Category Archives: Mountain Adventures

NC’s Inaugural Apple Country Cider Jam

Photo Apple Country Cider Jam

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)

Seasonal Splendor at The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn is wrapped in luxury for the holidays.

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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Get Your Kicks on the “Tail of the Dragon”

Where the Blue Ridge and Smokies Meet

BRP Bikers

The twisting mountain roads of the Maggie Valley and Waynesville area in North Carolina are some of the most popular motorcycling destinations in the world. Whether you’re riding a motorcycle or driving a sports care, be ready to scrape some metal or squeal your tires on some wild curves on the “Tail of the Dragon,” also known as Deals Gap.

With a world-famous reputation, this 11-mile stretch with 318 curves has become a destination for hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists and sports car drivers looking to tame the beast. Located on the North Carolina and Tennessee border, this road has been featured in a number of movies including The Fugitive (1993) with Harrison Ford as well as several documentaries. Larry the Cable Guy also recently explored this road on the History Channel (Check out re-runs).

A great motor touring brochure featuring several tours on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Smoky Mountains is available at www.VisitNCsmokies.com.