The North Carolina Mountains

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  • 1. Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual

    This is the nation's oldest Native American co-op. It displays and sells items created by more than 250 Cherokee craftspeople. The store has a large...

    This is the nation's oldest Native American co-op. It displays and sells items created by more than 250 Cherokee craftspeople. The store has a large selection of museum-quality baskets, masks, and wood carvings, some of which can cost hundreds of dollars.

    645 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee, North Carolina, 28719, USA
    828-497–3103
  • 2. Downtown Waynesville

    The main shopping area in downtown Waynesville stretches several long blocks along Main Street, with a number of small boutiques, bookstores, antiques shops, restaurants, brewpubs,...

    The main shopping area in downtown Waynesville stretches several long blocks along Main Street, with a number of small boutiques, bookstores, antiques shops, restaurants, brewpubs, and a bakery. Side streets in this charming small town also offer shopping and dining. A few blocks away, Frog Level is an up-and-coming small dining and entertainment section in a former industrial area.

    Main St., Waynesville, North Carolina, 28786, USA
    828-456–3517-Downtown Waynesville Association
  • 3. Fred's General Mercantile

    For hardware, firewood, a quart of milk, locally grown vegetables, deli sandwiches, pumpkins for Halloween, snowboard and ski rentals, gourmet birdseed, and just about anything...

    For hardware, firewood, a quart of milk, locally grown vegetables, deli sandwiches, pumpkins for Halloween, snowboard and ski rentals, gourmet birdseed, and just about anything else you need, Fred's General Mercantile, half general store and half boutique, is the place to go. At 5,049 feet, it's billed as the highest-elevation general store in America.

    501 Beech Mountain Pkwy., Banner Elk, North Carolina, 28604, USA
    828-387–4838

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: Open daily 7:30 am–10 pm
  • 4. Mast General Store

    This is the original Mast General Store, originally called Taylor General Store. Built in 1882–83, the store has plank floors worn to a soft sheen...

    This is the original Mast General Store, originally called Taylor General Store. Built in 1882–83, the store has plank floors worn to a soft sheen and an active, old-timey post office. Everything from ribbons and overalls to yard art and cookware is sold here. You can take a shopping break by sipping bottled "dope" (mountain talk for a soda pop) or a cup of coffee for 5¢ while sitting in a rocking chair on the store's back porch. For more shopping, an annex, which dates to 1909, is just down the road. Mast General Store has expanded to nine locations, but as the first, this one still has the most authentic atmosphere.

    3567 NC 194, Sugar Grove, North Carolina, 28679, USA
    828-963–6511
  • 5. Town Hardware and General Store

    Inside three 1920s-vintage brick buildings, this mix of a small-town hardware store and gift shop, which opened in 1928, sells hard-to-find tools like scythes and...

    Inside three 1920s-vintage brick buildings, this mix of a small-town hardware store and gift shop, which opened in 1928, sells hard-to-find tools like scythes and push plows, along with cast-iron cookware, Case knives, and Radio Flyer red wagons.

    103 W. State St., Black Mountain, North Carolina, 28711, USA
    828-669–7723

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: 8–6 Mon.–Sat., noon–5 Sun.
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  • 6. Scudder's Galleries

    Closed Permanently

    This high-end antiques dealer and estate liquidator, established in 1925, holds auctions Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm between mid-June and November. The auctions...

    This high-end antiques dealer and estate liquidator, established in 1925, holds auctions Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm between mid-June and November. The auctions are entertaining to see, even if you don't plan on buying anything.

    352 Main St., Highlands, North Carolina, 28741, USA
    828-526–4111

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: No auctions Dec.–May; shop closed Sun., Store: Mon.–Thurs. 10–5, Fri.–Sat. 10–3

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