Monday, August 30, 2010

NC Labor Day Event: Higher than a Kite?

Sept 4 -5 Mile High Kite Festival on Beech Mountain NC. How much string would it take to fly a kite a mile high? Well, lots, actually, at least 5,280 feet. But you can do it with a much shorter line by flying your kite a mile above sea level, high up on Beech Mountain at the Eighth Annual Mile High Kite Festival on Labor Day Weekend.

Festivities start with a kite maker's competition from 2-4 PM on Saturday with prizes for biggest, smallest and best-decorated kites, and all participants receive an official certificate proclaiming: "I flew a kite a mile high at Beech Mountain." Saturday night, an all-ages street dance will be held from 7-10PM .

Sunday is the main day of the festival, from 10 AM - 4 PM. There's no charge for admission and free kites are given to the first 200 children under 12. There will also be a vendor selling a variety of kites, and folks are welcome to bring their own. Other activities include kids' parachute kite races, face painting, and a variety of craft and food vendors.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Labor Day Event: Brevard Founder's Day Fair

Sept 4 in downtown Brevard NC the  2nd Annual Founders Day Fair  celebrates Transylvania County's heritage. On Friday night, an authentic Civil War reenactment group will set up camp downtown and usher in a full day of walking tours, founding family displays, crafts, live music and delicious (if not exactly historically accurate) treats.

Across town at the 2010 Farm Fair, local farmers, 4-H club members and fans of the locally grown (and locally delicious) will enjoy homegrown produce, meats, music and plenty of information about all the wonderful things that grow in Transylvania County. Activities include hands-on exhibits (including a working beehive), lots of free (and tasty) samples, and the marsupial sounds of the local band, Possum Flossers.
Both events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Happy (Horse) Trails in the Mountains of North Carolina - Special Discount!

One of the best ways to enjoy the pristine North Carolina mountains is on horseback. At SANDY BOTTOM TRAIL RIDES choose a 1 hour ride, 2 hour ride or 3 hour ride by horse or buggy - now with $5 DISCOUNT per person!

Fresh mountain air, breath-taking scenery and an old fashioned down-home friendliness greet you when you visit family-owned Sandy Bottom Trail Rides, located on a secluded ranch minutes north of Asheville, North Carolina. Picturesque trails pass through the high country, scenic mountain meadows and wooded areas. Rides are available for people of all ages and horseback riding abilities and are flexible to meet your needs. Choose horseback rides from one hour to all day rides or wagon and buggy rides. Get details...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Labor Day Availability in Asheville NC

Carolina Mornings offers Luxury Mountain Vacation Rentals and Asheville Cabins -  an exceptional selection of the finest vacation home rentals in the Asheville NC area. Whether you choose to stay in a captivating Blue Ridge Mountain chalet, a Smoky Mountain log cabin, an elegant downtown loft or a luxury vacation villa located at the center of Historic Biltmore Village, you will be showered with free exclusive activities, personal attention, exceptional service and superior amenities. Our vacation rentals offer spectacular mountain views, hot tubs, fireplaces, WIFI (wireless Internet), pool tables, pet friendly rentals and more. A variety of specials and packages are currently available.

Labor Day NC Events: 9th LAAFF Annual Celebration

September 5   Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival  (LAAFF)  Annual FREE end-of-summer celebration of Asheville's artistic and musical communities. LAAFF is entering it 9th year of filling three blocks of N. Lexington Ave in downtown with all local art, food, beer, music, street performers, and random acts of creativity. Asheville North Carolina.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This Weekend's North Carolina Mountain Events and Festivals

August 26 - 29   LAKE LURE    6th Annual Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad   This four-day sport and community festival features dozens of events and activities. For the hardcore athlete, there’s the triathlon, Race to the Rock or five-mile run. More of a weekend warrior? Try the 3x3 basketball, golf or the pontoon boat challenge. There’s plenty for non-athletes and kids, too!
August 23 - 28   SPARTA   Alleghany County Fair   Enjoy carnival rides, games and food at this old-fashioned county fair. Agricultural exhibits and competition. Huge lawnmower race on Saturday night, last night of the fair. Fireworks show at race conclusion.

