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Area Agency on Aging

Land of Sky Regional Council
339 New Leicester Hwy, Suite 140
Phone: 828-251-6622
Email: Land of Sky Regional Council

The Area Agency on Aging at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council is a leader and catalyst in helping the four-county Region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania) develop a comprehensive system of programs and opportunities that provide older adults the information and support needed to age optimally in the setting of their choice.

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Retirement Funding Solutions, HECM Lenders

Reverse Mortgage Information
Western NC
Phone: 828-707-3493
Email: Reverse Mortgage Information

Retirement Funding Solutions was created to address and solve for one of the most significant challenges facing the Baby Boomer Generation today….Being Financially Prepared for Your Retirement Years.

RFS is committed to educating Retirees and their families on the value of a product that has been created by the US Government during President Reagan’s term in Office.  The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) was designed to utilize the equity in your home as a means to assist a peaceful and secure transition to one’s retirement years.  Many Financial Advisors are now realizing the value of this product as one of several overall financial planning tools.

Tom Schunk at RFS is committed to you, and are here to assist you on your timeline…not ours.

Our Commitment to you is that the educational process will be based upon an honest, ethical and open dialogue.  RFS’ goal is to integrate our dialogue into your circle of trusted advisors, whether those be family or a team of financial professionals.


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Asheville Regional Airport Authority

Take the easy way out…Asheville Regional Airport
61 Terminal Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732
Phone: 828-684-2226
Email: Take the easy way out…Asheville Regional Airport

With frequent daily flights to major hubs (Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago), year-round service to New York (Newark) and seasonal service to New York (LaGuardia), as well as non-stop service to four Florida destinations (Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Punta Gorda, St. Pete-Clearwater) and the Washington, D.C. area (Baltimore) – Asheville Regional Airport is rated one of the best connected regional airports in America. Served by Allegiant, American, Delta and United.  Asheville Regional Airport is an easy and welcoming gateway to and from Western North Carolina.
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Haywood Chamber of Commerce

Haywood Chamber of Commerce
28 Walnut Street, Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone: 828-456-3021
Email: Haywood Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to Haywood County, North Carolina…an area rich in history, culture, culinary talent, diverse music and crafts. Haywood County boasts 546 scenic square miles and 14 peaks over 6,000 feet in elevations, including Cold Mountain. The county is bordered in the south by Blue Ridge Parkway and in the north by the Great Smoky Mountains and Pisgah National Forest.

Major surrounding southeastern cities include Charlotte, Knoxville and Atlanta which are easily accessed by way of an efficient interstate highway system inwhich I-40 runs through the middle of the county. Asheville, North Carolina is the largest city in Western North Carolina and lies directly east of Haywood County. The county population is 60,176 which include Canton, Clyde, Maggie Valley and Waynesville.

The moderate climate with four distinct seasons makes Haywood County an idyllic jewel which offers endless beauty, history, tourism and national parks for everyone to enjoy. Once you visit charming Haywood County you will want to call Haywood County home.

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Black Mountain/Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to Black Mountain & the Swannanoa Valley
201 E. State Street Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone: 828-669-2300
Email: Welcome to Black Mountain & the Swannanoa Valley

Spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains surround our beautiful town and valley. If you are seeking a community to relocate your business, begin a new adventure, retire, or even begin a family – Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley will be a perfect choice for you.

SafeWise has named Black Mountain “one of the 50 safest towns in North Carolina,” and the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper voted us “Best Small Town in Western North Carolina”. We are nationally recognized for our arts, handmade crafts, furniture, local food markets, and music. The town and chamber has worked together for many years to also create our “Entrepreneurial Friendly Community” as well.

More than 30 area restaurants offer a wide variety of menus, including everything from hearty soup and sandwiches to BBQ and ribs, mountain trout, and authentic ethnic cuisine. Relax in a historic inn, B & B, remote mountain cabin, or a modern hotel.

Our community and valley offers walking, hiking, biking trails, greenways, camping areas, trout fishing, area lakes and waterfalls.  Enjoy the crisp, clear running mountain streams and natural flora.

Make your first stop our Visitor’s Center, located at 201 East State Street, and one of our friendly volunteers will enthusiastically assist you with any questions you may have about our area. We hope to see you soon!

