Ashe County, NC, USA

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Ashe County, NC, USA

Find the best place to stay — Ashe County

A nook in the Appalachian Mountains

Located in the northwest corner of North Carolina, within the majestic Appalachian Mountains region, Ashe County is where jaw-dropping natural spectacle meets homely Southern hospitality. If your idea of a dream vacation involves hiking across verdant valleys, marveling at astonishing vistas, and inhaling an endless supply of crisp mountain air, then you're in the right place. But it's not just a dream destination for lovers of the great outdoors – you'll also find cutting-edge galleries, treasure-filled antique stores, and a vibrant live music scene to explore. And with an array of Ashe County vacation rentals to choose from, you're sure to find one to suit.

Messing about on the river

Your Ashe County getaway can be as vigorously active or as languid as you like. Navigating the region's winding rivers by canoe or kayak is a thrilling way to take in the ruggedly beautiful scenery. If you prefer to stick to dry land, you could always explore on horseback or mountain bike. Shopaholics are also well catered for, with quirky shops selling gorgeous hand-made homewares, and bustling farmers' markets where you can pick up astonishingly fresh local produce and irresistible sweet treats. If you're after a further spot of decadence, the county also boasts award-winning boutique wineries and microbreweries.

One-of-a-kind attractions in Ashe County

For a trip right into the past, head to the Museum of Ashe County History. Housed in a handsome red brick former courthouse, its eclectic collection covers many fascinating aspects of local culture, from mining to moonshine production to Appalachian music. Arts lovers should set aside time to explore West Jefferson's thriving gallery district, where you can peruse the innovative work of revered local artists. For a taste of something completely different, swing by the Ashe County Cheese Factory and Store, where you can see the cheese-making process in action, and sample all manner of delicious dairy goods, from fresh cheese curds to irresistible ice cream.

North Carolina's coolest corner

In contrast to the intense humidity that characterizes summer in much of the Southern United States, Ashe County tends to be pleasantly warm, making it a popular spot for a refreshing weekend getaway. Naturally, Ashe County vacation rentals are in high demand during this period, so for better deals on sought-after properties, you may want to consider visiting in spring or fall, when temperatures are mild and fresh. Winters can get very cold, with plenty of snowfall and biting winds.

Natural wonder abounds in Ashe County

Ashe County's lush mountainsides and dense forests are positively bursting at the seams with enthralling flora and fauna. The county is a major producer of Christmas trees, and its forests full of majestic Frasier firs are an enchanting sight to behold. As you hike through the wilderness, keep an eye out for local residents like playful whitetail deer, adorable eastern cottontail rabbits, and maybe even the odd black bear. Meanwhile birdwatchers may be delighted to catch a glimpse of a great horned owl or a bright red cardinal.