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VOL12 ISS2 2017

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27 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 SURROUNDING TOWNS Native musician, folklorist, and festival organizer Bascom Lamar Lunsford dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachians. Known as 'Minstrel of the Appalachians,' and composer of 'Mountain Dew,' Lunsford organized the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville, which is still in existence. Mars Hill celebrates his achievements each October during the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival in conjunction with the town's Heritage Festival. Both festivals celebrate the traditional music, crafts, and cuisine of the region. Marshall and Hot Springs are other interesting towns in Madison County worth your while. In Black Mountain, visitors get a slice of serenity. Located in the Swannanoa Valley, the town is a postcard- perfect vacation destination complete with bed-and-breakfasts, cabins, and cottages. After playing a round of golf at Black Mountain Golf Club, visitors take it easy and take a slow 'ride' in one of 50 rockers downtown. The area hosts many renowned festivals and events: Sourwood Festival, Black Mountain Art and Crafts Show, and others. Visit the Swannanoa Valley Museum and Black Mountain Center for the Arts. In Highlands NC, you'll find several Wine-Spectator- awarded fine dining establishments including the intimate Lakeside Restaurant (go for steaks and seafood here) and Wolfgang's Restaurant & Wine Bistro. There is everything from formal fine dining to places that will take you on a culinary journey around the world and if you are looking for a casual lunch or dinner there is everything from burgers, pizza, sandwiches, BBQ and more. Highlands provides many different accommodation choices for enjoying the beauty of the area. From the quaint bed and breakfast to the comfort of a multi-room suite, there are historic inns or hotels for your respite. Highlands' awe inspiring setting provides access to the complete outdoor experience – camping, hiking, birding, fly fishing, horseback riding, gem mining, world class whitewater sports, and zip line canopy tours. Visit Whiteside Mountain: home to the 'Shadow of the Bear" situated along the Eastern Continental Divide. This land, once part of the Cherokee Nation, offers grand vistas from shear granite cliffs to the valleys which lie nearly 5,000 feet below. Watch closely to glimpse peregrine falcons soaring overhead. In western North Carolina you can ride along winding back roads and let the wind blow your hair, hike in a national forest, scale a gorge or walk on the rolling mountain terrain. Along the way take the time to stop in a mountain town — the rewards and the charm are priceless. []

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