Thursday, December 31, 2009

NC Parks Celebrate "The Year of the Birds"

North Carolina's state parks will pay tribute to its winged residents and visitors in 2010 by celebrating the "Year of the Birds," according to the N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation. Throughout the year, birds and bird-watching will be the focus of special programs and activities in the state parks, many of them in partnership with Audubon North Carolina, which works with the state parks system on research and management projects involving bird habitats. The state parks system is also making available a special bandana of some of the signature birds found in the parks. State park educational programs hope to appeal to North Carolina’s bird enthusiasts, as well as inspire new bird-watching families.  

Rockslide Crews Begin "Round-the-clock" Effort

With the holiday break ending, crews working to clear a rockslide on Interstate 40 in western North Carolina have started shifts around the clock to clear boulders from the road. The N.C. Dept. of Transportation says crews will be drilling holes for about 600 rock bolts, used to stabilize the mountainside boulders.  A helicopter is also being used to clear trees from the rockslide area, in addition to airlifting equipment to the work crews. Officials estimate the highway will reopen in March but say snow and ice could slow workers down, making conditions hazardous on steep and rocky terrain. To find out more, visit http://www.charlotteobserver.com/breaking/story/1147961.html and http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20091229/NEWS01/312290013&theme=ROCKSLIDE.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Camp Lake James a Winter Wonderland

It doesn't snow often on Lake James, but when it does ... beautiful. If you're in the area for the holidays or the new year, we hope you'll swing by The Camp and see us. And, if you're ready to begin your adventures here, visit our web site to see available homes and lots or contact our sales team at (866) 375-0065. See Lake James for yourself. Make arrangements to stay in one of our two rental cabins. http://www.camplakejames.com

Monday, December 28, 2009

Biltmore Winter Value Special

January 3 to February 28, Biltmore, Asheville NC. The Biltmore Winter Special  includes guest room accommodations, chef's breakfast buffet in The Dining Room, and valet parking at the inn. Rates starting at $169: Sunday-Thursday and starting at $219: Friday-Saturday. *Rates and availability are subject to change. http://www.biltmore.com


Or check out Biltmore's luxury New Year's Eve Packages...

New Year's Celebrations in the North Carolina Mountains

We have availability for Cabins, Bed and Breakfasts and all types of lodging to help you ring in the New Year. How about the annual Possum Drop (no possums are harmed in the making of this celebration)? Or maybe a Polar Plunge, Swing Dance or Fireworks? Whatever your pleasure you'll find it in the beautiful North Carolina mountains - along with skiing and other winter sports, cozy fires for cuddling and beautiful views of snow-capped peaks. Get your 2010 off to a great start! http://www.climbeverymountain.com

Monday, December 21, 2009

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

December 21, Highest elevation in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mount LeConte. The winter caretaker at Mt. LeConte Lodge, Doug McFalls, reported 20 inches of snow with drifts up to three feet. The Mount Leconte Lodge can be reached by 5 trails and offers overnight stays with meals and some of the most beautiful views in the Park. You can see more of Doug's photos on his Blog “Life on LeConte.”

New Musical Director of Junaluska Singers Announced

Dec 21, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska NC. Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is pleased to announce Dr. Melodie Galloway as the new Musical Director for the Lake Junaluska Singers (LJS) beginning January 1, 2010. Dr. Galloway holds a Master's degree from Florida State University in Vocal Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Greensboro. Her experience as a conductor and soprano soloist includes opera, music theatre, and a professional vocal ensemble. Currently Dr. Galloway is Assistant Professor of Music at UNC Asheville, directing the University Singers, the Chamber Symphony, and Studio 18 - an advanced vocal jazz ensemble, and she is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies. For a full biography and more information about Dr. Galloway, visit www.lakejunaluska.com/singers.aspx.

"The Handmade House" now available

What do you get when you team 100-plus craft artists, an innovative arts advocacy organization, and a respected developer of master-planned communities? You get a "Handmade House" and a model for how to integrate regional crafts with residential design. Now the process and the product have been documented in a book which chronicles this wonderful adventure with photographs and words. Photographer Stewart Young and writer Ben Brown have published a beautiful photography book about the HandMade House at the Ramble. The book is available for purchase at http://www.workofcraft.com/Site_4_9/work_of_craft.html , and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to HandMade in America.




Sunday, December 20, 2009

Heinzelmannchen Brewery's Open House

Dec 24, 11AM - 5PM, Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Downtown Sylva NC. Stop by for some Holiday Cheer, goodies and those last minute gifts and stocking stuffers! Your Gnometown Cookbook is in - $21.
Holiday Hours: Mon, Dec 21 10AM- 5PM
Dec 22 & Dec 23, 11AM - 6:30PM   Dec 24, 11AM - 5PM    Closed Friday, Dec 25
Dec 26 10AM - 5PM    Same hours for the week of  Dec 28 - Jan 2, 2010
http://www.yourgnometownbrewery.com/

Winter Holiday Package Retreat at Shoji Spa

Holiday Packages from Shoji Spa, Asheville NC. This combination for 2 people adds up to big savings during the holiday season...Shoji's Lodging Package is available for reservations occurring Monday-Thursday this Winter. 1 Night's stay in the Owner's Loft, 2 One Hour Private Spa Passes, 2 Fifty Minute Massages - $420 OR 1 Night's Stay in the Lodge, 2 One Hour Private Spa Passes, 2 Fifty Minute Massages - $450.

Last Chance for the Polar Express

Through December 23, Great Smoky Mountains Rail Road, Bryson City NC. The Polar Express comes to life as the train departs Bryson City. Read along with the story as the train makes its round trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, and a treat. For those who believe - a special memento for each child. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Begin a great holiday tradition with your family! Ticket prices include admission to the Smoky Mountains Model Trains Museum.

First Time Christmas Eve Limited - Offered for the first time this Christmas Eve, pajama clad passengers will board trains bound for the North Pole at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! Christmas Eve Limited ticket prices start at $48.00 for adults and $36.00 for children ages 2-12, and all standard seating passengers on this special Christmas Eve excursion will receive a souvenir Polar Express cocoa mug. Children under two years old ride complimentary, but must be seated in an adult’s lap. First Class seating upgrades are available. http://www.gsmr.com/

Friday, December 18, 2009

Grinch Steals the Asheville Visitor Center!

Breaking news from Asheville North Carolina. In an apparent attempt to take over control of all Asheville tourism, the Grinch Who Stole Christmas has successfully invaded the city's visitor center at 36 Monford Avenue. Accompanied his two nefarious henchman the Grinch set up a bulwark in the main lobby where he remains holed up. All visitors in the city are asked to report to the center immediately. Authorities believe the smirking hoodlum  is actually a clone, the result of a fiendish plot by the gang known only as "Gingerbread Men". The gang is said to have a hideout somewhere in the Asheville hills easily identified by an odd orange roof. The public is asked to be on the look out and report any suspicious activities. More news when it occurs...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

UNBELIEVABLE Last Minute Asheville Getaway Deals!

Carolina Mornings with 80 luxury vacation rentals and Asheville Cabins is offering unbelievable  last minute deals. Choose 1 of the 3 options below and as a bonus, get FREE early check-in and a late check-out. This package has up to $160 in savings! You choose:
$100 Dinner Gift Certificate@ Zambra   OR
$50 off your reservation  OR
a Free Candle Light Tour tix @ Biltmore Estate   -  The choice is yours!
Only valid for new RESERVATIONS arriving December 18, 2009-December 26, 2009. Reservations made online will not show the discounts-We will adjust the reservation the following business day! Our Promise! Choose ANY of our available vacation rentals!

Brevard Holiday Gallery Walk

Dec 18, downtown Brevard NC. Looking for those last minute gifts? Why not shop local and support local artists. The galleries, art spots and restaurants in downtown Brevard will host a Holiday Gallery Walk on Friday,  from 5:00-9:00 pm. Stop by and enjoy the many new exhibits and art locations in the downtown area. Be sure to look for the 16 sculptures and five murals located in downtown as well. For more information call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787 or go to www.artsofbrevard.org and click on Art Tours.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Special Event this Weekend at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree

Dec 19 -  The Saluda Mountain Jamboree is sponsoring a special concert to benefit "Toys for Tots." The present economic conditions have left "Toys for Tots" struggling to meet the needs of the underprivileged children in Western North Carolina. "MATT STILLWELL", an up and coming country music artist, has agreed to take time from his Christmas break to perform for this worthy organization. The ticket price is only $15.00 and will be sold at the door. The doors will open at 5:30 pm and will be general admission so come early to get the best seats. Concert starts at 7pm.

