Beyond the subtropical Carolina coast and fertile piedmont, the Appalachian Mountains rise majestically into the heavens. The population grows thinner, along with the air, in this country of high peaks, stunning waterfalls and small communities. As the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains grew famous for their beauty, well-heeled tourists from the South and beyond turned old villages into vacationland, creating a competitive luxury real estate market Cashiers NC in many North Carolina mountain towns. To see why you must experience this scenic region for yourself.
Since the first wave of affluent arrivals to Western North Carolina, tourism and development has centered on golf course communities. The lush local climate around Highlands and Cashiers, with lots of summer rain but fairly little snowfall, is great for golf course grass. Taking advantage of the area, some of the game’s top names sponsored and designed world-class courses, such as Wade Hampton Golf Club and Highlands Country Club, for their own use. Pro golfers still play here today, practically in the yards of adjacent homeowners.
Despite the influx of city residents, pristine mountain vistas are preserved. Opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing and nature-gazing are all plentiful, particularly in Nantahala National Forest.
Although mainly a summer retreat, activities don’t stop with the coming of cooler weather. The “High Country” around Boone has the state’s finest ski slopes, while many towns turn to indoor amusements for tourists and locals alike.
Cosmopolitan Country Living
Newcomers to North Carolina’s mountains have brought the best of urban civilization to this rural idyll. Asheville, for instance, is known for its hip arts scene. Meanwhile, across the border in Upstate South Carolina, the Greenville-Spartanburg conurbation is that state’s largest metro area.
Smaller towns have their own charms, including quaint old inns, boutique businesses, well-stocked antique stores and quality restaurants with local wines on offer. The arts are also present, even in tiny villages, through community cultural initiatives such as Highlands’ Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center.
Whether you come to visit or to stay, Western Carolina welcomes strangers with Southern hospitality.