Thursday, December 30, 2010

Blue Note Grille Celebrates the New Year in Hendersonville

New Years Eve Celebration at the Blue Note Grille - Reservations are still available for the New Years Eve Celebration with a special menu of your choice of Prime Rib or Salmon Wellington. The Russ Wilson Jazz Quartet will be ringing in the New Year. The Blue Note Grille will make a nice dance floor so that all can dance their way into the New Year!!!  Make your reservations today. Excludes beverage and gratuity.

$60.00 per person includes, dinner, champagne toast, entertainment. For those of you who do not want to join us for dinner, please note, that after 10:00 p.m. we will let a few enter for a $10.00 cover fee. Light appetizers will be available. 828-697-682. The Blue Note Grille is located at 114 N. Main Street, Hendersonville, NC.

Last Minute Deals on Asheville Cabins

Holiday E-Savings - Take advantage of our last minute holiday specials through 01/03/11. Stay 3 nights and the 4th night is 50% off... or Stay 3 nights and get 1 free Biltmore Ticket. Must mention code (HOL12/10) at time of reservation. *Cannot be combined and not valid on existing reservations. Call 828.398.0712 to inquire or search for the right lodging option!    Carolina Mornings Asheville Cabins and Luxury Vacation Rentals

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year's Eve Events: Blowing Rock NC

December 31    New Year's Eve Extravaganza at Appalachian Ski Mountain.  Fireworks, torchlight skiing and more. Moonlight ice skating from 10 pm to midnight. Breakfast available from 9pm to midnight.

December 31    "Fire & Ice" Dinner Party & Nightclub at The Meadowbrook Inn.  Ring in the New Year at Meadowbrook's Fire and Ice Dinner Party and Nightclub. Dinner starts at 9:00pm, come enjoy a romantic evening or have some fun with some friends

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Year's Special: 50% off 2nd night at Asheville Inn

The Albemarle Inn New Year’s special: Book two nights and get 50% off the second night a complimentary bottle of champagne and our luscious hand dipped chocolate strawberries included. This Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast  is a restored 1907 Greek Revival mansion which tops every list of Asheville, North Carolina inns. Located in park-like grounds in the famed Grove Park district, the Albemarle Inn offers ten elegant rooms and a spacious two-room suite with an enclosed sun porch.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

All Aboard for the Polar Express Christmas Eve limited

Dec 24  'The Polar Express Christmas Eve Limited'  comes to life when the train departs Bryson City NC for a journey to a special North Pole. Read along with the magical story and meet Santa. Enjoy holiday caroling, hot cocoa, a special treat and a memento for the children. Daily departure times vary, so check the site.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides offers Gift Certificates

One of our "Favorite Things To Do in NC" is Sandy Bottom Trail Rides. Fresh mountain air, breath-taking scenery and an old fashioned down-home friendliness greet you when you visit family-owned Sandy Bottom Trail Rides. Sandy Bottom Trail rides is open year around (weather permitting).

Located on a secluded ranch minutes north of
Asheville, North Carolina the trail Sandy Bottom has been in the family for three generations. The picturesque trails pass through the high country, scenic mountain meadows and wooded areas. Rides are offered for people of all ages and horseback riding abilities. All ages can ride and there are no weight limits, and the flexible to meet your needs. Ride for one hour or all day. Wagon and buggy rides also available.

Gift certificates are now available from Sandy Bottom Trail Rides!  What a wonderful way to say "Happy Birthday " or "Congratulations" or simply "I'm thinking of you" to the horse-lover in your life!  Contact us today for a Sandy Bottom Trail Rides gift certificate..

Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Flavors return to Immaculate Baking Company

Submitted by Immaculate Baking Company, headquartered in Flat Rock NC
Holiday Flavors are Back!
This issue of The Creative Cookie is truly a collaborative and experimental venture. Sometimes, a consumer will ask if something is possible, and since we love a challenge, we'll try anything. Here's a collection of holiday ideas and adventures.
Gingerbread Spice                   Chocolate Peppermint
Gingerbread and Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Dough are back in stores and flying off the shelves again this season. Can't find them? Ask your favorite dairy manager.

Gingerbread House Carolyn from NY asked if you can roll out our gingerbread spice dough to make gingerbread boys and girls. Indeed, you can, though they will bake up faster than the directions for the regular cookies. Be vigilant and don't let any little gingerbread men escape.

