Lake Lure Journals

Things to do in the Western Carolina Mountains

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A May 2011 trip to Lake Lure by MilwVon

Biltmore Estate and Gardens Photo, Asheville, North Carolina More Photos
Quote: During our week long vacation in Lake Lure, we did a number of day trips in the surrounding area. This journal covers just a few.

Biltmore Estate and Gardens

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Attraction | "America's Castle Estate"

Biltmore Estate and Gardens Photo, Asheville, North Carolina
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At 250 rooms, the Biltmore Estate boasts as the largest single family dwelling in the United States. Built in the late 1800's by George Vanderbilt, the Biltmore Estate exudes opulence and lavishness. Most people do the self tour which includes roughly 50 rooms in the public areas of the home. For an additional $10 you may add the audio headset tour to accompany your walk through the house.When we first arrived at the house via the shuttles from the parking lot, I was in awe of the sheer size of this home. It was massive with its long driveway and open green lawn. The architecture was unique and consistent throughout the building. Inside they did not permit photos, which was very disap...Read More

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Biltmore Estate and Gardens
1 Approach Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28806
(828) 274-6333

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Attraction | "Must See! (wish we could)"

Blue Ridge Parkway Photo, Asheville, North Carolina
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After our week in Lake Lure, our plans included taking the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville down to near Cherokee where we would enter the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The weather the night before our departure from Lake Lure was very stormy and with the storms came much cooler temperatures. For the locals and tourists alike, folks were happy to have a break from the 85-90F temps. What we didn't really want or need was the dense fog that would result.We left Lake Lure around 9:30am taking the scenic route out of town. Yes that is a very redundant comment as every route to or from Lake Lure is beautiful, but we chose to take a bit of an out of the way route from Lake Lure to Ch...Read More

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Blue Ridge Parkway
199 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
(828) 298-0398

Strawberry Hill USA/The Shed on Cooley Farm

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Attraction | "Nice Day Trip for Fresh Fruit (and homemade ice cream)"

Strawberry Hill USA/The Shed on Cooley Farm Photo, Chesnee, South Carolina
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During my planning for our trip to Lake Lure, NC I had read several reports on the great ice cream and fruit stand about 30-45 minutes away just south of NC/SC state line. Our little afternoon day trip did not disappoint!Known as "Strawberry Hill USA" located in Chesnee, SC is the Cooley Farm and The Shed on Cooley Farm. The farm stand is on one side of Hwy 11 with the shed on the opposite side. At the fruit stand we purchased a "bucket" of freshly picked strawberries right from the fields earlier that morning. For $12 we figured we got about four to five pounds of large, juicy ripe berries. We also purchased a small bag of early season peaches which were also very delicious....Read More

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Strawberry Hill USA/The Shed on Cooley Farm
3097 Highway 11
West Chesnee, South Carolina 29323
8644614000

Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow Mine

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Attraction | "Fun Time - Lots of Gems too"

Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow Mine Photo, Hiddenite, North Carolina
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Hiddenite Gems Mine is located about two hours from Lake Lure. We planned for it to be a full day and it was. With the temperatures hovering around 90F, we enjoyed splashing in the sluice water in the cool breeze that swirled through the sluice box area.For your $5 per person admission, you will get one free pail (approximately 1 gallon) to sluice for gems. In our three buckets, we did get a decent assortment of stones, but no emeralds. I did find a nice sized clear smoky topaz that David's mom loved. We are having it set into a ring for her. Cutting the stone is $60 and the ring setting (sterling silver) added another $40. With $8 shipping, she will have a very pretty reminder of o...Read More

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Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow Mine
Sulphur Springs Road
Hiddenite, North Carolina 28636
828 632 3394 or

Province 620

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Restaurant | "Very Nice Dining Experience"

Province 620 Photo, Asheville, North Carolina
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As we arrived into North Carolina on our drive to Lake Lure, hunger was setting in around dinnertime so we stopped in Asheville to scope out somewhere to eat. After driving into town, we opted to head back out to the other side of I40. That was where we found Province 620 (exit 50 off I40 east).This restaurant was a bit of a mix of Italian/Greek diner plus seafood and steak choices. It was a large open space with a small bar area in the back area of the main dining area. Our server was very prompt on stopping by to offer beverages. Oh to be in the south . . . Coca-Cola products and wonder freshly brewed iced tea.For dinner, I had a craving for fried shrimp which were prepa...Read More

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Province 620
620 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, North Carolina 28803-2849
8282770355