Destination guide

The perfect family getaway

There's no shortage of things to do in Marion, a small town that lies at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and whose Main Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Whether you're coming for a romantic weekend getaway from the big city or bringing the family for a summer break, there'll always be something to keep you busy. In the summer months, the town comes alive with festivities and events, so if you plan to visit between June and August, be sure to grab a Marion vacation rental early, to avoid disappointment.

Things to do

A culinary paradise

This culinary gem is renowned for its food production. Not far from your Marion vacation rental, you can swing by to English Farmstead Cheese to sample some tasty cheeses made from milk produced on-site. Afterwards, it's worth popping into Sweet Betsy Farm, where the bees create some of the state's finest raw honey. Finish the gastronomic day with a visit to the South Creek Vineyards & Winery to sample some award-winning wines. For a slice of history, step back in time at the Historic Carson House, a beautiful property created in the late 18th century by an Irish immigrant.


No better place to kayak and fish

As soon as you leave your Marion vacation rental, there's a host of exciting adventures to be had. Along the Catawba River, you can hop aboard tubes and kayaks to glide downstream, stopping for refreshing dips. If you bring your fishing equipment, you can cast from the banks of the lake to hook in a trout or salmon. Alternatively, if you've brought your clubs you can tee off at the nearby golf course, with a backdrop of the nearby mountains. If an outdoor activity is worth doing, it can be done in the Blue Mountain Area.


Marion's open all year around

Marion's elevated location keeps the summers and winters relatively mild. There's no particular time that's better than another to stay in a Marion vacation rental. The spring weather can often be wonderfully warm and, without the crowds, you may very well have the trails all to yourself. Summer peaks see the largest influx of vacationers and, if you want to score a rental around this time, try to book as early as possible. Winter sees flurries of snow that blanket the forests and mountains, making it the perfect time to dust off the cross-country skis.

Natural features

Herds of elk and solitary bobcats

For the best chance of seeing wildlife, drive up to the Pisgah National Forest, a vast 500,000-acre pristine park that makes up part of the Greater Smoky Mountains. A hike along the trails can reveal herds of elk and white-tailed deer through to wild turkeys and woodchucks. You'll want to keep your distance, but there are thought to be around 1,500 black bears living in the Smokies, some of which weigh up to 600 pounds. It's not that uncommon to spot elusive bobcats, the only wild felines inhabiting the park. Just remember to bring a good pair of binoculars.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Marion

Fly into Asheville, NC (AVL-Asheville Regional), the closest airport, located 34.3 mi (55.2 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Marion?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,069 vacation rentals near Marion. From 1,970 Cabins to 2,527 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Marion for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Marion?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Marion:

  • Sunset Cove: 92 vacation rentals
  • Beech Mountain Resort: 1,280 vacation rentals
  • Mountain Air: 20 vacation rentals
  • Linville Ridge: 226 vacation rentals
  • Mill Ridge: 73 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Marion?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Marion. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Buck Creek Trout Farm: 662 vacation rentals
  • Linville Gorge Wilderness Area: 1,022 vacation rentals
  • Linville Caverns: 1,251 vacation rentals
  • Historic Carson House: 721 vacation rentals
  • Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine: 704 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Marion listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Marion?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,970 Cabins in Marion. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Marion include:

  • Houses: 2,527 rentals available
  • Cottages: 1,970 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 1,970 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Marion?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,092 vacation rentals with pool available in Marion. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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