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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.

Tag - Rutherfordton

Purple Martin Greenway Sensory Trail

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:00 AM by Rutherford County Tourism

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,

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

Get Off the Grid for Good Eats

Monday, September 17, 2018 11:00 AM by Rutherford County Tourism

Western Carolina is full of hidden gems, gorgeous views and trails to explore - some you might have to go off the beaten path to enjoy. That can be said for food as well...here’s a few of our favorite “off the grid” restaurants.

Big Al's of Shiloh

Big Al’s

When you feel like unwinding and unplugging, look to Big

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!

A Destination for all Seasons

Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:00 PM by Rutherford County Tourism

Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills is the ultimate year-round destination. From splashing around in the water at Lake Lure Beach during the summer, to viewing the rich blankets of fall color that cover Chimney Rock; to coming home for the holidays to the millions of lights that magically light