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Contents GET in MOTION: Outdoor & Recreational Activities

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PLAY and LEARN: Attractions, Arts & Culture

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REFRESH and UNWIND: Family-Friendly Lodging

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BROWSE or BUY: Kid-Style Shopping

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GRAB a BITE: Dining with Kid Appeal

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HIT the ROAD: Don’t-Miss Day Trips

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SAVE the DATE: Fun Festivals & Special Events

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The WNC Parent Family Fun Guide is published by the Asheville Citizen-Times, PO Box 2090, Asheville, NC 28802. All contents are copyrighted and may not be reproduced in whole or in part, without written permission of the publisher.

Contacts: Editor Katie Wadington, 828-232-5829 kwadingt@gannett.com

Marketing and Publications Manager Patricia Speziale Edwards, 828-236-8991 pspezial@gannett.com

Advertising Manager Michael Chauvin, 828-232-5913 mchauvin@gannett.com

Writer and copy editor Pam Hecht

pamjh8@gmail.com Artist and publication designer Melissa Sweeterman, 828-232-6025 msweeter@gannett.com

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GET OUT and GO... …to a place where there’s something for everyone in the family. The lively focal point of the Western North Carolina mountains, Asheville is a family-friendly destination in itself, while being close to anywhere else you’d want to go. With so many options for family fun, the challenge is in the choosing. But take heart – you can always return. The WNC Parent Family Fun Guide includes some of the best things to do and places to go for families visiting or living in Asheville and just beyond. These listings are a sampling of area businesses and are not to be considered all-inclusive.

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GET in MOTION Outdoor & Recreational Activities When the URGE for OUTDOOR ADVENTURE strikes, Asheville’s alluring natural world awaits at your doorstep. Romp through picturesque gardens and trails or rock hop in gurgling streams at the North Carolina Arboretum or Botanical Gardens at Asheville. Visit the Asheville Outdoor Center and raft down the peaceful French Broad River, which runs through the city. Cast a fishing line, take a dip in a pool or lake or visit a local family farm. Hang out with native animals at the WNC Nature Center, which also features indoor and outdoor exhibits, a petting zoo and nature trail. Paddle around the lake on a paddleboat or canoe at Lake Julian Park, then break for a picnic and playground time. Play a round of miniature golf, try a pony ride or soar above it all in a hot air balloon. Stop to watch as eyes widen in wonder and laughter bounces in the breeze. Then take a break from the outdoors and venture inside for more fun.

BY WATER Asheville Outdoor Center  521 Amboy Road, Asheville 828-232-1970 ✤ paddlewithus.com (see our ad on page 11)

Lake Powhatan Beach  375 Wesley Branch Road, Asheville ✤ 828-670-5627

Altamont Anglers Fly Fishing  30 Caledonia Road, Asheville 828-252-9266 ✤ altamontanglers.com

Asheville Drifters Fly Fishing  48 Westall Ave., Asheville 828-215-7379 ✤ ashevilledrifters.com

Curtis Wright Outfitters  5 All Souls Crescent, Asheville 828-274-3471 ✤ curtiswrightoutfitters.com

Brookside Fly Fishing Guides Asheville ✤ 828-215-4234 ✤ brooksideguides.com 6✤

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Hunter Banks Fly Fishing  29 Montford Ave., Asheville 828-252-3005 ✤ hunterbanks.com

The Whitewater Sportsman Asheville ✤ 828-216-1336 ✤ whitewatersportsman.com

Lake Julian Park boat rentals/fishing  75 Long Shoals Road, Arden ✤ 828-684-0376

Buncombe County swimming pools 828-250-4260 ✤ buncombecounty.org (see our ad on page 11)

City of Asheville swimming pools 828-259-5800 ✤ ashevillenc.gov

BY AIR Asheville Hot Air Balloons  828-667-9943 ✤ ashevillehotairballoons.com

RO Franks Aviation Co.  1 Page Ave., Asheville 828-242-5275 ✤ ashevillehotairballoonrides.com

BY LAND WNC Nature Center  75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville 828-298-5600 ✤ wildwnc.org

Botanical Gardens  151 W. T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville 828-252-5190 ✤ ashevillebotanicalgardens.org

N.C. Arboretum  100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville 828-665-2492 ✤ ncarboretum.org

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Center  195 Hemphill Knob Road, Asheville 828-298-5330, ext. 304 ✤ nps.gov/blri/index.htm

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Tropical Gardens Mini Golf  956 Patton Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-252-2207

Moving Sidewalk Segway Tours  (ages 14+) 36 Montford Ave., Asheville 828-776-8687 ✤ movingsidewalktours.com

Shadowbrook Miniature Golf & Games  701 N.C. 9, Black Mountain ✤ 828-669-5499

Bio Wheels  76 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 828-232-0300 ✤ biowheels.com

Carolina Fatz Cycling Center  1240 Brevard Road, Asheville 828-665-7744 ✤ carolinafatz.blogspot.com

Liberty Bicycles  1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 828-274-2453 ✤ libertybikes.com

Pro Bikes  610 Haywood Road, Asheville 828-253-2800 ✤ pro-bikes.com

Ski Country Sports  1000 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 828-254-2771 ✤ skicountrysports.com

Motion Makers Bikes  878 Brevard Road, Asheville 828-633-2227 ✤ motionmakersbikes.com

Randall Glen Stables & Gem Mining  96 Randall Cove Road, Leicester 828-683-5758 ✤ randallglen.com

Hilltop Riding Stables  189 Brickyard Road, Asheville 828-333-0858 ✤ hilltopridingstables.com

Brown Dog Adventure Tours  82 Owens Bell Lane, Asheville 828-277-1528 ✤ browndogadventuretours.com

Carrier Park  220 Amboy Road, Asheville ✤ 828-259-5800

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Recreation Park  69 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville ✤ 828-259-5800

French Broad River Park  508 Riverview Drive, Asheville ✤ 828-259-5800

Charles D. Owen Park  875 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa ✤ 828-250-4260

Weaver Park  200 Murdock Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-259-5800

City of Asheville Parks Department 828-259-5800 ✤ ashevillenc.gov

Buncombe County Parks 828-250-4260 ✤ buncombecounty.org A variety of working family farms in Asheville open their gates to visitors and host special activities. To find one, go online to buyappalachian.org or pickyourown.org/NCwestern.htm.

