Thursday, March 31, 2011

7th Annual Artisan Bread Bakers Festival in Asheville

April 2 in Asheville Local bakers offer samples, demonstrations and workshops at the Artisan Bread Bakers Festival.  This highly popular 7th annual two-part event begins with a bread tasting and sale at the Greenlife Grocery in downtown Asheville from 10am to 2pm, along with hands-on workshops and lectures from noon to 6pm.
A separate ticket is required for each session. Tickets can be purchased for $10 each, before or during Festival. A limited number of tickets will be available for 'free' with the purchase of a loaf of bread at the Bakers' Showcase on the day of the Festival.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Flower Power in Asheville Means Savings for Spring Vacations

The snow has melted. The cardinals are chirping and the first daffodils have popped up from the ground. It's "cabin-fever season"—but not the kind from a Stephen King novel. Escape to your favorite getaway cabin in the mountains with Carolina Mornings.
One of the most popular mountain spring festivals is Biltmore's Festival of Flowers (April 2-May 15)! This spectacular showcase of boldly colored tulips includes live music, free botanical seminars and an art show! Stay with Carolina Mornings and add our Flower Power Package to any reservation and enjoy the festival. 
Flower Power Package
  • 2 Biltmore Tickets (@ $35/ticket & good for 2 consecutive days)
  • $50 Gift Certificate to 1896 Bistro located in the
    heart of downtown Asheville in Pack Square.
  • All for only $120!
  • You must mention "FLOWER POWER" when booking your reservation.
  • Call 828.398.0712 to receive this unbelievable value

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

April Fool's Trail Days and April Hiker Fool Bash in Franklin

April 1-2:  The April Fool's Trail Days and  Hiker Bash is an annual event in downtown Franklin NC.  Join day hikers and thru-hikers as they share stories, enjoy delicious food and hear great music at the April Fool's Trail Days and Annual Hiker Bash. The event is held at The Sapphire Inn located at 761 E.Main Street in historic downtown Franklin NC.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Wilkes County Spring Agriculture Fair Opens Today

March 28 - April 4 the Wilkes County Spring Agriculture Fair offers a variety of garden produce, canned goods, country crafts, baked goods, and more. There will also be a large array of amusement park rides and games for all ages. The Fair is held at the Fairgrounds on Willow Lane in North Wilkesboro NC.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Boone NC Campground Open Year Around

Vanderpool Campground is open year-round and just 7 mi N of Boone NC. Find full hook-ups, pull-thru spaces, level ground for large rigs, cable, WIFI, laundry, bath-house, propane, 20-30-50 amp hook-ups. Amenities include RV storage, dump station, fire rings, picnic tables and a camp store. Vanderpool Campground is your quiet retreat under the trees in the middle of nature There is even a small creek. Tent sites also available.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Blowing Rock and Boone Family and Group Rentals

Blue Ridge For Rent offers a variety of Luxury Blue Ridge Mountain Rentals with mountain views, pools, fireplaces, WIFI, hot tubs & all amenities. Large or multiple units  available for Groups, Weddings, Church Retreats, Reunions. Some rentals are PET FRIENDLY. $99-$1000 night, $250-$5000 week. NC Rentals offered in the Blue Ridge Moutains for Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, West Jefferson.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Blowing Rock's Tweetsie Railroad Discounted Season Passes Now Available

Tweetsie Railroad opens on April 29 for the 2011 Season. Get season passes NOW and save $10 - $15 on regular pass prices. Adults - $70 (after May $85) and Children 3 - 12 $50 ($60 after May 1). Buy tickets online.

TWEETSIE RAILROAD was North Carolina's first theme park. The  unforgettable three-mile train ride through the scenic mountains takes you back into the days of the Old West. Even in today's high-tech world, there's still a place for old-fashioned fun. Tweetsie Railroad is a unique attraction that allows children and families to explore their imaginations and a whole lot more. Be a cowboy, Indian or an engineer and take a ride on historic steam locomotive, Number 12, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tweetsie Railroad is located at 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane in Blowing Rock North Carolina.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Take a Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains

April 2 the Friends of the Smokies will host a hike on the Smokemont Loop Trail amid early spring wildflowers and intriguing historic remnants.  Hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein (Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage), will lead this 6.2 miles hike that is moderate in difficulty and has a total
elevation gain/descent of 1,400/1,400 ft.