Please tell your friends to plan on being at The Jamboree for this concert. You can find directions and orther information at the Jamboree website: www.saludamountainjamboree.com or www.toysfortots.org.

What's Your Sign?

If you're Asheville NC your sign is part of  a $1.65 million community-wide signage program designed to help visitors and residents find their way to nearly 90 attractions, public spaces, historic sites and destinations. The first sign, located on Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville, was unveiled on Monday with the remaining 299 being installed over the next 3 months.

Special Winter Rates at the Inn on Biltmore Estate

Cozy up at the Inn on Biltmore Estate with someone special and the Winter Value Package, January 3 through February 28. Rates start at $169 for weekdays and $229 for weekends and include guest room accommodations, chef's breakfast buffet in The Dining Room, and valet parking at the inn. Stay two nights or more on any package and your estate admission is complimentary.

This Weekend at Flat Rock Cinema

Dec 18- 24, The Flat Rock Cinema, 2700 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock NC. For one week only: Disney's A Christmas Carol, a marvelous and touching yuletide toy of a movie, and the miracle is that it goes right back to the gilded Victorian spirit of those black-and-white films of yore."  Reservations are encouraged, but not required, by calling  (828) 697-2463 during our normal box office hours.The box office opens one hour prior to our first show each day. http://www.flatrockcinema.com/

Annual Christmas Mountain Homecoming

19, 10AM - 2PM, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee NC. A Mountain Homecoming with demonstrations of crafts past, live music, refreshments, and walking tours of the Mountain Farm Museum are just a few of the reasons to attend this annual event! A real “old-time” Christmas celebration!

The Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum are located on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441), two miles north of Cherokee, N.C. For more information, call the visitor center at (828) 497-1904. All activities are free and open to the public. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm#CP_JUMP_100522

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Doggone Good Athletes

18-20 . WNC Ag Center. 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd. Fletcher, NC    USDAA Dog Agility Trial  (Fletcher) Western North Carolina Agricultural Center  The Blue Ridge Agility Club of Western North Carolina will host a United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) agility trial. Spectators are welcomed to attend and admission is free. Over 150 purebred and mixed bred dogs, from throughout the southeast, will compete at various levels of difficulty.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Marianna Black Library Wins!

Judged the overall best float in this year’s Bryson City Christmas Parade, held last Saturday was the Marianna Black Library’s entry. The float featured Youth Services Librarian Ellen Whitehead reading Clement Moore’s classic “The Night Before Christmas” to a group of children. It’s a role that Ellen performs regularly at the library’s “Story Time”, a reading program for pre-school children. Known as “the biggest, little Christmas Parade in the Smokies”, the 35th annual Bryson City parade featured clowns, rock and country bands, floats, homecoming queens, marching bands, and of course, Santa.

Christmas at RagApple Lassie Vineyards

Dec 19,  noon-6PM, RagApple Lassie Vineyards, Booneville NC. This Saturday's festivities will feature an afternoon of joy and carols made all the more special with the great RagApple Lassie wines. Lisa Woods, a seasoned entertainer with the clear sweet voice of an angel, will fill your heart with songs of the season as you relax and enjoy the day.

And, if you still have a few gifts to buy, we have just the thing!  Frank's favorite candy, Peanut Brittle made with RagApple Lassie Chardonnay, new tote bags with our signature embroidered logo, new handcrafted bottle toppers, AND, our first ever signature logo pewter Christmas ornaments make great gifts and or stocking stuffers.   1-866-RAGAPPLE   Website: http://www.ragapplelassie.com/

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Folkestone Inn Gift Certificates

It is not too late to purchase a Folkestone Inn Gift Certificate for that special someone on your Christmas List. Call us and we will customize it for you get it to you in time for Christmas. Toll Free 1-888-812-3385
 FOLKESTONE INN  A BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN VIEW. Soft drinks, snacks & cookies all day. Guest computer in library. Wireless, full gourmet breakfast each day. Our Smoky Mountain Bed and Breakfast is filled with old fashioned charm and modern amenities. Open year 'round, private balconies and mountain vistas. Folkestone Inn, 101 Folkestone Rd., Bryson City, NC 28713

Christmas Events at Lake Junaluska

Visit Lake Junaluska's beautifully decorated Lambuth Inn during the Christmas season and enjoy the splendor and grace of nativities, lights and trees! The Train room and other select rooms will only be open during meal times.
Dec 14th and 15th – Dinner hours only (5:30pm -7:00pm)
Dec 16th – Lunch only (Noon until 1:30pm)
Dec  17th, 18th, 19th- Lunch and Dinner hours (Noon until 1:30pm; 5:30pm -7:00pm)
Dec 20th – Dinner hour only (5:30pm – 7:00pm)
Dec 21st- 26th, the Lambuth Inn will be closed.

Song O’ Sky Sweet Adelines, December 17th, 6PM., Lambuth Inn
Dinner Entertainment: Song O’ Sky Chorus - a chapter of Sweet Adelines International
Adults: $17; Children 6-11: $8.50, Children 5 and under Free
Song O’ Sky Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an organization dedicated to promoting and teaching one of America’s original art forms, barbershop harmony, or four-part harmony sung a cappella. Enjoy the sweet tunes of the Sweet Adelines while you dine with family and friends!

Voices in the Laurel, Dec18 6PM, Lambuth Inn
Dinner Entertainment: Voices in the Laurel, Adults: $17; Children 6-11: $8.50, Children 5 and under Free. Special entertainment during dinner will be provided this evening by Voices in the Laurel.

Tuscola High School Choirs, December 19, 6PM, Lambuth Inn
Dinner Entertainment: Tuscola High School Chamber Choir and Summit, Adults: $17; Children 6-11: $8.50
Children 5 and under Free.Celebrate an evening out with family and friends at the beautifully decorated Lambuth Inn. The Tuscola High School Chamber Choir and Summit will provide entertainment during dinner.
For more details visit: http://www.lakejunaluska.com

Give a gift that Lasts from Riverlink

Give a gift that supports your lifestyle and need for open space and greenways, good water quality, recreation, health, sound long-term economic development, transportation, education and flood prevention YOU CAN OWN AND GIVE A PIECE OF THE GREENWAY FOR JUST $50. Purchase a Deed of Support for the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay, with 100% of the proceeds used to connect the dots and RiverLink missing pieces of the RiverWay.Other gifts ideas include:
~RiverLink membership - the gift that keeps giving, by becoming a member of RiverLink, you become a defender of the river.
~ A Waterproof River Access Guide; the perfect present for the paddler in the family, filled with pieces of historical information on the French Broad River, as well a detailed map of the FBR access points.
~ The French Broad by Wilma Dykeman; a great gift for the bookworm! A wonderfully written piece of non-fiction that captures the natural and human diversity of the Asheville region.

Find all these gifts and more at www.riverlink.org: Give a gift that keeps giving. Give a gift that supports and sustains the water you drink.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

AAA Four Diamonds Award Announced

AAA has announced its Four Diamond awards for 2010 and several North Carolina hotels and restaurants are among the winners.
NC Mountain awardees of AAA's Four Diamond Lodging include:
Asheville:  1900 Inn on Montford, Albemarle Inn, Grand Bohemian Hotel, Inn on Biltmore Estate, and The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
Boone: Lovill House Inn in Boone
Cashiers: Innisfree Inn By
Highlands: Old Edwards Inn & Spa
Lake Toxaway: Greystone Inn in Lake Toxaway

AAA's 2010 Four Diamond NC Mountain Restaurants:
Asheville: Horizons in Asheville
Boone: Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar
Highlands: Madison's Restaurant and Wine Garden

The Four Diamond rating is defined as: Properties are upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. Read more about 1-5 diamond ratings from AAA...

Foothills Conservancy - Give a Gift that Lasts

As 2009 comes to a close, the Foothills Conservancy now has over 45,000 acres forever protected! Consider these special last minute gifts for your friends, family and co-workers. A gift to Foothills Conservancy is a gift of land for the future:
Gift Membership: "The gift that keeps on giving. A "Friend" gift membership in Foothills Conservancy is a gift that lasts all year long. Friend $35  CLICK HERE to purchase a gift membership.

