The town of Black Mountain, North Carolina is named for an old train stop and was first incorporated in 1893. Black Mountain College was located here and produced many famous scholars and thinkers. Buckminster Fuller was a teacher and resident and Albert Einstein was a frequent visitor. The town still has an artistic vibe and is home to the popular Leaf Festival. Downtown shops include Dobra Tea and Mountain Dulcimer, where they hand make beautiful musical instruments. The Black Mountain Museum gives an interesting perspective on the area.
Since the Cherokee Indians settled here more than 10,000 years ago, folks have come seeking rejuvenation, contemplation, and introspection. The beautiful mountain scenery, variety of recreational activities, and friendly hometown feel, continues to attract many each year. Take a walk through historic downtown and discover numerous unique gift shops, galleries, and Appalachian-style craft stores, with local craftsmen often demonstrating iron works, dulcimer making, and throwing pottery. Enjoy a wide variety of nightly music at one of our famous venues.
From the most upscale cuisine, to country cooking and BBQ, the area is home to over forty restaurants sure to please any palate. Dine inside or outside, while enjoying the local flavor or celebrating a special occasion.
Activities abound – from a round of golf at Black Mountain’s famous 747 yard par 6 course (one of the longest in the world), to hiking and biking along the area’s numerous scenic trails. The area hosts many renowned festivals: Sourwood Festival, L.E.A.F. Festival, Black Mountain Art and Crafts Show, and Art in Bloom to name a few. Don’t miss the Swannanoa Valley Museum and Black Mountain Center for the Arts.
Make Black Mountain, North Carolina, in the lovely Swannanoa Valley, your vacation headquarters. Stay at a historic B&B, quaint cottage, country inn, or hotel while visiting some of the region’s greatest attractions. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Estate, Lake Lure and Chimney Rock State Park, are within a short drive. 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.
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