Kids in Parks

Providing self-guided TRACK Trail adventures to help get kids and families healthy and reconnected with nature one hike at a time. Look for these TRACK Trail adventures near you: - Blue Ridge Parkway’s Asheville Visitor Center TRACK Trail (milepost 384) - Pisgah National Forest’s Andy Cove TRACK Trail - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park’s TRACK Trail 

For more information about the Kids in Parks program, our guided hikes, or our self-guided TRACK Trails, please visit our website at www.kidsinparks.com. The Kids in Parks program is an initiative of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

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INDOORS Asheville’s Fun Depot  7 Roberts Road, Asheville 828-277-2386 ✤ ashevillesfundepot.com

Chuck E. Cheese’s  104 River Hills Road, Asheville 828-299-3750 ✤ chuckecheese.com

Tarwheels Skateway  2134 U.S. 70, Swannanoa 828-298-6606 ✤ tarwheelsskateway.com

AMF Bowling Center  491 Kenilworth Road, Asheville 828-252-9198 ✤ amf.com

Sky Lanes  1477 Patton Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-252-2269

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Power Jump  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall, Asheville 828-298-8199 ✤ malljump.net

Climb Max Indoor Climbing Center  43 Wall St., Asheville 828-252-9996 ✤ climbmaxnc.com (see our ad on this page)

Montford Climbing Wall  34 Pearson Drive, Asheville ✤ 828-253-3714

Indoor climbing at our Downtown location & outdoor adventures at any number of great rock cliffs, ...right in our backyard!



Asheville, NC | 828-252-9996 www.climbmaxnc.com

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Cane Creek 628-4494 Erwin 251-4992 Hominy Valley 667-9937 North Buncombe 645-1080 Owen 686-1629

Asheville Outdoor Center Located at the Gateway to the River Park greenways!

Calm Water River Trips | Suitable for Ages 4 and Up Canoe | Kayak | Raft | Tube & Bike Rental Gem Mining | Camping | Outdoor Events

Get Outdoors and Play... at the Asheville Outdoor Center!

521 Amboy Road • Asheville, NC 28806 828.232.1970 | 800.849.1970 ashevilleoutdoorcenter.com getoutdoors@ashevilleoutdoorcenter.com

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PLAY and LEARN Attractions, Arts & Culture Outdoor & Recreational Activities

EXPLORE Asheville’s BUSTLING downtown, then work your way outward. Be inspired as you rev up your creative side and delve into history at a variety of attractions in the area. Art lovers in the family will rejoice here. Watch artists at work at the Folk Art Center and in the funky River Arts District. Music is everywhere, with street performers downtown daily and the famed Friday night Drum Circle in Pritchard Park - a must-see, participatory event. History buffs of the house might enjoy sites like the Vance Birthplace or Smith-McDowell House Museum. Meanwhile, the renowned Biltmore House - the largest privately owned home in the United States - has universal appeal: in addition to the spectacular house itself, the visually striking grounds and gardens invite the kids to run and play, and there are a variety of recreational and other activities geared towards the whole family. Spend the day at the museums of Pack Place, including Asheville Art Museum, The Health Adventure and Colburn Earth Science Museum. Or, board a historic trolley tour for an inside scoop on the town.

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Asheville Visitor Center 

36 Montford Ave., Asheville 828-258-6129 ✤ exploreasheville.com

Asheville Art Museum 

2 S. Pack Square, Asheville 828-253-3227 ✤ ashevilleart.org

The Health Adventure 

2 S. Pack Square, Asheville 828-254-6373 ✤ thehealthadventure.org (see our ad on page 16)

Diana Wortham Theatre  2 S. Pack Square, Asheville 828-257-4544 ✤ dwtheatre.com (see our ad on page 17)

Colburn Earth Science Museum  2 S. Pack Square, Asheville 828-254-7162 ✤ colburnmuseum.org

Pack Memorial Library 

67 Haywood St., Asheville 828-250-4700 ✤ buncombecounty.org

Asheville Historic Trolley Tours 

37 Montford Ave., Asheville 828-681-8585 ✤ ashevilletrolleytours.com

LaZoom Comedy Bus Tour  90 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 828-225-6932 ✤ lazoomtours.com

Gray Line Historic Trolley Tour  36 Montford Ave., Asheville 828-251-8687 ✤ graylineasheville.com

Biltmore 

1 Approach Road, Asheville 828-225-1333 ✤ biltmore.com

Dino Kinetics 

8 Town Square Blvd., Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville 828-676-1622 ✤ dinokinetics.com (see our ad page 22) 13


Estes-Winn Memorial Automobile Museum & NC Homespun Museum  111 Grovewood Road, Asheville 828-253-7651 ✤ grovewood.com

Smith-McDowell House Museum  283 Victoria Road, Asheville 828-253-9231 ✤ wnchistory.org

Folk Art Center  Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville 828-298-7928 ✤ southernhighlandguild.org (see our ad on page 48)

Fired Up! Creative Lounge  26 Wall St., Asheville 828-253-8181 ✤ fireduplounge.com

Claying Around  1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 828-277-0042 ✤ clayingaround.com (see our ad on page 15)

Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace  911 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville 828-645-6706 ✤ nchistoricsites.org/vance/vance.htm

Thomas Wolfe Memorial  52 N. Market St., Asheville 828-253-8304 ✤ wolfememorial.com

Red Caboose Museum at Old Depot Gallery  207 Sutton Ave., Black Mountain 828-669-6583 ✤ olddepot.org

Swannanoa Valley Museum  223 W. State St., Black Mountain 828-669-9566 ✤ swannanoavalleymuseum.org

“Let out the Kid in You� at Hands On! - A Child’s Gallery

We provide educational exhibits that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning.

