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Old 09-16-2010, 02:19 PM
 
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Lake Lure is very pretty; however, I wouldn't truly consider it "mountains" in terms of the weather. It runs about the same temp. as Greenville. It is at least 1000 ft. lower than Flat Rock/Hendersonville and can be 8 to 10 degrees hotter. Also, the curvy roads are very tiring.
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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Lake Lure is very pretty; however, I wouldn't truly consider it "mountains" in terms of the weather. It runs about the same temp. as Greenville. It is at least 1000 ft. lower than Flat Rock/Hendersonville and can be 8 to 10 degrees hotter. Also, the curvy roads are very tiring.
Yeah, don't know the local climate that well.

And I guess that I consider anything that's above the Saluda Grade to be 'In the mountains.'

Probably a Lowcountry thing.
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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We spent this past July in Lake Lure and it was routinely in the upper 90s or even low 100s....
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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We spent this past July in Lake Lure and it was routinely in the upper 90s or even low 100s....
Just remembered a general rule of thumb for the Southern Apps.:

For every 1,000 ft of altitude one gains, it's like going 100 miles north.

Anyway.................
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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We used to go up to Alpine Helen, GA for the October Fest - which runs through the whole month of October. We would rent a hillside cabin just outside of town to get the peace and quiet in the morning and at night, but the excitement of the town's festivities during the day. You can go tubing in the stream that goes right through the middle of town (one restuarant is built right over the top of it!). The town, as Geechie said, was renovated to look like a Bavarian village and they did a fantastic job. It is a pretty quiet little town the rest of the year....but it is a blast in October!

Mt Airy, NC is a nice mountain town too. (maybe you'll hear Andy whistling?)
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:21 AM
 
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We like around Maggie Valley. Can be touristy, but just a small part. The folks there have been as nice as nice can be...even to a mixed race couple. We could not be happier with that area. You're right off the Parkway with convenient access to the Interstate & Asheville...so you have a choice of curvy/scenic or straight shot/in a hurry.
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I like Blowing Rock, Hot Springs is a quaint little town...
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Old 09-18-2010, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I'm seconding all those here who recommended Blowing Rock, NC. We spent 5 days there around Christmas last year, and it was fabulous. We even got snowed in for a day or two!! To some people, that might not sound like a lot of fun, but as visitors, it was a blast. We plan to go back when we can....around Christmas time again. Gotta get the Charleston relocation accomplished first...........
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:08 AM
 
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You can't beat Highlands, NC for CHARM and beauty. Great restaurants, great resort hotel (Old Edward's Inn and Spa), also some charming little hotels, cottages, and great golf clubs. We live in Cullasaja Club six months of the year and love it: friendly, beautiful and safe. You can probably find great buys now for Mountain houses.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:05 AM
 
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Check out Floyd, VA on the Virginia music trail---very small, quaint, full of arts, even has communes!
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