Blog - NC Blue Ridge


  • Toe River Studio Tour Provides Handmade Holiday Shopping

    This holiday season, give the gift of handmade art produced here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Whether you’re shopping for stylish home decor, a statement piece to add to your wardrobe or something functional for the kitchen, you’ll find it at the Toe River Arts Holiday Studio Tour, Friday, November 30, […]
  • Top Ways to Experience Saluda North Carolina

    If your idea of a big vacation getaway is to explore small towns, then put the community of Saluda, North Carolina, on your bucket list. Located 35 miles southeast of Asheville, this Blue Ridge town is full of charm and character. Known for being a hub of outdoor recreation, Saluda offers easy access to the […]
  • Happy 150th Birthday to Mountain Magnolia Inn

    Located in Hot Springs, North Carolina, is Mountain Magnolia Inn, a beautiful Victorian home with a long history of hospitality in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now operating as a bed and breakfast, this home was originally the residence of a Civil War Colonel and his wife, a direct descendant of Martha Washington. This year, the […]
  • Morganton Mystery: The Brown Mountain Lights

    On a dark night in the Linville Gorge area of Morganton, North Carolina, you might witness the one of the Blue Ridge Mountain’s biggest mysteries, the Brown Mountain Lights. For hundreds of years people have seen ghostly lights moving through the valley from certain vantage points in Burke County. This unexplained phenomenon has baffled scientists, […]
  • Where to Find Brilliant Fall Color Across the NC Blue Ridge

    Western North Carolina has become well known as a destination for fall color, and for good reason. The mountains of the NC Blue Ridge offer spectacular views of Autumn’s patchwork quilt over the forest canopy, and because of the dramatic changes in elevation, the area boasts one of the longest leaf seasons in the country. […]
  • The Quirky Woolly Worm Festival Returns to Banner Elk

    Who needs the Farmer’s Almanac to predict the weather, when all you really need is a super fast woolly worm? That’s the premise of the 41st annual Woolly Worm Festival happening October 20-21 in Banner Elk, North Carolina. The festival is known worldwide for its quirky mission of conducting races among woollybear caterpillars, known locally […]
  • A New Way to Experience the WNC Nature Center

    Visitors to the WNC Nature Center are treated to the playful antics of otters, up-close views of bears and wolves, and opportunities to learn about the region’s biodiversity of flora and fauna. Now all visitors will be welcomed with a new and improved entrance. Guests will now be able to enter the main grounds through […]
  • Things to See and Do in Burnsville North Carolina

    Some of the most spectacular views in Western North Carolina, if not the entire eastern United States, can be discovered by visiting Burnsville, NC, a small Blue Ridge town on northern side of the Pisgah National Forest. Located within a 36-mile drive northeast of Asheville, this Yancey County town offers access to the outdoors, southern […]
  • Outdoors in Old Fort – Fishin’, Birdin’ and Huntin’ Waterfalls!

    Located east of Asheville, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the historic town of Old Fort, North Carolina. What once was the westernmost point for early pioneers is now a hub for trout fishing, outdoor exploration, and biking trails. If you plan on visiting, then here are some of the top things […]
  • Explore Little Switzerland and The Blue Ridge Parkway

    Perched atop the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Mitchell County is the distinctive mountain community of Little Switzerland. Surrounded by breathtaking views, this area offers the perfect escape for outdoor enthusiasts, cyclists, and lovers of Southern Appalachian crafts. Located at exit 334 off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, this area makes for a perfect day […]
  • Visit Nature’s Playground — Glen Alpine, NC

    Visit Nature’s Playground — Glen Alpine, NC Glen Alpine is conveniently located in Burke County, the heart of Western North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering up some of the best outdoor activities in the area and just minutes from Lake James State Park and the Catawba River. Discover the natural beauty of the […]
  • Soak Your Cares Away in Hot Springs NC

    Soak Your Cares Away in Hot Springs NC  Located in Madison County along the banks of the French Broad River, the third oldest river in the world, you’ll find the community of Hot Springs. This popular tourism spot is a haven for hikers traveling along the Appalachian Trail (AT), which happens to be the only […]
  • Art on the Greene presents fine arts and master crafts in Banner Elk, July 7-8 & Sept. 1-2

    The lawn at the Historic Banner Elk School becomes a market for the arts three times each year as 40 to 60 artists exhibit their handiwork for Art on the Greene. The second show takes place July 7-8 (the weekend after Independence Day), while the third installment takes place Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-2. The […]
  • Four of the Best Wineries in the Blue Ridge Mountains

    Whether you enjoy the full-bodied fruitiness of a Cabernet Sauvignon, or the crispness of a Sauvignon Blanc, the wineries dotting the landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains offer something for all palettes. If you’re looking for NC wineries to explore then here are some of our recommendations. The Biltmore Winery This Asheville winery is located […]
  • Things to Do in Columbus NC

    Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the small town of Columbus, NC. Located in Polk County, approximately 43 miles southwest of Asheville, Columbus offers easy access to the Tryon Equestrian Center, outdoor adventure, and plenty of activities for the family. Scenic Drives and Waterfall Hunting Near Columbus NC Get outdoors and enjoy the […]
  • 46th Annual Village Art and Craft Fair – Asheville in Biltmore Village