A Year-End Gift Honoring or Remembering Someone Special. At this Holiday Season remember those who are no longer with us and honor those who are.We'll send a seasonal card of acknowledgment at your request. CLICK HERE to make a special year-end gift

Gift Membership + Note Card Set. Give a gift membership at the "Conservator" level or above, and we'll send your gift recipient a package of our scenic note cards depicting some of the special places we have protected. (12 note cards with envelopes) Conservator $50, Protector $100, Preserver $250, Steward $500. CLICK HERE to purchase a gift membership with note card set

Please allow time for mail delivery before Christmas.For more information or to purchase these special gifts please call our office 828-437-9930 or email info@foothillsconservancy.org

   http://www.foothillsconservancy.org

Deck the Hall for Wildlife Today at Camp Lake James

Dec 12, 1PM - 3PM. Camp Lake James' Annual “Deck The Hall For Wildlife." This annual event is as exciting for our local wildlife as it is for you! Bring the family and bundle up for a few hours of creative fun. We will decorate the trees with popcorn chains, birdseed ornaments and fruit/cinnamon garland -- all while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate by the fire! The activity will begin at The Camp Social Hall at 1 p.m. and end around 3 p.m. It costs $5 per family. If you would like to join us, call us at (828)584-2863.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Early Bird Cabin Discount

Great Smokys Cabin Rentals, 1560 Main St., Bryson City NC. Book two months in advance of your stay of at least two nights and receive a 10% discount off the stay. This offer applies to new reservations only and is good for any non-holiday stay. Choose one of our vacation cabin rentals in the uncrowded, unhurried, unspoiled and uncommon North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains, for exciting vacations and quiet romantic getaways. All sizes, prices.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Specials at La Petite Spa

La Petite Spa   Brevard NC. 828-883-2238. Christmas Specials:
Christmas Vacation -  Tropical Escape Wrap w/ Vichy Shower, 60 minute Swedish Massage, European Facial plus lunch. Allow 4 hours - $205.00
Jingle Bell Day
  - 60 Minute Swedish Massage, European Facial, Express Pedicure plus lunch Allow 4 hours - $175.00
Holly Jolly Rescue
  - European Facial, 30 minute Swedish Massage and Traditional Pedicure
Allow 4 hours - $125.00
Vixen's Delight
  - 30 minute Sauna, specialty Facial, Traditonal Pedicure. Allow 3 hours - $95.00
Sleigh Bells for Two
  - 30 minute Sauna plus 90 minute Couple's Massage, Wine and Cheese in Room. Allow 3 hours - $195.00
Shopping Escape 
- 30 minute Sauna, Detox Seaweed Wrap, Specialty Facial plus lunch. Allow 3 hours - $145.00
Mistletoe Relief
  - 30 minute Sauna, 60 minute Reflexology or Swedish massage, Express Manicure and Pedicure. Allow 3 hours - $105.00
Santa's Retreat
  - 30 minute Sauna, 90 minute Swedish massage. Allow 2 1/2 hours - $90.00

A Winter's Tale at the WNC Nature Center

Dec 12, 6PM-9PM, Western North Carolina Nature Center, Asheville NC. Don your mittens for a winter stroll along the trails to see the animals and holiday lights at night. Enrichment programs, presentations, entertainment (Mountain Marionettes on Saturday evening), crafts and more will be provided during our Holiday in Lights. $6 per person ($1 off for members of Friends of the WNC Nature Center). http://www.wildwnc.org/

Bryson City has the Spirit of Christmas

Dec 12, 6PM, Downtown Bryson City, NC. A true Christmas experience! Luminaries line historic Everett Street, the signature hemlock is lit with memorial lights, carolers and musical artists abound, and a living nativity proceeds up the avenue. Photos are available with Santa and Mrs. Claus, children can post letters to Santa, and many shops offer special event discounts. Read more...

Mountain Winter Festival in Spruce Pine

Dec 12, 1PM - 7PM, Downtown Spruce Pine, Spruce Pine NC. Historic Downtown Spruce Pine, nationally known as the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree, will transform into a spectacular and magical evening this holiday season. Blanketed with thousands of lights, the historic Upper Street becomes an eye-popping winter wonderland with real ice skating in the streets, holiday festooned wagon rides, Story time for kids, festive food, a unique shopping experience and more. A special holiday event for the whole family unlike any other!
http://www.homeoftheperfectchristmastree.com/

Soup for Toys at M2(Squared) this weekend

Dec 10-13, M2 Restaurant, 125 West Main Street, Spindale NC. Bring a Stocking Stuffer or Larger Toy for Children ages 11-12 until Sunday Dec. 13th and Receive a Free Cup of Soup! The Toys will be Donated to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer!!

This week's Food and Fun:
Dec 10 - Sushi Night! Don’t Miss Out! Reservations Recommended (288-4641)
Dec 11 - Alex Thompson on Keyboard and $5.00 Martinis!
Dec 12 - Featuring a Three Course Dinner Special for $19.95!
Dec 13 - Brunch From 11:00am-2:00pm. Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar Begins at 12:00pm. NFL on the Screen and Bluegrass in the Background.
Dec 15 - Soup/Sandwich and Beer Tuesday. Come Enjoy a Casual Meal That Won’t Break the Bank! Featuring The Piano Man Himself: Alex Thompson and CHEAP BEER SPECIALS!
Dec 16 - Trivia at 8:00pm and Half Price Bottled Wine!! What a Bargain!
Website: http://www.msquaredrestaurant.com/

The Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar Host Local Artists

Dec 11, 6PM, Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar, 229 Greenville Street, Saluda NC. A collection of artists and crafts people will be selling paintings, pottery, jewelry, artistic wearables, metal work and more at the Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar beginning at 6:00 PM during Hometown Christmas. This is a family friendly event! Guitarists Ellen Trnka and Marc Yaxley will be featured musicians. Trnka, known for her languid mix of blues, country, folk, jazz, covers and originals joins up with intense classical and jazz guitarist Yaxley. The public is encouraged to celebrate an evening of local art in a holiday atmosphere while helping to support the artist community and local commerce. Website: http://www.saludainn.com/

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Special at Tryon Inn

Mimosa Inn,  65 Mimosa Inn Drive,  Tryon NC. Want to get away for the holidays? Why not spend Christmas at the Mimosa Inn?(www.carolina-foothills.com ) This special includes accommodations for 2 nights, choice of Queen or King Rooms, breakfast each morning, flowers and champagne in your room upon arrival. A wine and cheese reception by the fireplace on Christmas Eve then enjoy a full Buffet Dinner Christmas Day. 495.00+. Contact: 828-859-7688   http://www.carolina-foothills.com/

Spirit of Giving Alive and Well in West Jefferson

The good folks in West Jefferson and Ashe County haven't forgotten the best part of the Holiday Season: the Gift of Giving. Times really are tough now, but it gives us all hope when we remember to share what we can with those who need our help. Please support these efforts and those in your own community:

Dec 15 from 5-6:30PM.  Canned Food Drive - Come celebrate the season and network with your fellow Chamber members and their guests at The Ashe County "Holiday Chamber Blast ".  Bring canned goods to the Chamber Blast to be donated to Ashe Outreach Ministry.  Not a chamber member yet? Good time to give yourself the gift of membership!

Dec 9 at 4PM.  The Children's Christmas Project annual wrapping at Family Central comes to a close today.Distribution day will be Thursday, Dec. 10 from 9am-6pm. The Children's Christmas Project provides "Christmas" for children throughout the rural mountain communities of Ashe County. Each year underprivileged children and families have the opportunity to create a "wish list" of items that will assist in meeting their needs and desires. Supplies and donations appreciated. For more information, call Glenda Luther at 336-246-2461.

Dec. 12 from 11AM-1PM Get your family (or pet) photo taken with Santa.  For $10 you'll receive 1 CD with an 8.5x11 index print. Located next to Creative Printers in West Jefferson (across from the Wilco-Hess). Proceeds to benefit Ashe County Humane Society. For more information, call Dee at 336-246-7746.

