Friday, November 30, 2012

NC Holiday Event: Dickens Festival in Biltmore

November 30 - December 2   Biltmore Village Dickens Festival  begins today.  Historic Biltmore Village transforms itself into a quaint Victorian village with entertainment for every age and interest. The main stage will be filled continuously with musicians, choral groups, singers, dancers and the Montford Park Players.

This year the Festival will feature more than 300 performers who, after their stage segments, will rove throughout the Village entertaining on the streets and in the shops and restaurants.

 Friday and Saturday evenings will feature main stage concerts for the entire family. As dusk turns into evening, more than 250,000 white lights outlining the historic Village buildings will combine with the streetlights to enhance the ambiance.

Shops stay open evenings until 7 PM with many of the shopkeepers dressed in Victorian-era garb. In addition, there will be horse-drawn rides through the tree-lined Village streets all day Saturday and Sunday. Chestnuts roasted on an open fire by chestnut roaster Sakshi Gentenbein will be available next to the main stage.

Get a link for details about the Biltmore Dickens Festival on the

Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mountain Spirits: Beer tasting and Wine Tasting at Hops and Vines in Asheville

Beer tasting and wine tasting at  Beer Hops and Vines, 797 Haywood Rd, Ste 100 in Asheville NC -

November 30,  5 - 7 PM  
FREE beer tasting:  Taste the lastest from Terrapin Brewing - the new release of the Side Projects, limited brews that won't be around for long.

Liquid Bliss
- One of the most interesting side projects we've seen in the store, this is thier peanut butter and jelly porter, made with real peanut butter and chocolate, with natural flavors.

So Fresh and So Green Green
- This is a beer that celebrates the hop! You can’t get fresher or greener than this. Made with freshly picked, whole leaf, “wet hops” these off-the-vine beauties will encourage you to DRINK FRESH, DRINK LOCAL, and DRINK NOW!

Terrapin “Moo-Hoo” Chocolate Milk Stout
proudly uses cocoa nibs and shells from Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company to give this beer its great taste! An appetizing cold weather treat this sweet stout is rich creamy and uniquely satisfying. Beer and Chocolate together they truly make one of life’s great indulgences.

December 1, 3 PM - 6 PM:   FREE wine tasting of French Wines  from the Loire and the Langeudoc

Monmousseau Vouvray 2011: This soft white wine is made from 100% Chenin Blanc that is grown in the area of Vouvray in the heart of the Central Loire Valley. Excellent as an apereritif it will also perfectly fit with fish, seafood, poultry, as well as cream sauces. $12.99/750ml

Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2009: This wine also hails from France's Loire valley and is made of 100% Cabernet Franc. With proud acidity, this perfumed wine offers notes of tobacco and dried fruit, and hits a balance that pairs well with both red and white meats. $15.99/750ml

Domaine De Fontsainte Corbieres 2009:
This wine from southern France's Corbieres AOC is a hearty, rich blend of 60% Carignan, 30% Grenache, and 10% Syrah. Full bodied with ample blackfruits and an approachable velvety finish, this is an awesome value to keep warm with this winter. $12.99/750ml

NC Mountains Tasting Rooms:
Biltmore Winery, located on the Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC. Daily tasting and tours with Estate admission. Special events and tastings throughout the year.

Old North State Winery, 308 North Main Street, Mount Airy NC. Hours of operation are: Monday-Wednesday 11am-6pm, Thursday-Saturday 11am-9pm, and Sunday 12pm-6pm. Sample wines and browse the gift shop featuring wine related and gourmet gift items.

RagApple Lassie, 3724 Ragapple Lassie Lane Boonville NC Tours are "on demand" noon to six PM daily. Tastings are available noon to six PM daily and include up to 11 varieties of wine.

Calaboose Cellars, 565 Aquone Road, Andrews NC. Closed for the winter - re-open March 22, 2012Tasting room summer hours: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from Noon to 5:00. This week check out the "Warden's White".

South Creek Vineyard and Winery, 2240 South Creek Road, Nebo, NC

Daily Tastings at Wedge Brewing Company, 125 B Roberts St. Asheville NC. Micro-brewery regular Tasting room hours: Monday - Thursday 4 PM - 10+ PM; Friday 3 PM - 10+ PM; Saturday and Sunday 2 PM - 10+ PM.

