Friday, April 18, 2014

This Week's Beer Month Events in the Mountains

Date: April 19
Event: Beer Month Event: Hop’n Blueberry Farm Tours
Learn about a variety of hops and how they are grown and managed. Then enjoy a sample of beer made with these varieties from Lookout Brewery, just three miles from the farm. After the Hops farm tour, tour Lookout Brewery and see how beer is made and enjoy their tasting room in Black Mountain. Tours will be offered every Saturday in April starting at 2 PM at the farm. For tickets, call 828-664-1166.

Date: April 22
Event: Beer Month Event:
German Beer Dinner at Lulu's on Main in Downtown Sylva. Enjoy a five course German meal paired with Heinzelmännchen Beers. Don’t miss this delectable evening. $40, Maximum 32 people. Purchase tickets in advance from Lulu’s, located at 612 W Main Street.

Date: April 24
Event: Beer Month Event:
Celebrate 10 years of Heinzelmännchen Beers. Beer, Soda, Food, Door Prizes and lots of celebration. Held from 5 PM - 9 PM at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in historic downtown Dillsboro.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Biltmore in Bloom: Tulips featured this week

April 17, 2014 - Spring has dressed the Biltmore grounds in bright colors. The featured flower is the tulip, at peak this week. Their bright, nodding heads blanket Biltmore's gardens in yellows, pinks, reds, oranges, and more. Plan your spring visit today and get the current BEST PRICES on Biltmore tickets.

See everything that's blooming at Biltmore with their  Weekly Bloom Report.  You can also brighten up your computer's desktop by downloading our digital wallpaper, featuring the flower of the week.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Weekend Events

April 19   Smoky Mountain Oyster and Seafood Festival   This one day event, held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, boasts all types of oysters, fried, steamed and raw by the dozen or half dozen, as well as fried or steamed shrimp by the pound or half pound, shrimp and grits and a low country boil platter. 

Food will be prepared by J. Arthur's Restaurant in Maggie Valley. There will be non-seafood items as well. Live music from Mile High Band and Steve Weams and the Caribbean Cowboys and a free kid's zone will round out the day. Admission is $5 at the gate.

Find links for complete visitor information on the Maggie Valley NC Guide.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Events in the Mountains: Chimney Rock State Park Easter Sunrise Service

April 20   59th Annual Easter Sunrise Service   Celebrate Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s annual Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in WNC, attracting more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast each year.

This free non-denominational Easter celebration features live instrumental music, spiritual songs and breathtaking scenery. The 59th annual inter-denominational community worship service is a special tradition and a memorable event for the entire family. Guests are invited to eat breakfast at the Old Rock Café and stay to enjoy the Park all day.

Get more information about Chimney Rock State Park on the Chimney Rock NC Guide


Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Events in the Mountains: Easter on the Green in Asheville

April 19   Easter on the Green    An annual FREE family-friendly event in the heart of downtown Asheville. Traditional activities include age-specific Easter egg hunts, races, giant inflatables, Bounce house, music, entertainment, giveaways and more. Children can meet the Easter Bunny and receive a golden egg filled with a prize. A professional photographer will take a family photo that can be downloaded for free.

Find more Easter events on the NC Events Calendar.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Candle Light Ghost Tours Begin this Weekend in Wilkesboro

April 12   Candle Light Ghost Tours   An evening of tales, mystery and haunts at the Candle Light Ghost Tours. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings that make up downtown Wilkesboro. Visit a cemetery where Civil War Soldiers are buried, stand in the jail cell Tom Dooley spent his last days, and listen to the stories of the haunted Smithey Hotel. T

ickets will be sold on the Courthouse lawn at the museum and at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market the Friday before. Tours start at 8pm.

Get complete visitor information on the Wilkesboro / North Wilkesboro NC Gudie.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tweetsie Railroad Opens for the 2014 Season

April 11   Tweetsie Railroad   OPENING DAY for the 2014 season. All aboard for NC's oldest theme park and another season of wild-west fun, special events and excitement for kids of all ages.

Tweetsie Railroad, North Carolina's first theme park, takes a trip back into the days of the Old West. Hop aboard the train for an unforgettable three-mile journey through the scenic mountains. 


Even in today's high-tech world, there's still a place for old-fashioned fun. Tweetsie Railroad is a unique attraction that allows children and families to explore their imaginations and a whole lot more. Be a cowboy, Indian or an engineer and take a ride on  historic steam locomotive, Number 12, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open daily April - October with special events offered.

