Tuesday, May 31, 2011

6th Annual Patchwork Folk & Fabric Festival

On June 4 head for the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee NC and the 6th Annual Patchwork and Fabric Festival. You'll find handmade traditional arts and crafts form local artisans plus demonstrations of quilting, spinning, fabric arts, weaving, chair caning and more. The event is sponsored by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, The Jackson County Recreation Center asnd The Appalachian homestead Farm & Preserve.

Tweetsie Railroad Special Event: Thomas the Tank

From June 3 - 12, Thomas the Tank joins Tweetsie Railroad. Kids of all ages will love a Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine  and a train ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains. There will be photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt, live music plus storytelling and activities in the Imagination Station.

The annual event with Thomas the Tank is one of the most popular NC Mountain family fun events and a great way to kick off the summer. Tickets often sell-out, so early purchase is advised. Buy tickets online here.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival on Memorial Day

May 30   On Memorial Day head for Flat Rock NC and the annual   Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival. The grounds of the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site come alive with the folk music which was an important part of Carl Sandburg's life. Sandburg was known best for his writing but also valued  guitar playing and singing. Live entertainment will include instrumentals, folk ballads and spiritual songs.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Events: Grandfather Mountain Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

Grandfather Mountain begins its  Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble on Memorial Day, May 30, and continues the Ramble through June 12. The event is one of Grandfather Mountain's special activities with staff naturalists designed to help you get the most out of the memorable siege of the Catawba Rhododendron at Grandfather.

Programs will occur daily at 1 PM and last for approximately one hour
. See the Naturalist Information Board when you arrive to learn where that day's program will begin. Free with Park admission.
  For details, phone 800-468-7325.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Events: Plant and Flower Festivals

The NC Mountains are in full peak for Spring foliage and blossoms on Memorial Day Weekend. It's a beautiful time to be in the mountains and also the right time to get herbs, flowers and other plants for your own garden. Festivals, Farmer's Markets and local growers abound with starters and information to "green-up" your world.

May 28 - 29   Hendersonville NC hosts the  18th Annual Garden Jubilee Festival  including over 200 vendors selling thousands of plants, arts and crafts along with  garden talks,  clinics, garden accessories, and food. The festival covers 8 blocks of Main Street from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM both days. The festival is always held during the Memorial Day weekend. Hendersonville NC.

May 28 - 29   The Banner Elk Herb Festival  features Fantastic Spring herbs, great local bands, lots of arts and crafts vendors, farmers market items, a kid zone and of course thousands of herb plants for sale. The festival benefits the local volunteer firefighters. BAnner Elk NC.

May 28 - 29   Annual Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition  This popular event features award-winning roses of every color and size. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about selection, care and history of these elegant garden plants. A sale will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, which will include rose plants, fertilizer, and soil amendments.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Events: Tweetsie Railroad Kicks Off the Summer Season

Memorial Day weekend marks the summer vacation season, and guests can enjoy Tweetsie’s Wild West adventure seven days a week starting this Friday through mid-August.The railroad theme park is kicking off the summer season with visits from Thomas the Tank Engine™, Dora the Explorer™ and her cousin, Go Diego Go!™  

The favorite storybook engine Thomas will pull into Tweetsie Railroad June 3-12, and Dora and Diego will welcome fans for a fun-filled three-day weekend June 24-26.

For tickets to Tweetsie Railroad or Day Out With Thomas™: Leader of the Track Tour, click HERE or call 1-877-TWEETSIE (877-893-3874).

TWEETSIE RAILROAD was  North Carolina's first theme park and today still manages to blend fantasy, nature technology into a fun and educational experience for kids of ALL ages. Hop aboard the train and let good ol' number 12 take you on an unforgettable three-mile journey through the scenic mountains. You'll arrive transported back into the days of the Old West. Watch a video or read more about Tweetsie Railroad...

Memorial Day Weekend Cabins: Last minute Specials

It's not too late to enjoy the fun and festivities on Memorial Day weekend in the beautiful North Carolina Mountains! Stay in a log cabin, vacation rental, mountain inn or NC resort or Campground and enjoy all the festivals and spring scenery offered this Memorial Day Holiday Week.


