Cheesemaking in the Mountains

Once you have booked your Asheville luxury vacation rental, it’s time for exploration. Western North Carolina is quickly becoming known for it’s cheese making. The WNC Cheese Trail, a non-profit organization that was formed in 2013 and has created a growing interest in the mountains. There are a total of 11 creameries that are members of the cheese trail and 4 creameries that are just minutes from downtown Asheville. If you’ve dined out at some of the great restaurants in downtown Asheville, The River Arts District, Biltmore Village or the surrounding areas, you have probably tasted some of the wonderful local cheese, as many of the restaurants get their cheese from local sources. The WNC Cheese Trail was also mentioned in the USA Today, as one of the top 10 things to make the most of Asheville, NC. Whether you’re vacationing in the Asheville area or live in the mountains of North Carolina, the trail is a great way to meet local cheesemakers, taste and see the handmade cheese being made. There are several creameries in the area, here are a few, some have regular operating hours and other are by appointment only.

Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery
Victor Chiarizia
327 Flat Creek Road, Fairview, NC
www.caveagedcheeses.com

Looking Glass Creamery
Jennifer & Andy Perkins
57 Noble Rd., Fairview, NC
www.ashevillecheese.com

Hickory Nut Gap Farm
57 Sugar Hollow Rd
Fairview, NC 28730
www.hickorynutgapfarm.com

English Farmstead Cheese
Terry & Susan English, 8
19456 US 221 North, Marion, NC
www.englishfarmsteadcheese.com

Heritage Homestead
Carol Coulter
960 Roy Goodman Rd., Crumpler, NC
www.heritagehomestead.net

Mountain Farm
Marilyn Cade
3001 Halls Chapel Rd., Burnsville, NC
www.mountainfarm.net

Round Mountain Creamery
Linda Seligman
2203 Old Fort Rd., Black Mountain, NC
www.roundmountaincreamery.com

Yellow Branch Cheese and Pottery
Bruce DeGroot & Karen Mickler
1073 Old Yellow Branch Rd., Robbinsville, NC
www.yellowbranch.com
Bosky Acres
Michelle Lamb
Waxhaw, NC
www.boskyacres.com

Ripshin Goat Dairy
Liza Plaster & William Early
1865 Hwy 268, Lenoir, NC
www.ripshingoatdairy.com

Oakmoon Farm & Creamery
Cynthia Sharpe & Dwain Swing
57A Highway 226 N., Bakersville, NC
www.freewebs.com/oakmoonfarm

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