THE GREAT AMERICAN VACATION
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A century ago, a group called the Lake Toxaway Company created a 640-acre lake in the high mountains between Brevard and Cashiers. Nearby, a grand 500-room hotel built with the finest materials, providing the most modern conveniences and serving European cuisine, attracted many of the country's elite. That hotel is long gone, but the scenic area, which some still call "America's Switzerland," has a
number of fine resorts and some of the priciest real estate in the North Carolina Mountains.
Surrounded by the lofty peaks of Grandfather, Hanging Rock, Beech, and Sugar mountains, this ski resort bills itself as the "highest town in...
Black Mountain is a small town that has played a disproportionately large role in American cultural history because of the college there. For...