Get 15% off  or the 3rd night at 1/2 price (whichever is less) for Smoky Mountain Cabins in Nantahala through Memorial Day!Stone fireplace, grill, large porch with rockers, full kitchen. Each cabin Sleeps 6.

Carolina Mornings  - Asheville NC
All Last Minute Reservations secured and departed between May 14-31 will receive 2 free tickets to LaZoom Tours. A $46 savings, but hurry seats are limited! Enter Code MAYZOOM. Choose fro 75+ Asheville Cabins and luxury vacation rentals with mountain views, hot tubs, fireplaces, WIFI, pet friendly and other amenities.

Enjoy the "Memorial Day House Party" at a festive weekend (3 day minimum) including a Sunday evening BBQ on the High Hampton lawn featuring a band and mountain cloggers. Tennis, golf, lake activities,  spa.

Aquone Cabins  - Nantahala NC
Last Minute Specials for Memorial Day Week - Smoky Mountain Cabins from $95. One or two bedroom log cabins with hot tub, pool table, satellite TV, DVD, BBQ grill, and outdoor fire pit. $95 - $250 night - Nantahala NC

30%+ Savings May 22 through June 30. Midweek rates starting at $299 $199* and Weekend rates starting at $399 $299* (Rates not available June 24 and 25) Stay an Extra Night for FREE Now through June 30. Three nights for the price of two available for arrival on: May 14–15, 20–24, 27–31 and June 3, 5–7, 10, 12–14, 17, 19–21, 24, 26–28. Asheville NC

Rugby Creek Cabins   - Just north of West Jefferson
Enjoy a private mountain retreat where you can slip away from the hustle and bustle for a special Memorial Day Getaway. Mountain views, full kitchens, jacuzzi/hot tubs, TV& DVD, gas/charcoal grills, ALL linens - and  PET FRIENDLY


Spring Golf in the Smokies on three award-winning courses. Mountain accommodations, on-site dining and unlimited green fees are just a part of your mountain vacation adventure. The Spring Golf in the Smokies package includes: Two nights in beautiful mountain accommodations with unlimited green fees for three days, golf bag storage and morning cart staging, unlimited use of golf cart for just $25/day and a Full hot "High Country" breakfast buffet each morning.

Memorial Day Camping in the High Country just outside Boone NC. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather and all that nature brings.  Full hook-ups, pull-thru spaces, level ground for lg rigs, cable, WIFI, laundry, bath-house, propane, 20-30-50 amp hook-ups, RV storage, dump station, fire rings, picnic tables, camp store. Stay a weekend or a week. 


E-Coupon for 10% off Mountain view or Golf view cabin rentals! 3 or 4 bedrooms, WIFI and fireplaces. Fully-equipped kitchen, gas grill, linens, Cable TV and  PET FRIENDLY. $850 - $1050 TOTAL cost all fees included PLUS mention CEM Cabin Discount and GET AN ADDITIONAL 10% OFF!

A View Point - Maggie Valley NC
Memorial Day Week - save 20% on the BEST VIEW in Maggie Valley. Stay a full week  and SAVE while having a great holiday at this 4 BD 2 BA overlooking the golf course and 7 Mountain ranges in Maggie Valley Country Club. Large deck, pool table, 2 fireplaces, easy  access and pet friendly.


Dry Ridge Inn - Weaverville / Asheville area
$99 Memorial Day weekend Special. Stay in a queen room Friday or Saturday (why not both?) for only $99 per night! Enjoy a full hot breakfast each morning  at this charming Victorian style B&B only minutes to downtown Asheville.

Stonewood Cabin - Bryson City NC
Available Memorial Day week, May 27 - June 2. This Smoky Mountain Cabin is  filled with character, convenience and charm and set up for couples or families. Nestled on the side of a mountain only 2 miles to the Nantahala River and close to area attractions. Sleeps up to 8 people. $100-$150 nt, $700-$875 wk. 


