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:    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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

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.


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:

Flat Rock Cinema Thanksgiving Show Times

Flat Rock Cinema, 2700 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock NC.
Nov. 25th-26th 4:00, 7:00
Nov. 27th - Dec 3rd Fri, Sat, Sun 1:00, 4:00; Mon-Thu 4:00

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.

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:

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:

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.

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:

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:

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

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:

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:

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:

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:

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 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:

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

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 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:

Sunday, November 15, 2009


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:

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:

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:

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

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:

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!

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:

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

Craig Miller on PBS "Southern Accents"

"Southern Accents" show host Karen Elliott and her crew are shooting in the North Carolina mountains this week. They will shoot in Transylvania County and interview Craig Miller for his waterfall tours; visit the Carl Sandburg Home and the Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, and interview the "Kudzu Lady" of Rutherford County. PBS-Chattanooga worked with the NC Department of Tourism  PR Team and local partners to develop the shoot.

MILLER'S LAND OF WATERFALL TOURS. Get away from the crowded tourist areas and to places you would not be able to go to on your own (no long hikes or rough roads). Ideal for seniors. See 6 to 7 beautiful falls. Most falls are located on private land. Attention photographers. I will make sure, even on bright sunny days, that I will get you to the falls with no sun on them. Bring your wide angle lens because we will be close to them with no obstructions. I do personal tours and personalize them for you. Go to my web site and e-mail me for rates. If you thought you have seen all the falls in Brevard NC area, YOU HAVEN'T!

Veterans Day Celebration in Boone

Nov 11, 10:30AM, Boone Mall, Boone NC. The celebration is presented by the High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America with music by the Watauga Community Band. A varitey of activities are planned. Contact the boone Chamber of Commerce for details: 828-264-2225

Holiday Food Pairing

Nov 14, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Round Peak Vineyard, Mount Airy, NC. Holiday Food Pairing Tasting. We will be featuring our Round Peak vintages with some old holiday favorites and some new ideas for the upcoming holiday dinners. Such favorites as turkey and cranberry canape and smoked salmon bruschetta, and a twist of the new with blue cheese stuffed dates and cantaloupe wrapped prosciutto. Grab some ideas and some wines! Website:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Community Vision Meeting in Swannanoa

Nov 17, 5:30-8:30PM, MAIN Swannanoa Fire Station, 103 South Avenue, Swannanoa. The Swannanoa community is invited to participate in a community-wide “Visioning Process” to help unite residents and businesses around common values and goals, and to spur renewal in Swannanoa. The process will bring Swannanoans together to share their hopes and dreams for Swannanoa’s future. Participants will have an opportunity to talk about what they value most in their community and what they see as Swannanoa’s primary challenges and opportunities. Topics the community might address include renewing Swannanoa’s town center, planning affordable housing, transportation and safety, signage, public spaces, and streetscaping. Free pizza and soft drinks will be available. For more details contact: (828) 251-6622.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Award-winning Service Preserves Priceless Photos

ScanCafe, the award-winning photo scanning service: rated best by CNN Money, raves from Popular Photography and pro photographers. Over time, slides, negatives, and prints will scratch, change color, and fade away. But scanning, done right, can save them. Scan prices begin at $.29.

WNC Nature Center calls for Volunteers

Looking for a way to fill your Saturday? Come file for the Friends of the Nature Center! Also needed are volunteers experienced with survey taking to do 4 hour shifts on random weekdays and weekends (schedule is flexible). This survey is being implemented to learn more about our visitors and what they would like to see some day at the Center. To volunteer for either position, please e-mail Sarah Oram, Friends Director, at Website:

Super Savings Special in Highlands begins at $39 per night

Nov 8 – Dec 23, Highland Suites Hotel and Mountain High Lodge, Highlands NC. Enjoy the splendor of the mountains as winter slowly unveils the tremendous beauty of the land. The rates are the best of the year. See the beauty of the Cullasaja River with its waterfalls on its meandering trip down the mountain. Take a hike over one of the many marked trails. Visit our shops and eat at one of our famous restaurants. Spend time relaxing in your room and visit with us at the afternoon socials. Taxes are not included. Blackout dates: November 26-29, 2009. Highlands Suite Hotel Website:
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In-the-round Show and Dinner at Balsam Inn

