Monday, December 21, 2015

Ski NC: North Carolina Ski Resorts are Open Despite the Unusually Warm Weather

snow-making machines on NC ski slopes
The NC Ski Slopes will be open for Christmas week with skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating and special activities. So far this ski season the weather has been uncooperative with warmer than average temperatures and rain, not snow. But thanks to modern technology and it's snow-making machines, the slopes are open and skiing with Santa, live music and other special events are underway.


Appalachian Ski Mountain   Skiing and snowboarding open on a base of 24 - 36 inches on 8 slopes with 5 lifts. 3 Sessions offered Daily: Noon-2, 2:30-4:30, and every evening 7-9, 12/21 - Spy Optics Session; 12/24 - skiing with Santa; 12/25 Christmas Day Ice Skating; 12/26 Midnight Blast Holiday Nights; 12/31 - New Year's Eve Extravaganza - ski until 11:30 PM with fireworks at midnight..

Beech Mountain Ski Resort   Ski 5 slopes with 4 lifts on a base of 12 - 26 inches.12/31 - New Year's Eve Celebration.  7:30 PM - 1 AM family friendly event at the View Haus, 21+ celebration at the Beech Tree Bar and grille. Live music, skiing, ice skating and more.

Cataloochee Ski Area    
Ski 5 slopes with 3 lifts on a base of  20-30 inches. DAY SKIING ONLY.   12/21-1/16 - Holiday rates in effect. 12/25 - Ride with Santa from 1 PM, open until 10 PM

Sapphire Valley Ski Area is still CLOSED waiting cold weather.  Zip line, rec center, golf and hiking open.
 

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort     Night skiing and riding open. Ski on 6 slopes with 3 lifts on a base of 10-26 inches. Tubing and ice skating open. 12/26 - Live performance by The Johnson Brothers; 12/27 - Live performance by Mountain Creek; 12/31 - New Year's Eve Celebration with live music, torch light parade at 11:45 and fireworks at midnight.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort      Ski 3 slopes with 2 lifts on a base of 24 inches. Holiday Schedule - day skiing from 9am - 4:30pm and night skiing from 6pm - 10pm.



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas at Connemara Displays Traditional Decorations at The Carl Sanburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock NC

December 19, 2015   Christmas at Connemara   The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is decorated as the Sandburgs did, with traditional decorations, holiday music and programs. Take a leisurely stroll of the grounds and visit the goat barn. 


Christmas at Connemara also features music with local musicians and storytellers. Music/storytelling will be held from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the garage adjacent to the Sandburg home. Hot cider and cookies will be served. Holiday craft-making will be offered from 10 AM to 1 PM. Christmas decorations will remain until January 4


Sunday, December 13, 2015

The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display for 2015

2015 grand prize gingerbread house winner
November 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016   The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display  - Contestants from across the country bring their architectural masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn for display over the holidays. 



Be amazed at the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations.  Strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit. There is no admission charge to view the entries to the National Gingerbread House Competition. 

In addition to the gingerbread overload, see the beautiful holiday displays throughout the Inn and warm yourself by the giant fireplaces in the grand lobby. Pick up a map in the lobby to find the various areas where the entries are displayed.


The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa - Renowned spa, scenic golf course,  sports complex with pool, tennis, racquetball, training.



Onsite restaurants, lounge, bars. A large variety of rooms and suites, varying stages of updates with many original Inn antiques.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Mountain Spirits: Wine and Beer Tastings and Events for the week of 12/9/15

December10, 2015 at Brusin' Ales, 66 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville NC  5 - 7 PM Ballast Point Brewing Beer Tastings: 

Grunion Pale Ale: Our Grunion Pale Ale wasn't born on a beach, but in a backyard. Originating from an employee-only home brew contest, this award-winning hoppy pale ale is named after the tiny local fish known for late night frolics on shore. A pair of new hop varieties lend strong yet balanced summer melon aromas and herbal flavors, while a soft caramel malt sweetness holds it all together. [5.5% abv] . 

Sculpin: "Our Sculpin IPA is a great example of what got us into brewing in the first place. After years of experimenting, we knew hopping an ale at five separate stages would produce something special. The result ended up being this gold-medal winning IPA, whose inspired use of hops creates hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon flavors, but still packs a bit of a sting, just like a Sculpin fish." [7.0% abv]. 

