Local Attractions

Attraction Location Description Telephone
Benefields Boat LandingNeboPontoon rentals on Lake James828-584-0441
Bucks PizzaMorgantonLocal favorite, stylish location. Beer available.828-433-9006
Catawba AnglerOld FortFly fishing & light tackle guide service within the Pisgah National Forest.828-460-2390
Catawba FallsOld FortBeautiful cascading waterfall within the Pisgah National Forest. Parking & restrooms available. Off Exit 73 of I-40.
Catawba Meadows ParkMorganton3.8 mile Greenway along river for walking/biking, 18-hole disc golf course, sand volleyball courts, playground, canoe/kayak/tube rentals828-433-1968
Catawba River OutdoorsMorgantonKayak & tubing rentals along the Catawba River with shuttle service. Rates by the hour & include paddle & life jacket.828-442-6048
Chimney Rock State ParkChimney RockSee the 535 million year old monolith with its panoramic views of Lake Lure & Hickory Nut Gorge, 404ft waterfall, and hiking trails for all levels. Check the site for events & specials. Admission charged.800-277-9611
Countryside BBQ RestaurantMarionRelaxed family-style dining, offering Southern fare. Check site for hours.828-652-4885
Crabby Abbys Bar and GrillMarionCasual, friendly eatery with made from scratch menu, also serving drinks.828-559-2726
Cracker Barrel Old Country StoreMorgantonCountry store & restaurant serving southern comfort foods. Located at Exit 105 of I-40.828-433-7665
Emerald Village & Gem MineLittle SwitzerlandLocated just off the Parkway, and home to 7 real mines. Unique black light & underground tours available. Closed Nov thru March.828-765-6463
English Farmstead CheeseMarionA 6th generation family farm making very fresh cheeses and spreads from their on-site dairy cows. Open Fri/Sat 10-6.828-756-8166
Famous Louises Rock HouseMarionLocal restaurant situated on 3 county lines, offering home cooked meals, fresh baked pies and more!828-765-2702
Fatz CafeMorgantonExtensive menu featuring appetizers, salads, burgers, lunch & dinner entrees, desserts, a full bar and more!828-430-9766
Friday Friends RestaurantMorgantonCasual dining along the banks of the Catawba River. Menu features a variety of items. Open daily 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10.828-430-3024
Grandfather MountainLinvilleCheck out the mile-high suspension bridge, wildlife habitats, nature museum, hiking trails, and more! Admission charged. Call for schedule.800-468-7325
Historic Carson HouseMarionBuilt in 1793 and on the NC Civil War Trail, today the home is open for viewing. Check website for hours.828-724-4948
Ingenious Coffee RoastersMarionCoffee house in downtown Marion828-559-2370
J Hartmans RestaurantMarionSandwiches, burgers, salads, limited entrees.828-652-3354
Jack Frost Dairy BarTown favorite since 1954 serving all kinds of icecream goodies! Open in-season Wed-Sat 12:30-8:30828-652-1178
Jonas Ridge SnowtubingJonas RidgeTypically opens mid-Dec. Call ahead for times.828-733-4155
Kids in Parks in NCWestern NCGreat site for anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors with the kids! Several areas close to us offer fun & informative hiking trails, maps, brochures & the option for kids to track their trail progress & earn fun prizes!
Kids Senses MuseumRutherfordtonAn interactive childrens musuem featuring fun & educational programs & exhibits. Open Tues- Sat 9-5. Fee required.828-286-2120
Kozy Kritters Doggie DaycareMarionSince we are unable to accept pets at our rentals, this may be an option for you during your stay.828-317-1424
Lake James State ParkNeboHuge 6,510 acre lake with over 150 miles of shoreline. New swimming area and beach at Paddys Creek-fee required. Boating, fishing, hiking trails.828-584-7728
Las SalsasMarionMexican food & drink at a reasonable price!828-659-3350
Linville CavernsLinvilleOffering 30 min. tours "inside the mountain". Check website for hours. Admission charged.828-756-4171
Linville FallsLinvilleGreat must-see area for hiking to 3 different levels of the falls. Lots of photo opportunities. Easy to Moderate in hiking level.
Linville Falls Golf ClubMarion18-hole course with driving range & putting green. Open to the public. $30 for 18 holes w/cart everyday.828-756-4653
Linville Falls WineryNewlandFamily owned & operated on 40 acres. The family is also one of the top growers of Fraser Fir Christmas Trees. 828-765-1400
Linville Gorge Wilderness AreaPisgah National ForestKnown as the Grand Canyon of the East, it is one of the most rugged gorges in the eastern US. It is a hikers & backpackers paradise.
