SideTracked Brewery

Located near the Railroad tracks in downtown Morganton. Features beers with RR inspired names such as Cross Tie Brown, Whistleblower Sour, Light Rail Blonde, Thomas the Dank Engine New England IPA, Bessemer Process Pale Ale and the Weizenbahn Hefeweizen. Ping Pong in the back, Jenga on every table and quality fresh-brewed beers. Open Tues-Thurs, 3-10 and Fri-Sat 1-11. 828-544-5840.

Beer, Barbeque & Whiskey Tours

Enjoy a fun-filled day sampling south-mountain whiskey, craft beer, and sumptuous smoked barbeque. Tour starts at the Visitors Center in downtown Morganton. Includes lunch at JD’s Smokehouse, whiskey sampling and distillery tour. Then, head back for craft beer culture experience at Catawba Brewing and NEWEST brewery “Sidetracked.” Guided tour and transportation provided on the Ridgeline Trolley. $55 per person. Call 828-433-6793. Tickets must be purchased in advance as seating is limited.

Row House at Camp Lake James

This three bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath cabin sleeps 12, has a screened porch with 55 inch TV and wood burning fireplace, indoor wood burning fireplace and outdoor fire pit. The Master bedroom has a King, upstairs Guestroom has a Queen, upstairs Bunkroom has two sets of bunkbeds with the lower bunks being Full beds and the top bunks are Twin beds. There is also a loft with a full size sleeper sofa. Within a short walk of The Camp’s Social Hall and pools, this retreat also enjoys a private kayak launch and boat dock in the backyard. Call 828-391-6866

Treehaus at Camp Lake James

This three bedroom and three bath cabin has a unique layout with two bedrooms both with Queen beds, a loft area with a Twin Daybed and Twin Trundle bed underneath, a Queen Sleeper sofa in the downstairs tv room and a unique set of six youth bunkbeds (slightly smaller in width than a twin size bed) all in this 3 story house nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Treehaus can sleep up to 8 adults and 6 youth. Treehaus is just a short two minute drive within our community to enjoy the Camp Lake James facilities or a stroll along our trails where you can relax poolside, eat at the Canteen, soak up some sun or take a kayak trip. Call 828-391-6866

Foothills Conference Center

The Foothills Conference Center offers an event space for Trade Shows, Training, Banquets, and meeting space for up to 700 people.
Located in Morganton near Interstate 40.
Call 828-764-9094 For More Information

Alexander Brooke Boutique

Located in downtown Morganton, Alexander Brooke Boutique offers a variety of Women and children’s clothing.  This unique shopping experience offers limited selections in all sizes.

Hours of operation:

Tuesday – Saturday,

10:00am – 6:00pm


South Mountain Distilling Company

At South Mountain Distilling Co., we plan to share our family’s history of making South Mountain Spirits. Our products are derived from family recipes, handed down for generations. Also, South Mountain Distilling Co. has event space rentals. One room can host 10 to 12 guests the other room can host up to 49 guests. Catering services are available upon request.

South Mountain Distilling Co. also offers “The Distilling Experience.” This is a hands on experience that allows guests to participate in the making of their spirits. Grinding grain, Mashing, Fermenting, distillation, and bottling. Then at the end of the day they will have an opportunity to put their name on some of the bottles that they helped make.

Mon – Fri 10 am – 4 pm
Sat. 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday Closed

Children’s Park

Located just off Highway 70 on the east side of Valdese, Children’s Park contains a picnic shelter with restroom facilities, a playground area, and a lighted sports field used for baseball, soccer, and softball. A creek meanders along the edges of the park, encouraging exploration by curious youngsters. The picnic facilities may be rented by contacting the Recreation Department at 879-2132.

Village Park Mural

: The Valdese Village Park Mural is a stunning outdoor painting and small picnic park on Main Street in Valdese. Spanning the depth of the building and visually integrated adjoining landscaping, this beautiful and unique monument to the history of Valdese includes depictions of the town’s attractions and 51 “hidden” objects awaiting discovery by children of all ages.
CONTACT: 828-879-2129

Brown Mountain BottleWorks

The area’s local bottle shop experience! Hundreds of selections from the craft beer, cider, and wine world – with a focus on NC products. Also featuring amazing food selections, including gourmet chips, crackers, meats, cheeses, dips, and more – all local, all delicious. Come in for your favorite bottle (or bottles!) to take home, or get cozy at our spacious bar area with tons of on-site selections as well.