Daily Tastings at Greenman Brewery, 23 Buxton Ave., Asheville NC. The tasting room is open seven days a week at 4 o'clock, or maybe earlier

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NC Christmas Event: Holiday Crafts Sale at the Folk Art Center

December 1   Guild Artist Holiday Sale   The Southern Highland Craft Guild presents the annual Holiday crafts sale at the Folk Art Center from 10 AM - 4 PM, milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Choose from a variety of gift items - at special prices -  including ceramics, jewelry, fiber, paper, glass and wood. 

Buying from artists supports the local economy and promotes the mission of the Guild which is bringing together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. An additional date is Dec 8 with different artists participating,
The Guild Artists’ Holiday Sale is held on December 1 and again on December 8. 70+ Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be on hand in the center’s auditorium on these two Saturdays, with different artists each day,  to sell select work 10-50% off regular retail.

While at the Folk Art Center, be sure to visit all three galleries showcasing the work of current Guild members and collections from the Guild’s history.  Member work is also available at Allanstand Craft Shop, the nation’s oldest craft gallery, located within the Folk Center.

Learn more about NC mountain crafts and artists on the NC Mountain Crafts Guide.

Participating Artists include:

December 1 Participants
Lin Oglesby, fiber
Ed & Kate Coleman, pottery
Harriet Smith, polymer clay
I & K Leather Goods, leather
Mary Mikkelsen & Henry Pope, clay
Ann Gleason, Clay
Maud Boleman, clay
Tyrone & Julie Larson, clay
Ruthie Cohen, jewelry
Portfolio Metalwork, jewelry
Tom & Pat Bauman, jewelry
Diana Gillispie, clay
Judy Simmons, fiber
Jen Swearington, fiber
Q Evon, jewelry
Kelsey Schissel, clay
Cat Jarosz, clay
Janice Maddox, fiber
Buzz Coren, wood
Debbie Littledeer, paper
Charlie Patricolo, mixed media
Walt Cottingham, wood
Sandy & Ann Batton, clay
Ann Gleason, clay
Troy Amastar, clay
Dianna Gillispie, clay
Earth2 Art Pottery, mixed media
Diannah Beauregard, jewerly
Betsy Gray, clay
Rebecca Owen, fiber
Kathryn Faille, clay
Phillip Nolley, glass
Hamilton Williams, clay
John Gunther, fiber
Hank Goodman, clay
Martine House, fiber
Jason Green, wood
Nhia Lo, fiber

December 8 Participants
Patte Vanden Berg, fiber
Julia Gaunt, fiber
Magruder Glass, glass
Linda Caristo, jewelry
Rita de Maintenon, fiber
Jeff McKinley, glass
Marc Tickle, glass
Michael Rutkowsky, clay
Perry Holbrook, mixed media
Kathy Spencer, fiber
Allen Davis, wood
Bart Vinsh, wood
Chris Kamm, wood
Michael Hatch, glass
Robert Levine, glass
Nancy Darrell, paper
Laurey-Faye Long, clay
Rob Levin, glass
Steven Forbes-deSoule, clay
Doug McCubbins, leather
David Grant, clay
York Haverkamp, clay
Cheryl Hevrdeys, glass
Pat Poole, fiber
Maggie Jones, clay
Kathrin Weber, fiber
Martha Biggar, clay
K4 Glassart, glass
Jan Brooks, fiber
Susan Taylor, fiber
Peggy Whitted, fiber
Judy Brater, clay
Louis & Christine Colombarini, clay
Kristin Schoonover, clay
Cindy Riccardelli, mixed media
Friendswood Brooms, natural materials
Janet Taylor, fiber
Don Duncan, wood

Saturday, November 24, 2012

NC Holiday Events: Beech Mountain Craft Fair and Community Bonfire This Weekend

Beech Mountain NC is full of the Holiday Spirit this weekend with handmade mountain crafts and an evening community bonfire.

November 24 -  Holiday Market Craft Fair An annual Holiday Market at the Buckeye Recreation Center held from 11am-3pm. Spend the day with the family or get your holiday shopping done with the unique arts and crafts that will be offered by local artisans.

November 25 -   Community Bonfire Held at 8 PM at the Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria. Come cozy up around the fire as you roast s’mores, drink cider and cocoa and sing along to the rhythm of the guitar string. Free food, beverages, and music.

Get a link for the community bonfire, craft show
and other local information on the Beech Mountain NC Visitor Guide.