Like Carolyn, Dorothea from NJ was thinking outside the box with her gingerbread as well. She asked about using it to make a Gingerbread House. And two of us stepped up for that adventure: good-enough mom and perfectionist mom. Read about their adventures here.

Immaculate Baking Holiday cookies take the stress out of holiday cookie swaps too.

Consumer Recipe

Fruit turnovers - a great idea for Immaculate Baking crescent rolls from Gerry in North Carolina

"Use four crescent roll triangles to make a rectangle for each turnover. The first thing you need to do is seal all of the edges. Put a nice big spoonful of Apple (could be cherry or peach) pie filling in the lower middle of one rectangle, fold the top part over and use a fork to crimp the edges. Cut a slit, so the pie filling can steam and bake until golden brown. I make an icing with powdered sugar, milk (I use Rice milk) and vanilla and drizzle this over the hot turnovers."

All too adventurous?

If all of these ideas are a bit too adventurous for you, try this easy tip from Michael in Texas - add raisins to cinnamon rolls. Unroll, lay out some raisins, re-roll, bake, frost. Yum.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cheers and good wishes to our departing interns, Krista and Jessica . . . we'll miss you!
Bake Well, Be Creative, Have Fun, Give Back.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sylva Bookstore Now Offers Google eBooks

City Lights Bookstore in Sylva NC may be a small shop in a small town but it's a big part of a growing cultural community in the smoky mountains. The bookstore is a gathering place for locals and visitors alike with poetry readings, book signings and a friendly staff throroughly knowledgable about their excellent inventory.

And now Google eBooksTM has arrived! You can shop locally even for digital media. The ebooks have been available on the City Lights website for several years and the number now available through Google eBooks is huge. From New York Times bestsellers to old favorites, City Lights Bookstore now offers you one of the largest ebook collections available with Google eBooks. Shop for your next ebook and begin reading on just about any device.

With Google eBooks, you can r
ead seamlessly on almost any device - the Kindle ebook reader is an exception.  Computers, tablets (such as iPads), Nooks, Sony's eReader, Droids, iPhones and other smartphones are all fine. Google eBooks stores your library safely in the digital cloud, so you can read anywhere you go, using just about any device with an Internet connection.  As you read, your page positions are saved across all the devices so you can pick up reading where you last left off. That means you can start reading on your PC, continue on your laptop, and carry on reading on your smartphone.

Explore thousands of titles instantly 
in every imaginable category. From bestsellers to classics, top fiction to up-and-coming authors, all Google eBooks now offer instant availability and free preview before you buy.

So maybe the day to "have your cake and eat it too" has finally come. least it has in Sylva at City Lights Bookstore. You can shop locally with excellent and friendly service and still have the largest selection of ebooks in the world. That's technology even an ol' mountain gal can love.
Check it out at City Lights Bookstore, 3 East Jackson St., Sylva, NC or online here

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mountain Inns and Villas Available for Christmas

Prospect Hill B&B Inn "Where the mountains meet the moon" Christmas Treats: Free sweet treats from the inn. Since many restaurants are closing early, we have arranged for Tributary to drop off your take out order where we'll keep it in our warming drawer. Only 25 min. to Boone, NC, 50 min. to the NC ski slopes.

Maggie Valley Villas
offers first class lodgings at reasonable prices
. Come stay at Maggie Mountain Villas for a memorable vacation. One villa available now through Dec 26, on villas available from Dec 28 through New Year's Day.

A Grove Park Inn Christmas 2010
- Christmas Memories and More, Dec 24 - 27. Package price: $283 (average per night), based on 3 night stay*. Accommodations, breakfast daily, a Grove Park Inn keepsake, a decorated tree for your room and even a delicious Christmas dinner, served in our Grand Ballroom.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Asheville Cabins Available for Christmas

Biltmore at Christmas is a magical time! Carolina Mornings has good available on a variety of wonderful rentals where you can get Discounted Biltmore Estate Tickets Valid for 2 Days. and Discounted Biltmore Estate Candlelight Tickets.
Carolina Mornings Asheville NC cabins, luxury vacation rentals, mountain views, fireplaces, hot tubs, WIFI. An exceptional selection, 70+ of the finest vacation home rentals in the Asheville NC area. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! FREE Nights Available at Select Properties

