Asheville, NC.: In this foodie and craft beer capital, the best restaurant in town is the Admiral. The Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar is ranked #1 for nightlife and is dog friendly and owned by brother of Beaufortonian Elizabeth McMillan. Mela is a wonderful Indian restaurant on Lexington that has a great lunch buffet. Two fun tours to check out are at the Highlands Brewing Company, and Troy and Sons American Moonshine next door. Many summer festivals abound, as well as great farmers markets.
Highlands and Cashiers, N.C.: Two beautiful picturesque mountain towns where wealthy Atlantans and Floridians escape the summer heat. Stores on the main street in Highlands sell Armani and Valentino. The Edwards Inn and Spa is a great spot for a drink by their outdoor waterfall. The Mountain Fresh market is superb with a selection of wines, and locally sourced products and is also the best breakfast and lunch spot in town. The Bascom art center is worth a visit and you can walk underneath the cascading torrents of Dry Falls, just out of town.
Brevard, N.C.: Has an amazing summer music program and Hubba Hubba’s, a renowned BBQ joint.
Flatrock, N.C.: Has a famous playhouse; Carl Sandburg’s beautiful estate, now a park; and an upcoming tour of historic homes.
Saluda, N.C.: The Gorge Zipline, just off I-26 at the Saluda exit, is the fastest, steepest zipline in America that descends across the Green River gorge. The Coon Dog Festival this Saturday is an annual treat with live music and craftsellers. Don’t miss the authentic Pace General store that still sells butter churns, overalls, washboards and apple butter. For a great meal, check out the Purple Onion. Outside of Tryon, just down the road, is the beginning of N.C. wine country. Rock House vineyards is particularly picturesque.