the most highly regarded craft communities in the nation. Potters and other artisan wizards work in the hills and hollers that surround Mineral City, making Spruce Pine a prime base for hiking, touring, and studio-hopping.

The Southern Outer Banks beckon with pristine beaches, wild horses, and 300 years of swashbuckling lore

County: Madison Population: 868

Head across the mountains to explore all that’s new in this revitalized and thriving city

County: Watauga, Population: 1,425

History lessons and a British pub await in this little college town

Bursting with shops and eateries in quaint brick buildings, Black Mountain looks and feels like a storybook village brought to life. Nestled in the Swannanoa Valley, the town first rose to prominence as a stop for tourists traveling to Mount Mitchell by train, and later by automobile. Modern travelers will also find it a charming place to explore.

Three new reads chronicle adventures past and present

Head east for a historic home tour, delicious sandwiches, and furniture shopping

Founded in 1779, long before Tennessee became a state, quiet little Jonesborough served as the capital of the geopolitical oddity known as the Lost State of Franklin, a territory along the North Carolina border that was organized as America's 14th state. It lasted from 1784 to 1788 but was never formally recognized by the union. Jonesborough is best enjoyed on foot, so park the car and stroll this historically rich town to appreciate the fine old houses and same westward-ho views that early pioneers took in.

Slip away to peaceful Apalachicola for sun, siestas, solitude, and a taste of wild Florida

Explore Bryson City’s fun mix of old and new

Between Old Fort and Marion, make a detour for quaint Pleasant Gardens

Hide out from stress at one of these soothing retreats

Autumn is upon us, and you can park yourself in the backyard and watch the leaves put on a show.

Go for the Historic Morganton Festival, then stay and play

You are now leaving WNC. Don’t call us traitors for straying from our beloved natural wonderland. Sometimes you just have to play outside the lines. After all, much of what we love here—lofty peaks, wild rivers, picturesque lakes, and awe-inspiring trails—spills over into Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Summer is the season to grab your gear, whether it be a life jacket, fishing rod, hiking boots, or mountain bike, and head for great escapes just across the border.

Let local chefs and guides lead you to the wonders of Italian and French cuisine with these delicious tours abroad

The capital of the Southeast is bigger, bolder, and better than ever

Check in to some of WNC’s eco-friendly accommodations

From family weekend getaways to the partying antics of rock stars, this Bat Cave inn was built to house good times

This summer, log some miles and celebrate the Blue Ridge Parkway’s anniversary with 75 must-see stops

Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Bring your shopping list and discover epicurean delights, gifts, and holiday spirit in this foothills town

Open for Business: From downtown to the south side, explore the town that keeps reinventing itself

Waynesville may be the biggest town west of Asheville, but it retains a neighborly charm

Luxury finds its way into this rural community known for its rich history

Look beyond Lenoir’s reputation for fine furniture, and you’ll discover a town dedicated to visual arts and simple pleasures