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Spirit of Christmas Giving - Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Remember the Mountains-to-Sea Trail during the Holidays
submitted by Kate Dixon, Executive Director, Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Happy Holidays! This year, as you think about charitable gifts at year end, we hope you will make a special donation to build, protect and promote the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

More and more people are hiking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail each year to experience the extraordinary beauty of North Carolina - in the mountains, piedmont, coastal plain and outer banks. Ian Fraher, who completed the MST just before Thanksgiving, wrote about his journey:

"I had an amazing experience walking across North Carolina. I cannot think of a better way to experience a land than to walk across it, and I fell in love with North Carolina.

It's exciting to be one of the first 20 people to hike the entire MST, to be a pioneer in some ways. Being an early thru-hiker comes with certain challenges: road walking and knowing when I can and cannot camp. But I'll be able to help the MST grow and become more hiker-friendly with the information I gathered on my trip, information I can share with others interested in walking the trail."

Members of FMST are pioneers too - just like Ian and others who have been early hikers of the MST. Your support helps the MST grow and makes these challenging, life-changing, inspiring journeys possible -- now in the early days and in the future too.

2010 has been a year of exciting progress for the MST.
  • President and First Lady Obama hiked on the MST near Asheville.
  • The MST was voted one of North Carolina's Top 10 Natural Wonders.
  • State Parks opened 25 new miles built by FMST volunteers along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone and Jefferson.
  • FMST volunteers built the final mile of trail at Falls Lake -- now, at 60 miles, the longest stretch of MST in the Piedmont.
You can help make this grand vision possible by making a special year-end gift to build, protect and promote the MST.

Your support of the MST will be greatly appreciated by all who travel the trail and experience the beauty of North Carolina. Please join with me and others to support the trail that is uniquely North Carolina.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

USA Raft Holiday Gift Certificates and 2011 Adventures

USA Raft - Closest Whitewater Rafting to Asheville, NC.  As we prepare for the holidays, we wanted to stop and thank you for an amazing year. Our most important customer is you! We hope you will join USA Raft & Mountain Adventure Guides again next year for meaningful outdoor fun and adventure. Visit our Facebook page for the latest happenings, where you can also post comments and pictures of your trip!
Save 10% on Holiday Gift Certificates

Gift certificates make great stocking stuffers! Save 10% on your gift purchases before 12/24/2010. Hurry - special offer! No other discounts apply. Call 1-866-USA-Raft and we will be happy to assist you.

               New Rafts for Next Season

We've ordered 16 new "Splash" class rafts. They are truly the best high performance, self bailing rafts available. In fact, they have been featured in the World Championship Races on the Gauley River. They're 100% hand made in West Virginia by our friends at Custom Inflatables.

MAG Summer Adventure Camp 2011

Summer schedules posted for 12 & 18 day camps for ages 12-17. Explore a cave, climb a mountain, raft a wild river, cook a delicious dinner over a camp-fire and then sleep under the stars! Activities are age appropriate and include comprehensive instruction. No experience is necessary and MAG provides all major gear.

Icebreaker Weekend April 2-3

Join our annual spring staff get together and kick off on the Nolichucky River, as we "break the ice." We will post rafting/caving with lodging package details on Facebook and our website soon after the holidays. Check it out!

Raft Guide School

Be a river guide! Learn the basics of guiding a raft, including water reading skills, hydrology, raft maneuvers, paddle techniques, scouting and river rescue. We have seasonal summer job opportunities, both on and off the river, and for our summer adventure camp!

Asheville Cabins and Vacation Rentals available for Christmas and New Year's

Biltmore at Christmas is a magical time! Carolina Mornings has good available on a variety of wonderful rentals in and around Asheville NC. Holiday Special: get Discounted Biltmore Estate Tickets Valid for 2 Days and Discounted Biltmore Estate Candlelight Tickets.

Carolina Mornings offers Asheville cabins, luxury vacation rentals, mountain views, fireplaces, hot tubs and WIFI   - an exceptional selection includes 70+ of the finest vacation home rentals in the Asheville NC area.  FREE Nights Available at Select Properties - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Boone NC Christmas Tree Farms

North Carolina Fraser fir, Balsam fir, Scotch pine and Douglas-fir Christmas trees  are among the favorites for this season's fresh tree fans. The native evergreens are valued for their ability to remain fresh longer than many other types of holiday trees.