Find more Specials, Discounts and Vacation Packages here...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Events: Annual Twin Rivers Media Festival in Asheville

May 27 - 29  17th Annual Twin Rivers Media Festival  hosted by the Courtyard Gallery at several venues in the fast-growing River Arts District in Asheville NC. The main events will take place at the Phil Mechanic Studios. Official Selections and past favorites will be shown throughout the weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend Inn Specials: $99 Queen rooms near downtown Asheville

The Dry Ridge Inn is offering a $99 Memorial Day weekend Last Minute Special. This charming country Victorian Bed and Breakfast is only 10 minutes to downtown Asheville and some of the best restaurants and attractions in the mountains. Stay in a queen room Friday or Saturday (why not both?) for only $99 per night!
Enjoy a full hot breakfast each morning  in a quiet country setting surrounded by towering hemlock trees and beautiful gardens. Ask about our Biltmore Estate Package. The Inn is located at 26 Brown Street in Weaverville, North Carolina - with easy access from !-26 and and SR 19/23.
                                                       

30 Days of Asheville Vacation Giveaway

May 23 to June 21 the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and the Buncombe County Tourist Development Authority are offering 30 Days of Asheville, an opportunity to win a grand vacation to Asheville that includes a two night stay at the Grove Park Inn, Biltmore tickets, multiple attraction passes and a gas card.

There is no purchase necessary
, but the contest requires a one-time request for Asheville's 2011 Visitor's Guide which may be done online, entering your mailing address and email contact. You may submit additional contest entries daily until June 21, 2011.

In addition to the grand prize vacation
, daily prizes will be awarded to travel contest winners throughout the months of May and June. Prizes for the week of May 23 - 20 include:

GalloLea Pizza Kit
Go Blue Ridge cards
Wendy Whitson print
Biltmore Estate tickets
Tupelo Honey cookbook
Crooked Condiments gift bag
Fire from the Mountain salsa and hot sauce


Daily winners will be announced every Friday and each prize awarded will be contingent upon ordering an Asheville Travel Guide. You only have to order one guide, but you have the chance to enter every day. Follow contest updates on Twitter at @ashevilledeals or on Facebook.com/Asheville.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Cabin Specials: 20% off the Best Mountain View in Maggie Valley

A View PointMemorial Day Week - save 20% on the BEST VIEW in Maggie Valley! Stay a full week  and SAVE while having a great holiday at this 4 bedroom 2 bath Maggie Valley Country Club vacation rental overlooking the golf course and seven beautiful Mountain ranges. Amenities in this luxury vacation rental include a large deck, pool table, 2 fireplaces ( one gas, one wood-burning), easy  access and pet friendly too.  

Memorial Day Weekend Events: Maggie Valley hosts the 7th Annual Vettes in the Valley

May 28 - 29  the 7th Annual Vettes in the Valley  showcases over 320 Corvettes from 15 states in competition. The event also includes a Road Rally, Vendors, Entertainment, Door Prizes, Contests and a Silent Auction.  

The official show car of the NASCAR Nationwide Series
will make a “Pit Stop” on Saturday May 28, 2011 from 9:00AM – 4:00PM. Along with the show car (#11), there will be a racecar simulator, a wheel game with prizes and the NASCAR car carrier.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Cabin Specials: 10% off for 2 nights, 20% for 3 nights!

Cabins at Seven Foxes Memorial Day Special: Stay 2 nights get 10% off, stay 3 get 20% off! Choose form 3 different cabins still available for a great holiday weekend or better yet, week long vacation. Start the summer off right!

These Lake Toxaway cabins are in a private 7 acre setting with amenities including Hot tubs, Fireplaces, grills,
family swing area, a picturesque pavilion overlooking the barnyard meadow, nature trails, playhouse, waterfall pond, creek & treehouse - AND they are  PET FRIENDLY. Great location for the renowned The White Squirrel Festival May 28 - 29 in Brevard, just 16 miles "down the road".

Memorial Day Events: White Squirrel Festival in Brevard

May 28 - 29 Go NUTS in Brevard at this Memorial Day Weekend's The White Squirrel Festival. The events has been voted "Best Spring Music Festival in Western North Carolina" by the reader's of the Asheville Citizen Times.

The Festival begins Saturday Mourning with the Memorial Day Parade at 9:00 AM followed by the “Presentation of the Wreath” at 10:00 AM. Events  also include the popular Squirrel Box Derby and Brevard Rotary's Annual 5K/10K White Squirrel Race. Enjoy more than a dozen FREE musical acts on both Saturday and Sunday. Get details and a complete schedule here.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Smoky Mountain Cabin Special Available Memorial Day Weekend

Get 15% off Smoky Mountain Cabins in Nantahala through Memorial Day! These contemporary rustic-style cabins are secluded on 40 acres and bordered by a trout stream.

