Planning on traveling to Asheville, North Carolina for a vacation destination? They promise not to disappoint. The natural beauty that is contained in and around Asheville is a sight to behold and a pleasure for the senses to experience. From the beautiful Appalachian Mountains featuring the highest peak of all at Mount Mitchell to the colorful, aromatic NC Arboretum, the scenery will both delight and astound. Don’t forget about the rich artistic heritage of the people and make sure you make time to take in some live performances at one of their many local theaters or at their annual music festival and check out some incredible folk art. Not being totally outdone by Mother Nature, Asheville also offers historical buildings worth your time and energy.
10. Learn on the WNC Cheese Trail
The WNC (Western North Carolina) Cheese Trail offers visitors an opportunity to see and sample freshly made cheeses. Because of the diversity of the cheese-makers and scenery, travelers can make it an afternoon trip or a weekend trip to soak it all in. You will have the chance to meet the cheese-makers personally and after sampling their wares, you can even purchase directly from those manufacturers. You can’t get fresher than that.
The different cheese-makers also demonstrate different cheese-making operations varying from pioneers in the artisan cheese movement, to cow and goat milk cheese-makers. The Trail itself is a cooperative effort by farmstead and artisan cheese producers to promote the purchase of artisan cheese and to educate and promote tourism in the area. Though not all cheese-makers on the map of the trail are open for visitations, all support the effort and benefits of the trail. Sunday, April 26, 2015 marks the date of the very first Annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Festival at Highland Brewing which will benefit the WNC Cheese Trail.