Friday, July 31, 2009

Boone Chamber 60th Annual Meeting Last Chance Registration

August 3 at 12:00 noon is the last chance to register for the Boone NC area Chamber of Commerce 60th Annual Meeting, held on August 7 at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. 828-264-2225

Overnight Delight in Asheville

August 7-8 at WNC Nature Center in Asheville NC come enjoy an evening of fun, food and folly as we camp all night under the stars. 6PM arrival - programming begins 7PM Friday and ends 8:30AM on Saturday. Call now to make a reservation - we only have a few spots left. COntact Keith Mastin at 828-298-5600, ext 305.

Crazy Last Minute Deal in Highlands

Crazy Last Minute Deal at Mitchell's Lodge and Cottages in Highlands, NC: Stay 1 night, Get 40% off! Stay 2 nights, get 50% off - Valid 7/31-8/2/09 Only, Available for select units in the Cedar Lodge and cottages only. Escape the heat and come to cool Highlands, NC for the weekend ! NOT VALID UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FOR EXISTING CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS. CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER DISCOUNT. Call 1-800-522-9874 for reservations now.

Peaceful Bed and Breakfast in Bryson City

THE FOLKESTONE INN. You'll discover The Folkestone Inn down a dusty lane, just slightly off the beaten path. Come stroll under giant Norway Spruces beside our babbling brook. Discover the herb and perennial garden, where colorful birds swoop on their way to feed outside the sunny dining room. Originally a 1920s mountain farmhouse, the Folkestone has been a bed and breakfast for the past two decades. The innkeepers have created an immediately comfortable atmosphere — from the broad front porch looking toward the mountains, to the thoughtful snacks and drinks available all day, the helpful reference library and the tastefully decorated guestrooms with comfy beds and special touches.

Poker Run Open Houses in Bryson City

August 1 from 11AM - 3PM view 4 Bryson City NC Homes, all close to downtown. Draw 1 card at each home and best 4 card hand wins $100.00. Refreshments will b e served. For details contact Prudential Great Smoky Realty 828-488-2200

Great Smokys Cabin Rentals in Bryson CIty

GREAT SMOKYS CABIN RENTALS. (45+ cabin and vacation rentals available) 1-4 BD, 1-3 BA. Mountain & water views. Satellite TV & HDTV, Seclusion, Fire Pits, Pet-friendly and Not Pet-friendly, Motorcycle Accessible, Jetted Tub, Jetted Shower, Game Rms, 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.

All Aboard for Day Out with Thomas in Bryson City

Now through Sunday, August 2nd, Thomas fans will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and ride a train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine. Step aboard in Bryson City NC, as Day Out With Thomas™ includes a 25-minute train ride pulled by an authentic steam powered Thomas the Tank Engine. The $18 ticket per person price includes: Live entertainment, petting zoo, story telling, video viewing, interactive play center (The Imagination Station) and much more. Ticket price also includes admission to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum in Bryson City!
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Eddie Grahams Hot Jazz at The Burnsville Town Center

August 1 at The Town Center in Burnsville NC enjoy famous drummer Eddie Graham playing jazz New Orleans style. A crowd pleasing show for your enjoyment at your Burnsville Town Center - 7:30 p.m. This show will benefit the Orchard at Altapass. Call 682-7209 for info or visit

Ready to Buy a Mountain Home in Burnsville?

HOME FOR SALE This "Southern Living Home' is located in Chestnut Hill Estates, a gated community, in Burnsville, NC. Wooded lot with views. Living room has a beautiful stone fireplace, hardwood floors and a special crafted chandelier. The upstairs loft enjoys mountain views and overlooks the living room. The kitchen is chef ready and has an eat-in imported mosaic tile bar, hardwood flooring, cherry cabinets and a screened porch off the dining area and next to the cooking deck. Large laundry room located off the kitchen near the mudroom. The master bedroom offers a large sleep porch with seven sets of casement windows and lets light and air flow through. French doors connect the master suite and sleep porch. Master bath features a whirlpool tub, large walk-in glass shower, and a closet fit for a king! For more details contact: Jane C Rogers, Premier Mountain Properties, Inc. 828-284-0235

Friday Night Concert in Burnsville

July 31 7:30 PM at the Burnsville Town Center enjoy The Folsom Prison Gang playing all of the Johnny Cash classics this Friday. Free food and drink included with the price of the ticket. $10 advance and $12 at the door. Concert starts at 7:30 pm at your Burnsville Town Center. Visit for info.

Affordable Vacation Rental in Burnsville

TRILLIUM PLACE (2 units) Mountain views with 2 BD, 2 BA. Privately owned and operated, beautiful views, fully furnished including dishes &linens, trail on site, sat.TV in great room. $85 and up per night, $350 wk with seasonal rates available.

Our guesthouse built in 1996, is nestled in a beautiful private country setting and designed as a vacation rental complex.


July 30 - August 8 at The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville NC see ESLEY: THE LIFE AND MUSICAL LEGACY OF LESLEY RIDDLE. As a young man, Burnsville native Lesley Riddle frequently went to gatherings of musicians from all over the nearby Appalachians. It was at one of these impromptu sessions that he met A.P. Carter, of the Carter Family Singers. After Carter heard him sing and play and invited Riddle to travel the Appalachians with him. They collected tunes they heard being played and sung on the porches of mountain cabins. Those songs were the beginnings of Country Music. Join us for this world premiere new musical.