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318 North Main Street • Hendersonville, NC 828-697-8333 • www.handsonwnc.org

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1378 Hendersonville Rd. • Suite D Asheville, NC 28803 In The Harris Teeter Shopping Center

277-0042 www.clayingaround.com

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MOVIE THEATERS Regal Beaucatcher Cinemas 7  321 Haw Creek Lane, Asheville 828-298-1234 ✤ regmovies.com

Carmike 10 Asheville 

121 River Hills Road, Asheville 828-298-4452 ✤ carmike.com

Cinebarre Biltmore Square 5  800 Brevard Road, Asheville 828-665-7776 ✤ cinebarre.com

Carolina Cinemas-The Carolina Asheville  1640 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 828-274-9500 ✤ carolinacinemas.com

Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15  292 Thetford St., Asheville 828-684-4726 ✤ regmovies.com

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co.  675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 828-254-1281 ✤ ashevillebrewing.com

Fine Arts Theatre 

36 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 828-232-1536 ✤ fineartstheatre.com

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January 31, 2011

April 28 & 29, 2011 249000-102

And even more shows for kids... Visit the School Shows page at www.dwtheatre.com

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REFRESH and UNWIND Family-Friendly Lodging

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in your home away from home. A warm bed after a long day is just the ticket for some much-needed R&R. With all of the choices available in Asheville, it’s easy to find the perfect place for the family’s down time. Often, the accommodations become part of the fun, featuring amenities like swimming pools and kids’ activities. A cozy mountain home in the woods can also be a destination in itself and there are plenty to choose from in the area. Kick it up a notch and find a room with a mountain view. To make life easy, most familyfriendly hotels offer complimentary breakfast buffets, which make it a snap to get out and on your way. Others offer convenient access to both great restaurants and area attractions, keeping travel time to a minimum. Choose your home base with amenities that best suit the family’s needs and rest easy.

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HOTELS Econo Lodge Biltmore 

190 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-254-9521

Rodeway Inn & Suites 

9 Wedgefield Drive, Asheville ✤ 828-670-8800

Rodeway Inn 

8 Crowell Road, Asheville ✤ 828-667-8706

Sleep Inn Biltmore 

117 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-277-1800

Sleep Inn Biltmore West 

1918 Old Haywood Road, Asheville ✤ 828-670-7600

Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa 

290 Macon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-252-2711

Four Points by Sheraton/Asheville Downtown  22 Woodfin St., Asheville ✤ 828-253-1851

Baymont Inn/Biltmore 

204 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-274-2022

Best Western/Biltmore East 

501 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-5562

Blue Ridge Motor Lodge 

60 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-254-0805

Brookstone Lodge 

4 Roberts Road, Asheville ✤ 828-398-5888

Comfort Inn-Black Mountain 

585 N.C. 9, Black Mountain ✤ 828-669-9950

Comfort Inn-West 

15 Crowell Road, Asheville ✤ 828-665-6500

Comfort Inn-Asheville Airport 

15 Rockwood Road, Fletcher ✤ 828-687-9199

Comfort Suites-Biltmore Square Mall  890 Brevard Road, Asheville ✤ 828-665-4000

Country Inn & Suites-Asheville Mall  199 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-254-4311

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Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Biltmore Square Mall 

845 Brevard Road, Asheville ✤ 828-670-9000

Country Inn & Suites-Asheville West 

1914 Old Haywood Road, Asheville ✤ 828-665-9556

Courtyard by Marriot 

1 Buckstone Place, Asheville ✤ 828-281-0041

Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort  1 Resort Drive, Asheville ✤ 828-254-3211

Days Inn-Asheville Mall 

201 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-252-4000

Days Inn-Asheville North 

3 Reynolds Mountain Blvd., Asheville ✤ 828-645-9191

Days Inn-Asheville West 

2551 Smoky Park Highway, Candler ✤ 828-667-9321

Days Inn-Biltmore East 

1435 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-4000

Double Tree-Biltmore 

115 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-274-1800

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Downtown Inn & Suites 

120 Patton Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-254-9661

Fairfield Inn & Suites 

11 Rocky Ridge Road, Asheville ✤ 828-665-4242,

Four Points by Sheraton 

22 Woodfin St., Asheville ✤ 828-253-1851

Guesthouse International Inn-Biltmore 

234 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-274-0101

Hampton Inn-Biltmore Square 

1 Rocky Ridge Road, Asheville ✤ 828-667-2022

Hampton Inn-Tunnel Road 

204 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-255-9220

Hilton Asheville-Biltmore Park 

43 Town Square Blvd., Asheville ✤ 828-209-2700

Holiday Inn-Biltmore East at the Blue Ridge Parkway 

1450 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-5611

Holiday Inn-Biltmore West 

435 Smoky Park Highway, Asheville ✤ 828-665-2161

Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites  1 Wedgefield Drive, Asheville ✤ 828-665-6519

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites-Asheville  42 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-225-5550

Homewood Suites by Hilton Asheville  88 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-252-5400

