Valle Crucis, NC’s 1st Rural Historic District

Western North Carolina is home to so many beautiful areas, one of which is Valle Crucis.  As North Carolina’s first Rural Historic District, Valle Crucis welcomes you to enjoy bed and breakfast inns, cabin rentals, a family retreat, tasty foods, curated art collections, outdoor pursuits, and historic destinations like the Mast General Store.

Things to Do in Valle Crucis

Located only 8 miles from Boone, Valle Crucis draws folks from all over to its pastoral settings and old-time feel.
If you are in the area and looking for things to do in Valle Crucis, you can enjoy activities like:


Community Events & Music

The Valle Crucis Community Park is home to Music in the Valle, where music is played every Friday evening from May through September.

In the fall is the Valle Crucis Fair, which draws more than 10,000 people each year and raises money for local charities.

Valle Crucis is filled to the brim with beautiful settings for weddings and is home to an amazing retreat center as well as The Apple Barn which is known for throwing some pretty amazing contra dances.

The Original Mast General Store

Valle Crucis is also home to The Original Mast General Store.  Built in 1883, The Original Mast Store location features mercantile items that you may remember from your grandma’s house like jams and jellies, real maple syrup, stoneground cornmeal, comfortable rocking chairs, sturdy hiking boots, and comfortable casual shoes.

Bed and Breakfasts

The Mast Farm Inn, The Taylor House, and The Inn at Little Pond Farm are just three of the many amazing Bed and Breakfasts in the area.

You can also stop in and eat at Over Yonder, a restaurant that prides itself on serving Appalachian cuisine, located in the former homestead of the Taylor Family, one of the founding families of Valle Crucis.

Why You Should Visit Valle Crucis, NC

It is hard to believe that so much can be found in such a small space but that is what draws so many from all over and has for years.  I believe this wonderful valley will continue to carve itself out as a “must-see” destination in Western North Carolina.

About the Author

I have lived in North Carolina my whole life, 20+ years in the High Country.  I grew up in Chapel Hill with a huge extended family. Naturally, I am a huge UNC fan.  Although my whole family lived in Chapel Hill, the majority of them are Appalachian State graduates. So, when it was time to pick a college, I knew Boone was the place for me.  I came to the mountains because, as my parents had always told me, it is an absolutely beautiful place and the people are so down to earth! That was 1997 and I have lived here ever since.  I met my husband Dave at ASU and we married in 2001.  We have 3 children, Elias, Faith, and Penelope.  Our family lives in Downtown Boone. Dave teaches middle school science at Valle Crucis Elementary School. Before becoming a Real Estate Agent,  I spent 5 years as the co-teacher of the 9-12 year old class at Mountain Pathways Montessori School.  We are elders at our church, Harvest House, where I have taught preschool for the last 20 years.  I can't believe it been that long.... time flies when you’re having fun!  I met Sarah Long, 828 Real Estate's Broker/ Owner, in 1997.  My interest in Real Estate developed when we bought our first home and has grown as we have bought and sold over the years.  Sarah was our Realtor for years and suggested many times that I pursue Real Estate as a full time career.   I am so glad I did.  I am enjoying introducing others to the place I love and call home….I look forward to helping you find your perfect place!