Grapefruit Sculpin: "Our Grapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on our signature IPA. Some may say there are few ways to improve Sculpin's unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA's citrusy hop character. Grapefruit's a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer." [7.0% abv]. 

Habanero Sculpin: "Our Sculpin IPA with Habanero Pepper began as a crazy experiment that's taken on a life of its own. While its bright fruit notes and hoppy bite has made the original one of our favorites, this version takes that balance of flavors to the next level with the citrusy, floral heat of habaneros. Sculpin are known to sting, but this one's got a kick." [7.0% abv]. 

The Commodore: The Commodore came out of our search for a medium-bodied American Stout. The recipe began at our R&D pilot brewery, but quickly became a favorite of our crew. Strong flavors of roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate balance with light citrusy hop aromas, highlighted by a crisp, bitter finish. One sip of this gold medal-winning stout will have you ready to take command of your own fleet. [6.5% abv]. 

Victory at Sea: "Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with vanilla and San Diego's own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate." [10.0% abv].  




December 11, 2015 from 6 - 9 PM at Maggie B's Wine and Specialty Store, 10 C South Main Street in Weaverville NC:   The Weaverville Candlelight Stroll is one of the area's favorite holiday events. The Christmas lights will be twinkling so come join in the cheer. The Montford Park Players will be preforming, Santa will be taking requests and all the businesses will be open late. Maggie B's will be hosting a free tasting from 6-9 plus there will be holiday samples out to taste.

Maggie's Deal of the Week: Olive Tapenade Dip: Great to have out for holiday parties. WAS: $9.99/lb. THIS WEEK: $5.99/lb.





December 11-17, 2015 - Asheville Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC: Movies at 675 Merrimon - Hotel Transylvania 2; The Intern (Thursday and Friday); Sicario; Rocky Horror Picture Show. NFL Football on Sunday - Panthers VS Falcons. Monday pizza special and Thurdays $10 growlers.



December 11, 2015 from 5 - 7 PM at Hops and Vines, 797 Haywood Rd. Ste 100 in West Asheville NC: FREE Beer Tasting - Brooklyn Brewing - Brooklyn has been a long-time staple of craft beer with a rich history of well known brewers and a tradition of supporting homebrewers. 
Brewed since 1994, Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout has itself become a modern classic, heralded the world over. It achieves its dark chocolate aroma and flavor through the artful blending of six malts and months of aging. Properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for many years. This stout is the toast of the winter season in many countries, and there is nothing better to enjoy with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, fine cheeses and roaring fireplaces
 A classic Saison, an unfiltered golden farmhouse ale with a wonderfully clean malt flavor and our hero, the quirky Sorachi Ace hop, standing front and center. Dry-hopping releases Sorachi Ace’s bright, spicy aromatics to tickle the nose before ascending into a fine harmony between Pilsner malt and playful Belgian yeast.
Brooklyn Lager is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by “dry-hopping”, the centuries-old practice of steeping the beer with fresh hops as it undergoes a long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer, smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food.

December 12, 2015 from 3 - 6 PM:  FREE Wine Tasting - Holiday Selections - Come get the perfect wine for your holiday celebrations, 10% off all featured bottles this Saturday, and come by the free tasting from 3-6pm. 
Vina Broco - This is a lovely new take on a very classic style. This 100% Mencia is rich with dark fruits and oak. Very well balanced with a velvety mouthfeel and a soft but noticable tannin balance, this would be a great mix up for the Pinot Noir drinker. 
Bliss - This stunning California Pinot Noir has aromas of dried cherries and Christmas spice which are followed by fruit forward flavors. The elegant finish is highlighted by notes of sweet cranberry. A wonderful wine to go with big, rich or spicy dishes. 
Routas - Pale straw color, with a light green hue. On the nose, aromas of lime sherbet, citrus, ripe pear and a hint of gooseberry come forward. On the palate, tropical fruit notes lead to a crisp, lively acidity  10% off all featured bottles on Saturday.






December 12, 2015 from 3 - 7 PM at Appalachian Vintner, A RARE Wine Tasting - 6 vintages of the same wine,
Domaine Rouge Bleu Mistral from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Every day is a wine sale day -  find deep discounts daily on all in stock wines when purchased by the half or full case, plus a huge selection of wines discounted by the single bottle. Special orders also welcome.





