An NC spot was named a favorite small town for family trips

A Roberta Flack mural is painted on the side of Black Mountain Brewing in downtown Black Mountain as part of the NC Musicians Mural Trail. Flack was born in Black Mountain in 1937.

A Roberta Flack mural is painted on the side of Black Mountain Brewing in downtown Black Mountain as part of the NC Musicians Mural Trail. Flack was born in Black Mountain in 1937.

A North Carolina town — Black Mountain — has made the Top 20 on Family Destinations Guide’s list of 150 Best Small Towns in America in 2023.

The top spot went to Holualoa, Hawaii. (OK, so we’re not on a tropical island. Tough to beat, right?) But we hold our own here in North Carolina: Black Mountain was ranked No. 18.

The Family Destinations Guide entry for Black Mountain said: “Rolling hills, quaint small-town charm, and outdoor recreation opportunities abound in a mountain setting like no other.”

In fact, the Buncombe County town has recently added a few new attractions, as well, including a rooftop bar called The Bell Tower Black Mountain and Foothills Grange, a new restaurant with a large outdoor space and dedicated spot for kids to play. Its downtown is also packed with shops to browse, places to eat and a variety of art galleries to check out.

Family-friendly attractions include the Black Mountain Center for the Arts and Lake Tomahawk Park, and Asheville is nearby.

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The Bell Tower Black Mountain rooftop bar. Angela McAdams/The Bell Tower Black Mountain

The publication is recognizing what we already know about the Carolinas: We’ve got a ton of really cool small towns. Other North Carolina towns with honorable mentions included Blowing Rock (No. 35) and Banner Elk (No. 139). In South Carolina, Georgetown (No. 53), Aiken (No. 59) and Beaufort (No. 67) made the list.

To come up with its list, the site that offers kid-friendly vacation ideas surveyed 3,000 families to find the top 150 across the country they’d love to spend time in this year.

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Heidi Finley is a writer and editor for CharlotteFive and the Charlotte Observer. Outside of work, you will most likely find her in the suburbs driving kids around, volunteering and indulging in foodie pursuits.

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