Caitrin — You're gonna love WNC. If you're familiar with the area, I won't bother, but if you're not, let me know and I'll point you to a few places to start making some musical contacts. My wife and I have a place in Montreat, about two miles north of Black Mountain, which is about 15 miles east of Asheville. If you're going to be there this summer, you'll want to check out some of the music at the Sourwood Festival and you should check out the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College. I've never been to it, but I hear there are lot of great workshops.
If you're interested, send me a PM and I'll expand the list for you.