Fresh air, rushing waters and stunning vistas – it’s Spring and time to get out into our backyard national treasure, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Join Friends of the Smokies as we hike amidst early spring wildflowers and intriguing historic remnants on the Smokemont Loop trail.

The group will depart from Asheville at 8:30am and Maggie Valley at 9:00am, returning to Asheville by 5:30pm. Exact meeting locations specified upon registration. A donation of $15 is requested to benefit the Smokies. Space is limited. Contact Friends of the Smokies to register for the Smokemont Loop hike: grtsmoky@bellsouth.net or 828-452-0720.

The Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a not-for-profit organization supporting educational programs, historic preservation projects, conservation of natural and cultural resources, and wildlife research and protection in the Smokies. Specific information about helping to maintain and improve these special trails can be found at www.SmokiesTrailsForever.org.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

An Evening with Puccini at the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock

March 24-27 at The Hayes Performing Arts Center ASU Music: An Evening with Puccini, 2 one-act operas (sung in English).  Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi are two of Puccini's Il trittico, three one-act operas with contrasting themes, all written in 1918. Gorgeous and romantic orchestral settings, thrilling voices and evocative lighting will make it an evening to remember. ASU faculty member Mary Gayle Greene will perform the role of the Principessa in Suor Angelica. For more information, CLICK HERE to read more about An Evening With Puccini on the ASU Music website.

Performances of An Evening with Puccini are March 24-26 at 8pm and March 27 at 2pm. All shows will be performed at the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 for students; and available by calling ASU's Farthing Auditorium Box Office at 800-841-2787. ASU staff will also be selling tickets at the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock one hour prior to each performance via cash or check only.

Pre-season Group Specials for Rafting and Caving

USA RAFT, Mountain Adventure Guides -  Reserve your group by April 15th for Big Savings! Take an additional 5% off regular group rates for trips booked before April 15th, 2011.. Offer not good for Saturdays or holidays. Deposits required with booking: $5 per person for 1/2 day trips, camping and Crockett Cabin. $10 per person for full day trips. Remaining balance and final headcount are due 30 days prior to trip date.

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USA RAFT offers the closest whitewater rafting to Asheville and Boone North Carolina. Enjoy 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! Also offered: Caving, Rock Climbing, Summer Teen Adventure Camps and riverside group lodging.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Asheville's North Carolina Arboretum hosts WNC Orchid Society Show

March 26 - 27  head for Asheville NC and the  WNC Orchid Society Show.  Thousands of orchids fill the Education Center in this annual American Orchid Society judged show. The event also features orchid plants and supplies for sale by world class vendors. Educational classes will be offered throughout the weekend, and WNC Orchid Society members are available to answer questions and provide orchid-growing advice.

The North Carolina Arboretum is located at
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way in Asheville NC.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Chimney Rock Lodging on Private stocked pond

Just down the road and "around the bend" from Chimney Rock Park you'll find a quiet mountain retreat on its own private pond in the Blue Ridge Mountains. At Peaceful Quest Retreats you may  enjoy fishing and swimming or use our paddle boat and rowboat. Take a hike on nearby trails or play a game of basketball, badminton, volleyball or horseshoes. Free WIFI so you can stay connected or make your daily plans. $64-$104 per night, for rooms and suites, $135 - $!65 for the private cottage.

Got a GROUP?  Peaceful Quest Retreats can host your  group including family and military reunions, car clubs, weddings and corporate outings, holistic retreats, women empowerment seminars - and are happy to customize special programs and events to meet your needs.  5793 Gerton Hwy, Gerton, NC

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Chimney Rock Continues Winter Rates until March 31

Although the first official day of spring is March 20, winter hours and rates will continue through March 31 at Chimney Rock Park. 

Beginning April 1, the Park will once again be open 7 days a week, weather permitting, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The Ticket Plaza will be open from 8:30am-5:30pm EDT and the Park will remain open until 7pm.

March 26 -
Ranger-led Turtle Program. North Carolina State Parks is celebrating the "Year of the Turtle." Join a Park Ranger on an informative hike as we look for the box turtle and talk about the different habitats where the turtles live.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St Patrick's Day Events: The Mountains turn Green - er

Get your green on and head for an NC Mountain event today to celebrate!
BREVARD   1st Annual Block Party on West Main Street and all the other stores and restaurants are offering specials!

