This is where you want to bring your family to find a Christmas Tree: the Blue Ridge Mountains. Start a new family tradition with a weekend at our NC rental cabins and a trip to nearby Top of the Mountain Christmas Tree Farm. Kids love bundling up and wandering through live trees in search of the perfect tree for your family, and everyone can participate in the cutting of the tree. Even the dog can come, since we have pet-friendly cabins. This is the stuff holidays were made of.
Archive for November, 2009
There are several fun holiday events coming up near our NC vacation cabins. These, along with the recent snow in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is putting us all in a festive mood.
On November 27, West Jefferson will host its second annual Hometown Christmas with the lighting of the Ashe County tree. The word on the street is that Santa will come into town on an antique fire engine, and there will be cider and singing for all. Please read the previous blog post, dated Nov. 9, to learn more about West Jefferson.
Not far from our Blue Ridge Mountains cabins there’ll be an annual Christmas Show at Boone Mall November 27-29. You’ll find art from around the country – maybe you’ll find the perfect gift for a friend.
A scenic drive to Sparta on Saturday Nov. 28 will reward you with the annual Christmas parade down Main Street, starting at 2pm. This is a great excuse to check out the delightfully quaint town of Sparta. Or head to the Sparta Fairgrounds on Dec. 5 for the Christmas Craft Fair.
Finally, drive about an hour southwest of the cabins to historic Valle Crucis for their Fireside Tour on December 6, 2009 (1pm – 6pm). This is a self-guided tour that will lead you down country roads to restaurants, gift shops, art galleries and churches. Once you arrive at a stop on the tour, you’ll be invited to sit by a roaring fire and enjoy a warm drink and a tasty tidbit or two. This is great incentive to stop at a shop you might otherwise have missed.
The town of West Jefferson NC is about ten miles northwest of our Blue Ridge Parkway vacation cabins. It is easily accessible by bike, and the ride is lovely. Head up to West Jefferson NC in the morning, have lunch at one of several excellent restaurants, and browse the quaint shops and galleries before heading back to the cabin.
Should you prefer traveling by car, you may have more energy to explore this interesting small town, especially the Arts District. Notice the public art that is so widespread – especially the murals. Does any other town of this size have so many breathtaking murals? It would be hard to believe.
There are over a dozen art galleries and artist studios in West Jefferson, making it a great place for unique holiday shopping. If you are willing to linger into the evening, you may just stumble across an interesting event. Last weekend the Hunt Family Fiddlers and Step Dancers took the town by storm. This weekend, Kelly Swanson will be in West Jefferson telling smart and humorous stories. You never know what will be happening in West Jefferson, but you can be sure it will be something worth your while.
A day in West Jefferson is a fun addition to a weekend getaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains. On your way there, keep an eye out for barns with quilts – part of the Ashe Arts Barn Quilt Project. Small towns like West Jefferson reveal the heart and soul of the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and this is definitely worth experiencing.