August  27 - 29  ASHEVILLE  28th Annual GoomBay! Festival   GoomBay is an African-Caribbean festival that lives up to its West African name, meaning rhythm or drum, with rhythmic sounds and colorful sights. Sponsored by the YMI Cultural Center.

August 27   BREVARD   Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walks   Enjoy an evening of Art, Wine & Food in Downtown Brevard. Every 4th Friday of the month, from May through December. 5-9 pm

August 27 - 28   MAGGIE VALLEY   Valley Classic Auto & Truck Show   Classic autos come to Maggie Valley again! Back by popular demand. After a terrific first year it is bigger and better than ever.

August 28   BRYSON CITY   Tsali Challenge off road triathalon    which sports a combination paddle, run and bike.

Find more events here...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Labor Day Event: Super Sale at The Grove Arcade

September 4 - 6  Asheville' Historic Grove Arcade Labor Day Super Sale.  The Arcade Merchants are hosting a building-wide Super Sale with discounts up to 25%. Visit the discount table and draw your discount coupon for a 10 to 25 percent discount off an item in any Arcade shop (restaurants are excluded). In addition to the discount, many merchants are taking advantage of the sale to clear merchandise and are offering great savings. Shoppers spending $50 or more will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Grove Arcade gift certificate. The Grove Arcade is located in downtown Asheville NC at One Page Avenue.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

One Week Left to Vote for your Favorite Park

As part of its Live Positively promotion, Coca-Cola is offering a $100,000 grant in an effort to promote national and state parks. Until Aug. 31, you can help support America ’s parks by simply voting for your favorite. The national or state park with the most votes will receive a $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola. Vote as many times as you like. Get more information or VOTE NOW.  There is also a link to vote on the National Parks Foundation Site as well as other information about supporting our National Parks.

As of 8-24-10 Great Smoky Mountains National Park is in SECOND place. YOUR VOTE IS NEEDED! Other eligible NC mountain parks are not shown on the "first"page so you must do a search by state to find them. Here's the list :
Blue Ridge Parkway
Pilot Mountain State Park 
Hanging Rock State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
New River State Park
Chimney Rock State Park
Gorges State Park
Lake James State Park
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Labor Day Weekend Event: First Annual Great Smoky Mountains Lake Party

Labor Day Weekend, September 3 -5, Fontana Village Resort hosts "Lake Alooza": the First Annual Great Smoky Mountains Lake Party. The Event includes lots of tubing, parties, fireworks and live entertainment all weekend long. Get details and an events schedule.

Lodging Specials for the Labor Day Weekend:
Take the Week off Special - Stay 3 or more nights at the Lodge, Sunday through Thursday, and receive the 4th night FREE.
The Weekend just got longer Special - Stay Firday and Saturday night and get your choice of Thursday or Sunday night FREE.

Fontana Village Resort is a year round destination resort with a wide range of accommodations, including rooms in The Lodge, suites, cabins, as well as RV & tentcamping on the beautiful Cheoah Lake. Resort facilities include conference space, complimentary wi-fi service, restaurants, General Store, gift shops, outfitters, pools, marina, bike shop, horseback riding, miles of on-site trails suitable for biking and hiking. Fontana Village is located in Fontana Dam North Carolina, in between Bryson City and Robbinsville in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Concerts on the Creek in Downtown Sylva

This week's Concert on the Creek in downtown Sylva North Carolina features the Lorraine Conard Blues Band and is sposored by Heinzelmännchen Brewery. Concerts on the Creek is presented by the Downtown Sylva Association, The Town of Sylva, The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County Parks and Recreation.  Grab dinner downtown or get it to go, bring your lawn chair, then sit back and enjoy the show!

