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Fall Color in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville NC

Autumn in the mountains of western North Carolina

Autumn in the mountains of western North Carolina

Where to Find Color Week-by-Week

  • October 2-9: Highest elevations north of Asheville above 5,000 feet show the most color, especially in the Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens, Grandfather Mountain, Beech Mountain, Rough Ridge and Graveyard Fields areas. 
  • October 8-16: Color will increase in elevations greater than 4,000 feet, including the Mount Pisgah, Black Balsam, Devil’s Courthouse, Waterrock Knob, southwest of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It will also be peak color in the Highlands area, including Whiteside Mountain, with plenty of waterfalls to enjoy, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including hikes to Alum Cave and Chimney Tops.
  • October 14-23: Many of the surrounding mountains around Asheville show plenty of color, especially in the 3,000-4,000 foot elevation range. Take the Parkway north or south from Asheville. A great hike in Pisgah National Forest would be Looking Glass Rock or Cradle of Forestry. North of Asheville, head to Linville Gorge with hikes to the top of Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain. West of Asheville, Bryson City and the Nantahala Gorge will shine.
  • October 20-29: The city of Asheville (2,000 feet elevation) shows the brightest colors, along with areas around Hendersonville and Brevard. This is the perfect time for a waterfall hike in DuPont State Forest or leisurely walk at the NC Arboretum. This is also the peak leaf color for Biltmore Estate. 
  • October 25-November 4: The color show concludes in the Chimney Rock area (elevation of 1,300 feet). Ride to the top of Chimney Rock or take a boat tour on Lake Lure. Also peak at Lake James and South Mountains State Parks.

 

Private Dinner in the Mediterranean Courtyard

Recently, some of our favorite guests entertained some friends in the Mediterranean Courtyard.  

Private Dinner in the Mediterranean Courtyard

Hendersonville’s new brand

Lale and I love the new brand of our Hendersonville:

“Life’s Playground.”

Check out the new vacation plannerL

 www.visithendersonvillenc.org

 

 

Private Dining

Celebrating the coming of the first addition to the family

Celebrating the coming of new life

The Melange in reference with historic Hendersonville

Several references on Earl Stillwell’s work (the architect who has built the Melange)

are found in a wonderful hard copy 

Buildings as History–The Architecture of Erle Stillwell

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Other references to Melange (which was the Charles A. Hobbs who commissioned Stillwell)

are available at Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission

http://www.hendersonvillehpc.org/districts/west-side

and

http://www.hendersonvillehpc.org/structures/historic-inns

Love the New Travel & Tourism Logo!

Check out the new logo for the Henderson County Tourism Development Board. We love it! hendersoncountytraveltourism

Fall Colors Explosion

“This fall could be one of the best leaf color seasons in Western North Carolina in recent memory,” said Western Carolina University Associate Professor of Biology Kathy Mathews. “Three words explain it—unusually dry weather.”

An exceptional display of fall color fireworks is coming to the Blue Ridge Mountains—all thanks to the weather.

September is Wine & Grape Month in NC

September is N.C. Wine and Grape Month, and wineries and vineyards across the state are planning wine tastings, grape stomps and other special events to celebrate the industry. Western North Carolina is home to more than 20 wineries/vineyards.   Check out the ncwinemap

Experience Japanese Culture First Hand at Local Center

JapaneseCultureCenterA new center celebrating Japanese culture has opened in Hendersonville at 629 5th Avenue West.  The Western North Carolina Japanese Culture Center offers classes in Ikebana flower arrangement and also offers the opportunity to experience a traditional tea ceremony ritual. The center plans to also bring in instructors to teach other aspects of Japanese culture.

WNC Japanese Culture Center is a dream venue of owners, Manabu and Emiko Suzuki, who are residents of Hendersonville, originally from Japan.  They also hope to showcase Japanese-related art and hold Japanese movie nights.

Ikebana classes, which are $20 per session excluding plant materials, will be held every Wednesday and every other Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tea ceremony classes are scheduled every other Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

 

NC Arboretum Garden Inspired by Quilts

North-Carolina-Arboretum-Quilt-GardensA Quilt Garden located near the Heritage Garden at the NC Arboretum in Asheville is an living interpretation of traditional quilt block patterns.  The plants represent he close ties between the heritage crafts, gardening, contemporary art and the craft of quilting in the Southern Appalachian region.  The garden consists of 24 in-ground be divided by a gravel and slate paths or walkways with garden quilt designs changing seasonally.  Visitors can explore the gardens up close using the path walkways between the individual gardens that form the quilt pattern.  And the observation area provides the opportunity to get  an overview of the spectacular garden.




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