Friday, December 20, 2013

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina Guide now available from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, a new guidebook to musical adventure in the North Carolina mountains and foothills, is now available for purchase online.  Profits from these sales will help support the work of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.
In the guidebook, noted folklorist Fred C. Fussell puts readers on the trail to discover the many sites in Western North Carolina where a unique musical legacy thrives. Organized by region and county, Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, welcomes readers into the rich worlds of bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and string band music, as well as clogging, flatfooting, and other forms of traditional dance.
As a bonus, in addition to the book, you will receive a 20-track CD that is nestled inside the back cover, a sampler of the amazing music that was born and bred in our region.  Get yours today!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Have Breakfast with Mrs. Claus on Beech Mountain

December 21   Breakfast with Mrs. Claus    Held at the Buckeye Recreation Center from 9 AM - 11 AM. Join Mrs. Claus for holiday cheer, Christmas stories and photos with the children. A light breakfast will be served free of charge, but donations are accepted.

Get a link for Breakfast with Mrs. Claus and other local events and attractions on the Beech Mountain NC Visitor Guide. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Swannanoa Solstice in Asheville

December 22   Swannanoa Solstice   A tapestry of joyful and thoughtful seasonal reflection beautifully woven from the mountains' Appalachian, Scots-Irish and world influences. Celebrate winter's allure at a special 10th anniversary edition of this beloved holiday tradition. Bring family and friends to delight in each moment, from sharing a cup of wassail, to enjoying an enormous breadth of acoustic performers gathered on one stage. 

Headlined by internationally renowned musicians Al Petteway, Amy White, and Robin Bullock playing guitar, mandolin, fiddle, Appalachian dulcimer, piano, harp, and world percussion, these performances are enhanced further by the voices and talents of special guest musicians, storytellers, dancers, and host Doug Orr.

The Solstice will be performed at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Carolina Christmas Concert in Hendersonville

December 21    Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra presents “Carolina Christmas”   A holiday tradition 16 years in the making, the Hendersonville Smyphony Orchestra welcomes the return of the Hendersonville Children's Choir under the direction of Kristen Walter.

Guest artists soprano Collette Boudreaux and tenor Scott Joiner lead a program of sacred and seasonal holiday favorites including the familiar sing-a-long. Two performances at 3 PM and 7:30 PM. Admission: 35.00

Get a link for Hendersonville's Carolina Christmas and other local events and attractions on the Hendersonville NC Guide.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Event: Jingle Bell Trolley Train Ride in Asheville

December 21   Jingle Bell Trolley Train Ride   Santa and Mrs. Clause will be there to meet the children and hot chocolate and cookies will be served for everyone. Train rides will start on the hour, from 4 PM. to 8 PM. Tickets are $10 for this special Christmas train ride. Kids 3 and under get free admission.

Purchase tickets on the day of the event. Reservations recommended as seating is limited. Call 828-808-4877 or 828-808-4630 for more information. Craggy Mountain Line, 111 North Woodfin Avenue in Asheville NC.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rediscovering Christmas at The Black Mountain Center for the Arts

December 19 at The Black Mountain Center for the Arts – Rediscovering Christmas   Jim and Carol Anderson return to the Arts Center with their popular show, "Rediscovering Christmas."

The show presents a series of original vignettes that range from the comedic tale of two blue-collar shepherds who are in the right place at the right time on Christmas Eve, to a piece about dealing with in-laws at Christmas, to a scene with an irrepressible Jamaican Wiseman who retells the Christmas story like you've never heard it before, and a comedy called “Minnesota Ice Fishing.”

Get links for lodging and complete visitor information on the Black Mountain NC Guide. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Open House at the Wilkes Museum

December 14 at the Wilkes Heritage Museum, 100 East Main Street in downtown Wilkesboro NC come enjoy the annual Christmas open House from 10 AM - 4 PM.
The Museum, Old Jail and Cleveland House will be decorated for the Christmas Season and all buildings will be open for tours. Story Teller Naomi Faw will delight audiences young and old in the old courtroom at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM. Special music will be performed throughout the day and refreshments will be served. Shop for the holidays in the Museum Gift Shop. Victorian Christmas Card Making, Heritage Demonstrations and much more!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Asheville Hosts Tour of Homes in Historic Monford

December 14   Annual Monford Holiday Tour of Homes   Montford, Asheville's most historic neighborhood, showcases another offering of homes and holiday cheer this year. Explore eclectic architecture that has been lovingly restored or carefully constructed to reflect the neighborhood's historic past. Enjoy homes both old and new, and experience all the Holiday warmth and hospitality that Montford has to offer.

Festive treats and entertainment will be on offer throughout the tour. This is a self-guided tour. With your ticket you will receive a map to all tour locations & information about the individual properties.

Get a link for the Monford Tour of Homes and other Holiday events on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Art and Crafts Shows this Weekend in the Mountains

Date:      December  14
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE  NC(Stecoah Valley)
Event:     Indoor Holiday Arts and Crafts Show  
Held at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Gallery from 10 AM to 5 PM, just in time to finish  your Christmas gift shopping. The Center's cafe will be open all day.  Have breakfast with Santa for 9 - 11 AM and enjoy Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee for only $5.

Date:        December 14     
Event:     Guild Artist Holiday Sale  
Held on two consecutive Saturdays at The Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on The Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. There will be a different group of craftspeople participating each Saturday. Find handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, fiber, wood and more by members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild with 10 - 50% off regular retail prices.

Date:       December 14
Event:     River Arts District Second Saturday
  Asheville’s River Arts District Artists open their studios for a day of family friendly fun, educational experiences, live demonstrations and to share their creations. Visit dozens of artists working in all types of media, available for viewing or purchase.

Date:        December 14     
Event:      Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studios  
The Transylvania Community Arts Council will host its Holiday fundraiser with a Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studios from 10 AM - 5 PM. Tickets are on sale now at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in downtown Brevard. Tickets are $20 and will also be on sale at the TC Arts Council on the day of the tour. Proceeds will benefit the TC Arts Council youth programs including Arts In Schools, scholarships to Summer Art Camp and Pottery Camp and Kids Art Day. Find local art and crafts just in time for holiday gift giving. 