Now through Dec. 31.  Sears Hometown Store will welcome the holiday season by sponsoring a food drive. to benefit Ashe Sharing Center and Lighthouse Ministries. Donation boxes are located at 203 E. First St. in West Jefferson. Customers are encouraged to drop off non-perishable canned and boxed food items as well as other needed products, such as diapers, paper towels, handy wipes, latex gloves, etc. during business hours. Customers will receive $5-$25 coupons off future purchases for each donation made. For more info, call 336-246-7131.
For additional information contact the Ashe County Chamber: http://www.ashechamber.com/

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Saluda Home Town Christmas

Dec 11, 6PM - 8PM, Main St. Saluda, NC. A step back to the charm of days gone by - the town of Saluda all decked out in lights and ready for Christmas! Stroll down main street and listen to live music in most of the shops, galleries and restaurants. Experience the warmth and joy of a small town during the holidays. The open house and musical events are closed with an ecumenical service delivered by Saluda ministers at the Saluda Presbyterian Church. Website: http://www.saluda.com

Dream View on Beech Mountain Offers Discounts

Dream View Chalet is currently offering a discount on select 2010 winter and spring dates. Book your 3-night or longer stay during one of the periods listed below, and we'll take 10% off!
January 3-14, 18-21 & 25-31
February 1-11, 15-18 & 22-28
March 1-17 & 22-31
April 1-22 & 26-30
May 1-14
    Discount is applied before accomodation fees are added. Vacation must be booked before December 31, 2009 to receive discount. Contact us for specific pricing. For more information about Dream View Chalet... Enjoy 180 degree views at 5325 feet on top of Beech Mountain. 4 BD, 4.5 BA, fireplace, WIFI, PET FRIENDLY. Walk to Land of OZ and OZ Ski Run. Beech Mountain Club privileges. Located next to OZ Cathedral making it perfect for large parties.

    Monday, December 7, 2009

    Santa's Helpers waiting at Penland

    For the Penland fans and craft lovers on your Holiday gift list:
    aprons
    Baseball Caps
    (Port & Company, 100% cotton) Faded blue, faded green, gray, brick $10.84



    apronsPenland Water Tower Aprons
    Drawing by Abie Harris
    White, yellow, gray, taupe, green
    Two pockets
    $16.00



                                                water bottles

    Water Bottles  BPA-free plastic and stainless steel, with strap
    Red, blue, green   $9.98 
     sketch books
    Penland School of Crafts Spiral Bound Sketchbook
    5-1/2" x 8-1/2", 75 pages, letterpress cover by John Horn
    Cinnamon, green, purple, sienna, yellow  $6.00




    2009 T-shirt
    Penland 2009 T-shirt
    Designed by Slate Grove
    (winner of the 2009 T-shirt contest)
    When they're gone, they're gone!
    S, M, L, 100% cotton
    $19.96




     PLUS gift certificates and Tender Cards, books and more. To purchase items, call the school store at 828-765-2359, x18.
    The store is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
    All purchases ship via Priority Mail in US, charges range from $4.95-$11.95.   http://www.penland.org/

    Saturday, December 5, 2009

    Holiday Member Blast in Ashe County

    Dec 15,  5PM - 6:30PM, Frasers Restaurant & Pub, West Jefferson NC. There will be door prizes and the “50/50” drawing for cash! Enjoy free hors d’oeuvres and selected beverages, along with a cash bar. Come celebrate the season and network with your fellow Chamber members and their guests. We are going to have a Holiday BLAST!  http://www.ashechamber.com

    Adopt an Animal For Christmas

    The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, with the special help of our Habitat staff, is launching a new "Adopt an Animal" program just in time for the holidays. Your love for Grandfather Mountain's animals can now be expressed with a simple donation ranging from $25 to $1,000. Your tax-deductible gift will enhance the lives of our otters, bears, eagles, deer and cougars in many ways, from providing new enrichment toys and treats to upgrading habitat facilities. Read more...

    Help Friends of the Smokies with Christmas Shopping

    Shop For Your Friends! While you're making your list & checking it twice, whether your friends and loved ones have been naughty or nice, you can enjoy several opportunities to benefit Friends of the Smokies and help the Park as you shop. Great gear to use and wear while you help the Friends of the Smokies preserve, protect and provide for the vast network of more than 800 miles of scenic trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. T-shirts, caps and more. Shop now...

    Christmas in Blowing Rock

    Dec 18 - 19, Blowing Rock School Auditorium, Blowing Rock NC. Christmas in Blowing Rock is hosted by Melvin Tunstall III with a six person adult chorus, seven person kids chorus and featured musical guests, Diana and Sarvis Ridge.The performance is an original script that closely follows the format and genre of the Bing Crosby and Andy Williams Christmas Variety shows. There will be lots of songs, music, dancing, skits, story-telling, etc.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under and are available at the Blowing Rock Visitors Center, Gems by Gemini and Black Dog Coffee. For tickets call 828-406-2884 or purchase online.

    Friday, December 4, 2009

    Gift certificates become lifetime memories

    Most of us could use a few more happy memories and a lot less "Stuff". Give the special gift of "Mountain Time" this year and the recipient will have happy memories of  the mountains - and you - for years to come. Gift certificates are available from a variety of lodging sources including The Folkestone Inn in Bryson City NC. The certificates can be customized and sent out in time for Christmas and are sure to please all those special people on your gift list. For more information or to order...

    The Folkestone Inn  offers a beautiful MOUNTAIN VIEW. Soft drinks, snacks & cookies all day. Guest computer in library. Wireless, full gourmet breakfast each day. The Smoky Mountain Bed and Breakfast is filled with old fashioned charm and modern amenities. Open year 'round, private balconies and mountain vistas. $109 - $163 per night

    Thursday, December 3, 2009

    Custom Holiday Cards for your family or business

    Check-out these great savings from our favorite online printer. Just upload your image or select from one of dozens of templates you can modify with your individual information. This is as easy as MS Word or notepad or other simple document programs. And if you have trouble they are easy to reach and always helpful.


    75% Off Photo Holiday Cards & FREE SHIPPING!

    Wine Extravaganza at the Backroom

    Dec 8, 6:00PM - 8:00PM, The Backroom at the Flat Rock Wine Shoppe. Wine Extravaganza menu is paired with "Economically Based and Highly Rated" spanish reds, perfect for the holiday season! Call now for reservations (828) 697-6828.
    Menu:
    ...Gruyere and fresh apple spread
    ...Sicilian eggplant caponata
    ...Baked stuffed clams with saffron aioli
    ...Chicken satay
    ...Lamb meatballs with almond sauce
    Just $25.00.  Website: http://flatrockwineshoppe.com/

    This Week at M2 (Squared)

    Dec 4 - Alex Thompson on Keyboard and $5.00 Martinis! Come Relax Before and/or After the Reverse Raffle
    Dec 5 - Mike Rogers and Friends! Beginning at 8:00pm!
    Dec 6 - Brunch From 11:00am-2:00pm. Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar Begins at 12:00pm. NFL on the Screen and Myra Tending Bar.
    Dec 8 - Soup/Sandwich and Beer Tuesday . Come Enjoy a Casual Meal That Won’t Break the Bank! Featuring The Piano Man Himself: Alex Thompson and CHEAP BEER SPECIALS!
    Dec 9 - Trivia with Nick at 8:00pm and Half Price Bottled Wine!! We Will Have a Three Course Dinner Special for $19.95 to Celebrate the Holiday Pops Concert at The Foundation!!

    PLAN AHEAD!! Starting This Week: Early Bar Opens Wednesday-Friday at 4:00pm We will Feature Early Bird Apps Until 5:00pm…Complimentary! All Gift Certificates are being Sold at 20% Off until Dec. 23rd …what a bargain! Call 288-4641 to make Reservations…as always, we are a WIFI Establishment. In Need of Catering…Look no further! Website: http://www.msquaredrestaurant.com/

    Free Saturday Fly-casting Clinic at Headwaters Outfitters

    Dec. 12, 11AM-1PM. French Broad River next to Headwaters’ Outfitters River Shop, 15 Adventure Ridge Road, Brevard NC. MUST MAKE RESERVATION - 828-862-5411. The fly-fishing and paddling retailer is offering 2-hour casting lessons during four weekends from December through March, at no charge. Anyone can participate, whether you’re 8 years old or 80. Participants must arrive by 10:30 a.m. By the end of the class, students will learn the basics of executing a roll cast, sidearm cast, overhead cast and bow-and-arrow cast, using 4- and 5-weight fly rods and reels provided by Headwaters. Additional free clinics are planned for Jan, Feb and March. A half-day guided fly fishing trip will be available at a special rate immediately following the class.

