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Destination: West Jefferson

Escape to West Jefferson

Editorial supplied by Rebecca Eldreth

While other small towns have grown into cities or simply faded away, West Jefferson has remained the small town that is Quintessential Americana

Photo by Holly Watters

Our town is nestled within the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Ashe County, in “the Coolest Corner” of northwest North Carolina. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, West Jefferson not only presents a beautiful landscape and cool mountain breezes, but also gives visitors a sense of history as well as a mix of modern culture. Simply stroll about our town and discover what is so special about West Jefferson.

Long celebrated for the arts, West Jefferson is known for its arts district featuring an array of interesting murals, distinctive public art, and numerous galleries.  In addition to art galleries, West Jefferson offers a bustling downtown district featuring an assortment of unique boutiques and emporiums, exceptional eateries, butcher shop, antique shops, coffee, tea, and wine shops, and two craft beer breweries. The restoration of the historic West Jefferson Hotel is almost complete and will be sure to be a focal point in downtown. 

Some of our largest town attractions include Ashe County Cheese and St. Mary’s Church of the Frescoes.

Photo by Holly Watters

The streets of West Jefferson are pedestrian friendly with attractive bump-outs filled with green and flowering plants during the summer months. There are comfortable benches throughout the town for those who wish to sit a spell and revel in the friendly mountain hospitality that makes our town so special.

Join us during the summer months when West Jefferson hosts annual festivals, concerts, gallery crawls, a weekly farmers market and other special events. If autumn is more your season, join us when the fall foliage is in full swing and enjoy our local fall festivals, corn mazes and pumpkin picking while surrounded by breathtaking colorful scenery. The holiday season offers a Christmas wonderland of lights throughout downtown, choose-and-cut Christmas trees at our many neighboring tree farms as well as community Christmas events. Every season is the right time to escape and visit West Jefferson!