December, 2015 at  Shelton Vineyards
, 286 Cabernet Lane in Dobson NC:  Last minute Christms gifts - order by 12/17 for guaranteed delivery by the 25th.  Chose from a variety of gifts and accessories. Get the perfect wine pairing Guide for the Holidays. Winery tours and tastings happening daily. Can’t make it to the vineyard? Shelton's website will feature wine specials throughout the month– so be sure to check back.


December 31 - New Year's Eve Celebration at Harvest Grill. 
Celebrate in style with a special menu followed by dancing - reservations required. Get details on the website.





December 11, 2015  7 PM at  Classic Wine Cellar,
20 Church Street, Waynesville NC -
Joe Cruz with piano and vocals performing music of the Beatles, Elton John, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel.   
December 12 at 7 PM - Jungle Bell  Bash featuring Shelia Gordon with piano and vocals
 
Wine on Wednesdays - stop by every Wednesday from 4 PM to 8 PM to enjoy unique varietals, regional tastings and more. Free tastings with the purchase of $15 of food or $16 per person.



 


December 11, 2015 from 4 - 7 PM at Table Wine,
1550 Hendersonville Road, Suite 102, Asheville NC - FREE Tasting - Orin Swift and Prisoner  Company Wines.
Phinney and Beloz craft wines that people just love to drink.  Stop by for a free wine tasting this Friday to see if you love drinking them.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save on some delicious, highly rated wines from Orin Swift and The Prisoner Wine Company.

December 12, 2015 from 2 PM - 5 PM: Big, Free Holiday Wine Tasting
Ryan Brazell and John McCarthy from Proof Wine and Spirits will join us to pour 12 different wines from their extensive portfolio.  From festive sparkling wines and great values for your holiday parties to premium, higher end wines perfect for gift giving or enjoying with the Christmas meal, we’ll have all bases covered.  This is a free wine tasting and all of the tasting wines will be on sale.





December 11, 2015 from  4 - 6 PM at  LaBouteille,
10 N Trade St, Suite A Tyon NC - Complimentary Wine Tastings  every Friday.   Every Saturday 12 -7 pm complimentary informal  beer tasting.





September 12, 2015 from  2 PM - 5 PM at The Wine Guy, 555 Merimon Ave and 1200 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville NC - FREE Saturday tastings
are a great way to sample new favorites in a casual setting. Sample 4 to 6 new wines. Light hors d’ oeuvres will be served and all wines poured will be specially priced









December 11, 2015 from 6 PM - 8 PM at Brushy Mountain Winery, 125 West Main Street in Elkin NC - Live Performance by Cory Myers and Luke Mears.
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December 12 - Smoking  Joe Randolph performs live from 6 to 8 PM. Randolph, a Guitarist/singer/songwriter, is most known for his vintage sounding Retro Blues,Rockabilly, Instrumental Surf and Jazz.


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. Tasting room open seven days a week.
Reservations are recommended for tastings and tours.  Sample wines and browse the gift shop featuring wine related and gourmet gift items. Thursdays live music at 8 PM. 

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.  Tasting room summer hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from Noon to 8:00. 

Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery,  170 Heritage Vines Way in Elkin NC - Open to the public for Tours and Tastings on Saturdays and Sundays
from 1 PM to 6 PM and at other times by appointment – call (336) 366-3301 to schedule a time.

Elkin Creek Winery, 318 Elkin Creek Mill Road in Elkin NC,  Open for tastings Thursday through Sunday,
11 AM - 5 PM and other times by appointment. 


Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery, Tasting Room Drive off of Klondike Road, 235 Chatham Cottage Circle, State Road, NC -  Tasting Room open Wednesday through Saturday
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays open 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. June through September: Saturdays open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks,   315 Thurmond PO Road in Thurmond NC - Tasting Room Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 1 PM to 5 PM.


Round Peak Vineyard,   765 Round Peak Church Road in Mount Airy NC - Tasting Room Open Daily: Sun–Thurs 12 pm–5 pm;  Fri 12 pm–8 pm;  Sat 11 am–6 pm (and until Sunset Jun–Aug); By appt. other times. The Tasting Room is also a cozy place to host your private event. With space for 20-40 people depending on seating, and the ability to cater any type of food or appetizers desired, we can create the atmosphere you'd like. Available any time except the normal business hours that the Tasting Room is open.
 
