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26 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 SURROUNDING TOWNS Surrounding Towns BY LYNNE BRANDON Canton is the second largest town in Haywood County. The town embraces its manufacturing heritage as home to one of the longest continuously running paper mills in the U.S while expanding and renovating its growing downtown historical district. Renovations are in progress for the building that houses restaurant Sid's on Main. The former hotel and boarding house dates to 1876. The county is home to scenic Dillsboro, Cashiers, Cullowhee and Sylva, the county seat. The town of Fletcher in Henderson County dates back to 1856 when Dr. George Fletcher built a two-room house along Old Plank Road, now US Highway 25. Years later the town has grown but retains its small town charm. The community gathers often at Fletcher Community Park, the town's 60-acre park, for recreation or to walk along the greenway trails. To start the weekend, the whole community comes out on Friday and Saturday nights to the Feed & Seed where bluegrass concerts pack the house. The county is also home of a historic hotel, the Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County and the Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium. The Skyland Hotel built in 1929 was the temporary home of author F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1935 during his wife's illness. Nestled among beautiful scenic mountains, Mars Hill in Madison County offers an ideal starting place for great outdoor adventures all four seasons: hiking on the Appalachian Trail, fishing, horseback riding, gem mining, snowboarding and more. The town is the home of nationally known Mars Hill University. Both school and town are extrinsically linked to the traditional music of Appalachia. Surrounding mountain towns are where life is lived well, but not in the fast lane. The towns of Brevard, Black Mountain, Fletcher, Waynesville, Tryon, Morganton and Mars Hill each come with a distinct personality and plenty to see and do. Morganton, Tryon and Columbus are located in the foothills of the mountains. Burke County, home of Morganton, serves as the unofficial trail head to western North Carolina. It is where the topography of the flatlands and the foothills start to rise to meet the Blue Ridge Mountains. Within 515 square miles are opportunities for hiking, canoeing and other outdoor recreation. Lake James State Park and South Mountains State Park (more than half a million visitors per year), Linville Gorge — the deepest in the eastern U.S., and Linville Falls are found in the county. Agri-tourism is going strong with local food and wine production. Silver Fork Winery, serves Bordeaux- style wines in a rustic setting at the confluence of Silver Creek and White Fork Creek. The 'State of Origin Beer Fest' highlights North Carolina breweries. Pick Gala, Fuji, Jonagold and other apple varieties at local Apple Hill Orchard. A walk through downtown Morganton takes visitors to historic sites and the museum that honors native son Sam Ervin, the colorful U.S. Senator who's best known for chairing the Senate Watergate hearings. "Traveling from east of here, Burke County is really the first experience of feeling like you are in the mountains," said Ed Phillips tourism director. "This really is the 'trail head' to western North Carolina — you get a taste of the mountains, the cultural amenities of Morganton and easy access to the Blue Ridge." In the fall, Tryon has a food and wine festival at Overmountain Vineyard, and the Tryon Beer Festival showcases an array of craft beers along with an oyster roast. The combination of three equestrian sports parks has made the region a travel destination. Tryon is also a select retirement area in the U.S. The neighboring town of Maggie Valley is known fior its southern hospitality and outdoor lifestyle. The town jewel is found high on Fie Top Mountain bordering the Great Smoky Mountains. The rustic Cataloochee Ranch is a third generation ranch in existence since the 1930s. Founded by Tom and Judy Alexander, the ranch was originally located in the serene Cataloochee Valley. Visitors are rewarded with extraordinary mountain views and cool, crisp nights. Ski fans try out the family's Cataloochee Ski area, the first ski resort south of Virginia. explore, discover, enjoy

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