Despite the secluded setting the cabins are easily accessible  and are just minutes to whitewater rafting and local activities. Each mountain view cabin has a stone fireplace, grill, large porch with rockers, full kitchen and sleeps up to 6. The Cabins at Long Branch

Friday, May 20, 2011

Candle Light Ghost Tours this weekend in Wilkesboro NC

May 20 - 21   head for Wilkesboro NC and the Candle Light Ghost Tours for an evening of tales, mystery and haunts. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings of downtown Wilkesboro. You will also visit a cemetery where Civil War Soldiers are buried, stand in the jail cell where Tom Dooley spent his last days and listen to the stories of the haunted Smithey Hotel. Tours start at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

8th Annual Monford Arts and Music Festival in Asheville

May 21  the 8th Annual Monford Arts and Music Festival  in Asheville offers two stages filled with continuous live music and entertainment from featured local and national artists, all with a tie to Asheville's historic Monford District.  Over 100 vendors with Art, food, crafts and native garden plants will be packed into two streets with something for everyone from a special children's area, a traveling Art Van, to strolling Shakespearian actors and even a Chinese Dancing Lion. Handicap accessible.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Asheville Art Museum's 2nd Annual FANATICON

May 21 The Asheville Art Museum hosts the 2nd annual FANATICON -  FANATICON2   The event is FREE for all fans of comic books, science fiction, fantasy and pop culture. FANATICON2 will include panel discussions, costumes, games, live musical performances and more!  70 artists and vendors will be on hand to provide an opportunity for interaction with Asheville's own independent comic book creators and  shopping for comics, graphic novels and collectibles.

Get tickets for F.A.D.  NOW online! POW! ZAP! and WHAM! your way through a fabulous party in celebration of FANATICON2. Music, drinks, performance artists and more will turn the top level of the Pack Plaza Parking Deck into an explosion of superhero fun! Costumes not required, but encouraged!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Asheville's Downtown After Five Begins 2011 Season

May 20  Downtown after Five  resumes for 2011.  Enjoy FREE live music entertainment in downtown Asheville NC every third Friday, May through September. Locals and visitors alike head for downtown Asheville to support local businesses and entertainers. You;ll also find food and drink vendors with delicious local fares to savor with the music.

Last Minute Specials for Asheville NC Cabin Rentals

Carolina Mornings, Asheville Cabins and Luxury Vacation Rentals, is offering a Last minute special:  Reservations secured and departed between May 14-31 will receive 2 free tickets to LaZoom Tours. A $46 savings, but hurry seats are limited! Enter Code MAYZOOM.

  • Book THREE nights, get the FOURTH night for ONLY $11! 
  • Biltmore Bed and Breakfast Package or All-Girl Getaway Package! 
  • Romantic Packages: Lunch and Dinner Gift Certificates for Bistro 1896!
  • FREE Biltmore Estate Tickets!
  • Book TWO nights, get the THIRD night for ONLY $99!
  • Book THREE or MORE nights, get the NEXT night FREE!
  • Military Special: Enjoy waived pet fee for one dog with your stay!
  • Book FIVE nights, get the SIXTH night for ONLY $11! 
  • Enjoy Discounted Rates for all of 2011! 

*Offers valid on specific rentals - Get additional details or make a resevation here

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Brevard Music Center 75th Anniversary Season

In 2011 The Brevard Music Center celebrates its 75th anniversary season beginning Friday, June 24 on its campus in Brevard, North Carolina. The June 24 concert is the first of 80 performances to be presented in the 2011 season, including 18 different orchestra programs, five opera productions, wind ensemble, chamber music, new music, recitals, and more.Special performances planned this year include Michael Feinstein (an evening of Sinatra), Yo-Yo Ma and Maestro Keith Lockhart (of the Boston Pops) who is conducting for the summer.
Every summer at The Brevard Music Center more than 400 students, ages 14 through post-college, join professional musicians to eat, breathe and sleep music for seven weeks. In addition to a rigorous schedule of instruction, students collaborate with faculty and guest artists in more than eighty public performances.

