Bluegrass and family fun in North Carolina’s low-rise mountains.

Travel + Leisure
May 14, 2012

The rural Statesville area of North Carolina offers down-home pastimes and simple pleasures. Dig America’s musical roots with summertime bluegrass performances and festivals, in country stores and campground amphitheaters all around the area (check out carolinamusicways.org for event listings).

Hiddenite Gems

Kids will love searching for real emeralds and sapphires at the mines.

Cook Shack

Stop by this family-owned grill and store for a hearty breakfast of ham and eggs, or enjoy live bluegrass jams Saturday afternoons and evenings.

CD's Smokehouse

Barbecue and Southern-fried sides for the whole family, in a bare-bones roadhouse that’s Carolina through and through.

Madelyn's in the Grove

Make yourself at home at this intimate bed and breakfast set among gardens. The five guest rooms are filled with homey antiques; two have oversize tubs.

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