Thursday, September 30, 2010

NC Mountain Events this Weekend

The Fall Leaf Season in the mountains kicks off with American Craft week, Corn Maze activities, pickin' apples in the orchards, Ghost Trains and pumpkin patches. Any mountain time is a magical time, but  there is something "extra" in the air as rich greens of the summer melt into reds and yellows against cool blue skies. Changes begin in the highest elevations and flow down to the waiting plateaus and valleys throughout the month of October.

1 - 31 BLOWING ROCK Ghost Train Halloween Festival
1-10 ASHEVILLE American Craft Week Demos at the Folk Art Center
1 ASHEVILLE Pickn’ and Poetry on the Porch
1 BOONE Friday Art Crawl
1 SWANNANOA Swannanoa Shindig
1 ASHEVILLE Asheville Downtown Galleries Art Walk
1 ASHEVILLE 2010 Biltmore Concert Series Kathy Mattea
1 - 2 LAKE LURE 14th annual Vintage Tin Car Show
1 - 3 MARION Overmountain Victory Trail Encampment
1 - 3 BRYSON CITY PeanutsTM - The Great Pumpkin Patch Express
1 - 3   OLD FORT   Oktoberfest 
2 FLAT ROCK Summer Music Series in Flat Rock
2 ASHEVILLE Art in the Park
2 ASHEVILLE Blue Ridge Pride
2 WILKESBORO Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
2 OLD FORT Thunder Car Show
2 BLOWING ROCK Art in the Park
2 COLUMBUS 2nd Annual Columbus Farm Festival
2 - 3 WAYNESVILLE 5th Annual Haywood Open Studios Tour & Gallery Exhibit
2 - 3 BRASSTOWN (near ANDREWS, HAYESVILLE) Folk School Fall Festival
2 - 3 BEECH MOUNTAIN Autumn at Oz
2 - 5 BURNSVILLE Music in the Mountains Folk Festival
2 - 31 MARION Mountain Glory Quilter's Show

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Ghost Train Halloween Festival begins this weekend in Blowing Rock

October 1 - 31  in  BLOWING ROCK  NC the  Ghost Train Halloween Festival   provides safe and spooktacular fun for the entire family. Voted as a top 20 event in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Friday and Saturday nights only (park open for daytime Wildwest Adventure Friday-Sunday). New this year: The Freaky Forest!Advance tickets required, limited number of guests admitted nightly! Print-at-home tickets available on-line.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mountaintop Retreat offers Fall Leaves and Waterfalls

Are you ready for Fall leaves and breath taking waterfalls?  BRADLEY CREEK LODGE AND VACATION RENTALS  is a mountaintop retreat in Brevard NC with 2 bedroom 2 bath lodge suites or a 2 bedroom guest cottage. The retreat amenities include on site waterfalls, a fire pit, gazebo, a stone Celtic meditation area, large observation deck, porches, game room and conference area. Enjoy the serene mountain views!$140 night, $840 week.  Availability in October - BOOK NOW before it's all gone!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fall Color Prognostication Society (FCPS) provides weekly Leaf Reports

The Fall Leaf Season has begun in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina! This year the FCPS will be providing weekly updates covering the mountains in North Carolina, from the Virginia border in the north, to Murphy and Joyce Kilmer in the far southern regions of NC. The unusually hot temperatures of the summer have left an element of unpredictability in what is otherwise anticipated to be good fall color this year.

The Fall Color Prognostication Society (FCPS) includes Dr. Jim Costa, Director of the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, Drs. Kathy Mathews and Beverly Collins, both in the Biology Department at Western Carolina, Dr. Jonathan Horton, in the Biology Department at UNC-Asheville, Mr. Jesse Pope, Chief Naturalist and Education Specialist at Grandfather Mountain and Dr. Howard Neufeld, from the Biology Department at Appalachian State University.

