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Great Small Towns

If you think towns like Andy Taylor’s Mayberry and George Bailey’s Bedford Falls don’t exist anymore, you just aren’t looking in the right places. The Blue Ridge Mountains are richly populated with picturesque, historic, salt-of-the-earth small towns that will steal your heart away. North Carolina Small Towns—you’ll love them as much as they love you.

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<a href="" target="_blank">SALUDA, NC   Saluda Business Association</a>

SALUDA, NC Saluda Business Association

We welcome you to Saluda, North Carolina!
Located where the foothills end and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina begins ... we invite you to visit our historic downtown featuring a century-old general store, locally sourced restaurants, bakeries and amazing ice cream parlors and coffee shops. Enjoy our outdoor adventures, or stroll art galleries and studios where creativity abounds! An authentic Saluda experience always includes a little produce from the Saluda Tailgate Market and a taste of our lively local music. End your day in one of our charming inns or mountain lodges. Saluda is a treasured Great Small Town found within the nationally recognized Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
The Saluda Business Association consists of more than 80 merchants and small business owners. The organization publishes the Saluda brochure and sponsors the Saluda Arts & Music Festival, the Hometown Christmas Stroll and maintains the Visitor's Information Center, as well as the website. Our goal is to preserve and promote Saluda's culture, heritage, and natural beauty.
Downtown Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773
Phone: 828-894-2324|Toll Free: 800-440-7848
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<a href="" target="_blank">The Black Mountain/Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce </a><a href="" target="_blank">The Black Mountain/Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce </a>

The Black Mountain/Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce

Make Black Mountain your vacation headquarters. We are officially the Little Town That Rocks!  Our quaint and charming town is full of wonderful locally owned shops and galleries. We have amazing independantly owned restaurants. Stay at a historic B&B or quaint cottage while visiting some of the region’s greatest attractions that are within a short drive: the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Estate, Lake Lure and Chimney Rock State Park. Sit and rock on our "Front Porch". Stroll around Lake Tomahawk. Drink in the ever-changing mountain views. Luxuriate in the peace and fresh air. Visit Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley to discover the best that Western North Carolina has to offer. 

201 E. State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone: 828-669-2300|Fax: 828-669-1407|Toll Free: 800-669-2301
<a href="" target="_blank">Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Forest City, Bostic and Ellenboro, located in Rutherford County, North Carolina</a><a href="" target="_blank">Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Forest City, Bostic and Ellenboro, located in Rutherford County, North Carolina</a>

Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Forest City, Bostic and Ellenboro, located in Rutherford County, North Carolina

From majestic peaks rising above Hickory Nut Gorge to the history and charm of Rutherfordton, Forest City and Spindale, each winding road invites you to slow down, take a breath and enjoy your relaxing getaway to Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills. With mountain cabins and lakeside cottage, historic B&B’s and luxury resorts, you’ll find the perfect accommodations in the perfect setting. 

2932 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC 28746
Phone: 828-287-6113
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<a href="" target="_blank">The Heart of Brevard</a>

The Heart of Brevard

The town center of Brevard, NC offers quaint and fabulous shops, locally owned restaurants, beautiful historic buildings, and many family-friendly attractions all located within walking distance. Four times a year the streets are filled with local families and tourists who visit Brevard for the street festivals. Nearby, discover the renowned Porter Center, where world-class music and entertainment are presented in afternoon and evening performances. Brevard is located to the southwest of Asheville, and is an easy, picturesque drive away. On the border of Pisgah National Forest, you can also enjoy a variety of family day trips, hiking, Sliding Rock (a natural waterslide), and the Cradle of Forestry, all within a short drive from Brevard.

Discover the Heart of Brevard-where exciting things are always happening.

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175 East Main St. Suite 200, Brevard, NC 28712
Phone: 828-884-3278|Fax: 828-884-4209
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<a href="" target="_blank">Historic Valdese, NC</a><a href="" target="_blank">Historic Valdese, NC</a>

Historic Valdese, NC

The founding of Valdese in Burke County by the Waldensians won statewide recognition in the spring of 1893. Etched in history as the oldest Evangelical church in the world, the Waldensians predate the Reformation by hundreds of years. Come to Valdese and hear their story of faith and determination. Visit the Trail of Faith to experience life as they lived it, then continue to the Waldensian Museum viewing items used in their crafts of bread baking and winemaking. Group tours can be booked through the Valdese Tourism Office.

400 Main Street West, Valdese, NC 28690
Phone: (828) 879-2129|Toll Free: 888-VALDESE (825-3373)
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<a href="" target="_blank">Historic Village of Tryon, NC</a><a href="" target="_blank">Historic Village of Tryon, NC</a>

Historic Village of Tryon, NC

Welcome to the most wonderful place you may not have heard of: Tryon, North Carolina. Located smack dab in the center of the triangle formed by Asheville, NC, Greenville and Spartanburg, SC, we're close to everything but away from it all. Want endless nightlife, countless restaurants and shopping that rivals the Mall of America? See you around. Just not around here. Our claim to fame is quality—not quantity—of life. So come see us and stay for a spell. You're going to love this place without reservation. But then reservations are helpful.

301 North Trade Street, Tryon, NC 28782
Phone: 828-859-6464|Fax: 828-859-6653|Toll Free:
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<a href="" target="_blank">Marion Business Association</a>

Marion Business Association

Where Main Street Meets the Mountains -- Since 1844, Marion has attracted people to this idyllic region of the Blue Ridge. Browse through the ecclectic mix of shops and restaurants featuring model trains, arts and crafts, cheesecakes, coffee houses, antiques and vintage shops. Weekly bluegrass jams, a summer concert series, June's Livermush Festival and October's Mountain Glory celebration are events you don't want to miss! No glitz, no glamour ... instead, find distinctive people and places in historic Marion.

58 Depot Street, Marion, NC 28752
Phone: 828-652-2215
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Polk County Tourism - The Towns of Columbus ~ Saluda ~ Tryon

The First Peak of the Blue Ridge is a beautiful area in the Blue Ridge Mountains that includes mountains, foothills and rolling countryside. The area has a wonderful blend of rural atmosphere and small town charm, with great restaurants, shops, services and easy access to the rest of the world. Our small towns - Historic Saluda, Tryon and Columbus – are within a few miles of each other, but each has its own distinct personality. With a mild four-season climate, anytime of the year is a pleasant time to visit.
20 Mills St., Columbus, NC 28722
Phone: 828-894-2324|Fax: 828-894-6142|Toll Free: 800-440-7848
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