Friday, November 23, 2012

NC Holiday Events: Tree Lighting Celebration in Hendersonville

November 23 -  Holiday Downtown Lighting Celebration   See Historic Downtown Hendersonville come alive with Santa lighting the community Christmas tree and ushering in the Christmas Season. Featuring entertainment, storytelling, and holiday good cheer.

Learn more about Hendersonville events, attractions and lodging on the Hendersonville NC Visitor Guide

Black Friday Sale at Nantahal Outdoor Center

November 23 - 26 at NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center), 13077 Highway 19 W Bryson City, NC - HUGE Black Friday Sale. Get great prices on great gear:

and more...

Monday, November 19, 2012

NC Holiday Events: High Country Lights

November 22 - January 1  High Country Lights Northwest North Carolina's premier animated light show features over 100,000 lights choreographed to your favorite Christmas tunes on 96.5 FM.

This free light show, hosted by Glade Creek Volunteer Fire Department, can be seen nightly starting at 6 PM Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. The Location is 6374 Glade Valley Road in Ennice NC.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

NC Holiday Events: Holiday Open House Today in Waynesville

November 18  Holiday Open House in downtown Waynesville -   Spend the afternoon enjoying the sights, scents and sounds as the holiday season begins in festively decorated shops and galleries. Enjoy holiday music offered by area Church groups and elementary school choruses. Visit with Santa as he strolls the sidewalks and sample tasty refreshments offered by the local bed & breakfasts on the Cookie Tour.

Learn more about Waynesville NC HERE

Saturday, November 17, 2012

NC Holiday Events: JingleFest in Downtown Asheville

November 17   Downtown JingleFest   Enjoy an afternoon of free fun and entertainment with  from 1 to 4 PM at Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville NC. Get an autograph from an Olympic athlete, get a close look at Window World’s custom silver St. Jude Dream Bike, enjoy a special performance by Asheville High School’s Marching Band and be entertained by dance troupes from the Parade, plus jugglers, singers and more.

Once Santa makes his way through the Asheville Christmas Parade, he and Mrs. Claus will be at JingleFest so all the boys and girls can tell Santa what they want for Christmas. There will be a bounce house and other inflatables to keep the young kids busy while they’re waiting, too. Plus hot cider and goodies, and some good old-fashioned caroling.

Get a link for details about JingleFest and other Asheville holiday events and attractions on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

Friday, November 16, 2012

NC Holiday Events: Christmas Parades in Marion and West Jefferson

November 17
Event: Annual Holiday Parade
12 PM - 2 PM This annual holiday parade proceeds through downtown West Jefferson, featuring the Ashe County High School band and Santa on an antique fire engine.

Date: November 18
Event: Marion Christmas Parade   3 PM   This Annual event marks the beginning of the Christmas season in historic downtown Marion NC.

Find more NC Holiday events throughout 50+ mountains cities on the NC Mountains Event Calender.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Last Minute Thanksgiving Day Weekend Cabin Getaway

Private Setting on a Creek near Murphy NC 

Murphy Cabin on a creek - 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps up to 5. Private setting on 5.5 acres along a winding creek. Deck overlooking the creek, fireplace, grill, firepit, creekside hammock, on site trails, hike to mountain views. $150 - $175 night, $525- $650 week   .See cabin photos, details and availability 

Learn more about Murphy NC,
including restaurants, attractions and maps.

NC Holiday Events: Christmas Parade in Asheville

November 17    66th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade   The parade begins at 11 AM with bands, dancing, characters, and of course, our Olympic Silver Medalist Grand Marshals, Lauren Tamayo and Manteo Mitchell.

Look for the patriotic float sponsored by Deerfield Retirement Community. Santa Claus himself will close the parade atop his float sponsored by Express Employment Professionals.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

NC Holiday Events: Foothills Holiday Arts and Crafts Show

November 17-18   Foothills Holiday Arts and Crafts Show   Find unique gifts during this year's pre-Thanksgiving arts and crafts show in Marion at the YMCA. The area's best talent will be showcased for two days including oil, pastel and watercolor paintings, drawings, wood and metal works, textile arts, jewelry and much more. Commercial vendors are not allowed at this event.

You'll find regional artists with unique points of view exhibited in their work. Vendors will be set up inside and outside the Corpening YMCA. Enjoy live regional music during the show. The Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League of Old Fort and the McDowell Arts Council have partnered to bring you this special event. Show Hours are Saturday, November 17th between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Sunday hours are 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

Learn more about Marion events and attractions on the Marion NC Visitor Guide.

