Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine
Fun place to check out and learn about mining. Nice little general store to check out.
Why do we recommend a Gem Mine an hour away? Because it is better than our options in Boone and Banner Elk. If gem mining is new to the kids, they will survive going to an option in Boone, not to worry. We choose to make the drive to Gem Mountain, but also visit either Linville Falls or Linville…
Took the four kids here and they found their birthstones which I had made into a necklace. Not only is a memory of the time we had but a keepsake as well. Very pretty and the people could not be more friendly or accommodating.
“One of a kind restaurant. Small indoor dining but also has outdoor dining. Delicious food and friendly service. ”
Grocery or Supermarket
“Large Local grocery store with Gas Station, great deli / prepared food section and is close to house, easy drive, but is also walking distance. ~ 1/2 mile. ”
“Million dollar view off the top of the Eastern continental divide. Near Blue Ridge Parkway, Little Switzerland and Spruce Pine. Great food prepared by local chef. Not a franchise. Trout, catfish, steaks, chicken, pasta, salads.”
“Take a class, learn a new craft or hone the one you have with this renowned school. ”
“Wonderful place to hang out for breakfast and lunch. Clean great food, coffee, and ice cream. Coffee is available to buy in whole bean or they can grind it ... A must go to place....”