Founders Seasonal and Specialty Ales Beer Tasting in Asheville

July 31 5-7PM at Hops & Vines in West Asheville NC. Don't miss this week's tasting of Founders Brewing! We'll be tasting three special releases from Founders. Due to the limited availability of these beers, we will be holding our tasting from 5-7pm this week and samples will be limited so come early to enjoy some rare treats from Founders: Founders Cerise, Old Curmudgeon, Devil Dancer, IPA. 797 Haywood Rd, West Asheville 828-252-5275

Golf Specials in Hendersonville

Etowah Valley Country Club and Golf Lodge Special: A Golfer's Paradise On A Mountain Plateau -There's a place in the Southern Highlands where the Great Smoky Mountains weave through the Blue Ridge, creating a scenic mountain plateau 2,200 feet high and 75 miles around. Our lush fairways are meticulously manicured, and our bent grass greens are as large as 9,000 square feet. Three nine hole courses allow you to play a variety of 18 hole combinations with 4 tee positions.

Packages include lodging, breakfast, dinner and unlimited greens fees. Weekday packages begin at $280 per person* and weekend packages begin at $320 per person.* Valid through October 31, 2009. *Rates based on double occupancy and availability. Three night minimum. Carts and taxes are not included. Some restrictions may apply. 800.451.8174

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Asheville lodging PLUS spa!

The Lodge is located at Shoji Spa. A complimentary Private Spa Pass is provided to each guest. Full, gourmet kitchen, two sided fireplace, large decks with views to the valley. Right next to the Blue Ridge Parkway. $285-$485 per night

An outdoor Japanese style hot tub retreat, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shoji Retreat is just 8-10 minutes east of downtown Asheville NC

Get your groove on at The Grove in Asheville

The Grove Arcade in Asheville NC is located at One Page Avenue at the heart of the Battery Hill neighborhood in downtown Asheville and offers unique shopping and exciting dining in one of Asheville's architectural jewels. A downloadable building tour is available on the website. Parking is available in the Wall Street, Rankin and Civic Center garages as well as on the street. Directions to the garages and the Grove Arcade can be accessed For additional information, call 828.252.7799.

Pie in the Sky? In the City in the Sky - Asheville

Get Your Pies!

True Confections in The Grove Arcade in Asheville NC is currently featuring delectable, locally-grown fresh fruit pies. Strawberry rhubarb and blueberry are here now, but for just a little longer. Local peaches are coming in and make fabulous pie as well as gluten and fat free sorbets. Call Carole to place a special order or stop in today for a delicious meal or to pick-up a treat to take home. True Confections is located in Suite 147 of The Grove Arcade and can be reached at 828.350.9480.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville

July 30 - August 1 7PM (long about sundown) at the Dianne Wortham Theatre in Asheville NC. Mountain Dance and Folk Festival - Along About Sundown...Enjoy unique performances of hundreds of the best traditional musicians and dancers from across western North Carolina celebrating the treasured cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Mars Hill Bed and Breakfast with Mountain Views

105 MAIN STREET BED AND BREAKFAST. Magnificent mountain views and relaxed/casual elegance in a restored 1850's home. Gourmet country breakfast, period antiques, free WIFI, wrap-around porch. $115-$160 nt, contact for weekly rates.

"Home Again" in Mars Hill

July 29 - August 9 at the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre in Mars Hill NC. Home Again, theater production about Thomas Wolf at SAPT, Marshill College. $18 Discount Seats for ANY performance the rest of this Season! Call the Box Office NOW at 828.689.1239 -

Choir of St. Mary of the Hills in Valle Crucis

August 2 5 PM at St. John's Church in Valle Crucis NC. The Choir of St Mary of the Hills Parish, Blowing Rock, NC, has a deep commitment to the great music of the Anglican tradition, which has led the choir on numerous trips to study with the foremost directors of choral music in Cambridge, England, including George Guest at St. John's College, Stephen Cleobury at King's College, and Tim Brown at Clare College. Twice featured as choir-in-residence at Durham Cathedral in England, the choir was chosen to represent the state of North Carolina at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. 828-264-1299

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

37th Annual Village Art and Craft Fair in Asheville

August 1-2 in Biltmore Village, Asheville NC. The fair hosts 125 artists from 18 states, representing the full spectrum of craft media - jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and more. The craft fair is a great opportunity to encounter new artists (34 are first-time exhibitors) and to talk with crafters one-on-one.

28th Annual Crafts on the Green in Beech Mountain

August 1 8AM - 4PM at Gazebo Park in Beech Mountain NC. Approximately 85 vendors from all over the mountains will have their crafts and art work available for your purchase. This juried event is located at a cool 5056 foot elevation. Food is available.

This week at The Backroom at Flat Rock Wine Shoppe

July 29 - Open Mic
Come out and show us your stuff! Or just listen to some great music. 8:30pm
Tony Campbell is this week's host
July 30 - Julia Ann and Laurel Ridge Bluegrass

Our Thursday bluegrass series continues with Julia Ann. Come out and stomp your feet. 8:00pm
July 31 - Galen Kipar Project

Galen and Company return to the stage with their eclectic mix of fine music. 9:00m
August 1 - Jon Stickley Band

Come out and listen to one of Asheville's finest flat pickers. 9:00pm


Lakeside Cabin in Robbinsville

CABIN ON THE LAKE. $$$ SPECIALS AVAILABLE. Fully stocked, personal items only needed, we even supply the coffee. Located 9 miles south of Deals Gap & close to many area attractions. Large yard with creek to enjoy plus Hot tub. $140 nt, $876.50 wk, +cleaning fee.

Cherokee Days at Stecoah in Robbinsville

JULY 31 - Aug 1 at The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is holding Cherokee Days events on Friday July 31 and Saturday August 1. The events begin with an authentic Cherokee dinner at 6:30pm on Friday served in the Stecoah Dining Room ($14/adult, $10/K-12, reservations required).