Nov 14, Balsam Mountain Inn, between Waynesville and Sylva NC. Mike Loudermilk - Lisa Carver - Walt Aldridge the ORIGINAL songwriters for music performed by such names as Crystal Gayle, Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker and Willie Nelson. Theater-in-the-Round. Close - up close and intimate, experience the artistry and skill of the songwriting craft and music at its finest.  IN-THE-ROUND" songwriters shows provides you a casual and intimate evening with these AWARD WIINNERS. Website:

Tryon Celebrates Veterans

Nov 10  at the Tryon Arts Center, 8PMSentimental Journey  - The songs we'll always remember...from a time we can never forget. Sentimental Journey: Voices of World War II is a musical tribute to the heroes of World War II - the ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things - whether on the front lines or the home front. Over 100 veterans, their wives and children were interviewed for this project, and their collected stories, both harrowing and hilarious, are woven into the tapestry of this one-of-a-kind musical revue that features 32 of the best-loved songs of the 1940s. Website:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fall Specials at Biltmore

Stay Three Nights for the Price of Two (Rates include length-of-stay estate admission) November Available for arrival on: 17, 22, 29. December Available for arrival on: 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 27. Check Availability

Web Rates (Rates do not include estate admission)
November Starting at $199 on: 18, 19, 29, 30 - Starting at $299 on: 20, 21, 27, 28
December Weekdays starting at $229 on: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 - Starting at $299 on: 11, 12, 18, 19  Check Availability 

Fishing News from David Grossman

Fall in the Asheville area is my absolute favorite time of year where chasing trout is concerned. I am a firm believer that more trophy trout are caught in the next two months then the rest of the year combined. This trophy season is a product of wild brown and brook trout beginning their annual spawning ritual with great opportunities to catch the trophy of a lifetime during these trout's pre-spawn activities (Remember don't  disturb fish actively spawning on redds). A great way to target these aggressive pre-spawn fish is sight fishing to them with streamers. This time of year the pattern doesn't matter as ...READ  MORE...

Friday, November 6, 2009

November Golf Special in Lake Lure

November Stay & Play Deluxe Package (#54053) at Rumbling Bald includes:  2-nights lodging for two in your choice of available Apple Valley Villas units;   3-rounds golf with cart on either of our two championship golf courses.  Price is $166.00 per person based on 2-night say for two golfers. Prices includes all taxes and cart fees. To book this package please call a resort reservations agent at (800) 201-2213 or send email to Please ask for package #54053.

3 days left for Mountain Gear Sale

Weekend Specials at Thirteen Moons

Nov 6-8, Thirteen Moons Restaurant at the Village, Bryson City NC.
Appetizer - Steamed Mussels, Roma Tomato and Cracked Red Pepper, Fennel Broth served with French Bread
Chef’s Special Entrée - Seafood Pasta, Bay Clams, Gulf Shrimp, Grouper and Calamari, Champagne White Truffle Butter Cream Sauce, Homemade Spinach Fettuccine
The Pastry Chef’s Creation - Chocolate Fudge Éclair Sunday, Fresh Bananas, Strawberries, Chocolate and Coffee Ice Cream, Salted Peanuts, Sweet Whipped Cream and Cherries

Appetizer - Shrimp Spring Rolls served with a Sauce Ponzu
Chef’s Special Entrée - Beef Tenderloin Crusted with Roasted Garlic, Brioche Topped with a Porcini Mushroom, Onion Veal Glaze
The Pastry Chef’s Creation - Chocolate Fudge Éclair Sunday, Fresh Bananas, Strawberries, Chocolate and Coffee Ice Cream, Salted Peanuts, Sweet Whipped Cream and Cherries

Sunday Brunch Buffet  10:30am – 2:30pm:
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
$11.95 per person , Children 5-11, $6.95 ~ 4 and under FREE

