Valle Crucis is located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. North Carolina’s first Rural Historic District, the community of Valle Crucis is easily accessible to its neighboring towns of Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, and to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The High Country Host operates the area Welcome Center in Boone and is a source of information on the larger area.

There is a lot to fill your day while visiting Valle Crucis. You can start with a bike ride on Watauga River Road or, for a quieter pursuit, bird watching at the Valle Crucis Community Park, do some shopping at the Mast General Store (in operation since 1883).

Alta Vista Gallery is Valle Crucis’ own fine art gallery, featuring over 100 artists and showing one of the area’s largest selections of mountain landscapes – originals in oil and watercolor, as well as prints. The gallery represents local artists, as well as folk artist Will Moses, great-grandson of Grandma Moses.

As you might expect, a wide range of lodging choices are available in Valle Crucis. The Mast Farm Inn is a full-service country inn, with a choice of farmhouse rooms or private getaway cottages, as well as an on-site restuarant and wine bar.

The Taylor House Inn, a wonderful spot for a mountain destination wedding, is around the corner on Scenic Byway 194 toward Banner Elk. And in a pastoral setting by the Watauga River is the Baird House, a small family-run B&B, which is open year round and is the oldest house in Watauga County.

Or seclude yourself in the hills with a cabin rental from Valle Crucis Log Cabin Rentals.

To continue on your outing, put on your new hiking boots from the General Store and head for Grandfather Mountain, NC’s most famous tourist attraction.