Friday, December 15, 2017

Ski NC - The Slopes are OPEN and Conditions are Great for Winter Sports

North Carolina Ski Resorts and Areas will ALL be open this weekend with great conditions from natural and man made snow. Check the individual websites for specific times and special events.

Slope and Resort reports as of 12-15-2017:

Appalachian Ski Mountain is  OPEN for the 2017-18 Season   Skiing 7 trails with 5 lifts on a base of 24-36 inches.   Ice Skating now open.   December 24 - Skiing with Santa; December 25 - Christmas Day SkiingASM will be open until Midnight every Friday and Saturday Night from December 9 - March 17.  1 PM - 10 PM.  Ski or Ride for only $10 on the first Sunday of each month (Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4) 1/2 night session is from 7:30 – 10 PM, purchase online and get an extra hour FREE - 6:30-10PM.

Beech Mountain Ski Resort is OPEN for the 2017-18 Season   Skiing 12 trails with 5 lifts on a base of 16 - 46 inches.  December 16, 17 - Santa visits Beech Mountain; Ongoing - Music and events at Beech Tree Bar and Grille and Beech Mountain Brewery.


Cataloochee Ski Area is  OPEN for the 2017-18 Season.  Skiing 16 slopes with 4 lifts on a base of 28 - 52 inches from 9 AM to 4:30 PM with night skiing beginning 12/16.  December 25 - Christmas Day Skiing with Santa 1 PM - 10 PM.

Sapphire Valley Ski
Area is   OPEN for the 2017-18 Season. Opening Day December 16. 
Beginner and Training slope 29 - 49 inches; Main Slope 29 - 51 inches. Frozen Falls Tube Park: 30 - 42 inches.

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort
  is OPEN for the 2017-18 Season 
Skiing 12 slopes with 4 lifts on a base of 16 - 48 inches for day and evening sessions. 12/8 - Pre-Season Ski Clinic; 12/8 - SugarFest. Ice skating is open with sessions at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. Tubing is open. Live music weekends at the All Decked Out Grill.


  Wolf Ridge Ski Resort  is OPEN for the 2017-18 Season   Skiing 10 slopes with 2 lifts on an average base of 50 inches. Tube Run is OPEN 9.00 AM to 10.00 PM.

Get links for ALL NC Ski Resorts and Ski Areas on our 

Monday, December 11, 2017

What's Happening this week on The Blue Ridge Music Trails

The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina is your guide to the tradition music of the North Carolina mountains and foothills. The mission and vision of the BRMT is "to create an environment in Western North Carolina where the rich music traditions of the region are sustained and utilized in appropriate ways to improve the lives of residents; where traditional musicians thrive and feel supported in their creative lives; where visitors and residents alike can appreciate and enjoy the richness of the music; and where youth are provided with first hand traditional music experiences that spark interest and the music of the region".

This week along the Blue Ridge Music Trails:

December 12, 2017:
Cecil Sharp Historic Photographs Exhibit
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum - Blowing Rock, NC

David Holt: Photos, Music and Stories Exhibit
The Earl Scruggs Center: Music and Stories from the American South - Shelby, NC

Music N'All at the Barn
The Barn - Eden, NC

Folk School Tuesday Night Contra and Square Dances
John C. Campbell Folk School - Brasstown, NC

Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions
ISIS Music Hall - Asheville, NC

December 13, 2017:
John Hartford Bluegrass Jam
Funkatorium - Asheville, NC

Wednesday Night Bluegrass
The Ugly Dog Pub - Highlands, NC

December 14, 2017:
Fiddle and Guitar Classes at the Historic Earl Theatre
The Earle Theatre - Mount Airy, NC

Zuma Coffee Bluegrass Jam Session
Zuma Coffee - Marshall, NC

Old Helton School Hog Stomp
Old Helton School - Lansing, NC

Thursday Night Jam at The Earle Theatre
The Earle Theatre - Mount Airy, NC

Micaville Music Concert Series 
One of a Kind Art Gallery - Burnsville, NC

Thursday Night Jam at the Silvermont Mansion
Thursday Night Jam at the Silvermont Mansion - Brevard, NC

Weekly Jam Sessions
 at the Jones House
Jones House Community Center - Boone, NC

 December 15, 2017:
Woody's Original Mountain Music
Woody's Original Mountain Music House - Marion, NC

Clay's Corner Friday Night Jam Session
Clay's Corner - Brasstown, NC

Feed &  Seed 
Feed & Seed - Fletcher, NC

December 16, 2017:
Saturday Morning Gospel Jam
Killough’s Music &  Loan - Marion, NC

Micaville Music Jam
One of a Kind Art Gallery - Burnsville, NC

WPAQ Saturday Morning Merry-Go-Round
The Earle Theatre - Mount Airy, NC

SEBA 3rd Saturday Jam
Historic Cowee School - Franklin, NC

Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam
Oconaluftee Visitor Center - Cherokee, NC

Jimmy's Pick N Grin
Jimmy's Pick N Grin - Andrews, NC

December 17, 2017:
Sunday Afternoon Jam at the Mountain Gateway Museum
Mountain Gateway Museum - Old Fort, NC

Folk School Contra &  Square Dances
John C. Campbell Folk School - Brasstown, NC

Get links and details for current 
Blue Ridge Music Trails events HERE 


Monday, December 4, 2017

The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant December Wine Dinner

December 6, 2017, 6:00 PM at The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant, 910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC: December Wine Dinner. $75 per person.

Reservations Required - 828-625-2999
Amuse Bouche
Saffron risotto cake with carpaccio of beef, crème fraiche and Carolina reaper confit
First Course
Butternut squash ravioli with roasted garlic and sage cream sauce

Firesteed Riesling
Second Course
Sharp cheddar risotto with smoked beets, duck confit and pomegranate glaze

Brella Pinot Noir
Blood orange-rosemary granita
Third Course
Pan-seared, coffee-rubbed filet mignon with fondant potatoes, wild mushrooms & shallot cream sauce

Cummins Road Pinot Noir
Final course
Brown butterscotch pudding

Willamette Valley Riesling
Find more information about  
The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant 
including current rates, 
availability and customer reviews


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Mountain Spirits: Brusin 'Ales Hosts Birdsong Brewing Co. and Founders CBS Beer Tastings

December 7, 2017 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Brusin' Ales, 66 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC:  Birdsong Brewing Co. Beer Tasting.   Brusin' Ales welcomes Lauren Bilski to the shop this Thursday. She'll be pouring samples from Charlotte's Birdsong Brewing Co.  "Birdsong started in 2011 with just two full-time employees. Since then, they've brewed all kinds of exciting beers. Thanks to the overwhelming response, they have since purchased a 17,000-square-foot building in the Belmont neighborhood with a new 30-barrel brewhouse and room for up to 1,200 barrels of fermentation capacity."

December 7, 2017 from 5 PM to 7 PM - Founders CBS Bottle Release and Tasting.  Hot stuff coming through! Founders CBS is among the most coveted beers from the Grand Rapids, MI, based This is an extremely limited release and you can count on it running out VERY quickly, so make sure you get to Brusin' Ales by 5:00 if you want a chance to pick up a bottle. Jesse Robinson will be on hand to pour samples.

Check out all the NEW RELEASES at Brusin' Ales  just in time for holiday gift - giving. Order online for in-store pick-up or shipping anywhere your beer lovers live. It's a gift you know will fit.