Need Marion Lodging for this weekend?

mountain view in gated community Mountain view cabin rental in gated community - 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6. Open deck and covered porch, fireplace. Located in Grand View Peaks, Nebo - 15 minutes from downtown Marion and Lake James Park.  $125 - $150 night, $800 - $900 week.  Check rental availability

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Classic Car Show this weekend in Old Fort

November 17   Classic Car Cruise-in    Held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle. This favorite car show is held in downtown Old Fort NC from 3-5 PM. A free event Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers.

Thanksgiving Day Weekend Event: Family Festival at Fontana Village

November 20 - November 27    Thanksgiving Family Festival at Fontana Village   Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy a classic Thanksgiving dinner at Mountview Restaurant on Thursday, November 22. 

The holiday weekend events include guided hikes in the forest, Appalachian square dancing, live music, hayrides and marshmallow roasts round the campfire, target shooting contests, zip-line tours, a holiday tree trimming party and more. Fontana Village Resort is offering lodge rooms for $69.00 per night and cabin rentals for 25% off on two nights or more during Thanksgiving week. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

NC Holiday Events: Light Up Downtown in North Wilkesboro

November 16  Light Up Downtown - Annually, Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro kicks off the Holiday Season with the lighting ceremony soon after dusk. Main Street is filled with the lights, joys, smells, and sounds of Christmas. 

Santa will be in the lobby of Wilkes Towers ready for photos with the little ones. Local community groups take part in in providing hayrides, live entertainment, food, crafts, kids activities and more. 5:30 - 9 PM on Main Street in downtown.
There will be three stages throughout the downtown with entertainment. The first stage will be on 9th Street, the second stage will be on 10th Street at the Brushy Mountain Ruritan Park, and the third stage will be at Melody Square on 6th Street. 

Learn more about lodging, events and attractions in Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro NC.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

River Arts District Studio Stroll Continues Today in Asheville

November 10-11  River Arts District Studio Stroll   The largest and most walkable tour of working artists' studios in the region, the River Arts District Studio Stroll takes place in 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River. There will be artists' demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend.

The Stroll is easily accessible by car from Downtown, West Asheville and Biltmore Village, and there is plenty of parking. Catch the trolley at Riverview Station or any of the stops listed on the map. An Information Booth is located at the 5-points intersection of Depot St. across from the Clingman Café.

Find more Asheville events and attractions on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Beer Fest Today in Tryon

November 10   Tryon Beer Fest Tap into Tryon   Held from 11 AM until 5 PM in the Tryon Depot Plaza. Enjoy a variety of the finest craft beers from around the country, including some local ones. An array of ‘craft’ beers will be chilled, ready for sampling. Full servings of beer will be available for sale. Authentic German fare will be available from Occasions Catering including Kielbasas, Bratwurst, Bavarian sauerkraut, and German Potato Salad. Non-alcoholic beverages and water will be available. 

Fresh baked pretzels will also be available from the Bavarian pretzel factory in Greenville. Live Bavarian music from The Foothills Oompah Band will be played most of the day. Ticket Pricing: $20 for beer tasters. Includes entry, 12 2oz. samples, and a souvenir tasting cup. $10 for designated drivers. Includes entry and DD wristband. Limited tickets will be available at the entrance. Admission is cash-only, but tickets can be purchased in advance online.

Learn more about Tryon NC HERE

Highlands 6th Annual Culinary Weekend

November 8-11   Highlands 6th Annual Culinary Weekend   Eat, Drink, and be Merry at this taste-full Annual Culinary event. The Opening Night Gala will be at the Highlands Country Club on Thursday night November 8th, on Friday and Saturday enjoy different events and Dinners throughout Town and the Sip and Stroll will be Saturday which will take you throughout town and into the unique shops.

Get Highlands lodging, map and nearby attractions on the Highlands NC Visitor Guide

Friday, November 9, 2012

Veteran's Day Cabin Getaway near Boone

Lakeside Cabin rental located between
West Jefferson and Boone NC 

Elegant cabin by the lake - 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 8. Community hiking trails, lake for fishing and swimming. Fireplace, game room. Located in Fleetwood Falls between Boone and West Jefferson. $150 - $200 night.    See cabin photos, details or book online now

Learn more about West Jefferson NC and Boone NC,
including restaurants, attractions and maps.

