Spend a Beautiful Fall Day in Brevard, North Carolina

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Just a 50 mile drive from Greenville is the little town of Brevard, NC. With unique little shops, great restaurant options, and a scenic drive, this destination just might find itself penciled onto your fall to-do list. Contributor Andrea Beam tells us about her family’s trip and what to expect if you go.

Brevard, NC is a quaint town carved out of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The fifty mile drive from Greenville personifies the idea of the “Sunday afternoon ride.” Although highway 276 may be a bit shorter, windy roads sometimes may contribute to queasy stomachs. I prefer Highway 25 to Hendersonville and then Highway 64 into downtown Brevard. This route is dotted with produce stands and antique shops. Consider a stop along the way to pick some pumpkins. It gives the young ones something to talk about besides the dreaded, “are we there yet?”

Brevard, NC fall road trip

What we found in Brevard

Main Street Brevard is lined with eccentric shops and unique eateries. Parking is rarely an issue. Unlike Greenville, you are allowed to park in the lots of just about every public building and business, so the fact that there are no parking garages isn’t a problem. You cannot imagine how convenient that is until you are looking for a place to put your car.

If you love collectibles, trinkets and other items that cannot be found at your local mall, Brevard is a haven for you. It is also home to the original O.P. Taylor’s store! Your kiddos will love the two tier toy wonderland.

The absolute coolest store on the block is called The Children’s Center. TCC is a not-for-profit clothing store that supports children in Transylvania County who are at risk for being abused and/or neglected. This store is THE place to shop for the little members of your family. It is a special home for name brand clothes and handmade gifts for less.

Whether eating breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’re certain to find something to please the pickiest palate (bet you can’t say that five times fast). Our crew likes to eat a big breakfast before leaving on a day trip, so we usually snack for lunch and enjoy an early dinner. I strongly recommend you try The Square Root restaurant. I immediately fell in love with this back alley surprise. This little corner of the town looks like it slid off the pages of a magazine and they have one of the most realistic children’s menus I’ve seen (every item is $4.95 and under). Your kiddos can enjoy their PB&J or corn dog while the adults at the table savor a more upscale entrée. My personal favorite was the juicy cheeseburger with a pickle and side of fries. After dinner, walk across the alley to Downtown Chocolates for dessert. It’s mandatory.

In addition to all the food and merchandise, Brevard has a handful historical sites you do not want to miss. The town practically sits in the backyard of Gorges State Park which offers weekly activities as well as monthly special events. You can visit their website for a full listing of family friendly fun.

Plan your own trip to Brevard

If you haven’t already made your Halloween plans, Brevard’s 2018 Halloweenfest is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. Main Street shuts down and offers plenty of not-so-spooky activities for all ages.

Now that I have piqued your interest, it’s time for you and your family to plan your next road trip!

Andrea Beam
About the Author
Andrea Beam works for the Greenville County School System, but her passion is writing! Greenville has always been her home. Her family enjoys exploring everything the town has to offer. In addition to Kidding Around Greenville, she blogs at Sunshine & Rain.

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