Give Handmade for Christmas this year!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Weaverville Candlelight Christmas Stroll this Weekend

December 13     Weaverville Candlelight Christmas Stroll   Downtown Weaverville will be aglow the with luminaries along the streets and local choirs and bands will provide music. Horse and buggy rides will be available through town. Local businesses will be open late for Christmas shopping, and kids can visit with Santa.

Weaverville NC and the Reems Creek Valley have been a beacon to yearning souls since pioneers began settling in what was still Cherokee territory in the 1700s. The natural beauty of Weaverville, and its proximity to downtown Asheville (only 10 miles to the north) have made Weaverville NC the perfect blend of small town and big city. Although Weaverville is a separate city, many consider it to be in reality, "North Asheville".

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Enjoy a Spectacular Christmas Light Show at Asheville's Lake Julian Park

December 6 - 23  Lake Julian hosts its 12th annual holiday light spectacular.  The drive through show is open  nightly from 6 - 9 PM.  The park is brightly lit with thousands of colored lights and over 50 animated and stationary light displays. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling lights.

Lake Julian Park is a family recreational facility located on the banks of 300 acre Lake Julian in Ardenk, a suburb of Asheville. The park offers picnicking, boating, fishing, a playground, outdoor games and special events.

Get a link for Lake Julian on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide

Monday, December 9, 2013

SugarFest on Sugar Mountain Annual Kickoff for NC Ski Season

December 13 - 15   SugarFest at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort   1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist Paul Wylie will dazzle onlookers with an amazing ice show followed by an on ice skating clinic, a meet and greet session and a chance to hold a real, Olympic silver medal. Consumer ski/snowboard equipment demos, live North Carolina bluegrass music by Boss Hawg, fireworks, appearances by Sweetie and Sugar Bear, and lodging specials are some of the SugarFest events and activities. Keep up your energy at the hot chocolate and whip cream bar, soup safari or North Carolina BBQ.

Sugar Mountain (Ski) Resort is located in the Village of Sugar Mountain on the outskirts of Banner Elk NC.  Sugar Mountain is the largest NC ski area with twenty slopes and trails spread over 115 skiable acres for all levels of skiing and snowboarding. There are seven lifts - including one triple, four doubles and two surface lifts. The 700 foot long tubing lanes are serviced by a Magic Carpet lift, all located on the Sugar Mountain golf course. The Resort includes a 10,000 square foot refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink and a Base Lodge with ticket sales, equipment rentals, cafeterias, lounge, sports shop. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for all ages including the Sugar Bear Ski School for ages 5-10.

Find lodging, restaurants and attractions convenient to Sugar Mountain at Sugar Mountain NC and nearby Banner Elk NC


Saturday, December 7, 2013

See Santa Climb Chimney Rock Today

December 7   Santa on the Chimney    How is Santa able to climb down millions of chimneys around the world in a single night? He practices, of course. Witness Santa’s daring stunt as he practices on one of the world’s largest chimneys in Chimney Rock State Park (315 feet tall).

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities and see live critters. See why Chimney Rock was named one of “10 great places to catch up with Santa” by USA Today,

New this year:
Win a Free Climb with Santa’s Elves! Each day, one lucky guest will win FREE two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides. You must be present to win the drawing. Learn more about rock climbing in Chimney Rock with Fox Mountain Guides.

Learn more about Chimney Rock State Park
and Chimney Rock NC HERE

Friday, December 6, 2013

NC Christmas Parades The Weekend

Date:      December 7
Event:     Annual Downtown Boone Christmas Parade
   Join Santa Claus and all your friends and neighbors on King Street in Downtown Boone for the Annual Boone Christmas Parade. 11 AM - 12:30 PM.

Date:      December 7
Event:     Weaverville Christmas Parade
    At 1 PM the Annual parade begins at the intersection of North Main Street and Dula Springs Road, travels through downtown Weaverville, and ends at the intersection of South Main and Yost Streets. Join us on Main Street along with local bands, floats, marching units, local dignitaries and of course Santa.

Date:       December 7     
Event:     Christmas Celebration in Black Mountain
    Chamber Open House with Santa from noon - 3 PM. Enjoy light refreshments, see what's new in the Visitor Center and have your picture made with Santa ($10).   Christmas Parade 4 PM downtown.  Circle of Lights at Lake Tomahawk 6 PM (Free event)

Find more holiday and Christmas events on the NC Mountain Events Calendar.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas Event: Annual Folk Art Center Holiday Sale

December  7 and 14    Guild Artist Holiday Sale    Held on two consecutive Saturdays at The Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on The Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. There will be a different group of craftspeople participating each Saturday. Find handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, fiber, wood and more by members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild with 10 - 50% off regular retail prices.

Over 50 artists will be participating over the course of the two sales, with a different group of artists each weekend. The annual holiday sale is an opportunity for artists to liquidate overstocks and 2013 items, try out new techniques, and sell studio seconds. And it provides buyers with exceptional Christmas and holiday gifts at the best prices of the year. 

Buying from artists supports the local economy and promotes the mission of the Southern Highland Craft Guild which is bringing together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation.The Southern Highland Craft Guild hosts daily craft demonstrations in the Folk Art Center lobby from March - December. Demonstration hours are 10 AM to 4 PM.  Visitors are invited to watch highly skilled craftspeople work and talk about their craft. 

Get a link for the Folk Center Holiday Sale and other local Christmas events on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Black Mountain NC Celebrates the Christmas Season

Date: December 6
Holly Jolly Christmas A festive evening visiting downtown shops of Black Mountain with stores staying open late and Santa will make an appearance. 

