In recent years Boone, NC has blossomed into one of the most appealing places to have a mountain home anywhere in the country, and as a resident of Echota, you have easy access to its lively downtown. Bookstores, coffee shops, a farmer's market, department stores, restaurants, art galleries and whatever else you might need are just moments from your mountain getaway.

Nearby Appalachian State University also affords you countless cultural opportunities. Throughout the year, the university hosts major theatrical productions, live concerts and festivals, including "An Appalachian Summer Festival." This month-long event features dance, family theatre, visual arts and music of all styles, drawing more than 25,000 people to town each summer.