As we continue our journey to the North Carolina Mountains best cities and towns to live, saying good bye to NC best place Asheville was difficult.
However as I drove further into the North Carolina Mountains region, quickly I began to see the beautiful North Carolina Mountain towns of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.
Lake Lure was rather small, just about a street long on the way to Chimney Rock, but its majestic lake captures your attention!
With its great proximity to Chimney Rock, the two towns could almost be considered the same.
Chimney Rock, NC is named for the rock formations. The rock formations shadow the town, forming a state park.
At the park, visitors can ascend the top of the rock via elevator, stairs, or trails that wind along countless waterfalls and streams.
I opted for the stairs and looked out over the valley and the impressive Lake Lure.
The North Carolina Mountains town of Chimney Rock was very cute and homey.
It was obvious that one of their mainstays is the tourism industry. However, if majestic views and a North Carolina Mountains small town is your best place to live, you really need to visit Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.
It is beautiful!
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There are a couple of gem mining facilities that panned water taken from the creek at the base of the park entrance. You’ll find jewelry shops and country stores specializing in syrups and apple products.
And there are a couple of restaurants that overlook the river flowing at the base of the park, and a general store.
Life here has a certain tranquility we all yearn for in our North Carolina Mountains best places to live.
From Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, I drove to another North Carolina Mountains best place to live ~ Hendersonville NC.
Hendersonville benefits from being just about due south from another North Carolina Mountains best place to live. The small city of Asheville, along I-26.
Given such a prime location, I was not surprised when I found a bustling town of good size, not too big, set up in an easy to navigate grid system.
It seemed as though this North Carolina Mountains had picked up on many of the themes that made Asheville so appealing.
There are many artistic venues to pursue. As well as a higher variety of services and restaurants than I had found in other parts of North Carolina.
There is just about every type of restaurant, from good old down south Barbecue, to the NY Burrito Shop.
There were many goldsmiths and jewelry shops, vintage shops, and galleries.
One of the nicest things about this North Carolina Mountains community of Hendersonville is the fund raising program of displaying painted sculpted bears.
The bears are created and displayed in different colored thematic schemes based on the business that had sponsored the bear.
There are over thirty bears in downtown Hendersonville!!
It must be somewhat common as I have seen similar efforts practiced in other best places to live throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.
Hendersonville, NC exuded a family atmosphere where parents aren’t afraid to let their kids hang out in the downtown area after school.
Just be aware…you are going to get snow!
Don’t leave yet, there’s more North Carolina Best Places To Live to explore…..
I’ll be seeing You in the Carolinas!
Robert Bencivenga is a professional site locator for major corporations. Bob finds affordable best places to live in North Carolina and South Carolina. Bob Does Not Sell Real Estate!
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