This Buncombe County community boasts a lively downtown rich in good food, cultural arts, and friendly faces. It's a perfect destination for a day trip — but you may find yourself wanting to pull up a rocking chair and stay in this mountain town much longer.
Bluegrass musicians love the simple beauty of Old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newton. On Christmas Eve, the 200-year-old wooden chapel fills with the sweet sounds of strings and the joy of the season.
Every year, an old family cemetery tucked in the woods on the northern shore of Fontana Lake becomes a gathering place. One woman, whose parents and grandparents worked this land, returns to ensure that a Southern mountain tradition carries on — rain or shine.
In these small-town, foothills communities, businesses are run by the people, for the people. From handmade doughnuts to craft distilled malt whisky, these towns thrive on both tradition and originality.