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Cedar Mountain Cool

Cedar Mountain Cool

Cedar Mountain Cool The Latest Word on a Small Community with Plenty of Big Fun Once a secret gem of a spot, the tiny, scenic hamlet of Cedar Mountain has become one of Transylvania County’s liveliest and most rewarding communities. It’s a great place to kick back and enjoy delicious food and beverages in an area full of art and fantastic hangouts. An excellent day trip while visiting Brevard, Cedar Mountain is perfect for catching your breath on the doorstep of outdoor adventure. Here are a few great places to get a sense of what makes Cedar Mountain so special: 1 1 FALL(s) IN LOVE For many visitors to Brevard and Transylvania County, Cedar Mountain is the entry point to DuPont State Recreational Forest. This beloved 12,500-acre state forest has trails, woodlands, beautiful views, and some of Transylvania County’s most  popular  waterfalls, including High Falls, Triple Falls, and Hooker Falls, as well as Wintergreen Falls, Grassy Creek Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.  Nearby Connestee Falls also offers up gorgeous views of a spectacular plunge from an accessible viewing area. 2 2 THROW THINGS Long known for its pottery studios and local art scene, Cedar Mountain is a great place to check in on what’s coming off the wheel. See what’s new at Studio 276, Mud Dabbers Pottery, Cedar Mountain Pottery, Lezard Brevard, and Hemlock’s Studio, and perhaps get inspired to take up a new hobby. 3 3 SIP AND SNACK Cedar Mountain has a host of delightful and unconventional... Read More
Something’s Brewing

Something’s Brewing

Something’s Brewing What’s on tap at Brevard’s local breweries The clean, clear and chilly water that runs down the mountains and fills Transylvania County’s streams, rivers and lakes has long been one of our greatest local resources. Water is also a critical component of excellent beer, which you can find on tap at all five of Brevard’s local breweries. These run the gamut in size, shape, and flavor profile, but all are must-stops for fans of a delicious pint, a welcoming atmosphere, and anyone curious to get a taste of what Brevard’s storied waters can do. 1 1 BREVARD BREWING Opened in 2012, this family-owned local brewery is Brevard’s oldest. Brewmaster Kyle Williams specializes in handcrafted lagers and pilsners, which are rare among North Carolina’s microbreweries. Using imported German barley, hops, yeast, and Brevard’s soft brewing water, he creates delicious beers. Brevard Brewing is in the heart of downtown on East Main Street. Truly a business with deep roots in the community, the brewery is located in the former Trantham’s Department store building, which was owned and operated by the family and their predecessors for three generations. Learn more about Brevard Brewing. 2 2 ECUSTA BREWING The Cherokee word “Ecusta” is what Transylvania County’s indigenous population called the Davidson River, which flows through Pisgah National Forest. Technically, the word means “Get Distant,” which Ecusta Brewing hopes will spur many adventurers to take the trail less traveled and drop by for one for their excellent lagers, ales, sours, porters and... Read More
Into The Woods: 1 Day Itinerary

Into The Woods: 1 Day Itinerary

Into The Woods: 1 Day Itinerary If all you want to do is get dirty, sweaty, exhausted and completely exhilarated, you couldn’t pick a better destination. Surrounded by over a million acres of forests, Transylvania County is the best outdoor playground east of the Rockies. Whether you’re a hiker, biker, climber or paddler, there’s a lifetime of discovery waiting for you here. Morning Tackle Pisgah National Forest’s rough, tough Farlow Gap ride, immortalized in this story by Bike Magazine. This monster single track route can dish it out, so come prepared. Afternoon Ice baths are a great way to speed muscle recovery, so cool your extremities post-ride at one of our favorite Pisgah swimming holes, Whale Back (opposite Cove Creek campground), just up the road from the Fish Hatchery. Once you’ve recovered, you still have time for another short ride before dinner. We recommend Brevard’s awesome new multi-use trail, Bracken Preserve. The trailhead is located just behind Brevard Music Center. Evening After dinner in one of Brevard’s awesome eateries, head on over to Brevard Brewing Company and tip back a Bohemian Pilsner or German Hefeweisen with friends as you swap tales about the gonzo descent you made on Farlow. Learn more about... Read More