It’s that time of year again! Before you subject yourself to the hectic, Black Friday style mania that has come to define the Holiday Season of late, why don’t you embrace a calmer family tradition. Spend a weekend immersed in the old style charm of the North Carolina High Country, home of some of the best Christmas trees in the country. In recent years, twelve of the White House Christmas trees have been selected from local tree farms, so chances are you and your family will find one or more trees suitable for your yule time display. Many Christmas tree farms offer special events and treats this time of year. Visit http://www.ashecountychristmastrees.com/ for more details.
The initial line-up for next years Merlefest has been announced. The 2014 music festival will be held April 24-27, and will feature such artists as Dr. Ralph Stanley, Sam Bush, the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Nu-Blu, Red June, and many more. More acts are sure to be announced in the coming months. Tickets go on sale November 12, 2013. We fill up every year for Merlefest so make sure to book your reservations at Mountainview Lodge early!
Come out to Sparta this coming weekend, September 21, 2013 for the annual Mountain Heritage Festival. Check out the mountain crafts, watch a display of traditional flatfoot dancing and enjoy some old timey music. The Zephyr Lightning Bolts will be the headliners but make sure you stick around for the crowning of the Possum Queen!
Feelin’ lowdown? Like you got a Hellhound on your tail? Well if you’ve got the blues come on down to the New River Blues Festival at the River House Inn! Now it ain’t nobody’s business if you do, but you’ll hear some good music to soothe your soul down at Grassy Creek this Sunday, September 1, 2013 starting at 1pm. Check it out.
There’s a new premier cycling event coming to the High Country. The good folk who bring us the Blood Sweat and Gears ride just announced the inaugural Beech Mountain Metric will be coming next May 17, 2014. Featuring one of the epic climbs of the old Tour DuPont this ride looks like something special, and if Blood Sweat and Gears is any indication it will fill up fast. So don’t delay sign up today, and as always stay at Mountain View Lodge and Cabins while in the High Country.
Bring out your kilts and gather up your clan, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are just around the corner! This high country tradition will be celebrating its 58th year this July 11-14th in nearby Linville, NC. The weekend’s events are as varied as they are full. Come out and run one of the nation’s toughest marathons, listen to bagpipers playing “Scotland the Brave,” see displays of sheep herding, watch Celtic track and field events, hear “Scotland the Brave” played on bagpipes, try haggis, enjoy the highland dancing and a wide variety of both new and traditional music, including “Scotland the Brave” on bagpipes.
Spring has finally sprung (?) in the Blue Ridge, so no more whining about winter. Why not celebrate the new season by dropping by Blowing Rock for the 2013 Blue Ridge Wine Festival. From April 10-14 all kinds of wine related happenings are going on including wine dinners, wine tastings, wine and food seminars, live music and even a 5K race and much more.
Merlefest was started 26 years ago as a way of honoring the memory of Merle Watson after his untimely death. This year Merlefest is planning a special tribute to his father, Doc Watson, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 89. As host of the annual “traditional plus” music festival, the musical icon has always been the soul and embodiment of the event, and while his spirit will always be at the heart of Merlefest, he will truly be missed.
Registration is now open for the 2013 Blue Ridge Brutal bicycling challenge. Ashe County’s premier cycling event takes place August 10 and begins in nearby West Jefferson. The routes explore the beautiful scenery of the North Carolina high country including the Blue Ridge Parkway passing right by the Mountain View Lodge. So register for the ride and make your reservations for one of our cabins