The  Boone NC area is home to Circle C Tree Farm, a full service Choose and Cut tree farm with 1000s of trees ranging from 4' to 11'. Take a hayride or stop by the barn for hot chocolate or to browse the freshly made wreaths, garlands and centerpieces. Need a really BIG tree?

Check out Cool Springs Nursery with a selection of  Gigantic Fraser Fir Trees 15′-25′ as well as the usual choose and cut trees and wholesaling for fund raising.

Dark Mountain Tree Farm "specializes in Christmas memories" where the whole family can choose and cut the tree, take a hayride along the New River and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.

Horse rides for the children are part of the fun at Panoramic Tree Farm.  Choose from trees of all sizes, ranging from table top size to 13 feet, along with family activities.

What Fir! Tree Farm
offers approximately 5500 beautiful Fraser Fir trees in all sizes - all the trees  needed  to satisfy every customer, even the most particular. Also available are wreaths, garlands, a gift shop and petting zoo.

NC Christmas event:FENCE Celebrates Home for the Holidays

Dec 19 in Tryon NC Home for the Holidays at FENCE will get you in the Christmas spirit celebrating the season. There will be caroling and special musical programs for your enjoyment, plus wonderful refreshments to add to the holiday cheer.

FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center) is, a 390-acre nature education and recreation center nestled in the beautiful foothills of Tryon, North Carolina. Activities include outdoor recreation, nature education and a calendar filled with events including the spring running of the Steeplechase, and nearly year-round horse shows

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Asheville Shop Offers Great Gifts for Nature Lovers

The Compleat Naturalist located at 2 Brook Street in Asheville NC is a store for nature lovers. If it's about nature, you'll find it there - birding supplies and feeders, binoculars, compasses, field and botany supplies, weather instruments, books and maps, gifts, clothing and more. And you can join the owners for a free morning bird walks. Check out these special gifts for your holiday shopping:

Guide to Bird Feathers. This is the first book we've seen that provides a photographic identification guide to bird feathers.  How often have you seen a bird feather while hiking and wondered what bird it's from?  This book includes 400 photographs representing 379 species of North American Birds.  A must for every nature lover's library!

The Practical Naturalist.  If you have a budding naturalist in the family, this book will give them a great start on how to become proficient in various nature study hobbies. Chapters are arranged by habitat and feature tips on how and what to investigate in each area, plus a chapter on "Weather and Sky" covering weather and astronomy. Also included is a chapter on "What a Naturalist Needs." The color photography illustrations are fantastic.

Binocular Sale. Some of the most popular binoculars are on sale through December 31.  Come in and check them out!  Or check on our website, Sales and Bargains page.  The optics experts here in the store can help you select the perfect instrument for the naturalist on your gift list.

Bird Song Bible.  Bird Songs Bible covers the sights and sounds of every single breeding bird in North America-- nearly 750 in all. A beautiful keepsake, Bird Songs Bible is an essential volume for the true bird lover. 536 pages, hardcover in carrying case with handle. 15 x 13.75 inches, full color illustrations, maps, electronic sound module.

Heartwood Bird and Bat Houses.
This is a brand new line of bird and bat boxes that we love!  They are made in Mississippi, mostly from cypress, the most naturally rot-resistant wood that grows in the U.S., and are made from scrap pieces from the furniture industry.  We love the beautiful artistic design with metal roofs, or multi-colored shingles with copper covering on the peaks.  And all are fully functional and built-to-last.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Last minute and Holiday Specials on Asheville Cabins

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas from  Carolina Mornings  offering Asheville cabins, luxury vacation rentals with mountain views, waterviews, fireplaces, hot tubs, WIFI and more. An exceptional selection - 70+ of the finest vacation home rentals in the Asheville NC area.  Happy Holidays Specials! FREE Nights Available at Select Properties. Discounted Biltmore Estate Tickets Valid for 2 Days. Biltmore Estate Candlelight Tickets ONLY $17. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Find Lots of Christmas Spirit this Weekend inj the NC Mountains

See what's happening and what to do in the NC Mountains this weekend:

10 - 11 SALUDA Hometown Christmas
10 - 11     DILLSBORO   27th Annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries 
11   ASHEVILLE    Guild Artists' Holiday Sale 
11   BLOWING ROCK    Holiday Sing-a-Long at the Hayes Center
11 - 12   CHIMNEY ROCK    Santa on the Chimney!
11   ROBBINSVILLE  Christmas in the Mountains Arts & Crafts Show 
11  CHEROKEE   Cherokee Christmas Parade 11   FLETCHER (ASHEVILLE SUBURB)   Town of Fletcher Christmas Parade
11   NEBO (near MARION)   Migratory Waterfowl Boat Tour 
11   BRYSON CITY  Spirit of Christmas 
12   HENDERSONVILLE   Tour of Historic Inns & Cookie Caper 
12   OLD FORT   Informal Jam on the Porch
12   NEBO  (near MARION)  Winter Greens Hike  

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Santa visits Chimney Rock Park this Saturday

Dec 11   head for Chimney Rock Park in Chimney Rock NC and see  Santa on the Chimney!  Santa practices on 315-ft. Chimney Rock before climbing down millions of much shorter chimneys all around the world on Christmas Eve. USA Today named Chimney Rock one of the top 10 places to catch up with Santa last year. Come and see why!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Smoky Mountains offer an Old-fashioned Christmas Experience

Head for the Smokies for an Old-Fashioned Holiday Experience
Bring the whole family and experience the magic of The Polar Express as the train makes its round trip journey to the North Pole till December 23. (Plus special Christmas Eve run.) Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa & for those who believe, a special memento from Santa for each child. Wear your pajamas! More info

This Saturday night enjoy a local holiday tradition - caroling, photos with Santa, and the lighting of our town Christmas tree. Starts at 7 pm at Bryson City Bicycles parking lot on Everett Street.
Enjoy the magical lights of Whittier, NC (Exit 72 off Hwy 19/74). It doubles as the North Pole with the little church and homes lit up from top to bottom.
The old Appalachian Toymaker has set up shop across the street from the depot at The Storytelling Center. Watch him make traditional wooden toys and you might hear a story or two!

Enjoy our community theater's production of Little Women,
Louisa May Alcott's classic story of the March sisters of Massachusetts. Performances at 7 pm on December 10, 11, 12, 13. 30 Main Street. More info

Christmas At The 1886 Old Mill.
December 10-11 & 17-18. . Jewelry, native crafts, Cherokee baskets, candles, and more. 3082 U. S. 441- 1 mile south of Cherokee. 828-497-6536. More info

Music at the Performing Arts Center
in Franklin. December 11 - Newsong featuring the Newsboys and Kerrie Roberts. December 17 - The legendary Oak Ridge Boys. More info
Arts & Crafts Show - December 11 in Stecoah. The Stecoah Gallery features the work of over 120 local artisans, and more than 20 local artisans will have displays on site. 10 am - 5 pm. Free activities for children ages 4 and up will be available from 11 am to 4 pm. More info

December 18 - A Holiday Homecoming
at the outdoor Mountain Farm Museum. Demonstrations of old-fashioned crafts, live music, refreshments, and walking tours. Cherokee entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

And For New Years Eve ...
Fontana Village Resort New Year's Eve celebration featuring music, dinner, fireworks and a midnight toast. More info
Cherokee Fireworks Display The festivities kick off at 8 pm. Located at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. More info
New Year's Eve Gala Dinner Train First class seating in candlelit dining cars and delectable three-course dinners are a perfect match for the evening's entertainment, scenic vistas and starlit skies. More info

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lake Junaluska Hosts the 10th Annual Appalachian Christmas

Dec 10 at LAKE JUNALUSKA NC the 10th Annual Appalachian Christmas is a heartwarming musical celebration of the season with Ricky Skaggs and his talented family sharing songs from "A Skaggs Family Christmas." In addition, the Lake Junaluska Singers will deliver an outstanding performance in Stuart Auditorium under the direction of Dr. Melodie Galloway. Persons will also enjoy the annual Appalachian Christmas Craft Show, which features items and crafts of local artists.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Annual Hometown Christmas this weekend in Saluda

Dec 10-11  Main Street in downtown Saluda NC will be decked out in all its Christmas lights when hosting the annual  Hometown Christmas. Sponsored by the Saluda Business Association, this long-standing tradition has become a way for Saluda residents to come together and celebrate the holiday season. Businesses and shops are open from 6-8 PM and serve holiday refreshments while local musicians perform.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Burnsville Landmark Inn offers "Choose and Snooze" Christmas Tree Package

The "Choose and Snooze" getaway package at Burnsville's historic Nu Wray Inn combines overnight lodging with a trip to the Sugar  Plum Christmas Tree Farm. Choose and cut your own Frasier Fir Christmas Tree, enjoy a hayride and browse the Farm's outstanding Christmas Shop.