Lake James Pagoda- Lake and Mountain Views- Easy Walk to Private Dock W/ Boat Slip

Relax–Zen inspired getaway just steps from Lake James. This home has everything you need to unwind and enjoy all that Lake James has to offer. A peaceful courtyard welcomes you at the entrance. Once inside you will feel your cares begin to slip away….Glass doors surround the entire house, revealing lake and mountain views. The open floor plan is newly renovated with bamboo flooring, new kitchen and updated bathrooms. A large covered deck with dining tables and seating for 6 overlooks the lake with views of Shortoff Mountain, Table Rock and Grandfather Mountain. (704) 661-0771

Mountain Creek Bed & Breakfast

Mountain Creek Bed & Breakfast is a 3400 sq. ft. custom log home carved into the side of the South Mountains overlooking Laurel Creek. The Great Room features floor to ceiling cypress trees and a stone fireplace. The grand log stairs lead you up to the sitting area and two spacious suites occupying the entire 2nd floor. Call for more information. 828-403-7987

Lake James: Spectacular Views

Breathtaking views of Lake James and the Blue Ridge Mountains from almost every room of this modern, 3BR/2.5BA home, with soaring floor to ceiling windows. New construction offers all the modern conveniences, with clean lines and efficiency.

As lovely as this new home is, with its fresh soothing palette, we are positive that the views will steal your heart!

This home comes fully equipped for 6 to 8 people, including linens and towels. The kitchen is well stocked and spacious, open to dining, and of course, has abundant lake views! The furnishings are comfortable, yet well appointed, throughout to make your stay even more enjoyable!

The master bedroom and bath are on the main level and offer large picturesque views, while bedroom 2 and 3 are on the lower level with the family room, and 2nd full bath. The views are just as amazing from this level, with floor to ceiling, 180-degree views from the family room, and large window views from both bedrooms.

The lower level family room is spacious and includes a full size billiard table, large leather sectional, and big screen TV.

The fun continues outside, where the upper level has an open view deck and gas grill. The lower level has a large patio that leads to the fire pit area. There is also corn hole and a horseshoe pit to enjoy in the evenings. Since this lovely home sits high atop a ridge overlooking Lake James, you definitely can’t miss the sunsets.

You will also have wide sweeping views, which will include Table Rock, Hawksbill, Mount Mitchell, and Linville Gorge. All of these beautiful places are right in our backyard, which is why Burke County Chamber of Commerce calls us Nature’s Playground. Burke County is thriving with outdoor activities including hiking, biking, running, greenways, parks, canoeing, kayaking, and trail systems. Downtown Morganton is also alive with outdoor concerts, live music venues, art studios, pottery, craft beer and wine, and many unique dining and shopping experiences.

We are located in the Foothills, only 20 minutes from Morganton, 45 minutes from Asheville, an hour from Blowing Rock, Boone, and Banner Elk. We are sure that you will feel totally relaxed and away from the world, but here, you are never far from your next great adventure.

Colt Bass Fishing

Colt Bass Fishing is a guided fishing service offering 4 or 6 hour fishing trips on Lake James, Lake Hickory, and Lake Rhodhiss. Fish for Striped Bass, Walleye, Trophy Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, and Perch. All you need to bring is a camera, proper clothing, and whatever you may need to eat or drink. Rods, reels, bait, lures, and ice are all provided. Come spend a day on a beautiful lake, catch some fish, and make some memories with Colt Bass Fishing. Call (828) 381-3426.

Bluegill Lakefront Lodge at Camp Lake James

The Bluegill Lakefront Lodge is located steps from The Camp and boasts spectacular views of  Lake James. This four bedroom, 4.5-bath cabin sleeps 12, has an expansive screened porch, indoor gas fireplace and outdoor wood fire pit.

Within a short walk of The Camp’s Social Hall and pools, this retreat also enjoys a private kayak launch and boat dock in the backyard.

Whether you’re spending a quite weekend away or planning an action packed family vacation The Camp’s cabins are perfect getaways. Our Cabins have spacious kitchens and living spaces that can accommodate large or small groups.