BRYSON CITY   The Stallion Restaurant and Storytelling Center  Wonderful buffet and storytelling for only $9.95.  225 D Everett St


BOONE   Cafe Portofino  Beer specials and food specials


BOONE   Galileo’s Bar and Cafe   The Mountain Laurels with their all-women Celtic sound. Expect green beer and homemade Guinness beef stew.


BOONE   Murphy's   King Street’s only official Irish bar offers beer specials and free music from Wisebird from 6 to 9 p.m.


BLOWING ROCK   Canyons of the Blue Ridge (8960 U.S. 321) is serving up corned beef, cabbage, shepherds pie and other folksy favorites.


BLOWING ROCK  Six Pence Pub (1121 Main St.) is hosting a car bomb party. A car bomb order comes with a balloon you can pop to find an additional prize. Expect corned beef and cabbage on the menu ’til midnight and several drink specials.
BLOWING ROCK   Sledgehammer Charlie’s (8146 Valley Blvd.) hosts Irish drink specials.

BLOWING ROCK   Foggy Rock Eatery and Pub (8180 Valley Blvd.) hosts Irish drink specials.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St Patrick's Day Events: Asheville Pubs Celebrate the Wearing of the Green

Where better to celebrate st Patrick's Day than in "Brew City" ? Check out these Asheville Pubs offering celebrations and st Patrick's Day Specials worth more than any pot of gold:
Altamont Brewing, 1042  Haywood Road.
Asheville Pizza and Brewing, 675 Merrimon Ave. and 77 Coxe Ave.
Beef O'Brady's, 2625  Hendersonville Road, 
Craggy Brewing Company, 197 Hilliard Ave.
Highland Brewing, 12 Old Charlotte Highway,
Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave.
Pack's Tavern,
 20 S. Spruce St., packstavern.com
Pisgah Brewing, 150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain.
Thirsty Monk, 92 Patton Ave. and 1836 Hendersonville Road
Tolliver's Crossing, 733  Haywood Road,
Westville Pub, 777 Haywood Road

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

April is for the Birds

April 8: Brenda Hull from Young Harris College will lead a bird walk along Little Brasstown Creek at John C. Campbell Folk School. See open field and riparian forest birds, warblers and birds of prey. Meet at the vegetable garden at 8:00 am.

April 15: Join LTLT & the Franklin Bird Club while John and Cathy Sill will lead a bird walk on Tessentee Bottomland Preserve, Otto, NC at at 8:30 am. This is stop #53 on the NC Birding Trail with the Preserve's bird list at 122 species.
To RSVP and for more information contact Jill   at 828-524-2711 ext. 209 or outreach@ltlt.org

Bryson CIty Bicycle offers FREE Classes

FREE and open to the public, Bryson City Bicycle  (BCB) offers a monthly education class to teach different aspects of bicycle maintenance, repair, and adventure.  Classes are held on the first Tuesday of each month from April through October from 6:30 - 7:30pm.  Snacks provided.  Attendees receive a 10% discount on any purchase the night of the event.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Banff Film Festival this week in Brevard

March 18 - 19 Brevard NC hosts the Banff Film Festival Weekend A weekend full of adventure at the Banff Mountain film Festival hosted by Brevard Collage. Local restaurants, outfitters and accommodations participate. If high adventure isn't your style, pull up your waders and join Davidson River Outfitters and the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education for the Pisgah Fly Masters Fly Fishing Tournament.

Tickets are $10 per person for each showing and may be purchased at Looking Glass Outfitters in Pisgah Forest and at Mast General Stores in Hendersonville and Asheville - Online Tickets NOW SOLD OUT.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

First Annual NCAA Opening Day Festival at Flat Rock Cinema

Flat Rock Cinema, Henderson County Red Cross and Morris Broadband proudly present the first annual NCAA Opening Day Festival. Watch the tournament on our big screen featuring Morris Broadband High Definition video, enjoy light appetizers between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm and enter the Sweet Sixteen bracket for a chance to win $100. Tickets are only $25 and all proceeds go to our local Red Cross Chapter. Why not take the day off and enjoy the the first day of the such a big event?  Doors open at 9:30 am and we'll wrap things up at 6:00 pm.  Our full MENU, including beer, wine and cocktails, will be available all day.  Tickets are limited so please call David Feldmeth for your reservation at 828-551-0360.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Next WNC Chefs Challenge at Cusina 24

