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61 N O R T H C A R O L I N A E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T G U I D E he Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains provide room to roam, whether hiking, biking, zip-lining or skiing. Western North Carolina off ers plenty of options for a weekend getaway, from camping, visiting a quaint bed-and- breakfast or staying at Asheville's historic Grove Park Inn. When you're ready to unwind, Asheville, also known as Beer City USA, has more breweries per capita than any U.S. city, along with top-rated restaurants and a funky, artistic vibe. A R O U N D T H E S T A T E | R E G I O N S T A T T R A C T I O N S • Biltmore Estate, Asheville • Blue Ridge Parkway • Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City • Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring • Sliding Rock, Transylvania County • West Jeff erson Arts District, West Jeff erson E V E N T S • Blowing Rock WinterFest, January • Lake Eden Arts Festival, Asheville-Black Mountain, May and October • Folkmoot USA, Black Mountain, July • An Appalachian Summer Festival, Boone • Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Linville, July • MerleFest, Wilkesboro, April • N.C. Apple Festival, Hendersonville, September A T T R A C T I O N S Biltmore Estate, Asheville Blue Ridge Parkway THE WEST Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey • Aerospace and defense • Furniture • Brewing • Data centers • Tourism • Advanced manufacturing • Christmas trees C O U N T I E S I N D U S T R I E S LEES-MCRAE/HIGHLAND BREWING/BILTMORE FARMS

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