Date: December 7
Event: Christmas Celebration in Black Mountain
Chamber Open House with Santa from noon - 3 PM. Enjoy light refreshments, see what's new in the Visitor Center and have your picture made with Santa ($10). Christmas Parade 4 PM downtown. Circle of Lights at Lake Tomahawk 6 PM (Free event)

Located 10 - 15 minutes southeast of Asheville, Black Mountain NC is nicknamed "The Front Porch of Western North Carolina. Downtown Black Mountain can be accessed directly off I-40 and offers dozens of unique shops, art and craft galleries and restaurants within easy walking distance. Spend an afternoon at the public park at Lake Tomahawk with its walking path, swimming pool, tennis courts, golf course and beautiful view of the "Seven Sisters" Mountain range.  Black Mountain is a friendly small town with big charm and a perfect place to welcome in the Christmas season.

Get links for lodging, attractions and events on the Black Mountain NC Guide.  


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Event: Biltmore Village Dickens Festival in Asheville NC

December 6-8   Biltmore Village Dickens Festival   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 carriage 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.

Learn more about Biltmore Village on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.


Monday, December 2, 2013

NC Chrsitmas Events: Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries begins this Weekend

December 6-7   Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries   Journey back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song.

2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios in charming downtown Dillsboro NC. Horse and buggy rides will be available each night from 5-8 PM (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Listen to carolers sing and children may visit with Santa at Town Hall.

Get links for complete visitor information including lodging on the Dillsboro NC Guide.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Weekend a Time for Christmas Crafts in the Mountains

Date:      November 25 - December 27
Event:    Tree Fest and Christmas Miniatures Art Exhibit  
 Beautifully decorated trees with handcrafted ornaments, holiday crafts, gift items and miniature paintings and photography. The gallery shop is also full of handmade ornaments available for purchase. 

Date:      November 26 - December 24
Event:     Blue Ridge Artisans Show and Sale 
eatures crafts from local artisans, including woodwork, paintings, photography and various Christmas ornaments. The Show is held at the McDowell Arts Council Association Gallery, Main Street in Historic Downtown Marion. 

Date:      November 29 - December 30
NC City:  CULLOWHEE  (near Sylva)
Event:     Hard Candy Christmas Arts and Crafts Show 
Mountain Artisans presents the 25th Hard Candy Christmas, Arts and Crafts Show. This mountain Christmas Tradition features original arts and crafts at a great price. Held at the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University - Free Parking  

Date:      November 29 - December 30
Event:    Santa's Gift Shop
is MV Craft Shows Christmas themed show. Come get in the Christmas shopping mood with festive decorations, music and a jolly atmosphere. In addition to their usual great crafts, the vendors will also display Christmas themed crafts such as decorations, clothing, baked goods and lots of great gifts. Santa himself will also be present to visit with kids of all ages. Along with the craft show there will be a food drive for CareNet. 

Date:      November 30
West Jefferson Gallery Crawl   Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios.

Date:      November 30
Event:     Thanksgiving Kiln Opening at Traditions Pottery  
Be present at 10:00 AM to watch the wood kiln be unloaded, and them make your selection. Items in the wood kiln will include work from Bolick’s and from Traditions. With face jugs such as Santas, wizards and cry babies, Rebekah pitchers, candlesticks, sculpted chickens and other traditional wares. Food will be served. Free admission.

Date:     November 30
Event:    Holiday Market Craft Fair
  This is the 7th annual Holiday Market at the Buckeye Recreation Center held from 9 AM - 3 PM. 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. There is more to do than just shop at the market. Free samples and craft demos add to the fun along with a cookie decorating station. Santa will be on hand for photos and to hear everyone’s wish list. FREE event. 

Date:      November 30
Event:     Curb Market Old Timey Christmas 
The Henderson County Curb Market Old Timey Christmas includes refreshments, music, carriage rides, holiday gifts and arts & crafts. Come visit the South's most unique Curb Market. All items sold at the market must be either handmade or locally grown.

Get links for these mountain Christmas craft shows and exhibits on the  NC Events Calendar

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Choose and Cut NC Christmas Trees

"Choose and cut" your own Christmas Tree on a North Carolina Tree Farm. Growing and selling Christmas trees is a major industry in the North Carolina mountains. 1,600 growers produce an estimated 50 million Fraser fir Christmas trees on over 25,000 acres in North Carolina. The NC Christmas Tree business is ranked second in the nation in number of trees harvested annually.

Fraser Fir trees represent over 90% of all species grown in North Carolina. Approximately 19% of the Real Christmas Trees produced for the entire United States comes from North Carolina. 

"Choose and Cut" has become an increasingly popular concept, currently supplying 25% of all Christmas trees sold in NC.
North Carolina Fraser fir, Balsam fir, Scotch pine and Douglas-fir are among the longest lasting Christmas trees and remain fresh much longer than other species. Lodging and cabin rental specials are available for NC visitors to choose and cut their own Christmas tree.

Here's a list of NC Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farms - get links for pricing and directions HERE.

A White Christmas Tree Farm - Linville
Cartner Christmas Tree Farm - Newland
Christmas Corner - Pineola
Cool Springs Nursery - Boone
Elk River Evergreens - Elk Park
Evergreen Ridge Christmas Tree Farm - Newland
Lil' Grandfather Christmas Tree Farm - Laurel Springs
Little Switzerland Christmas Tree Farm - Little Switzerland
Long Ridge Nursery - Newland
Mistletoe Meadows - Laurel Springs
Mountain Advantage Tree & Landscape - Crumpler
Mountain Memories Tree Farm - Jefferson
R.C. Blackburn Nursery/Reindeer Crossing - Jefferson
Snow Creek Christmas Trees - Bakersville
Sugar Mountain Nursery & Landscape - Newland
Sugar Plum Farms - Plumtree
Sunnyside Tree Farm - Jefferson
The Great Fraser Fir Company - Linville
Tom Millers Tree Farm and Nursery - Laurel Springs
Top of the Mountain Christmas Trees - Glendale Springs
Touch of the Mountains - Elk Park Twin Oaks Christmas Tree Farm - Elk Park
West End Wreaths and Choose & Cut - West Jefferson

