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West Jefferson NC Day Trip


West Jefferson NC Day Trip

Conveniently located off Highway 221, just 20 minutes from Boone NC and an hour from Winston Salem NC, a trip to West Jefferson NC is not to be missed! The town of West Jefferson was awarded NC Small Town Award of Merit in 2013 for its beautiful streetscape design.  It is rare to fine a downtown these days that doesn't have red lights and power lines, but instead is dotted with festive flowers, murals and a high appreciation of the Arts.  Here is our itinerary for a West Jefferson NC Day Trip:

St Marys Frescoe West Jefferson NC

St. Mary's Church Frescoes

Visit this church as you turn into town and view the beautiful frescoes painted by internationally acclaimed artist Ben Long.   In St. Mary's Church your will find: "Mary Great with Child," "John the Baptist" and "Mystery of Faith."   There is a button on the wall you can push as you enter the church to hear a short description of the frescoes and their meanings. The church is always open to the public and is free of charge with donations accepted.

Visit Ashe County Arts Council

Visit the beautiful rock building built in 1938 and view the latest gallery show.   All gallery shows are free to the public but donations are accepted.  The front of the building houses a gift shop featuring the works of local artists.  While you are there, pick up a brochure on the Murals of Downtown West Jefferson

Ashe County Cheese Factory


Walk to Ashe County Cheese from the Arts Council.  The factory is the oldest cheese factory in the Carolina's!  Visit the factory viewing room, have your photo taken by the trademark milk cows and get some famous cheese curds and a glass bottle of soda from the factory store to snack on while you walk around town.

Downtown Murals Walking Tour


View the 13 murals located throughout the town that showcase the history, culture and beauty of the mountain region.  Maps are available at the Ashe County Arts Council.

Lunch at Hotel Tavern


Grab lunch at the Historic Hotel Tavern and view photos of the towns history.  The tavern is located in the town's former hotel situated near the former railroad depot of the Virginia Creeper!

Florence Thomas Art School Gallery Exhibits


Stop by the Art School and view works by the areas impressionist artist, Florence Thomas, who lived to the age of 98. The gallery features rotating exhibits open free to the public.

Boondocks Brewery & Tap Room


Finish off your day with a refreshing local brew that can only be found in the tap room. IF the weather is nice, step outside to the patio and enjoy the fresh mountain air. The brewery also keeps around 30 brews on tap with a heavy focus on North Carolina craft beers.