AROUND THE WORKSHOP
Some of America’s most beautiful trails, waterfalls and state and federal parks are around us. You can visit the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River within an hour’s drive. We are half an hour from 3 quaint towns full of entertainment, shopping, and local restaurants.
We encourage you not to fill all your days with activities. Center your efforts on spending time with God. Our 18 acres are wooded with a tiny stream. We are working to makes trails and sitting areas.
Even though I will be highlighting natural and manmade wonders in the region, this is a time to connect with God. We strongly encourage you to make God part of any plans when away from The Workshop. Ex: Hiking on trails or visiting a waterfall. Visiting Biltmore could be a time of connecting with your spouse.
The two nearby mountains are the Black and South Mountain ranges.
Mount Mitchell located about 40 minutes north and includes the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. It is an easy walk from the parking lot to a beautiful overlook of the valleys below. Much of the range is also protected by the Pisgah National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes along the range's southern section, and is connected to the summit of Mount Mitchell by North Carolina Highway 128.
South Mountains, located 3 miles to the east, have a nearby trailhead. South Mountains State Park is situated at the crossroads of the Appalachian Mountains and the Foothills region. The park boasts elevations up to 3,000 feet, an 80-foot waterfall, and nearly 50 miles of trail.
Three nearby towns
We are located 30 minutes from 3 towns.
Marion, where Main Street meets the Mountains: Main Street has a number of shops and dining experiences.
Morganton, Nature's Playground: Downtown area is walkable and friendly. I like Uncle Eee's restaurant. There are also some premium dining experiences.
Rutherfordton has a collection of artisans, restaurants, coffee shops. We don't go there very often.
This area is rich with waterfalls. We have guides and directions to nearby and easily accessible waterfalls.
Tom's Creek Falls is one my favorite to visit.
Omni Grove Inn, The Biltmore
Omni Grove Inn offers beautiful views and dining experiences. There is no cost to go and explore these dining options, although reservations are often needed. It is a pleasant, short trip for my wife and I to enjoy an anniversary meal with great views. Meals are pricey and worth the atmosphere. A nationally acclaimed gingerbread competition occurs every November and is on display through Christmas.
The Biltmore offers views, gardens, an anchor point of national and local history, dining experiences, and art exhibits. You are required to buy a day pass to have any access to the attractions. However, if you and your spouse are taking time to reconnect with God and each other it could be an opportunity to stroll at your own pace and enjoy each other.