Bed and Breakfast near Sylva offers WCU Lodging Special

The River Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Cullowhee has 800+ feet riverfrontage, balconies, porches, patio. Rustic elegance at its best! Large goldfish pond and waterfall on property. Introductory Special For WCU "First Timer" Parents - You'll receive a discount on your first stay at the River Lodge. We're just five minutes from the campus. Standard rates $135-$240. The River Lodge Bed and Breakfast is located at 619 Roy Tritt Road, Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Bookstore Readings in Downtown Sylva

August 27 at 7:00 PM, Macon County poet and environmentalist Brent Martin will be at City Lights to read from his new chapbook, entitled A Shout in the Woods. Martin lives in Macon County's Cowee community, where he works in forest conservation for The Wilderness Society. His first chapbook, Poems from Snow Hill Road, was published by New Native Press in 2007. Martin will read from his nature-inspired poetry, take questions from the audience, and sign copies of his chapbooks.

August 28 at  7:00 PM, the bookstore will host Ruby Falconer of Whittier who will offer a presentation based on her new book, Shamanic Egyptian Astrology: Your Planetary Relationship to the Gods. The book provides a new way to interpret and work with natal charts by integrating Western astrology and shamanism into the Egyptian pantheon. Each chapter includes sacred invocations and shamanic rituals to invite the wisdom of each Egyptian deity into one's life.
City Lights Bookstore is located 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva North Carolina    828-586-9499

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Beat the Heat Getaways: Make a Splash at the Sylva Inn

STAY COOL THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE! Rates begin at $49 per night and $289 per week.  Sylva Inn has an outdoor pool and is 3 minutes away from the Tuckaseegee River. We are also 30 minutes away from the nationally recognized Nantahala River. If you are not interested in rafting or tubing you might like a scenic 20-30 minute drive to Cedar Cliff Lake, Bear Lake, Wolfe Lake, or Lake Glenville! CALL for Reservations and information 828-586-3315 or click to email.  Sylva Inn is located at 2807 US Highway 74, East Sylva North Carolina

Friday, August 20, 2010

This Weekend's Music Events in the NC Mountains

Music lovers will delight in this weekend's Rogers Park Summer Tracks Concert Series  under the stars in Tryon NC tonight. This week features Sol Driven Train opening with their Children's Show. Music On Main Street Concert Series Friday nights in Historic downtown Hendersonville offers oldies rock, beach music, variety and top 40 music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music, admission is free. How about the "Classics & Chocolate concert" starring Lisa Odom, soprano and Fabio Parrini, piano at the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville tonight? Saturday includes Asheville's celebrated mountain tradition, Shindig on the Green   showcasing the region’s rich heritage through its folk musicians and dancers. If you haven't been to a traditional Square Dance in a while (or ever) head out to Little Switzerland and the Geneva Hall Square Dances with a caller, live bluegrass band, and lots of local character. Cake walks, clogging demonstrations, soda pop, and good times make this Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event a great time! Keep heading east for Millers Creek near Wilkesboro and the Country Music Concert & Classic Car Show, a live concert with Tim Dugger. Proceeds benefit the Benny Parsons Athletic Complex.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Beat the Heat Getaway: Alpine Escape near Blowing Rock

Tired of the relentless heat? Head for the "hills" in Blowing Rock and the serene mountain setting at Alpine Escape. This vacation cabin rental includes AC, jacuzzi in master, 2 king beds, porch hammock, 2 large decks + gas grill. Equipped with linens, stocked kitchen and WIFI, it is  Kid-friendlywith high chair, monitor, jogger, stair gates, toys, DVDs. The Rec room  has sleeping, full bath, foosball, TV. PET FRIENDLY. $250-$350night, $1300-$2000week.

Sell-out Allows Second Performance by USO Liberty Bells in Blowing Rock

Beaver Creek 1A second performance of the USO Liberty Bells has been added on Sunday, August 29 at 2 PM following a sell-out of the initial August 28 fundraising event at the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock North Carolina. The only tickets remaining to the fundraiser are at the sponsor level. Tickets to the added performance, a general public performance, are $25 for general seating and $50 for premium general seating plus a pre-show reception with the USO Liberty Bells in the Ebert Reception Room on the second floor of the Hayes Center. All proceeds from the show will help sustain the Hayes Center and its limited operations as the performing arts venue prepares for its grand reopening in Summer 2011.