Howard Johnson Inn 

190 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-274-2300

Inn on Biltmore Estate 

1 Antler Hill Road, Asheville ✤ 828-225-1600

Mountaineer Inn 

155 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-254-5331

Quality Inn & Suites-Biltmore East 

1430 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-5519

Quality Inn & Suites-Biltmore South  1 Skyland Inn Drive, Arden ✤ 828-684-6688

Ramada-Biltmore West 

275 Smoky Park Highway, Asheville ✤ 828-667-4501 21


Ramada-River Ridge 

800 Fairview Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-9141

Renaissance Asheville Hotel 

31 Woodfin St., Asheville ✤ 828-252-8211

Residence Inn by Marriott Biltmore  701 Biltmore Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-281-3361

Residences at Biltmore 

700 Biltmore Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-350-8000

Springhill Suites by Marriot Asheville  2 Buckstone Place, Asheville ✤ 828-253-4666

CABINS/INNS: Asheville Cabins of Willowinds 

39 Stockwood Road Ext., Asheville ✤ 828-277-3948

Sweet Biscuit Inn 

77 Kenilworth Road, Asheville ✤ 828-250-0170

Pisgah View Ranch 

70 Pisgah View Ranch Road, Candler ✤ 828-667-9100

Oakland Cottage B&B 

74 Oakland Road, Asheville ✤ 828-994-2627

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1847 Blake House Inn Bed & Breakfast  150 Royal Pines Drive, Asheville ✤ 828-681-5227

Asheville Vacation Villas 

1 Resort Drive, Asheville ✤ 828-254-3211

Cheshire Resort 

5 Chaucer Road, Black Mountain ✤ 828-669-6657

Asheville Swiss Chalets 

5 Delano Road, Asheville ✤ 828-776-0509

Cabin Creek Lodge 

1130 Montreat Road, Black Mountain ✤ 828-669-9177

Log Cabin Motor Court 

330 Weaverville Highway, Asheville ✤ 828-645-6546

Parkway Lane 

55 Parkway Lane, Arden ✤ 828-684-9147

The Pines Cottages 

346 Weaverville Highway, Asheville ✤ 828-645-9661

CABIN/HOME RENTAL COMPANIES Asheville Cabins of GreyBeard Realty 828-669-1072

Asheville Cottages 828-712-1789

Carolina Mornings 828-398-0712

Asheville Connections Luxury Vacation Rentals 828-274-6978

CAMPGROUNDS Asheville East KOA 

2708 U.S. 70 East, Swannanoa ✤ 828-686-3121

Asheville West KOA 

309 Wiggins Road, Candler ✤ 828-665-7015

Asheville Bear Creek 

81 S. Bear Creek Road, Asheville ✤ 828-253-0798

Campfire Lodgings Campground 

116 Appalachian Village Road, Asheville ✤ 828-658-8012

Lake Powhatan Campground 

375 Wesley Branch Road, Asheville ✤ 828-670-5627 23


BROWSE or BUY: Kid-Style Shopping

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Be it a PRACTICAL need or WHIMSICAL delight, the shoppers of the family won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re shopping with your kids or for your kids, you’re likely to find just the right something special. Children’s boutiques abound, carrying every heart’s desire, from clothes, books, toys and more. Find everything from typical favorites to items with a mountain theme. Treat the kids to a vacation souvenir or reward good behavior on the trip with a diversion for the road. Stumble upon that special one-of-a-kind item or find an old standard at the mall. Stop by Mast, a larger version of an old-time general store, for everything from outdoor gear and home accessories to children’s toys and old-fashioned candy. Duck inside the historic Grove Arcade downtown or stroll down the streets of historic Biltmore Village, just south of downtown. Venture a bit further out to the quaint town centers of Black Mountain or Weaverville, or to Biltmore Park Town Square in S. Asheville. Hint: Don’t forget, Asheville can be a shopper’s paradise for parents, too – take time out for your own shopping spree.

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TOYS & BOOKS Dancing Bear Toys  144 Tunnel Road, Asheville 828-255-8697 ✤ dancingbeartoys.com (see our ad on page 27)

Toy Box  793 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-254-8697

Accent on Books  854 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 828-252-6255 ✤ accentonbooks.com

Books-A-Million  136 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville 828-299-4165 ✤ booksamillion.com

Black Mountain Books  103 Cherry St., Black Mountain ✤ 828-669-8149

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New Items Arriving Daily! 21 Long Shoals Road • I-26, Exit 37 • Arden

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Town Hardware & General Store  103 W. State St., Black Mountain ✤ 828-669-7723

Cherry Street Kids  101 Cherry St., Black Mountain ✤ 828-669-1171

Mr. K’s Used Books  800 Fairview Road, Asheville 828-299-1145 ✤ mrksonline.com

The Compleat Naturalist  2 Brook St., Biltmore Village, Asheville 828-274-5430 ✤ compleatnaturalist.com

Once Upon a Time  7 All Souls Crescent, Biltmore Village, Asheville ✤ 828-274-8788 (see our ad on page 28)

Biltmore Village Dolls  3 All Souls Crescent, Biltmore Village, Asheville 828-274-9234

Build-a-Bear Workshop  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall, Asheville 828-298-1852 ✤ buildabear.com

O.P. Taylor’s  2 Town Square Blvd., Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville 828-681-1865 ✤ optaylors.com

Discount Family Books  800 Brevard Road, Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville 828-665-0028

Mast General Store  15 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 828-232-1883 ✤ mastgeneralstore.com

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop  19 Wall St., Asheville 828-232-2228 ✤ spellboundchildrensbookshop.com

Malaprop’s  55 Haywood St., Asheville 828-254-6734 ✤ malaprops.com

The Littlest Birds  647 Haywood Road, Asheville 828-253-4747 ✤ thelittlestbirds.com

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Toys�R�Us  877 Brevard Road, Asheville 828-665-8697 ✤ toysrus.com

