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.
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.