Summer in West Jefferson, NC

There’s nothing quite like summer in West Jefferson, NC. Between the warm weather, New River, and breathtaking views, it’s hard to beat. Follow along for a locals guide to having the best summer in West Jefferson, NC.

West Jefferson, NC in Summer
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Visit The Frescoes

Are you into art? If so, be sure to check out the three Ben Long Frescoes housed in St. Mary’s Church in West Jefferson, NC. It is a small quaint church that always has its doors open and welcomes everyone. The frescoes, “Mary, Great With Child”, “John the Baptist”, and “The Mystery of Faith” are unique paintings that draw people from all over. Ben Long painted the Frescoes in 1974 and updated them once in 2012, and they are stunning.

Ashe County Farmers Market

Looking for homegrown produce, handcrafted jewelry, and beautiful flowers? Stop by the Ashe County Farmers Market to find all this and much more! With over 50 local vendors, you are sure to find something you love! Get your day in West Jefferson started early by taking in all the Farmers Market has to offer.

Ashe County Cheese

After strolling through the Farmers Market, stop by Ashe County Cheese and see cheese made! Ashe County Cheese is the oldest cheese plant in North Carolina, operating since 1930, and produces over 20 different varieties of cheese. Be sure to take a picture in front of the three large metal cows and stop in the store to purchase “squeaky cheese”, Ashe County Cheese’s best seller. This is a great spot for both young and old and is definitely a “must-see” in West Jefferson, NC.


What better way to spend a summer day than strolling the streets of West Jefferson and shopping? West Jefferson, NC offers a variety of different shops such as contemporary clothing, teas and spices, as well as dog accessories. First, stop by Bohemia or Oldhouse Goods Express and grab a coffee or smoothie before a full day of shopping. Then, check out Madi’s, Pretty N’ Pearls Boutique, Barks and Co., The Spice and Tea Exchange, Florence Thomas Art School, and many more.

Dining Downtown

After you’ve shopped, you are sure to need a good meal, and West Jefferson has something to fit the bill. Whether you want casual dining such as a burger at Black Jacks Pub and Grill, a slice of pizza at Slice WJ, or Thai food at Thong Summit, or, if you prefer a fancier dining option such as Craft Bistro or Boondocks Brewing, you will be pleased with your choices. If you want to grab a sweet treat after, be sure to try Three Little Bears or McB’s Mercantile for candy, ice cream, and more.

Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area

If you are up for an adventure, visit Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area and hike one of the trails offered or visit the overlooks. Pack a picnic basket and have lunch before hiking one of the 5 trails offered in the park. If you visit on a clear day, you will be able to see for miles from the mountain peaks. The views, as well as the plants and wildlife, will be sure to amaze you.

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