Gamestop

3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall ✤ 828-299-3880  800 Brevard Road, Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville 828-665-6992  ✤ gamestop.com

F.Y.E.  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall, Asheville 828-298-5966 ✤ fye.com

Barnes & Noble

3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall ✤ 828-296-7335  33 Town Square Blvd., Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville 828-687-0681  ✤ barnesandnoble.com

ART & GIFTS Appalachian Craft Center  10 N. Spruce St., Asheville ✤ appalachiancraftcenter.com

Beads and Beyond  37 Wall St., Asheville 828-254-7927 ✤ beadsandbeyond.com

Celebrating 5 years of Classic Children's Clothing Specializing in Hand Smocking, Matching Brother/Sister OutďŹ ts and Unique Gifts

Once Upon A Time Asheville’s Family Fun Children’s Bookstore and Toy Store 7 All Souls Crescent, in Historic Biltmore Village

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4 Swan Street • Biltmore Village • (828) 277-8991 Monday - Saturday 10-5:30 • Sunday 11-4


Chevron Beads & Trading Post  40 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 828-236-2323 ✤ chevronbeads.com

True Blue Art Supply  30 Haywood St., Asheville 828-251-0028 ✤ trueblueartsupply.com

Earth Guild  33 Haywood St., Asheville 828-255-7818 ✤ earthguild.com

Downtown Market  45 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville 828-255-8858 (see our ad on page 5)

Great American Hobbies  811-A Tunnel Road, Asheville 828-298-9906 ✤ gahobbies.com

Carolina Art, Craft & Hobby  128 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville ✤ 828-258-2227

Michaels Arts & Crafts

299 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville ✤ 828-299-0183  5 McKenna Road, Arden, 828-684-1961  ✤ michaels.com

A.C. Moore  800 Fairview Road, Asheville 828-299-0777 ✤ acmoore.com

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES Porter & Prince  6 Brook St., Biltmore Village, Asheville 828-277-2337 ✤ porterandprince.com

Just Ducky Originals  10 All Souls Crescent, Biltmore Village, Asheville 828-277-7084 ✤ justduckyoriginals.com

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William & Grace  7 All Souls Crescent, Biltmore Village, Asheville 828-277-8991 ✤ williamandgrace.com (see our ad on page 28)

Bon Bebe  8 Town Square Blvd., Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville 828-687-7200

Claire’s 800 Brevard Road, Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville 828-665-9477  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall  ✤ claires.com

The Littlest Birds  647 Haywood Road, Asheville 828-253-4747 ✤ thelittlestbirds.com

Heaven Rains Boys & Girls  45 S. French Broad Ave., The Downtown Market, Asheville 828 251-1141 ✤ heavenrains.com

What the Wild Things Wear  45 S. French Broad Ave., The Downtown Market, Asheville 828-230-7157 ✤ WhatTheWildThingsWear.com

Nest Organics  51 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 828-258-1901 ✤ nestorganics.com

Lollipops  1950 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 828-654-7771 ✤ lollipopsltd.com

Children’s Trading Post

633 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-754-5432  140 Airport Road, Asheville ✤ 828-684-5438  childrenstradingpost.com (see our ad on page 29)

Shonda’s Unique Boutique  900 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 828-505-3604 ✤ shondasboutique.com

Etc. Consignment Shoppe  1500 Patton Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-251-1160

Miss B’s Consignment Shop  81 Weaverville Road, Asheville 828-658-8249 ✤ missbsconsignmentshop.com

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Serendipity  21 Long Shoals Road, Arden 828-650-9409 ✤ visitserendipidy.com (see our ad on page 25)

The Children’s Place  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall, Asheville 828-296-8351 ✤ children’splace.com

Justice  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall, Asheville 828-299-1225 ✤ shopjustice.com

Gymboree  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall, Asheville 828-299-4447 ✤ gymboree.com

Icing by Claire’s  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall, Asheville 828-298-6055 ✤ claires.com

Gap Kids/Baby Gap/Gap  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall, Asheville 828-298-8200 ✤ gap.com

Old Navy

3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-3150  2 McKenna Road, Arden ✤ 828-687-1042  ✤ oldnavy.com

Goodwill

51 Mills Gap Road, Asheville ✤ 828-687-0057  1011 Patton Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-252-7680  86 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-299-3595  1616 Patton Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-771-2192  3018 U.S. 70, Black Mountain ✤ 828-669-4813  goodwillnwnc.org

Penland’s Furniture  2700 U.S. 70, Swannanoa 828-686-5561 ✤ penlandsfurniture.com (see our ad on page 52)

SHOES Tops for Shoes  27 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville 828-254-6721 ✤ topsforshoes.com

Stride Rite  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall, Asheville 828-296-8524 ✤ striderite.com 31


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Rack Room Shoes  6 McKenna Road, Arden 828- 684-8591 ✤ rackroomshoes.com

Shoe Carnival  80 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville 828-298-8816 ✤ shoecarnival.com

Payless Shoe Source  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall, Asheville 828-299-4661 ✤ payless.com

Shoe Show  129 Bleachery Blvd., Asheville 828-299-0983 ✤ shoedept.com

Discount Shoes  1266 Brevard Road, Asheville ✤ 828-667-0085

DISCOUNT STORES Kmart

4 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-2400  1001 Patton Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-252-8295  1830 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-274-3411  kmart.com

Walmart

125 Bleachery Blvd., Asheville ✤ 828-298-8332  25 Northbridge Commons, Weaverville ✤ 828-645-5028  60 Airport Road, Arden ✤ 828-684-6864  ✤ walmart.com

Target

115 River Hills Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-1262  17 McKenna Road, Arden ✤ 828-681-0341  ✤ target.com

