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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.

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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

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!

The burgeoning pub scene is lighting up our friendly small towns and drawing visitors from near and far who are in search of tasting something new.

Twisted Pear Forest City

Twisted Pear Bottle Shop and Taproom

A one stop bottle shop, Twisted Pear provides all your craft beer, wine and home decor desires nestled inside a

Eat like a Local

Sunday, September 9, 2018 8:00 AM by Rutherford County Tourism

Shop local. Support local. And most importantly, EAT Local! Rutherford County is filled with amazing restaurants. From the oldest restaurant in the county to the newest flavor in town...we’re always eatin’ good in the Foothills!

50's night at The Fountain at Smith's Drugs

The Fountain at Smith’s Drugs

This local shop has been around for

Lake Lure, North Carolina is best known to visitors for the remarkable, panoramic sights seen from every direction. Whether you are on the lake, in the village or within the mountainside, there’s a scenic picture waiting to be captured. Seize the moments that will be remembered for a lifetime and

Your Small Town Shopping Guide

Thursday, August 2, 2018 10:00 PM by Rutherford County Tourism

With so many retail therapy options - Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills can be a consumers oasis! From specialty retailers to the general stores that have diverse items, you’ll not only find everything you need but view sweeping mountain landscapes that are gorgeous and serene along the way!

When it comes to agreeing on things to do or places to eat during your summer getaway, it can be a challenge to land on that one choice that everyone will love equally the same.

That’s where the classic American picnic can become a great unifier.

With gorgeous parks, trails and picnic tables

Dive into summer, grab your friends and family and celebrate the season with big booms, outdoor music, natural wonders and more surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of our small towns! Whether you're a local, visiting for vacation or just cruising through, we have the hot ticket to all the

Forest City was originally known as Burnt Chimney in the late 1800’s. Today, the southern charm, bustling Main Street and iconic water fountain, draws visitors from near and far to experience a historic community thriving in modern times. The lively downtown features trendy boutiques, nostalgic