All of our properties enjoy easy access to our miles of community trails, including the Over mountain Victory National Historic Trail, a linear national park running through the community.

Guest Privileges: As a guest in one of our cabins, you will enjoy full member privileges at The Camp for the duration of your stay – take a dip in the pool, explore the lake by kayak, grab a quick bite at the Canteen, work out in our exercise room, make a fire in our fire pits and enjoy activities planned by our staff.

Don’t want to pack a lot for your trip? Then have the kitchen stocked with all your favorite foods.

Ridgeline Trolley & Tours

Available for Weddings, Special Events, Family Reunions, Business Outings, Birthday Parties, and other transportation needs. The trolley features air-conditioning, heat, on-board electrical inverter for lights and a announcer system. Padded seats for up to 22 passengers. Call 828-433-6793 for rates and other information.


Treat Restaurant and Bar is an eatery known for its wide variety of menu offerings, served with a “layered eating” Tapas style flare. The restaurant and bar boasts a menu that features hand-crafted specials created and rotated seasonally, as well as a hand-picked signature beer and wine selection. Inspired by creativity, innovation and a deep desire to “treat” people with food and fun, Treat’s style emphasizes fresh, new and artistic plates with distinctive Spanish, Asian and Italian influences. Treat Restaurant & Bar, locally known simply as Treat, is located at 100 West Sterling Street in downtown Morganton. An extensive accessory and gift shop, Treat Gift Shop, shares the building with an entrance on the corner of Union and Sterling streets. For more information or reservations, please call (828) 475-1082.

Breathe Yoga & Wellness

Breathe Yoga & Wellness offers a variety of traditional and non-traditional yoga classes for fitness and for health, as well as personalized therapeutic body and mind practices that adapts to individual needs, including chronic or acute conditions. Breathe Yoga & Wellness is a place for group classes, private instruction, and professional training. The mission of Breathe Yoga & Wellness is to provide instruction, practice, and support that encourages individual and community health. 828-475-5775

Moondog Pizza

A dynamic, super-duper, awesome, cozy, hole-in-the-wall serving great homemade pie and local beer & wine. Gluten-free, vegan, and dairy free options. Watch the game here! Take out. M-Tr 11- 10 Fr- Sat 11-11. Sun. 12-9. 828-433-4030.

Cherokee Marine Services


Cherokee Marine Services maintains and services boat engines, at our shop or at your dock.  Lower units and out drives are a specialty of Cherokee Marine.

A certified North Carolina WildLife Agent providing fishing and hunting license services as well as Vessel Registrations and Renewals.  We also maintain a complete stock of live bait including, Crickets, Minnows, Large Night Crawlers and Red Worms for our fishing customers. It is our goal to serve the boating public according to Biblical Principles and by providing the very highest quality of workmanship and services. 828-584-8840


Riverside Golf & RV Park

Randy’s Custom Golf at Riverside Golf and RV Park offers a full service golf shop, driving range, miniature golf and RV Park. Here at Randy’s Custom Golf at Riverside Golf and RV Park we have twenty 30-amp and ten 50-amp full hook up RV sites. A fully stocked golf shop with an excellent driving range. The 18-hole miniature golf is a place for all of the family to enjoy an evening or to have a birthday party. Call 828-433-6464.

On the Fly Guide Service

Fly Fishing Only Guide Service – We specialize in having a good time in the mountains of NC! 20 Years of putting clients in touch with fish on the fly! Our home waters are the Catawba River Tailrace below Lake James for trophy brown trout and the Toe River drainage for trout and smallmouth bass all ON THE FLY!!!
The Catawba River Tailrace below Lake James flows east to the Atlantic Ocean and is the only Special Regulated Trout Waters in NC. While the Toe River flows west to the Gulf of Mexico it supports a great trout fishery upstream of Spruce Pine NC and an incredible smallmouth bass fishery downstream.

Lake Side Cabin at Camp Lake James

This lake front cabin is located steps from The Camp and boasts spectacular views of the Lake James. This three bedroom, two-and-one-half-bath cabin sleeps 8, has an expansive porch and indoor/outdoor fireplaces. Within a short walk of The Camp’s Social Hall and pools, this retreat also enjoys a private kayak launch and boat dock in the backyard.

