Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event: Christmas in July

July 2 Christmas in July Festival in West Jefferson North Carolina. Arts and crafts festival with over 100 juried vendors, two stages of traditional music and dance, children’s activities, a local non-profit row, and street performers. All celebrating our Mountain Heritage! Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event, Milepost 261

Last Minute Cabin Specials - Spend the 4th of July in the Mountains!

June 29 - July 12   Carolina Mornings  is offering several "Last Minute Specials". Book and Depart between June 29th-July 12thBook online* or call our Vacation Specialist @ 828.398.0712:

Little Knotty Pine Cabin
Receive one night free when you book 3 nights! This is adorable cabin is located minutes from Asheville and your own private hot tub to enjoy the cool night breezes.   Get More...


Wilderness Haven
For Golf Enthusiasts and others, you can have your  your own private putting green in your backyard at this Asheville Log Cabin. This week only, stay 2 nights and get one free!   Get More...


Hidden Pond
Save $75 off a 3 night reservation! Perfect for a family or even two couples! Less than 10 minutes  to Downtown Asheville, this pet friendly upscale log cabin is offering a great summer bonus!  Get More...

Blue Moon Lodge
This week only! Save $300 when you book 2 nights for $1202! Check out our guest's Youtube video too! This is an upscale and eco-friendly
 vacation paradise.  Get More...

Mountain Air Country Club
Magnificent panoramic view settings, fly in on your private jet to this country club or take a 45 minute car ride from Asheville and golf on top of the mountain? Just Stay 4 or more nights and receive a complementary round of golf ($120 value).  Get More...

Landmark Cabin
This is a perfect cozy cabin for a couple!  Stay 2 nights and get one night free!!! Landmark Cabin has views of Chimney Rock and so close to Lake Lure where you can play at the beach! Stay cool this summer. A perfect way to spend your 4th of July.   Get More...

Friday, June 25, 2010

This Weekend's North Carolina Mountain Events and Festivals

June 25 in Brevard: Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walks happens every 4th Friday from April to November and the third Friday in December. Enjoy an evening stroll in downtown Brevard as you experience visiting art galleries, outdoor sculptures and 5 murals as well as art stores, retail stores, and restaurants that are open until 9 PM Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event, Milepost 410

June 25 in Hendersonville: Music On Main Street Concert Series,
the12th annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June 11 through August 27, 2010. Music On Main Street featuring " oldies rock, beach music, variety and top 40 music.

June 25 - 26 in Asheville:
HandMade: The Western North Carolina Craft, Architecture and Design Expo The two-day event will offer examples of successful collaborations between craft artists, individuals and industry professionals.

June 25 - 26 in the Robbinsville Area (Stecoah Township) Stecoah Artisans Gallery Artisans Driveabout,  a self-guided driving tour of artisan studios and galleries in Graham County, in the far western region of North Carolina.

June 25 - 27 in Maggie Valley: Southeastern Mini Truck Nationals If you have a passion for mini trucks they gather from all over to compete in this annual event.

June 25 - July 4  Brevard’s Arts & Culture Week  begins as Brevard and Transylvania County  celebrate the ARTS with a week dedicated to the visual and performing arts with more than 30 events in one week.

June 26 Robbinsville hosts An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert  featuring Balsam Range 7:30 pm. A bluegrass "dream team". All the fellows in the band grew up in the rich musical heritage of the Appalachian South.

June 26  Downtown Boone Ghosts of Blue Ridge Walk  - a ghostly walking tour of the most frightening stops in downtown Boone. Our tour is fun for the whole family, filled with entertainment, information and history about the legends of our downtown and the Blue Ridge.

June 26 Canton (Haywood County) presents Cold Mountain Heritage Tour, a Self-driving tour of area historic sites with guides at each location to describe the location’s history.

June 26 the  2nd Annual Taste of Downtown Sylva 
takes place rom 2PM-5PM sample items from downtown businesses and enjoy what they have to offer. Cool coffee drinks, gourmet cuisine, delectable sweets, organic, local fare and more!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event: Mountain Street Dances in Waynesville

June 25   Mountain Street Dances  in downtown Waynesville North Carolina. Both local residents and tourists enjoy these FREE old-fashioned mountain hoedowns which began in the 1950s with live mountain music and dance demonstrations by local clogging teams. This year we are celebrating the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary. Dances are held in front of the Haywood County Courthouse and begin at 6:30 p.m. and last until 9:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket; limited bleacher seating is available. Professional mountain musicians perform along with a clogging team.   Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event, Milepost 443

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cozy Farmhouse Vacation Rental near Banner Elk

LITTLE ELK COTTAGE RENTAL  - a farmhouse that provides lots of nostalgia and plenty of comfort!   5 bedrooms, mountain view and a 5-person hot tub. Front and back porches with rockers, gas grill and grilling area, nearby streams, backyard swing, large backyard, TV, DVD & CD players. And only a mile away you will find charming antique stores and restaurants. $75-$125night, $500-$700 week.

Banner Elk Concerts in the Park

June 24,  Concerts in the Banner Elk Town Park  every Thursday evening in June, July and August the community of Banner Elk gathers in the town park for a summer concert. This week Woody Pines performs Ragtime, Country Blues & Folk, Sponsored by Apple Hill Farm. Food will also be available for purchase at the concert. Raffle tickets can be purchased for prizes as well as for the 50/50 split of the "pot."

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Scenic Bed and Breakfast near Western Carolina U and Sylva

THE RIVER LODGE BED AND BREAKFAST in Cullowhee North Carolina offers 800+ft riverfrontage, balconies, porches and patio. There is a large goldfish pond and waterfall on the property. Located on  a bend in the Tuckasegee River this elegant Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast lodge was built with 100 year old hand-hewn logs taken from old barns and cabins in the Smoky Mountains region. The never-ending panorama of spectacular scenery at The River Lodge creates a relaxing and secluded feeling while only minutes from WCU and the dining and activities of Sylva. $135-$240 per night.