Lucky Strike Gold & Gem MineVein MountainRecreational gold and gem mining year-round, including panning & river dredging. Open 8:00am-7:00pm daily.828-738-4893
Marion GreenwayMarionLocal greenway access in Marion with paved walkway that runs alongside the Catawba River. Parking available.828-668-4282
Marion Lake Golf ClubMarionBuilt in 1923, and designed by architect Russell Breeden. This semi-private course is a Par 70 with Bermuda greens. Call for tee times.828-652-6232
Marquee Cinema Mimosa 7MorgantonMovie Theater - First run movies. Call or check site for times & prices.828-437-4640
McDowell Chamber of CommerceMarionListing of area businesses828-652-4240
McDowell County TourismOld FortInformation on local events, sightseeing, and what to see and do in the area.828-668-4282
McDowell Local Neighborhood EateryMarionNew eatery on Main St. in downtown Marion. Relaxed atmosphere, using locally sourced foods.828-559-0654
McDowell Quilt TrailMarionBeautiful quilt blocks located throughout McDowell County. Pick up a trail map at the Visitor Center to see these beautiful works of art, while touring the area.828-652-8610
McDowell Trails Assoc.MarionCheck out McDowell Countys Greenways, Trails & Hiking Routes828-724-4036
McGalliard Falls & Grist MillValdese40 foot high waterfall and old grist mill. Nice photo opportunities.828-879-2132
Mimosa Hills Farm (horseback riding)MorgantonHorseback riding & trail rides. Must schedule in advance.828-432-6040
Mountain View RestaurantLittle SwitzerlandCasual dining indoors & out with big mountain views! All ABC permits.828-766-9670
Mr Bobs DonutsMarionNow with 2 locations in Marion & Old Fort. Huge filled donuts & apple uglys made fresh daily!828-659-7132
Mt Mitchell Golf CourseBurnsvilleRanked in the Top Ten in NC by Golf Digest, this course offers views from every hole. A Par 72, open from Apr-Nov. Call for tee times.828-675-5454
Mt Mitchell State ParkBurnsvilleStanding at an elevation of 6,684 it is the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Observation deck, trails, seasonal restaurant. Park admission is free.828-675-4611
Orchard at AltapassAltapassWorking apple orchard, hayrides, bluegrass music, crafts & more! Call for times. Milepost 328.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.828-765-9531
Paddys Creek Beach AreaNeboNew million dollar expansion at Lake James! Paddys Creek offers a beautiful & scenic swim beach with concessions, bath house facilities, picnic areas, over 6 miles of hiking trails, boat rentals, etc. Open daily May 1st-Sept 30. Fee required.828-584-7728
Red Rocker Inn - diningBlack MountainCasual fine dining - reservations suggested.828-669-5991
Riverside Riding StablesLake LureLooking to enjoy some horseback riding? Guided trail, and riverside rides for all ages. Call for reservations.828-288-1302
Roma PizzaNeboHomemade pizza, pasta, subs & more! Eat-in or take-out.828-652-7377
Root & Vine RestaurantMorgantonServing quality food with an extensive wine list, all in a relaxed atmosphere. Reservations welcomed.828-433-1540
Silver Fork WineryMorgantonNearby local vineyard and winery. Great views, weekend events & music.828-391-8783
South Creek Winery & VineyardsNeboLocally owned boutique winery offering tastings & tours. Music on the weekends in-season. Call for more info.828-652-5729
South Mountains State ParkConnelly SpringsMore then 40 miles of hiking trails, an 80ft waterfall, and 17-mile mountain bike loop.828-433-4772
Switzerland Inn - diningLittle SwitzerlandDining room open to the public - breakfast, lunch, & dinner daily. 828-765-2153
Toms Creek WaterfallMarionEasy hike for families & children. Lush coves, hardwood forest, huge boulders with a 60ft falls.
Town of Black MountainBlack MountainVery quaint walking town with lots of local shops and eateries only a 30 minute drive away.828-669-2300
Wisemans View OverlookMorgantonLocated 1500ft above the Linville River, the overlook offers views of Linville Gorge, Hawksbill Mtn. & Table Rock.
ZaxbysMarionFranchised eatery known for their chicken & salads828-659-9966


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