Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Black Mountain on a Rosy Day
One of my favorite towns in Western North Carolina is Black Mountain. With a population of 8000, it is hardly large but it does boast lots of art galleries, antique shops, retreat and conferences centers, festivals galore and great places to eat. Hailed as the Front Porch of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the symbol of the town is a giant red rocking chair at the Chamber Office. Red seems to be the main color in town.
Cherry Street is the main drag with little alleys wandering off to the side streets. The train depot is now an art gallery with the red train car sitting ext to it. The train tracks still are used and run through downtown.
Being a resort town, they do a bang up job of decorating for the holidays. Over the 4th of July we came over here to buy an ice cream cone, wander through the streets and finally sitting on a rock wall to watch the fireworks shot up over town.
So many shops feature locally made crafts and art. I love to do my gift shopping here - giving others hand made items from where I live. The music scene here is fantastic with several clubs offering great local bands. The town sits in a valley surrounded by the Black and Blue Ridge Mountains - you can even see Mount Mitchell from downtown - the highest point in the Appalachians on the east coast.
Hope you enjoyed the visit. Please stop by Ruby Tuesday and a new meme I found Rednesday for more red photos!