If you’re looking for a way to dive deep into Appalachian art culture, or you’re simply hankering for a short adventure, hop on North Carolina’s Avery County Quilt Trail. On this driving tour, you’ll discover numerous beautiful paintings of quilting squares that represent the history of the land, family stories, and everyday mountain life.
As you drive through the stunning mountain scenery, you’ll find 20 quilt squares scattered throughout, on barns, buildings, and hung on trees. While some are traditional, other squares display the more whimsical and quirky side of the Appalachian artform. These squares tell cultural stories and connect modern day mountain life to traditional Appalachian customs.
With support from The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership, the trail was revitalized earlier this year. It now provides a day’s worth of entertainment for those interested in Appalachian heritage, those looking for a relaxing adventure, or even for the entire family. Kids can hunt for quilts while you take in the natural beauty of Western North Carolina. The full trail map and list of quilts can be found here.
After spotting all of the quilt squares, continue your getaway at Beech Mountain where you will discover a wide variety of restaurants, activities, and lodging establishments.
Discover two unique menus at this traditional European inn. Dine in the Mountain view room and enjoy delicious seafood, flavorful steak, and tasty pasta as you awe at the spectacular view. Or, you can visit the Old Fireplace and Bar to nosh on savory appetizers and juicy burgers as you sip on selections of beer, wine, and mixed drinks. 700 S Beech Mountain Pkwy, Beech Mountain, NC. (828) 387-2252, alpenrestaurant.com
This family owned and operated is more than a pizzeria as you will experience delicious handcrafted crust pizza, family-friendly service, and a setting that feels like home. If you visit during the summer, be sure to catch the Summer Family Fun series featuring live music, a bounce house, and outdoor movies. 402 S Beech Mountain Pkwy, Beech Mountain, NC. (828) 387-4000, famousbrickoven.com
Poppy’s Coffee Shop
A charming and good vibes coffee shop is always the right move. At Poppy’s you will have all your caffeine needs met with flavorful coffees, teas, hot chocolates, frozen drinks, and even boba teas. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with a wide selection from Mema’s Bakery. 1103 S Beech Mountain Pkwy, Beech Mountain, NC. (828) 390-7330
Resembling the traditional European Inns, this rustic building is the perfect place to lengthen your stay in the mountains. Here you will experience the stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and beautiful alpine decor. The friendly and inviting staff will be sure to make you feel welcome as you lodge in this beautiful Alps inn. 700 Beech Mountain Pkwy Beech Mountain, NC. 828-284-2770, beechmountaininns.com
“If we don’t have it, you don’t need it” is what Fred’s has been saying since 1979. This general store sells well . . . just about everything from clothes and fresh veggies to bird houses and homemade crafts. You will be in awe of how many items Fred fits in his store. 501 Beech Mountain Parkway Beech Mountain NC. (828)387-4838, fredsgeneral.com