DEPARTMENT STORES Dillard’s

3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall ✤ 828-298-2611  800 Brevard Road, Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville, 828-665-4434  ✤ dillards.com

Belk

5 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall ✤ 828-298-4970  800 Brevard Road, Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville 828-665-4480  ✤ belks.com

Sears  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall 828-299-2200 ✤ sears.com

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JC Penney  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall 828-299-0040 ✤ jcpenney.com

Kohl’s  149 Bleachery Blvd., Asheville 828-298-5398 ✤ kohls.com TJ Maxx  80 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville 828-296-7313 ✤ tjmaxx.com

Ross Dress for Less

80 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-0973  7 McKenna Road, Arden  ✤ rossstores.com

Marshalls  13 McKenna Road, Arden 828-651-0327 ✤ marshallsonline.com

Steinmart  848 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 828-253-9962 ✤ steinmart.com

OUTDOOR GEAR Mast General Store  15 Biltmore Ave., Downtown Asheville 828-232-1883 ✤ mastgeneralstore.com

Black Dome  140 Tunnel Road, Asheville 828-251-2001 ✤ blackdome.com

Second Gear  444 Haywood Road, Asheville 828-258-0757 ✤ secondgearwnc.com

Diamond Brand  2623 Hendersonville Road, Arden ✤ 828-684-6262

REI  31 Schenck Parkway, Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville 828-687-0918 ✤ rei.com

Dick’s Sporting Goods  107 River Hills Road, Asheville 828-299-0077 ✤ dickssportinggoods.com

Frugal Backpacker  2621 Hendersonville Road, Arden ✤ 828-209-1530

Take a Hike Mountain Outfitters  100 Sutton Ave., Black Mountain ✤ 828-669-0811 35


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AMERICAN Soda Fountain at Woolworth Walk  25 Haywood St., Asheville ✤ 828-254-9210

Luella’s BBQ  501 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-505-7427

J & S Cafeteria

800 Fairview Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-0507  30 Airport Road, Fletcher ✤ 828-684-3418  900 Smoky Park Highway, Enka ✤ 828-665-1911 

Texas Road House  230 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-274-4311

Shoney’s

425 Smoky Park Highway, Asheville ✤ 828-667-0108  379 Long Shoals Road, Arden ✤ 828-684-5097 

Beef O’Brady’s  2625 Hendersonville Road, Arden ✤ 828-684-2295

Bier Garden  46 Haywood St., Asheville ✤ 828-285-0002

Denny’s  1 Regent Park Blvd., Asheville ✤ 828-254-3600

McAlister’s Deli  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville Mall, Asheville ✤ 828-298-4699

Applebee’s

115 Tunnel Road ✤ 828-251-9194  275 Smoky Park Highway, Asheville ✤ 828-670-9101  1655 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-274-5300 

Atlanta Bread Co.

633 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-259-3675  484 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-274-2323 

Fuddruckers  130 Charlotte St., Asheville ✤ 828-254-2161 37


IHOP

275-B Smoky Park Highway, Asheville ✤ 828-665-9390  245 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-255-8601  229 Airport Road, Arden ✤ 828-684-2828 

Lone Star Steak House & Saloon  341 Rockwood Road, Arden ✤ 828-684-5506

Ryan’s

1053 Patton Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-258-3761  1000 Brevard Road, Asheville ✤ 828-665-9963 

Cracker Barrel

34 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-350-7531  5 Crowell Road, Asheville ✤ 828-665-2221  344 Rockwood Road, Arden ✤ 828-684-2740 

Food court at the Asheville Mall  3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-5080

Food court at the Biltmore Square Mall  800 Brevard Road, Asheville ✤ 828-667-2308

Cats & Dawgs  1 Page Ave., Grove Arcade, Asheville ✤ 828-281-8100

Celebrity’s Hot Dogs  1409 Brevard Road, Asheville ✤ 828-670-5954

The Hot Dog King

63 Biltmore Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-253-0448  4 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-8686 

Angelo’s Family Restaurant  1226 U.S. 74A, Fairview ✤ 828-628-4031

Barbecue Inn  1341 Patton Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-253-9615

Mr. Hot Dog & Mrs. Ice Cream  3749 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden ✤ 828-681-5944

Nick’s Grill  1461 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-252-9335

O’Charley’s  2 Kenilworth Knolls, Asheville ✤ 828-281-0540

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Burgermeister’s  697 Haywood Road, Asheville ✤ 828-225-2920 French Fryz  2109 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-684-0416

Cheddar’s Casual Café  106 Bleachery Blvd., Asheville ✤ 828-299-1168

Chili’s

253 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-252-4999  420 Airport Road, Arden ✤ 828-684-5067 

Cornerstone  102 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-236-0201

Frazier’s Steak & Seafood  1435 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-252-4603

Outback Steakhouse  30 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-252-4510

Province 620  620 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-277-0355

Stone Ridge Tavern  1003 Brevard Road, Asheville ✤ 828-665-3333

Sugar Beet Café  1185 Charlotte Highway, Fairview ✤ 828-628-0094

T.G.I. Friday’s  115 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-277-4080

Five Points Restaurant  258 Broadway, Asheville ✤ 828-252-8030

Ruby’s Italian Smokehouse  8 Beverly Road, Asheville ✤ 828-299-8183

Pack’s Tavern  20 S. Spruce St., Asheville ✤ 828-225-6944

INDIAN Chai Pani  22 Battery Park Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-254-4003

Mela Indian Restaurant  70 N. Lexington Ave. Asheville ✤ 828-225-8880 39


ITALIAN/PIZZA Brixx Pizza  30 Town Square Blvd., Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville 828-654-0046

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co.  675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-254-5339

Mellow Mushroom  50 Broadway St., Asheville ✤ 828-236-9800

Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian  641 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-253-1077

