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Holiday Splendor in Asheville, NC

Asheville is an all-year-round destination, but during the holidays, this North Carolina mountain town sparkles with extra fun activities for the entire family.

CHRISTMAS AT THE BILTMORE

“Christmas at the Biltmore” is a one-of-a-kind event that draws visitors from all over the country for its two-month long celebration (Nov. 4th to Jan 8th ). Take a self-guided audio tour of this elaborately-decorated French Renaissance chateau featuring 55 hand-decorated trees, 25,000 ornaments and 100,000 holiday lights, or book a special holiday candlelight tour at night. In addition to house tours, there’s a plethora of other holiday events on the estate property including food, music, wine tastings, shopping, and even carriage rides. https://www.biltmore.com/things-to-do/events/christmas/

NATIONAL GINGERBREAD COMPETITION

One of the “sweetest” events of the holiday season is the “National Gingerbread Competition, which is held at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, gingerbread artists of all ages compete for more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. Guests can view the displays and winners in person from Nov. 28th to Jan. 2nd  or watch “The Twelve Days of Gingerbread” on the hotel’s Facebook page @omnigroveparkinn from Dec. 1st to 12th.https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/things-to-do/gingerbread

Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum

WINTER LIGHTS AT THE NORTH CAROLINA ARBORETUM

Don’t miss the winter extravaganza of light, art and music at the North Carolina Arboretum’s “Winter Lights” show. Walk through the rainbow arch into glowing landscapes with several new-themed displays including winter wildlife, colorful butterflies and a giant daisy garden. In addition to lights, there are plenty of family activities including hot chocolate and s’more making stations for kids. Adults can enjoy craft beers while walking through the gardens. (Nov. 18th –Jan.8thhttps://www.ncarboretum.org/winter-lights/

WINTER HIKES AND WATERFALL

Another reason visitors love Asheville during the winter holidays is the opportunity to get outside. With mild daytime temps in the 50s and 60s, the Asheville area offers a wide variety of winter hikes for the entire family. The “Moore Cove Falls Trail” is an easy .7 mile trail that ends in a 50-foot plunge waterfall over a dramatic rock ledge. Visitors can even walk under the ledge behind the waterfall. For more winter hike suggestions see https://www.exploreasheville.com/stories/post/5-great-winter-hikes-near-asheville-nc/

(This article first appeared in Allegiant Airline’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker, Winter issue 2022-23. I am a freelance writer for Allegiant and this is reposted by permission.)

Family Fun, Food and Wine, North Carolina

Calabash, NC: A Coastal Adventure

Calabash Riverfront. (Photo by Sandra Chambers)

Located just 30 minutes north of the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, lies a quaint fishing town that has garnered the moniker of “The Seafood Capital of the World” for once having 30 restaurants within a square mile. It is also the birthplace of Calabash-style seafood.

Calabash Oysters (Photo by Sandra Chambers)

In addition to its great seafood, Calabash, North Carolina, is a fun day trip offering a picturesque waterfront lined with shrimp boats: a marketplace that features works by Carolina artists: a block-wide mercantile offering a variety of unique wares as well as a Christmas shop; a local creamery dipping up delicious homemade ice cream and boat tour adventures. 

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Romantic Inns and B&Bs in Western North Carolina

Front porch with rockers at Tiffany Hill B&B

 

Head to western North Carolina any time of year to experience the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Soak in the relaxing vibes with a stay at a mountain inn or bed & breakfast as a destination itself, or as a jumping off spot to explore the area.

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PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES AND HEAD TO THE DIRTY DANCING FESTIVAL IN LAKE LURE, NC

Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure, NC

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.

 

Arts / Culture / History, Food and Wine, Mountain Adventures, North Carolina, Romantic get-a-ways

Asheville, NC: Discover Small Town Flavor with a Mix of Sophistication

Asheville, NC, skyline

With the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, the town of Asheville has morphed into more than just a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. This small mountain town, known as the “Paris of the South,” is a hotspot for farm-to-table restaurants, lively music, arts and crafts, upscale shopping and a wide variety of seasonal festivals.

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