The Kitchen Connection

Locally owned and operated, The Kitchen Connection was founded in 1994 by Pamela Saunders, along with her husband, Keith. As we celebrate our 20th holiday season, we continue to offer the Morganton area the very finest in all of your entertaining and culinary needs. We proudly sell cookware, gifts, arabica coffee beans, domestic and imported wines, and gorgeous gourmet gift baskets. Our dedicated staff, along with the Store Manager, Gail McClarren, are all ready to provide you with the best of service.

Brown Mountain Off- Highway Vehicle Trail

The Brown Mountain OHV area offers 34 miles of trail. This is the only OHV area on the Grandfather District. OHV riders may go only on designated roads and trails posted by signs (pole-like stakes at the head of each trail section). These trails are mostly designed for trail bikes and ATVs. Jeeps and 4WD vehicles may only use Trail 8 and part of Trail 1. No bushwhacking or cutting vegetation is allowed. Only street legal machines that meet all state regulations for safety and noise may use open Forest Service roads.

Phifer Wellness Center

A modern facility and highly trained staff provide the ideal environment to help you meet your health and fitness goals. From pampering yourself with a soothing massage to simply soaking in a whirlpool after an exhilarating racquetball match, you can easily find something that will add variety and excitement to your workout.

There’s a spacious 5 lane, 25 yard heated indoor swimming pool open year round for members to enjoy. Whether you enjoy lap swimming or water aerobics, our facilities and classes provide great low-impact exercise options. Our Aquatic area also features a relaxing whirlpool.

Upstairs, members can participate in a variety of aerobic classes offered in the aerobic studio. Phifer also offers the area’s most comprehensive fitness floor, comprised of state-of-the-art cardiovascular, strength training and free weight equipment.

Saunas and steam rooms are located in each locker room. If you prefer to enjoy your racquet sports indoors, our facilities include three racquetball courts which can be conveniently scheduled for your usage. Out of Town visitors may receive a single-day or 5-day pass.

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail commemorates the patriot unification, march and battles leading up to the Battle of Kings Mountain. Portions of the trail can be visited in any season. It includes sections of walk-able pathway, a Commemorative Motor Route, affiliated historic sites and museums, and wayside exhibits. The trail passes through Lake James State Park and the Quaker Meadows plantation in Morganton. Annual Revolutionary Weekend held in late September in Morganton. Check website for more detailed information.

Linville Falls Winery

Elevate your taste in wine at Linville Falls Winery and make us a part of your Blue Ridge Mountain experience. Our vineyards are nourished by warm days, cool nights, and rich mountain soil like no other.

Carolina Distillery

At Carolina Distillery, located in historic downtown Lenoir, North Carolina, We distill our single-barrel Apple Brandy utilizing a generations-old family recipe. Our brandy is hand-crafted in a copper pot still and bottled one barrel at a time to give each batch its own unique character and flavor.

Defiant Distillery Tours

Blue Ridge Distilling Co. is founded on the quest for true quality. It has been said that the devil is in the details, and there is a vast amount of detail in distilling. It is our attention to these details at every nuance of the production process that results in a truly exquisite single malt. Tours M-F 8-5 Call 828-245-2041.

Awakenings Spa

Awakenings Spa is a “shoes off” sanctuary designed to be cozy and comfortable. Long-term neighbors and short-term guests to our amazing downtown can feel welcome, warm and pampered. Whether you’re taking care of yourself for an hour or indulging for an entire day, our team of professional service providers will ensure you leave feeling completely relaxed and refreshed. 828-408-3670

JD’s Smokehouse

We pride ourselves in having the best BBQ and homemade sides around! We feature delicious smoked pork and chicken, tender beef brisket and the juiciest fall off the bone ribs. Open Thur- Sat. 11-9.

Fonta Flora Brewery

2017 Burke County ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR, Fonta Flora Brewery is the most unique and quaint water’n hole in Western North Carolina.
Fonta Flora Brewery integrates the soul of agriculture with the artisanship of zymurgy to create a menagerie of rustic and savory libations. With an emphasis on seasonal flora, Fonta Flora brings English tradition and Belgian inspiration to the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Fonta Flora utilizes local artists to help conceptualize the notion that fermentation is yet another medium for creating art. This uniquely artisan approach to beer yields a sustainable product filled with culture from our very own community. Brewery Tours every Monday evening and other times by appointment. Call 828-475-0153