Black Mountain, NC is a short 60 minute drive from our home. Chris and I ventured out one spring day to pop over to see what this little town with a population of just under 8,000 was all about.
What we found was a quaint little town filled with fun and varied shops, restaurants, antiques and yes–even a tea shop. You can imagine that Black Mountain is my kind of town.
The town is named for the train stop The Black Mountain Depot which is located at the southern end of the Black Mountain range which is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I suspect a lot of folks don’t even venture down to see the train but that is where our visit began.
The town itself was fairly quiet the day we visited but that would be much different today as the tourism season is ramping up. The town relies on tourism and the many shops, restaurants and guide shops reflect that that is the the most important factor for their economy. Several Christian retreat centers including Montreal and Ridgecrest are located nearby which also contribute to their booming economy.
Antique shops are always popular and Black Mountain has its share. The day we visited things were very slow because it was pre-tourist season.
I did manage to stop in the tea shop Dobra Tea for a lovely cup of tea while we walked around. It is located off the beaten track but has signs pointing to its location at 120 Broadway St. and is definitely worth a stop. They offer all kinds of wonderful teas along with some food offerings that are sure to satisfy any hungry tourist.
The other store that caught our eyes was the Doncaster store. Chris’s mom sold Doncaster clothes years ago and it was a nice reminder of her.
Black Mountain is definitely a nice little mountain town. Of course I neglected to take any pictures of the beautiful mountains but trust me—they are there. If you are in the area Black Mountain is definitely a worthwhile place to stop and while away a few hours, pop in for tea or lunch and a bit of antiquing.
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I love these little towns with some history attached to them. I know you do too. A great find. I imagine railway buffs would love it too.
The little museum was closed when we visited but yes—it looked like it was the perfect place for train lovers. Thanks for stopping by, Darlene.
Isn’t it a fun little town? We rented a lovely cottage near there when we were in NC a couple of years ago.
Oh neat! Yes, it is a fun little town and we barely scratched the surface because things were not really open for the season yet. Can’t wait to go back.
My kind of town.
Looks lovely. My brother lives just north of Charlotte in Davidson. We never venture past his home when we visit. We should!
I used to live in Mooresville and went to Davidson all the time! It is a really fun town! College towns tend to be special imho!
That was a lovely trip to take. Those small towns are so interesting!
Thanks for the tour! We’ve never been to the mountains before.
We stopped there many years ago on our way home from Asheville/Biltmore! It was December, though, so not a very busy place at that time.
We have been to Black Mountain. I can’t believe you didn’t put in a picture of the yarn shop!
You know what? I didn’t really go with the intention of doing a blog post for some reason so i really did not take many good pictures. We were kind of just planning on spending time together and sometimes the camera gets in the way of that. There will be more trips back ,trust me. And yes–I will have to investigate the yarn shop. There were a lot of shops not open when we were there since it was off season.
Have you gone hiking at Black Mountain? The feeling is awesome once you reach the top. I love their antique shops by the way and you should really investigate the yarn shop like Karen suggested.
I haven’t and Yes–I need to go back and include some more tops in shops. The day we were there a lot of stuff was closed so I need to pick a better day!