Frank’s Roman Pizza  90 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-298-5855

Eddie Spaghetti  1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-277-9300

Iannucci’s  1981 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-684-5050

Marco’s Pizzaria

946 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-285-0709  1854 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-277-0004 

Nona Mia Italian Kitchen  807 Patton Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-505-2028

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

10 Buckstone Place, Asheville ✤ 828-281-2300  332 Rockwood Road, Arden ✤ 828-654-8411 

Vito’s Chicago Style Pizza  300 Airport Road, Arden ✤ 828-687-9500

ORGANIC/LOCAL FOOD Tupelo Honey Café

12 College St., Asheville ✤ 828-255-4863  1829 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-505-7676 

Early Girl Eatery  8 Wall St., Asheville ✤ 828-259-9292

Earth Fare Market & Cafe

1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-210-0100  66 Westgate Parkway, Asheville ✤ 828-232-9951  40 ✤

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Moose Café at the WNC Farmers Market  570 Brevard Road, Asheville ✤ 828-255-0920

Rise ‘n Shine Café  640 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-254-4122 risenshinecafe.com

Sunny Point Café  626 Haywood Road, Asheville ✤ 828-252-0055

MEXICAN Urban Burrito

640 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828 251-1921  129 Bleachery Blvd., Asheville ✤ 828-298-9802 

Papas & Beer

17 Tunnel Road ✤ 828-255-2204  1996 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-684-4882  1000 Brevard Road, Asheville ✤ 665-9070 

Nachos and Beer

230 Charlotte Highway, Asheville ✤ 828-298-2280 

La Carreta

1916 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 651-4462  100 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 225-4006 

Lucky Otter  630 Haywood Road, Asheville ✤ 828-253-9595

Moe’s Southwest Grill

1 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-225-6637  300 Airport Road, Arden ✤ 828-684-4452 

ASIAN Asiana Grand Buffet

1968 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-654-8879  153 Smoky Park Highway, Asheville ✤ 828-667-0410 

Mikado Japanese Steakhouse  45 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-258-9696

Wanpen Thai Restaurant  2292 Hendersonville Road, Arden ✤ 828-684-2777

Tamarind Thai Cuisine  330 Rockwood Road, Arden ✤ 828-654-098

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Thai Basil Restaurant

1 Page Ave., Asheville ✤ 258-0036  227 W. State St., Black Mountain  664-4322 ✤ thaibasilnc.com

Doc Chey’s Noodle House  37 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 252-8220 ✤ doccheys.com

Kanpai Sushi Bar & Thai Cuisine  3 Biltmore Ave., Asheville ✤ 333-5258

Ichiban Japanese Restaurant  2 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 252-7885

SWEET TREATS Mast General Store  15 Biltmore Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-232-1883

Nutz About Fudge  1 Page Ave., Grove Arcade, Asheville ✤ 828-230-1165

The Hop Ice Cream and Coffee Cafe  640 Merrimon Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-254-2224

Legacies Gifts & Ice Cream Garden  2 Boston Way, Biltmore Village, Asheville ✤ 828-274-8212

Applewood Fudge Etc.  570 Brevard Road, WNC Farmers Market, Asheville 828-258-2661

NC Deli & Bakery  570 Brevard Road, WNC Farmers Market, Asheville 828-252-5745

Black Mountain Chocolate  131 South Ave., Swannanoa ✤ 828-686-5511

Chocolate Fetish  36 Haywood St., Asheville ✤ 828-258-2353

Kilwin’s

26 Battery Park Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-252-2639  116 W. State St., Black Mountain ✤ 828-669-6119 

Ultimate Ice Cream  1070 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-296-1234 42 ✤

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Cold Stone Creamery

129 Bleachery Blvd., Asheville ✤ 828-296-0004  30 Town Square Blvd, Asheville ✤ 828-650-3013 

Dairy Queen

26 Tunnel Road, Asheville ✤ 828-253-6835  2304 Hendersonville Road, Arden ✤ 828-687-1883 

Kamm’s Custard Shop  1 Page Ave., Grove Arcade, Asheville ✤ 828-225-7200

Cintom’s Frozen Custard  3080 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville ✤ 828-274-5853

French Broad Chocolate Lounge  10 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-252-4181

TCBY

116 Weaver Blvd., Weaverville ✤ 828-645-0234  1800 Hendersonville Road, Asheville ✤ 828-274-1100 

Marble Slab Creamery  14 Biltmore Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-225-5579

Chocolate Gems  106 W. State St., Black Mountain ✤ 828-669-9105

Two Spoons Ice Cream  721 Haywood Road, Asheville ✤ 828-252-5155

Tastee Freeze  1091 Patton Ave., Asheville ✤ 828-252-4234

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HIT the ROAD: Don’t-Miss Day Trips Feeling EXTRA ADVENTUROUS? When you’re ready to chart some new territory, more thrills await just outside of Asheville. Hop in the car and you’ll be back before nightfall. Enjoy beautiful rolling hills, lush forests and mountain views as you travel, finding new family fun all within just an hour or two. It’s a vacation within a vacation whether you choose an amusement park, historic attraction or recreational excursion. Start with a jaunt to the neighboring historic Hendersonville/Flat Rock area and easily find a day’s worth of fun. Be mesmerized by the waterfalls and other breathtaking natural attractions of nearby DuPont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest. Visit scenic Lake Lure & Beach and Chimney Rock State Park, also less than an hour away. Venture a bit farther to places like Cherokee; Greenville, S.C.; or Tennessee, among others, for an endless array of more fun.

