Local Attractions

Attraction Location Description Telephone
Appalachian Ski MtnBlowing Rock12 slopes, 2 terrain parks, 1-double chairlift, 2-quad chairlifts, & 2-conveyor lifts828-295-7828
Apple Hill Orchard & Cider MillMorgantonFive generations of apple growers offering: U-Pick, wagon tours, cider mill, country store & bakery. Call for hours.828-437-1224
Applebees Bar and GrillMorgantonRecently opened in the new Morganton Heights Shopping Center. 828-328-1000
Artisan Gourmet MarketBlack MountainFeaturing specialty coffees, wines, sandwiches, locally grown products, meats, cheeses, chocolates,and more.828-357-5500
Barkville (pet) HotelCasarWant to visit, but the rental wont accept pets? Have your little friend stay here at very reasonable rates & they get to vacation too! Less than 20 min. from us!704-419-1839
Beanstalk Journey ZiplinesMorgantonZipline Tours - travel throughout the tree tops using a series of sky bridges & zip lines. Call for reservations & times.828-430-3440
Bear Creek MarinaNeboLocated on beautiful Lake James offering a full service bar & grill with live music on the weekends. Call for hours.828-655-1400
Belle Nicho WineryNeboNearby vineyard & tasting room with wines from French-American hybrids, native grapes & vinifera.828-659-3168
Biltmore Estate & WineryAshevilleLocated within 8,000 acres, Biltmore Estate is Americas largest privately owned home. Open 365 days a year. Less than an hours drive away. Call ahead for tickets.828-225-1333
Black Mountain BistroBlack MountainLocally owned with a casual, yet elegant feel, the bistro is open everyday except Sunday.828-669-5041
Blue Ridge ParkwaySpruce PineClosest access is 226 North to Spruce Pine. Be sure to stop at visitor center to pick up a Visitor Guide & Map.828-298-0398
Brown Mountain LightsMorgantonSee the mysterious & unexplained moving lights in the distant hills. Make your own deductions as to what is causing them. See website for best viewing times.
Bruces Fabulous FoodsMarionHome of over 100 cheesecake flavors. Casual, affordable & always something different. Lunch only: M-F 11-3828-659-8023
Bucks PizzaMorgantonLocal favorite, stylish location. Beer available.828-433-9006
Cafe MarionMarionServing breakfast & lunch most days in a family friendly atmosphere.828-559-2040
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
Crooked Door Coffee HouseMarionLocal coffee house on the 2nd floor offering coffees, teas, and smoothies. Live music. Open M- Thur 8-5:30 Fri-Sat 8am-9pm. 828-652-6216
Davidsons Fort Historic ParkÓld FortOriginally constructed in 1776, todays replica serves to teach about the poineer era in Old Fort. Call for hours.828-668-4831
DeMariano VineyardsNeboBasically in the "backyard" of Hidden Lake, the vineyard can be seen from many of our properties! Not yet open so check back for updates!
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 CafeMarionExtensive menu featuring appetizers, salads, burgers, lunch & dinner entrees, desserts, a full bar and more!828-659-1364
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
Harbor Inn SeafoodMorgantonReasonably priced, casual dining with daily specials. Located just off Exit 105 of I-40828-437-0293
Highway 55 BurgersMarionNostalgic themed restaurant offering a variety of burgers, sandwiches, shakes and other specialties.828-559-2009
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
Hollys DeliMarionHot & cold deli sandwiches, salads, burgers, & dessserts.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
Judges Riverside BBQ RestaurantMorgantonLocated on the Catawba River, Judges features a variety of hickory smoked meats & other sweets, with indoor & outdoor dining. Check site for hours.828-433-5798
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 Cellars & WineryGlen AlpineLocated in a restored 1915 textile mill, the winery features a tasting room and gift shop. Closed Mondays.828-584-4551
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 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 Boat LandingMorgantonPontoon boat rentals on Lake James828-584-1886
Mimosa Hills Farm (horseback riding)MorgantonHorseback riding & trail rides. Must schedule in advance.828-432-6040
Moondoggys Classic DinerMarion50s style classic nostalgia diner featuring burgers, patty melts, fries, shakes and more from the soda fountain. 828-655-1557
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
Old Fort Golf CourseOld FortPar 72, 9-hole course, open to the public828-668-4256
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
Quaker Meadows GolfMorgantonRussell Breeden designed 18-hole course with Bermuda fairways, and bent grass greens. Par 70. Call for tee times.828-437-2677
Red Rocker Inn - diningBlack MountainCasual fine dining - reservations suggested.828-669-5991
Refinery 13 TaproomMarionServing NC craft beers, local wines & non-alcoholic beverages in a friendly atmosphere.828-559-0027
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
Waldensian WineryValdeseOpened in 1930, the winery uses a mostly-manual process in making their wines. Open Thur-Sun 1-6pm.828-879-2126
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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