Just minutes from great shopping in Boone or Blowing Rock, the Lodge is in a perfect, central position to ski basins, Grandfather Mountain, golfing, fishing, horseback riding, waterfalls and restaurants. We're also close to a few regional events such as Merlfest, the Valle Country Fair, the Wooly Worm Festival and the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.

Places to See

Linville Falls

Linville Falls is a beautifu series of dramatic waterfalls that drop into a deep gorge, accessed by a trail lined with rare virgin strands of white pine and hemlock trees. The area around the Falls is one of the few places in these mountains where the rosebay, Catawba and Carolina rhododendron grow side-by-side.

Linville Caverns

Located at the base of Humpback Mountain in the beautiful Linville Valley lies a natural wonder: Linville Cavers. After remaining a mysterious secret for centuries, the caverns are open for safe and convenient public touring.

Pisgah National Forest

Consisting of over half a million acres of forest surrounding Mt. Pisgah, this National Forest began when George Vanderbilt, the grandson of railroad baron Cornelius Vanderbilt, assembled property around his growing estate at the confluence of the Swannanoa and French Broad Rivers in western North Carolina.

Grandfather Mountain & Park

The highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Blue Ridge Parkway

Wildlife is a delight to see along the Parkway. Here you will find wild woodchucks, chipmunks, squirrels, skunks, bobcats, foxes, possums and raccoons. Whitetail deer and black bears also inhabit this area. Look for them in the early morning or evening. More than 100 bird species can be seen during the Spring migration season.

Shopping

Mast General Store

A place Charles Kuralt calls, "a destination." That place is the Mast General Store in the rural historic district of Valle Crucis.

Skiing

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Your first resort for family fun!

Sugar Mountain Resort

Celebrating 40 years of skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating and snowshoeing.

Beech Mountain Resort

The highest ski resort in Eastern North America, at 5506 feet above sea level!

Local Events, Activities & Places

Tweetsie Railroad

Tweetsie was designed to entrain and delight families with young children... and of course, adults who remain young at heart.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games fosters and restores interest in traditional dancing, piping, athletic achievement and Gaelic culture. They create and establish scholarship funds to assist students from Avery County High School to study at American colleges and universities.

Appalachian State University

Home of the Mountaineers, ASU is antionally recognized for its quality academics, which include more than 140 degree programs and 1500 courses. also strong in athletics, from 2005 to 2007, Appalachian won 3 consecutive National Championships in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision as well as a recent win in the Sun Belt Conference Championship!

Elk Creek Oufitters

The premiere fishing guide service in the High Country. Located in Boone, they offer float trips, fly fishing scools & wilderness walk trips. Come see why the Southeast is well known for its wonderful trout, smallmouth bass and musk populations!