March 14   WNC Chefs Challenge  Western North Carolina’s popular culinary competition for 2011. The region’s top chefs compete in weekly match-ups that will determine who wins the title of Best Chef in WNC. The competitions will be held each Monday at Cucina24. Diners eat, judge and enjoy! This week:  Pomodoros Greek & Italian Café  VS. Tomato Jam Café.  Asheville NC

Friday, March 11, 2011

This Weekend's Nature Center and Park Events

March 12   Eco-Explorers: Tracking   Who made those tracks? What is scat? What bird left that feather? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we explore the exciting world of animal tracking. Ages 8-13. 

March 12   Turtle Fans  aAquick and easy turtle craft for kids. Meet at the Catawba River Area office (old office) of Lake James State Park at 1:00 p.m. Supplies are limited so register by calling the park office at 828-652-5047. Free.  

March 12   2nd Saturday Program at the Heritage Museum   The History of Transylvania - American Chestnut: Don Surrette 

March 13   Go Fly a Kite at FENCE   It is a sure sign of spring when the kites are flying on Hawk's Ridge at FENCE. This wonderful annual event is for kids of all ages. Free kites to the first 200 kids.

March 13   Red Fox, Grey Fox, Which is Which?   Join Park Ranger Nora Coffey for a hike on the Fox Den Loop trail to learn about the two foxes found around Lake James. Moderate level hike of about 2 miles. Please bring water and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet at the Catawba River Area office (old office) of Lake James State Park at 2:00 p.m. Free
  

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Welcomes Spring

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has announced its spring opening schedule for Park
facilities and availability of services with a majority of campgrounds and secondary roads opening
on Friday, March 11. The Parks Opening Schedule includes:


Roads
The secondary roads that are set to open on March 11 include: Little Greenbrier, Rich
Mountain, Straight Fork/Round Bottom, and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Clingmans Dome Road is
set to open on April 1 and the Heintooga Ridge and Balsam Mountain Roads will open on May 13. Forge
Creek and Parson Branch Roads will have a delayed opening due to unseasonable wet weather. The roads
are expected to open early spring.

Operating Hours for Visitor Centers The three visitor centers are open daily and the
operating hours through March are as follows: Sugarlands Visitor Center, near Gatlinburg, TN, 8 a.m.-5
p.m., Cades Cove Visitor Center, near Townsend, TN, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
near Cherokee, NC, hours will be 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Reservations may now be made ONLINE for many federally managed recreation areas, including National Park Service areas, all across the U.S. The Park now has five of its 10 developed campgrounds on the reservation system. Cataloochee campground was added this year in addition to Elkmont, Cades Cove, Smokemont, and some sites at Cosby. The system allows campers to reserve specific campsites and to make reservations 6 months in advance. Group campsites and picnic pavilions can be reserved up to 12 months in advance. Alternatively, book reservations by calling 877-444-6777.


Campgrounds open on a staggered basis starting March 11. (See the following schedule for
exact dates.) For the five campgrounds on Recreation.gov, reservations are required at Cades Cove,
Elkmont, and Smokemont for the period from May 15-October 31 (for other dates the three campgrounds
are first come, first serve); Cataloochee Campground--all sites must be reserved throughout its season;
and Cosby Campground, which has mostly first-come, first-served campsites, has a limited number of
reservable sites during its season. Camping fees range from $14 to $23 per site/night.

Campers have an opportunity to camp in “generator free” campsites at three campgrounds: Cades
Cove, Elkmont, and Smokemont campgrounds. Campers can reserve a site in the generator-free loop
sections of Cades Cove, Smokemont, and Elkmont campgrounds.


Group Camping will be available at seven campgrounds (see schedule for opening dates) and
reservations must be made through Recreation.gov. Group camping is available at Big Creek,
Cataloochee, Cosby, Deep Creek, Elkmont, Cades Cove, and Smokemont. The cost for group camping
ranges from $26 to $65 per site/night.


