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Visit during the spring and enjoy the early burst of color or spend some time with us over summer vacation; rent a lake house, take a boat tour, hike a trail, or attend a festival.  Prefer to travel in the fall, take a scenic drive on country roads lined with rich hues of red, orange and gold or see it all up close by exploring one of our many trails or parks that reward those that choose to hike. Just make sure you don't count us out for winter travel because we have one of the best light displays in the country, not to mention hometown Christmas parades that make you feel like you've traveled back in time.  Choose your adventure and we will see you soon.

Author: Rutherford County Tourism

Rutherford County TDA (Tourism Development Authority) is a dedicated team of citizens who love to share their stories and trip ideas about what makes Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills such an amazing place to visit.

Does everyday life have you feeling frazzled? Do you dream of 10 consecutive minutes to clear your mind and rejuvenate your body and spirit? Does the thought of an entire day or more of that particular luxury seem like a pipe dream? Dream no longer. There is a place where spa resorts, yoga havens,

One thing we love most about holidays here in the foothills are all of the festive events that take place throughout Rutherford County. I mean, who can resist that southern, small town, holiday charm? Every year several of our small towns kick-off their holiday celebrations on the first Saturday in

There is no place like home for the holidays; but there is something magical about starting new yuletide traditions amongst sweet southern charm to get the whole family into the holiday spirit. Whether you have been naughty or nice this year, get away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the

On the agenda today: a picnic of senses to fill your belly. Making your way around the curves of Lake Lure, there are a number of sights, sounds and smells you’ll pass; depending on which season you visit. During the summer you’ll hear the giggling sound of children as they splash into the lake from

Welcome to the pet-friendly Purple Martin Greenway. Hidden right off Hwy 221, just outside of downtown Rutherfordton, the nature, wildlife, and other outdoor elements may go unnoticed by many; however, the picturesque surroundings are right in front of our eyes!

To begin your journey, we suggest

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream…and cookies, and donuts, and all things sweet, really! Plan a visit to these 5 incredible Rutherford County eateries that are sure to make your summer complete!

Cupcakes at Bee Happy

Bee Happy

If your sweet tooth gets a little bossy at times, we have just the diagnosis!

Reserve a seat and spend your food obsessed getaway in a destination filled with accomplished cooking, from inns and lodges to resorts and one-of-a-kind surprises, our list has your fine cravings covered.

Fine Dining at Esmeralda Inn

Restaurant @ the Esmeralda Inn

The 1892 historic inn brings the outside in with a unique,