Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smoky Mountains in scenic western North Carolina, Asheville, home to retirees, artists, farmers, affulent professionals, old hippies, New Agers, young families, spiritualists and outdoor types, is artsy and funky with a Southern sensibility and an emerging resort-like atmosphere. Is it a great place to retire?
Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills of southwestern North Carolina, Columbus is nice little town in a growing wine and equestrian region.
Etowah is a nice little community (census designated place) in a scenic valley on the edges of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest in southwestern North Carolina. It got its name from the Native American word for a river in Georgia and dates from the late-1800s.
Built in the early 1990s and nestled on 74 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Riverwind is an appealing 55+ manufactured home community. Clean and nicely landscaped, it has nearly has 200 homes in a secluded setting with beautiful mountain views.
Charming Flat Rock started out in the early-1800s as a summer retreat for wealthy Charlestonians and today is known as "Little Charleston of the Mountains."
Nestled in western North Carolina, Fletcher is a Blue Ridge Mountain town with a nice reputation. It sits in hilly terrain between Asheville and Hendersonville and has country, suburban vibe.
Quiet little Lake Waccamaw is on the northern edge of oval-shaped, 9,000-acre Lake Waccamaw and has a reasonable cost of living.
The Tar Heel State was one of the first to instruct its Continental Congress delegates to vote for independence from British rule. After the Revolutionary War, it entered the Union on November 21, 1789 and started developing an extensive slave plantation system. It became a major exporter of cotton and tobacco and was one of 11 states to secede from the Union, leading to the American Civil War.
The state is bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Atlantic ocean. Its geographic regions range from the barrier islands and low plains of the eastern Atlantic coast to the mountainous regions of the west. The rolling hills and waterfalls of the Piedmont lie in between. Because of a wide variance in altitudes, North Carolina's climate can be hard to predict. Winters, especially on the coast, can be warm and mild.
The state has 17 major river basins and is rich in hydroelectric power. Tobacco, sweet potatoes, hogs, trout, and turkeys are a few of its agricultural products. The arts and culture industry has become an economic driver. It supports more than 43,000 jobs and generates almost $120 million in state and local revenue.
North Carolina is the home of several firsts. Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville. The Wright brothers launched the first manned, self-propelled airplane from a cliff near Kitty Hawk. Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern. Vernon Rudolph first sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Winston-Salem.
Eastern sections of the state were heavily flooded by Hurricane Florence in September, 2018.
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