September 22 Fall Leaf Report:
Boone NC and the high Country:  The dominant color on the landscape is still green, with just a hint of orange/yellow and red at higher elevations. Read more...
Grandfather Mountain:  By next Friday, there should be some good colors to talk about at the higher elevations, with the widespread peak around the second weekend in October (9th -10th).  Read more...
Asheville and the Parkway:  Tulip poplars are either turning yellow or going directly to brown, while at higher elevations, the birch and maple are starting to turn yellow.  Read more...
Smoky Mountains areas (Cullowhee):  Dogwood and sourwood are just starting to turn red while Sweet birches are turning yellow along the roadsides.  Read more...
Highlands area: Sourwoods are definitely turning, as are the dogwoods and Virginia creeper.  Read more...

Friday, September 24, 2010

NC Mountain Events this Weekend

The fun and festivities continue through the last weekend in September. Fall is in the air and the leaves are just starting to turn in higher elevations. For details and ongoing events visit the Events Calendar.

22-25   AFEF
(Asheville Food and Environmental Festival)
23-25  ASHEVILLE  Wings Over the Smokies - Honda Goldwing Rally 24   ASHEVILLE   2010 Biltmore Concert Series  Christopher Cross   
24   BREVARD   Discovery at Dusk - A Guided Canoe Trip 
24-25   ASHEVILLE  Carolina Steel and Wheel Auto Exhibit
24 - 26   BRYSON CITY   Guest Appreciation Festival
25   HENDERSONVILLE   Curb Market Old Timey Day 
25   MAGGIE VALLEY   37th Annual Fall Regional Shelby/Mustang and Ford Meet
25   WAYNESVILLE   Blue Ridge Agility Trials 
25   BREVARD   Land of Waterfalls Gallery 1st Annual Art Festival
25    BURNSVILLE       Old Timey Day
25   SWANNANNOA   4th Annual Mill Around the Village Bluegrass Festival
25-26   BAKERSVILLE  Bakersville Creekside Walk Arts Festival 
25 - 26   HENDERSONVILLE   Open Studio Tour 
25 - 26   ASHEVILLE   Heritage Crafts Weekend 
25-26   CHMINEY ROCK   Flock to the Rock  
Sept 25 - Nov 6  MARS HILL  New Harmonies: Celebrating American Root Music--traveling exhibition of the Smithsonian 
26   VALLE CRUCIS   George Hamilton IV Evening With Friends 
26   MARION   Cycle NC Fall Ride

Thursday, September 23, 2010

This Event is for the Birds!

Sept 25-26 Don't be a birdbrain -  Flock to the Rock at Chimney Rock Park! Enjoy all kinds of programs to get you going bonkers over birds. Events include guided walks with area ornithologists, opportunities to “get up close and personal” with non-releasable birds of prey, and lots of workshops and other fun activities. This weekend also marks the annual hawk migration over the area when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen heading to southern wintering grounds. Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock NC.

Chimney Rock is also an official site on the North Carolina Birding Trail. In 2010, our partner, North Carolina State Parks, is celebrating the "Year of the Birds" paying tribute to North Carolina birds at NC parks throughout the state.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Asheville has "Newgrass" Sound this Weekend

Fresh from a hot summer tour, Bearfoot is bringing its "Newgrass" sound to Asheville this Saturday, September 25 at 8:00pm. After a summer of playing between Steve Martin and Elvis Costello at Merlefest, returning to the world famous Station Inn in Nashville for the first time since their Americana Music Awards showcase last year, and appearing at Delfest in Maryland, Bearfoot is bringing it all to North Carolina to kick off the Theatre's new Mainstage Bluegrass Series. Click here for a video preview of Bearfoot in the Mainstage Bluegrass Series Video. The Diana Wortham Theatre is located at Two South Pack Square, Asheville North Carolina.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Christphopher Cross Performs at Biltmore this Saturday

Sept 24  The  2010 Biltmore Concert Series  features Christopher Cross   live. Enjoy the performance on the South Terrace of Biltmore with its breathtaking sunset views. And, new this year, take in live music at the Diana at Biltmore location—set on a high hill with sweeping views of Biltmore House framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville NC.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Stay in an Asheville Mountain View Cabin in October

Ginny's Cabin  offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 fireplaces and a GREAT MOUNTAIN VIEW. Free WIFI is included with this newer cedar cabin located in quiet mountain setting yet still close to downtown Asheville, Biltmore, the Blueridge Parkway, Hendersonville and Black Mountain. Sleeps up to 8. Rates are $175-$195 night, $1000-$1150 week. Several dates still available for October and the fall leaves. BOOK NOW before they're all gone!