Friday evening entertainment includes storytelling, song, and dance demonstrations beginning at 7:30pm. Cherokee history is told through stories and songs sprinkled with Cherokee and other native American languages, and audience participation. Dance demonstrations in ornate costumes top off the evening. The evening of Cherokee entertainment takes place at the outdoor pavilion at the Stecoah Valley Center, and tickets are $10/adult or $3/K-12. On Saturday August 1, there will be three craft classes, each beginning at 10am. Pre-registration is required for Saturdays classes: Making blow guns ($25), finger weaving ($20), and beadwork ($20).

Monday, July 27, 2009

Progressive Show Jumping in Tryon

July 31 at FENCE in Tryon NC. Stadium jumping is a highly diverse sport, involving a wide range of jumping classifications which differ in how high (or low) the jumps are set, how many jumps make up the course, and whether it is the performance of horse, or rider, or both that is being judged. Come and see horses and riders in action. Spectators welcome.For information contact Rick Cram 803-649-3505

Old Fort Friday Night Mountain Music

July 31 7PM at the Rockett Building, downtown Old Fort NC. Every Friday evening for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody is paid, everyone is welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter! For more information call 1-888-233-6111.

Grupo Fantasma at Grey Eagle in Asheville

July 30 doors open at 8PM at Grey Eagle in Asheville NC. Grupo Fantasma's critically acclaimed "Sonidos Gold" has been nominated for a Grammy, a fitting end to a 2008 that was packed with rave reviews and massive touring across North American, Europe, and beyond. highlights include the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Bonnaroo, Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the horn section performing with Prince at Coachella and the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and a ten day engagement to entertain troops stationed in Kuwait and Iraq. 828-232-5800

The 39th annual Bluegrass & Old Time Fiddlers Convention in Jefferson

July 31 - Aug 1 at Ashe Park in Jefferson. The 39th annual Bluegrass & Old Time Fiddlers Convention will expand to two days this year: July 31 & August 1, 2009 at Ashe Park. With the expanded format will come several changes – expanded times and competitions, increased camping opportunities and more! With over $3,600 in prize money, our focus this year is to become musician-centered as we honor the Old Time and Bluegrass music of the mountains and the musicians who make it. Ashe County has a rich history in the roots of what eventually evolved into the current country music industry, and continues to raise up some of the best musicians in the nation.

South African Wine Dinner at the Flat Rock Wine Shoppe Backroom

July 28 at the backroom at Flat Rock Wine Shoppe. Aperitif at 5:30 with dinner starting promptly at 6:ooPM. $50 per person, tax & tip included. Call 828-697-6828 for reservations.

Cherokee Days At Stecoah Center in Robbinsville

July 31 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville NC. 6:30 - 10 PM. Enjoy authentic Native American food at the Cherokee dinner, followed by live entertainment.

63rd Annual Asheville Antiques Fair in Asheville

July 31 - Aug 2 at the Civic Center in Asheville NC. The 63rd Asheville Antiques Fair is one of the oldest Antique Fairs in the Southeast, beginning in 1946. Held at the Asheville Civic Center, the 2009 Fair will feature over forty five antiques dealers from all over the East coast. These exhibitors will bring together examples of period furniture, fine art, prints, ceramics, silver and jewelry.

Alpine Ski Center Summer Sale

July 30 - August 3 5 DAYS ONLY! The Alpine Ski Center is having a ski and snowboard summer clearance sale with the lowest prices of the year. Shop online for inventory from all 7 stores.

Imbibe Magazine Gives Asheville Top Rating

Asheville NC took top honors in Imbibe Magazine's online poll of "the Best Craft Beer City". The poll pitted Asheville against some of the best beer regions including runner-up Portland, OR. The honor is the second for Asheville this year, having won the East Coast title for Beer City USA.
Cheers, Asheville!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bluegrass Music Jam in Marion

July 30 7-9PM at the Historic Marion Depot in Marion NC. Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors (weather permitting), bring chairs or blankets. Free; 7-9pm, Marion Depot, Marion. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit

Biltmore Summer Evening Concert Series: An Evening with Tom Jones in Asheville

July 30 8-10PM at the South Terrace at The Biltmore in Asheville NC. Experience the exhilaration of a live concert at Biltmore. Enjoy star performances on the South Terrace, while savoring breathtaking sunset views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.Tom Jones has sustained his popularity for more than four decades. His recordings have spanned the spectrum from pop, rock and country to classic standards, rhythm and blues to boogie woogie and rockabilly through to contemporary dance and urban soul. Some of the huge single hits were What's New Pussycat, Help Yourself, Never Fall In Love Again, and Without Love.

Live Music & More at The Historic Orchard at Altapass

July 29 at the Historic Orchard at Altapass on on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 328.3. Live music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more. Every week, Wed-Sun.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - host to biological diversity

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its biological diversity with over 10,000 documented species of plants and animals. The Smokies have such a great diversity because of the range in altitude, the abundant rainfall and glaciers that invaded the continent over 10,000 years ago. These glaciers didn’t reach as far south as the Smoky Mountains, and many species from farther north found refuge here.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been designated an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations.

52nd NC Mineral and Gem Festival in Spruce Pine

July 30 - Aug 2 at The Bridge Coliseum in Spruce Pine NC. Celebrate the 52nd NC Mineral and Gem Festival in Spruce Pine. Aisles and aisles of glittering gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils and more. Special exhibits and mining tours to real mines where you can keep what you find! Celebrating the most important mining district in the world, Spruce Pine, NC! Don't miss the longest running Festival of its kind in the world. $3 adults. (828) 765-9033

A Celebration of Art & Antiques in Blowing Rock

July 30 - Aug 2 at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium. The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) presents its third annual Celebration of Art & Antiques, a three-day-weekend sale of heirloom-quality antique silver, furniture, pottery, jewelry, clocks, crystal and more. The event is open to the public. $10 for 3-day admission

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Black Mountain - Swannanoa Groovin on Grovemont Summer Concert Series

July 28 6pm at Grovemont Square- 101 W. Charleston Ave. Swannanoa ( near Black Mountain NC). The Groovemont Players - collection of local "who's who " of regional talent. Mix of rock, soul, blues, and beyond. Free - Pizza & baked goods available. Contact: Friends of the Swannanoa Library (828)250-6486

Bed and Breakfast in Black Mountain

ARBOR HOUSE. Overlooking picturesque Lake Tomahawk with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. TVs & DVDs in each room, 2 rooms have spa tub, 1 suite with sitting room & private balcony, gardens on grounds, walk to town, tennis, golf. Mini fridge stocked with soda&water, coffee, tea, afternoon cookies. $159-$199 nt.

