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Western North Carolina is known far and wide for its magical mix of natural wonders and cultural enticements, dotted with a number of charming small mountain towns, most notably defined by the cultural triangle of Asheville, Hendersonville, and Brevard—all within relatively short distance of French Broad Crossing.

Asheville | Marshall | Hot Springs

Asheville, NC

Although French Broad Crossing is nestled within the Appalachian Mountains, it is only a short ride from the eclectic and cosmopolitan town of Asheville, North Carolina. A mere 30 minutes away, Asheville is consistently named one of the nations leading destinations for its dynamic mix of cultural attractions, outdoor recreation, special events and entertainment, fine and casual dining, boutique shopping, art and theater, and so much more. CNN Money rated Asheville as one of the top five locations to retire; and Barron's called it as one of the best places for a second home.

Western North Carolina is known far and wide for its magical mix of natural wonders and cultural enticements, dotted with a number of charming small mountain towns, most notably defined by the cultural triangle of Asheville, Hendersonville, and Brevard—all within relatively short distance of French Broad Crossing.

Asheville | Marshall | Hot Springs

Marshall, NC

Just five minutes from French Broad Crossing lies the charming town of Marshall. Poised for decades underneath the majesty of the Western North Carolina mountains, alongside the French Broad River, Marshall invites visitors with its quaint shops, cafes, coffeehouses, and friendly townsfolk. A mere 22 miles northwest of Asheville on Highway 25/70—between Weaverville and Hot Springs—the town serves as the seat of the county government and boasts a rich history, as well as a number of activities and attractions for families. Marshall is only 10 miles from the college community of Mars Hill and I–26, certainly making it convenient to many travelers.

Western North Carolina is known far and wide for its magical mix of natural wonders and cultural enticements, dotted with a number of charming small mountain towns, most notably defined by the cultural triangle of Asheville, Hendersonville, and Brevard—all within relatively short distance of French Broad Crossing.

Asheville | Marshall | Hot Springs

Hot Springs, NC

Hot Springs, North Carolina has been attracting travelers to its warm mineral springs for nearly two centuries. As legend has it, the unique natural springs possess special healing and restorative qualities for a variety of ailments and conditions. Plus, they're a lot of fun. Once voted the "Best Small Mountain Town from Georgia to West Virginia" by readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine, Hot Springs presents visitors with charm of a quaint small town that's just a short drive from Asheville. Hot Springs is located at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River, in a valley surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest. In fact, the AT runs right along Main Street.

Mission Healthcare System

Western North Carolina is blessed with one of the best healthcare systems in the United States, just another reason the Asheville region is perennially regarded as one the top retirement destinations in the country. The nationally recognized facility provides healthcare services throughout the region, and is conveniently accessible to homeowners at French Broad Crossing.

A Mecca for outdoor fun

Asheville and the surrounding Western North Carolina area have attained legendary status thanks to the sheer quality and quantity of outdoor pursuits available within the region. The world–famous Blue Ridge Parkway winds its way through mile after scenic mile of mountains, national parks, and charming small mountain towns. The Appalachian Trail also winds its way through picturesque landscapes, as does the French Broad River, which is the third oldest river in the world. Thanks to a mild, four-season climate, the entire area is a veritable playground for outdoor recreation—spring, summer, fall, and winter.

A rich stew of sights and sounds

Whether it's music, theater, live entertainment, or the fine arts, Western North Carolina has a rich heritage of cultural attractions. In fact, for its size, the Asheville–Brevard–Hendersonville region presents world–class offerings typically expected from much larger cities. Families can choose from a seemingly endless list of cultural options each month, serving as a nice complement to the exquisite outdoor beauty that stretches out far and wide.

The dinner bell is always ringing

Because of its vast offering of culinary options, the Asheville area has been referred to as the "San Francisco of the South." A wide variety of gourmet and casual cuisine—Southern, European, Asian, African, Haute, Nouvelle, Vegan, Vegetarian, Ethnic—can be found in Asheville and the nearby Western North Carolina region. Thanks to a steady supply of hungry tourists, vacationers, retirees, and relocating families, the area has drawn fine chefs and established restaurateurs from across the globe, which sits well with even the most discriminating palate.