2nd Annual Taste of Downtown Sylva

June 26 from 2PM - 5PM come to downtown Sylva for the 2nd Annual Taste of Downtown Sylva. Sample items from downtown businesses and enjoy what they have to offer including Cool coffee drinks, gourmet cuisine, delectable sweets, organic, local fare and more!

Get tickets from participating businesses: Annie's Naturally Bakery, Bubacz's Signature Brew Coffee Company, Mill and Main Restaurant, Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Bill's Backstreet Takeout, Spring Street Cafe, Papou's Wine Shop, Eric's Fresh Fish Market, Lulu's on Main, Ironstone Grill and My Place restaurant.  Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 12 and under.  Cash or check only please.

Affordable and Picturesque Marion Lodging - 7th Night FREE!

THE INN AT BLUE RIDGE  offers12 Lg rooms, private decks, mini-fridge, continental breakfast included. 2 PET FRIENDLY rooms. 3 bd 2 bath suite with fireplace, full kitchen, private entrance. The Inn is Adjacent to Linville Falls Mountain Club Golf Course with public play, 5 miles to milepost 317. Rooms $79-$100 night, Suite $210, 7th night FREE. The Inn at Blue Ridge is located at 17677 HWY 221 North Marion North Carolina.

Music Jam Thursday in Downtown Marion

June 24  - Come to the  Bluegrass Music Jam  in downtown Marion at the depot from 7PM - 9PM. The Jam is open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors (weather permitting), bring chairs or blankets. Free! Marion North Carolina.

Visit the Historic Orchard at Altapass for Old-fashioned Mountain Fun!

June 23 - 27,  Enjoy  Live Music and More - the Historic  Orchard at Altapass.  The historic orchard is full of fun including music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more. Events happen every week, Wed-Sun. The Orchard is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 328.3. in between Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland North Carolina.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Free Performances at the Carl Sandburg Home

June 23 - August 14  the  Carl Sandburg Home presents Abraham Lincoln & Rootabaga Stories.  The Vagabond School of the Drama performs 30 minute selections from Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories and The World of Carl Sandburg. These free toe-tapping performances are fun for all ages. The Rootabaga Stories are performed Thursday and Saturday and  The World of Carl Sandburg is performed Wednesday and Friday. Performances are free and held rain or shine, at the Carl Sandburg Home amphitheatre, 81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock North Carolina.

Boone Area Cabin rentals with great view

ALONG THE BLUERIDGE RENTALS located in the Boone - West Jefferson area. Choose from 3 contemporary log cabins. Amazing mountain views. Nature Settings. Convenient to North Carolina High Country area attractions. Extras & upscale features including fine linens. Original art.Child friendly + Rec rooms, toys, games&more! $150-$185nt, $850-$1110wk

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event: The Town of Boone Celebrates!

June 21 - 26  the  Town of Boone NC Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Celebration offers activities such as a guided Blue Ridge Parkway leisure bike ride; the Headwaters Hike June 23rd guided by Upper Watauga Riverkeepers in partnership with Grandfather Mountain; BBQ and Bluegrass - June 25th - on the Jones House Lawn in downtown Boone, historical/ghost tours of downtown on June 26th; and wine and cheese fundraiser at the WPA post office building in downtown. Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event, 285

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wine Seller Offers "Unique" Wines Tasting

June 22 at 7PM The Classic Wine Seller hosts a "Fun Wine Tasting with unique wines": Southern Gothic Diddley Bow Reisling, Poor Thing Grenache and Southern Belle. $15 all inclusive. FOr reservations - 828-452-6000 or The Wine Seller is located 30 Church Street, Waynesville north Carolina

Jamming in Transylvania County

Transylvania County's  rich heritage of mountain music and impromptu jam sessions has led to a number of free, regular musical events throughout the week. If you like to play as well as listen, the Tuesday night jam sessions at Celestial Mountain Music (16 W Main St, Brevard)  might be just the ticket. If your tastes run to the Scotch-Irish reels, ballads and folk songs brought here by early settlers, amble over to the front porch of the historic Silvermont Mansion (364 E Main St, Brevard), Thursday nights, 7:30. Friday afternoon means bluegrass at Blueridge Bakery (400 S Broad St, Brevard). Friday night the music moves to Toxaway Community Center ( 800 Slick Fisher Rd, Lake Toxaway) from 7-10 PM.

Tweetsie Railroad offers Golden Rail Season Pass

Golden Rail Season Passes are only $80 for adults and $55 for kids (age 3 to 12). Not only do you get unlimited park visits throughout the season, free parking on July 4th, and one free admission to our Ghost Train Halloween Festival, but your Golden Rail Season Pass also entitles you to special offers from several area attractions. Daily admission rates are $32 for adults, $22 for kids (age 3 to 12). Tweetsie Railroad is located at 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock North Carolina

Best of the Smokies Sweepstakes

Win an amazing three day getaway including accommodations, golf, and attractions. The communities of Waynesville and Maggie Valley are North Carolina's gateway to the Smoky Mountains, filled with mountain views, wonderful waterfalls, and the twists and turns of the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. The winner will receive:
  • Three days/two nights at the Cataloochee Ranch
  • Golf for four at the Maggie Valley Club
  • Tickets for four to the “Wheels Through Time” motorcycle museum
  • Spa Gift Bag
You’ll even get a $500 travel voucher to get you here! Enter now to win. The sweepstakes ends June 30, 2010.  Enter To Win!   (one entry per email address)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lavender Festival in Burnsville