Free Celtic Session in Black Mountain

July 28 6:30 - 7:30 at White Horse in Black Mountain NC. Live Local music 9 pm $5 Food available. (828)669-0816

Register for Sourwood 5K in Black Mountain

Register now for the 21st running of the Sourwood 5K in Black Mountain NC, a premiere road run/walk held August 8th in conjunction with the Sourwood Festival. Also returning this year is the Cheshire Pump & Run where participants earn deductions off their 5K times for doing bench presses pre-race. The well marked/supervised 5K course features rolling hills, shade, two aid stations and lots of fun. Check out the events newly launched website – – for event info, on-line registration, Pump & Run rules, and course maps. Paper applications can be picked up at Cheshire and area merchants. Sponsorship opportunities also available. 828-669-1902 or

Friday, July 24, 2009

Sunday Salon at River House in West Jefferson area

July 25 at River House Country Inn & Restaurant, Grassey Creek near West Jefferson NC. The Marie Vanderbeck Trio Mike Chrzanswski on bass, Ken Broun on Piano, vocals and jazz sweet and sassy. Dinner following.

Canoe Excursion on Lake James

July 25 at Lake James State Park. Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely afternoon paddle along the shores of Lake James. Dress appropriately and bring water, snacks and sunscreen. Canoes, paddle and life jackets provided. Participants limited to 12. Only those registered may participate and no chlidren under the age of 7 are allowed to participate. Free; meet at the Lake James State Park office at 2 p.m. For more information or to register (by noon July 25), call 828-652-5047.

Lake James Park presents Weather the Weather

July 25 at Lake James State Park near Marion NC. Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Come join us for an informative program that will help you understand the different weather that we get here in the mountains. Well discuss cloud types, pressure systems, weather indicators and more. Meet in the campground parking lot at 10:00 A.M. Free. For more information, call 828-652-5047. Lake James State Park is located in Nebo, just east of Marion.

Comfy Cabin in Robbinsville

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS. Secluded efficiency cabin in a peaceful wooded setting in Robbinsville NC with 1 queen bed & full sofa bed. Large screened porch, AC, BBQ, TV/DVD/VHS, phone, books & maps, built in 2004 and squeaky clean! Close to whitewater, hiking, biking, fishing, water sports & more. $50 night, $275 week.

An Appalachian Evening Dinner & Concert in Robbinsville

July 25 dinner at 5:30 PM, Show at 7:30 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville, NC. Come early and enjoy a true Appalachian dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Live stage performances starting at 7:30 p.m. offering an ever changing schedule of authentic Appalachian entertainment, including bluegrass, folk, and mountain music, ballads, story telling and dancing. Meals $12 adults; $9 students; 6 and under $6 (reservations required)Concert $8 adults; $2 students; children under 6 free. http://www.stecoahvalley center.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Luxury Vacation Home in Beech Mountain

DREAM VIEW CHALET. 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 Mtn Club privileges. Located next to OZ Cathedral making it perfect for large parties. $300-$665 nt, $1325 - $3160 wk

Annual Barn Dance at Beech Mountain

July 25 from 6Pm - 9PM at the Buckeye Recreation Center, Beech Mountain NC. Put on your boots, buy a cowboy hat, tie a bandana around your neck and join the crowd for live music, dancing, and Prairie Faire food. $15.00 per person.Tickets are available at the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce and Fred's General Mercantile. (828) 387-9283

Vineyard Bed and Breakfast in Tryon

GREEN RIVER VINEYARD BED AND BREAKFAST. Therapeutic spa, evening socials, complimentary wine tastings at local wineries, outdoor firepit, walking trails along Green River & White Oak Creek, game room with billards/arcade games, satellite TV, views of vineyards & mountains, breakfast from our organic gardens, walk-out bedrooms, WIFI. $105-$130nt, -10% Sun-Thur.

Summer Tracks Concert Series at Rogers Park, Tryon

July 24 from 7pm - 10PM Fayssoux McLean returns with her warm voice and keen sense of harmony that will soothe you one moment and rock you the next. Plus, the very talented Scoot Pittman Trio will be playing funk/rock/roots music.Gates open at 6 p.m. Concerts from 7 to 10 pm. Tracks is produced by the Town of Tryon NC in affiliation with Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions. Admission is free, though a voluntary donation at the gate is encouraged. Wood fired pizza, hot dogs, homemade ice cream, water and soft drinks for sale. For more information call 800-440-7848 or 828-894-2324.