Tickets are available by phone, mail, walk-up, and online. The box office is located in the foyer of Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium on the Brevard Music Center campus. The box office phone number is (828) 862-2105 or toll-free (888) 384-8682. Request a brochure by calling (828) 862-2100 or get a performance schedule here.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Asheville's River Arts District hosts the Asheville Rites Project

May 21 at 7 PM in the River Arts District (RAD) of Asheville A Celebration of Spring, an original artistic project, takes place. A visit to the District right now will reveal a large pink mural being created inside the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza. That mural will serve as the backdrop for the Asheville Rites Project, a special live performance. This event is free and open to the public.

The project is a public performance collaboration between painter Milly Rose Freeman, dancer Garth Grimball, and musician Michael Libramento. In April, Molly installed a series of wall-sized panels and began painting. When complete the panels will set the stage for a dance piece choreographed by Garth. Michael will compose an original score for the piece that will be played live during the performance.

According to the artists, the overall themes for this project are Springtime, rites of passage, and the reemergence of life and color that are associated with the season. Springtime by nature is a celebration seeking to channel that energy into an art event that the whole community can experience. The colors will be vibrant, the movements will be lively, the music will be fresh. The creators want this project to be an occasion to explore and share in the vitality of the season.

Garth's piece will involve 15 or so dancers from various companies and studios throughout Asheville and the surrounding areas. His choreography will draw inspiration from Jerome Robbins' "Opus Jazz," as well as specifically from the mural design and original score.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hayes Performing Arts Center Announces 2011 Season Schedule and Flex Package

Flex Packages Now Available for the Hayes Performing Arts Center 2011 season without the restrictions of Season Tickets. Flex tickets can be used any way you want. For example, you can use your tickets for different shows, you can use them all for one show, or you can use them in any combination. Pricing for Flex Tickets:
5-6 tickets purchased: 10% off total
7-8 tickets purchased: 12% off total
9-11 tickets purchased: 15% of total
12 or more tickets purchased: 20% off total

You must choose all the performances for which your tickets will be used at the time of purchase. You cannot switch shows once you've purchased your flex package. And as with individual tickets, there are no refunds. To save money and purchase your Flex Packages, click here or call the Hayes Center box office at 828-295-9627.

The Hayes Performing Arts Center 2011 season offers a slate of shows including a wide variety of performing arts.  CLICK HERE to see show listings with more descriptions, photos, videos, and ticket prices.

Thu - Sat., June 2 - 4 - Jan Karon Lectures and An Evening with Father Tim (FUNDRAISER)

Sat. & Sun., June 18 & 19 - DePue Brothers Band (bluegrass/rock & roll)

Fri. & Sat., June 24 & 25 - Mr. Broadway (Broadway cabaret)

Sun., July 3 - Kingston Trio (Grammy-winning folk group)

Fri. - Sun., July 8, 9 & 10 - Late Nite Catechism (one-woman comedy)

Sat. & Sun., July 16 & 17 - USO Liberty Bells (touring troupe for U.S. military)

Sat. & Sun., July 23 & 24 - Vocaldente (German a cappella group)

To Be Determined - Chuckleball (off-Broadway musical sports parody)

Sat. July 30 - Rhythmic Circus (tap, dance, percussion, and music)

Fri. & Sat., August 5 & 6 - The Bronx Wanderers ('50s & '60s tribute show)

Sat. & Sun., August 13 & 14 - Jeri Sager (Broadway cabaret)

Fri. & Sat., August 19 & 20 - To be Announced Soon Fri. & Sat.,

August 26 & 27 - Daniel Rodriguez (classical/Broadway/patriotic)

Labor Day Weekend beginning September 2 - To be Announced Soon

Sat. & Sun., September 10 & 11 - Taylor 2 (contemporary dance, an adjunct of Paul Taylor Dance)

Sat., September 17 - Plastic Musik (innovative percussion ensemble)

Sat., September 24 - Sally Mayes (legendary actress and Broadway cabaret)

Sun., September 25 - Commedia Cinderella (children's theatre)

Sat., October 8 - Katona Twins (acoustic classical guitar)

Fri., October 21 - Lonesome River Band (bluegrass)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Asheville Mountain Lodge Welcomes Group Visits

BENT CREEK LODGE is a unique and special place nestled on the side of its own mountain in Asheville NC. With 10 themed guest rooms and a 3 bedroom vacation rental, the Lodge offers groups an ideal setting. Decks and a balcony open to a view of the surrounding mountains and forest. A full sized pool table and "guest guitar" provide inside recreation and WIFI is free throughout the Lodge. On site hiking trails allow an opportunity to work off the mornings delicious breakfast as well as enjoy the remarkable mountain woods and scenery.