    Headwaters Outfitters is a 17-year-old, family-owned outfitting business that specializes in paddling sports, fly-fishing and hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Located at the gateway to Pisgah National Forest, Headwaters offers canoe and kayak rentals, guided fly-fishing trips on public and private waters, and fly-fishing schools ranging from three to eight hours in length.
    Website: http://www.headwatersoutfitters.com/

    1st Annual Live Nativity

    Dec 5, 6PM, 17 Big Cove Road, Saunooke Village, Cherokee NC. A “Live Nativity” produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, and sponsored by the shops of Saunooke Village will debut on the cobbled streets under a " Star of Bethlehem". The Live Nativity will feature songs of the season sung a cappella within each scene, live camels lead by the wise men, a donkey at the stable, and sheep led by the shepherds. Over 35 community members are involved in brining alive the oldest story every told. Additional activities for the day include camel rides and an appearance by Santa.  Mrs. Claus and “Billy the Elf,” will entertain and help Santa hand out candy canes to the children of Western North Carolina. For details call: 828-497-2209.

    Raffle Tickets for Craft Schools


    WIN A ONE-WEEK CLASS AT ARROWMONT, JOHN C. CAMPBELL OR PENLAND!  We’ll mail you the raffle ticket!  2 chances to win a one-week class, including board  (double room w/ shared bath) & meals. Each class valued at $950! Cost of Ticket: $25    Odds of Winning: 1 in 150 (300 tickets will be sold) Each winner will select and register for a class that takes place within one year from the date of the raffle (Jan. 15, 2010). Once they register at the school of their choice, the tuition will be paid for by CCCD. To view classes go to:
    Penland School of Craft:  www.penland.org
    Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts: www.arrowmont.org
    John C. Campbell Folk School: www.folkschool.org
    Proceeds go to support the programs of the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design non-profit foundation. For more information or to purchase...

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009

    Southern Highlands Guild Artists’ Holiday Sale

    Dec 5, Dec 12, 10AM-4PM, The Folk Art Center, Milepost 382, Asheville NC. Over 70 artists will be participating over the course of the two day sale. The Southern Highland Craft Guild’s annual Holiday Sale has become such a popular event that an extra day has been added this year.  Craftspeople will be on hand in the center’s auditorium to sell select work 10-50% off retailChoose from a variety of gift items including ceramics, jewelry, fiber, paper, glass and wood.  Buying from artists supports the local economy and promotes the mission of the Guild which is bringing together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation.

    Website: http://southernhighlandguild.org/

    Monday, November 30, 2009

    Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Franklin

    OAK HILL COUNTRY INN. Franklin NC Bed and Breakfast. The Oak Hill Country Inn is a 2-story, frame, late Victorian Regional Queen Anne style house. The Inn is named for its location, situated on top of a hill and surrounded by century-old oak trees. A beautiful mountain view can be seen from nearly anywhere on the property! $100-$130 per night.

    This Week's Simple Suppers in Franklin

    Dec 1-4, Jer's Kitchen, Whistle Stop Mall, 1281 Georgia Road, Franklin NC. Do you want to have a nice dinner at home, but are tired of rushing home to cook? Then order one of Jer's made to order Simple Suppers! This week offering:
    Chicken Crepes with artichokes and mushrooms and a roasted garlic cream sauce
    Quiche - Ham, mushroom and cheddar. Small 12.95, Large 24.00.
    Jer's Kitchen boasts a menu of all-natural, fresh made soups, salads, sandwiches & desserts everyday! Website: http://www.jerskitchen.com    828-524-1960

    Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting

    Dec 1, 6PM - 9PM, Downtown Sylva NC. Carrolling, Christmas Tree Lighting, holiday shopping and dining highlight Sylva's Holiday kickoff. Downtown stores and restaurants will be open late and offering specials, samplings, craft demonstrations and more. Website: http://www.downtownsylva.org

    Skull Camp Blending Party

    Dec 19, 4PM-7PM, Round Peak Vineyards, 765 Round Peak Church Road , Mount Airy NC. Skull Camp Wines is hosting its first ever blending party! We are planning to introduce three blends in early 2010, and want you to help us create them...our next "anticipation", and two more that you will help us name! Come be part of our team! Mingle with other Skull Camp fans while enjoying tasty appetizers for wine pairing. Learn about the art of food pairing during a brief presentation by Kari Heerdt and Ken Gulaian. Then take that education and explore blending for yourself. Seats are limited, so make sure to save a spot for yourself by reserving early for this exclusive engagement. Pre-Paid Reservations Required, $16. Website:https://www.roundpeak.com/

    Saturday, November 28, 2009

    Black Mountain Mountian View Vacation Rental

    HIGH TOWER VACATION RENTAL   BLACK MOUNTAIN NC  5 bedroom, 3 baths vacation rental with frplc, ht tub, WIFI. Near Asheville, Biltmore Estate, Black Mountain. Long range view. Ping Pong, games, 7-person jacuzzi on deck. Some pets are permitted with prior written approval. Can be rented as 3/2 or 2/1 or entire home. Accommodates 2-14. $140-$328 nt, $804 - $1905* wk

    Public swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, and a croquet court are nearby. The area is well known as home to skilled craftsmen and artisans. A private 237 acre game preserve with gardens is available for hiking and picnics for guests

    Holly Jolly Christmas in Black Mountain

    Dec 4   BLACK MOUNTAIN NC.  Holly Jolly Christmas - Come celebrate the holidays in Black Mountain. Shops stay open late and offer refreshments, streets are lined with luminaries, Santa and his elves will stop in for a visit. Website: http://www.blackmountain.org

    Christmas Parade in Franklin

    Nov 29  3PM, downtown Franklin NC. Annual Franklin Christmas Parade  Franklin Business and Organizations participate to bring Franklin Annual Christmas Parade through Downtown Franklin. The parade ends with the entrance of Mr & Mrs. Santa Claus.  Website: http://www.franklin-chamber.com/

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    Southcliff Announces Price Reduction

    Longmeadow Homes offers this custom cottage design by a Highlands-Cashiers LEED certified architect. Features include Longmeadow's signature wood trim and built-ins. The open, livable floor plan will appeal to many lifestyles. Master's retreat and two-car garage on the main level and abundant storage are a few of its many pluses. Includes 3 Bedrooms, 3 ½ Baths, 2671 sf plus 462 sf unfinished bonus room. Now $539,000.
    Website: http://www.southcliffasheville.com

    December Special for Asheville Mountain Cabin

    Stay 5 or more nights at the off-season base rate of $175 per night!  ALLEE'S GETAWAY  ASHEVILLE NC. 3 BD, 2 BA, NC Mountain Cabin with 2 fireplaces and GREAT MOUNTAIN VIEW. Free WIFI. Newer cedar cabin located in quiet mountain setting yet close to downtown Asheville, Biltmore, Blueridge Parkway, Hendersonville, Black Mountain. Sleeps up to 8.

    Little Switzerland Christmas Tree Farm

    Little Switzerland Christmas Tree Farm was established in 1975. Starting with the finest quality tree seedlings, each tree is carefully monitored throughout the growing cycle, nurturing them to meet the demanding needs of customers from across the United States. Choose and cut dates available - visit the site for details.

    Website: http://www.littleswitzerlandchristmastreefarm.com/

    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in Sprude Pine and Burnsville

    Parkway Playhouse presents its production of THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER featuring a talented cast of young performers who will bring the holiday family treat to life. December 11 at 7:30 and December 12 at 3:00 at the Carolina Theatre in Spruce Pine. December 17-19 at 7:30 pm at Mountain Heritage High School Auditorium in Burnsville. Purchase tickets now...

    Wednesday, November 25, 2009

    Thanksgiving Dinner in the Mountains

    Just to name a few:


    BRYSON CITY    Grand Thanksgiving Buffet Thirteen Moons Restaurant at the Village. 12:00pm – 7:00pm Adults $21.95, Children 6-11 $9.95, Under 5 Free. An incredible array of taste treats from Assorted Antipasto Display and Chilled Seafood Station to Butter Basted Tom Turkey, Fall Specialty Entrees and Sides and Gourmet Dessert Buffet.