Shelton Vineyards, 286 Cabernet Lane in Dobson NC. Regular tour and tasting is offered daily departing every half hour.
This includes a guided tour of the 33,000 square-foot winery with an overview of the winemaking process, a tasting of five wines, and a souvenir wine glass. $5 per person.  Retail hours are Monday-Saturday 10 AN.-6 PM., and Sunday 12 PM - 6 PM (Daylight Savings Time); Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday 12 PM-5 PM (Standard Time). Tours and tastings are offered daily. The winery is open every day of the year except New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. A variety of additional special tours are available - reservations are required, see the website for details.

South Creek Vineyard and Winery, 2240 South Creek Road, Nebo, NC  Open Wednesdays through Saturdays
from 11 AM to 5 PM, Sundays from 1 PM to 5 PM through the year until January 1st. Tastings include the glass & are $6, $7 or $10 depending on the wines you choose. Music events are rain or shine and provided to South Creek Customers at no admission fee, unless it is a stated ticketed event.


Wedge Brewing Company, 125 B Roberts St. in the River Arts District, Asheville NC. Micro-brewery regular Hours:
Monday to Thursday 4:00 PM till 10:00 PM, Friday 3:00 PM till 10:00 PM. Live music on select dates and outdoor cinema. 

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

Slightly Askew Winery, 913 North Bridge Street in  Elkin NC - Hours of operation: Thursday - Friday 1 PM - 6 PM; Saturday 12 PM - 6 PM; Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM

Stoney Knoll Vineyards, 1143 Stony Knoll Road in Dobson NC -  Tasting Room Hours:
Regular hours March through December - Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Winter hours in January and February - Fridays 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Wine tasting: $7.00, Wine by the glass: $5.00. 10% Case Discount on Regular Prices (includes free wine tasting and glass)




Other Wineries and Vineyards:
Olde Mill Winery and Vineyards,  2742 Simpson Mill Road in Mount Airy NC

Monday, December 7, 2015

Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries Showcase NC Mountains Historic Small Town Christmas Celebrations

December 11 - 12, 2015   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 unique shops and craft shops and art studios. Horse and buggy rides are available (f0r a fee) each night from 5-8 PM. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Enjoy carolers singing and children may visit with Santa at Town Hall.



Learn more about Dillsboro on our
Dillsboro NC Visitor Guide


 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Boy Scout Day at Chimney Rock State Park


November 14, 2015    Fall Boy Scout Day at Chimney Rock State Park   Chimney Rock’s Fall Scout Days are among the Park’s most popular annual events. Fall is a beautiful time to seek adventure outdoors and learn more about our natural world.

With ever-changing programs and expert presenters, Park naturalists continue to offer new programs to meet your scouting needs. Scouts will also have the opportunity to earn a patch specific to Chimney Rock State Park by becoming Junior Rangers. Advance registration required. 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Polar Express Returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for Another Season of Christmas Family Fun

November 13 - 14, 2015  (event continues through January 3, 2016)    The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City NC  depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. 

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. 

Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season. 

Learn more about Bryson CIty Cabin rentals, mountain inns and local attractions on our Bryson City NC Visitor Guide.

meet Santa at The Polar Express

Monday, November 9, 2015

Honor Our Veterans at Veterans Day Celebrations and Parades in the Mountains

Date:      November 11 - 15, 2015
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     Veteran’s Day Special: Free Admission For Vets to Chimney Rock State Park  
Veterans, reservists, retired and active military personnel are our American heroes, so the Park  honors your service with a free visit to Chimney Rock State Park during November 7-11, 2014. Must present military ID or proof of service. Free admission only for military members with ID. Get $2 off per adult and $1 off youth for others in your vehicle, up to 6 people. Military discount on admission available year-round.



Date:      November 11, 2015
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    Veteran's Day Parade  
11 AM in downtown Franklin.



Date:      November 11, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Veterans Day Celebration    
Honor and remember the men and women who have served in the United States armed forces at the Veterans Honoring Ceremony, which takes place at 11 AM with a meal to follow. Both events will be held at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds and are free to the public.


Date:     November 11, 2015
NC City: Columbus
Event:    Veteran's Day Celebration
   The parade begins at 10:00 AM in downtown Columbus, starting on Mills Street (108). There will be a short Memorial Service at 11:00 AM with a wreath laying ceremony and dove release. Spectators are requested to wear red, white and blue and wave their American flags. (there will be hand flags passed out at the parade). Veterans may wear their uniforms and awards and, if desired, join their branch of service comrades in the Staging Area and march in the parade. Bleachers will be available for disabled vets who are unable to march. 