The USO Liberty Bells - comprised of three female vocalists and one male vocalist for this performance - will perform music by legends such as the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, as well as contemporary artists like the Black-Eyed Peas and Beyoncé. The USO Liberty Bells travel throughout the world performing for service members, their families, veterans and audiences that actively support the troops here and abroad. The troupe is comprised of Broadway and Off-Broadway professionals who are chosen each year after an extensive audition process in Manhattan. This year's performers hail from the Broadway shows Hairspray, The Sound of Music, The Color Purple and Cirque du Soleil.

In addition, 40% of the USO Liberty Bells' artist fee goes directly back to the USO to enable the USO Liberty Bells to perform for free for active duty military, veterans and Wounded Warriors, as well as provide phone cards and care packages for the troops.
Click here to see a video of the USO Liberty Bells

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tap your toes and Kick up your heels in Hendersonville

August 20   Music On Main Street Concert Series - The 12th 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. Bring a chair and enjoy the music, admission is free. Downtown Historic Hendersonville North Carolina

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Foothills Communities Host 6th Annual Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad

August 26 - 29: The Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad, an annual charitable sports festival featuring numerous events and activities for all ages & abilities in beautiful Lake Lure and Chimney Rock North Carolina. The four-day sport and community festival features dozens of events and activities. For the hardcore athlete, there’s the triathlon, Race to the Rock or five-mile run. More of a weekend warrior? Try the 3x3 basketball, golf or the pontoon boat challenge. There’s plenty for non-athletes and kids, too! 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Beat the Heat Getaways: Take a dip in a mountain pond in the Foothills

MOUNTAIN  MEADOWS   Motel and Cottages offers a private stocked pond to enjoy fishing and swimming.  Play basketball, badminton, volleyball or horseshoes or take a hike on nearby trails. Included are WIFI, hot tub, paddle boat and rowboat. $64-$155 night, $384-$895 per week. Discount Chimney Rock Tickets available! Located in the Foothills near Cherokee and Lake Lure (Gerton) North Carolina.

Beat the Heat Getaways: Cool Rides in the Foothils

August 20 - 22   FOREST CITY (RUTHERFORDTON AREA) hosts  Hot Nights & Cool Rides 19th Annual Car Show.  Every August thousands of car lovers cruise in to fill downtown with their love of Cool Rides. This year over 500 car entries are expected to line the streets of Forest City in what may be  North Carolina’s largest car show. It’s also part of the Endless Summer Event Series in Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Simple Suppers at Jer's Kitchen in Franklin

Each week, Jer's Kitchen offers two Gourmet Entrees for you, your family and your friends. Choose from our favorite meat and vegetarian dishes. All you need to do is call in your order between 9 & 11 AM and then your dinner is made fresh and ready to pick up after 4:30 PM. It's that easy - the hardest thing is having to decide which one you want! Plus, you can always add a fresh-made salads, baked breads, homemade soups & gourmet desserts to compliment your order.

Simple Suppers  August 16-20:
Onion-Crusted Salmon with mashed potatoes, and pomeray mustard cream sauce  - This is one of Jerri's wonderful specialties...If you haven't tried it, now's the time!
Vegetable Quiche onions, peppers, zucchini, spinach -  Jerri's quiche's are or cool..a great summer dinner
serving 2....$12.95, serving 4....$24.00

To order a dinner for same day pick up, call before 11:30 am, or anytime for a later day. Bread, salad and dessert can also be added to complete your meal.  828-524-1960

Friday, August 13, 2010

What to do this Weekend in the NC Mountains

Great food and music highlight this weekend's events in Western North Carolina:

Aug 13 HENDERSONVILLE Music On Main Street Concert Series The 12th annual Music On Main Street concert series featuring " oldies rock, beach music, variety and top 40 music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music, admission is free.