Dead Poet's Society at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City

July 27 at 3:30 PM the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will show the classic drama Dead Poet's Society. The movies at the library are free to the public and projected onto an 8 X 10 foot screen, with a theater sound system. The library will also be giving away one free movie check out voucher to each patron who attends the movie. Popcorn, provided by the Friends of the Marianna Black Library, will be served in the library auditorium starting at 3:20 PM. For more information, call the library at 828-488-3030

Free beer tasting in West Asheville

July 24 at Hops & Vines in Asheville NC. Abita Brewing Co.Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans. Abita prides it self on the pristine water that is drawn deep from the wells of Abita springs. Pure well water and great ingredients and craftmanship give Abita beers their pure fresh taste. Golden is a crisp, clean continental lager. Restoration Pale Ale is made with Pale, Lager, Crystal and Cara Pils malted barley. Satsuma Ale Real Louisiana Satsumas, golden wheat, oats and the finest barley create Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit. 828.252.5275

Thirteen Moons Chef’s Weekend Specials in Bryson City

July 24th

Housemade Fresh Crab and Lobster Pot Stickers Served with a Lemon Soy Fried Rice
Chef’s Special Entrée

“Southern Seafood Sampler” Fried Fresh Gulf of Mexico Red Fish, Jumbo Gulf Shrimp and Mini Crab Cakes served with a Lemon Dill Tartar
The Pastry Chef’s Creation

Homemade Warm Dark Chocolate Cobbler Served with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

July 25th

Tender Steak Fajitas Egg Roll served with cool Sour Cream and a Spicy Chili Dipping Sauce
Chef’s Special Entrée
A thick juicy 14 oz Grilled Teriyaki Glazed Rib Eye Steak Served with Asian Vegetable Spring Rolls and a Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
The Pastry Chef’s Creation

Homemade Warm Dark Chocolate Cobbler Served with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

July 26th Sunday Brunch $11.95 per person 10:30AM - 2:30PM Children 5-11, $6.95 ~ 4 and under FREE


Blueberry Pie Contest in West Jefferson

July 25 at the Ashe County Farmers Market in West Jefferson NC. Start pickin' berries and get those pie recipes perfected for the Blueberry Pie Contest! Winners of this Saturday's contest at the Ashe County Farmers Market will be able to boast of being the best of the best of blueberry pie makers. Samples of winning pie slices, along with all other entries, will be sold after the winners are announced. The funds raised will be used toward the continued improvements at the farmers market. 910-309-1932

Sparta NC Vacation Homes with Unique Themes

ALLEGHANY UNIQUE RENTALS 4 from which to choose! Make your stay something to remember in one of four locally-owned rental homes: Dairy Barn, Mahogany Rock Roost, Bald Knob Farm House, Chestnut House. 2-4 BD, unique themes in picturesque settings, fireplaces, mountain views, DSL. Relax in comfort in one of our beautiful, peaceful homes. $75 for 2 per night.

Relax in comfort in one of these beautiful, peaceful, private accommodations during your stay in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Alleghany County. They offer a perfect place for weekend retreats, family reunions, church groups, weddings and honeymoons.

Quilters Guild Show in Sparta

July 24 Black Building at the County Fairgrounds in Sparta, NC. Quilters compete in various categories for prizes awarded by vote of viewers. There is no admission to see the handiwork of local artisans on display. Quilting supplies vendors on hand. Door prizes and raffle. (336) 620-1054

Old Fort Mountain Music

July 24 Old Fort NC Weekly Event. Every Friday evening for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobodys paid, everyones welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter! Friday evenings; 7:00pm; Rockett Building, Main Street in downtown Old Fort; for more information call 1-888-233-6111.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blue Ridge Mountain Fair in Sparta

July 24-25 Sparta NC- enjoy this juried craft fair on the grounds of Crouse Park in Sparta. Food and entertainment also available. 4PM to 8PM on Friday; 9AM to 6PM on Saturday

Blowing Rock Downtown Inn

Hemlock Inn downtown Blowing Rock-walk to restaurants & shops. Children welcome, Suites available, handicap room available, 18 units. $69 and up per night. WIRELESS. Family-owned & operated.

Hemlock Inn is centrally located in the village of Blowing Rock where you can be a part of it all. Rustic, cedar sided cottages, upscale shops, fine dining, and family entertainment create an ambiance that makes this community the perfect place for that special getaway.

Blowing Rock Tour of Homes

July 24 Starting at St Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing, Tour of exceptional homes, inside & out! Home tour begins at 9 am; shuttle service provided, 9 am-3 pm, from the church on Main Street (321 Bus.); refreshments and/or lunch catered; four homes in Blowing Rock selected. Tickets sold by Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce to benefit St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church. (828) 295-7323

New River Winery Patio Bar open Saturdays

Looking for something interesting to do on Saturday? New River Winery, located at the Old Lansing School, invites you to visit the patio bar for wine tastings and tours of the winery. Enjoy a glass of wine and take in a bit of local history and culture. Taste the variety of local wines available from New River and select your favorite wine for a gift or special occasion. The bar is open on Saturday’s from 1pm until 6pm (weather permitting). You can also taste and enjoy New River wines at Bohemia Gallery located downtown West Jefferson open Monday through Saturday.

Log Home Vacation Rentals near Boone

HEARTWOOD REALTY RENTALS near Boone NC -(3) Mountain top community with trout pond, nature trails, beautiful peaceful setting. 3400 foot elevation with panoramic mountain views and large covered porch. Stone fireplace, 2 master suites PLUS bedroom and bath and loft. $150-$400nt $950-$1600wk.

Thinking of buying your own piece of paradise? We have great mountain view lots and hand-built log homes available.

3rd Annual High Country Bluegrass Festival in Boone

July 25 11AM- 10PM High Country Fairgrounds, Boone NC. The Annual Boone NC Festival features 7 time IBMA Vocal Group of The Year: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, 2 time IBMA Entertainers of The Year: The Grascals, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Surefire, Southern Accent, and Big Al Johnson, Terry Baucom & Friends. Fiddle Workshop conducted by Alan Johnson, Banjo Workshop conducted by Terry Baucom, MC Cindy Baucom and more. Ticket Prices: $20 Advance (by 7/15/09) $25 Gate Children under 12 FREE with paying adult. Camping: With electric Hook-up $20 Primitive $10 Limited camping available – must reserve campsite No refunds

Happy Trails in Asheville area

Fresh mountain air, breath-taking scenery and an old fashioned down-home friendliness greet you when you visit family-owned Sandy Bottom Trail Rides. We are located on a secluded ranch minutes north of Asheville, North Carolina that has been in the family for three generations. Our picturesque trails pass through the high country, scenic mountain meadows and wooded areas. Our rides are perfect for people of all ages and horseback riding abilities. We ride all ages, have no weight limits, and are flexible to meet your needs. One hour to all day rides. Wagon and buggy rides also available.