Friday, November 6, 2015

Mountain Spirits: NC Wine and Beer Tastings and Events for the Week of 11-5-15

November 5, 2015 from 5:30 - 8 PM at Maggie B's Wine and Specialty Store, 10 C South Main Street in Weaverville NC: Oak vs. No Oak Wine Tasting. Which do you prefer: the light, crisp, refreshing style of a wine that hasn't spent time in a wooden barrel, or the rich, woody, full body style that oak can impart? This week taste two different varietals; one that has been aged in oak barrels and the other that has not. Think you don't like wines aged in oak? You might feel differently after the tasting.

Deal of the week: Multi Cheddar Five single layers of traditional English cheese from five different counties in England, sweet aroma with a buttery texture. WAS: $18.99/lb. THIS WEEK: $12.99/lb.






November 5, 2015 - Asheville Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC:  - Brews and Brains - Quiz for a Cause.
Asheville Downtown Association Benefit Night in The Millroom. Farewell to the Mothership, Part III - Release date 11/5. The last brewed at the original Mothership brewhouse is the Shiva IPA. To make this final brew special, it was dry hopped with Columbus hops and fresh grapefruit was added. Citrus heaven! The beer that started it all is also celebrating the next chapter. Available on draft only at your favorite ABC location or at both the Merrimon Avenue and Coxe Avenue locations. November 6 - 12, Movies at 675 Merrimon: Minons 3D, Friday: 4pm Saturday-Sunday and Wednesday: 1pm and 4pm Monday-Tuesday and Thursday: 4pm; Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation - Friday: 1pm and 7pm Saturday-Sunday: 7pm Monday-Tuesday: 1pm and 7pm Wednesday: 7pm Thursday: 1pm. November 8 - Big Screen Football, Panthers VS Packers




November 6, 2015 from 5 - 7 PM at Hops and Vines, 797 Haywood Rd. Ste 100 in West Asheville NC: FREE Beer Tasting - Lagunitas Brewing Limited. 
Don't miss this opportunity to try these awesome limited beers from Lagunitas Brewing Co.: 

Born Yesterday is a newborn version of our re-born Pale, a Newer New Dogtown Pale with a fresh addition … We added some wet, Virgin, lupulin-drenched, un-kilned, whole-cone, fresh-picked-and-rushed-straight-from-Yakima hops for your immaculate reception. This wetter-than-wet beer has 11lbs-per-barrel of Amarillo, Equinox, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic and Indigenous Catawampus. Whoa! 
Brown Sugga is our winter seasonal 6pk that falls into the realm of "Dangerously Slammable", this brew is especially irresponsible. Brown Shugga...How come you taste so good? 
SUCKS (Brown Shugga' Substitute Ale) This beer is a 'cereal medley' of barley, rye, wheat, and oats. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous flavor.


November 7, 2015 from 3 - 6 PM:  FREE Wine Tasting - 
Featuring these three delicious reds form Argentina under $14, plus 10% off all wine from Argentina on Saturday




November 7, 2015 from 3 - 7 PM at Appalachian Vintner, Wine Tasting,
free with the purchase of $10 or more. November 9- $1 off all draft beer noon to 7:30 PM.  November 11 - Wine Wednesday. $1 off wines by the glass. 
Almost twenty wines by the glass most of which are organic, sustainable or biodynamic. More flavor, less chemicals, try it your body will thank you.  November 11 - Asheville Veterans Day Sale.




November 7, 2015 at Shelton Vineyards
, 
286 Cabernet Lane in Dobson NC:  Murder Mystery Dinner. A night of suspense, accompanied by a special meal prepared by Chef Paul. Come out and help solve the murder mystery during this interactive evening at the Harvest Grill. WThe event will be starting off outside with a glass of wine while the actors give the testimony for the evening. Then, participants will move inside to enjoy dinner and solving the mystery.





November 6, 2015  7 PM at  Classic Wine Cellar,
20 Church Street, Waynesville NC -
Sheila Gordon performs with Piano, vocals - Pop, jazz, originals.  
November 7 at 7 PM
Joe Cruz piano and vocals performing music of the Beatles, Elton John, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel.