Group reservations have always been an important part of the Bent Creek Lodge business and this year the numbers are growing. With years of experience, the Lodge management has learned how to balance the needs of a group with the needs of other guests. Groups visit the Lodge for business, birthdays, weddings, or just to have fun and reconnect with friends. Many groups come back year after year becoming part of the Lodge's "extended" family.

As 2011 begins the Bent Creek Lodge has hosted business retreats for the Biltmore Estate, The Mercury Gate Co. from Cary and the Corning Cable Systems Co., as well as many regular friends or family groups. In mid-May the Tandem Mountain Bike Riders return for their third year. In the coming months the Lodge will host everything from a 90th birthday celebration to first time weddings for a variety of  mountain lovers - literally.

The Lodge also has the capacity for catered dinners and lunches created by owner/chef Jodee to please both the eye and the palette. After dinner wine or coffees with relaxing on the deck or a round of pool bring a perfect end to a special meal.

Get additional details about Bent Creek Lodge
or book  reservations here...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Water for Elephants at The Flat Rock Cinema

The Flat Rock Cinema presents the popular Water for Elephants with showtimes:  May 13 - 19, Fri, Mon, Tue, Thu 4:00, 7:00, Sat, Sun, Wed 1:00, 4:00, 7:00. The movie stars Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider and Jim Norton.  When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town.  OFFICIAL WEBSITE
 

The Flat Rock Cinema, "Your affordable neighborhood clean and friendly bistro cinema,  features great food, cocktails and local brews"  at
2700 Greenville Hwy. in Flat Rock NC.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Music on the Rock Series begins this Week at the Flat Rock Playhouse

May 9 - 17   Flat Rock Playhouse Music on the Rock  Tribute to Modern Country Queens.   Summer Music on the Rock Concerts offer audiences a variety of music of well-known artists performed by exceptional singers and musicians.
The Queens of Modern Country is a collaboration of performers from two of the 2010 popular concerts. Singer Annalyse McCoy, returns from An Evening of Country & Folk, the inaugural act of last year's Music on the Rock along with musicians Ryan Dunn (Acoustic Guitar), Ryan Guerra (Fiddle), and Dustin Brayley (Keys)  Their musical fusion of folk, blues, rock, and country summons the likes of Cash & Carter, with a contemporary spin. Guerra and Brayley are also members of 2/3 Goat and the quartet toured the Asheville and Hendersonville music scene last summer with the release of their new album "Up The Mountain."

The Music on the Rock Series continues through December presenting live performances in a variety of genres from Motown to Abba to Kings of Country and Christmas music.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Art of a Great Vacation

This summer, spend a week at the John C Campbell Folk School, where you'll be renewed by the lush beauty of the landscape, refreshed by crisp mountain air, and re-energized by working with your hands and learning traditional skills.

At the Folk School, you could be learning to make cheese, crafting a traditional mountain rocker, creating pine needle baskets, or making your own books. From Basketry to Writing, you can choose from over 860 weeklong and weekend classes each year in a broad variety of areas. There are so many great reasons to spend your leisure time at the Folk School this summer!  Get a complete listing of classes here...

Friday, May 6, 2011

A weekend of Tours in the NC Mountains

May 7 - 8   East of Asheville Studio Tour The studio tour takes place twice a year - Spring and Fall. Everyone is welcome to visit any or all of the studios during the tour, whether they are serious art patrons or just browsers of beautiful and interesting works. Black Mountain NC.
May 7 - 8    Tour de Falls    DuPont State Forest, 9:00AM-3:00PM, buses will be available at the High Falls parking lot on DuPont/Staton Rd. to take visitors to High Falls, Triple Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia, donation of $10 per person, sponsored by Friends of DuPont Forest. Brevard NC
May 7-8     Weaverville Art Safari   The Spring Weaverville Art Safari features self-guided tours of various artists' studios, tucked away in the countryside communities of Weaverville, Barnardsville, and Alexander. The tours are free and open to the public, and some artists' studios are open year-round by appointment. Weaverville NC.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mothers visit Chimney Rock Park Free this weekend

May 7 - 8  Moms FREE Chimney Rock Park Admission Give mom what she really wants for Mother's Day - time with her family in one of the most beautiful settings in the mountains. Bring mom to the Park Mother's Day weekend and her ticket is on us! Buy one regularly-priced adult ticket and receive the same for free.