Asheville hosts Wings Over the Smokies this Weekend

Sept 23 - 25  Wings Over the Smokies - Honda Goldwing Rally  The event draws riders and exhibitors from across the country. Come for the Gold Wing fellowship and also experience some of the best and most beautiful scenic rides you'll ever find. The Event will be located at the Western Agricultural Center in Fletcher (Suburb of Asheville) NC.

The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is a non-profit international organization based in Phoenix, AZ. With more than 70,000 members in all 50 states and over 45 foreign countries, GWRRA was chartered in 1977 to provide an avenue for mutual enjoyment of the American-made Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. Membership is not limited to only Gold Wing owners. In fact, some of our more active participants, as members are called, do not even own a motorcycle. They just enjoy being around them, and the people who do ride. Participants tend to be in the 40+ age bracket, and are not members of any one Chapter, rather, they are participants in all Chapters.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

September Last Minute Cabin and Lodging Specials

September is a great time to visit the NC Mountains! Check out these September Specials and Discounts for Cabins and lodging :

ASHEVILLE -Last minute September Specials through 9-24.  Mid-Week Specials for ALL of our properties: Stay 2 nights get the 3rd free. Arrivals on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Also, enjoy a 2 night minimum in September and only a 3 night minimum in October. Mention Code: SEPTLMS for your discount.  Carolina Mornings, Asheville NC
SYLVA - Mention this ad and receive at least 5% off your room. Standard rates start at $49 per night and $289 per week!  Wine tastings every Friday and Saturday night, WCU football games, and free downtown concerts. Stay at the newly renovated Sylva Inn and grab a taste of local Smoky Mountain flavor! Call 828-586-3315

ANDREWS, NANTAHALA FOREST - September Special: $99 on week nights, $125 on weekends. Smoky Mountains cabin on 40 acres in Nantahala Forest. Sleeps up to 6 with views, on site hiking trails. Nearby Whitewater rafting and trout fishing

BLOWING ROCK AND BOONE - September Madness PARTY FOR 4 FUN PACK for only $164.70  A PERSON, Minimum 4 people, includes:   2 nights in selected cabins, 1 $30.00 bucket of ore from Doc's Rock, 4 passes to Mystery Hill, a rafting trip with River and Earth Adventures, INC. (reservation must be made in advance.). Each additional person over 4 would pay $164.70 per person. Price includes all taxes and fees. At Your Wits End Vacation Rentals

ASHEVILLE - Last minute September Specials through 9-24   E-specials for bookings and stays now through Sept 24. Several Asheville Cabins available with discounts from $50 - $75, dining gift certificates, buy one get one Biltmore tickets, horseback riding and more. Mention Code: SEPTLMS for your discount.  Carolina Mornings, Asheville NC

BRYSON CITY - Smoky Mountains Cabin Fall Special! Stay 6 nights get the 7th FREE ($1200 wk). Magnificent views from the deck and hot tub! Dual master bedrooms with en suite master baths and Luxury linen - stocked with everything needed. Pool table and card table in large loft area. Sleeps up to 8. 2 miles to Bryson City NC Huckleberry's Hideout

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Andrews Depot Festival this Sunday

Sept 19, 1:30 PM, the Andrews Train Depot welcomes the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad with an afternoon festival. Enjoy live music in the gazebo, a variety of vendors, horse-drawn wagons through town and GSMR ticket giveaways. Fine arts and crafts demonstrations by regional artisans sponsored by the Valley River Arts Guild. Visit the Andrews Chamber of Commerce for more informtaion. 