Get links for complete visitor information including cabin rentals and other local attractions on the Blowing Rock NC Guide



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Melange in the Mountains Event: The Classic Wineseller Music and WIne

The Classic Wineseller, 20 Church Street in downtown Waynesville NC, will be participating in the 2014 Melange in the Mountains with the following events:


April 10 - The Dupont Brothers perform beginning at 7 PM. Enjoy Vermont-made folk, rock Americana.

April 11, 7 PM enjoy Ben Wilson vocals and guitar with hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

April 12 at 7 PM Joe Cruz performs vocals and piano hits from the Beatles and Elton John.

April 13 from 11:30 to 2 PM Gospel Sunday Brunch will fill your tummy and your soul. Rockwell Scot performs with vocals and piano. $18.99 per person.

$10 minimum purchase per person either retail or restaurant.

Get a link for the Classic Wineseller and Melange in the Mountains on the Waynesville NC Visitor Guide.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 Agritourism Guide Now Available for Haywood County

April 10, 2014 - The Haywood County TDA has announced the “Find your Adventure! 2014 Agritourism Guide” will be released and available in print or online.

Buy Haywood’s “Find your Adventure! 2014 Agritourism Guide
(formerly known as the Farm Map and Brochure)  will be released on Thursday, April 10th at the Mélange of the Mountains Culinary Gala held at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville, NC—marking the kick off to the 2014 Mélange Culinary Weekend.

Agritourism as an enterprise is being hailed as a “primary force” in our modern economy drawing millions of visitors to North Carolina—who spend upwards of $13 billion dollars each year. “The 2014 Agritourism Guide has been designed to appeal to a vibrant and diverse traveler, from empty-nesters to modern families, while highlighting the rich farming and agricultural heritage of our county,” says Tina Masciarelli, Buy Haywood Project Coordinator.

This unique and popular publication crisscrosses Haywood County offering year-round opportunities to enjoy a variety of agritourism adventures. The 2014 Guide includes: farmer and tailgate markets, roadside stands, on-farm markets, U Pick farms, specialty retail shops, rustic hospitality venues, historic preservation sites, Christmas tree farms, plant nurseries, a 2014 Calendar of heritage related events and festivals, and a listing of “Farm to Table” local flavors which is a new addition to the publication this year.

“The guide is an invitation to explore our vibrant community of agripreneurs—where heritage meets modern convenience,” says Masciarelli. “The 2014 guide is a wonderful example of a community effort—it includes a spectacular hand-illustrated map by local naturalist, Ken Czarnomski; a breathtaking panoramic photograph of Purchase Knob by Ed Kelley; and a never before published Sunburst Trout Reuben Sandwich recipe by local “Farm to Table” chef, Heidi Dunkelberg of Coffee Cup Café.”

Buy Haywood is a project of the Haywood County Economic Development Commission and financially supported by the Haywood Advancement Foundation. The agritourism efforts receive vital support from community partners such as the Haywood Advancement Foundation, Bethel Rural Community Organization and the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority.

Printed guides are FREE and can be picked up at any of the Haywood County Visitor Centers and other venues around the county. A full listing of distribution partners will be available on Buy Haywood’s website the week of April 14th, along with a downloadable PDF. Mélange of the Mountains Culinary Weekend ticket and event information can be found at or by calling 828.456.3021.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Culinary Weekend in the Mountains

April 10 -13   Melange of the Mountains Culinary Gala   Experience the culinary talent of some of Western North Carolina's most well regarded Restaurants and Vendors. Attendees are invited to sample delicious items directly from the menus of area Restaurants and to feast their eyes on expertly plated specialties entered in the competition. Coffee, beer and wine will also be available for sampling.

The event kicks off with a gala evening at
Laurel Ridge County Club with participating chefs and restaurants preparing tastings of their favorite recipes, showcasing or competing for recognition and awards. Weekend events such as Farm to Table, Hops to Tap, Sip and Stroke, Dinner on the Mountain, Champagne and Caviar, Five Course Candlelight Dinner, Wine Pairings will take place throughout Haywood County.

2014 Participants include:

Balsam Mountain Inn
Bearwaters Brewery
Bridget’s Bistro
City Bakery
The Classic Wineseller
Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon
Frankie’s Italian Trattoria
Frog Level Brewery
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Haywood Smokehouse
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center
Laurel Ridge Country Club
Maggie's Galley
Moonshine Grill
Organic Coffee Beans Co.
Sunburst Market
Sweet Onion
Waynesville Soda Jerks in The Strand Theater
Tipping Point Tavern

CLICK HERE to register in advance.

Find local Inns and rentals on the Waynesville NC Visitor Guide and the Maggie Valley NC Visitor Guide