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Local Gourmet Shops

Local Gourmet Shops • Gourmet Food Stores are an epicure’s delight. The shops here offer you a wide selection of local, regional, national, and international specialty foods.

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Ashe County Cheese Company

Located 45 minutes from the Inn, Ashe County Cheese is North Carolina’s oldest cheese plant. The viewing room is open year round at no charge and you can visit from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Saturday. They also offer other fine cheeses, locally made wines, gifts, and old fashioned snacks and candies

Created On The Mountain

Created On The Mountain

We work with creative partners who want to share their skills, services or products with a global market – artists, craftspeople, writers, musicians, designers, anyone using their creative skills.

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The Carlton Gallery

One of the most established Fine Art Galleries in the High Country of Western North Carolina, Carlton Gallery features a spirited collection of artwork in all mediums with over 200 local, regional, and national artists.

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Country Stores in North Carolina

For many in the High Country of North Carolina, visiting the local general store to get mail and the paper is a daily tradition.

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High Country Art

The High Country of North Carolina is so beautiful that it’s no surprise that it has been inspiring all different types of artistic expression. Painting, music, pottery, theater… all contribute to a the thriving Appalachian culture.

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High Country Local First

The Mast Farm Inn and Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn are honored to be members of High Country Local First. Our members consist of independent, locally-owned businesses, farms and organizations as well as individuals that are committed to the High Country region of North Carolina, its unique identity and quality of life.

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The Watauga County Farmers Market

The Watauga County Farmers’ Market has been in operation since 1974, and is located at the Horn In The West in Boone, North Carolina. The market is a direct link between our local farmers and the consumer.

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Penland School of Crafts

Located 40 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn, The Penland School of Crafts in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is a national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives.

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The Mast General Store

Listed on the National Historic Register as one of the best remaining examples of an old country store. This historic landmark, in the heart of North Carolina’s first rural historic district, has featured quality goods and traditional clothing since 1883