Day Trip: Quiet Getaway
CoMMA, Morganton's Auditorium
Riverside Dining at Judge's Restaurant
Find your inner muse at the Old Rock School Galleries or the Jailhouse Gallery. Don't miss Ben Long's fresco, "Sacred Dance and the Muses" gracing the lobby ceiling in Morganton's Municipal Auditorium, CoMMA.
Rummage through Old Mill Antiques in Glen Alpine or explore the eclectic shops of charming downtown Morganton and Valdese. Antiques, consignments, collectables and hidden treasures.
Downtown Morganton NC
Waldensian Winery, Valdese NC
Visit local wineries to taste some of WNC's best. Lake James Cellars, Raintree Cellars and the Waldensian Heritage Winery offer tastings, tours and sales. While in Valdese, retrace the steps of the Waldensian settlers at the Waldensian History Museum. The gift shop has hand-crafted items and jewelry.
Downtown Valdese NC
McGalliard Falls, Valdese NC
Back in Morganton, grab a favorite classic from the Mad Book Exchange and settle in at the Grind Café with special-blend coffee and a gourmet sandwich. Don't miss homemade fudge from G'babies Sweets!
Drive up Hwy 181 North for panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and river valleys. As dusk approaches, stop at the overlook to catch a glimpse of the legendary Brown Mountain Lights.