June 19 - 20   Mountain Farm hosts its 5th Annual Lavender Festival. Free Parking. NO PETS PLEASE, they frighten our farm animals. Festival features: cut-your-own lavender (bring your own scissors), Lavender plants, local crafts, live music, food vendors, festival cafe, goat cheese, essential oil distillation, massage therapist, shearing demonstrations. Mountain Farm is located at125 Copperhead Bend, Burnsville North Carolina. 828-675-4856

Beach Bonfire & Marshmallow Roast tonight in Lake Lure

June 19  Rumbling Bald Resort hosts a  a Beach Bonfire and  Fireworksfree family marshmallow roast and fireworks. This is a great time to bring your family down to the beach to visit and enjoy a beautiful Lake Lure evening. The fire is ready by 8:30 pm and a staff member stays until 9:30 pm with marshmallows and roasting sticks for everyone. Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure is located at  112 Mountains Blvd., Lake Lure North Carolina.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Wine and Beer Tasting in Asheville

June 19 from 3PM - 7PM  Asheville’s Best Wine & Beer Tasting will include  sampling a portion of  The Yvon Mau presale Bordeaux’s this Saturday. These wines are very limited and unfortunately once they are gone, they will not return until next spring. Get your hands on some while they last.

Asheville’s Wine, Beer & Local Artisinal Products Super Store, Appalachian Vintner, is located at 2-B Huntsman Place, Asheville North Carolina

Summer Golf Vacation for $99!

Stay and Play all summer long at Western North Carolina's finest resort for only $99!!! Are you looking for a great golf vacation at a great price?  Located minutes from the southern entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Smoky Mountain Country Club invites you to stay at one of the area's scenic resorts and play the spectacular Thomas Walker designed mountain golf course for only $99 per person/per night (tax not included, 3 night minimum). This price includes lodging in one of our luxurious two bedroom condominiums and unlimited golf.
This offer is valid through September 30, 2010, including holidays. Your reservation must be made on or before June 30, 2010.  Smoky Mountain Country Club is located at 1300 Conleys Creek Rd. Whittier North Carolina  1-800-474-0070.

Groovin' at the Grove this weekend

June 19 from 3:30PM - 6:30 PM come to a "Coney Island" party hosted by Asheville's Grove Arcade merchants. Live music begins at 3:30 with dance and funk classics from Motownblue featuring the Arcade's own "singing security guard" William Stafford. Enjoy  live entertainment featuring fortune tellers, jugglers, hula hoop performances and more. Grab a hot dog and sip your favorite boardwalk beverage while strolling the halls and shopping the Arcade's locally-owned shops and galleries. Shoppers spending $20 from 3:30 to 5:30 will be entered into a drawing to win a $200 Grove Arcade gift certificate.

The Grove Arcade is located at One Page Avenue at the heart of the Battery Hill neighborhood in downtown Asheville and offers unique shopping and exciting dining in one of Asheville's architectural jewels. A downloadable building tour is available on the website. Parking is available in the Wall Street, Rankin and Civic Center garages as well as on the street.

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event: Pickin' on the Parkway Today

June 18  from noon to 2PM stop by for some  Pickn’ and Poetry on the Porch.  Local musicians, poets, and writers perform on the front porch of the historic “Old Kentucky Home”, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site. Bring a sack lunch and lawn chair and enjoy this downtown cultural event. First and third Fridays of each month May - October. The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is located at 52 North Market Street, Asheville North Carolina - Blue Ridge 75 Event, Milepost 377

Thursday, June 17, 2010

What to do this weekend in the Great Smoky Mountains

June 15-19  Summer Carnival at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

June 17, 6-7:30 PM Community Music Jam at the Marianna Black Library Lawn, Bryson City

June 17-20  NC State Bluegrass Festival at the Happy Holiday RV Village, Cherokee

June 17,  7 PM-10 PM  WCU Summer Concert Series on UC Lawn at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee

June 18, 9A-1PM  Swain Tailgate Farmer’s Market  US 19W, Professional Parking Area, Bryson City

June 18, 2 PM  All Western Parade at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Bryson City

June 19-20  The Lone Ranger Rides Again  at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

June 19,  9:30AM - 5PM  Craft Festival at the 1886 Grist Mill  Cherokee

June 19     Dillsboro Arts & Music Festival    in Downtown Dillsboro

June 19, 10 AM- 4 PM  Women’s Work at the Oconaluftee Visitor’s Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

June 19, 6:30 – 8 PM  Music in the Mountains Evening Concert Series at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Bryson City

June 20  NOC Canoe Club Challenge  Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

June 20  Dad’s Big Pork Chop Dinner  at the Stecoah Valley Center for the Arts, Robbinsville 

June 20 “Dad Rides Free” at Smoky Mountain Jet Boats, Bryson City

This Weekend Only - $20 off in Highlands

Highlands North Carolina - "Beat the Heat Special at Mitchell's Lodge and Cottages. Leave the heat and humidity behind for a getaway to the cool, fresh mountain air. Temperatures in Highlands are about 65 degrees in the evenings right now....Tempting? Well, if that doesn't work how about this....Come to the Mountains and Stay with us through THIS WEEKEND ONLY ending on the 20th of June and receive $20.00 off your room or cottage! This special is for this weekend only and CANNOT be used on already confirmed reservations and Cannot be combined with any other offers! We'd love to see you ,so think about beating the heat this weekend in the Mountains!  For details and reservations:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Father's Day Special: Free Jet Boat RIde

On Father's Day, June 20,  Smoky Mountain Jet Boats is offering free jet boat rides to Dads (with at least one adult and one child paying passengers) in the Great Smoky Mountains on Lake Fontana. SMJB offers thrilling 35-40 minute rides on scenic Lake Fontana as well as combination trips, such as hike and jet boat ride trips that encompass everything that’s great about Western North Carolina - hiking, picnicking, swimming, and a thrilling jet boat ride.Smoky Mountain Jet Boat Rides is located at  22 Needmore Road, Bryson City North Carolina