Remember September Lodging Specials: Asheville Inn offers 7th Night FREE

Vacation in Asheville NC at the ABERDEEN INN  and enjoy a view of the mountains surrounding Asheville from the large wraparound porch! A full gourmet breakfast is included in your standard rate. Yummy home baked breads are provided as well as complimentary beverages including wine, beer and soft drinks. FREE WIFI too! $120-$195  per night. Downtown Asheville Location. Pay for 6 nights get the 7th night FREE

Beer Tastings in Asheville

If you missed out on tickets to Asheville's Brewgrass Festival ( sold-out as usual) this Saturday you can still have a "Taste" from some of the participants:

Sept 17, 5 PM - 7 PM at Hops and Vines, 797 Haywood Rd. Ste 100 West Asheville NC:
Pumpkin Beers
In line with the fall season, we'll be featuring pumpkin beers from three great breweries. It doesn't have to be Halloween to enjoy one of these tasty fall spiced beers!
Dogfish Head Punkin- A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. They brew their Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices. This is the perfect beer to warm-up with, as the season cools. $9.99/4pk

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale -  They brew this ale with the addition of pumpkin to the mash, along with traditional spices to create a delicious American original. $10.99/6pk
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin - This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is the mother of all pumpkin ales. It is heartier, spicier, and more “caramelly” and “pumpkiny” than its faint brethren! $11.99/4pk

Sept 17, 5 PM - 7 PM at Brusin' Ales, 66 Broadway Street, Downtown Asheville NC:
Triangle Brewing in Durham, NC-
A pre-Brewgrass tasting to launch Triangle Brewery's (Durham, NC) new canned beers. Rick Tufts, head brewer, will be on hand pouring and to answer your questions.
Triangle Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale - This strong golden ale measures in at 8.0% abv and showcases a variety of the ingredients and brewing methods that help differentiate Triangle beers. It is excellent with food as well as served by itself. Bronze Medal Winner at 2009 Carolina Championship of Beer. Food pairings: Richer dishes, meats, cheeses, stews, smoked foods. As an after-dinner drink.
Triangle White Ale -  Our interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer, Triangle White Ale is unique and truly refreshing. The style gets its name from the white,slightly cloudy appearance of this unfiltered wheat ale. Overall, it is a beer that is light, fruity and very drinkable during a hot summer day. 5.0% abv. Silver Medal winner at the 2010 Carolina Championship of Beer. Food pairings: Great with seafood, shellfish, poultry. Peppery and tangy cheeses also work well with White Ales.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Franklin mountain view cabins from $475 per week

Rivendell Cabins offer 3 Cabins with smoky mountain views, hot tubs, fireplaces, DLS, dishwasher, washer/dryer, central heat/ac, satellite TV, phone, VCR & movies, porch with seating, full kitchens, linens, everything included- just bring your clothes & food. $100-$130 night, $475-$675 week. Located in Franklin NC
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Macon County Agricultural Fair opens today in Franklin

Sept 15 - 18 56th Annual Macon County Agricultural Fair for the 56th year of authentic agricultural fair events featuring crafts, farm animals and festival foods. This is everything a County Fair should be with  the dull range of farm animals, educational exhibits, craft and food demonstrations, special contests and youth and senior activities. Located at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center in Franklin NC.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Railfest this Weekend in Bryson City

Sept 18-19    Great Smoky Mountain Railroad's RAILFEST  - All aboard for a full weekend of special train excursions, a Motor Car and equipment display, and a festival atmosphere complete with entertainment including railroad work songs, food, and arts and crafts. This year, Railfest 2010 will have a special visitor, Miss North Carolina USA Nadia Moffett.
Festivities include an authentic Mountain Craft Fair with over to 40 area crafters and artists displaying and selling their handmade crafts, pottery and artwork. Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will present local entertainment featuring singing, dancing and mountain folk music. There will be food vendors, a children’s talent contest and winner’s jamboree and a bouncy train for children 12 and under. Downtown Bryson City NC.

Remember September Cabin Special in Bryson City

Check out this Smoky Mountains Cabin Fall Special: Stay 6 nights get the 7th FREE ($1200 wk). Magnificent views from the deck and hot tub! Dual master bedrooms with en suite master baths and Luxury linen - stocked with everything needed. Pool table and card table in large loft area. Sleeps up to 8. 2 miles to Bryson City NC    Huckleberry's Hideout 

Bryson City Library is Jammin'!