Can't get make a trip to the mountains but still want an NC Christmas tree? You may also order NC Christmas trees online direct from North Carolina Tree Farms:
Sugar Plum Tree Farm - North Carolina Fraser Fir Christmas trees, wreaths or decorations. Corporate orders welcome.
Appalachian Evergreens - Blue Ridge Mountain Fraser Firs, wreaths, centerpieces, garlands, Christmas CDs
Cartner Christmas Tree Farm - Fraser Fir Christmas Trees, wreaths and garlands
Cool Springs Nursery - Fraser Fir Christmas Trees, table top trees, wreaths, garlands
Top of the Mountain Christmas Trees - Premium grade Fraser Fir Christmas Trees, wreaths
Try-Lyn Plantation - Wreaths, greenery, swags and centerpieces 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Events: Dickens Dinners at the Orchard Inn in Saluda

December 7, 12, 14, 20, and 21 at the Orchard Inn, 100 Orchard Lane, off 76, in Saluda NC - Celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas at the Dickens Dinners at the Orchard Inn in Saluda. Enter the impressive living room with a roaring fire in the fireplace and the beautifully decorated 10-foot Christmas Tree. Taste spiced wine and enjoy the sound of holiday music with Hors d'oeuvres served at 6:30 and dinner beginning at 7 PM.

All guests enter the dining room at the same time so seating is limited. A sumptuous 4-course special holiday meal will include such favorites as: Cream of Butternut Squash Soup with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Austrian Pumpkin Seed Oil, Organic Baby Green Salad with Orchard Inn Dressing, Choice of Crispy Duck with Homemade Mango Chutney or Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Rosemary Infused Pears or Local Rainbow Trout Almandine, and a choice of two fabulous desserts.

In between each course, The Orchard Inn's very own Mr. Pickwick (David Riddle) will read from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. After dinner, everyone will move into the candle lit living room to listen to the end of the story and toast to the Spirit of Christmas with a Smoking Bishop (hot spiced wine).

The cost is $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. After dinner, you may choose to stay in one of the upstairs rooms for only $110. This magical holiday evening at the Orchard's 12-acre mountaintop retreat will be one to remember. Call to reserve your Dickens DinnerL 828-749-5471.  

The Orchard Inn offers 14 guest rooms, some with fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs located in a private and picturesque mountain setting minutes to downtown Saluda.  Emjoy the cultivated gardens and use the private meeting room for groups. Additional features include a library, piano and WIFI. A full breakfast is  included in the room rate. Onsite dining for dinner and drinks is available with reservations. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Regular rates from $145.
Get links for complete local visitor information on the Saluda NC Guide. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas and Holiday Events: High Country Lights

November 28 - 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.  6374 Glade Valley Road, Ennice NC 


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Holiday Event: Christmas Ornament Festival in Burnsville's Town Center

November 23   Christmas Ornament Festival in Town Center   An annual Christmas Ornament Festival featuring one of a kind gift items handmade by local crafters and artisans. Admission is free. The Burnsville NC area is home to hundreds of North Carolina's favorite arts and crafters. This is your opportunity to make your holiday gift giving really special with a handcrafted piece from, the mountains.

Learn more about Burnsville NC HERE

Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday Event: Light Up Downtown in North Wilkesboro

November 22   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 hay rides, live entertainment, food, crafts, kids activities and more.

Get links for lodging, attractions and visitor information on the Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro NC Guide.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Wild Peonies Perform at The Purple Onion in Saluda

November 24, 6 PM at the Purple Onion, 16 Main Street, Saluda NC - The Sunday evening series presents Wild Peonies.  Wild Ponies feature the dead right, honest songwriting of Doug and Telisha Williams blended with a kick-ass band. Touring in support of their brand new release on Ditch Dog Records, "Things That Used To Shine", The Wild Ponies - Doug, Telisha and drummer Jake Winebrenner - bring energy and charisma along as they perform brilliant new songs as well as some of the old Doug & Telisha favorites.

The doors open for this show at 5:00 PM and seating is limited. The usual dinner menu will not be offered, but pizza and salads are available from 5 - 6 PM and dessert and beverages throughout the show. Admission is $15 per person. Call 828-749-1179 for reservations.

Find links for complete visitor information on the Saluda NC Guide.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cataloochee Ski Area and Sugar Mountain Resort Open for the 2013-14 Season

November 15, 2013 - Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley is this year the second of the NC Ski Slopes to open for the season. Skiing will be one session only, day skiing from 8:30am - 4:30pm,  on 6 slopes from midstation down with 2 lifts and 1 conveyor lift operating on a 18-36" base and machine groomed surface.

Lift tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for juniors age 5-12 with this reduced continues rate through Sunday. Regular rental rates will apply.

Early season operating hours are in effect:  9 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday;  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday
. A one run refund will be offered. Purchase your lift ticket and make one run and if you are not satisfied after your first run within the first 30 minutes, your money will be refunded.

Sugar Mountain (Ski) Resort began snowmaking with the cool front on Sunday evening and officially opened on November 13, 2013
- making it the first NC Slopes to open for this season. The Resort currently offers 2 slopes with 1 lift on a base of 8 - 32 inches. Ice skating is open for sessions at 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM and 6 PM.

Learn more about Cataloochee Ski Area and all the other NC Ski Slopes on the NC Ski Resort Guide.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Classic Car Show this weekend in Mariont NC - Christmas Cruise for Charity

November 16    Classic Car Cruise-in    This car show and meet is held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle to downtown Old Fort NC ( this month to Marion).  This is a free event sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers. 

This month is the
Christmas Cruise:  Saturday from  9 AM -1 PM. The Cruisers will leave Peebles Parking Lot at 9 AM and cruise to Clinchfield Baptist Church.  There will be Food , Music and Silent Auction items.  The entry fee for the Cruise is a new unwrapped toy or $10.00. All toys will benefit McDowell County Children.

