Mountain splendor, arts and culture, excellent education
Yancey County, about 30 miles north of Asheville, is one of the most beautiful, pristine areas in Western North Carolina. Home to six of the tallest peaks east of the Mississippi, including the highest, Mount Mitchell, the area draws people who adore nature and outdoor activities—many of those end up living here.
This is a county that knows their golden goose is the natural beauty, and it is determined to retain that beauty while growing appropriately. The level of cooperation among county residents is amazing, the plan they have in place for growth is comprehensive and innovative.
There are some 18,000 people in the county; about 10% of those live in Burnsville, the largest town. Burnsville includes a quintessential main street with local restaurants, galleries, and retail shops. The Nu Wray Inn offers comfortable accommodations right off the town square.
The area includes excellent public schools and an involved community college. A thriving arts community, impressive Town Center, and a regional playhouse offer ample cultural opportunities.
It's not always about making the sale...
Retail shops Something Special is a Burnsville icon. It thrives because the owners deliver great products and warm, welcoming customer service.
Native New Yorkers Bonnie and Randy moved to Burnsville to build Smart Foods, a company that makes gluten free breads and treats.