Community Music Jam in Bryson CIty

June 17 from 6PM - 7:30 PM on  the front lawn at the Marianna Black Library come enjoy the weekly community music jam!  Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged - is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, r, you can just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett of Grampa’s Music in Bryson City. The Marianna Black Library is located at 33 Fryemont St., Bryson City North Carolina. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Asheville's Brusin' Ales Beer Tasting

June 17, 5PM - 7PM,  Brusin' Ales  is doing a vertical tasting of Avery Brewing Co. & Russian River's Collaboration Not Litigation Ale: Batch #2, Batch #3, and Batch #4. This is a great opportunity to experience how a beer ages and changes with time. $3 for (3) 4 oz. samples. If you purchase one of the batches, you can apply your $3 tasting fee to your purchase! Bruisin' Ales is located at 66 Broadway Street,  Asheville North Carolina

Poetry Reading from Thomas Crowe in Sylva

June 19, 7PM  City Lights Bookstore hosts Thomas Rain Crowe reading from New Collections of Travel Poetry. In recent years Crowe has traveled to different countries and continents and has written poems while on some of the more extended trips. Poems from some of these trips have been collected and recently published in three new books from three separate publishers. Crowe will discuss his travels, his poems, and what he refers to as "a new genre" of travel writing.

City Lights Bookstore is located at 3 East Jackson St., Sylva North Carolina,

Wine Tasting at The Back Room

June 18, 5PM - 7PM The Back Room at The Flat Rock Wine Shoppe is hosting a Wine Tasting this Friday. Ralph Terrio from Wente Family Vineyards will be presenting the wines ( Live music by Carrie Arrowood and hors d'ouevres provided by Chef Ally make it a special event!

Last Minute Asheville Area Cabin Specials

June 14 - 30 Carolina Mornings is offering several "Last Minute Specials". You must mention code JuneLMS when you book. Book online*or call our Vacation Specialist @ 828.398.0712 to reserve a vacation rental:
Fox Den Cabin
2 one hour horseback riding trail rides when you book a 7 night stay (Save $70). Book Now!

Amethyst Cottage
Receive a $50 Gift Certificate for a meal at Zambra when you book a 3 night stay. Book Now!

Black Bear Cabin
$75 off a 3 night reservation. Book Now!

Bull Creek Cottage
Receive a $40 certificate to Corner Kitchen restaurant located in Biltmore Village with a last minute booking in June.  Book Now!

Mountain Air Country Club
Golf on top of the mountain for free! Stay 4 or more nights and receive a complementary round of golf($120 value). Book Now!

Landmark Cabin
Free tickets to Chimney Rock Park (a $28 value) with any Last Minute June Reservation.
Book Now!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Discover Robbinsville and the Cabin on the Lake

CABIN ON THE LAKE in Robbinsville North Carolina.  Fully stocked, personal items only needed, we even supply the coffee. Located 9 miles south of Deals Gap & close to many area attractions. Large yard with creek to enjoy plus Hot tub. $140 nt, $876.50 wk, +cleaning fee. Specials offered. 

Father's Day Event: Dad’s Big Pork Chop Dinner in Robbinsville

June 19, The Stechao Valley Arts Center, Robbinsville North Carolina.  A theatrical performance, mountain dulcimers, and a Father’s Day Dinner pack the schedule for Dad’s Big Pork Chop Dinner. The Stecoah Kitchen is now taking reservations for the Dinner served family-style in two seatings (5:00 and 6:15 pm). The menu features salad, pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravy, cole slaw, corn, oven-fried squash, biscuits, and black forest chocolate cake. The Stecoah Kitchen prides itself in serving freshly prepared locally grown food. Reservations are required. Pricing for adults is $14.95, students (k-12) is $11.95, and children 4 and under is $7.95. Prices do not include tax or gratuity.

A one-man play tops off the evening at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in the historic auditorium. The performance titled “The Prince of Dark Corners” was written by noted playwright and storyteller Gary Carden of Dillsboro , NC . Steve Brady portrays the life and times of the Carolina outlaw, Major Lewis Redmond who was born in 1864 in Swain County . Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $5 for students (K-12), and children five and under are free. The performance begins at 7:30 pm.

Larry and Elaine Conger will provide a free Mountain Dulcimer performance before the play at the Stecoah outdoor pavilion. There is no charge for the dulcimer exhibition. Make your dinner reservations for 5:00 pm to enjoy the Mountain Dulcimers. Reservations:  828-479-3364

Father's Day in Western North Carolina: PLAY BALL!

June 20  in  Asheville North Carolina -  Father's Day with the Tourists.   Every dad who comes out will receive FREE general admission to the game!
  • Mayberry Day, the 50th Anniversary of the Andy Griffith Show
    For the first 1,000 fans entering the stadium every 50th fan will receive a gift from Mt. Airy businesses the home of Andy Griffith. One of the prizes will be a special getaway package that will include a stay at Andy’s Homestead where he grew up a tour courtesy of Squad Car tours, meals, and tickets to The Andy Griffith Museum.
    There will be a drawing for a chance to have lunch with Thelma Lou in Mt. Airy, Mayberry Trivia, Photo ops with Andy’s squad car. Also there will be Aunt Bee’s muffin eating contest and you have to whistle the Mayberry theme song after eating the muffins. Appearances by locals Otis and Ernest T.
  • Post-Game Autographs and Kid's Run the Bases
    Every Sunday is family fun day and following every Sunday home game kid's can run the bases and there will be post-game autographs.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Picnic and a Play Benefits Mayberry 4-Paws

June 18, Round Peak Vineyards, 765 Round Peak Church Rd,  Mount Airy North Carolina will host a play  benefiting Mayberry 4-Paws. a non-profit spay and nuetering organization. The event is free, although donations are encouraged. A portion of all wine sales will also be donated. So bring a picnic and watch The NoneSuch Playmakers perform "All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten".  (336) 352-5595

Smoky Mountain Cabin for Outdoor Lovers

SLEEPING DOG RENTALS   Mountain cabin on 4 acres near Bryson City North Carolina. Nestled in the heart of the Smoky Mountains you'll find a rustic two bedroom cabin with private lake access. Rent 4 wheelers, canoes, pontoon boat, fishing gear and enjoy lake and trout fishing, whitewater rafting, swimming and everything the great outdoors has to offer. Nearby casino and gem mining, hiking trails and wildlife.

