I’ve been debating writing a post about “Things to Do in North Carolina”, but I didn’t want to spill out the same top places like every other blogger does. So I worked with a friend and came up with some places you might not have visited otherwise! Take a look below and be sure to add these to your North Carolina bucket list —
If you are a fan of history and beautiful landscapes and architecture, the Biltmore Estate is a must-visit for you. The historic mansion rests in the beautiful area of Asheville, North Carolina (see more about Asheville below). The mansion has three hotels on grounds if you would like to stay, or you are able to just visit if you would like a shorter trip. According to Biltmore’s website, it is known as America’s Largest Home. It also has a winery for those of you who like tastings! Unfortunately, visiting the estate isn’t free. Ticket prices vary, but are around $70 for adult entry. Trust me, it’s worth the expense!
Asheville is a trendy city in North Carolina that offers something for just about everybody! Known for its abundant outdoor activities, restaurants, and more breweries per capita in the U.S., you are sure to find something fun. My friend actually just got back from staying in Asheville and had a blast! She and her husband stayed at The Omni Grove Park Inn, which is not located in downtown Asheville per se, but it was only a 5-10 minute drive away and she said it was very relaxing. This might be a great place to stay before visiting some of these other places!
As for food in downtown Asheville, you have to visit Tupelo Honey (it is a chain, but it’s very good!), Chestnut, and The Coffee Bus. If you are into breweries like I am, some of my recommendations were Wicked Weed, Funkatorium, and Green Man Brewery. Walking around the streets is just as entertaining – you can experience the eclectic feel of Asheville you won’t find anywhere else.
Jeter Mountain Farm
Located in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Jeter Mountain Farm is a beautiful working farm and wedding venue, which sits on over 400 acres in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. When you visit Jeter Mountain Farm, you can expect to see dramatic rolling hills, majestic hayfields, and wooded forests. In addition, you might also see the 5,000 apple trees, peach orchard, berry patch, and over 20 acres of tomatoes. The entire place is just stunning and it has quite a bit of history to go along with the beauty, as well. The farm has a long history, which dates back to 1813, so it’s the perfect place for your family to build traditions and enjoy time together. They say, “Jeter Mountain Farm offers the highest quality fruit and produce around, magnificent barns worthy of hosting weddings and special events, and a farm fertile for forming memories that your family won’t soon forget.” Another fun aspect of Jeter Mountain Farm is their juice company called Jeter Mountain Juice Co.! The entire juicing process is done cold-pressed, which gives you apple cider that actually tastes like a freshly picked apple. Neat, right?
The current owners, Zach and Kayla Hunsader’s planned their own wedding on the farm and now, they are thrilled to be able to help other couples plan their special days.
The Inn at Rodanthe
Are you a Nicholas Sparks fan? Well, this one’s for you. The Inn at Rodanthe, or Serendipity House, was featured in the movie Nights in Rodanthe (2008), which was based on the Nicholas Sparks book. While the house was moved since the filming of the movie, it is made to look like the sets from the movie. It offers guests an opportunity to stay in the house, which sits seaside, and has beautiful views and a cozy interior. It’s definitely on the bucket list with my boyfriend, we’re both such sappy romantics at heart. I mean, who doesn’t want to be in a real-life Nicholas Sparks movie?
Tryon Equestrian Center
For those of you who don’t know me personally, I have been riding horses pretty much my entire life. So as soon as I moved to the Carolinas, I knew that I HAD to check out the Tryon Equestrian Center one weekend. Now, you’re probably thinking, “Why on earth would I want to go see some horses jump around in a ring, I don’t even like horses.” Well let me tell you – my boyfriend wasn’t a fan of horses either, he didn’t understand the hype I was feeling as we drove to the grounds. But as soon as he sat down and watched the Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix jumpers flying through the course of 6ft jumps, he was hooked. Even non-horsey people can appreciate the fun and atmosphere that this place has. Great food, alcohol, and fun for the entire family. It’s definitely not something to miss in the summer time!
Be sure to hit a few of these spots the next time you’re in North Carolina, and let me know the fun you had at each in the comments below! xoxo
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