Get links for more mountain weekend events on the NC Events Calendar


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blue To Black Art Weekend

November 15 - 16   Blue To Black Art Weekend    A self-guided tour of artist's studios from the Blue Ridge Parkway EAST to Black Mountain and Old Fort including an Art Stroll in downtown Black Mountain. This bi-annual celebration of art takes place in May and November.

The event kicks off on Friday Night with AnTHM Gallery at the Monte Vista Hotel featuring a reception for participating artists. The evening will also include an art show from the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League entitled "Fabulous Fakes". Exhibiting artists interpret famous works of art and will be on display through the New Year. Enjoy “Artini” drink specials, appetizers and live music. This event is free and open to the public.

Get links for complete visitor information on the Black Mountain NC Guide.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Holidar Bazaar at the Historic Carson House

November 15   Historic Carson House Luncheon and Holiday Bazaar   Held at St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish House  from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM. St. John's Parrish House is located at 289 S. Main Street in downtown Marion. Join members of the Carson House Partners to purchase crafts, baked goods and peruse a white elephant sale. Enjoy a soup and salad lunch from 11:00 AM. - 2 PM.  All of the proceeds from this bazaar go to benefit the Historic Carson House.

Get links for complete visitor information on the Marion NC Guide


Monday, November 11, 2013

Murphy Hometown Christmas Celebration

November 15 - 16   Murphy Hometown Christmas Celebration   The Celebration begins at 6 PM with a tree lighting ceremony, music and entertainment. Shopping day will be all day Saturday, November 16th, complete with Santa strolling around town and merchants offering incentives to shoppers such as sales, snacks, etc.

Get more local information on the Murphy NC Guide.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Last Chance to see "The Shadow of the Bear" this Fall in Cashiers

this incredible photograph by Jerry Jaynes
October - November: Don't miss "The Shadow of the Bear" a naturally occurring phenomenon from mid October through early November. The Shadow is visible for about 30 minutes daily between 5:30 and 6 PM and can best be viewed from the Rhodes Big View Overlook on U.S. Hwy. 64, approximately 4.5 miles west of Cashiers. The shadow is also visible in late winter from mid February through early March.

Get a link for The Shadow of the Bear and other attractions, lodging and visitor information on the Cashiers NC Guide.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Foothills Holiday Arts and Craft Show this Weekend in Marion

November 9 - 10   Foothills Holiday Arts and Craft Show   The area’s best talent will be showcased for two days of art and crafts 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 in their work.

The event will be set up inside and outside the Corpening YMCA and live music will add to the festive atmosphere.

Get links for local visitor information on the Marion NC Guide.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Roll Out the Barrels for The Tryon Beer Fest

November 9   Tryon Beer Fest - Tap into Tryon   The event will be held from noon until 8 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 and full servings of beer will be available for sale.  

Authentic German fare will be offered from Occasions Catering including Kielbasas, Bratwurst, Bavarian Sauerkraut, and German Potato Salad. Non-alcoholic beverages and water will also be available. Enjoy fresh baked pretzels from the Bavarian pretzel factory in Greenville.

Live Bavarian music from The Foothills will be played during the day and you can rock out with the Trophy Husbands and an oyster roast in the evening. Limited tickets will be available at the entrance. Admission is cash-only, but tickets can be purchased in advance online.

Get links to learn more about local events, lodging and attractions on the Tryon NC Guide

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Beech Mountain Resort 5th Annual Season Kickoff Video Premier

November 9, 7:30 PM to 10 PM - 5th Annual Beech Mountain Ski Resort Season Kickoff Video Premier.  An event for all ages who are looking forward to the NC ski, snowboard and winter sports season. See the latest snowboard videos while enjoying great food, drinks and raffles, including a chance to win a season pass to Beech Mountain Resort.

Get up to 50% off last season's gear from boots and binds to boards to outerwear. Take your turn at the spy mini ramp Best Trick Contest and win $100 - no entry fee.

The Season Kickoff will be held at The Boone Saloon, 489 West King Street in downtown Boone NC.

Learn more about Beech Mountain (Ski) Resort and all the NC Ski areas and resorts HERE.

All Aboard for The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

November 8 - December 29    The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad  Journey to the North Pole  via the Polar Express to pick up Santa all the while enjoying caroling, cookies, and cocoa - and for those who truly believe; a silver bell just like in the book. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad welcomed nearly 50,000 passengers last year for this popular annual event. The 1.5 hour round-trip train ride journeys through quiet mountain meadows to the North Pole and Santa Claus. Santa greets each child and presents them their special silver sleigh bell.

Get your tickets early to be assured you don't miss the magic. The Express will run rain or snow, as long as access highways are clear.

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is located in downtown Bryson City NC.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Grandfather Mountain Offers "Secret Season" Passes

As the last of autumn’s leaves drop from the trees and fall leaf lookers retreat back to warmer climates, winter’s chill sweeps through the High Country and paves the way for a "Secret Season" on  Grandfather mountain .

Grandfather offers "Secret Season" passes good any time from November 1 through April 30, to experience the wonder of the mountain during the winter at a very affordable price.

The price of an adult pass is $32, which means the pass holder can visit every day for six months at a price less than the cost of two adult tickets. An individual pass for a child between the ages of four and twelve years old, is $18 each. The group pass (good for six people traveling in the same vehicle) sells for $90 and pays for itself on the first visit.

Secret Season passes go on sale November 1 at the Grandfather Mountain entrance gate and are valid until April 30. Winter hours, weather permitting, are 9 AM to 5 PM. The park is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

Grandfather Mountain is a magical place when rime ice covers the surrounding peaks. Opening is delayed until all roads and paths can be cleared of snow and ice, but a phone call to the entrance at 828-733-4337 can confirm the day’s conditions and set the stage for a memorable outing for the entire family.

