The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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Morganton

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    Morganton NC

Quaker Meadows Plantation in Morganton NC  In downtown Morganton NC  Burke County Courthouse
  Old City Hall, home of the History Museum of Burke County   North Carolina School for the Deaf Museum

Morganton, North Carolina

Morganton NC, the county seat, is the largest city in Burke County and  encompasses an area of over nineteen square miles. It was named after Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan. The community is located on Interstate 40 and is bisected by US 70 and 64 and North Carolina Highways 181, 18, and 126.
    Morganton offers big city services wrapped in small town charm while embracing technology, new development and progressive thinking. The heart of Morganton is its vibrant downtown filled with restaurants, galleries, clothiers and antique shops. One of the must-see art galleries downtown is the  Burke Arts Council Jailhouse Gallery, located at 115 Meeting Street. The City of Morganton's 1,058-seat CoMMA Municipal Auditorium at 401 South College Street also showcases a wide variety of ever changing entertainment ranging from Broadway performances to the best in Celtic music and dance. One of the artistic highlights of the Auditorium is the Ben Long Fresco of the Nine Muses on the ceiling of the atrium.
      Major festivals include The Red, White and Bluegrass Festival that brings the best in bluegrass to Morgantonís Catawba Meadows Park every July 1- 4. Residents also enjoy great music and the family-friendly atmosphere of Morgantonís TGIF Free Friday night concerts during the summer. Each September the annual two-day Historic Morganton Festival  attracts upwards of 40,000 people. Craft and food booths line the downtown streets and well known musical entertainers offer free concerts. Another unique event in Morganton is the Festival of Lights in November, when the city kicks off the Christmas season.
 

     The city is also home to the Morganton Farmers Market, located at 300 Beach Street, open Saturday mornings from May to October, and a number of outstanding local cultural attractions. These include the History Museum of Burke County, the North Carolina School For The Deaf Museum, the Old Burke County Courthouse Heritage Museum, Quaker Meadows Plantation, the Morganton 1916 Railroad Depot and the Senator Sam J. Erwin Jr. Museum.
     Near Morganton lies Brown Mountain, home to a mysterious phenomena referred to as the  Brown Mountain Lights. Rising to an elevation of only 2,600 feet, this Brown Mountain has been at the center of a mystery since the earliest days of recorded history. For hundreds of years, unexplained lights have been seen on the mountain to the astonishment of all that have seen them.
     Morganton has a superb greenway system. The Catawba River Greenway Park offers year-round biking, jogging and strolling, canoeing and picnicking, and features children's playgrounds, fishing piers, a 1200-foot multilevel observation deck and a 170-foot bridge that crosses Silver Creek.

 

Resources
City Website: 
Morganton: Town Offices, 305 East Union Street, Suite A100, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-8863
Location:
Foothills, One hour east of Asheville
County: Burke County
: Burke County Government Center, 200 Avery Avenue, Morganton NC 28680; 828-439-4340
Elevation & Population:
1,182 feet, 17,000+

County Visitor/Welcome Center:
Burke County Visitor Center, 110 East Meeting Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-433-6793 
County Chamber of Commerce: Burke County Chamber of Commerce, 110 East Meeting Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-3021
Newspaper
: The News Herald, 301 Collett Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-2161
Movie Theatres: Marquee Cinemas Mimosa 7, 103 South Green Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-8084
High School: Freedom High School, 511 Independence Boulevard, Morganton NC 28655; 828-433-1310 and Robert L. Patton High School, 701 Enola Road, Morganton NC 28655; 828-433-3000
Colleges and Universities: Western Piedmont Community College
, 1001 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton NC 28655; 828-438-6000; Montreat College, (on Western Piedmont Community College campus),1001 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton NC 28655
Hospitals:
Grace Hospital, 2201 South Sterling Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-580-5000
Area Major Festivals: Red, White and Bluegrass Festival (July), Historic Morganton Festival (September), Festival of Lights (November)
Area Natural Attractions:
Brown Mountain Lights, Lake James State Park
Area Cultural Attractions:
Burke Arts Council Jailhouse Gallery CoMMA Municipal Auditorium, History Museum of Burke County,  Morganton Farmers Market North Carolina School For The Deaf Museum, Old Burke County Courthouse Heritage Museum, Quaker Meadows Plantation, Morganton 1916 Railroad Depot Senator Sam J. Erwin Jr. Museum