 


November 7, 2015 from 2 - 7 PM at Table Wine,
1550 Hendersonville Road, Suite 102, Asheville NC - BIG, FREE Tasting - Pre-Thanksgiving Tasting.
Sample 10 different wines suitable for turkey and ham pairings and family friendly




November 6, 2015 from  4 - 6 PM at  LaBouteille,
10 N Trade St, Suite A Tyon NC - Complimentary Wine Tastings  every Friday.  November 7 from 12 -7 Free informal beer tasting.






November 7, 2015 from  2 PM - 5 PM at The Wine Guy, 555 Merimon Ave and 1200 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville NC - FREE Saturday tastings
a
re a great way to sample new favorites in a casual setting. Sample 4 to 6 new wines. Light hors d’ oeuvres will be served and all wines poured will be specially priced











November 6, 2015 from 6 PM - 8 PM at Brushy Mountain Winery, 125 West Main Street in Elkin NC - Live Performance by New River Drifters.  
November 7 - Sicker and Jones performs live from 6 to 8 PM. A fantastic Piedmont blues duo of Danny Wicker (guitar, vocals) and Mel Jones (harmonica, vocals) came together in musical partnership out of a love for the blues of the Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller and Elizabeth Cotten.
September 13 - Listening Room Concert with Rae Hering. Meet and greet with a pot luck dinner at 6:30 followed by the show. $10 donation to the artist.


November 4, 2015 at Brusin' Ales, 66 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville NC 
Regular service this week. 





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. Tasting room open seven days a week. Reservations are recommended for tastings and tours.  Sample wines and browse the gift shop featuring wine related and gourmet gift items. Thursdays live music at 8 PM. 

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.  Tasting room summer hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from Noon to 8:00. 

Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery,  170 Heritage Vines Way in Elkin NC - Open to the public for Tours and Tastings on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 PM to 6 PM and at other times by appointment – call (336) 366-3301 to schedule a time.

Elkin Creek Winery, 318 Elkin Creek Mill Road in Elkin NC,  Open for tastings Thursday through Sunday, 11 AM - 5 PM and other times by appointment. 


Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery, Tasting Room Drive off of Klondike Road, 235 Chatham Cottage Circle, State Road, NC -  Tasting Room open Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays open 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. June through September: Saturdays open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks,   315 Thurmond PO Road in Thurmond NC - Tasting Room Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 1 PM to 5 PM.


Round Peak Vineyard,   765 Round Peak Church Road in Mount Airy NC - Tasting Room Open Daily: Sun–Thurs 12 pm–5 pm;  Fri 12 pm–8 pm;  Sat 11 am–6 pm (and until Sunset Jun–Aug); By appt. other times. The Tasting Room is also a cozy place to host your private event. With space for 20-40 people depending on seating, and the ability to cater any type of food or appetizers desired, we can create the atmosphere you'd like. Available any time except the normal business hours that the Tasting Room is open.
 
Shelton Vineyards, 286 Cabernet Lane in Dobson NC. Regular tour and tasting is offered daily departing every half hour. This includes a guided tour of the 33,000 square-foot winery with an overview of the winemaking process, a tasting of five wines, and a souvenir wine glass. $5 per person.  Retail hours are Monday-Saturday 10 AN.-6 PM., and Sunday 12 PM - 6 PM (Daylight Savings Time); Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday 12 PM-5 PM (Standard Time). Tours and tastings are offered daily. The winery is open every day of the year except New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. A variety of additional special tours are available - reservations are required, see the website for details.

South Creek Vineyard and Winery, 2240 South Creek Road, Nebo, NC  Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 AM to 5 PM, Sundays from 1 PM to 5 PM through the year until January 1st. Tastings include the glass & are $6, $7 or $10 depending on the wines you choose. Music events are rain or shine and provided to South Creek Customers at no admission fee, unless it is a stated ticketed event.


Wedge Brewing Company, 125 B Roberts St. in the River Arts District, Asheville NC. Micro-brewery regular Hours: Monday to Thursday 4:00 PM till 10:00 PM, Friday 3:00 PM till 10:00 PM. Live music on select dates and outdoor cinema. 

