Last year in August this town experienced the WORST of a powerful wind event. Ten months later the evidence still remains. Entire swaths of woods are TOTALLY gone. It is very sad. But the town seems to have recovered well, as small towns are wont to do, and the charm and the beauty live on. But, wow. What damage we saw.
This picture is from Cherry Republic. This store began because one local guy started a very small business to put himself through college. I love seeing someone's idea grow by leaps and bounds into something local and sustainable. This is a NEW room added to the MAIN location.
So much to do in this area. And if you are like me and find crowds loathsome, I suggest you go at the end of May or the beginning of June, before everyone else and their brother gets there.
But even then, it is worth going! I'd even put up with crowds to see all this area has to offer.