Biltmore Summer Evening Concert Series in Asheville

July 24 Asheville NC, The Biltmore Estate. Experience the exhilaration of a live concert at Biltmore. Enjoy star performances on the South Terrace, while savoring breathtaking sunset views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.The overwhelming success of the Broadway musical Mamma Mia and the touring sensation that is ABBA-The Music proves just how popular the music of ABBA remains in the 21st century. Hit after hit is performed with an uncanny resemblance in visuals and sound: Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, The Winner Takes It All, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Waterloo, S.O.S., Take A Chance On Me, Fernando, and many more.

Wilkesboro Rocks The Night

July 23 5:30 PM Corner of 10th and Main Streets, North Wilkesboro North Wilkesboro, NC. ROCK THE NIGHT - Problem Child and Thunder Valley Band...Downtown North Wilkesboro starting at 5:30pm. The party will be held on the corner of Tenth and Main Streets in the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival Park. There is no admission charge so bring your lawn chairs and relax while the band plays, let us help to start your weekend off early. Food and beverages will be sold by Key City Grille. Fun for the whole family, everyone is invited.

Joan Baez in Boone

July 23 Boone, Farthing Auditorium, Rivers Street. Part of the month-long festival now in its 25th year. Joan Baez is a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable. Joan Baez continues to show renewed vitality and passion in her concerts and recordings with her mix of traditional ballads, blues, lullabies, cowboy tunes, Woody Guthrie songs and ethnic folk staples. Over the past five decades, during crucial moments in America's history, Baez's albums have served as critical barometers of our times. (828) 262-2040

Member BLAST!” at Jefferson Landing

July 23 5-6:30 PM Jefferson NC, Jefferson Landing. Sponsored by Blueridge Electric Membership Corporation. It will begin at 5 p.m. and go until 6:30 p.m. Chamber members bring door prizes to be given away through a drawing. Everyone can participate in the “50/50” drawing for cash – split 50% to the winning ticket holder & 50% to the Chamber! Tickets for the “50/50” drawing are: $1 per ticket; or increments of 6 tickets at $5. There will be free hors d’oeuvres and beverages, along with a cash bar. And there is plenty of opportunity for networking with your fellow Chamber members. Come and enjoy! 336-846-9550

Folkmoot USA in Bryson City

July 22 7:30 PM Bryson City NC, Swain County Center for the Arts. Folkmoot USA will bring musicians and dancers from Spain, Israel, and the West African country of Togo to Bryson City. Each group will have arts and crafts from their country for sale in the lobby during intermission. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from the Chamber of Commerce.

Local musician, Dusk Weaver, will open with the national anthem and will play a couple of other songs during the evening.

31st year of Bele Chere in Asheville

July 24-26 Asheville NC, downtown. Bele Chere is the largest free outdoor street festival in the Southeast. Enjoy great food, art, crafts, music, zaniness and so much more. The festival features four stages of free live music and an impressive array of arts and crafts; as well as entertainment and activities for children. Bele Chere means "beautiful living" and comes from an ancient Scottish dialect. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains of Western North Carolina. For details:

Folklorist Lee Knight in Bryson City

July 23 7PM Bryson City, Marianna Black Library. As part of a summer series of music, the Marianna Black Library is proud to present an evening of traditional music and storytelling with Lee Knight on. Weather permitting, this program will be presented on the front lawn of the library, otherwise it will be moved to the library auditorium.Lee currently works as a folk singer, story teller and outdoor leader, performing at concerts, workshops, Elderhostels, festivals, camps and schools. For details:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ghost Town in the Sky - a Maggie Valley Tradition

Grab your saddle, kick up your spurs, and make your plans to visit Ghost Town in beautiful Maggie Valley NC. Be sure to bring your camera because Ghost Town offers some of the most spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains around.Ghost Town has something for every member of the family: People who visited the park as a child in the past want to relive childhood memories. Young children today like Ghost Town for the cowboys and rides. People who’ve never visited before enjoy the entertainment, rides and views. Wild west shows, thrilling rides, majestic mountain views and more await your enjoyment at Ghost Town.

Get a link for Ghost town and more local NC attractions on the Maggie Valley NC Visitor Guide.

DREAMER'S VIEW CHALET in Maggie Valley NC. Very comfortable 2 BD, 2.5 BA home with easy access on paved roads, open all year. Mountain view, fireplace, hot tub. Single car garage with 2 level parking. Game room with foosball, ping-pong, air hockey, darts, games & puzzles. $145 nt, $850 wk, price includes ALL fees.

Maggie Valley Hosts Motorcycle Mamas Smoky Mountain Ride-In

July 23-26 Maggie Valley, Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center. Female Motorcycle Enthusiast Rally (Dudes welcome too). Ride It In...Trailer It In...Drag It In...Push It In... Just Get It Here!" Refister online or at the door.Thursday Night Early Bird Welcome BBQ Pool side at the Tiki Bar. Friday and Saturday Night Live Band. Saturday Night Leather and Lace Fashion Show. Saturday Night Banquet, Awards and Prizes.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Charlie Daniels Concert in Franklin

July 24 8PM Franklin NC, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Opening act will be Balsam Range. 441 South. Contact 828-524-1598, toll free 866-273-4615 or visit for more information.

