There's world-class food and amazing vistas, too.
Hikers and rock climbers will delight in the options available to them in the Blowing Rock area.
Maggie Valley's proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains provides excellent hiking, beautiful waterfalls and a chance to admire wildlife.
The charming hamlet is filled with boutiques, fine restaurants and antique shops.
Cashiers, Highlands' quieter, equally exclusive cousin, offers a private, picturesque retreat.
The price is right on a piece of mountain paradise.
Asheville was named No. 10 on Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Cities" list.