Thursday, June 26, 2014

Artisans Drive About This Weekend in the Stecoah Valley

June 27 - 28, 2014   Stecoah Valley Spring Artisans Drive About   Visit the artisans' studios and galleries during the open house drive-about studio tour. Get up close and person with the artist and see numerous live demonstrations. 

The hours will be 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM both days. The Schoolhouse Cafe at The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will also be open and is located at 121 Schoolhouse Road in Robbinsville (Stecoah Valley) NC.

Get links for complete local visitor information on the Robbinsville NC Guide.

Friday, June 20, 2014

PlottFrst this Weekend in Maggie Valley NC

June 21 - 22, 2014    PlottFest     This is the second annual festival and includes the best in mountain music, American Plott Association and National Plott Association sanctioned Bench Dog Shows, and the Smoky Mountain Trout Festival. 

All profits from the Festival will Benefit Head Start of Haywood and Jackson Counties.  One of the highlights of the event is a mountain music festival celebrating WNC's heritage. Some of the popular musicians performing include Balsam Range, the Darren Nicholson Band, Eddie Rose & Highway 40 and Mark and Amy Bumgarne.

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

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mountain Spirits: FREE Beer Tasting in Asheville

June 20, 5 PM - 7 PM at Hops and Vines: FREE Green Man Ales tasting including their new seasonal Wayfarer Session IPA - 
Green Man ESB - A malty amber ale boasting rich toasted and caramel flavors, Green Man ESB is an award-winning signature brew. A blend of authentic British malts and hops creates a nutty aroma, full body, and a sweet finish. Prepare yourself for a truly exceptional interpretation of a traditional English style.
Green Man IPA - Delectably hoppy with a properly balanced body. Generous hop additions give it a wonderful bitterness and pleasant floral nose, while the combination of traditional British malts creates a rich, satisfying flavor and alluring copper color. This authentic English-style IPA is Green Mans flagship ale.
Green Man Wayfarer - A crisp, refeshing session IPA, great for warmer weather drinking.

June 21, 3 PM - 6 PM FREE Sake Wine Tasting.  Join Bill from Tryon Distributing to taste 4 unique takes on both American and Japanese sake.
Ozeki Karatamba is the masterpiece of the Tamba Toji (brewmaster). Their unique brewing method and technique produce this superb, dry and crisp sake. Ozeki Karatamba has a full-bodied, rich taste that feels smooth on the palate. This is the perfect sake to indulge yourself!
Ozeki Yamadanishiki uses Yamadanishiki rice—the best sake making rice (saka mai). The Yamadanishiki rice has a larger kernel, so even at the high rice polishing rate the rice is left with enough starchy core essential to producing a natural full-bodied flavor. Ozeki Yamadanishiki tastes clean and refreshing with a dry aftertaste. It pairs very well with with dishes such as steak and Teriyaki chicken.
Hana Awaka-
Ozeki Hana Awaka (Sparkling Flower) is a refreshing, fizzy, low-alcohol sake. This light, pleasant bubbly sake is just perfect as brunch and after-work drinks. Ozeki Hana Awaka has a mild sweetness and acidity. Serve very well chilled.
Ozeki Dry-
Ozeki Dry is one of the three sake products that Ozeki first brewed in California in 1979. Ozeki Dry sake is a dry sake with a refreshing fruity flavor and tastes best when served chilled. This is an excellent choice for first time sake drinkers due to its lower alcohol content and smooth taste. It pairs well with chicken, light Asian dishes, sashimi, sushi, and it can be also poured over fresh or grilled oysters to add a flavor. 

Get 10% off all wines featured during this tasting.

Hops and Vines is located at 797 Haywood Rd., Suite 100 in Asheville NC

Last Minute 4th of July Cabin Rentals: Modern Nantahala Cabin

Available for 4th of July week or weekend with minimum 2 nights and STANDARD RATES as of this posting. Check with owner for availability updates.

The Dogwood Breeze Cabin is located in 40 secluded acres and bordered by a trout stream in the Nantahala NC area. Easy access and only minutes to whitewater rafting. Stone gas log fireplace, outdoor grill, large porch with rockers, central heat and air, locally crafted furnishings, full kitchen, washer and dryer, flat screen satellite TV with DVD.

This cabin sleeps up to 6. FREE WIFI. $135 per night, $675 for a full week (two nights FREE).  See photos, details and current availability

Get complete local visitor information on the Nantahala NC Guide.  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blue RIdge Music Center Presents the Carolina Chocolater Drops

June 20, 2014   Blue Ridge Music Center Concert Carolina Chocolate Drops & The Amigos With their 2010 Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig, which garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they’d so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound.

The Amigos deliver foot-stomping, accordion-infused Americana music blending folk-rock, zydeco/cajun, and jazz. 7 PM. $10 for adults, Children 12 and under free. For info on all shows and tickets call: (276) 236-5309 x112 or purchase online.