Chimney Rock Park  was developed around Chimney Rock, a 500 million-year-old giant granite monolith overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge, Visitors are awed by the breathtaking view that spreads 1200 vertical feet beneath them and 75 miles across the Carolinas. The state owned park, located in Chimney Rock North Carolina, encompasses 1,000 acres, including the Chimney itself and Hickory Nut Falls. Chimney Rock Park is  one of the "must sees" for any NC Mountain visit. The Park, located 25 miles southeast of Asheville North Carolina, offers hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, a variety of special events and much more.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Maggie Valley Pet Friendly Smokt Mountains Log Cabin

CATALOOCHEE MOUNTAIN CABIN is a spacious pet friendly 3 bedroom, 2 bath log cabin in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Located on a 1+ acre lot at 3,300 ' elevation in between Maggie Valley and  Waynesville NC.

Enjoy the wooded mountain view,   fireplace, WIFI, large deck and hammock. The community pond, picnic area, and volleyball provide spring and summer outdoor activities. $175 night, $800 week.

Mother's Day Brunch in Maggie Valley

May 8  from 11 AM to 2 PM at Maggie Valley Club and Resort treat Mom to an all-you-can-eat Brunch Buffet. From Fruit Salad Ambrosia to Grilled Asparagus and Bacon & Spinach Quiche or Shrimp & Grits, Prime Rib and Homemade Fruit Cobblers - or maybe a taste of everything? Only $24 for adults, $12 for children - Call (828) 926-4848 for reservations.

Mother's Day Spa Packages in Blowing Rock

Westglow Resort & Spa offers specials Mother's Day Spa specials
With any day package, enjoy the use of all resort and spa facilities and amenities, including the indoor swimming pool, whirlpools, steam room, saunas, cardiovascular center, weight room, tennis court, fitness classes, fireside relaxation lounge and morning nature hike. A gourmet spa lunch at the poolside café is also included.

Mother's Day Brunch at Rolands from 11 AM to 3 PM includes
Lobster and Sweet Crab Bisque, Grilled Brie Stuffed French Toast, White Chocolate Crème Brulee and more.

Nestled in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Westglow Resort & Spa is a top-rated luxury destination spa emphasizing personal service. The Spa is housed in a Greek Revival style mansion, once the home of artist and author Elliott Daingerfield. The resort offers spa packages customized to create an individual spa experience, whether you choose a spa vacation, a weekend getaway or a day retreat.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Take Mom to Chimney Rock for a Full Service, Five Course DInner

May 8 at the Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant, Mothers are special and we'll treat them to the best food and service in the area! We'll be serving a fabulous 5-Course, Full Service menu for Mother's Day starting at 11:00am - 5:00pm. Breakfast will be served from 8:00am -10:00am. Sit out on the deck and enjoy the view. You're welcome to bring your favorite wine, beer or spirits of choice an we'll provide the mixers and great food. Call early for reservations. 828-625-2999. The Esmeralda Inn is located at 910 Main Street in Chimney Rock, NC.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Carolina Mornings offers "Zip and Zoom" Package

Take advantage of Zip and Zoom!, the wildest and most exhilarating package yet at Carolina Mornings. Fly above the canopies of Asheville's beautiful mountains with Navitat Canopy Tours, a Zen-like but adrenaline-packed Zip Line experience you'll never forget. Bask in the breathtaking views of layering Blue Ridge Mountains as you zoom up to 35 mph from tree to tree, rain or shine. Add to this adventure a ride on LaZoom, Asheville's most iconic (and purple!) comedy tour bus. Quirky fun, entertaining guides and outlandish humor are the stars of these afternoon and evening tours. It's Asheville like you've never seen it before, a historical and hysterical tour even the locals love.

Get both the funny and the exhilarating for a total of $99.00 per person, a $13.00 savings!

At Carolina Mornings, we guarantee to take you to new heights – book this package today and get an additional $35.00 off your vacation rental reservation!