Morganton: Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Bring your shopping list and discover epicurean delights, gifts, and holiday spirit in this foothills town
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The seat of Burke County has all the markings of a city poised for growth. Historic landmarks, boutiques, restaurants, a performance hall, and a brewery/music venue dot several blocks surrounding the historic courthouse, now the Visitors Center. Here’s a smattering of what Morganton has to offer.


Benjamin’s & Libba’s Adjoining boutiques selling men’s and women’s apparel; assorted ties $60-$90, 100 N. Sterling St



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Vera Bradley clutch wallet $42
and checkbook cover $19,
605 S. Green St.


Catawba Valley Brewing Co.
A taproom and music venue serving its own brews, $3-$5 per pint, $5 a flight, $12 per growler, 212 S. Green St.


Kristy’s Bookshelf
The Man Who Invented Christmas by Les Standiford $20 and The Nutcracker: A Pop-up Book by Patricia Fry $25, 115 E. Union St.



Grind Cafe Coffeehouse
Serving coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, and wraps in a chic setting, 136 W. Union St.



Millstone Kitchen
Nosh on gourmet tapas,
or entrées like organic
Scottish salmon,
207 S. King St.

Take Note! Get in the Spirit: Kick off the holiday season on November 21, from 1-7 p.m., at the Historic Burke County Courthouse. The Festival of Lights includes kids activities, a bonfire, carriage rides, and a visit from St. Nick.