What To Do: • Overview of Activities • Spring Annual Events • Summer Annual Events • Fall Annual Events • 100 Things To Do • Listen to Traditional Music • Self Guided Tours • Shopping in Madison County • Theatre and the Arts • Agritourism• Appalachian Trail Hiking • Bicycling • Canoeing & Kayaking • Disc Golfing • Fishing • Gem Mining • Geocaching • Golfing • Hiking • Horseback Riding • Hot Springs • Mountain Biking • Skiing • Sporting Clays & Quail Hunting • Unique & Personal Experiences • Whitewater Rafting • Ziplining
Shopping in Madison County, NC
Shopping in a rural county certainly does not include the usual retail stores that you would find in nearby Asheville. But, if you are looking to buy a unique purchase such as the work of local artists or antiques to take home or just a souvenir of your stay, there are several choices to find something perfect for your needs. Treat yourself to the adventure of exploring shops and galleries in the small communities of Madison County.
AdPro is the place to create a unique souvenir of your visit to Madison County. Even though it is a promotional product distributor, they offer items like mugs, pens and t-shirts for just one client. You can choose from a wide selection of souvenir items already on their shelves or bring your own photo to have them print on a t-shirt. The owner Merita is ready to help you with your selection. Winter hours are by appointment. So check before you drop in.
ArtiSun Gallery & Marketplace
Located in a beautifully restored 1890’s hardware store in downtown Hot Springs, North Carolina, ArtiSUN Gallery is a must see for anyone visiting Hot Springs. The 18 foot tin ceiling, beautiful heart of pine floors, and original plaster provide a wonderful setting for displays of over forty local artists. You’ll find oil and acrylic paintings, fine jewelry, pottery, fiber art, woodturnings, metalwork, photography, local authors and much, much more. Wander through the gallery with a cup of your favorite beverage…coffee, espresso, tea or wine or a scoop of locally handcrafted ice-cream. ArtiSUN Gallery is open 7 days a week, offering free Wi-Fi, and southern hospitality.
Right in the heart of the town of Mars Hill (next to the Mars Hill Library) is a treasure of antiques, local artists’ creations, and home accessories. Whether you love antiques or handmade crafts from local artists, you will find something new each day. Our store reflects the history of the area and its inhabitants with its offerings of antiques, artifacts, collectibles, locally built furniture (both old and new), unique hand-crafted baskets, quilts, soaps and foods. We are very proud of the many local potters, painters and other artists whose works we carry. Seasonal hours from January through mid-March.
Flow is a retail venue for handmade products offered by local artists. Flow seeks to create a lively, event-centered contribution to the town of Marshall, with cultural and economic benefits for Madison County and beyond. All artists are committed to the vision of craft as a self-sustaining economic model within the region of Western North Carolina. Flow aspires to work within the guiding principles of the “Slow Craft Movement,” which embraces a vision of sharing the beauty of handmade objects and the inseparable stories behind the real people who make them as well as to lightly and delightfully educate the public to buy local and to buy handmade. Limited hours:10am to 4pm Wednesday thru Saturday from January to April, 10am to 4pm Tuesday thru Saturday from May until December, or by appointment.
Hazelwood House Gift Shop
The shop carries goods to tempt all appetites from yard art to quilts as well as local crafts including walking sticks and photography. You can surely find a gift for any occasion. Looking for a Christmas gift? Or how about a present to take to a young child? A wide selection of offerings can be found inside this quaint house. Conveniently located just off the main street of Hot Springs. Limited hours.
Laurel River Store
Known by locals as ‘The Old Mill Wheel’ or ‘The Steady Eddy, The Laurel River Store now serves fine coffees, espressos, teas, ice creams, snowballs, and more. You can also find supplies for paddlers and fishermen. And, pick up some local art or just a fun gift. The building has stood the in this spot since the ’40s, on top of Little Hurricane Creek serving as a landmark in Madison County. This is also right at the trailhead for one of the most popular hikes in the county—the Laurel River Trail.
Madison County Arts Center Gallery
The home for the Madison County Arts Council also has a space for buying the work of local artists. If you are looking for that special item that will allow you to take a piece of Madison County home with you, you can find a wide choice. Check out items from paintings to notecards to pottery. You might even be interested in some local musician’s CD and this is where you can find a selection. Store hours coincide with the hours of the Arts Council office which are 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
Mars Hill University Bookstore
A university bookstore…but so much more!! Mars Hill University Bookstore, owned and operated by Mars Hill University, has been serving the university community with pride since 1856. For the visitor to Madison County, you can find local pottery as well as books about the college and the county and books written by Madison County authors. The store also has a selection of CDs by local musicians. Although, the primary goal is to provide students with course materials, the store offers a wide variety of school spirit items. Much more than a university bookstore.
Penland and Sons
Located in historic downtown Marshall, Penland’s is reminiscent of the old-time department store. There has been a general merchandise store in this location for over 100 years And, the Penland family has greeted customers for over 50 of those years. You can find everything from locally hand-made soap to fresh produce in season to men’s work boots. If you are looking for books about local history and culture or books by local authors, this is the place. Step inside the door and you will feel that you have stepped back in time. The warm atmosphere reminiscent of that earlier period of time has carried forward to this period!
Relik’s Home and Garden
Antiques and unusual garden art can be found at this store located just outside Mars Hill. Open seasonally and with limited hours in the summer, but always some interesting finds. Antiques, architectural elements, garden items and gifts.
Trust General Store and Spring Creek Cafe
Located at the intersection of Highway 63 and 209, the building is across from where, from 1900 until the 1950’s, the Ebbs and Gardner General Merchandise Store stood. This old time general store has all the charm and hospitality that you would expect from a location in the midst of the scenic mountains. Local art and essentials are mixed together in the wide selection in this rustic setting. You can relax in a rocking chair on the broad front porch or sit by Spring Creek which runs right through the back yard. The adjoining Cafe has a great selection on its menu, too.
Vintage Fab & Bee’s Knees
Looking for a place to find as authentic vintage clothing for men and women? You can find it right on Main Street in downtown Mars Hill. Not only that, but there are other gems such as pre-owned mid-century and contemporary furniture, home accessories and how about buttons? Just a fun place to shop for unusual items! And…there is a corner serving coffee, espresso, and some baked goodies. It’s the “Bee’s Knees!” Can’t miss us–we are right next to the Fire Station. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.