Nu Wray Inn is a landmark Inn, established in 1833, which has provided Southern hospitality in its comfortable rooms for generations of travelers, including; Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe, Elvis Presley and Christopher Reeve. Relax on a front porch rocking chair sippin' sweet tea or enjoy our special gardens. Located on the main square within walking distance to restaurants, shops and activities. Nearby fishing, hiking, horseback riding, tubing and swimming in the famous Toe and Cane Rivers. Rates include family-style breakfast.

A Christmas Carol at The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville

See the "Classic Christmas Carol" December 16 - 18 presented by Burnsville's Parkway Playhouse.  The combination of faithful storytelling, a score of classic Christmas music, and spellbinding stage magic bring to life the familiar story of a miserly sinner given one last chance at redemption by some persuasive ghosts. Ebeneezer Scrooge goes through a miraculous transformation as he views with new eyes his past, present, and future.

Tickets are available now for this family holiday classic. The production features a score of familiar holiday classics, a large cast, and of course Ebenezer Scrooge (portrayed by Parkway Playhouse veteran Bruce Chuvala). Performances are at 7:30pm on December 16, 17, and 18 at the Tomberlin Auditorium at Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 828-682-4285, or  visiting the WINTER BOX OFFICE IN THE MOUNTAIN HERITAGE CENTER (LOCATED DIRECTLY ACCROSS THE STREET FROM THE THEATRE)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Free Shipping on Handmade Mountain Crafts until Christmas!

From now until Christmas, your order from the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree of $25 or more is eligible for free shipping!  Order online 24 hours a day for beautiful handcrafted gifts from the mountains of North Carolina and have your gifts shipped for you...FREE!  Your purchase supports over 100 local crafts entrepreneurs as well as our Foundation's scholarship fund for local students.  Thank you for supporting the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree!

HOME OF THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE  Project  has created nearly 100 individual small businesses that have produced quality, handmade products as part of the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree collection. Locally handcrafted products are available in the shop or online and include: Furniture, Lighting, Rugs, Textiles (Top of Bed, Quilts, Kitchen and Bath), Decorative Accessories, Home Fragrance, Cookware, Food, Christmas, Pottery, Wood, Glass, Children’s Toys.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Highlands Welcomes Christmas this weekend with snow flurries and a parade

The Highlands Annual Christmas Parade is tomorrow morning at 11AM on Main Street. Light accumulations of snow are predicted for Saturday night and Sunday. What a GREAT weekend in Highlands to put you in the Christmas Spirit!

Winter is  a wonderful time to visit Highlands with the invigorating mountain weather and special rates and packages offered by many Highland Inns and cabin rentals. Find Winter Escapes at Mitchell's Lodge and Cottages beginning at $59 per week night for Deluxe Rooms with a gas log fireplace, wet bar, private balcony with rocking chairs and daily continental breakfast. At  HIGHLANDS RENTALS  you may choose from: the cozy Stone’s Throw log cabin less than ½ mile to Highlands or a quaint mountain Lakeview cottage w/ beautiful view of Lake Sequoyah or the contemporary Mountain view cabin tucked in the woods with 10 acres. Rates begin at $95+nt, $695+wk - Enter to win a free week at Highlands Rentals. The Chambers Agency has an inventory of 80+ vacation rentals in and around Highlands NC in every style and price range from 1 - 6 bedrooms and mountain cabins to close-in condos.

Highlands NC is known for the quality of its cultural activities and its charming downtown shops. The Highlands Playhouse is an equity theater with four or five productions during the summer season. Highlands NC restaurants are among the finest in Western North Carolina - and that's quite an accomplishment! Stay a weekend, a week or an entire season and enjoy golf, mountain  hiking, biking, canoeing and river rafting or ongoing art exhibits, events and workshops at the Bascom Art Center.