Shelby, North Carolina – a Quaint Town of Unexpected Pleasures

1 May 2017

After your first stroll down the tree-lined streets of Shelby, North Carolina, you’ll quickly see why the local community affectionately refers to it as “The City of Pleasant Living.” Tucked into the breathtaking rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and next to the bustling Metrolina region of the Carolinas, Shelby has something enjoyable for every traveler.

Explore the local forests by hiking the scenic trails at Kings Mountain State Park. The park also hosts “Living History Days” that feature demonstrations such as blacksmith work, rifle history, cotton production and more. Then, for a relaxing lunch, you can spread out a blanket at Thompson Gardens in Shelby City Park and enjoy a picnic under the sun — or in a pavilion for a welcome retreat to the shade.

For truly unique experiences, local festivals never disappoint. Kings Mountain has played host to the Over the Mountain Triathlon for more than 15 years, and amateur radio operators queue up for Hamfest over Labor Day weekend. There’s only one festival that combines mush, music and mutts — the fall Liver Mush Festival. Start the fun on Friday with the N.C. Brew Fest and chili cook-off – including a pet festival! Then hear top local talents take the stage after you enjoy the traditional liver mush special from several local restaurants on site.  

Before you head home, walk to the shops and restaurants at Cleveland Mall or in the Uptown Shelby district for a relaxing afternoon of retail therapy. 

After a day in the mountains or mingling at local events, escape back to Country Inn & Suites By Carlson,® Shelby, NC. As your home away from home, our hotel keeps you in touch with family or the office with free Wi-Fi. You can also cool off by taking a few laps in the outdoor swimming pool, or lounge in the sun to rest up for tomorrow’s explorations. And we’ll never send you on your way with an empty stomach. Our complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast is served daily – fueling you for the fun day ahead.

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