It’s Christmas in Asheville and there’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit! Every street shines with glittering lights, decorated Christmas trees, and lovely storefronts! So bundle up and celebrate the holidays with us! Enjoy the warm feeling of Asheville while you stroll the sparkling decorated paths of the Winter Lights of North Carolina Arboretum www.ncwinterlights.com. or cuddle up in a horse drawn carriage carrying you through beautiful Historic Biltmore Village. www.historicbiltmorevillage.com/
Don’t miss Downtown Asheville as you begin your day. Decked out in it’s finest greenery, Winter Wonderland at the Grove Arcade http://www.grovearcade.com/ hosts the annual National Gingerbread House Competition and is definitely not to be missed! Looking for artistic gifts? The Downtown Arts District www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org/ will be hosting their Gallery Stroll from 5:00-8:00 PM on Dec.5 with over 20 art-filled galleries.
Holiday Performing Arts
If you love performing arts Asheville is the place to be in December! One performance not to be missed is the traditional Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, being performed with spectacular scenery and costuming on Dec.10 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. (828) 259-5736) Beginning on Dec.6 is The Christmas Carol, Dicken’s classic tale of greed and redemption, presented by The Monford Park Players at the historic Masonic Temple www.montfordparkplayers.org/ in downtown Asheville. Biltmore at ChristmasOn Dec.6 and 7, the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater will perform a creative and unique interpretation of The Nutcracker and the Mouse KIng. www.dwtheatre.com. For a lovely afternoon of classical music you may want to attend A Classical Christmas by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 14 at 3:00 PM. www.ashvillesymphony.org. Asheville Christmas and holiday events are always a treat!
Enjoy the Holidays at The Sourwood Inn
Whether you plan to take a candlelight tour of the Biltmore www.biltmore.com, explore the magic of holiday events, or do some shopping in the trendy Asheville boutiques, Asheville is the perfect Christmas destination. Sourwood Inn would like to invite you to spend your visit with us in our lovely inn decorated for a memorable Christmas.
It’s summer time, and the living’s easy at your favorite Asheville bed and breakfast! Jeff and Rocket Girl the falcon are enjoying the trails, folks are leaving their French doors open, and the sounds of Shindig on the Green are filling our Friday nights. Now that school’s out and the kids are on summer break, it’s the perfect time for a family vacation at the Sourwood Inn! Asheville is buzzing with activities during this time of year, so do summer right and get outside with some of our wonderful local events.
Independence Day in Asheville | Friday, July 4th
Celebrate the glory of freedom by living the good life in Asheville. The ideal 4th of July is everywhere you turn, and you can’t help but have a good time by spending the first weekend of the month at The Sourwood Inn. Park Square Park starts the festivities at 2 PM with music and fun for the whole family, and the celebration continues until late. Spend the day enjoying an overflow of Downtown Asheville events culminating with a fantastic fireworks display, or create a once in a lifetime memory by viewing the Black Mountain fireworks display from the peak of Sunset Mountain. For more information and registration for this beautiful Fireworks Hike, call 828-669-9566 or email [email protected]
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games & Carolina West Ribsfest | Friday to Sunday, July 11-13
The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are modelled after the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland, and are considered to be the preeminent Scottish Games in the United States. Witness a full weekend full of bagpipe parades, Highland dancing competitions, and traditional athletics such as “tossing the sheaf” and “turning the caber.” This one of a kind festival has to be seen to be believed—it’s definitely worth a special trip. http://www.gmhg.org/
If you get tired of watching strong men, head on over to the Carolina West Ribsfest. Try the best barbecue the US has to offer with pitmaster booths from around the country. Enjoy live music and other entertainment while you eat! http://www.carolinawestribfest.com/
Folkmoot Parade of Nations and International Festival | Starts Friday July 18 and continues for two weeks!
It’s the 30th anniversary of the Folkmoot Festival! More than 200 groups from 100 different countries converge on Waynesville to share cultural music, crafts, dancing, and food. You never know what you’ll find at the International Folk Festival, but you know it will always be interesting. This event is spread out across the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, so you can do some local sightseeing at the same time that you soak up international culture. Learn more about this massive annual event at the official Folkmoot website. http://www.folkmootusa.org/
Cashiers Antique Show | Friday to Sunday July 25-27
Antiques lovers will be in heaven at this event. Visit dealers from around the East Coast as they sell their wares throughout the weekend. Collectors and casual buyers alike can’t help but be thrilled with the selection.