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

Slightly Askew Winery, 913 North Bridge Street in  Elkin NC - Hours of operation: Thursday - Friday 1 PM - 6 PM; Saturday 12 PM - 6 PM; Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM

Stoney Knoll Vineyards, 1143 Stony Knoll Road in Dobson NC -  Tasting Room Hours: Regular hours March through December - Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Winter hours in January and February - Fridays 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Wine tasting: $7.00, Wine by the glass: $5.00. 10% Case Discount on Regular Prices (includes free wine tasting and glass)




Other Wineries and Vineyards:
Olde Mill Winery and Vineyards,  2742 Simpson Mill Road in Mount Airy NC


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Leatherwood Mountains Annual Barn Dance and Chili Cookoff


photo courtesy of Leatherwood Mountains
November 6 - 7, 2015   Barn Dance and Chili Cookoff at Leatherwood Mountains  Pink Tribute Weekend with Chili Cook Off and Barn Dance with The Rocky Point Band. Head for Leatherwood Mountains Resort for a fun filled weekend of great music and delicious chili.



The covered pavilion will be set up for an evening of dancing. Tickets are $15 and include dinner, music, dance and a raffle ticket to win a Leatherwood Swag Basket. Proceeds go to "Lope for Hope".

Leatherwood Mountains Resort is located in Ferguson near Boone NC. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Highlands 9th Annual Culinary Weekend - Good Food, Good Drink, Good Friends

November 5 - 8, 2015    Highlands 9th 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 5th. On Friday and Saturday enjoy different events and Dinners throughout Highlands and the Sip and Stroll will be Saturday which will take you throughout town and into the unique shops.

See Video of Previous Year's Culinary Weekend:
 

Learn more on our Highlands NC Visitor Guide

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Events: Beech Mountain Halloween Celebration

October 30, 2015   Halloween Celebration   Trick or Treating begins at 6 PM at City Hall. The Little ones can trick-or-treat at local businesses and the whole family can enjoy the festivities that follow at Buckeye Lake and Recreation Center.

The Halloween party includes food, drinks, fun games, and a haunted egg hunt.  For those who enjoy chills and thrills, the haunted hayride is a spooky experience.

Get more local information on the Beech Mountain NC Visitor Guide. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween Events: Beary Scary Halloween on Grandfather Mountain

photo courtesy Grandfather Mountain
October 31, 2015   Beary Scary Halloween at Grandfather Mountain   Celebrate Halloween early at Grandfather Mountain with a full day of crafts, nature programs, trick-or-treating in the animal habitats and a costume contest. 

Participate in an interactive program titled “Going Batty for Bats.” Children in costume enter the park for half-price. Events are included with park admission. 


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. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Ghost Tours in Wilkesboro NC

October 31, 2015    Candle Light Ghost Tours  Come out for an evening of tales, mystery and haunts at the Candle Light Ghost Tours.  The Tours are all walking and begin at the Wilkes Heritage Museum lawn at 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM.

photo courtesy Wilkes Heritage Museum
Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings that make up downtown Wilkesboro NC. 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. 

Tickets will be sold on the Courthouse lawn at the museum and at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market the Friday before. The Wilkes Heritage Museum is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Wilkesboro NC. 




 

Monday, October 26, 2015

NC Mountain Fishing: Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

October 30, 31, November 1 2015     Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament   Two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section of Cherokee’s “trophy waters” known simply as Raven Fork.  

photo courtesy of www.visitcherokeenc.com
This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. $225 entry fee and Cherokee fishing permit required.

Cherokee NC offers Fishing and Fly Fishing Tournaments year around. With some of the best stocked streams and the most pristine wooded settings, the Eastern Band Reservation and its waters are a favorite fishing destination.

Fishing permits and licenses are required. Get complete information or and can be purchase online.


Friday, October 16, 2015

What To Do This Weekend in the Mountains

Date:       October 16 - 17, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Ghost Train Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad  
Advanced ticket purchase is recommended for this very popular event. Fun for the whole family this ghastly special event admission includes: all the nighttime activities in the park - the ride on the Ghost Train, trick-or-treating for the kids, Haunted House, Tweetsie Palace Spooktacular, the rides in the Creepy Carnival, and the attractions in "The Boneyard” section, featuring the Black Hole, 3-D maze, and the “Freaky Forest.” 


Date:      October 16 - 18, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY 
Event:    
Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express   The PEANUTS gang return the the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Pumpkin Patch for this annual family fun favorite. The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz's classic story "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," will be departing from the Bryson City Depot and arriving at the Pumpkin Patch. Event activities include campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. Two trips per day at 12 PM and 3:30 PM.