Find more smoky mountain cabins on the Bryson City Visitor Guide

Need help choosing the best rafting trip for your family or group?

USA Raft - Mountain Adventure Guides. Our professional and knowledgeable reservations staff is here to help! By answering a few simple questions we can help you determine which of our rafting trips will best suit your needs.
Nantahala River: Class 2-3
Bryson City, NC. This is the most popular whitewater rafting trip in NC and an ideal family rafting trip! Three different options for rafting on the Nantahala River; fully guided, self guided, raft and ducky rentals. Ages 7+ or 60 pounds.
French Broad River: Class 2-3, 4
Marshall, NC. Closest whitewater rafting to Asheville, NC (30 min). It offers wide, open channels, beautiful mountain vistas and fun, splashy rapids for perfect family rafting fun! Ages 8+.
Watauga River: Class 1-2, 3
Elizabethton, TN. A scenic rafting trip near the Boone, NC area. This trip is on fast moving, pristine water with gentle rapids that includes class 3, ANACONDA! Ages 4+.
Nolichucky River Gorge: Class 3-4
Erwin, TN. With 9 miles and over 25 class 2-4 rapids, the Nolichucky River Gorge offers a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure, through the deepest canyon in the east. A highlight of the trip is QUARTER MILE RAPID with three class 4 drops. The Nolichucky is only 45 mins. from Asheville and 1.5+ hours from the Boone, NC area. Ages 12+.
Lower Nolichucky River: Class 1-2, 3. Erwin, TN. Scenic rafting trip, near Asheville, NC. A relaxed family outing with time to swim, a chance to see Blue Herons and spectacular rock formations along the way! Ages 4+.

Saluda Offers Small Town Charm

Saluda North Carolina has been a favorite vacation destination since the turn of the century. If you need an escape from the heat or a respite from the hectic pace of life, Saluda NC is the answer. Loaded with tranquil, scenic beauty and fresh mountain air Saluda is one of Western North Carolina's hidden jewels. Saluda is an easy 6+ hour drive from North Florida, so let a cabin or bed and breakfast in Saluda NC be the first stop on your North Carolina vacation. You'll find great dining, quaint shops and friendly folks in a convenient and picturesque setting within an hour's drive of favorite NC mountain attractions. Find more about Saluda...

Saluda's Purple Onion - Live Music and Mediterrean Cuisuine

The Purple Onion, 16 Main Street, Saluda North Carolina. The Purple Onion is one of the highlights of downtown Saluda offering a variety of ethnically and regionally inspired dishes with an emphasis on the Mediterranean's simple, healthful cuisines with a focus on freshness. Enjoy live music Thursday - Saturday. This week's performers include:
June 17 – BRIAN MCGEE, LAURA BLACKLEY, THE HONEYCUTTERS. A singer/songwriter night of music from three of our favorite singers.
June 18 - FRED WHISKIN at the piano.
June 19 – JEF CHANDLER & THE BAD POPES. Jef was a big hit last year in his first appearance so we invited him back.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Night Under the Stars at Chimney Rock

June 26, Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock north Carolina. As part of our ongoing Naturalist Series, we are joining the National Wildlife Federation's Great American Backyard Campout on Saturday, June 26. This is the only time we're able to offer camping to the public, so it's truly a unique opportunity. We'll have a Nature at Night program which includes a guided night hike, a campfire (as long as no burning ban is in effect) and of course, lots of fun. Plus, a partial lunar eclipse will occur this evening, so we'll do plenty of sky-gazing. Call us at 800-277-9611 or sign up online to reserve your spot.

Hike the Trails on Beech Mountain

June 15   Beech Mountain North Carolina   Beech Mountain Summer Guided Hikes  Experience the beauty and fun of hiking on Beech Mountain. Weather permitting. Experienced guides will explain the flora and fauna of the various seasons. There are 23 miles of maintained trails. Call the Chamber of Commerce to receive a map and for appropriate clothing. 1-800-468-5506

Lake Lure Boat Tours

Lake Lure Boat Tours, 2930 Memorial Highway Lake Lure, North Carolina:
Box Lunch Cruise - Enjoy a light lunch while cruising around the lake. This cruise includes a tour of the lake and a boxed lunch with a deli sandwich, chips, drink, and dessert. Adults and Seniors $20
Lunch and a Cruise
- After a relaxing cruise around the lake treat yourself to the tasty morsel at the Beachside Grill. The meal includes any item from our menu, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. Adults and Seniors $25
Sunset Cruise and Dinner - The boat departs the Marina at 7:00pm with appetizers served on the boat. A cash beer and wine bar is available during the cruise. Dinner seating is at 8:30pm in the Veranda Restaurant across from the beach after the cruise. $55 per person includes cruise and meal.
Hourly Tours Also Available: Adults $14, Seniors (62+) $12, Children (4-12) $ 6, Children under 4 accompanied by an adult no charge. Reservation required for Groups of 10 or more.  (828)625-1373

Friday, June 11, 2010

Hot Springs Log Cabin Rentals

Hot Springs North Carolina. Two Real Log Cabins, mountain and creek view, wood-burning fireplaces, 9 private acres, sat.TV, sleeps 6, creeks with waterfalls, near rafting, hiking, skiing, pavilion, easy motorcycle access. $100-$150 nightt, $450-$850 week. Specials offered.