Horse Camps at Anthony Creek, Big Creek, Cataloochee, Round Bottom, and Towstring will
open April 1 and reservations are only available through Recreation.gov. The horse site fees are $20 at all
horse camps except for Big Creek where it is $25.  Horseback Riding - The opening dates for the three horseback concessions located on the Tennessee side of the Park are: Smoky Mountain Riding Stable on March 4; Sugarlands Riding Stable on March 11; and Cades Cove is scheduled on March 13. In addition to horseback rides which cost $25 per horse per rider, Cades Cove Riding Stable will offer their customary carriage rides and hay rides, and wheelchair accessible carriage and hay rides. The Smokemont Riding Stable in North Carolina will open March 26 and will provide visitors with a chance to experience a horse-drawn wagon ride along the route of the historic Oconaluftee Turnpike.


Picnic Areas – There are 10 first-come, first-serve picnic areas. Open all year are Big Creek,
Cades Cove, Chimney Tops, Cosby, Greenbrier, Deep Creek, and Metcalf Bottoms. Collins Creek Picnic
Area will open on March 11 and Heintooga and Look Rock are scheduled to open on May 13. The Park’s
largest picnic pavilion at Twin Creeks opens on April 1 and reservations are required through
Recreation.gov only. Twin Creeks fees range from $35-$75 depending on the number of people. In
addition, picnickers can reserve five other picnic pavilions on Recreation.gov. They are located at Collins
Creek, Cosby, Deep Creek, Metcalf Bottoms, and Greenbrier picnic areas. The cost is $20, except at
Greenbrier where it is $10.

LeConte Lodge, accessible only by trail, will open on March 21. Reservations are required and
can be made by calling 865/429-5704, fax 865/774-0045 or e:mail reservations@lecontelodge.com. One
night at the lodge costs $116 per adult and $85 for children 10 and under (tax not included). The price
includes two meals--dinner and breakfast. Day hikers and backpackers can purchase a prepared bag or
dining room lunch and snacks/beverages at the lodge. Reservations are required for the dining room
lunch.

Spring Opening 2011-three Campground Concessions – The Cades Cove Campground Store will open March 5. The store provides groceries, camping supplies, firewood, ice, vending, limited food service, souvenirs, and bike rentals. The Cades Cove Store has multi-speed comfort or mountain bikes available for rent, in addition to single speed cruisers. The Elkmont Campground concession will open March 11. The concession provides firewood, ice, limited camper convenience items, and vending of soft drinks, newspapers, and snacks.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

NC Mountain Resorts: Affordable Golf Package in Waynesville NC

The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa is offering  "Spring Golf in the Smokies Package":

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Two nights in beautiful mountain accommodations
-Unlimited green fees for three days
-Golf bag storage and morning cart staging
-Unlimited use of golf cart for just $25/day
-Full hot "High Country" breakfast buffet each morning
 

$119 per person per night!
  The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa located  176 Country Club Dr, Waynesville, NC

Monday, March 7, 2011

23rd Annual Comedy Classic Weekend in Asheville NC

March 11 - 14  Asheville's The Grove Park Inn hosts the  23rd Annual Comedy Classic Weekend , a weekend of a thousand laughs as John Boy & Billy host two nights of side-splitting comedy at this Annual Comedy Classic. Weekend activities include a cooking demonstration, chair massages and live music throughout the resort.

The Inn is offering a Special One Night Only Comedy Offer! Starting at: $149 (rate is per person, for one night not including taxes - some restrictions may apply). 800-438-5800. The Grove Park Inn is located at 290 Macon Ave. in  Asheville, NC

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Brevard Music Center FREE Monday Concerts

March 7 at 1:30 PM  Brevard Music Center First Monday Concert Series  Duo Allemagnetti will appear in concert at Brevard's First United Methodist Church. The concert, the March edition of the Brevard Music Center's First Mondays series, is free and open to the public. The First United Methodist Church is located at 325 N. Broad Street in Brecard NC.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Looking for a Summer-long vacation rental in the NC Mountains?

Make reservations NOW for a summer-long stay in Brevard NC at "Montreat", a chic country cottage Brevard vacation rental. This is a  fully-furnished 2 bedroom 3 bath home away from home with outdoor eating areas and decks to enjoy the beautiful mountain view. Located in Sherwood Forest, on site amenities include hiking trails, pool and water aerobics, golf, steam room, 5 lakes, pond, activities. Secluded but only minutes to Brevard's Music Center and charming shops. $1000 per week with long-term summer rates available - contact owner for details.