Community Music Jam at the Marianna Black library
submitted by Jeff Delfield, Librarian, Marianna Black Library

The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library will be Thursday, September 16th, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM, on the library’s front lawn (weather permitting) or in the auditorium. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged - is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in. Or, you can just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett of Grampa’s Music in Bryson City . Normally Larry starts by calling out a tune and its key signature, and the group plays it together. Then everyone in the circle gets a chance to choose a song for the group to play together. The community jams offer a chance for musicians of all ages and levels of ability to share music they have learned over the years or learn old-time mountain songs.

The music jams are offered to the public each 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month – year round. Marianna Black Library is located in Downtown Bryson City NC at the corner of Academy and Rector. For more information or driving directions call the library at (828) 488-3030. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment of the Arts, which believes a great nation, deserves great art.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Remember September in the NC Mountains: Corn Mazes are Open!

Corn Mazes are a favorite "Family Fun" Fall activity in the North Carolina Mountains. Kids of all ages love puzzles and this is an opportunity to solve them up close and personal. The Mazes open from late summer through October and include special events for Halloween, groups and Agritourism.

  Blue Ridge Corn Maze  Brevard, North Carolina - 6 Acres of "corn~fusion" where you can lose it and it's all right! September / October Hours: September: Monday-Friday by appointment, Saturday & Sunday 2-8 PM October: Monday-Friday by appointment, Saturday & Sunday 2-7 PM.

Ashe County Corn Maze   West Jefferson Area, North Carolina - The corn maze takes anywhere from 25 minutes to 45 minutes to hours! There are six "stations" in the maze. Remembering where you've been and finding all the stations can get confusing. Then you have to find your way out. Group Rates Available. Perfect for field trips or birthday parties.

Eliada's Fields of Fun   Asheville North Carolina - “Get Lost” in three huge corn mazes, offering a combined total of 12 acres of twisting trails!  New this year, we’ve added lots of attractions for kids of all ages, like our corn cannons, slack line challenge, haybale maze, cow train, corn box, pedal carts, & much more! Special events include BBQ & Bluegrass Night, Classic Car Show, Pumpkin Carving Contest and more!

Hickory Nut Gap Farm  Asheville area   Open 7 days a week, 9am - 6pm, 9/1 through 10/31. Wind your way through the corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, fill your bag with organic apples, hold a baby chick, visit with our animals and enjoy a day with your family.

The Maze at Seasonal Produce Farm Canton North Carolina -This year's maze honors Captain Sully who landed his plane on the Hudson River in January 2009 saving all on board. Special events include a professional lumberjack competition, haunted house and Hospice Day.

Darnell Farms   Bryson City North Carolina - a true "Agritourism" farm with horseback riding, wagon rides, camping, bluegrass music, educational tours, pick-your-own seasonal produce and an 8+ acre corn maze that opens in mid August!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Landmark Burnsville Inn Still Providing Respite for Travelers

Nu Wray Inn, established in 1833, 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. $125 - $150 per night includes family-style breakfast.  Burnsville North Carolina.

Burnsville Hosts Carolina Mountains Literary Festival This Weekend

Sept 10 - 11 at the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival novelists, poets, historians, playwrights, journalists and storytellers gather to read from and discuss their works. Multiple events happening simultaneously in venues throughout the town (all within walking distance). Events for kids on Saturday. FREE and OPEN to the public

Riverfront Vacation Farmhouse 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. Summer garden and fully equipped kitchen + W&D. Hike and rock hunt. 2 BD + loft with king, queen, 2 twins-sleeps 6. WIFI, sm Pet Friendly. $225 nt, $1495 wk

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Remember September Rafting Special

Book any September or October weekday guided rafting or caving trip by Friday, September 10th and save 10% on everyone in your group! 10% PER PERSON! Call TODAY to reserve the available trip and time you want!  Offer good for existing guided trips only and may not be combined with any other offer or reduced price.

USA RAFT - MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE GUIDES offers the closest whitewater rafting to Asheville and Boone North Carolina. Join us for whitewater rafting adventures on the French Broad, Nantahala, Watauga and Nolichucky Rivers. "Mild to Wild" Whitewater Rafting with half and full day guided trips. USA Raft provides everything you will need for your rafting trip - just bring a change of clothes and be ready to have fun and get wet! We also offer: Caving, Rock Climbing, Summer Teen Adventure Camps and riverside group lodging. Specials and Adventure Packages available for rafting and caving - groups and families welcome!