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NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville NC 28803
Phone: 828-665-2492
Email: The North Carolina Arboretum

Cultivating Connections between People and Plants

Just as our experience of nature is intimate, visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC, connect with plants in personal ways that are as diverse and rich as the land itself. Whether you enjoy strolling through gardens, exploring exhibits, enriching your mind or hiking and biking, the Arboretum offers activities for all ages, including: A 434-acre natural treasure with 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails Engaging indoor and outdoor exhibits that cultivate connections between people and plants One of the finest, most unique bonsai collections in the United States at the Bonsai Exhibition Garden Activities such as Discovery Day Packs and special events that delight the senses for all ages Regional offerings and unique items at the gift shop Enriching adult and youth education programs


Why should you visit The North Carolina Arboretum? Here are a few reasons why visitors continue to come back time and time again:

  • 65 acres of cultivated gardens, including the Bonsai Exhibition Garden and the National Native Azalea Collection accredited by the Plant Collections Network.
  • 10+ miles of hiking and biking pet-friendly trails ranging from easy to moderate/difficult.
  • Adult Education program consists of more than 140 classes taught by some of the region’s leading experts. New classes are released every six months in February and August. Programs include Natural History; Fine Art and Craft; Health, Wellness and Adventure; Horticulture and Landscape Design
  • A variety of family-friendly activities, including exhibits, self-guided tours, geocaching and an EcoLab containing live reptiles.
  • Rotating art, science and educational exhibits displayed year-round.
  • On-site café and indoor/outdoor dining area offering local, fresh ingredients made to order.
  • A gift shop featuring a vibrant selection of fine paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber art, and many other craft items created by local and regional artists.

For 30 years, a gem of Western NC amid a 434-acre public garden NC Arboretum entance sign

The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Surrounded and crisscrossed by forested coves and meandering creeks in the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina by the State General Assembly in 1986, nearly a century after Frederick law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, first envisioned a research arboretum as part of his legacy and plan for George Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate.

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Allstate/ Cheek Insurance Group

ALLSTATE / Cheek Insurance Group
1070 Tunnel Road, Suite 20, Asheville NC 28805
Phone: 828-298-4648
Email: ALLSTATE / Cheek Insurance Group

Dee-Finton-Photos-010-560x225_cHaving a DEDICATED agent can make all the difference. Allstate can assist in navigating the different types of life, auto and home insurance policies. That’s why Allstate offers a variety of choices to help you put your financial goals within reach with savings choices that you can feel good about. Contact Terry Gahagan for all your insurance needs.

What makes Terry Gahagan the Allstate agent for YOU? “Our family has worked closely with Allstate for years to help people with their insurance needs – from homes to auto to boats and more. Our quality, service-oriented agency is not only owned and operated by a family, customers tell us we make them feel like family too.

I’m proud to work with a financially sound and stable company like Allstate. They’ve been protecting families and their assets for over 80 years. Now, they offer financial and life insurance solutions. These products, combined with years of experience, can help you achieve your future financial goals.

As a small business owner, I understand the importance of building a solid foundation for the future and developing long-lasting customer relationships. That’s why I’m committed to offering you the same level of service I’d expect from my own business dealings. When you leave my office, I hope you’ll feel confident, informed, assured and satisfied in your choices. The way you should feel.”


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Brevard/ Transylvania Chamber of Commerce

Brevard /Transylvania Chamber of Commerce
175 East Main Street Brevard, NC 28712
Phone: (828) 883-3700
Email: Brevard /Transylvania Chamber of Commerce

Where else can you find small-town charm, friendly people, an abundance of art and culture, and a thriving entrepreneurial spirit all encompassed by pristine forests and over 250 waterfalls? Brevard, NC located in Transylvania County is known as Land of Waterfalls! So whether you’re a local, a visitor, or looking to relocate, we hope this website serves as a helpful resource as you research.

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Catawba County Chamber of Commerce

Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
Hickory NC
Phone: (828) 328-6111
Email: Catawba County Chamber of Commerce

Hickory, Brookford, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Long View, Maiden, and Newton are all located in Catawba County—in the western part of North Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. During your visit you can picnic in one of our public parks, tour historical attractions, and go fishing in one of our beautiful lakes. These are just a few of the fun, exciting and diverse activities Catawba County has to offer.

Located in western North Carolina, Catawba County is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Our county is made up of quaint towns, bustling cities, tranquil country side and beautiful lakes.  We have eight unique communities: Brookford, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Long View, Maiden and Newton.

For suggestions of what to do during your stay, please contact or stop by our North Carolina Authorized Visitor’s and Relocation Center located within our Chamber building.  One of our staff members will be happy to assist you in planning the perfect getaway or helping you move to the area, making Catawba County your new home.

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Visit North Carolina

retire nc

Phone: 1-800-VISITNC
Email: retire nc

From four distinct seasons to its geographic diversity and welcoming communities, North Carolina draws those seeking retirement options that feed the senses and the soul. Retiring to North Carolina is like coming home – it’s a place offering comfortable lifestyles, a low cost of living, activities galore, art and culture, natural beauty and a heritage of gracious hospitality. Whether you love our mountains, beaches or bustling urban centers, retiring to North Carolina is a wonderful choice.

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