This is a great place for music lovers! The
Brevard Music Center  is home each summer to more than 400 students, ages 14 through post-college who join professional musicians to eat, breathe and sleep music for seven weeks. Students collaborate with faculty and guest artists in more than eighty public performances as good as any offered anywhere.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Watch the Birdie with the Compleat Naturalist in Asheville

FREE Naturalist Meetup March 11, 6:30 PM.
The March 11 Naturalist Meetup hosted by the Compleat Naturalist kicks off a series of events focused on bird song.  Stop by anytime between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. for a glass of wine or juice and some snacks; meet other people interested in nature!  The event is FREE and open to anyone, but please call us at 828-274-5430, or email Laura@compleatnaturalist.com to sign up.  We'll have an informal presentation and conversation about birds, local birding, and bird songs beginning at about 6:45 p.m.         Come on over and bring a friend!
March 19:  Bird Song ID for Beginners Class, 2:00-3:30 pm
Bird song is all around us.  Identifying birds by ear is a bit challenging, but in this class we will present the tools and techniques that are most helpful in getting started.  This is the best time of year to begin, as the resident birds are singing their spring songs, while summer residents have not yet arrived to complicate things!  Join Compleat Naturalist owners Laura and Hal Mahan for a slide and audio presentation to help get you started learning the most common backyard bird songs.  Please register by phone, by mail, or in person in the store.  Class Fee:  $10.00  Class size is limited.  For details, visit our website.  We'll also be leading free bird song ID field trips on March 26 and March 30!  Call us at 828-274-5430 for further information
New Crossley ID Guide for Eastern Birds
The new Crossley ID Guide has arrived!  Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or illustrations, this is the first book to feature large, lifelike scenes for each species.  These scenes are each composed of at least ten color images showing the bird in a wide range of views—near and far, from different angles, in various plumages and behaviors, including flight, and in the habitat in which they live. These beautiful compositions show how a bird's appearance changes with distance, and give equal emphasis to characteristics experts use to identify birds: size, structure and shape, behavior, and color.    The Crossley ID Guide    $35.00

The Compleat Naturalist is located at 2 Brook Street in Asheville NC

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March Madness at Asheville Cabins- Stay 3 Nights and the 4th Night is FREE!

March Madness Special At Carolina Mornings:
Stay 3 Nights and the 4th Night is FREE!
Asheville was just chosen as a top 2011 global destination in Fodor's Travel Guide. Don't waste time and make sure you get here while the place is still "local." Dream of drinking award-winning beer this spring as the flowers bloom, or walk to one of the many music venues and art galleries that give the city its reputation. Take advantage of our March Madness Special: stay 3 nights and the 4th night is free!*

Carolina Mornings offers 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.
Call 828.398.0712 to book or search our rental options.   *Applies to most properties.

Weekly Food & Beer Pairing at Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva North Carolina

The gnomes at Heinzelmannchen Brewery are at it again. This time with Friday Beer and food Pairings that give real meaning to "TGIF". The Food & Beer Pairings are held from 5-8 PM at the brewery with old favorites and new creations from Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro, under the new ownership of Haley Milner and Tori Walters.
Specialty Beer Rotation:
March 4 - Big Amber Gnome
March 11 -  Imperial Gnome Ale
March 18 -  Kilted Gnome Scottish Ale
March 25-  Dunkle Weise
These ales are brewed in very small batches so there is a limited supply. We tap them on Friday afternoons and fill growlers until it's gone!
Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Inc is located at 545 Mill Street in beautiful Downtown Sylva, NC.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Not your Grandma's Library - this one's Jammin'!

To say :the "Joint is Jumpin" is to describe the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City NC. Especially on Thursday nights with the Community Music Jam.  Fortunately for the locals and visitors alike, the Jams are held year around with the next one coming up this Thursday.

All toes are "tappin" in the Library's auditorium from 6 PM - 7:30 PM as anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged - join in. Singers are also welcomed along with those who just want to listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett of Grampa’s Music in Bryson City, and offers a chance for musicians of all ages and levels of ability to share music they know well or learn new mountain songs.

Marianna Black Library is located in Downtown Bryson City 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.