Real Estate

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Casual & Family Dining
Abele's Family Restaurant: (Southern) 2156 South Sterling Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-433-5400
Allison's Family Restaurant: (Southern Classic Drive-in Food) 1010 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton NC 28655; 828-438-3662

Denny's: (American) 1209 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-8455
Fatz Cafe: (American) 2111 South Sterling Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-430-9766
Ham's Restaurant: (American) 216 East Union Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-438-4267
Judge's Riverside Restaurant: (American) 128 Greenlee Ford Road, Morganton NC 28680; 828-433-5798
Sagebrush Steakhouse: (American) 101 Steakhouse Road, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-2242
Zaxby's: (American) 2102 South Sterling Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-433-5151


Overseas & Exotic
Butch's BBQ & Breakfast: (BBQ) 1234 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton NC 28655; 828-432-5040
China Buffet
: (Chinese) 504 West Fleming Drive, Morganton NC 28655; 828-438-8688
El Paso Mexican: (Mexican) 2300 South Sterling Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-438-0007

Habaneros Mexican Restaurant: (Mexican) 412-E West Fleming Drive, Morganton NC 28655; 828-438-8691
Harbor Inn Seafood: (Seafood) 2300 South Sterling Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-0293
Nara Express: (Japanese) 815 South Sterling Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-4433
Los Arcoiris: (Mexican) 1423 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton NC 28655; 828-438-9910
Yianni's Restaurant: (Mediterranean) 112 West Union Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-430-8700

Cafes & Grills
Jersey Mike's Subs: (Subs) 108 Fiddlers Run Boulevard, Morganton NC 28655; 828-438-9889

Pizza
Domino's: (Pizza) 520 North Green Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-9777
Geppeto's: (Pizza) 601 South Green Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-430-7300
Little Caesar's Pizza: (Pizza) 204 West Fleming Drive, Morganton NC 28655; 828-433-8383
Papa John's Pizza: (Pizza) 108 East Fleming Drive, Morganton NC 28655; 828-433-7272
Pizza Hut: (Pizza) 520 West Fleming Drive, Morganton NC 28655; 828-433-5390
Village Inn Pizza Parlor: (Pizza) 1016 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-1515

Coffeehouses
The Grind Cafe: (Coffeehouse-Cafe)141 West Union Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-430-4343

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Bed & Breakfasts
Fairway Oaks Bed & Breakfast: (B&B) 4640 Plantation Drive, Morganton NC 28655; 828-584-7677
The Inn at Glen Alpine (B&B)
105 Davis Street, Glen Alpine NC 28628; 828-584-9264

Motels
Comfort Inn and Suites: (Motel) 1273 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton NC 28655; 828-430-4000
Days Inn and Suites: (Motel) 1100 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton NC 28655; 828-430-8778
Hampton Inn: (Motel) 115 Bush Drive, Morganton NC 28655; 828-434-2000
Quality Inn: (Motel) 2400 South Sterling Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-437-0171
Sleep Inn: (Motel) 2400A South Sterling Street, Morganton NC 28655; 828-433-9000

Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Poco Rhythm Mountain Retreat: (Cabins) 6304 Burkemont Road, Morganton NC 28655; 828-433-1278

Campgrounds
Rose Creek Family Campground: (Campground) 3471 Rose Creek Road, Morganton NC 28655; 828-438-4338
Steele Creek Park and Campground: (Campground) 7081 Highway 181 North, Morganton NC 28655; 828-433-5600
 

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