Mountain Getaway this Veteran's Day Weekend

Mountain view rental located between
Boone and Blowing Rock NC:
The view from the top is GREAT - 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, sleeps up to 10. You'll love the clear views of Grandfather and Sugar Mountains. Hot tub, fireplace, deck, gas grill, Internet and guest computer. Located on 8+ peaceful acres in between Boone and Blowing Rock. Affordable rates.  See photos, details or book online now

Find information and maps for Boone NC and Blowing Rock NC

Veteran's Day Specials in the NC Mountains

Chimney Rock Park:
November 7 through 11 at Chimney Rock Park - Veterans, reservists and active military personnel are our real American heroes! On November 7-11, Chimney Rock Park is honoring Veteran's brave service in protecting our freedom with a FREE VISIT to Chimney Rock. Come stand on top of Chimney Rock where the American flag flies proudly and witness one of our country's national treasures. Free admission for military members with ID, not good for entire party; must present military ID or proof of service and online coupon to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase. Download the special online coupon.
Asheville cabins and luxury vacation rentals:
November 9 - 15 at Carolina Mornings Asheville cabins and vacation rentals: Veteran's Day Special - Enjoy 2 FREE Candlelight Evening Upgrades with a purchase of 2 Biltmore Estate Two-Day Passes. PLUS the year-around $50 discount for Military - total value up to $158. See details and check available Asheville area cabins.

National Parks and forests:
November 10 - 12, NC Parks and Forest Veteran's Day Special: The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend including Whiteside Mountain and Whitewater Falls in the Nantahala National Forest near Franklin NC.

Mountain Inns:
B&Bs for Veterans: Inns and B&Bs throughout North America will open their doors to active and retired military and vets and one guest and say thank you for your service by offering a free room to those who’ve served in the military on Sunday, November 11, 2012. This is a "Space-A" offer, so check with the individual inn for availability,  details and restrictions. NC mountain Inns participating this year include:
Carolina Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina 
177 Cumberland Ave - 28801-1736 ( Map It )
Phone: (828) 254-3608

Albemarle Inn in Asheville, North Carolina
86 Edgemont Rd - 28801-1544 ( Map It )
Phone: (828) 253-1583
1906 Pine Crest Inn & Restaurant in Tryon, North Carolina
85 Pinecrest Ln - 28782-3486 ( Map It )
Phone: (828) 859-9135

1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, North Carolina
783 N Main St - 28792-5079 ( Map It )
Phone: (828) 693-9193

November 11-18, The Mast Farm Inn: Special Veterans Day 2012 package available exclusively for veterans who have a DD214 or other valid government issued veteran ID Card. Reserve any available room, cottage or cabin for a stay anytime between November 11th and November 18th, and receive 1/3 off your lodging bill. Valid credentials required at check-in.

Outdoor Adventures - Zipline Tour
November 12, Navitat Canopy Tours: Veteran's Day Special - Active Service Members and Veterans Get 50% Off Zipline Adventure. Considered one of the best zip line courses in the country by USA Today, this tree-based adventure will have you soaring across a 240-acre wilderness, complete with panoramic mountain views.

Restaurant Specials:
November 12, O'Charley's: Veteran's Day Special - FREE meal from the $9.99er menu to Veterans and active duty military also. O'Charley's is located at 2 Kenilworth Knoll in Asheville NC.
Other chain restaurants offering FREE MEALS on Veterans Day: Chili's, Golden Coral, Olive Garden, Subway, Denny's Restaurants, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Texas Roadhouse, Applebee's.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fall Leaf Color Lingers in Chimney Rock Park

November 7, 2012 at Chimney Rock Park - Not ready for winter yet? Though the NC fall color is past peak or gone in the High Country, there are still many yellows, golds, oranges and a few reds to be seen throughout the Park. The most vibrant colors are in the northern red oaks and golden hickories in the lower elevations.

Fall foliage is beautiful down around Lake Lure, making the 75-mile views from atop the Chimney even more breathtaking. The colorful drive up the Park road, from the Village to the Ticket Plaza, looks great right now. Although trees in the higher elevations have lost their leaves, leaf peepers should still be able to find reasonably good color in lower elevations of Hickory Nut Gorge through mid-November, weather permitting. For the latest updates, check out our Weekly Fall Color Reports and Photo Gallery.

Get lodging information and local details on the Chimney Rock Visitor Guide.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Polar Express begins its Holiday runs at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

November 9 - December 30    The Polar Express on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad    All Aboard The Polar Express for a memorable journey to the magic of the Holiday season. The 1.25 hour round-trip excursion departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through a peaceful wilderness to a special visit at the North Pole.