Bluff Mountain Festival in Hot Springs

Jume 12   Hot Springs North Carolina.   Bluff Mountain Festival   This family friendly music festival features great old-time and bluegrass music, clogging and a silent auction of fine art, local crafts, packages and more! Bring your lawn chair, but please leave your dog at home.

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event: River Arts District Studio Stroll

June 12 - 13  in Asheville North Carolina   River Arts District Studio Stroll.  Visit more than 120 working artist studios and galleries in Asheville’s River Arts District. Painters, potters, sculptors, weavers, photographers, jewelers, woodworkers, great food & more…...all in revitalized old factories and warehouses along the French Broad River, just minutes from downtown.The Studio Stroll is free and open to the public. Ride the Asheville Historic Trolley free from building to building. Blue Ridge 75 Event, Milepost 377

Cherokee Voices Festival Tomorrow

June 12, 10AM - 5PM, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee, North Carolina. Cherokee Voices Festival:
*Open to Public - FREE
* Sponsored by NC ARTS COUNCIL & Museum of the Cherokee Indian
* Food and drinks all day by Harvey and David's Catering
* Continuous performances of dance, storytelling, and music
* More than 25 demonstrations of traditional Cherokee arts and crafts
* Cherokee Heritage Trails Tours--Blue Ridge Parkway--free at10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., first in   line--no reservations--meet at Main Stage

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Restored Franklin victorian Inn offers mountain views and gracious comfort

OAK HILL COUNTRY INN Franklin North Carolina.  The Oak Hill Country Inn is a 2-story, frame, late Victorian Regional Queen Anne style house. The Inn is named for its location, situated on top of a hill and surrounded by century-old oak trees. A beautiful mountain view can be seen from nearly anywhere on the property! $100-$130 per night.

Pickin' on the Square in Franklin

June 12   Franklin North Carolina.    Pickin' on the Square   The gazebo in downtown Franklin is the stage for Free live entertainment every Saturday night Memorial Day weekend through October. Bring your own chair and enjoy some good mountain music and dancing. Food vendors on site. This event is a favorite of visitors and locals alike.

Dillsboro Shop offers Military Discounts

Country Traditions 78 Front St, Dillsboro North Carolina10% off all items all days for active duty Military except consignment items or alcohol (ID required). Enjoy stepping into the past by visiting this unique shop. You will find an eclectic mixture of old and new to purchase as well as a variety of handmade items from local artists and authors. There is even a room just for men called the MAN CAVE!

Dillsboro Arts and Music Festival this Weekend

June 12,  Dillsboro North Carolina. Dillsboro Arts and Music Festival Come enjoy local musicians, handcrafted items, lots of food and tons of fun. Celebrate traditional mountain crafts and enjoy lively regional musicians, dancers and storytellers. In addition to Dillsboro’s unique shops and studios, Front Street is lined with tents featuring all kinds of art and fine crafts including basketry, pottery, weaving, quilting, woodworking, jewelry, stained glass, painting, photography and more.

Lodging near John C Campbell Folk School

MOOSE CROSSING CABIN  Andrews North Carolina.  Beautiful Smoky Mountain View in private setting 1 mile up from Andrews. Deck with charcoal grill, hammock, table, rocking chairs. Flat screen TV, WIFI. Full kitchen - Fridge stocked with EVERYTHING for your morning meals. Pet Friendly. Owner on site. 

Charming, cozy and affordable at $65-$75 night, $350 week!

John C Campbell Annual Gala & Benefit Auction

June 12, John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown North Carolina. This event is not only a great opportunity to purchase art and other items, it is a time of togetherness and camaraderie that helps the school grow and thrive. Our Annual Gala will take place in the Community Room of the Keith House where there will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks and wonderful live music. Read more...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Asheville Cabin with Great Mountain View

Allee's Getaway  Asheville North Carolina cabin rental with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 fireplaces and GREAT MOUNTAIN VIEW. Free WIFI. Newer cedar cabin located in quiet mountain setting yet close to downtown Asheville, Biltmore, Blueridge Parkway, Hendersonville, Black Mountain. Sleeps up to 8. $175-$195 nt, $1000-$1150 wk. 

AKC Dog Show in Asheville

June 11 - 13,  Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Asheville North Carolina   AKC All Breed Dog Show   Asheville Kennel Club hosts an AKC All Breed Dog Show, WNC Agricultural Center Davis Arena, all-breed shows offer competitions for over 150 breeds and varieties of dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Eco-friendly Asheville Mountaintop Luxury Lodge

Blue Moon Lodge  Bring the whole gang for an incredible vacation in Western North Carolina's most popular city. 5 bedroom, 5 bath - sleeps up to 16 - this special place is a newly built eco-friendly mountaintop luxury lodge crafted from local materials. Enjoy the gourmet kitchen, organic mattresses & luxury linens, 2 woodburning stone fireplaces, WIFI, central system with satellite radio, piano, bar with pool table, ping pong table, deck, grill, and gorgeous long range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  14 private acres with hiking trails.

Seventh Asheville Wine Auction and Gala Dinner in Asheville

June 12,  6:30, Togar Rugs, Asheville North Carolina.   Seventh Asheville Wine Auction and Gala Dinner  This is  the premier charity wine auction in Western North Carolina, featuring a live auction with expert auctioneer Andrew Brunk of fine wines, art, fantastic trips and more, as well as a formal dinner with paired wines, held at an extraordinary facility donated by Togar Rugs. All proceeds benefit the Asheville Art Museum. Call 828.253.3227 now to reserve your place in advance.