    46th Annual Village Art and Craft Fair. This high quality craft fair sponsored by New Morning Gallery and Bellagio Art-to-Wear, takes place August 4th and 5th 2018 on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Historic Biltmore Village. Fair hours are Saturday 10am to 7pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm, rain or shine. […]
  • Banner Elk’s Mile High Fourth Celebrates with Music, Parades and Fireworks

    For an all-American family-friendly Fourth of July, pack the car and head to the High Country town of Banner Elk. This one-stoplight resort town in the Blue Ridge Mountains joins its neighbor Beech Mountain for the Mile High Fourth of July celebration. Now in its third year, Mile High Fourth packs six days with activities, […]
  • Camping Near Asheville NC – The Best Places to Sleep Under the Stars

    Home to numerous state parks and national forests, there’s no better way to experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge than by camping in the NC mountains. Asheville offers an abundance of natural escapes close to the city, but to truly appreciate the area’s scenic beauty, plan to spend a memorable night under the stars […]
  • Black Mountain NC Discovery Guide – Things to see and do.

    Located fifteen minutes east of Asheville you’ll discover Black Mountain, a great little Blue Ridge Mountain town. Strolling through the quaint downtown streets you’ll discover independent shops, eclectic eateries, and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Whether you’re looking to stay in a charming B&B to explore downtown, or get closer to the great outdoors […]
  • It’s the “Summer of Glass” at Biltmore and throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains!

    The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina have long been associated with the art of glass and for years, and this year, due to the amazing Chihuly at Biltmore exhibition coming to the Estate (May-October 2018), the region is attracting masterful glass blowers, makers and artists from around the globe. From May 17 through October 7, 2018 – this […]
  • Five Unforgettable Things to Do in Asheville NC

    Asheville NC, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a vibrant town known for its exhilarating outdoor adventure, cultural and fine arts, iconic landmarks, incredible dining and equally incredible craft brew. If you’re planning a trip to this mountain oasis you’ll find it’s near impossible to pack everything there is to see […]
  • “Down the Road” Magazine now available throughout the NC Blue Ridge and WNC

    If you love the traditional sounds of mountain music from banjos to fiddles, from ballads to shape-note singing, find your passion with our new “Down the Road” guide to the Blue Ridge Music Trails. Working with the talented editors and writers of Smoky Mountain News, this is a free 64-page magazine “Down The Road,” with 30,000 […]
  • Blue Ridge Hikes Less Than An Hour From Asheville

    Thanks to Audra at for this awesome information! 🌲Mt. Pisgah 📍Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 407.6 | Strenuous | 🧗3 miles (round-trip) | 🚘 ~45 minutes from AVL | 🐶 yes, active dogs only. This hike is filled with some of the best views of the Asheville area. Bonus points if you can point out Biltmore […]
  • NC Blue Ridge Driving Trails for the Whole Family

    This spring break, you may want to try a few of these ideas for trails that everyone will love…trails for murals, music, heritage and driving, throughout the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. For the BEST recommendations of what to do in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, from towns and trails, to lodging, eating and […]
  • St. Patricks Day in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains

    St. Patrick’s day is Saturday, March 17th! Below are a few fun ways to celebrate this favorite holiday in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Transylvania Adventure Games hosts its annual family fun adventure run at Brevard Music Center’s campus. This event features fun for entire family including food trucks, Adventurers will enjoy tunnels, rope webs, memory […]
  • Biltmore Celebrates Spring 2018 with Tulips, Titanic Costumes & Outdoor Water Garden Exhibition

    Beginning March 20th, Biltmore will celebrate the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted by celebrating his final project – George Vanderbilt’s magnificent Biltmore gardens. The event, lasting through May 25, 2018 known as the annual festival of flowers, will featuring 50,000 tulips, 14,000 daffodils and 1,000 hyacinths. From February 9 until May 13, 2018, Enjoy the […]
  • Village Art & Craft Fair in Biltmore Village celebrates 45th year!

    Now celebrating it’s 45th year, Biltmore Village businesses, New Morning Gallery and Bellagio Art-to-Wear, sponsors a high quality craft fair know as the “Village Art and Craft Fair” on the grounds of the Cathedral of all Souls in Biltmore Village. In its 45th year, the VACF continues a long tradition of bringing high-quality crafts to […]
  • BURNSVILLE, NC – Voted a “Perfect Small Town for a Summer Vacation”

    Burnsville is the perfect spot for a summer vacation, according to a Country Living an article authored by writer Perrio O. Blumberg. The beautiful little mountain town was included in’s list of “20 Small Mountain Towns Perfect for a Summer Vacation.” What makes it perfect? The historic town square is encircled by local eateries, arts & craft […]
  • Happy Birthday and a big welcome to one of our newest members, The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant!

    But we also welcome the Inn as our OLDEST member in Blue Ridge Mountain Host. And that is even older than our member, The Biltmore Estate. The Esmeralda Inn was built in Chimney Rock Village in 1891, a mere 125 years ago, by Colonel Tom Turner. The Inn once served as a stagecoach stop for travelers. Today […]
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Host celebrates 23 years with a Marketing Seminar for Members

    Blue Ridge Mountain Host members and board of directors gathered on November 1st at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce for their annual Marketing conference as well as to celebrate their 23rd year of operations in Western North Carolina.  Melinda Massey, Board President, welcomed guest speakers Molly Oakman, of the Tryon International Equestrian Center and Boomer […]
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Host meets at Historic Mountain Magnolia Inn

    The Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Mountain Host were hosted by Mr. Pete Nagle, owner of the beautiful and historic Mountain Magnolia Inn, followed by a networking event with Madison County tourism officials, the board, members and guests. In 1996, Karen and Pete Nagle bought what is now the Mountain Magnolia Inn as a mountain vacation […]
  • Hey Day Fall Family Festival

    The Western North Carolina Nature Center presents the  40th Annual Hey Day Family Fall Festival. Hey Day is the largest WNC Nature Center event of the year and celebrates the wildlfe, culture, and community of western North Carolina. Hey Day will run on Saturday October 8th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food will be available […]
  • Bike Show at Asheville Outlets to Benefit Ride for Kids Event Follows Annual Poker Run with Schroader’s Honda of Hendersonville ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA (May 20, 2016) – Asheville Outlets and Schroader’s Honda will team up to host the 2016 Ride for Kids Bike Show & Run on June 18th . The ride begins at Schroader’s […]
  • State of Origin Beer Fest 6/11- NC Beers & Ingredients Spotlighted

    MORGANTON, N.C. – Several of North Carolina’s premier breweries will showcase beers from NC-sourced ingredients at the State of Origin Beer Festival Saturday, June 11. This popular event returns to downtown Morganton’s courthouse square for its third year and features approximately two dozen breweries. The festival was created by the owners of Morganton’s Fonta Flora Brewery […]
  • Western North Carolina Town of Rutherfordton, N.C. Launches Four New Trails

    RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (APRIL 29, 2016): Located in western North Carolina, the Town of Rutherfordton is introducing four new trails just in time for spring strolls and family outings. The four trails include the Gold Mile, Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Kid’s Main Street Safari and Purple Martin Greenway. The public is invited to attend a ribbon […]
  • Parkway Playhouse’s 70th Season Runs from May 7 to Oct. 8

    BURNSVILLE, N.C. – Actors take the stage for the 70th season at Parkway Playhouse Saturday, May 7. The first production is “Steel Magnolias.  ”The Mainstage Season runs until Oct. 8, including four plays and two musicals. One standout is “The Ballad of Frankie Silver,” June 4-18. The play is based on the novel by New […]
  • May 5th Celebration -First “Saturday Night Lights” -Tryon International Equestrian Center

    MILL SPRING, N.C. (April 29, 2016): Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) will begin the first week of international competition of the 2016 season on Wednesday, May 4, and host a week of activities and entertainment for competitors and spectators. Visitors to the facility can enjoy a fun-filled week as the venue welcomes the start of […]
  • Emerald Village featured in “Lost Treasure” Magazine

    Lost Treasure Magazine calls itself The Treasure Hunter’s Guide to Adventure & Fortune and boasts the largest circulation of any Treasure Publication.  The February issue featured Emerald Village in an article on WNC entitled “A Rockhound’s Paradise”.  The well-written article includes a photo of the picturesque Bon Ami Mine at Emerald Village. Calling Emerald Village […]
  • Rutherfordton, N.C. Kicks Off Spring with Three-Day Celebration this May 5-7

    RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (April 4, 2016): Downtown Rutherfordton is welcoming spring with a major three-day celebration that starts on Thursday, May 5 with a 20th anniversary fiesta followed by Rutherfordton’s spring music series on Friday, and wraps with a full-day street festival on Saturday. From civil war history and antebellum homes to eclectic restaurants and an amazing […]
  • Blue Ridge Mtn Host Board visits the NuWray Inn in Burnsville

    March 22, 2016 – The Board of Directors of Blue Ridge Mountain Host joined members and guests for a regional tourism networking event at the historic NuWray Inn in Burnsville NC on March 22nd. There were hosted by couples/owners Eric & Christy Wilson and Joey & Jill Farmer. The Wilsons & Farmer’s  purchased the 3-story, 16,500 squarefoot clapboard colonial in […]
  • Merry Falls, near DuPont State Forest

    When you are visiting the waterfalls at DuPont State Recreational Forest, consider driving back toward Asheville on Cascade Lake Road to see the beautiful Merry Falls. This split waterfall is about 12 feet tall at the upper tier with a lower series of cascades that drop another 20 feet. Few people travel this scenic drive since […]
  • Rutherford Housing Partnership Hosts 8th Annual Gears & Gables Ride

    RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (March 16, 2016): Rutherford Housing Partnership(RHP) is hosting its 8th annual Gears & Gables cycling ride on May 7 in conjunction with downtown Rutherfordton’s MayFest celebration. The nonprofit organization provides urgent home repairs for families in need. RHP provides materials; volunteers provide labor. This year’s ride includes three new routes, including one […]


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