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My Ideal Weekend in Black Mountain, NC (For the Young & Budget Concious)

19 May 2006  My current hometown of Asheville is my inspiration! Well, it and the mountains.
4.0 of 5 stars based on 11 votes

Black Mountain, NC is the part of the reason that my fiance and I moved to Asheville, NC. We fell in love with the town and the mountains. Because Asheville does have a lot to offer and is a tourist destination, I'd like to write about one of my favorite little towns in the world, which was introduced to me by a good friend in Georgia, as it is often overlooked.

The town was exactly as she had described it, quaint and charming and for the two of us, we needed a weekend away that wouldn't blow our bank account. Black Mountain, NC was the answer.

As it turned out, AFTER I visited the town, my grandmother told me SHE had also visited the town growing up and had been to the same restaurant (of which I will talk abouit) and shops that I had!

So, needless to say it holds a special place in my heart.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Black Mountain
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. The Monte Vista Hotel

    Recommended by my friend because of its quaintness and affordability. Its really more of a B&B than a hotel but it is absolutely GORGEOUS inside and outside. (Although at night, all lit up, the boyfriend thought it looked like the hotel from The Shining. Ha ha!) You can opt to NOT do the breakfast (and pay less) but I would do it, its very good. When I went, they had a bar in the basement called Rosey's Cantina but upon visiting their website, it looks like they are trying to make it a little more "classy" and have re-named it The Monte. The room still has pool tables, ping pong, darts and a jukebox.
    This hotel is MOST convenient and is within walking distance to the shops, bars and restaurants.

  • 2. Pepper's Deli (For Lunch)

    We just stumbled upon this restaurant while shopping downtown. The food was yummy, affordable and best of all, there was a lot to look at, as the waitress informed us that they had one of the largest collections of Dr. Pepper Memorabilia in the country! According to their website, Pepper's Deli "houses a unique Dr. Pepper Memorabilia Collection, which has been featured in numerous TV and magazine articles, including Southern Living."

  • 3. Walk to Lake Tomahawk

    We visited Black Mountain during their Christmas holiday weekend, so after their Christmas parade, I co-erced the boyfriend to take the "short" jaunt to Lake Tomahawk for the "Circle of Lights." Out of shape and winded, by the time we got there the boyfriend was livid to see that the Circle of Lights was meerly luminaries surrounding the lake and a dock in the center which had a SMALL Christmas tree on it. I think he was hoping for more.
    However, distasteful his reaction, I thought it was a cute idea to end the holiday evening. That night will forever be known as "The Night of the 5 Mile Hike to Lake Tomahawk" (Its not really 5 miles...it just seemed like it).

  • 4. Black Mountain Iron Works

    A neat little iron sculpture store that we both LOVED. They have items inside and out, including a bench outside that is a man and woman sitting down that are anatomically correct! Who wouldn't like to see that?!

  • 5. Bone-A-Fide Bakery & Boutique

    A shop tailored for animal lovers, especially those of the pooch kind. They have homemade dog biscuits, which I of course had to buy for my pooch.

  • 6. Town Hardware & General Store

    Shopping here was like stepping back in time...I found LOTS of Christmas presents and items for me while here.

  • 7. The Watershed

    We first stopped by the Town Pump, which was a little to crowded for me that night, so we then headed over to another bar we'd heard about called "The Watershed." We met a lot of really nice people and got to hear a really good blue grass band!

  • 8. Highland Grill & Oyster Bar

    This one was recommended for a nice dinner by the lady at the lobby at the Hotel. It wasn't within walking distance, like most everything else, but it was well worth the short drive. The restaurant is at the entrance of a new community called The Village of Cheshire. The waitstaff was very attentive, the food was superb, the atmosphere, ideally romantic. A winner all the way around!

  • 9. Red Rocker Inn
    Red Rocker Inn, Black Mountain

    Ok, so we didn't ACTUALLY make it to the Red Rocker Inn for our dinner reservation. We kind of messed that up with our little hike to Lake Tomahawk. BUT I am told by many, many people that the restaurant inside the Inn is a MUST EAT on the dining list, while in Black Mountain. So get a reservation ahead of time (before you travel if you can!) and don't be late! :)

  • 10. The Dripolator Coffeehouse

    Adorable coffeehouse in the middle of town. Go have some joe there!