Remember September Inn Specials: Smoky Mountains Inn

September Specials and Discounts at the Sylva Inn:  Discounts for AAA, AARP, WCU parents, men and women in uniform ( Military, police, etc), and pastors just to name a few.  Call us today to see what great deals we can offer you!  Mention this ad and receive at least 5% off your room even if you don't qualify for any other discounts!  This discount can not be used with any other discounts. Call 828-586-3315

Sylva Inn is newly renovated and includes continental breakfast, cable, HBO and WIFI.  We are pet, smoker, and green friendly with a free access outdoor pool and meeting spaces available for rent. Located in Sylva North Carolina.  Call 828-586-3315   Nightly rates are $49 - $89, weekly $289

Remember September in the NC Mountains: Parkway Playhouse

September 10 - 11 at 7:30 PM on stage at the Parkway Playhouse is a hilarious new comedy by WNC playwright/performer ELISABETH GRAY!  Southern (dis) Comfort explores the foibles of the Southern Lifestyle.  Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Students, Children, and Seniors For reservations, call the Box Office at 828-682-4285 or purchase online.

Remember September in the NC Mountains as warm days and cool nights bring the promise of fall. Savor pristine mountain trails and the serenity of quiet woods. The summer crowds are gone and the intense greens and blues begin to give way to fall's exciting colors. And you'll find exceptional specials and discounts on vacation cabin rentals and mountain inns in September.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

River House Inn Hosts New River Blues Festival

Sept 5  the New River Blues Festival  brings classic blues artists to the High Country resulting in a day of great tunes, food, drink and scenery. Always set in a beautiful location, the festival has grown into an event that delivers a memorable day of music and draws folks from across the country. This year the Blues will be flowing as the festival moves to its new home for the 8th anniversary at River House Inn on the banks of the New River. Tickets are $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. Bring chairs or blankets but NO COOLERS & NO PETS.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lodging near Chimney Rock Park from $64 per night

MOUNTAIN  MEADOWS  Motel and Cottages is located a few minutes from Chimney Rock Park. Enjoy a private stocked pond for fishing and swimming or a game of basketball, badminton, volleyball or horseshoes. Take a hike on nearby trails. WIFI, hot tub, paddle boat and rowboat are all available at no extra charge. Rates are $64-$155 night and $384-$895per week. Check out the "Chimney Rock Summer Package" which includes 2 tickets for Chimney Rock Park.

Labor Day Weekend at Chimney Rock Park

Sept 4 - 6  Labor Day at Chimney Rock Park  includes a cookout on the Sky Lounge patio where you can pick up a hotdog, chips and a beverage for just $5 (tax included). John Mason,  featured entertainer and hammered dulcimer player extraordinaire, will serenade you with tunes both catchy and beautiful. 

Chimney Rock, the 535-million-year-old monolith for which the Park is named, is considered one of the most iconic sites in North Carolina. The view from the top is 75-mile panorama of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park features mountain hiking trails for all ages and abilities. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is located in Chimney Rock Village near Lake Lure in the NC mountains. Just 25 miles southeast of Asheville, NC, the Park is nestled in Hickory Nut Gorge adjacent to the towns of Lake Lure and Bat Cave. The Park welcomes leashed and vaccinated pets.

High Country Beerfest Today

September 4, 3 PM - 7 PM High Country Beerfest  is a great chance to sample beers from 57 Breweries and learn how to pair the flavors with food. The High Country Beer Fest is the annual celebration of great craft beer from around the region and the world, including  craft beers, club beers, and delicious food. Educational seminars will cover all aspects of beer, brewing, and pairing food and beer. . Proceeds benefit Watauga Children's Council and its efforts to provide child care and family services, as well as The Ivory Tower, a nonprofit brewery on the Appalachian State University campus, and its research of alternative energy to run the brewery.  The Beerfest is held at the Broyhill Inn & Conference Center, 842 W. King St., Boone North Carolina.  $30, $25 advance.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Labor Day Weekend in Asheville NC

Stop by the Thomas Wolfe Memorial for Pickn’ and Poetry on the Porch. Local musicians, poets, and writers will perform 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 a bit of mountain heritage in downtown Asheville.

