Emerald Village!

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Emerald Village is a group of gem, mining, and historical attractions nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and within an hour's drive of Asheville, Boone, and Blowing Rock. Located in a spectacular mountain setting, Emerald Village is home to 7 real mines and has been featured on The Travel Channel. Come see why we say "Real Mines - Real Fun!" There's a lot to see and do! Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures to share back home. People come from all over the world to visit Emerald Village!

Explore the North Carolina Mining Museum and take an underground tour of the historic Bon Ami Mine. Learn the history of mining in this area, see the splashing Bon Ami Waterfall, and marvel at world-class collections of old mining and historical equipment.

Experience the thrill of discovery at The Gemstone Mine, and choose from a variety of gem buckets available. Keep everything you find! Have your special finds made into beautiful jewelry for a very special souvenir.

Tour the Discovery Mill building, with free displays including a model railroad display, native wildlife, black-light minerals, antique tool collection, and the impressive Antique Music Museum.

Browse our unique gift shops, get a snack in our deli, and enjoy our indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Try Gold Panning at the Blue Ridge Gold Mine and choose from a large collection of local minerals for sale in the Blue Ridge Rock Shop. Those looking for rugged adventure can dig for emeralds in the dumps of the world famous Crabtree Emerald Mine. For a unique after-dark experience, take the Black Light Mine Tour and see the underground mine magically lit up with special ultraviolet lamps.

Emerald Village is a place like no other, with so much to see and do! Please visit us soon. We promise a "Gem of A Day"!

If you have any questions please contact us at 828-ROK-MINE (765-6463)

Hearthside Handmades

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Welcome to Hearthsides!

Congratulations on finding Little Switzerland, and Hearthside's Simple Pleasures, where you will find everything you need to take home memories of a beautiful visit...

Our store, located within the Switzerland Inn complex just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, is filled with pottery, jewelry, clothing, and other items - we have something for everybody!

Whether you are looking for mementos of your trip, or gifts to take home to loved ones, you are sure to find it at Hearthside's Simple Pleasures.

Don't forget to check out "These Blooming Dishes", our uniquely crafted hand-formed pottery using actual flowers local to the area, a treasure you will love to show off for a long time!

Jewelry by Anita

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Jewelry by Anita
“Jewelry that touches the spirit.”

Handmade jewelry designed by Anita.  Studio/Gallery open by chance and appointment.

New this year! Jewelry making workshops taught by Anita. Spend a day or a week in Little Switzerland, NC learning to make beautiful jewelry!

Skyline Village Inn Gift Store

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Located adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 331, the historic Skyline Inn was built by John M Greer in the side of the mountain at the entrance to a cavern, where a moonshine still was located. Construction began in 1942 and was completed in 1948 financed by the moonshine money. Mr. Greer was a master carpenter and stonemason.

His handiwork is present in the wood paneling, marble floors and wood inlay tables throughout the building. Extensive remodeling has respected Mr. Greer’s vision for this unique property. The hotel has one of the most beautiful views in the North Carolina mountains.

Midway between Boone and Asheville, this is an ideal spot from which to visit and roam the mountains. Close to hiking, gem mining, and a wonderful starting point for many motorcycle riding loops, including the infamous DIAMONDBACK!

Switzerland General Store

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Switzerland General Store is open every day from 10 to 5:30. Drop on by for picnic items, beer, wine, souvenir tees, and much more!.

The Switzerland General Store, established in 1927 has served as the social center of our village for as long as anybody can remember.  We are located alongside the Switzerland Cafe and across from the Little Switzerland Post Office on Highway 226A - "Downtown".  We offer basic essentials for your trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains such as over the counter medicines, maps, clothing and children's toys, but so much more!

Planning a Blue Ridge Parkway Picnic?  Ahh, we can pack you a yummy Switzerland Cafe lunch complete with sides, and even utensils right down to the corkscrew for that special bottle of wine.

Wine?  Yeah we have a good selection and people brag about our selection of domestic NC Craft beers too!

T-Shirts & souvenirs?  Yup!

Soda, water, firewood and camping basics?  We have everything to make you a happy camper!

Diamondback motorcycle & sports car route gear?  Brummm, Brumm!

Switzerland Inn Trading Company

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Everyone loves our Little Switzerland and Diamondback merchandise, so in 2011, the Switzerland Inn opened a brand new shop in the Shops at Little Switzerland. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Switzerland Inn's Little Switzerland Trading Company store features all things Diamondback. Shirts, hats, gear and even our private label wines.

We’ve expanded our line of Little Switzerland apparel and collectibles that will also be featured in our new store. Check out the Little Switzerland Trading Company – our selection of Diamondback (NC226A) and Little Switzerland memorabilia expands with every season.

Trillium Gallery

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The Trillium Gallery, established in 1985, features a collection of handmade arts and crafts from local and nationally known artists. We have a large collection of handmade jewelry from award winning artists such as Nancy Fleming, Eric Silva, and Terri Logan and many more.

We are proud to feature the pottery of such artists as Maggie and Freeman Jones, Rob and Beth Mangum, and Sherry and David Hoffman just to name a few. Many collectors of glassware visit us to purchase the work of Prentice Hicks. These funky cups, goblets, martini glasses and champagne flutes are a must see and for many a must have! Susan Hutchinson marries metal and glass to create pieces that would compliment any window.

One of our favorite artists is Rodney Shaw. His relief and freestanding sculptures are quite possibly the pride and joy of this gallery. Not mentioned are many wonderful and talented artists, all are a must see.

The hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday 9-5. Friday and Saturday 9-7.

We are a seasonal business, open from mid-April through mid- November. We are located directly off the Blue Ridge Parkway between Asheville and Boone at milepost 334 in Little Switzerland, directly across from the lovely Switzerland Inn.


Mile marker 334, Blue Ridge Parkway

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Blue Ridge Parkway!


McDowell & Mitchell Counties, North Carolina

Close to Asheville, closer to Mother Nature.