North Carolina

Asheville’s Antique Car Museum Rolls

The grounds of Asheville, North Carolina’s elegant old Grove Park Inn holds a surprise—a museum which showcases vintage cars in an historic building. Originally built in 1923, the headquarters of  the Antique Car Museum  was home to Biltmore Industries’ weaving shop, where forty looms turned out high-quality homespun cloth. In 1953, Biltmore Industries was purchased by Harry Blomberg, owner of one of the first Cadillac dealerships in North Carolina. Harry was an antique car aficionado and in 1966 he converted the old weaving shop to house his collection of vintage autos.

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Half-Mile Farm: Highlands Charm

Just outside Highlands, North Carolina, an iconic retreat welcomes visitors to fourteen acres of secluded luxury surrounding a circa-1870 farmhouse. Now known officially as Half Mile Farm: A Country Inn by Old Edwards Hospitality, the Inn has been a favorite with visitors to the area since its opening in 2001.

A Very Coastal Christmas

Boats may not be the most obvious backdrop for Christmas decorations, but every year the folks behind the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach create a winter wonderland on the water. As North Carolina’s most accessible beach, Wrightsville Beach serves as the perfect setting for this event that draws an estimated 50,000 visitors each […]

Boone is Bursting with Summer Fun

Located in the North Carolina High Country, at 3,333 feet, Boone, North Carolina offers a cool summer retreat (summer highs average 75 degrees) while the rest of the South is sweltering during the dog days of summer.               Named after Daniel Boone, the legendary hunter who maintained a hunting camp in the area, several attractions […]

Natural Wonders Abound in Corolla

On the Outer Banks, things are wont to disappear. Ships go down, whether due to nature or human design. People often go poof! Around 1590, Sir Walter Raleigh’s entire colony on Roanoke Island– 120 men, women and children– all went missing. Sand migrates due to little or no bedrock to anchor it. Birds and fish […]

Mount Airy, North Carolina is Home to the 4th Annual Budbreak Wine Festival

North Carolina’s vibrant wine scene will be showcased May 4 at the fourth annual Budbreak Wine Festival. This spring event celebrates the breaking of buds on vines across the state by bringing together 17 wineries for a street festival in downtown Mount Airy. Festival hours run from noon to 6 p.m. In addition to visiting […]

Cold Weather fun in Blowing Rock

This quaint village nestled high in the North Carolina Mountains is pretty any time of the year, but the winter, when the town is blanketed in white fluffy snow is the perfect time to visit.  Named “One of America’s Prettiest Winter Towns” by Travel and Leisure, the town embraces winter activities with skiing nearby, outdoor […]

Beech Mtn Resort Celebrates 45 Years of Skiing This Winter

BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. – This winter marks a milestone ski season at Beech Mountain Resort. The resort celebrates 45 years since its christening in 1967, when it became Eastern America’s highest ski area at 5,506 feet in elevation. Beech Mountain Resort is offering specials and incentives throughout the winter in honor of its anniversary, including […]

Holiday Art and Craft Show at Western Carolina University

Holiday Art & Craft Show Celebrates 25 Years this Nov. 23-24 CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The “Hard Candy Christmas” Fine Art and Craft Show reaches the quarter-century milestone this Nov. 23-24. For the 25th year in a row, the show will present a selection of the best arts and crafts in the southern Appalachians. Always held […]

Miles of Scenic Fall Hiking & Biking Options at Beech Mtn

BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. – While some prefer viewing the splendid colors of autumn by car, the Town of Beech Mountain offers a more interactive way to see the leaves. The town maintains more than 30 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails at 5,000 feet elevation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. These trails range from […]

Yadkin Valley, North Carolina’s Wine Country

While Napa Valley in California may seem to get all of the attention, the Yadkin Valley in North Carolina is steadily gaining accolades thanks to a robust Viticulture program at the Surry County Community College and the fact that they are churning out some mighty fine tasting wines.

New Zip Line Adventure Park!

Nantahala Outdoor Center Announces New Zip Line Adventure Park (via PR Newswire) WESSER, N.C., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), one of the nation’s largest outdoor recreation companies, announced plans to open its new Nantahala Zip Line Adventure Park at the company’s 500-acre Nantahala River campus near Bryson City, NC. The new […]

Top 10 NC Waterfalls & Scenic Drives Near Asheville

Top 10 NC Waterfalls & Scenic Drives Near Asheville (via PR Newswire) ASHEVILLE, N.C., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —  With hundreds of waterfalls in the Asheville, North Carolina area of the mountains, how do you choose which ones to visit? The 500-page RomanticAsheville.com travel vacation guide has created three waterfall scenic driving tours to the […]

Art in the Park Celebrates 50 Years of Saturdays in Blowing Rock

Sounds like a fun event… BLOWING ROCK N.C. (April 2012) – The long run of Art in the Park Saturdays began here in 1962, when a handful of area artists and craftspeople gathered to showcase local talent. Now, a half-century later, the event is host to 90 artisans at each monthly, May-through-October show, where some […]

Follow the Hunger Games in North Carolina

From Charlotte as the Capital City to DuPont Forest where the Games are held, you can follow in the footsteps of Katniss and Peeta and get a glimpse into the Hunger Games.

Head to Beech Mountain Resort for Winter Fun

I have to admit that I had always thought Beech Mountain was just a ski resort, so I was pleasantly surprised on a recent visit to find a whole little town at the top of the mountain. Dubbed “Eastern America’s Highest Town”, Beech Mountain sits at an elevation of 5506 feet and offers amazing views […]

Fun Fall Festivals in the South

Fall is a great time of the year.  The air begins to cool down and turn crisp.  The leaves begin to change to vibrant shades of rust, orange and red.  But the very best things about this time of year are the fabulous fall festivals going on in our area.  From the quirky Woolly Worm […]

Holidays at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

Since 1895, when George Vanderbilt and his wife Edith invited family, friends and estate employees into the home’s banquet hall for an annual Christmas party, Christmas has been a special time at the Biltmore Estate. Inspiration abounds while visiting the Biltmore during the holidays. There are 52 Christmas trees inside the house, with a fresh-cut […]

Escape to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village, North Carolina

Nestled in the Hickory Nut Gorge twenty five southeast of Asheville and two hours west of Charlotte, lays the village of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. Take a ride on an elevator inside a mountain, hike to a waterfall, do some shopping, and go gem mining all in one day. Here’s one perfect day to […]

Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina

Take a Trip to Grandfather Mountain Experience Nature and Beauty in the Mountains of North Carolina Grandfather Mountain got its’ name in part because the ridge line resembles an old man looking into the sky and also some of the rocks are over a billion years old. At less than a two hour drive from […]