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event: 87th Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show

June 10 - 13  Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve, Blowing Rock North Carolina.   Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show 86th Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show 2010. The Saddlebred portion of the show will be held June 09th - 13th. The Hunter/Jumper portion of the show will be held July 28th- August 1st & August 4th-8th. Blue Ridge Parkway 75, Milepost 291

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event: Tryon Horse Show

June 9-13, Tryon Riding and Hunt Club, 289 South Trade Street,   Tryon North Carolina.    82nd Annual Tryon Horse Show   Bring a picnic with your lawn chair and enjoy fresh summer breezes while watching some of the finest equestrian competition in the area.  Blue Ridge Parkway 75,  Milepost 390
photo by Mark Lehner Photography

Monday, June 7, 2010

Historic Orchard at Alta Pass - a Blue Ridge Parkway "Must See"

June 9-14 (in between Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland) North Carolina. Live Music and More - the Historic Orchard at Altapass   Live music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more. Every week, Wed-Sun. The Orchard is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 328.3.

"Wedding Wines" Tasting and Buffet in Murphy

June 10, 6:30 PM, Doyles Cedar Hill Restaurant, 925 Andrews Rd,  Murphy North Carolina. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment on the patio with Hondo, a wine tasting and a gourmet buffet including stuffed mushrooms Rockefeller and Seafood Salad Canapes. $29 per person.  Call for reservations: (828) 836-3400

Military Discounts for Asheville Area Cabin Rentals

Military Discounts on mountain cabin and vacation rentals throughout the month of June: Stay 3 nights get the 4th FREE:

About Perfect  20 min to  ASHEVILLE. May and June Military Specials: Stay 3 nights get the 4th FREE. This cabin sits on 11 acres of hiking trails full of scenic views. It also has a catch and release fishing pond ready for the angler in your group or a small row boat for a relaxing place to lounge and read a book.

Betty's Creek Cabin  May and June Military Specials: Stay 3 nights get the 4th FREE. Nestled in the Smokey Mountains at approximately 3000-foot elevation and surrounded by trees. Hot Tub.

Black Bear Cabin  BLACK MOUNTAIN. May and June Military Specials: Stay 3 nights get the 4th FREE.  Serene setting and hot tub. Just step out the door and you can hike or fish along the creek or go hiking in the mountains

Rolling Hills Retreat  WEAVERVILLE. May and June Military Specials: Stay 3 nights get the 4th FREE. Relax in eco-friendly luxury previously part of a 40-acre farm, with the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountain ranges in the distance. Cook out on the gas grill, and dine al fresco on the gorgeous wood patio overlooking a picturesque landscape.

Wilderness Haven  20 min to ASHEVILLE. May and June Military Specials: Stay 3 nights get the 4th FREE. Private log cabin secluded within a 1.3 acre mountain lot. With your very own private 5-hole putting green just outside your door. iFlat-screen TV’s, wireless Internet, Jacuzzi, Foosball,fireplace, an outdoor fire-pit, and great mountain views.   

Sunday, June 6, 2010

30% Discount on Mountaintop Chalet during July

DREAM VIEW CHALET  Beech Mountain North Carolina.  Pardon Our Dust Promotion! In our continuing efforts to make Dream View Chalet the ultimate luxury retreat, we will be building a new deck for the front entrance. This will take place during the weeks of July that have not yet been rented.

If you have been wanting to visit Dream View Chalet, but were working within a limited vacation budget, this opportunity is for you! During our construction, we will be offering the weeks of July 10-17 and July 17-24 at a 30% discount! A 7-night stay that was regularly $1,785 can now be yours for $1,249.50*!

And don't forget, ALL Dream View Chalet rentals include Beech Mountain Club privileges. So while construction is going on, plan on sightseeing or just hanging out by the pool. Whatever you decide to do, you can now do it for less!

This Week's WNC Chefs Challenge 2010

June 8 ,  Asheville North Carolina.   WNC Chefs Challenge 2010  Every Tuesday evening local chefs compete and diners judge. The dinners begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Flying Frog CafĂ©, which is downstairs from the Frog Bar & Deli, located on the corner of Battery Park Avenue and Haywood Street in downtown Asheville - Reservations are REQUIRED. This week's Challenge is:   Early Girl Eatery  VS. A Moveable Feast Catering

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Summer Specials in Lake Lure

1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa, 2771 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, North Carolina now offering  HOT new summer room specials:

Book any STANDARD ROOM from Monday through Wednesday for only $99
(Black Out Dates: Sept 22 - Sept 29)

King Jacuzzi Room $155/nt
Beautiful, Spacious Room with a King-Sized Bed, Large Jacuzzi Tub, Flat Screen TV, Coffee Maker, Iron/Ironing Board, Blow Dryer & Radio/Alarm Clock

Beachside Suites as low as $89/night
Beachside Standard Room as low as $79/night
*Room rates above not inclusive of applicable taxes

Friday, June 4, 2010

What to do this Weekend in the NC Mountains

Art and Craft Lovers:
June 4 Boone North Carolina. Friday Art Crawl  The Art Crawl features local and regional artists of all genres ranging from traditional crafts, pottery, paintings, metalwork, jewelry and glasswork to music and live entertainment. Several of the participating artists will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate their skills. Galleries and shops are open until 8 p.m. Restaurants and bars are open until 10 p.m. or 2 a.m. Two underground galleries are open from 7 p.m. to midnight—only on Art Crawl nights Blue Ridge Parkway 75 event, milepost 285

June 4  Asheville North Carolina. Asheville Downtown Gallery Association   Art Walk . Visit the downtown galleries to enjoy the fine art and craft that they have to offer. The Asheville Downtown Gallery Association has Twenty-two downtown galleries for you to visit that are listed on the Downtown Gallery Guide with a map to help you along the way at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place. 

