Whether it’s the 100+ heat index of Florida’s summer, the bright reds and oranges of leaf season in North Carolina during the fall, or the desire for a true winter season with a light dusting of snow, more and more Floridians seem to find themselves vacationing, relocating and even residing part-time in the mountains of North Carolina. The best mountain towns in North Carolina are full of local flavor, a laid-back pace but with plenty to see and do, and of course the mild summer temperatures. It makes perfect sense that Floridians would be drawn to this dynamic part of the country and we welcome them!
If you are searching for the best mountain town to visit near Florida, you may land just 30 miles south of Asheville in a quaint, historic and exciting place to explore – Flat Rock, North Carolina. Flat Rock is a village in Henderson County located three miles south of Hendersonville. This charming town has many of the same draws as nearby Asheville, weather, shopping, dining, services, and scenery, without all the people! On average the weather in Flat Rock, North Carolina is comfortably mild although it’s also the perfect place to enjoy snowy mountains around the holidays and often into the New Year.
Although the mountain town of Flat Rock, North Carolina is an easy drive from most places in Florida, a quick weekend trip doesn’t seem to provide enough time to enjoy all that the town, the community, and the Blueridge Mountains have to offer. That’s why so many Floridians travel again and again to this part of the country and why many buy a cottage in Simple Life’s mountain community, The Village. Hendersonville’s setting is one of the town’s most distinguishing qualities! Cradled by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town’s nearby recreation includes fishing, mountain biking, hiking, rafting, paddle boarding, and camping. For some it’s enough to sit on the porch and gaze at the distant mountains, but if adventure is your calling, there are abundant hikes for all ability levels, sheer rock faces to climb, some of the world’s most famous mountain pedaling trails, treetop tethered zip lines, paddle boarding that ranges from still water to unruly mountain streams, and more!
Local North Carolina mountain attractions include touring the stunning historic homes that are now on the National Register of Historic Places, enjoying southern folk art, antiques, vintage shops, local pottery, apple orchards, festivals, and the local theater. Hendersonville also has the second largest downtown in Western North Carolina (Asheville is the biggest) featuring a healthy list of outstanding restaurants, wineries, cideries, and bars to satisfy all occasions from a more sophisticated dining experience at Season’s at Highland Lake Inn to down-home mountain bar-b-que at Hubba Hubba Smokehouse.
And of course, just a short drive south through the Blueridge Mountains you’ll be whisked away to one of the world’s most stunning estates, the Biltmore – America’s largest home. This marvel of luxury and elegance built by George Vanderbilt in the late 1800s continues to bring thousands of people each month from around the world to Western North Carolina to see its stunning opulence in the home, garden, and grounds.
There’s a reason Hendersonville and Flat Rock continue to land year after year on lists featuring the TOP MOUNTAIN TOWNS IN NORTH CAROLINA, TOP MOUNTAIN TOWNS NEAR ASHEVILLE, and THE BEST MOUNTAIN TOWNS NEAR FLORIDA. We invite you to visit Flat Rock, North Carolina and a cottage at The Village – a Simple Life Community. Experience this unique retreat and all natural beauty that surrounds it. Book a tour today or call to learn more about our for sale and for rent properties by calling our Simple Life concierge at (828) 707-0969 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our offices are open Monday – Saturday from 10am until 5pm and on Sundays by appointment.