Why You Should Go
Dining And Window Shopping In Brevard’s Charming Downtown
Brevard, North Carolina is a lovely mountain town filled with shops, restaurants, antiques and art galleries, and even a gem mine. Stroll down Main Street to window shop and enjoy the relaxing downtown vibe.
Make sure to check out O.P. Taylor’s Toy Store where you can browse through two floors loaded with toys for kids of all ages. Fun for adults too with lots of retro toys, a race track kids can play with (and you too), and a terrific selection of LEGOs.
See Where Scenes From The Hunger Games Movie Were Filmed
If you need some motivation to get your tweens and teens on the trail, perhaps dangle the fact that the Hunger Games movie was filmed at nearby Dupont State Forest. You can visit Triple Falls, the most recognizable mountain scenery in the movie.
Dupont State Forest offers plenty of other hiking and mountain biking trails to explore as well, more than enough for several weekends of exploration.
Scenes From Brevard
Where You Should Stay
This is our personal list of places that we have stayed in previously, have been recommended by friends we trust, or we have bookmarked as possibilities for future visits.
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Hotels Near Downtown Brevard
If you’d like a unique, retro-style hotel, check out the recently renovated Sunset Motel. It gets great reviews, is affordable, and is walkable to downtown.
Holiday Inn Express is located just 7 minutes from downtown and offers an outdoor pool, plus a complimentary hot breakfast.
VRBO Listings Near Downtown Brevard
Downtown Brevard House, Walkable To Downtown Restaurants, Breweries And Shopping. 2 bedroom/2 bath, sleeps 7. VRBO 896188. Walk to everything but still fairly private. $168 night.
Downtown Brevard Cottage - Hot Tub/Echo/Pets. VRBO 659507. 3 bedroom/2 bath, sleeps 6. Within a 10 minute walk to town and all it offers. One of the more popular downtown rentals. $165 night.
Walk to Downtown Brevard. VRBO 750082. 3 bedroom/2 bath, sleeps 4 max. Beautifully restored century home located in the arts district. $170 night.
VRBO Listings Near Dupont State Forest
Summer Haven. VRBO 360522. This 3 bedroom/2 bath home sleeps 4, and is located just 1 mile from Dupont State Forest. You’ll enjoy the covered front porch for card games and it is pet-friendly, so bring Fido!
New, rustic cabin near Brevard, Pisgah Forest. VRBO 925977. Located in the same Cedar Mountain area as Summer Haven. It’s newer and looks great- the hammock on the porch is definitely inviting. 2 bedroom but has beds for 6. $175 average night stay.
Davidson River Campground is a large, fairly crowded campground on the Davidson River. Its proximity to downtown Brevard can’t be beat though. Remember to bring bikes to bike the trail along the river. For tent campers, try to get a site in the no-generators Poplar Loop. You can reserve a site in advance, which is definitely recommended for weekend visits.
Where You Should Eat In Brevard
Roll into town and head to Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop with its authentic 1950’s old fashioned lunch counter. Enjoy a burger and an ice cream float or one their famous milkshakes.
Cedar Mountain Cafe is located near the entrance of Dupont. Everything is made in-house and it’s super yummy.
Magpie Meat and Three , located in downtown Brevard, provides your southern food fix. If you can, sit outside where they have a fire pit and play corn hole.
Oscar Blues Brewery offers a nice outdoor patio and a food truck serves burgers and tacos during the evening. You can also schedule a free tour of the brewery.
Bracken Mountain Bakery is your go to coffee source.
Brevard, North Carolina is loaded with attractions that the whole family will enjoy-- between family-friendly biking trails, a downtown theater, a plethora of waterfalls and hiking trails, mountain biking, plus a charming downtown with great food and a casual vibe. So load up the minivan, unplug those devices, and go have yourself a weekend of fun and family togetherness!
If you want to visit Brevard, North Carolina but don’t have time to plan your weekend adventure, check out our Brevard Weekend Getaway Guide.
It lists additional lodging and dining choices and details the best activities the area has to offer. Most importantly, it includes all the little things that can be so helpful in making a trip a success—detailed maps so it’s easy to find your way around, rainy day ideas, and helpful tips discovered along the way.
We have done these trips with our own families so we know what works and what doesn’t. We’ll tell you what’s skippable and what’s a must do in this fun city.
A Simply Awesome Book To Help You Plan Your Next Family Weekend Getaway
This full color guidebook covers weekend adventures in the North Carolina towns of Asheville, Bryson City, and Brevard. It details the best lodging choices including hotels, camping options, and VRBO listings, local restaurants and craft brewery recommendations, activities that are fun for both kids and adults, rainy day activities, and helpful tips discovered along the way.
Our goal is to help simplify your trip planning by sharing all the details you need for an enjoyable family weekend getaway.
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Where To Stay
The lodging choices for each destination have been carefully selected for their ideal location, price point, safety, and proximity to the day’s activities. We tell you the best area to stay so you can minimize driving or walking distances and maximize your moments having fun. Knowing what part of town to stay in is a huge part of making a trip a success, and that’s hard to do when you are not familiar with a destination. We save you time and energy by doing all the research for you.
Where To Eat
Local dining establishments are highlighted. The kind where children are welcome but isn't necessarily a restaurant geared primarily towards kids. You won't find many restaurant chains in our itineraries, just good local food mirroring the destination's culture. This could mean a food truck, a pizza place, or a nice sit-down restaurant, but always delicious. If there are any local brews, specialty foods, wines, or coffee houses around, we'll mention those too.
Where To Play
The organization of each day has been thoughtfully planned in order to group activities together by proximity, ideal time of day to visit, and the best nearby dining choices. It’s all been laid out for you, along with directions, maps, travel tips, links to more info, and more. We cover the most worthwhile activities to do in a destination (based on our own family’s reviews) without forgetting that vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, not a list to be checked off while hauling around whining children.
You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities for the family as well as cultural and historical sites unique to the destination. Many itineraries include easy hikes, bike rides, and float trips that have been selected for their kid-friendly length and ease of difficulty as well as their scenic beauty. (Always worth it!) We are all about getting families outdoors so we include as much fresh air as we can in our itineraries, whether it is a day-long trek in a national park or just the location of a fantastic playground perfect for a break from sight-seeing.
At the founding of Simply Awesome Trips, we agreed to travel as we always have with our families—on our own dime. No free nights, no comped visits, not even any swag. We continue to feel good about that decision. We do participate in affiliate marketing with some of the companies that we personally use (Booking.com, VRBO.com). They don’t pay us to write, we simply get a commission if you enter those sites through our “gate” as opposed to say a Google search. But we also recommend lodging, restaurants, and activities, where we don’t receive any commission, such as Airbnb or private rental companies. If it’s good; it’s good. We don’t change recommendations based on vendor.