Learn more about Grandfather Mountain on the NC Parks Guide.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Grandfather Mountain Habitat has a New Eagle

Sitka, a new female bald eagle arrived at Grandfather Mountain on October 16 2013, and was introduced to Griffin, the male bald eagle that has been living in the habitat since May 2013. The female eagle came from the Alaska Raptor Center and has been named after the town where the center is located, Sitka. 

Sitka had suffered an injury to her right wing before arriving at the Alaska Raptor Center and was deemed unable to survive in the wild. Before Sitka was released into the habitat at Grandfather Mountain she received a medical check from Lee Bolt, DVM of Sweeten Creek Animal and Bird Hospital in Asheville, NC, and was found to be very healthy. Sitka's exact age is not known but darker feathers on her head may indicate that she is around five years old.

Sitka’s introduction to the eagle habitat and to Griffin is going very well. As expected the raptor is showing some signs of stress and anxiety but overall the habitat staff members and Dr. Bolt couldn’t ask for a better transition. The two eagles have been observed flying to sit on the same perch with each other...Read more

Grandfather mountain is the highest mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountain range at an elevation of 5,964 feet.  The Mile High Swinging Bridge gives visitors easy access to the breath-taking view from Grandfather Mountain's Linville Peak. Grandfather Mountain is a Nature Lovers' favorite offering Wildlife habitats, Nature Walks and Trails, Nature Programs, and a Nature Museum.  The complex natural terrain includes 16 different classifications of natural communities with backcountry trails providing access to all.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Event: Highlands Downtwon Halloween

October 31      Highlands Downtown Halloween   Trick-or Treat in a safe environment in Downtown Highlands. The streets are closed to vehicles with foot traffic only and children, parents, and even pets may walk around in customs collecting goodies from local merchants.

Get links for lodging and complete visitor information on the Highlands NC Guide

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Event: Boone BOO!

October 31     Boone Boo!    Ghosts, ghouls and goblins hit the streets of Downtown Boone for the Annual Downtown Boo Boone on October 31, 2012 The fun begins at 4:00 pm at the Watauga County Library.with crafts and activities for the kids. At 4:30 pm there will be a parade to the Jones House Community Center followed by Trick or Treating with the Merchants in Downtown Boone until 6:00 PM.

Get links for lodging, and complete visitor information on the Boone NC Guide

Halloween Event: Downtown Trick or Treat in Bryson City

October 31     Downtown Trick or Treat   Enjoy a fun, safe and small town trick or treating experience this Halloween. With the streets closed, the kids are out in full force to fill their bags with candy from the costumed downtown merchants.
And don't forget the costume contest open to all ages with the winner in each class receiving a gift certificate to Soda Pops (the local ice cream shop). For more information please contact the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, 800-867-9246

Get links for lodging and visitor information on the Bryson City NC Guide.

Halloween Event: Trick on the Street in Waynesville NC

October 31     Treats on the Street   Participating downtown Waynesville merchants open their doors for trick-or-treaters on Halloween evening. This is a safe and fun adventure for costumed children and their parents to stroll the sidewalks in search of delicious candy and special treats. Waynesville Fire & Police Departments and First Baptist Church join in the fun.

Get links for lodging and complete visitor information on the Waynesville NC Guide.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Trick or Treat in Hendersonville

October 31   Trick-or-Treat Street in Historic Downtown Hendersonville   Beginning at 5:30 pm you can come enjoy our wide sidewalks & friendly merchants for some of the safest most enjoyable trick or treating in the area. Other events include a dance party extravaganza with returning DJ, Sid the Surf, as well as a Halloween costume contest held in the 400 block of Downtown Main Street.

Learn more about Hendersonville
events, lodging and attractions HERE

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween Event: Fall Festival and Trick or Treat

October 29    Fall Festival and Trick or Treat   Celebrate the last day of the Tailgate Market season. For the kids there will be Trick or Treating with downtown businesses, a costume contest, pumpkin painting and craft activities. Growers will have fall crops for sale. Hours are 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Market Shade Shelter.

Get links for complete visitor information on the Marion NC Guide.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Event: HalloweenFest in Brevard, Transylvania County

October 26 - downtown Brevard NC:   This year's Halloweenfest will showcase a variety of new interactive elements as well as highlight favorite annual activities in an exciting new way this year.  The festival, which will be held in downtown Brevard on Saturday,  promises to provide fun and festivities for all ages.

Pumpkin Town, Boo-Ville, Transylvania Boulevard, Dracula's annual appearance, The Great Pumpkin Roll, Flight of the Vampire and Zombie Run, Costume Contest and Parade and the Farmers Market.  HalloweenFest in Brevard  is definitely "the place to be" for celebrating Halloween in the NC Mountains.

Get links for complete local  visitor information on the Brevard NC Guide

HalloweenFest Schedule -

8:00am Flight of the Vampire 5K Run
Brevard Rotary (Brevard College)

9:00am – 11:00am The Proper Pot Apple/Pumpkin Bake-Off
Outside of The Proper Pot – Judging at 11:00am

NEW TIME & LOCATION! 9:00am Registration for the Mountain Music Mash Competiton
(on a new stage on East Main St.)
10:00am – 6:00pm Street Festival: Food, Crafts, & Non-Profits(Downtown Brevard )
10:00am – 6:00pm Family Activities: Pumpkin Town, Boo-ville, Transylvania Boulevard, Tailgate Market, Ghoulish Golf, Spooky Hay Maze, Face & Hair Painting, and more!

NEW TIME & LOCATION! 10:00am-11:00am Costume Contest & Parade Registration – TYC (Downtown Brevard: Center of town at the intersection of Main and Broad Streets)
10:00am – 5:00pm Scarecrows on the Lawn
(Transylvania Heritage Museum)

NEW TIME & LOCATION! 10:00am – 6:00pm Mountain Music Mash Competition
(on a new stage on East Main St.)

