Shopping, Classes, Exploration

Valle Cruces/Mast General Store – (25 min.)  Old time country store – “original’ location in Valle Crucis, NC. No. 2 in downtown Boone, NC. Clothes, shoes and boots, candy shop and kitchen items, housewares. LivMast General Storee music on the weekend. Always an interesting place to visit.

Abingdon, VA (40 min.)

Heartwood Arts Center includes quality regional crafts and wines, locally sourced cafe serving lunch and inner. The building is green/LEED certified.

Heartwood - arts and dining, Abingdon, VA

Heartwood – arts and dining, Abingdon, VA

Downtown Abingdon shops offering an assortment of unique choices.

Blowing Rock – (45 min.)  Well-known for its cluster of one-of-a-kind shops downtown, Art in the Park the third weekend of the month, its walk-ability.


Mast General Store old tyme music and merchantile

Boone, NC23 miles/25 min.) Lots of shops all in one place, including Mast General Store (#2) with a great candy shop. Also art galleries, craft and antique shops and antique sales booths in an old bank (including the safe!) Olive oil tastings at Art of Oil, stained glass etc. 23 mi./min. from inn.

Downtown Mountain City, TN  ( 3 min. – you can walk from the inn) – SheyBrey for gifts, interior decor and florals. Antiques stores and Army-Navy shop for an interesting selection, Duffy’s Amish store (cheeses and cold cuts). W. Main and South Church Sts.

Elizabethton, TN  (32 miles, 1/2 hour) – Historic covered bridge, Sycamore Shoals (a restored Revolutionary War fort), downtown shopping daily except Sundays

Jonesborough TN (1 hour 20 min.) Tennessee’s oldest town. Shops, storytellers, garden (in season), food, festivals. Worth the drive. In some ways “like” Blowing Rock; in other ways, not at all!

Downtown Bristol TN/VA –  (4 hour)  Shops, including antiques stores.