Aug 13 - 15 ASHEVILLE Asheville Wine and Food Festival More than 75 wineries, restaurants and local food producers will be at the Expo Center on the WNC Agricultural Grounds Campus near the Asheville Regional Airport. Your ticket includes samplings from all vendors, entry to all areas, and access to workshops by wine and culinary experts. You must be 21 or older to sip, savor, and sample at the Grand Tasting

Aug 14 ASHEVILLE Shindig on the Green showcases the region’s rich heritage through its folk musicians and dancers. Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event, Milepost 377

Aug 14 CHIMNEY ROCK Combo Mountain & Hammered Dulcimer Workshops Make beautiful music all day with these back-to-back dulcimer workshops with Ken Schoewe teaching mountain dulcimer during the morning session and John Mason teaching hammered dulcimer in the afternoon.

Aug 13-14 FONTANA DAM 3rd Annual Stillwell Shinefest - the hottest mid-summer event in the mountains. "GAC Top 50 Video" country music recording artist Matt Stillwell brings his third annual Stillwell Shinefest back to Fontana for two days and nights of great parties and music

Aug 14 LAKE LURE Summer Beach Blast and Fireworks Over Lake Lure a lively and fun filled family oriented evening with an beach side family cookout, marshmallow roast and a grand fireworks show.

Aug 14-15 BLACK MOUNTAIN Sourwood Festival Alcohol Free Street Festival with Arts, Crafts, Food, Games, Music and More! Rain or Shine! Vendor fee - No attendance fee.

Aug 14 LITTLE SWITZERLAND Geneva Hall Square Dances This square dance has been going on in our little village for over 20 years. We welcome visitors and tourists to join us in a traditional square dance complete with a caller, live bluegrass band, and lots of local character.

Aug 15 YADKIN VALLEY The Yadkin River Wine Trail Festivals - a series of five wine festivals showcasing the wines of the five Yadkin River Wine Trail vineyards. Each Festival, complete with great entertainment and the opportunity to purchase foods from the vineyards restaurants..

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Asheville Wine Tastings

August 14, 3 PM - 7:30 PM at Appalachian Vintner: The tie that binds our wines this weekend is family. We are showcasing two importers, The Australian Premier Collection & Southern Starz, Inc. Both of these importers only work with family owned estates:
Hill of Content Benjamin’s Blend
- Margaret River, Australia. Verdelho, Chardonnay, Sauvingnon Blanc & Semillion. Fermented completely in stainless steel.
Nugan Estate Vision Chardonnay- Riverina, New South Wales. ALL wines produced by Nugan come from their own vineyards.
Hill of Content Pinot Noir- Adelaide Hills. 100% Pinot Noir. We all know what Pinot can be in the right hands.
De Bortoli St Kilda Shiraz- From its humble beginnings more than 75 years ago, the De Bortoli Bilbul Winery is today a substantial operation being one of the Riverina’s largest, employing approximately 200 staff.  Appalachian Vintner is located at 2-B Huntsman Place, Asheville North Carolina

August 14, 3PM - 6 PM at Hops and Vines:  Wines From Line 39.
Line 39 offers a selection of varietals from Lake County, AVA, an emerging wine region in California located north of Napa Valley. Line 39 refers to the latitude where many of the great wine growing regions of the world are found.
Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon-
starts with aromas of bright red fruits, blackberry, tobacco and cedar. This elegant wine offers chewy black fruit flavors with subtle tannins on the finish that don’t overpower this easy-to-drink Cabernet Sauvignon.
Line 39 Petite Sirah-aromas of red and black fruits, with a hint of oak. A full-bodied wine that is both complex and elegant, this wine boasts rich flavors of dark fruits, cherries and a long finish.
Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc- opens with vibrant aromas of grapefruit and lemon citrus, with subtle grassy characters. Hops and Vines is located at 797 Haywood Rd, Ste 100, Asheville North Carolina

Beat the Heat Getaways: Asheville Mountain Lodge offers Back-to-school Special

The BENT CREEK LODGE  offers an incredible mountain setting and views, fireplace, WIFI  - AND- delicious breakfasts. There are10 distinctly decorated rooms plus a 3 bedroom vacation rental. Hiking trails on site, large decks, wrap-around porch and whirlpool tubs. Standard rates begin at $145 per night.