Find Last minute Lodging specials through 9-8 by booking online for stays now through Sept 8. Several Asheville Cabins are available with discounts from $50 - $150, $100 dining gift certificates, buy one get one Biltmore tickets and more.

The Grove Park Inn brings the beach to the mountains with Labor Day Beach Music Weekend 2010 as the resort presents two nights and days of Beach Music dances and summer fun!

The celebrated mountain tradition Shindig on the Green
concludes it's 2010 season Saturday night. Shindig on the Green showcases the region’s rich heritage through its folk musicians and dancers in a FREE, popular event.

On Sunday the Annual FREE end-of-summer celebration
Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF) hosts 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.

Get on your pony and ride on up to Mustangs at the Mansion,
a National all Mustang car event at the Biltmore Estate. Over 500 Mustangs registered for this 3 day event. National vendors on site (Kicker, NPD, UPR, Aerofinz, Moss Muscle, etc). This is a judged national event, and the best of the best Mustangs in the country will be on display. Admission is free, but limited to car show site only. Does not include admission to Biltmore house or other attractions.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Labor Day Weekend in Tryon NC

Sept 3  125th Birthday Celebration    Sign up for the golf tournament at the very historic Tryon Country Club on a course designed by Donald Ross. Friday evening music by The Firecracker Jazz Band in Rogers Park at 7pm. Bring your chairs, picnic and cooler. Shops, pubs and cafes will be open late on Friday. See a first-run movie at our historic Tryon Movie Theatre. Saturday is the Tryon Heritage Parade & Governor Tryon's Tea. A must-see is the Tryon Toymaker's House & Musuem grand-opening. Carriage rides through two of our historic neighborhoods and more!

Reserve your Tryon Bed and Breakfast online and SAVE $50 at 1906 Pine Crest Inn and Restaurant, Green River Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, or Butterfly Creek Inn (Columbus, NC) Just click the Green Button and enter Tryon NC in the Search Box:
Save $50 on $250 Online Reservations
Sept 3    Rogers Park Summer Tracks Concert Series   The Concert Series is back with a great line up of first class performances and a summer of wonderful evenings under the stars. Firecracker Jazz Band (Kicks off the Town of Tryon's 125th anniversary celebration!)

Sept 4    5th Annual FENCE Dancing Under the Stars   Presented by the Friends of TROT (Bryan Easler Toyota, Carolina Lawn and Tractor, and Freer Equine). This year’s venue will held under the FENCE Covered Arena and will start promptly at 6pm.  

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Art After Dark in Waynesville this Friday

September 3   Art After Dark   transforms Downtown Waynesville into an exquisite visual, culinary and performing arts center, the first Friday evening of each month from May until December. All participating galleries are open until 9 PM. Refreshments are offered to all patrons and many of the studios treat visitors to live music played by our local bands and musicians. Get more information about Waynesville NC Art Galleries local crafts from the Waynesville Gallery Association.

Labor Day Golf Resort Getaway in Waynesville

Beat the Heat From $89 a Night - 3 Days / 2 Nights. Escape from the scorching summer heat by taking advantage of cool summer savings at one of North Carolina’s best kept secret mountain getaways, The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa! Surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains on one side and the Blue Ridge parkway and Balsam Mountains on the other, this spectacular golf resort is only minutes from Asheville, NC. We invite you to breathe in the fresh air and relax by the tranquil mountain backdrop while enjoying the fantastic dining, golfing, and spa services which makes this the perfect summer retreat.

This Package Includes:
*Accommodations for Two Nights
*Complimentary Room Upgrade Upon Check-in
*$50 Resort Credit to be used towards golf, pro shop, dining or spa services
*Complimentary Breakfast for Two
**Two night minimum stay required. Room upgrades based on availability. Resort credit issued upon arrival in the form of a gift card. Credit must be consumed during stay and cannot be combined with other discounts or applied toward nightly rate.