Date:       October 16 - 18, 2015
NC City:   ROBBINSVILLE
Event: 
   Annual Harvest Festival    Mountain traditions come alive at the annual Harvest Festival in beautiful Stecoah Valley 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 the Saturday evening concert are on sale now  -  Admission-adults $25.00 Students k-12 $10.00.  Performing this year will be The Cleverlys. The Sunday afternoon concert is free.  


Date:       October 16 - 18, 2015
NC City:   FRANKLIN
Event: 
   Annual Leaf-Lookers Gemboree    An Annual Gem Show with dealers from all over the southeast. Rough and Cut Gems, minerals, fine jewelry, supplies, beads, door prizes, dealers, exhibits and demonstrations. Adults: $2; Under 12 Free. Watch for $1 off coupons in local newspapers. Sponsored by Franklin Chamber of Commerce and Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin


Date:      October 17, 2015
NC City:  DILLSBORO
Event:    ColorFest, Art and Taste of Appalachia   Autumn's colors and flavors take center stage  during this popular annual festival. This arts and food event fills the sidewalks of Dillsboro with a variety of mountain artisans demonstrating their skills, plus food vendors serving up a taste of the North Carolina mountains.  Local musicians and street entertainers add music to festivities, while restaurants and shops are open to serve the crowds throughout the day.  10 AM - 4 PM.


Date:      October 17, 2015
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Black Light nighttime Mine Underground Tour   Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. No reservations needed. Admission: $15/adults; $10/students and seniors


Date:      October 17, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:   
  Asheville Art in the Park   The finest handcrafted art in the area is on display and for sale at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is- they are local. Muddy Knees Design and Production is proud to once again offer local artists the opportunity to connect with the public in Asheville‘s Pack Square Park. This is the last October show for 2015.


Date:      October 17, 2015
NC City:  VALLE CRUCIS
Event:     The Valle Country Fair
  Enjoy an old fashioned County Fair at the peak of fall color leaf season. Activities include crafts, food, mountain music, 150 juried fine art and crafts booths, an activity area for kids, freshly pressed apple cider , Hot-out-of-the-kettle apple butter, Homemade jams & jellies, Brunswick stew, chili and barbecue. 


Date:      October 17 - 18, 2015
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:     Maggie Valley Fall Arts and Crafts Festival  Come and spend the weekend at this annual art and crafts event enjoying the panoramic view of the mountains in Maggie Valley.  A variety of fine handmade crafts created by artisans from throughout the Southeast including furniture, jewelry, knitting, pottery, quilted items, painted shirts, floral arrangements, leather work, scroll work, crochet, soaps and plenty of Food Vendors will be serving all your favorites. There will also be chainsaw demonstrations.


Date:      October 17 - 18, 2015
NC City:  BANNER ELK
Event:     Wooly Worm Festival  
The 38th Annual Festival includes the infamous wolly worm "waces" along with live entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors and amusement rides.  A family-oriented weekend and one of the most popular NC mountain annual events. Admission is $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 for Children 6-12, Free for 5 and under.


Date:      October 17 - 18, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE
Event:     
The Colors of Grandfather Mountain  
A guided walk led by Grandfather Mountain's education staff takes guests out onto the trails of Grandfather to discuss fall color. Topics include the reasons trees change color and the different forces that affect fall color. The different species of trees around the trail will be identified. “The Colors of Grandfather” will visit various locations around Grandfather Mountain to showcase a spectacular contrast of stunning autumn hues. The programs begin at 1 PM each Saturday and Sunday and are included with regular admission. For more information about “The Colors of Grandfather,” call 800-468-7325  


Date:      October 17 - 18, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society Annual Show   
A popular annual judged show presents hundreds of chrysanthemum blooming in vibrant and varied colors. The exhibits will be judged by Accredited National Chrysanthemum judges and strict NCS standards  highlight the exceptional variety in size, shape and color of these popular fall flowers.


Date:      October 18, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Simon Says Fall Birdwalk at Chimney Rock State Park  
Now is the perfect time to start preparing for winter birding. Grab your binoculars and field guide to join world-traveled birding expert Simon Thompson for an early look at which of our feathered friends are staying around for winter. Limited to 15; advance registration required. Call 800-277-9611 to reserve your spot.