Summer is winding down, kids are heading back to school and it will be fall before you know it. To finish out the final hot August nights ask for our Back to School Special, and take 10% off any new reservations for stays from now to August 31st.

Coming for the fall color? Book NOW. Here is the availability for the Bent Creek Lodge during leaf season weekends; Oct. 1,2 - none, Oct. 8,9 - the Outer Banks Room only, Oct. 15, 16 - the W.F., Mt. and Cher. Rooms, Oct. 22,23 and 29,30 - the Outer Banks Room only, Nov. 5,6 - everything is open (the color is usually still very good). The Bent Creek Lodge is located at 10 Parkway Crescent, Arden ("suburb" of Asheville) North Carolina

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

36th Annual NC State Bluegrass Festival in Marion

August 19 - 21 The 36th Annual NC State Bluegrass Festival features Dailey & Vincent, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Bobby Osborne & the New Express, Cedar Hill, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, The Grascals, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, Goldwing Express, The Inspirations, The Bluegrass Brothers, David Peterson & 1946, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, The Crowe Brothers, Next Best Thing, Raymond Fairchild & The Maggie Valley Boys and Gloria Belle & Tennessee Sunshine!

Get tickets at the gate or in advance by calling 706-864-7203. This event is "rain or shine" with performances under covered pavilion. A cafe serving breakfast and lunch, hot food and other concessions will be available. Bring your lawn chairs, no alcohol, smoking or pets in the performance area, and enjoy the new venue at Tom Johnson's Camping Center Rally Park, 1885 US 70, West in Marion North Carolina.

Beat the Heat Getaways: The Inn at Blue Ridge in Marion

THE INN AT BLUE RIDGE  is nestled in the pristine North Cove valley of Western North Carolina and offers 12 beautiful rooms, generously proportioned with stone fireplaces, private baths, and private decks overlooking the Catawba River. Continental breakfast is included. 2 PET FRIENDLY rooms and a 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 and only  5 miles to milepost 317. Rooms rates$79-$100 night, Suite $210, 7th night FREE.

Bluegrass Music Jam in Marion

August 12  from 7 PM - 9 PM  -  Bluegrass Music Jam  is open to all musicians, with no scheduled performers. The jam is held outdoors (weather permitting) so bring your chairs or blankets. The event is Free and held at the Marion Depot, downtown Marion North Carolina.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Asheville Area Cabins offer 30% discount to Military, Veterans

Veteran-owned and operated  Absolute Heaven Mountain Valley View Cabins is as military-friendly as it gets! By offering a 30% discount
on their already affordable rates owners Bob and Mabel have really put out the welcome mat for veterans. The cabins offer mountain views and are centrally located in the Appalachian Mountains. Washer/dryer, full kitchens, linens, paper products, lighted Picnic area +Gas Grill, Front and Back Porches with rockers, Sun Deck with great mountain views, access to mountain stream are included. If you're ready for some serious R&R this is it. Book now and enjoy all the summer activities!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Snorkel in the Mountains?

On August 14, The Western North Carolina Alliance, the Little Tennessee Watershed Association and the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a snorkeling trip on the Little Tennessee River to explore the Little Tennessee River in a new and exciting way!

Dr. Bill McLarney, local biologist and the Biomonitoring Program Director for the Little Tennessee Watershed Association will lead the trip, sharing his vast knowledge of the ecology of the river, the creatures in the river, and threats to the watershed as we explore this local treasure. Join us for an exciting half day trip, with drinks and snacks to follow. Masks, snorkels, and wetsuits can be provided upon request. Cost: $5 for current members of any of the three organizations, $10 for nonmembers. Register by August 10. Franklin North Carolina.

Contact or call 828-369-6402 for more information and to register for the trip.

