Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

May 24th, 2017

Anzac Day 2007: Young PiperBring 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 62nd year this July 6-9th 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.

High Country Brewpubs

March 15th, 2017

To craft beer enthusiasts, such as myself, Western North Carolina has been known for some time to foster a burgeoning beer culture. Until recently, however, that has meant exclusively the Asheville/Black Mountain area. Now the High Country a couple of hours north boasts its own nascent craft beer scene. If you’re in Boone and crave a pint of some fine local suds and perhaps a slice of wood fired pizza, and who wouldn’t, you should make your way to the Lost Province Brewing Company, one block off King Street on N. Depot, where you will find excellent offerings of each.

And recently, Boondocks Brewing Tap Room and Restaurant in West Jefferson has been voted best beer bar in North Carolina by the readers of Their steaks are mighty good too!


Merlefest 2017

February 22nd, 2017

Merlefest 2017 is just around the corner. The North Carolina High Country’s premier Americana Music Festival returns to the Wilkes County College campus in North Wilkesboro the weekend of April 27-30. Some of the headliners this year include the Zac Brown Band, the Avett Brothers, and Marty Stuart. Also returning is one of my favorites, Scythian, but one of the joys of Merlefest is discovering new artists you’ve never heard of before, and with over 80 different acts you’re bound to find a new favorite. So come on down and experience the music, the moments and the memories.

High Country Pet Fest

July 8th, 2016

frisbee dogWhether travelling in the High Country with your pet or missing your pet while travelling in the High Country, if you are in the area the weekend of July 22 & 23 you might want to swing on over to Banner Elk for the 5th annual High Country Pet Fest being held at the Banner Elk Elementary School. See dogs catching Frisbees! Meet real life K9 canines and Search and Rescue Dogs!!  Have your dog blessed!!!  Ride a pony!!!! Hear live music by Whip Daddys with Madd Dog!!!!! All proceeds go to local animal charities.

Fourth of July Celebrations in the High Country

June 28th, 2016


Many people come to the mountains for the tranquility and the chance to relax. If however, you like a little flash and noise while on vacation then by all means check out this list of Fourth of July Festivities going on this weekend.

Ray Russell Runs the Blue Ridge Parkway

June 22nd, 2016

                                                                                           Congratulations to Ray Russell, founder of great resource for local weather forecasts in the High Country, who on June 9th completed a month long run of the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, from milepost 0 in Waynesboro, Virginia to the southern terminus at the Smoky Mountains 469 miles down the road.  He used the run as a celebration of the National Park Service and as an opportunity to raise money for the  Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. You can read about and see pictures of his adventure at his blog relaywithray.

Blue Ridge Brutal 2016

June 20th, 2016

Drive On The Parkway? Never!Registration is now open for the 2016 Blue Ridge Brutal bicycling challenge. Ashe County’s premier cycling event takes place August 13 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

New River Blues Festival

June 19th, 2016

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  Labor Day Sunday, September 4, 2016

starting at Noon. Check it out.web-headers-9

Merlefest 2016

May 4th, 2016

DSCF0188Another fabulous Merlefest has come and gone leaving behind a lot of great music and memories. I always have a great time at this annual celebration of Americana and roots music, not only taking in the fabulous performances but enjoying the vendors, the arts and crafts, the food and the informative nature hike provided by local botanist Ken Crouse. I particularly enjoyed the fine sets by Irish newcomers We Banjo Three and Merlefest stalwarts, Scythian and Old Crow Medicine Show. But don’t take my word for it read what Huffington Post had to say about the festival.

Merlefest 2016

November 11th, 2015

Merlefest has announced the lineup for 2016 and made the early bird tickets available.  Headlining next year is 70’s singer/songwriter John Prine who will be bringing his “illegal smile” to the festival Thursday April 28, 2016. Other headliners announced are , the Wood Brothers and Steep Canyon Rangers. More acts will be announced in the next few months. Check out for the full line-up and schedule.