The motion picture soundtrack music plays as guests on board enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while reading along with the magical story. Children's faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the "North Pole" to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express, greeting each child and presenting everyone a special gift as in the story – a special silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung on the return back to the Bryson City Depot.

Get a link for the Polar Express and more information about the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad on the Bryson City NC Visitor Guide.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Womansong 25th Anniversary Concert at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre

November 10-11    Womansong 25th Anniversary Concert   Asheville's oldest and largest women's community chorus, a seventy-five member community chorus and village. The concert will celebrate women coming together from ancient times until today, to sing, gather strength and support, and to change the world through their united efforts.

It will honor role models from "herstory" and connect women's experiences across time and cultures to our own lives, weaving together global, local, and personal aspects of life as women. Held at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville.

Learn more about Asheville concerts and attractions on the Asheville NC visitor Guide

Monday, November 5, 2012

Christmas at Biltmore 2012

November 3 - January 1 Christmas at Biltmore in Asheville NC - Known as one of Asheville's and the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday travel destinations, Christmas at Biltmore is a remarkable blending of decorations and intangible traditional holiday spirit. 

This year’s Christmas displays throughout Biltmore House, the gardens and grounds will follow an art motif
, with inspiration coming from various art forms found in and around Biltmore House. Each decorated tree and its complementing display pieces will be designed to accent a particular piece of art found in a room, or composed around an expression of art such as the literary arts or music.

Special Christmas Events:
Guests can pick up Biltmore decorating secrets during free holiday craft seminars offered at A Gardener’s Place in the lower part of the Conservatory, near the Walled Garden. Classes are offered four times daily: “Wreath-Making” (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.); and “Tabletop Inspirations” (1 and 3 p.m.).

In Antler Hill Village, Santa will visit with children and families from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, November 10 through December 23, and also on Friday, November 23. Antler Hill Village links to the Winery, where visitors may take guided tours, enjoy free wine tastings and purchase wines from Biltmore’s diverse portfolio, including the limited-edition 2012 Christmas at Biltmore Wine. Special wine seminars are also available.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Brevard Music Center First Monday Concert

November 5   First Monday Concerts at Brevard College  The Brevard Music Center, in partnership with Brevard College, presents free concerts to the public on the first Monday of each month from October through May.

The concerts begin at 12:30 PM and are performed at The Porter Center of Brevard College. This month's concert features Craig Nies, piano. The Program includes Mozart, Chopin,
Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Danielpour.

Read more about Brevard music, events and lodging on the Brevard NC Visitor Guide.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Civil War Re-enactment in Hot Springs

November 3-4   Skirmish at Warm Springs Re-enactment   Experience the Confederate and Union Armies clashing in battle. Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry elements will be engaged in controlling this vital ground. Visit period vendors and buy what the soldiers would have bought.

Stroll through the camps and talk with the soldiers, listen to their stories, enjoy the camaraderie of their fires and songs. Saturday, the grounds are open from 8 AM to 10 PM and on Sunday from 8 AM to 4 PM. At 6:30 PM on Saturday, there is a Ball on the grounds of the Hot Springs Spa.

Find Hot Springs lodging, events and attractions on the Hot Springs NC Visitor Guide

Friday, November 2, 2012

Cherokee The Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

November 2-4   The Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament  $10,000 in prize money awarded to 1st place team ($5,000), 2nd place team ($3,000) and 3rd place team ($2,000) This two person team fly fishing competition is held on the 2.2 miles of Trophy, Catch-and-Release water on the Cherokee Reservation.

A modified fips mouche format will be used with a tag out system being incorporated as only one team member may fish at a time. Fishing sessions are three hours long. Registration fee includes tournament registration for two people, competitor swag, several meals during the competition and more.

Learn more about Cherokee fishing, events and lodging HERE.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Asheville Hosts 66th Annual Antiques Fair

November 2-4   66th Annual Asheville Antiques Fair    The oldest antique fair in the Southeast is held this year at the at the Exposition Center of The Crowne Plaza Resort. 40 antique dealers from across the country will be participating.

This year's Fair will host the "Heirloom Road Show" with expert evaluations of antiques and an expert lecture series and exhibition celebrating the heritage
of the Appalachian Mountains. The Asheville Antiques Fair is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers with proceeds donated to historical project within Buncombe County.

Learn more about Asheville lodging, Inns and attractions on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.