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Plan your getaway around a signature event or find out what’s happening during your visit. From quick weekend trips to longer stays, you might watch a hammer throw competition at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, sample sounds where they were born at the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, go for the top prize in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, or enjoy seasonal events like July 4th celebrations and Christmas light displays.
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Old Fort area
Information for Marion, Lake James, Linville Falls, Little Switzerland, Old Fort and surrounding areas.
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Little Switzerland (14.50 mile)
Guided nighttime underground mine tours unlock vibrant hidden colors available only under ultraviolet light, commonly called black light..
Valdese (19.98 mile)
Christmas craft show with over 30 handmade craft vendors showcasing their Christmas decorations and gifts, door prizes and entertainment.
Valdese (19.99 mile)
A small town Christmas Parade that will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit!
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Nebo (3.03 mile)
Lunch and dinner deck service
Marion (4.82 mile)
Serving breakfast and lunch. Featuring home style cooking in a friendly atmosphere.
Marion (5.55 mile)
Local coffee house featuring distinctive coffees and teas, smoothies and seasonal favorites.
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Nebo (0.32 mile)
Nestled on a hillside overlooking lush deep woods this charming log cabin is the ultimate in luxury, comfort and style. Cozy up to the fireplace or sit in rockers on the front porch.
Nebo (0.74 mile)
Lake James custom home on the waterfront.
Nebo (2.51 mile)
Twenty backpack campsites are located along or near the lake shoreline.
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