Saturday Sake Tasting

Nov 7, 4PM-6PM, Hops and Vines, Asheville NC. Three of the best tasting sakes offered by Hops and Vines will be tasted. Sake is a Japanese wine made from polished rice. We will explore the different grades of sake and what they mean. This will be a tasty and educational tasting! All sakes tasted will be 10% off Saturday only. Ozeki Dry, Momokawa Diamond, Tozai Living Jewel. Website:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Green River Boys in Saluda

Nov 6,  Shaffer's Roadside Grill, 1346 Ozone Dr,  SALUDA . The Green River Boys perform at 6PM.  The Western North Carolina group performs Bluegrass gospel music. Website:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"Bright Star" in Flat Rock

Nov 6-12, Flat Rock Cinema, Flat Rock NC. "Bright Star is one of those rare films that critics wait for and moviegoers can't wait to tell their friends about. Oscar nominations may be on their way at last." Based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25.  $6 admission - Website:

NC Sweepstakes - Explore Boone, Winter Ski Vacation

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
    Enter today! The sweepstakes ends November 30, 2009.
    (one entry per email address)

Color still Showy in Asheville

Leaves in the higher elevations are gone until spring, but if you missed the "peak" there are still a few places to enjoy Mother Nature's colors. Asheville appears to be your best bet for mountain fall colors. The higher elevations along the Blue Ridge Parkway are past their peak, but down around the city, they are still quite showy. In the Asheville area, the oaks and hickories are peaking, with their yellows, reds and browns, along with red sourwoods, the occasional late maple, and deeply red black gums. In  the Cashiers-Highlands area, the leaves are pretty far-gone, particularly around Highlands. However, lower down, and in sheltered areas like the Tuckasegee Gorge between Cullowhee & Glenville, there are still scattered lovely trees - esp. hickories, russet-red oaks, scattered colorful maples, and sourwoods. In summary, there is will still be some good color this coming week, but not for much longer. So take a drive in the southern mountains this week, and soak in the last of the fall color for this season!

Win a $100 gift Certificate

Endless River Adventures is expanding it's online store and needs customer reviews. If you write a review about one of the great pieces of gear/boats you have purchased from us and post it on our on-line store, you will be automatically included in a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate. Submit your product review between now and December 15th and your name will be automatically entered to win the $100 gift certificate. For details visit the website:

Sound Factory this Saturday Night

Nov 7, 8PM-11PM, Saluda Mountain Jamboree,  SALUDA  NC.  The Saturday night "Party With A Beat" - Sound Factory.  Everything from country music, beach music, oldies rock'n roll, top hits, southern rock and other great party music will fill the air for listening and dancing enjoyment. If you don't dance, that is OK. We are kind of a "Social Club". We have folks that just come each week to listen and have a good time!

Stick Boy Mayview Madness

Nov 7, 8AM, Blowing Rock School, Blowing Rock NC. Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run The 10th Annual Mayview Madness 5K! This year, we have added a 1 Mile Fun Run before the 5K, so the whole family can be a part of the Stick Boy Mayview Madness race day. The 1 Mile Fun Run, beginning at 8:00 am, will start and finish at the Blowing Rock School. The 3.1-mile race will begin at 8:30 am at the Blowing Rock School, continue up to the Mayview area and terminate at the Memorial Park.

Slow Food presents Local Food Traditions with Apples

Nov 14, 5PM, 109 Bell Rd., Asheville NC. Local farmer/artist/old-timey cook Susie Hamilton will share tales of growing up on historic Hickory Nut Gap Farm. She'll fashion the farm's apples into pies and bake them off in an antique wood cookstove and in the fireplace. Bill Whipple will talk about growing your own heritage apples and why it is important to bring heritage fruits back into circulation. Bring a potluck dish to share, and beverage if you like, then we'll finish off the pies. Website:

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest

Applications now being accepted for the Mountain Youth Talent Contest being held on November 19 at The Smoky Mountains Center for the Performing Arts. Contestants will compete in vocals, instrumentals, dance, poetry/prose/storytelling with cash prizes and trophies for winners. Applications are available at the Franklin, Swain and Jackson Chambers of Commerce or online at  Presented by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.

