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Small Town Charm

bryson city 2Last summer my family vacationed in Bryson City, North Carolina, a little town nestled quietly in the mountains of NC. We rented a cozy little cabin located off a mountain road and surrounded by trees, and explored the town for a week. It was a very peaceful vacation, with cool nights and mornings, and beautiful warm days. The town itself won my heart. There was not a lot to do—its biggest attraction is the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, which is a beautiful open-air ride through nature with views of the Nantahala River —and the only recognizable stores we came across other than the grocery store, were a Family Dollar and a Burger King. That was my favorite thing about Bryson City. It had its own personality, with the essentials: library, post office, laundro-mat, but it also had jewels specific to the town. It had its own unique coffee house and wine bar called The Cork and Bean and along the city sidewalks there was an antique store, a used book store, and a train museum. The buildings were old and still had remnants of the city’s past. Though it did not take long to stroll through downtown, its charm was something I held on to, and what makes me want to visit the city again. If you are looking for a getaway, maybe a stay in a small town is the perfect destination. The South is full of them, so take your pick, and enjoy the allure of a small town. Here are a few to get you started.

Leiper’s Fork is just one of the many villages and small towns located in Williamson County, TN. This little village is just down the road from Franklin, TN, and not far from Nashville. It is a village that holds a lot of history. Guests enjoy a town peppered with examples of 19th century architecture, once a characteristic of all towns in Williamson County. The people are friendly, willing to enlighten visitors with tales of daily life. The restaurants are one of a kind, too. Specialties like country-style fried catfish and frog legs appear on menus every Friday at Nett’s Country Store. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the longest-serving rural restaurant, Country Boy Restaurant. These are treats that you will only find here in Leiper’s Fork, where they would love for you to be a part of their story. It is a town sure to leave you charmed.

Aiken_SmallTownPerhaps staying in a town known as the “birthplace and deathbed of the confederacy” will pique your interest. Another quaint town full of history and a beautiful Victorian setting is Abbeville, South Carolina. One of its best attractions is the beautifully restored Opera House. It is no stranger to sell-out shows, and is the perfect way to end a day of shopping after a nice dinner at a local restaurant. For nature lovers, Abbeville has numerous state parks to explore and three lakes near the Savannah River Basin to float around on. To really make a connection with the town, take a tour, and sink your teeth into its Civil War history, and all its beautiful architecture.

While the world knows this small town as Berkley Springs, West Virginia, its official name is Bath. A fountainhead of warm mineral waters, this city is home to the country’s first spa. Visitors sought out these waters (similarly to the Fountain of Youth) for health and to relieve the stresses of everyday life. It is also the nation’s smallest state park, and visitors can lead self-guided tours through the park and the historic town of Berkley Springs itself. There is even a county-wide driving tour that highlights George Washington-related sites. George Washington and some of his men were the ones to dub the town “Bath”, when they discovered the hot springs in 1776. After exploring the state park, walking the Washington Heritage Trail, or wading in the warm waters of the spring, a night on the town at a local restaurant or café is the perfect ending to a day in Berkley Springs.


Cullowhee River Club on the Tuckasegee

Cullowhee River Club on the Tuckasegee

Sylva, North Carolina

A place where adventure meets the arts, Cullowhee River Club is nestled in the mountains of Cullowhee, North Carolina, less than 55 miles west of Asheville, NC. This mountain riverfront community boasts 1.3 miles of river frontage to the Tuckaseegee River, known for its superior fly fishing that makes Jackson County the Trout Capital of NC. Cullowhee is also home to the largest university west of Asheville, Western Carolina University, bringing fine & performing arts, sporting events, and life-long learning opportunities, all within walking distance!
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Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain - NC Mountain Communities

Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain - NC Mountain Communities

Hendersonville, North Carolina

Unparalleled panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and pristine forests. This award winning mountain top community is removed without being remote. It is minutes from the conveniences of Hendersonville, NC and the Asheville Airport. Ideal altitude from 3,200 to 3,800 feet to enjoy cool summers without the harsh winters.
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Retire NC

Retire NC

Cary, North Carolina

From four distinct seasons to its geographic diversity and welcoming communities, North Carolina draws those seeking retirement options that feed the senses and the soul. Retiring to North Carolina is like coming home...
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Avalon

Avalon

Waynesville, North Carolina

Avalon is a gated community located just 25 minutes west of Asheville, North Carolina. This 400-acre Western North Carolina mountain community is situated high atop a mountain plateau with hardwood forests and panoramic mountain views.
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Vista at Blacksmith Run

Vista at Blacksmith Run

Hendersonville, North Carolina

Nestled between Historic Hendersonville and Lake Lure's picturesque coves is Vista at Blacksmith Run-an exclusive Western North Carolina mountain property designed for residential development. Blacksmith Run's secluded mountain lifestyle and four season climate turns an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience. With convenient access to all of Western North Carolina's treasures, this quiet mountain gated community was developed for those who appreciate the best that life has to offer.
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Champion Hills

Champion Hills

Hendersonville, North Carolina

At Champion HIlls you'll enjoy life in perfect balance. Our golf and tennis community and country club, situated in the mountains of Western North Carolina with breathtaking views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, is secluded, but not isolated-casual yet elegant-relaxed, but with easy access to the unlimited activities and entertainment of Asheville and Hendersonville.
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Vista at Bill's Mountain - North Carolina Gated Community

Vista at Bill's Mountain - North Carolina Gated Community

Lake Lure, North Carolina

Perfectly shaped since the beginning of time, Bill's Mountain is your chance to experience the picturesque town of Lake Lure. Every contour...every pristine ridge of this Lake Lure property offers incomparable views Western North Carolina. Set just five minutes from Lake Lure's crystal blue waters in Rutherford County, Bill's Mountain's 800 spectacular acres invites you to reconnect with family and friends, nature and the spirit within you.
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