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Black Mountain, North Carolina

More in the Area: Chimney Rock & Lake Lure | Mount Mitchell | Blue Ridge Parkway | LEAF Festival | Point Lookout Trail | Old Fort | Catawba Falls | Blue to Black Art Weekend | Hickory Nut Gorge | Montreat
Black Mountain, NC

Downtown Black Mountain is a quaint village with 40 or so shops and a dozen restaurants. Some of our favorite stops are the Town Hardware & General Store, Black Mountain Iron Works, Take a Hike Outfitters, Seven Sisters Gallery, and the sprawling Tyson Furniture Company (covers a whole block). For refreshments, stop at the Dripolator Coffeehouse and Chocolate Gems. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is a community arts facility in the beautifully renovated Old City Hall and houses monthly exhibits in the gallery along with programs in music, visual and performing arts.

After a wonderful dinner at one of Black Mountain's fine restaurants, take a walk around Lake Tomahawk. Just a few blocks from town in their quaint city park, Lake Tomahawk offers a well lighted level path for safe strolling in the evening.

Many folks come to know Black Mountain through the numerous conference centers located within a few miles of the town, including Ridgecrest, Blue Ridge Assembly, The Cove, and Christmount. The small township of Montreat, the home of the Reverend Billy Graham, actually abuts the city limits of Black Mountain and is a unique and charming village in itself, with a small liberal arts college and the Montreat Conference Center. If exploring this area, be sure and check out the breathtaking Ben Long fresco in the chapel on the campus grounds.

Sourwood Festival: August 9-10, 2014
Black Mountain's annual Sourwood Festival in August is always a hit with the locals and visitors alike! This weekend street festival features music, dancing, arts & crafts, super food, and more in a no alcohol environment make it the perfect event for the entire family. With about 200 vendors, discover lots of local and unique arts and crafts and there will be something to please every palate with BBQ and vegetarian faire, custom-crafted ice cream and funnel cakes and jellies. Add to that the honey and bee demos as well as the gourmet sourwood honey.

LEAF
The popular Lake Eden Arts Festival, better known as LEAF, is held twice a year. See our LEAF Guide.

Blue to Black Art Weekend
Held in May and October, see 40+ artist studios and galleries. See our guide for Blue to Black Art Weekend.

Greenway
If you love to road bike, check out the Point Lookout Trail Greenway.

If you continue east down the mountain via I-40, you will find the tiny village of Old Fort. And the village of Montreat is just a few miles north.

Directions from Asheville: I-40 east for about 15 miles. Downtown Black Mountain is just a few blocks from I-40.


Black Mountain, NC

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Gallery in Black Mountain

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B&B near Black Mountain

Inn on Mill Creek, Black Mountain
Tucked away on seven private wooded acres inside Pisgah National Forest, this casual B&B near the charming small town of Black Mountain has spacious guest rooms decorated to reflect the natural beauty of the mountains. Full breakfast is served in a glassed-in solarium overlooking the forest. 25 minutes east of downtown Asheville.
7 rooms, wi-fi, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, gardens, pond, organic orchard, pet friendly, North Carolina Birding Trail site.
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Creative Mountain Food Tours

Creative Mountain Food Tours
Take a 2-3 hour fun-filled guided walking tour, especially appealing to foodies and history buffs. Enjoy food, beverage and dessert tastings at least five local and unique eateries. Stroll, sip and taste while going behind the scenes to hear insightful tidbits of Black Mountain’s culture, history and cuisine.
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Swannanoa Valley Museum
The Swannanoa Valley Museum has served the Western North Carolina community since 1989 as Buncombe County’s primary museum of general local history. The history of the region is interpreted in a unique collection of photos and artifacts from the Swannanoa Valley that relate in microcosm the history of the settlement not only of the Swannanoa Valley, but also of Buncombe County and Western North Carolina. The Museum is located at 223 W. State Street in Black Mountain, in the former Black Mountain Fire House, designed and built in 1921 by Richard Sharp Smith, supervising architect at the Biltmore Estate. The Swannanoa Valley Museum is open April through October, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Admission $2, Members and children under 12 free.

White Horse Black Mountain
This unique performance and event center in the heart of downtown features a variety of events including music, storytelling, puppetry, poetry, theatre, films, community events, benefit events, workshops, and much more.

     
     

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