Holiday Vacation Idea # 1

#1: Art for the Heart. For a unique way to gather with family or friends for the holidays plan a gathering at the John C Campbell Folk School this year! Classes are available for November and December offering everything from blacksmithing to spinning to ornaments, painting, creating children's books and much more. Check it all out at:

Riverlink Fundraiser Party in Asheville

Nov 6, 8PM, The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville NC. Riverlink Fundraiser Party with co-sponser Sweetwater Brewery features a concert by Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band and the announcement of the winners of the Save the French Broad contest. Contest winners are the Asheville area participating vendors who raised the most money through the sales of the Save the French Broad fish and T-shirts.  Click here to purchase tickets...

RiverLink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a place to work, live and play.

The Polar Express Chugs through the NC Mountains!

6-Dec 23 The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, BRYSON CITY.  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.

Fall Menu Begins at The Back Room

The Back Room at the Flat Rock Wine Shoppe now offer many half plates for those with a lighter appetite and offer the lunch menu Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am to 9:00pm. The dinner menu starts at 5:00pm and goes until at least 9:00pm which has the choice of selecting from the lunch or dinner menu! Late night menu is served all day and goes until midnight! Wednesday is "Pasta Night"  -  create your own pasta dish for just $10.00. Read fall menu details...

Thanksgiving Package at the Folkestone Inn

Come Home for the Holidays with a Thanksgiving Package
For two adults. Package includes two nights room accomodations with breakfasts, and Traditional Dinner Buffet for two on Thanksgiving Day. We are serving turkey, ham, dressing, butternut squash soup, assorted salads and vegetables, pumpkin and pecan pies, coffee and iced tea. Relax and leave the cooking to us!
Garden Level Queen - $285.00 plus taxes,  Upper Level Queen - $375.00 plus taxes  11-09

FOLKESTONE INN - MOUNTAIN VIEW. 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.   Read Traveler reviews

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November at the Purple Onion

5     NIKKI TALLEY. Spend a wonderful evening with this Asheville singer/
7     GIGI DOVER & BIG LOVE. We know that her fans will be here.
12   TOM FISCH. “A cross between Tony Rice, Guy Clark and James Taylor.”
14   SHANE PRUITT BAND. You won’t be able to stay in your seat with this favorite band.
19   DAVE DESMELIK will be singing many songs from his new CD “Onlooker”
21   MICHAEL RENO HARRELL Great songs and stories from one of our favorites.
26   NO MUSIC. THANKSGIVING. Spend some extra time with and being grateful for those you love.
        It will take more than a day for most of us.
28   DONNA HUGHES. Award-winning bluegrass singer returns.

The Purple Onion,16 Main Street, Saluda NC.  Website:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Holiday Wine Tour Tickets now Available

Nov 15 - December, Yadkin River Wine Trail wineries. Participating wineries: RagApple Lassie, Cellar 4201, Divine Llama, Flint Hill and Sanders Ridge. Tickets include a sampling of up to five award winning wines AT EACH WINERY, one handcrafted grapevine wreath per single or couple ticket, and one limited edition signature ornament for your wreath from each winery. Your 'tour' can be spread out over as many weeks as you choose or completed in one weekend. Ticket prices are $50.00 for a single ticket or $65.00 for a couple. Website:

Vacation Cabins between Cashiers and Sylva

TUCKASEIGEE VALLEY CABINS   4 Uniquely decorated newly-built cabins with great views close to the best trout stream in NC. The cabins are fully equipped with air conditioning. Porches have rockers and there are also charcoal grills, firepits and a fishing pond for children. Each cabin is on its own acre of land, yet close enough for family reunions, gatherings, and weddings. Fish for trout in the Tuckaseigee River or catfish in the pond, pet the “Oreo” cows, hike the mountain trails, or just relax $95- $195nt, $575-$975

Beer and Food Pairing at Heinzelmännchen Brewery

Nov 6, 5PM-8PM at Heinzelmännchen Brewery, 545 Mill Street, Sylva North Carolina.  First Friday of every month. Join us at the Brewery to enjoy samples of beer and fine cuisine by local establishments. Website:

Sylva After Dark

Nov 6, 6PM-9PM, downtown Sylva NC. Shop, dine and stroll through downtown galleries and merchants or stop an enjoy a beverage or dinner. Website: