Lake Lure, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, is a great destination any time of year, but it’s especially fun to visit during the Annual Dirty Dancing Festival which will be held August 24th—25th of this year. I attended last year’s 8th Annual Dirty Dancing Festival which marked the 30th anniversary of the movie and definitely “had the time of my life”!
To read more about the Festival and what to do while visiting Lake Lure, check out my article at: TraveltheSouthBloggers.
Belle & Beast topiary is one of more than 100 festive topiaries featuring favorite Disney characters.
Richly hued flowers and floating gardens adorn the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
Spring is a great time to visit Walt Disney World and especially Epcot during its annual 90-day International Flower & Garden Festival. Be prepared to be wowed by millions of brilliant blossoms, more than 100 festive topiaries featuring favorite Disney characters, 220 mini-floating gardens and Disney-crafted “flower towers.” During this event from February 28th to May 28th, guests will also enjoy cuisine from 15 outdoor kitchens and top-notch musical acts.
Check my entire article in Allegiant Airline’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2018 copy
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The perfect weekend get-a-way
Hendersonville, NC, a small town near Asheville in the North Carolina mountains, will celebrate its inaugural Apple Country Cider Jam Saturday, April 22, which showcases eight hard cideries, two producers of nonalcoholic cider, two local wineries and music by the band Balsam Range, winner of 10 awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Henderson County is at the epicenter of NC’s burgeoning cider industry. The county produces 85 percent of the state’s apples and leads the way in hard cider production as well.
“We have world-class cider produced right here, and it all starts with our great apples,” says Mark Williams, executive director of Agribusiness Henderson County and event organizer. “The Cider Jam kicks off the whole season of apple production. It coincides with the apples in full bloom and promotes a product that can be enjoyed year-round.”
Festival cideries must be based in North Carolina and use apples sourced within the state. The eight hard cideries are: Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River; Bull City Ciderworks in Lexington and Durham; Crimson Ridge in Mills River; Flat Rock Ciderworks in Hendersonville; GoodRoad CiderWorks in Charlotte; Noble Cider in Asheville; The 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville; and Wallace Ciders from St. Paul Mountain Vineyards in Hendersonville.
Local producers Apple Wedge Packers & Cider and McConnell Farms will provide fresh, nonalcoholic cider varieties, while Burntshirt Vineyards of Hendersonville, will serve apple wine.
The Apple Country Cider Jam runs from 1-6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include tastings, souvenir cup and live music. Non-alcohol tickets are $10. Food will be available from local food trucks and downtown restaurants.
For info or to purchase tickets, visit www.CiderJamNC.com. For lodging and details about Hendersonville, go to www.VisitHendersonvilleNC.com or call (800) 828-4244.
(Photo by Sam Dean)
The Omni Grove Park Inn is wrapped in luxury for the holidays.
Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains, this 100+ year- old, AAA Four-Diamond resort hotel is known for its elegance and southern charm. While every season is spectacular at the Omni Grove Park Inn, the winter holidays kick it up a notch with special events such as the National Gingerbread House Competition, delicious holiday dining, live music and festive decorations. Read entire article originally published in the November 2015 issue of Luxe Beat Magazine.
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Wilmington Celebrates NC Beer Month
Want to know what’s happening locally for NC Beer Month? Check it out on the NC Official Tourism Site. Wilmington’s Top Hops Spots include: Front Street Brewery which has been a star attraction for 20 years, and five newcomers – Flytrap Brewing, Ironclad Brewery, Broomtail Craft Brewery and Wilmington Brewing plus Good Hops Brewery in Carolina Beach. And keep your eyes peeled for the perfect souvenir: a Freaker, the knit koozie created in Wilmington.
NC Beer Month in Wilmington, NC
Get Ready for a Cold Draft
April is NC Beer Month
April is North Carolina Beer Month, and for the third year in a row there’s an exciting array of activities lined up. More than 90 breweries – from the mountains to the coast – are participating, ranging from decades-old, award-winning brewhouses to newbies on the block eager to make a name for their batches. It’s a month-long celebration offering dozens of beer-inspired festivals, tastings, dinners, special discounts, travel deals, giveaways and more. You can be certain that by the time April comes to a close, you’ll have an even better appreciation for North Carolina’s thriving beer scenes.
To learn more about NC Beer Month and get a list of events, special tastings and sweepstakes happening throughout the state, head over to http://www.ncbeermonth.com.