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Summer is the time to get outside and discover the foothills, the mountains, and the waterways in Burke County. We have put together itineraries of things we suggest doing during your visit. When you stay at least one night in one of our partner accommodations you will have access to these great deals with our partners. Get out of town with your significant other and come see what you have been missing in Burke County.


All packages offer special hotel rates- you choose the property at Hilton, Choice and Marriott properties in Morganton. Each guest room receives $25 in “DownTown Bucks” towards dinner at participating restaurants in downtown Morganton. If you book on AIRBNB or other accommodations, contact the Burke Visitor Center to receive your “Bucks.” You must mention “Discover Burke’s Treasures” to receive the discounted hotel rate.

Comfort Inn & Suites 828-430-4000

Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown Morganton 828-608-0900

Hampton Inn & Suites 828-432-2000

Burke County is home to four distinctly unique craft breweries:

Catawba Brewing- Downtown Morganton

Sidetracked Brewery- Downtown Morganton

Fonta Flora Brewery- Downtown Morganton

Fonta-FloraWhippoorwill Farmhouse Brewery near Lake James

The LeveeBreweryin Downtown Valdese.

*The Fine Print:

Plan ahead. Call or email the places you want to visit before making your hotel reservations. Most places have limited numbers of rental units and may not be available on your first choice of dates. Be flexible. Tell us what you want! We’ll do our best to make it happen. Always reference “Discover Burke’s Treasures” when communicating with participating partners in this promotion. Promotion ends August 31, 2020. DownTown Bucks are only available if you stay in a hotel or vacation rental in Burke County during the period of June 4 to August 31, 2020. Availability of “DownTown Bucks” is limited.

Phone: 828-584-0441 (Benfield’s)

$250/weekday; $325 weekends and holidays.

Phone: (828 )391-8600 (Lake James Neighborhood Store)

$350 per day 8am to 5pm;

Memorial day rate $425, Week of July 4th - $450
Waterslide/upper deck tritoon - $425


Phone: 828-584-1886 (Mimosa Marina)

Lake James Boating

Phone: 828-438-1595

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Phone: 828-391-8783

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Pick up to go lunch from one of our great restaurants to take to the Gorge for a hike, out on the lake or to the winery.

Swede's Cafe Morganton

Phone: 828-544-5696


Old World Bakery Valdese

Phone: (828) 368-0864



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