Cabin Specials and Vacation Packages in Western North Carolina

Take advantage of vacation packages and specials rates or lodging discounts in the Western North Carolina mountains. There have never been more specials or better prices on the best places for a weekend getaway or family vacation. 

Stay at a country Victorian Bed and Breakfast only 10 minutes to Asheville's attractions. The Dry Ridge Inn offers a full, hot breakfast, king beds, hot tub and a variety of packages. Rates begin at $99 per night.

Or how about a mountain view cabin in Franklin from $475 per week? The Rivendell Cabins offer hot tubs, full kitchens and everything you need, including the peace and quiet!

In Marion The Inn at Blue Ridge offers large rooms with a mini fridge, deck and continental breakfast. Located adjacent to the Linville Falls Golf Course and minutes to the Parkway, rates begin at $79 per night with the 7th night FREE.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Mountain weekend full of Art and Music

Whether you like art and craft or music or both, you'll be  a very happy camper this weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Here are a few reasons why:

August 6  in SWANNANOA  -  Swannanoa Shindig
August 6 in TRYON - Rogers Park Summer Tracks Concert Series
August 6 in  BOONE - Friday Art Crawl
August 6 in ASHEVILLE  - Pickn’ and Poetry on the Porch
August 6 in HENDERSONVILLE  - Music On Main Street Concert Series
August 6 in WAYNESVILLE  - Mountain Street Dances
August 6 - 7 in BURNSVILLE -  54th annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair
August 6 - 8 in ASHEVILLE  -  Asheville Quilt Guild Annual Show:
August 6 - 8 in ASHEVILLE -  The Asheville Antiques Fair
August 7  in  FLAT ROCK -  Summer Music Series in Flat Rock
August 7  in  ASHEVILLE -  Wood Day
August 7  in  LITTLE SWITZERLAND  - Geneva Hall Square Dances

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Blue Ridge Mountain Rentals near Boone NC

Blue Ridge For Rent  offers 40+ Luxury Blue Ridge Mountains Rentals with mountain views, pools, fireplaces, WIFI, hot tubs & all amenities. Large or multiple units for Groups, Weddings, Church Retreats, Reunions. PET FRIENDLY. $99-$1000 night, $250-$5000 week.

Going to the Foscoe  Fly Fishing Festival? You'll find the perfect rental for all your fishing enthusiasts at Blue Ridge for Rent.

3rd Annual Fly Fishing Festival at FOSCOE FISHING CO. in Boone NC

This years Annual Foscoe Fly Fishing Festival will be held Saturday, August 14th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at FOSCOE FISHING CO., 8857 Highway 105 South,  Boone North Carolina. There will be a great line up of free seminars, casting clinics, activities and raffles. Click here for Fly Fishing Festival Information!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Burnsville Vacation Rentals: peace and comfort in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Mount Mitchell Vacation Rentals offers four special vacation rentals with mountain views and river views. 3-4 Bedrooms, 1-3 baths. Amenities include WIFI, fireplaces, fully-equipped kitchens, gas grills, linens, Cable TV. We are PET FRIENDLY and have riverfront, mountain view or on the golf course rentals. $850 - $1050 TOTAL COST.

54th annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair in Burnsville

August 6 - 7  Burnsville North Carolina hosts the 54th annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair. More than 200 juried crafters display nearly every kind of handmade craft imaginable. Thousands of people attend this annual event, which again has been named one of the Southeast's Top 20 August Events by the Southeast Tourism Society. The two day event includes a variety of live music performances - get a complete schedule.  This is a Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event.

Riverfront Restored Farmhouse Vacation Rental in Burnsville

A Farmhouse on the Cane is a beautifully restored vacation rental on 18 acres with 1/2 mile riverfront for trout fishing, tubing, swimming. The summer garden provides fresh veggies to prepare in the fully equipped kitchen. Hike and rock hunt on the grounds. 2 bedrooms + loft with king, queen, 2 twins-sleeps 6. WIFI, small Pet Friendly. $225 night, $1495 week