January 2017
Get the New Brochure "Winter Hikes, Excellent Views"
Come on In, the Door's Open at Music Jams in WNC
Don't Hibernate! Celebrate the Season at WinterFest! 
National Arts & Crafts Conference Celebrates 30 Years
Find Something to Do in WNC All Year Round
Get the New Brochure "Winter Hikes, Excellent Views"
A new brochure, “Winter Hikes, Excellent Views,” offered by the Burke County Tourism Development Authority, features five unique winter hiking trails as well as cross-country skiing information. Most all of these trails offer incredible views of the countryside and mountains around Burke County, according to Ed Phillips, Director of Tourism.
“We have a moderate climate without harsh winters or really hot summers, so we’re pretty much a year-round destination for outdoor adventurers,” he says. With trees bare, undergrowth flat, and many critters in hibernation, winter hiking offers some of the best views available during the year.
Trails included in the brochure are Shortoff Mountain and Hawksbill near the Linville Gorge Wilderness, High Shoals Falls Trail in South Mountains State Park, Overmountain Victory Trail in Lake James State Park, and Cross-Country Skiing along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trails range from easy to difficult and offer something for all skill levels.
For information about other great winter hikes in the area, visit RomanticAsheville.com, or contact the Swannanoa Valley Museum to learn about its year-round hiking programs.
Photo by Justin Costner PR.
Come on In, the Door's Open at Music Jams in WNC
The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina includes dozens of year-round music jams in all parts of Western North Carolina, and you're invited to join in, with an instrument or just to enjoy the authentic traditional music of the region. Gather 'round a wood stove, kick up your heels on a dance floor, or just grab a chair and listen.
Here are some places where you can enjoy music and dancing North Carolina style, and you can get a preview of some of the fun viewing the Back Roads to the Blue Ridge Music Trails videos.
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Learn more at BlueRidgeMusicTrailsNC.com. Order the Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC Guidebook and CD here.
Don't Hibernate! Celebrate the Season at WinterFest! 
The community of Blowing Rock near Grandfather Mountain takes winter seriously with a festival designed to get folks out to celebrate the season instead of hibernating.
The 19th Annual WinterFest will be held this year on January 26-29 at venues throughout the town.
Ready to take a Polar Plunge? Taste great food and wine at WinterFeast and the Sip and Stroll? Ice carving demonstrations, hayrides, the Snowflake Parade, Beer Garden and Chili Challenge, and much more all add up to a great way to enjoy the winter months in the mountains of North Carolina.
View a video of the fun and craziness of this event, sponsored by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and benefiting local charities.
National Arts & Crafts Conference Celebrates 30 Years
The 30th Anniversary National Arts and Crafts Conference will be held February 17­-19 at the Omni­ Grove Park Inn, the most famous example of Arts and Crafts architecture in the South.
More than 2,000 people will be shopping the booths of more than 120 exhibitors showing new and old jewelry, rugs, furniture, pottery, artwork, and metalware, all done in the Arts and Crafts style showcasing hand craftsmanship and simple yet elegant designs.
The Arts and Crafts Movement originated in mid-19th century England and promoted moral and social health through quality of architecture and design executed by skilled creative workers. It was a revolt against the poor quality of industrialized mass production, and it revived traditional artistic craftsmanship with themes of simplicity, honesty, function, harmony, nature and social reform.  
Every February for the past 29 years Arts and Crafts collectors and bungalow owners from across America have converged on the historic 1913 Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa overlooking Asheville, North Carolina, for three days of Arts and Crafts antiques, reproductions, seminars, workshops, house tours, and demonstrations of this unique style.
The Arts & Crafts Movement was particularly strong in Western North Carolina, where cottage industries taught marketable skills, particularly weaving and woodworking, to people in rural communities, increasing their incomes and connecting them with new tourist markets. Allanstand Cottage Industries was founded in 1897. The Southern Highland Craft Guild, formed in 1930, now represents 900 craftspeople regionally. The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown opened its doors in 1925. The influential Penland School of Crafts was founded in 1929 and went on to become a leader of the studio craft movement in the 1960s.
The Cherokee Indian Fall Fair, established in 1914, marked a revival of interest in authentic Cherokee craft and has been a major annual event for nearly 100 years. Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual was founded in 1946 to preserve and advance the arts and crafts of the Cherokee Indians.
Photography by Ray Stubblebine.
Find Something to Do in WNC All Year Round
Get Yours Today!
This keepsake calendar, photographed and produced by Mark File, owner of RomanticAsheville.com, features a seasonal waterfall photo each month, plus 365 things to do in the North Carolina mountains and foothills, one for every day of the year.
Thanks to the generosity of Mark File, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the calendars ($10 each) goes to support the work of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership! 
Very few are left in stock, so don't delay! Get this unique keepsake calendar for 2017 and help us continue to preserve, protect, interpret and promote the natural and cultural heritage of this region. 

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