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Trip Ideas for Exploring Lake Lure & The Blue Ridge Foothills

As the seasons change, so does the experience of being in Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills. Uniquely different from most destinations, visitors have the opportunity to explore five charming small towns within a twenty-minute drive; each town offering their own bit of hometown hospitality and diverse adventures. From the first sight of Dogwood trees in the spring to the millions of Christmas lights that mark the beginning of winter, there's no better place to experience a true North Carolina getaway. Here are some of our top picks on how to make the most of your vacation.

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! 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. 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 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 When you feel like unwinding and unplugging, look to Big