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4 College Junior

Local Area: The town of Black Mountain is very small but quite nice. It has two nice coffee shops several restaurants and some quaint little shops to visit. The town is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and provides the best views and scenery in the East. All of the local businesses appreciate the students support of the community and are very friendly and outgoing.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Location, Location, Location! Montreat College is a small college located in the Appalachian Mountains. The atmosphere surrounding Montreat is quite peaceful, which makes studying very easy. Montreat is a great place to enjoy nature. Conveniently enough, Montreat is located about thirty minutes away from The Orange Peel (Asheville), which is amazing if you love music as much as I do!

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5 College Senior

Local Area: Beautiful and Charming – Montreat in and of itself is a very small town, but it is beautifully situated right in the middle of the Seven Sisters, which is a range of mountains. There is so much to do within 1-2 hours of the school that it's impossible to list it all. Black Mountain, the closest town, has a good deal of shops and festivals, and Asheville - also nearby - could possibly be the cultural center of North Carolina.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Mountains, Hippies, and Tourists – Montreat is located in the Appalachian Mountains, so there is much to be done in the outdoors. There is skiing in winter and hiking year-round. It is 20 minutes away from Asheville, which has a very eclectic population, with much to do, from nightclubs to drum circles. It is a beautiful area, so there are many tourists, and so everyone is always accommodating of visitors and students.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The town of Montreat is a very close-knit family. It is a small town and everyone is very nice.

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Asheville is regarded by most to be the cultural center of North Carolina. Merely 20 minutes from Montreat, there is a ton to do in the city. Asheville has everything from museums to festivals to breweries open for tours. During warmer months, there is the Drum Circle, where locals gather to dance, play, sing, or just to watch. Art and music are both heavily focused on in Asheville, as evidenced by the museums, festivals, and art shows that take place in the city.

Students who are looking for something more rugged or outdoorsy can take a weekend to go camping. There are tons of hiking trails, as well, along with fishing and boating areas. There are rockclimbing and caving opportunities, as well as mica mines relatively close to the College. Max Patch, a bald mountain, is a popular picnic and photography area. Because of the woods, creeks, rivers, lakes, cottages, and mountains, the area surrounding Montreat is picturesque and well worth a few free days of photography. Students interested in quiet movie nights can go to one of the nearby movie theaters or rent a movie from Ingles or the Redbox at CVS; on occasion, the College does outdoor movie nights, as well. Walks around Black Mountain and Asheville are fun, too; with the local shops, cafés, and other small businesses (including a library in BM), students can spend a few fun days just wandering the small town or eclectic city. Black Mountain, just minutes from Montreat, does an annual Holly Jolly celebration in December. Many students at Montreat love to go to the Holly Jolly for the refreshments, street music, and entertainment (the shops also stay open later).

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Eleanor Roosevelt visited Montreat in March 1945, a month before her husband died. She was the first "First Lady" to visit Montreat.
  2. Coca-Cola was once banned in Montreat. Fines and imprisonment were possible punishments, as cola drinks were under attack by the Women's Christian Temperance Union and others. However, the popularity of Coca-Cola and its competitors soared during the late 1910s, and the ban didn't last long.
Notable Natives
  • Patricia Cornwell - crime novelist
  • Roberta Flack - R&B musician
  • Franklin Graham (William Franklin Graham III) - American Christian evangelist
  • Anne Graham Lotz - American Christian evangelist
Points of Interest
  • Asheville Art Museum
  • Biltmore
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Chimney Rock Park
  • Max Patch
  • Mount Mitchell State Park
Shopping Centers
  • Asheville Mall
  • Black Mountain Shopping Center
Movie Theaters
Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company
675 Merrimon Ave.
(828) 254-1281
Movie Theaters
Carmike 10
121 River Hills Rd.
(828) 298-4885
Movie Theaters
Carolina Cinemas
1640 Hendersonville Rd.
(828) 274-9500
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinema - UA Beaucatcher Cinemas 7
321 Haw Creek Lane
(828) 298-7643
Major Sports Teams
  • Asheville Grizzlies: Minor league football
  • Asheville Tourists: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Asheville, N.C.: : 20 minutes
  • Charlotte, N.C.: : 2 hours
  • Columbia, S.C.: : 2 hours, 50 minutes
  • Knoxville, Tenn.: : 2 hours, 20 minutes
Did You Know?
  • Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina.
  • Black Mountain, the small adjoining town to Montreat, was the setting for William R. Forstchen's 2009 book "One Second After," a novel about the town experiencing an electromagnetic pulse attack.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 17 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 20% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 80% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 19 responses

  • 26% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 63% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 11% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 20 responses

  • 40% Totally.
  • 45% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% No way.


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