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America’s greatest garden, wines from the vineyard, and an ever-changing display of artists at this 250-room castle.
The Breweries. Sierra Nevada. Green Man. Wicked Weed. New Belgium. Twenty-six in town and another 30 nearby. Oh, and did we mention whiskey?
Potters, painters, sculptors, glassblowers and weavers — artists of world-renown all gathered along the river.
Street performers, drum circles, and plenty of bars showcasing local talent, live is how music was meant to be. Tip: Don’t miss the Orange Peel.
Shindig on the Green is Asheville’s most popular summer family happening and it takes place over the weekends from July through September — mountain dancers, bluegrass bands, storytellers — just fun.
Asheville Food and Wine Festival: This annual culinary sensation provides tasty offerings from local and international wineries, area breweries, restaurateurs and chefs, farmers, and artisan food producers.
Seven full-orchestra Masterworks concerts each year in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville.
For 60 years, local talent takes to the stage, but never the backseat to Broadway.
A 15-minute jaunt, Waynesville brings an Appalachian twist from farm to table. Locals love dining at Frog’s Leap Public House, grabbing a pint at Boojum Brewing, or sipping a latté at Smoky Mountain Coffee Roasters. In addition to the charming town center, jump off here to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Waynesville also connects Balsam residents to hundreds of miles of hiking trails, natural waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and more.
With a population of just 2,500, Sylva delivers all-American charm while Dillsboro offers nostalgia for a simpler time. Both are complemented by opportunities to play outside.
Sylva is a prime location, offering a myriad of popular hiking trails. Reach for new heights at Pinnacle Park Trail and Waterrock Knob or explore the valley in Panthertown. Situated along the banks of the Tuckasegee River, Dillsboro offers world-class trout fishing as well as opportunities for rafting, tubing, kayaking, and more.
Have an eclectic mountain adventure strolling the streets of downtown Sylva and Dillsboro. The historic towns offer whimsical gift shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques plus plenty of options for grabbing a bite to eat. Hunt for vintage treasures at one of the many antique shops, share a bottle at The Wine Bar & Cellar or indulge in a festive meal at ILDA, Lulu’s on Main & Boots Steakhouse.
Luminaries & Lights Festival: Taking place during the weekends in December, the town of Dillsboro is all aglow with thousands of lights and candles.
Greening Up the Mountains Festival: Taking place each spring, this highly anticipated family-friendly event features mountain music, baked goods, and games for children.
Pottery Festival: Taking place each fall, this pottery festival draws a tremendous crowd and showcases more than 40 master potters.
Healthcare accessibility is another major benefit for the residents of Balsam Mountain Preserve.
Just five minutes from the main gatehouse, Harris Regional is an 86-bed acute care facility with four major expansions since the 1980s.
A quick 11 miles away, Haywood Regional is an acute care hospital with an ER, Urgent Care Center, Home Care Center, and a large 54,000-square-foot Health and Wellness Center.
This regional facility is consistently rated among the top 100 heart and orthopedic hospitals in the United States.
An active mind never grows old — or out of reach — with esteemed universities just around the corner.
Balsam Mountain offers the best of both worlds: the seclusion and privacy of a mountain retreat along with easy access to everyday essentials.
The General Store & Golf House at Doubletop Village offers plenty of pantry staples for Balsam residents to prepare meals at home along with delicious grab-and-go meals.