Pumpkins are a hallmark of autumn, but jack-o’-lanterns are just the beginning of the fall fun. Make the most of the season with an idyllic outing to a u-pick patch for the perfect specimens, décor inspiration using fanciful heirloom gourds, and a delish take on a pumpkin pie that’s as nice as sugar and spice.
Locals, especially, can confirm Western North Carolina holds a wealth of riches. From natural wonders and cultural treasures to splurge-worthy experiences, the indulgences afforded in our mountains are, in many ways, priceless.
Internationally known for the quality of the mica in its soil, Spruce Pine is also ground zero for one of the most highly regarded craft communities in the nation. Potters and other artisan wizards work in the hills and hollers that surround Mineral City, making Spruce Pine a prime base for hiking, touring, and studio-hopping.