    LAKE LURE   Thanksgiving Buffet at Lakeview Restaurant   11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Roasted Tom Turkey, Baked Virginia Ham, Prime Rib with Au jus, Chicken Marsala, a lovely Smoked Salmon display, Baked Almond crusted Tilapia with Vanilla Rum Habanera Sauce Peel and Eat Shrimp, Cornbread Stuffing, Giblet Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and much more!

    ASHEVILLE    Carmel's Restaurant & Bar Serving Thanksgiving Dinner Located in the Grove Arcade. Serving a delicious repast from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Caesar Salad, Sugar Glazed Ham, Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, Winter Squash Ravioli, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and much more.


    MAGGIE VALLEY   Maggie Valley Club Thanksgiving Buffet. Turkey, ham, Salmon, prime rib and all the extras. Reservations required. $23.95++ for adults and $12.95++ for children. (828) 926-4848.

    BOONE    Dan'l Boone Inn Thanksgiving 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Reservations are accepted for groups of 15 or more with advanced notice. Please call 828-264-8657 to make a reservation.

    HIGHLANDS   Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro Thanksgiving Dinner
    11:30AM-3PM. Turkey, ham or lamb with sides, soup or salad, dessert. Adults $39.00
    Children (10 & Under) $17.00

    Are you ready for a FRESH Christmas Tree?

    Nov 26 - Dec 15, Watauga County NC. Choose & Cut Christmas Trees.Watauga County, also known as the Choose and Cut Capital, is home to some of the most entertaining and scenic Choose and Cut farms across the region. Choose and Cut involves customers visiting a tree farm and roaming across tree-covered hillsides hunting the perfect tree to take home with them. Choose and Cut is the essential holiday family tradition, where young and old alike can enjoy a day on a real farm. Many farms offer hayrides, farm animals, cookies and cocoa and even Christmas Shops to purchase other holiday gifts. Wreaths and roping are also available to purchase. Visit the site for a map of Christmas tree farms and details: http://www.watauganurserymen.org/choose_cut.htm

    Flat Rock Cinema Thanksgiving Show Times

    Flat Rock Cinema, 2700 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock NC.
    SHOW TIMES for AMELIA
    Nov. 25th-26th 4:00, 7:00
    Nov. 27th - Dec 3rd Fri, Sat, Sun 1:00, 4:00; Mon-Thu 4:00
    Website: http://www.flatrockcinema.com/

    Aboretum Open for Post-feasting hikes

    Nov  26-27 , The North Carolina Arboretum, ASHEVILLE NC  Take a Hike at the Arboretum  A popular destination for visiting families and post-meal hikes, the Arboretum's 434 acres will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. While all buildings and the Bonsai Exhibition Garden will be closed, more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails and 65 acres of cultivated gardens await. No parking fee is in effect.

    22nd Annual Twilight Tour in Brevard

    Dec 5, 4PM-8PM, Downtown Brevard NC. The downtown streets of Brevard will be transformed into a magical world of holiday cheer during the Heart of Brevard's 22nd Annual Twilight Tour: "Christmas by the Campfire"...celebrating mountain traditions.

    Instead of streets lined with vendors, each downtown block will have an open campfire. This will be a cozy place to huddle, in between "touring" the different downtown shops and restaurants for their holiday specials. Around each campfire there will be places to sit to warm up. You can participate in a more traditional activity like marshmallow roasting, story telling, ornament making, singing, or watching a children's Christmas movie. At each campfire there will also be some refreshments to help warm your toes. READ MORE...

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    Holiday Champange Tasting in Waynesville

    Dec 3, 3PM-7PM, The Classic Wineseller, 20 Church Street, Waynesville NC. "Taste before you buy" your Holiday Cheer! There is more to champange than meets the eye: champange, cava, sparkling, prosecco, rose', cuvee, brut - come taste the difference. RSVP (828) 452-6000. $20 per person.
    Website:  http://ClassicWineSeller.com

    Monday, November 23, 2009

    Log Cabins Choose and Cut Special through December

    We have teamed up with West End Wreaths to provide a Choose and Cut Special. The special includes 2 nights in our cabin at the rate of $130 per night and $20 off your Christmas tree. Come join in the fun! Offer is good November 20 through December excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends.


    ZYDECO MOON FARM AND CABINS  In between West Jefferson and Sparta - 2 genuine log cabin homes on 61 acres bordering Helton Creek for a half mile and 2 miles from the New River -TROUT FISHING, mountain view. Bedroom with queen bd PLUS loft. Spectacular VIEWS. Wood-buring stove & gas grill on deck. Everything provided including STARS!

    Saturday Afternoon at Rag Apple Lassie Vineyard

    Nov 29, noon - 6PM, Rag Apple Lassie Vineyards, Booneville NC. After a day of shopping madness on infamous 'Black Friday,' spend a glorious Saturday afternoon at RagApple Lassie Vineyards sampling great wine, choosing your favorites for special friends and family, while listening to Bill Mann share his renowned smooth jazz talents on the tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones - all afternoon. Divine jazz and good wine! What a combo! Website:  http://www.ragapplelassie.com/

    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    Annual Holiday Show and Sale at TC Arts Council

    Nov 23-Dec 16,  Transylvania Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard NC. Annual Holiday Show and Sale at TC Arts Council. A great place to start and finish your Holiday Shopping. An artist reception will be held on Nov. 27th during the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Website: http://www.artsofbrevard.org/

    Saturday, November 21, 2009

    November 20th Scheduled Opening Delayed at Appalachian Ski Mountain

    Yesterday's  anticipated opening of the ski season at Appalachian Ski Mountain has been delayed with weather still too warm to allow snow-making. Appalachian Ski Mountain will begin snowmaking for opening day as soon as temperatures allow.  Although a mild weather pattern is currently covering the Eastern United States, snowmaking temperatures look possible for the following week around Thanksgiving weekend. Check for updates on weather conditions and a re-scheduled opening date...

    Catch the Spirit Announces Youth Talent Contest Winners


    More than 53 "acts" from age six through 18 living in Macon, Swain, Graham, Jackson Counties in North Carolina, and three counties in Georgia participated in Catch the Spirit of Appalachia’s Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest on November 19. Winners included Nathan Parrish (Otto) First Place; Jacob Jones (Sylva) Second Place; Julie Helms (Robbinsville) Third Place.” Catch the Spirit of Appalachia’s works to conserve,  protect and save the natural and human heritage of the mountain people in the region.
    Website: http://www.spiritofappalachia.org

    Friday, November 20, 2009

    Thanksgiving Dinner Biltmore Style

    It has been reported that George Vanderbuilt's favorite meal was much like what we consider today the basics of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner:  turkey accompanied by a very traditional Appalachian cornbread dressing. This year why not try that very same recipe, along with an array of delicious side dishes and a praline pumpkin pie worthy of your holiday celebration? Here are the recipes for a that special Holiday Meal by Biltmore Chefs & Winemakers...

    Volunteers needed for Workday in Clay County on December 3

    On Thursday, December 3rd, LTLT is organizing an all-day workday out at the Jackson property, with the main task to clean out the barn/garage on the property, finish cleaning out the cabin, and to haul items to the local thrift store, recycling center, and waste disposal sites. Besides labor, we could also use help from folks with pickup trucks to help with the hauling. Even if you can only help in the morning, we can use you! To Volunteer contact: ddesmond@ltlt.org

    The Jackson property is located in Clay County, about 15 minutes northwest of Hayesville. LTLT, Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, is dedicated to conserving the waters, forests, farms, and heritage of the Upper Little Tennessee and Hiwassee River Valleys. We work in partnership with private landowners, public agencies, and others to conserve land, insuring that the natural beauty, ecological integrity, and rural character of our region are preserved for generations to come. Website: http://www.ltlt.org/

    Grove Arcade offers Gingerbread and Holiday Decor

    Nov 20-22, The Grove Arcade, One Page Avenue. Asheville NC. The Grove Arcade kicks off the holiday celebrations this weekend with activities, gingerbread houses and stunning holiday decor. As a part of the National Gingerbread House Competition 35 of the whimsical entries will be displayed in a winter-wonderland style setting. The public is invited to view the houses Monday through Saturday from 10AM-6PM. and Sunday from noon - 5PM.

