The Larger Community

Just outside the gates of Mountain Air is the charming and inviting town of Burnsville, NC. It’s everything you want a mountain town to be. Proud of its history and optimistic for its future. Every smile is genuine and every meal leaves you satisfied. There are plenty of stories to go around, along with festivals, art galleries and hometown parades. And just a little further down the road, you’ll find Asheville, NC, the artistic hub of the New South. Performing arts, fine arts, culinary arts, you name it, and it’s celebrated here, all within our larger mountain community.

Here are just a few examples of what the surrounding area has to offer:


Penland School of Art


Biltmore Estate


Blue Ridge Parkway


Burnsville Farmers Market


River Art District


Looking Glass Hike


Asheville Urban Trail


Brewery Tours


The Grove Park Inn


Camp at Mount Pisgah


Tube the French Broad River


Asheville Art Museum

Blue Wonder

The Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina are a wonder to behold. On any given hike or quiet drive down a country road or on the storied Blue Ridge Parkway you’ll be treated to waterfalls and mountain streams, and forests of pine teeming with wildlife. It’s even home to Mount Mitchell, offering the highest elevation east of the Mississippi River. With plenty of history, new discoveries, and four distinct seasons, there’s always a new adventure waiting to be discovered in this corner of the world we call home.

While you’ll never want for things to do and enjoy at home in Mountain Air, just outside the gates lies a region rich with possibilities. Several nearby North Carolina mountain towns are only a short drive away, waiting for you to discover their charms.

Did You Know?

Where we are – Slickrock Mountain > Black Mountains > Blue Ridge Mountains > >Appalachian Mountains (think of it like a home address–Street, City, State, Country)

The Appalachian Mountains connect 18 U. S. states and stretch from central Alabama to the Canadian Maritime provinces in a 1,500 mile unbroken chain.

What we are near


Great Smoky Mountains National Park (43 miles)

  • Most Visited National Park in the US
  • Established in 1934

Appalachian Trail (12 miles)

  • 2 ,200 mile long footpath, Georgia to Maine
  • Completed in 1937

Mt. Mitchell (8.6 miles)

  • Highest peak east of the Mississippi River
  • NC’s first state park, established in 1915

Blue Ridge Parkway (8.5 miles)

  • America’s longest linear parkway
  • Established in 1936

Four Seasons of Adventure

In addition to the Club events and activities that fill up the calendar all year round, there is an unending list of festivals, parades, exhibits, and more that dot the mountain landscape throughout Western North Carolina. From the lively springs to cool summers, through colorful autumns and tepid winters, you’ll find something to pique your interest and quench your thirst for adventure.

Here are just a few events to add to your calendar:



  • LEAF Art & Music Festival in Black Mountain 
  • Beer City Festival in Downtown Asheville 
  • Biltmore Blooms at Biltmore Estate 
  • Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest – Western NC Cheese Trail 
  • Yancey County Farmers Market – Saturdays, April – November
  • Mount Mitchell State Park — visit and summit


  • Toe River Art Studio Tours in Spruce Pine/Burnsville 
  • Art in the Park in Downtown Asheville 
  • Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival 
  • Mt Mitchell Crafts Fair in Burnsville 
  • Yancey County Farmers Market – Saturdays, April – November
  • Biltmore Estate Summer Outdoor Concerts


  • The Ascent at Mountain Air 5K 
  • Asheville Chow-Chow Culinary Festival
  • Old Timey Fall Festival in Burnsville 
  • Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival 
  • Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands in Asheville 
  • Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ at the Grove Park Inn


  • Christmas at Biltmore 
  • Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum 
  • Asheville Restaurant Week 
  • Burnsville Wedding Expo
  • Asheville Cetic Fest