Franklin NC Mountain View Cabins

Rivendell Cabins. (3) Mountain views, fireplaces, hot tubs, DLS, dishwasher, washer/ dryer, central heat/ac, satellite TV, phone, VCR & movies, porch with seating, full kitchens, linens, everything included- just bring your clothes & food. $100-$130 nt, $475-$675 wk.

Rivendell Cabins are located in Franklin, North Carolina, in the Great Smoky Mountains only 4 miles from town.

43rd Annual Macon County Gemboree in Franklin

July 22- 25 Franklin NC, Macon County Community Building US 441S. Contact 800-336-7829. One of the largest and oldest gem & mineral shows in the southeast. Sponsored by the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Hours 10am to 6pm Wednesday -Saturday Adult $2. Children under 12 - free.

Burnsville Presents Folkmoot USA

July 22 7PM Burnsville NC Town Center. Folkmoot USA, The North Carolina International Folk Festival will perform at the Burnsville Town Center.

Robbinsville NC Cabin

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS. Robbinsville NC - Secluded efficiency cabin in a peaceful wooded setting with 1 queen bed & full sofa bed. Large screened porch, AC, BBQ, TV/DVD/VHS, phone, books & maps, built in 2004 and squeaky clean! Close to whitewater, hiking, biking, fishing, water sports & more. $50 nt, $275 wk.

Folkmoot USA in Robbinsville

July 21 Robbinsville NC, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. Enjoy the touring performance of an international folk dance festival. In traditional costumes of their native countries, the dancers bring to the stage a unique window to the world beyond these mountains. 12.00 adults; $6 Children, 12 and under. 828) 479-3364

Folkmoot Celebration in Marion

July 20 Marion. A celebration of the worlds cultural heritage through folk music and dance. McDowell Arts Council hosts these amazing dancers at East Junior High School at 7:30pm. Tickets: $14, adults; $7, children under 12. For more information, call 828-652-8610 or visit

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bryson City Riverfront Cabin

NANTAHALA RIVER LODGE. (1) Unique riverfront cabin on the Nantahala River. The River Lodge offers privacy, great location, luxury one-of-a kind accommodation with world-class fishing and so much more. 3 bds, 3 baths, fireplace, flatscreen TV, equipped for fishing. $275-$400 nt, $1800-$2050 per wk

Last weekend for Murder in the Wings

July 24 - 27 7:30 PM Bryson City, Smoky Mountain Community Theatre. Ever try to throw a party an hour after the host has been murdered? That’s the dilemma facing the Wings Publishing Company in the mystery-comedy “It’s Murder in the Wings” now on stage at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City NC. Last performances next weekend. Ticket prices are: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students ages 6 to 18, and free for children under six.

Sylva area Bed and Breakfast

Cullowhee / Sylva area. 800+ft riverfrontage, balconies, porches, patio. Large goldfish pond and waterfall on property. $135-$240 night.

On a bend in the Tuckasegee River sits this elegant Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast lodge built with 100 year old hand-hewn logs taken from old barns and cabins in the Smoky Mountains region.

Balsam Mountain Inn's Songwriters In-The Round

July 23 Balsam NC near Sylva, Balsam Mountain Inn. Danny Flowers - Don Henry - Tom Kimmel - These writers tour the world sharing their music while others make their songs famous. Meet the people who CREATED THE SONGS - spend an evening with these great artists. "in-the-Round" songwriters shows provides you a casual and intimate evening with these award winners. For details and to purchase tickets: 800-224-9498

12th Annual Summer Evening Concert Series at Biltmore

July 23 8PM Asheville NC, the South Terrace of The Biltmore. MercyMe - With Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains for a backdrop, the 12th Annual Summer Evening Concert Series at Biltmore will take your breath away. Reservations are required for this evening event. General Admission $38; Reserved $43; Premium $53; Biltmore Passholder General $32; Biltmore Passholder Reserved $37.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Horn in the West celebrating its 58th consecutive season in Boone

Every year as the summer sun shines down on the Blue Ridge Mountains, the sounds of canon fire, hails of muskets, songs of joy and songs of sorrow, along with Native chants and cries of times past fill the air in Boone NC. The historic outdoor drama Horn in the West opens its stage once again. This exciting theater drama follows a band of settlers led by the infamous Daniel Boone and the British Dr. Geoffrey Stuart as they head west towards dreams of a new life during the turmoil of the Revolutionary War. For complete details:

Boone NC Cabin

ALPINE ESCAPE AC, jacuzzi in master, 2 king beds, porch with hammock, 2 lg decks + gas grill. All linens, stocked kit, WIFI. Family -friendly: high chair, monitor, BOB SUS jogger, gates on stairs, toys,DVDs.Rec rm+sleeping,TV bath, foosball, PET FRIENDLY.$250-$350nt, $1300-$2000wk

Alpine Escape is the perfect accommodation for a family vacation or mountain getaway. The cabin is conveniently located between Boone and Blowing Rock (near Appalachian Ski Mountain) in a lovely mountain setting.

2009 Black and Gold Reunion at ASU in Boone

July 24-25 Boone NC, Appalachian State University. The 2009 Black and Gold Reunion is open to all alumni who graduated from Appalachian prior to 1974. Participants, including the honored classes of 1969, 1959, 1949 and 1939 will enjoy a full weekend of activities to reconnect with old friends and Appalachian. For more information on event details including prices, times and locations, visit

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center presents An Appalachian Evening

Saturday, July 18, 7:30pm This week features Appalachian Fire; who bring a high energy, very professional, and wonderfully entertaining show to the stage. Dinner available with reservations.

Smoky Mountain Community Theatre Presents It’s Murder in the Wings!

