Old 09-15-2020, 11:38 AM
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Franklin, NC is a scenic mountain drive just about an hour and a half to your SW from Asheville. It is home to Mason's Mine. We went there once and I found a saphire that yeilded 2 roughly 3/4 carat each earrings for my wife. Great find. Home

They also have a great music venue there at Smokey Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Not sure how badly COVID has messed their calendar up, but you might catch a good show in town.

About an Hour due west is Bryson City. You might like to take a ride on the Smokey Mountain Railroad in Bryson City, visit Casinos in Cherokee or go to Fontana Lake.

Lake Lure and Chimney Rock are a nice day destination for a hike and a sunset cruise. There is also some trout fishing to be had in the mountains.