NEW TIME! 10:00am – 12:30pm Great Pumpkin Roll Registration

NEW TIME & LOCATION! 11:00am-11:30am Costume Contest & Parade Judging & Awards Ceremony – TYC
(Downtown Brevard: Center of town at the intersection of Main and Broad Streets)

NEW TIME & LOCATION! 11:30am Costume Parade – immediately following the Awards Ceremony (Downtown Brevard – West Main Street and South Broad Street) Count Dracula and our favorite White Squirrel mascot will arrive to lead the costume parade!

NEW LOCATION! 12:00pm – 4:30pm Red Cross Blood Mobile (at the Hollingsworth building)

NEW TIME! 1:00pm – 2:30pm Great Pumpkin Roll Contest (Jailhouse Hill)

NEW EVENT! 2:00pm-3:30pm Mountain Music Mash Street Dance (East Main Street stage)

NEW TIME! 3:00pm – 4:00pm Downtown Trick or Treat ing (Downtown Merchants & Vendors)

NEW TIME! 4:00-4:30pm Pumpkin Carving Contest – Judging (Transylvania Times)

NEW LOCATION! EXTENDED HOURS! 6:00pm-10pm Osktoberfest – featuring Oskar Blues’ Osktoberfest beer, brats from Food Matters, live music and more. (New stage on East Main Street and the Water Oaks Suites parking lot)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Event: Beech Mountain Haunted Hayride

October 25-27   Haunted Hayride on Beech Mountain  This full scale production put on by the Town of Beech Mountain and the Lees McRae Equestrian Club serves as a fundraiser. Enjoy the thrills and chills of the hayride for a good cause. 

The early ride on Saturday is family friendly, lbut ater events may not be appropriate for children of all ages, or may require parental guidance. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $7 the day of. The rides leave from Buckeye Recreation Center at 8 PM. 

Get links for complete visitor information for Beech Mountain NC HERE.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Halloween Event: Haunted Corn Maze at Darnell Farms this Weekend

October 24-27  The Haunted Halls of Havoc - Haunted House and the Haunted Corn Maize at Darnell Farms Your nightmares become reality! Haunted Hay Rides from 7:30-10:00 PM For kid friendly fun, enjoy the corn maize before the witching hour (7:30 am to 7:30 pm) and pick your perfect pumpkin for carving! Children age 3 and under are free for the corn maize, 4 and up are $5. Hay rides are available all day for an additional $2 per person. Call in advance for group rates!

Darnell Farms is located at 2300 Governors Riad in Bryson City NC.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Halloween Event: Haunted Horn: Circus of Souls begins this week in Boone NC

October 23 - 31   Haunted Horn: "Circus of Souls"   The theme for this year's Haunted Horn, Life...and a carnival. Fun-seekers beware though since the altered spooky trail route accommodates a little more "clowning around". Tight-rope walkers aren't the only ones feeling the tension. Circus animals aren't always the warm, fuzzy, cute, four-legged types.

Don't blink, or you could become the subject of the next freak show in this "Circus of Souls." Tours start at 7:30 PM and continue throughout the evening, for ages 12 and up. Haunted Horn is a production of Appalachian Educators of ASU, and Southern Appalachian Historical Association, Inc., 501(c)3. Proceeds support these organizations' educational programs and the Angel Tree for area needy children this Christmas.

Find links for complete local visitor information on the Boone NC Guide.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fall Leaf Color Report for 10/15/13

The Week of October 15, 2013: 
 The High Country: This week, plus the coming weekend, should be peak fall leaf color times in the Boone/Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain areas. A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway will present excellent viewing, especially at 3,000’ and up. Colors are still developing at lower elevations, and won’t peak for another week or so, but the views should be great nonetheless. Sugar maples are really gearing up now. In Boone, along King Street, and also on the Blowing Rock Highway. ......see photos and read more from local expert Howie Neufeld, Ph.D. Professor of Plant Physiology Appalachian State University 
Asheville and the Mid-elevations:
Still mostly green with small patches of color starting to appear and more color in the surrounding hills. Dogwoods, sourwoods and Virginia creeper are all beautiful red. There is some color in some maples and yellow in other trees like birch and tulip poplar. Lower elevations at Lake Lure and Chimney Rock are beginning to turn with the drive from Hendersonville to Chimney Rock now gorgeous.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
  Leaf color Report will be updated soon as park workers catch up from the government shut-down.  There is lots of color at mid elevation throughout the Park.

Western Mountains in Nantahala and the Smokies:
More colors appearing in Highlands and Sylva with peak anticipated over the next 10 days.

Where to find color this week:
  Along the Blue Ridge Parkway; Hayesville, Highway 64, Blowing Rock Highway, Chimney Rock Park.  

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Open Again!

The National Parks and their facilities
in the NC mountains have re-opened.  

Estimated losses in NC and TN resulting from the pointless shut-down are 33 million dollars, based on a Western Carolina University study.  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is believed to be the biggest looser among the country's popular destination with more than $12 million in lost wages for workers, $1.8 million in lost state taxes and $1 million in lost local taxes.  

There has never been a better time to visit the mountain Parks. Fall leaf color will reach it peaks in the next couple of weeks, the weather is still warm during the days and cool at night. The Parks need your support from both visits and donations.

The Great Smoky Muntains National Park offers a Hike to Celebrate the re-opening .  On Thursday, October 17th hiking expert, author of several outdoor publications, GSMA board member and Friend of the Smokies volunteer Danny Bernstein will lead this 7-mile out and back hike. The hike is moderate in difficulty with a total ascent of 1,200 ft. and partially follows an old roadbed beside the creek. After the downhill return, participants can get an early jump on their holiday shopping at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

If you'd like to give Great Smoky Mountains National Park a big welcome home present, The Friends of the Smokies  invite you to join or renew your membership.  If you'd like to help spruce up the place, you can give to Trails Forever.  You  may also like to remember or honor a friend or relative with a donation in their name. CLICK HERE for more information.

October 18 and 19   Toast to the Park's reopening with Nantahala Brewing Company's 2013 debut party for Trail Magic Ale.