June 5 Asheville North Carolina. Clay Day at the Folk Art Center  This free event features craft demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults. The Southern Highland Craft Guild also has invited Blue Ridge Parkway volunteer organizations to be in attendance sharing information on Parkway events, history, and stewardship. Blue Ridge 75 Event, Milepost 377

June 5 Cullowhee North Carolina. Patchwork Folk & Fabric Festival Jackson County Recreation Center The traditions of spinning, weaving, quilting, caning, blacksmithing, sewing, hand stitchery, and other folk arts have survived in the Appalachian culture through the generations, kept alive by the hands of those who value these heritage skills passed down to them. At the Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival presented at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee on Saturday, June 5th, these skills are showcased and honored, demonstrated and shared by members of our community. Products will be available for sale

June 5 - 6 Black Mountain North Carolina. Black Mountain Arts and Crafts Show Juried Art and Craft Festival in downtown . Purpose: To Promote the highest quality crafts. Held in the middle of Historic Black Mountain. Food and Cold Drinks at West end The Old Depot.

Music Lovers:
June 4 Swannanoa North Carolina.  Swannanoa Shindig Live traditional Appalachian music and square dance caller; craft booths, children’s games, jamming sessions, and other activities honor the heritage of the original Old Farmers’ Ball near Warren Wilson College. Blue Ridge 75 Event, Milepost 377

June 4 Asheville North Carolina.  Pickn’ and Poetry on the Porch Local musicians, poets, and writers performing on the front porch of the historic “Old Kentucky Home” - Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site. Bring a sack lunch and lawn chair and enjoy this downtown cultural event. First and third Fridays of each month May - October. Blue Ridge 75 Event, Milepost 377

June 4-5 Mount Airy North Carolina.  39th Annual Mount Airy Blue Grass & Old Time Fiddlers Convention Bring your lawn chair and come out to Veterans park and listen
to the music or even jam with other attendees. Band contests will be held for: Bluegrass Band and Old Time Band. Bands must consist of at least three different sting instruments, one being a fiddle or a banjo. Separate contests held for Youth bands in each category.

Outdoor Adventures:
June 5 Chimney Rock North Carolina.  National Trails Day We can’t think of a better reason to celebrate! Join us for complimentary guided hikes with Park specialists every hour from 11am to 3pm.
June 5 Beech Mountain North Carolina. Rally for Porsche 928s Fans of the Porsche 928 can witness the nation's largest gathering of this powerful sports car on Saturday, June 5, atop Beech Mountain. The 13th annual Sharks in the Mountains rally, hosted by 928 Specialists of Spruce Pine, will attract a fleet of more than 100 cars. These unique Porsches are called "sharks" because their front profile resembles that of a shark.

June 5  Linville North Carolina.  National Trails Day Volunteer Project Come help us maintain Grandfather's trails and let the backcountry rangers share their knowledge of and passion for Grandfather Mountain. Free admission for volunteers.
June 6 Bakersville North Carolina.  2nd Annual Bakersville Troutacular Festival Fishing, arts & crafts, outdoor education, music, games and food. 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Upcoming events at Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant in Murphy

Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant, 925 Andrews Rd, Murphy North Carolina:
Calamity Cubes
Friday night June 4th!
A high energy, Punky Bluegrass band--tons of fun to get your weekend started right!
Sammy Ensley!
This Saturday, June 5th, don't miss the infamous Sammy Ensley, back by demand on Doyle's patio!
Wine Tasting
Next Thursday, June 10th, Doyle's will host its "Wedding Wines" wine tasting event, starting at 6:30pm.  Hondo will provide live music on the patio while guests enjoy light and refreshing summer wines and champagnes, paired with a light gourmet buffet, such as seafood canapes and stuffed mushrooms; perfect for summer nights.  All this for just $29.
Democratic Party!
Doyle's will host the democratic party fundraiser on Friday night June 18th!  Live music with Ahdri and Ben and tons of fun!  Call Greg Hackley for information 828-557-1830

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sex in the City in Flat Rock

June 2 - 10,  Flat Rock Cinema, 270 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock North Carolina. SEX AND THE CITY 2 (R). Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda take another bite out of the Big Apple in the sequel to the 2008 summer blockbuster. 3:30, 7:00, PLUS 12:00 (noon) on Saturday. Enjoy an ice cold Cosmopolitan with this film! All tickets are $6. Enjoy lunch or dinner with us. We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes prior to show time if you plan to eat with us or if you have a group of four or more.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Day Out with Thomas Celebration Tour 2010

June 4 - 13, Tweetsie Railroad, 300 Tweetsie Railroad lane, Blowing Rock North Carolina. Thomas the Tank Engine is back! Ride a full-size Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy storytelling, live music, Mega Bloks and more. ALL ABOARD!

Wine Tasting and Wine Specials

June 18th 5PM - 7PM, The Back Room Restaurant at the Flat Rock Wine Shoppe, 2702 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock North Carolina. Our next Wine Tasting is Friday June 18th from 5-7pm. Wile away your idle time this summer with a refreshing drink or a meal under our 100 year old oak tree.
This week's Wine Specials:
Van Duzer , Estate Pinot Noir, Willammette Valley
Ruby-red. Ripe, gamey dark berry scents, with hints of aged beef, licorice and lavender. Rich cassis and cherry flavors show very good sweetness and are deepened by candied licorice and sweet mocha. Impressively lush and creamy on the finish, which features a bright raspberry note.
Regular $24.99 Now $20.99
Glory Days, Merlot (Lodi, CA)
Medium bodied with cedar and plum, hints of hunted game, earth, and leather. You can spend more but no need. This is an outstanding value!
Regular $10.99 Now Just $9.99
Glory Days, Chardonnay (Lodi, CA)
This unoaked Chardonnay dsplays aromas of green apple and pear which open this elegant, medium-bodied Chardonnay. The balanced palate of pineapple and melon makes this a classic example of Lodi Chardonnay.
Regular $10.99 Now Just $9.99