    This weekend's schedule includes:
    Friday: Raeph – Acoustic Guitar & Vocals; 11AM-1PM., James Rogers – Piano; 1AM-3PM
    Saturday: Gardner Hathway – Guitar & Vocals; 11AM-PM, Jon Cooley – Cardboard Dulcimer 1AM- 3PM, James Rogers - Piano; AM- 4PM., Marcus Chatfield & Duke – Harmonica, Guitar & Vocals; 4PM- 6PM
    Sunday: James Rogers - Piano; noon-2PM., Raeph – Acoustic Guitar & Vocals; 2PM-4PM
    Website: http://www.grovearcade.com/

    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

    Nov 23 - Dec 2, Pack Place Community Gallery, Asheville NC. Western North Carolina AIDS Project will be displaying portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt  in Pack Place. On Nov 28,10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (continuous showings) The Asheville Art Museum will screen Rob Epstein's Oscar-winning documentary which profiles six people who subsequently died of AIDS. Using the AIDS Memorial Quilt as his starting point, this film humanizes the disease and illustrates its carnage, showing how it devastates families and communities.Narrated by Dustin Hoffman. The film will screen continuously throughout the day and is free to Museum Members and the public. Website: http://www.ashevilleart.org

    M 2 (Squared) this Weekend

    Nov 19:  SUSHI Night! Why Drive Out of Town, When You Can Get Great Sushi Here? Reservations Recommended as Quantities Are Limited! (828) 288-4641
    Nov 20: Chef Pat Will Be Preparing a Wonderful Shrimp and Grits Special! Alex Thompson Entertaining on Keyboard at 8:00pm
    Nov 21: Follow Us on Twitter: “M2Spindale” - Check “Msquared Restaurant” on Facebook for Nightly Specials.
    Nov 22: Sunday Brunch From 11:00am-2:00pm. Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar Begins at 12:00pm. NFL on the Screen and Bluegrass Music in the Background!
    M2 Restaurant, 125 West Main Street, Spindale NC, Website:http://www.msquaredrestaurant.com

    Riverlink Volunteers Needed tomorrow

    Nov 20, 10AM-1PM. RiverLink is having a table at the AB Tech's Annual Gifts that Give event this Friday November 20th from 10am-1pm.  Kyle Wolff, RiverLink's Communications Outreach Coordinator, will be staffing the info booth where she will need assistance sharing our mission and selling RiverLink products to the public with all proceeds benefiting RiverLink. Call 828-252-8474 ext. 118 by 3PM today.

    Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    Week #10 - Last Chance to win in the NC Fall Getaway Sweepstakes

    November 16-22 ‘Tis The Season
    It’s that time of year again, and there’s no better place for an authentic feeling of home for the holidays than North Carolina. Come choose and cut your own perfect Christmas tree in the NC Mountains, then explore a long list of holiday lights and events that will warm your heart even in the coldest months. This week, you can enter to win a holiday getaway to the “Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree” that includes:
    • Two night stay at the Richmond Inn Bed & Breakfast in Spruce Pine. Located in a scenic mountain setting, the half-century old Inn is shaded by towering white pines and landscaped with native dogwood trees, mountain laurel and rhododendron.
    • Dinner for two at the Knife and Fork restaurant.
    • Gift basket from the “Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree”
    • Visit to a Christmas Tree Farm, including a gift.
    • Two one-year subscriptions to Western North Carolina (WNC) magazine.   Enter To Win!

    "Amelia" lands in Flat Rock

    Nov 20 - 26, Weekdays 4:00, 7:00; Sat-Sun 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Flat Rock Cinema, 2700 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock NC. All tickets are $6. Enjoy lunch or dinner with us. We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes prior to show time if you plan to eat with us or if you have a group of four or more. This week's feature: Amelia. "Amelia is a perfectly sound biopic, well directed and acted, about an admirable woman." PG-Drama, Biopic, 111 Minutes. Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston. A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world. Website: http://flatrockcinema.com/

    Youth Chorale Fall Concert in Black Mountain

    Nov 22, 3PM-4PM, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 West State Street, Black Mountain  NC. The Black Mountain Youth Chorale, started in the fall of 2007, begins its third season with a concert. The Chorale is for students in grades 4-8 to learn choral music from many traditions. Composed of students in public, charter, private and home schools, it provides an opportunity to learn more about unison and 2 and 3 part singing, as well as making friends who like to sing. The group is directed by Aline Carillon and accompanied by Penny Rose. Website: http://www.blackmountainarts.org/

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Holiday Portraits from Black Mountain Photographer

    Rebecca D'Angelo Photography is booking for holiday portrait sessions now. Don't miss out on these fabulous, affordable packages. For $150.00 you recieve a custom 8x12 portrait, high-res jpeg for your holiday card, and 10 wallet prints. For $250.00 you recieve all edited 4x6 prints (50-70), 11x14 custom portrait, high-res jpeg for your holiday card and 20 wallets. Her new studio is located in Black Mountain. Studio or location portraits available. View her work at www.rebeccadangelophotography.com. rebecca@rebeccadangelo.com 828-357-8327

    Winter Hours at Thirteen Moons

    Nov 18, Thirteen Moons Restaurant at the Village, Bryson City NC.Announcing Thirteen Moons Winter Hours of Operation beginning this Wednesday, 11/18/09 :
    Dinner on Wednesday through Saturday from 5:00pm
    Breakfast begins at 7:30am on Saturday and Lunch at 11:30am
    Sunday Brunch from 9:30-3:30pm for $11.95
    Of course we’ll still be offering our Early Bird Dinner each night from 5-6pm and All U Can eat Crab Night on Wednesday evenings for $15.95  - For reservations call 828-488-2826, Website: http://www.ncnv.com

    Order Pumpkin Roulade from Jer's Kitchen in Franklin

    Jerri is also taking orders for her wonderful Pumpkin Roulade. It's a lightly spiced pumpkin cake rolled around a cream cheese filling. Perfect for a holiday dessert. It's 16" long and can serve up to 12 easily. Jerri will need a one day advance notice for the roulade and if you're ordering for pick-up on Wednesday , the day before Thanksgiving, please order it by that Monday afternoon.Contact and ordering info at http://www.jerskitchen.com/

    Business After Hours in Boone

    Nov 19, 5PM-7PM, Sponsered by Appalachian Energy & Watauga County American Red Cross, Boone NC.
    Admission- $3.00 and a business card. There will be extra parking at Southern States & NC Cooperative Ext.
    Please RSVP to info@boonechamber.com or call 264-2225 by 12:00 noon the day of the event.

    Santa's Palette Holiday Show & Sale in Brevard

    Nov 23 - Dec 16, TC Arts Council  349 S. Caldwell St. Brevard NC. Annual Holiday Show and Sale at Transylvania County Arts Council in Brevard.

    Cherokee Basketry book signing in Waynesville, Asheville

    Nov 21, Cherokee Basketry book signing  Anna Fariello
    11AM- 12PM - Osondu Booksellers,  184 North Main Street Waynesville, NC
    3PM-5PM     -
    Asheville Museum of Art   2 S. Pack Square Asheville, NC
    Two local book signings mark the release of Cherokee Basketry: From the Hands of our Elders by Anna Fariello. A collaboration included Western Carolina University, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual. Cherokee Basketry describes the craft's forms, functions and methods, and records the tradition's celebrated makers.

    Monday, November 16, 2009

    Save $10 on Biltmore Tickets

    Now through November 25. Christmas at Biltmore brings you the greatest savings of the season when you visit before Thanksgiving! Save up to $10 off on daytime tickets and enjoy the best prices on midweek Candlelight Christmas Evenings visits. Make lasting holiday memories with your family—kids 9 and under visit free every day—and beat the rush of holiday crowds. Get details...

    Annual Small Works Show in Waynesville

    Nov 18  WAYNESVILLE  It's A Small, Small Work  The Haywood County Arts Councils Gallery 86 is pleased to announce this years small works show entitled, Its a Small, Small Work 2009. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2009 from noon to 5pm in conjunction with Downtown Waynesville's Holiday Open House, the holiday tradition on Main Street where you can enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of the season.