July 17 – 27, 7:30pm It’s harder than you think to hide a body as the boss of Wings Publishing Company meets his untimely death just before a contract-signing party. Especially when a TV crew shows up and the late boss’s new fiancé arrives! A mystery/comedy written by Pat Cook, produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.
828-488-8103, 828-508-6645

Kenny Loggins - An Appalachian Summer Festival in Banner Elk

July 25 7:30 Banner Elk, Holmes Convocation Center. For over three decades singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins has been inviting listeners in to experience music that reaches the heart and the senses with disarming candor, authentic emotion and rich lyrical and melodic resonance. His expansive body of work also includes Loggins and Messina classics such as "Danny's Song", signature solo tracks including "Celebrate Me Home" and the Grammy Award-winning "This Is It". This is Loggins' first appearance at An Appalachian Summer Festival, and it is guaranteed to be a festival finale to remember for years to come.
For details: 828.262.4046 or

Banner Elk NC Cottage Rental

LITTLE ELK COTTAGE RENTAL. 5 BD, 1 BA mountain view and 5-person hot tub. Front & back porches with rockers, gas grill & grilling area, nearby streams, backyard swing, large backyard, TV, DVD & CD players. $75-$125nt, $500-$700 wk.

Our farmhouse provides lots of nostalgia and plenty of comfort! Enjoy the front porch rocking chairs as you listen to the nearby stream and sounds of nature. Lots of yard for your enjoyment including a swing and outdoor barbeque pit

High Country Wine Event Today in Banner Elk

July 18 Banner Elk NC, The Lawn of Pleasing Mona's Design Studio in downtown Banner Elk. Sample 4 of the best wines from the High Country & then enjoy a glass of your favorite! Appetizers from Sorrento's & Papas Pizza to go, also included! Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. (828) 898-5605

Friday, July 17, 2009

Lakeside Bed and Breakfast in Black Mountain

Overlooking picturesque Lake Tomahawk with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background in charming Black Mountain NC. TVs & DVDs in each room, 2 rooms have spa tub, 1 suite with sitting room & private balcony, gardens on grounds, walk to town, tennis, golf. Mini fridge stocked with soda&water, coffee, tea, afternoon cookies. $159-$199.

People have told us that if they had known B&Bs could look like this they would have stayed in one a long time ago. We designed Arbor House in the Arts & Crafts style to create the look of old but with all new construction and furnishings we have the comforts and conveniences of new.

Movie Night in Black Mountain

July 17 Black Mountain, Black Mountain Inn. Bring a blanket or a chair and relax in the beautiful gardens of the 170 year old Black Mountain Inn. The evening begins one hour before sundown
(~8:00 pm) with musical entertainment by pianist Dave Foraker. Classic concessions will be available, including hot dogs, popcorn, and Dynamite coffee. As always, marshmallow roasting is free! Our second classic film will be presented, free of charge, on the big screenat dusk (~9:00 pm), The Return Of The Pink Panther starring Peters Sellers and Christopher Plummer! 828-243-4085.

Sunday Brunch Buffet at Thirteen Moons in Bryson City

July 19 10:3- - 2:30 Bryson City NC, Thirteen Moons Restaurant at the Village. $11.95 per person:
This Brunch featuring:
  • Atlantic Smoked Salmon and Bagel Bar with Capers, Red Onion and Cream Cheese
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit and a Selection of Gourmet Salads
  • Omelet Station made to order by our Chef
  • Danish Pastries and Muffins
  • Thirteen Moons Warm Breakfast Specialty
  • A Fantastic Soup du Jour
  • Gourmet Pasta Entrée with our Authentic Italian Sauce
  • Carving Station featuring a Freshly Prepared Family Roast
  • Vegetable and Potatoes
  • Sensational Homemade Dessert Buffet
Children 5-11, $6.95 ~ 4 and under FREE 828-488-2826

FREE Wine Tasting in Asheville

July 18 3-6PM Asheville, Hops&Vines. The Wines of Line 39, Lake County, California:
Sauvignon Blanc - Varietally accurate, this sauvignon blanc opens with vibrant aromas of grapefruit and lemon citrus, with subtle grassy characters. On the palate, this wine does not disappoint with refreshing flavors of grapefruit, lime and lemon, balanced by bright, crisp acidity on the finish. This easy sipping wine makes a perfect aperitif. CA SB without oak! Yay! $10.99 regular price; ONLY $9.99 this Saturday!
Cabernet Sauvignon – This wine starts with aromas of bright red fruits, blackberry, tobacco and cedar. It offers chewy black fruit flavors with subtle tannins on the finish that don’t overpower. This is easy-to-drink red! $10.99 regular price; ONLY $9.99 this Saturday!
797 Haywood Rd. Ste 100 West Asheville, NC 828.252.5275 |

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thirteen Moons Chef’s Weekend Specials

July 17th

Deep Fried Puffed Pastry wrapped Lamb Lollipop served with a Lemon, cracked pink pepper corn cous-cous and a rich roasted tomato veal reduction

Chef’s Special Entrée
Sweet Jumbo Lump Crab stuffed Grouper Roulade Served with a Champagne White Truffle butter sauce
The Pastry Chef’s Creation

Frozen Deep Dish Black Bottom “Tar Heel” Pie

July 18th

Jamaican Jerked Chicken Wings with Sweet Aged Mango Chutney and Fresh Lime Wedges

Chef’s Special Entrée

Grilled Thick Center Cut New York Strip Steak Rubbed with Fresh Basil Pesto topped with Grilled Roasted Garlic Shrimp served with a Latina Chili Lime Sauce

The Pastry Chef’s Creation
Frozen Deep Dish Black Bottom “Tar Heel” Pie

Thirteen Moons Restaurant at the Village, Bryson City, NC 828-488-2826