The Blue Ridge Music Center is located j
ust north of Boone in Galax VA.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Father's Day Events: Scottish Heritage Festival this Weekend in Franklin NC

June 12 - 15, 2014   Scottish Heritage Festival   Always held on Father's Day Weekend, this favorite event features Scottish Fun, Food, Fashion, Music, Dancers, Games, Clans, Border Collie Demonstrations, Crafters, Continuous Entertainment and Culture for the whole family. The event kicks off with a golf tournament. 

Get links for more information about Franklin NC HERE.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Blue Ridge Barbeque and Music Festival this Weekend in Tryon NC

June 13 - 14   Annual Blue Ridge Barbeque and Music Festival   The Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival is one of the area's biggest annual events with fantastic Barbecue, phenomenal music and incredible arts and crafts. Enjoy the classic car show or the Boss Hawg Run to Fun. Bring the kids, friends, family and more. 

This year's Festival Musical Entertainers include the AJ Gent Band, The Danburys, The Honey cutters,
Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., Randall Bramblett Band, The Whiskey Gentry, The Shane Pruitt Band, The Dead 27s, Saint Francis, Aaron Burdett Band, Loaded Toad, Nobody's Fault, Rock and Roll Reunion, Grits and Soul, Dave Dribbon and The Stomping Rain. The venue offers 2 stages and is consistently one of the best Music events in the mountain region.

No pets, no coolers are allowed.  The event is held at Harmon Field and hosted by by the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce and all proceeds benefit the Chamber’s operating budget and help fund the Carolina Foothills Chamber Foundation 

Get links for local visitor information on the Tryon NC Guide,  


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Blue Ridge Music Center Concert Tonight Features Dom Flemous

June 7, 2014    Blue Ridge Music Center Concert Dom Flemons   Hear the "American Songster," pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, Flemons has played live for over one million people just within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.

The concert begins at 7 PM. $10 for adults, Children 12 and under free. For information on all shows and tickets call: (276) 236-5309 x112 or purchase online. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents "The Last Five Years"

Now through June 22, 2014   The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents The Last Five Years   Jason Robert Brown’s contemporary musical tells the emotionally powerful story of two twenty-something New Yorkers who dive head first into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes with finding “the one.”

The play is performed at The Playhouse Downtown,
located at 125 South Main Street in historic downtown Hendersonville NC.  All tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online. Discounts available for seniors, AAA members, military personnel, students and groups.

Learn more about Hendersonville NC HERE.


Upcoming Weekend NC Events for 6-6-14

June 1 - 16
NC City: Blowing Rock
Event: Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble at Grandfather Mountain    
Enjoy this special program designed to help visitors get the most out of the memorable sight of Catawba rhododendron blooming up the mountain's slopes in early summer. Staff naturalists offer programs and read more...

June 5 - 8, 2014
Event: 7th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival
Participants range from pre-war to classic Europeans to American muscle. Returning in 2010 was the Bridgestone Tire F-1 Racing Simulator. This fun, family oriented event is a must event for the vintage car enthusiast who wants to show or just to browse these great cars from the past. Enjoy the read more...

Date: June 5 - 8
Event: Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show -
Saddlebred Show. The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country and has been a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923. See the Glitz and Glamour, the
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June 6, 2014
Event: Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk
Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association and see on of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine 2 years running. 25 downtown venues participate with  

June 6, 2014
Event: Groovin' On The Green This concert features Hurricane Creek.
Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held every Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons.
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 Date: June 6 - 7, 2014

Event: NC Gold Festival This annual event, features gold exhibits, gold mining techniques and demonstrations, treasure and scavenger hunts, geo-caching, gold panning, numerous vendors including arts and crafts, raffles, Friday night read more...

June 6 -8, 2014

Event: Ole Smokey Tractor Club Spring Farm Fest See the Parade of 30 + tractors drive through the Town of Maggie Valley on Friday & Saturday. Food vendors are onsite for your dining pleasure. Education Antique Tractor & Engine Show with Parts Vendors; Flea Market with Crafts; Tractor rides for kids throughout 

June 7, 2014
Event: National Trails Day at Chimney Rock State Park Head for the Park and enjoy events for the entire family. 11 AM: Rockin’ Naturalist Guided Hike - Explore the flora and fauna of the Hickory Nut Falls trail; meet in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts. 2 PM: Wonderful World of Reptiles--Enjoy learning the natural history and important roles our scaly friends play in our ecosystem. Kids of all ages will enjoy the rare chance to see these critters up close. Meet at Grady's Animal Discovery Den. 5 PM: Hike at Rumbling Bald--Don't miss


June 7, 2014
Event: Brevard Blues Festival
Come enjoy this pre-season special event with blues, barbeque and brews beginning at 2 PM. Featured performers include: Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling and the Jewel Tones, Anson Funderburgh, The Shane Pruitt Band, The Dubber, Dangerous Gentlemen, Riyen Roots, the Lee Griffin Band and