    Appalachian Ski Mountain Opens Nov 20

    Nov 20 - Appalachian Ski Mountain, 940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock NC - will open its 2009-2010 ski season. First 100 guests receive free a ski ticket. 2.5 million worth of improvements have been made for what will be the longest scheduled season in North Carolina History. New events and special nights will add excitement to Appalachian Ski Mtn.’s calendar of events for the 2009-10 winter season. Website: http://www.appskimtn.com

    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    NAKED NOVEMBER DISCOUNT! in Sylva

    Trees are Nearly Naked and the days are beautiful. Fireplaces to cuddle by. And a 20% DISCOUNT for stays of two nights or more (except Thanksgiving). Must be mentioned at the time of reservation. Mountain Brook, fireplace cottages in the Smokys. Website: http://www.mountainbrook.com

    Wine tasting in Saluda

    Nov 17, The Purple Onion, Saluda NC. Wines from Tuscany starting with two whites: Orvieto and Vernaccia. Then on to some Chiantis with great ratings and prices, a Rosso d’ Montipulciano and just for fun, Viticcio vin Santo to finish up. There will be nine wines in all. Richard Mckinney of Tryon Distributing will be returning to “enlighten” us on the selections he has chosen. Seating is limited to 32 so reserve your space soon. The price for the evening is $45 which includes a taste of 9 different wines, Italian cheeses, antipasto and pasta, all chosen to complement the wines, tax and gratuity. Call the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179 for reservations. Website: http://www.purpleonionsaluda.com

    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest in Franklin

    Nov 19, 7:30PM, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin NC. Over 45 acts by the area’s youth with talents in fiddle, cello, piano, mandolin, banjo, guitar, standup bass, poetry, and vocals will be competing. There will be solo performers, duos, trios and groups performing traditional, country, gospel, bluegrass, folk, hymns, and the spoken word.  Emcee will be storyteller Amy Ammons Garza. This inspiring night will celebrate and salute the abundance of talent in our area. Website: http://www.spiritofappalachia.org/

    Shelton Vineyards Offers Holiday Gifts

    Wine, gift certificates, Shelton at Sunset concert series tickets, and gift baskets all make great corporate gifts, as well as, personal gifts. Check out a few of these great gift ideas!

    SV WINES Wines are always great to have on hand for the holidays and make great gifts too! Choose from a single bottle with cork screw or mulling spices, or our 3 or 6 bottle gift sets...
    Single Bottle of Wine with Corkscrew (excludes Reserve and limited release wines) $25.00
    3 Bottle Gift Set of (1) Cabernet Sauvignon, (1) Madison Lee White, and (1) Port $44.98
    6 Bottle Gift Set of (6) Cabernet Sauvignon $59.94
    Madison Lee Red with Mulling Spices Need a small gift? This is perfect for the Holidays. Enjoy warm mulled wine made with our Madison Lee Red. $16.99
    Website: http://www.sheltonvineyards.com

    Friday, November 13, 2009

    Stay one night for FREE this winter in the Smokys

    MIDWEEK SPECIAL: Spend 3 mid-week nights and only pay for 2 nights at our already discounted low season prices. Just book 2 nights at any of our 50 gorgeous cabins starting on a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday and get the 3th night FREE! (Applies to new reservations only. Good for any non-holiday stay with arrival on Sunday or later and departure by Friday or earlier. )
    GREAT SMOKYS CABIN RENTALS  45+ cabins available in the Bryson City NC area. 1-4 BD, 1-3 BA. Mountain & water views. Satellite TV & HDTV, Seclusion, fire pits, PET FRIENDLY & pet-free, motorcycle accessible, jetted tub or shower, game rm, pool table, air hockey, foosball, gas grills, washer & dryer, full kitchens, swing set, fenced yard, phone, WIFI, DLS. $85-$245 nt, $585-$1,595 wk. BOOK NOW!

    Thirteen Moons Chef’s Weekend Specials

    Thirteen Moons Restaurant at the Village, Bryson City NC.
    November 13th:
    Appetizer - Deep Fried Three Cheese Raviolis, Clam Basil Alfredo
    Chef’s Special Entrée- Florida Grouper filled with Mussels and Jumbo Lump Crab Meat, Lemon Pepper Beurre Blanc
    The Pastry Chef’s Creation - Ginger Pumpkin Cream Caramel, Cinnamon Cream and Blackberries

    November 14th
    Appetizer - Mini Kobe Meatballs, Wild Mushroom, Roma Tomato Ragu and Grilled Flat Bread
    Chef’s Special Entrée - Center Cut Filet Mignon, Balsamic Port Wine Reduction and Shrimp Scampi Stew
    The Pastry Chef’s Creation - Ginger Pumpkin Cream Caramel, Cinnamon Cream and Blackberries

    Don't forget Sunday Brunch - 10:30-2:30, $11.95 per person, Children 5-11, $6.95 ~ 4 and under FREE
    828-488-2826   Website: http://www.ncnv.com

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Mountain Shapes and Sizes in Bryson City

    Nov 14, 10AM-4PM, Southwestern Community Collage, just 5 mile west of Bryson City NC. Mountain Shapes & Colors  Indoor craft art sale and craft workshops. Area artisans offer original paintings, jewelry, handwoven baskets, turned wood and wearable art. Mountain Shapes and Colors Craft Art Show and Sale has been a part of Western North Carolina’s impressive array of fall shows for nearly 10 years. The day would not be complete without lots of food (chili and cornbread to support the 4H) and four sampler workshops held throughout the day: papermaking at 11 a.m., handbuilding a clay pencil holder at 1 p.m., and still life drawing at 2 p.m. Admission to Mountain Shapes and Colors Craft Art Show and Sale is free but there is a $5 charge for each workshop. Children are encouraged to participate when accompanied by an adult.

    Bryson City Cabin Specials $75 per night!

    November, December and January at Hidden Creek Cabins in Bryson City NC take advantage of Special Rates. Weekdays ONLY $75.00 per night and weekends ONLY$109.00 per night, with a 2 night minimum for up to 4 people, $10 per extra person. But there's more: Stay 3 nights get the 4th FREE!
    Website: http://www.hiddencreekcabins.com/

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    "Explore Boone Area - Winter Ski Vacation" Sweepstakes

    Win a trip for a Winter Ski Vacation in the North Carolina High Country. The winner will receive:
    • Three nights accommodations in a three bedroom/three bathroom “Echota on the Ridge” condo from Foscoe Rentals
    • One pair of Atomic Skis
    • One UVEX Ski Helmet
    • One pair of UVEX Ski Goggles
    • Two days of lift tickets at Appalachian Ski Mountain for two adults and two children
    • Gift certificate for four to Hawksnest for snow tubing sessions
    • Welcome Gift Basket
    • $50 gift certificate to Mast General Store
    • $250 voucher for food
    • $500 travel voucher
      The sweepstakes ends November 30, 2009.  Enter To Win!

    M squared = Fun squared

    This week at M squared Restaurant in Spindale NC:
    Wednesday - Trivia with Nick at 8pm , All wines ½ price per bottle
    Thursday  - Our First SUSHI Night! Reservations Recommended as Quantities Will Be Limited! Friday  - Come Enjoy Our Pork Osso Buco Special! DJ Melodious Spinning at 9:00pm-until…. Saturday - Kick Back and Relax While Pat does the Cooking and Matt does the Pouring! Check Msquared Restaurant on Facebook.Com for Nightly Specials.
    Sunday Brunch From 11:00am-2:00pm. Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar Begins
    Reservations (828) 288-4641   Website: http://www.msquaredrestaurant.com/

    Business After Hours

    Nov 19, 5PM - 7PM. Hosted by Appalachian Energy & Watauga County American Red Cross, Boone NC. Monthly Chamber Networking. Admission- $3.00 and a business card. RSVP - 264-2225

    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Back Room Celebrates First Year Anniversary

    The Back Room at the Flat Rock Wine Shoppe celebrates its first anniversary by offering specials:

    -Two for one covers Friday and Saturdays for the month of November!
    -Two for one appetizers 5:00pm-close on Thursdays!
    -Wednesday is still "Pasta Night" Just $10.00
    -Wednesday we also introduce "Hospitality Night" in the Back Room with drink specials and half price appetizers after 9:00pm for those in the hospitality industry.
    -Early bird dinner specials Tuesday-Thursday from 5-6pm
    Website: http://www.flatrockwineshop.com