Get additional information and links for all the North Carolina Parks - National, State and local HERE.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wildlife of WNC Program at Chimney Rock State Park

October 19-20   Grady's Wildlife of WNC at Chimney Rock State Park    Come meet some of Grady the Groundhog's live woodland friends and learn about their natural habitats. Or marvel at our Birds of Prey, including a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. The family-friendly Grady’s Wildlife of WNC programs vary and are offered at 2 PM at the Outdoor Classroom on the Meadows. Best of all, the programs are included with your Park admission. All you need to bring are your kids and their curiosity about the natural world.

Get more local information on the Chimney Rock NC Visitor Guide.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Annual Fall Harvest Festival in Robbinsville NC

October 18-20   Annual Harvest Festival   Mountain traditions come alive at the annual Harvest Festival in beautiful Stecoah Valley (Robbinsville) at the Cultural Arts Center on the grounds of the historic Stecoah School.

The former community school was built in 1926, and today is the home of the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, an organization dedicated to preserving Southern Appalachian mountain culture. Tickets for evening concert are on sale now. Admission-adults $15.00 Students k-12 $5.00 Performing this year will be the Dismembered Tennesseans.

2013 Schedule:

Friday, October 18, 6 – 8 pm
Bonfire Storytelling • Civil War Encampment • Marshmallow Roast • Hotdogs • Hot Cocoa & Soft Drinks • Free Admission
Saturday, October 19, 8 am
5K run and a “One Mile Fun Run”
Saturday, October 19, 11 am – 5 pm
Mountain Music featuring Stecoah Jam Kids, The Britthaven Band, The Wilson Family Band, Grandpaw’s Music, The Welch Family, The Dixie Darlin’s Cloggers, and The Oktoberfest Square Dancers • Storytelling • Country Fair • Great Food • Local Arts & Crafts • Folklife Demonstrations • Horse Show • Civil War Encampment • Clogging Demonstration & Lessons • Adults $3 • Students/Children (K-12) Free
Saturday Evening, October 19, 7:30 pm
Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out in Concert — 2012 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year and the 7 time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year • Adults $25 • Students / Children (K-12) $5
Purchase Tickets
Sunday, October 20, 2:30 – 5 pm
Gospel groups perform songs of praise • Free Admission
Stecoah's Festivals celebrate the beginning and end of summer in the southern Appalachians with music, dance, food, and mountain arts and crafts.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

NC Corn Mazes Open this Weekend

Eliada's Corn Maze in Asheville, the largest maze in WNC, has created a “Love Asheville Give Local” theme in the maze this year. A giant heart, with this familiar slogan creates the maze trails and celebrates Eliada as a local charity in the region. “Get Lost” in corn mazes over 12 acres of twisting trails. Eliada's includes activities for kids of all ages including like corn cannons with pumpkin men targets, a cow train, hayride, pumpkin patch, giant sandbox filled with corn kernels, haybale maze, spider-web net climb on and giant slides.

The Blue Ridge Corn Maze in Brevard offers 6 Acres of "corn~fusion" where you can lose it and it's all right!
Self-serve hours that fit your schedule!  Instructions are posted at the gate which send you into the field to where a school bus is parked. Further instructions are posted there along with clue cards which help navigate the maze, a few rules, admission prices and where to place the admission. Trails are marked out front of the bus,with the 1st trail being the shortest. They both begin and end at the same point.  Go when you want to / self serve/ honor system.   14th Annual "Shock in the Corn" October 18-19, 25-26, 31.

Ashe County Corn Maze in the West Jefferson Area takes anywhere from 25 minutes to 45 minutes to hours! There are six "stations" in the maze to explore. 
The corn maze can take anywhere from 25 minutes to 45 minutes to hours if you like! There are six "stations" in the maze. Remembering where you've been and finding all the stations can be a little confusing but you'll have lots of fun trying to find your way out!  There will also be a variety  of games and activities for the entire family. Special Event: Corn Fest on October 12.

Hickory Nut Gap Farm in the Asheville area lets you wind your way through the corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, fill your bag with organic apples, hold a baby chick, visit the animals and enjoy a day with your family. Open 7 days a week in October. 
Visit the farm store and see first hand the landscape where your food is grown and to meet the people who make it happen. Purchase meat, fruits, and mushrooms from the farm as well as other local producers and spend some time with the animals.

The Maze at Seasonal Produce Farm in Canton includes special events such as a professional lumberjack competition, haunted house and Hospice Day. Enjoy Family Fun on the Farm! Pick out a pumpkin and enjoy a variety of attractions including campfires, the corn box, mini mazes, the hay jump, hayrides, the pumpkin patch, the haunted maze and the Scout Maze. Field trips and group events are available. October 12 is Heritage day.

Darnell Farms in Bryson City is a true "Agritourism" farm with horseback riding, wagon rides, camping, bluegrass music, educational tours, pick-your-own seasonal produce and an 8+ acre corn maze that opens in mid August! The Corn maz will open this year on October 11.

Grandad's Apples and Such  in Hendersonville NC includes  5 acres of corn maze and a fun-filled hour of exploring. After visiting five different way stations, your corn maze adventure will be complete! Grandad’s has several funny backdrops to create some great family photo ops. Visit the pumpkin patch and pick out your perfect pumpkin from  all sizes and shapes, including extra large and baby pumpkins. Ride the Cow Train on a tour of Grandad’s. The cow train is made from barrels painted to look like cows

New River Corn Maze  on the Brown Family Farm in Deep Gap NC, just outside Boone.  Get lost in the family fun and enjoy a High Country tradition on the banks of the New River. Bring your family, friends, church or student group. The maze itself winds through 5 acres of planted corn with over a mile of twists, turns, dead-ends, and switchbacks.  While visiting the Corn Maze, come by our Pumpkin Patch, to pick your own for Halloween. New this year - Come take a ride around the farm in a genuine passenger train.

Additional NC mountain Corn Mazes:
Smoky Mountain Corn Maze (Otto NC near Franklin)
Fodder Trot Trails ( Sprata NC)
The Great Pumpkin Patch (Glade Valley NC).