NORTH CAROLINA: HENDERSONVILLE/FLAT ROCK Historic Hendersonville/ Village of Flat Rock Visitor Center 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville 828-693-9708 ✤ historichendersonville.org (see our ad on page 45)

Hands On! A Child’s Gallery 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville 828-697-8333 ✤ handsonwnc.org (see our ad on page 14)

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site 81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock 828-693-4178 ✤ nps.gov/carl

Historic Johnson Farm 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville 828-891-6585 ✤ historicjohnsonfarm.org

Holmes Educational State Forest 1299 Crab Creek Road, Hendersonville 828-692-0100 ✤ ncesf.org 44 ✤

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Historic Henderson County Heritage Museum 1 Historic Courthouse Square, Hendersonville 828-694-1619 ✤ hendersoncountymuseum.org

Model Railroad at the Historic Train Depot 650 Maple St., Hendersonville 828-890-8246 ✤ avmrc.com

Western North Carolina Air Museum 1340 E. Gilbert St., Hendersonville 828-698-2482 ✤ wncairmuseum.com

Elijah Mountain Gem Mine 2120 Brevard Road, Hendersonville 828-693-3123 ✤ elijahmountain.com

Outdoor Family Fun Center 485 Brookside Camp Road, Hendersonville 828-698-1234 ✤ outdoorfamilyfuncenter.com

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Henderson County Mineral & Lapidary Museum 401 N. Main St., Hendersonville 828-698-1977 ✤ mineralmuseum.org

Jump Off Rock Park Laurel Park Highway, Laurel Park ✤ laurelpark.org

Hendersonville Antique Toy Museum 154 White St., Hendersonville 828-702-1922 ✤ hendersonvilleantiquetoymuseum.com

Fired Up! Creative Lounge 321 Main St., Hendersonville 828-698-9960 ✤ fireduplounge.com

STJ’s Inflation Station 710 Tracey Grove Road, Flat Rock 828-696-0674 ✤ stjs.net

Bounceville USA 610 Market St., Hendersonville 828-696-4949 ✤ bouncevilleusa.com

Henderson County Children & Family Resource Center 851 Case St., Hendersonville 828-692-3847 ✤ childrenandfamily.org (see our ad on page 47)

Henderson County is home to a variety of family apple farms, which also feature other products and host special fall activities. To find one, go online to buyappalachian.org or pickyourown.org/NCwestern.htm

CHEROKEE/BRYSON CITY Museum of the Cherokee Indian 589 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee 828-497-3481 ✤ cherokeemuseum.org

Unto These Hills, Mountainside Theatre Drama Road, Cherokee 866-554-4557 ✤ cherokee-nc.com

Oconaluftee Indian Village Drama Road, Cherokee 828-554-4557 ✤ cherokee-nc.com

Santa’s Land Theme Park & Zoo 571 Wolfetown Road, Cherokee 828-497-9191 ✤ santaslandnc.com

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK Oconaluftee Visitor Center U.S. 441 N., Cherokee ✤ nps.gov/grsm 46 ✤

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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad 226 Everett St., Bryson City 800-872-4681 ✤ gsmr.com

Smoky Mountain Train Museum 100 Greenlee St., Bryson City 828-488-5200 ✤ smokymountaintrains.com

Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine U.S. 441, Cherokee 828-497-6574 ✤ smgrm.com

MARION/LINVILLE/BLOWING ROCK Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville 828-297-7261 ✤ grandfather.com

Linville Caverns 19929 U.S. 221, Marion 828-756-4171 ✤ linvillecaverns.com

Tweetsie Railroad 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock 800-526-5740 ✤ tweetsie.com

Mystery Hill 129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock 828-264-2792 ✤ mysteryhill-nc.com

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MARS HILL Wolf Ridge Ski Resort 578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill 800-817-4111 ✤ skiwolfridgenc.com

ROBBINSVILLE Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Cheoah Ranger District, Robbinsville 828-479-643 ✤ main.nc.us/graham/hiking/joycekil.html

CANTON/MAGGIE VALLEY Maggie Valley Rock Shop & Gem Mine 3894 Soco Road, Maggie Valley ✤ 828-944-0295 (see our ad on page 47)

Old Pressley Sapphire Mine 240 Old Pressley Mine Road, Canton 828-648-6320 ✤ oldpressleymine.com

Cataloochee Ski Area 1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley 800-768-0285 ✤ cataloochee.com

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CHIMNEY ROCK/LAKE LURE/RUTHERFORDTON Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park U.S. 64/74A, Chimney Rock 828-625-9611 ✤ chimneyrockpark.com (see our ad on page 2)

Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine 397 Main St., Chimney Rock 828-625-5524 ✤ chimneyrockgemmine.com

The Beach & Marina at Lake Lure 2930 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure 828-625-1373 ✤ lakelure.com

KidSenses Chidren’s InterACTIVE Museum 172 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, 828-286-2120 ✤ kidsenses.com (see our ad on page 17)

LITTLE SWITZERLAND/SPRUCE PINE The Historic Orchard at Altapass 1025 Orchard Road/Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 328.3, Little Switzerland 828-765-9531 ✤ altapassorchard.com

Emerald Village 331 McKinney Mine Road, Spruce Pine 828-765-6463 ✤ emeraldvillage.com

DUPONT STATE FOREST/ PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST DuPont State Forest North Carolina Division of Forest Resources 828-877-6527 ✤ dupontforest.com (featuring scenic, family-friendly hiking trails to waterfalls, such as Hooker Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Lake Dense, and Triple Falls)

Sliding Rock U.S. 276, Pisgah National Forest 828-877-3265 ✤ cs.unca.edu/nfsnc

Cradle of Forestry National Forest Historic Site U.S. 276, Pisgah National Forest 828-877-3130 ✤ cradleofforestry.com

Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education/ State Fish Hatchery 1401 Fish Hatchery Road, Pisgah Forest 828-877-4423 ✤ ncwildlife.org

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GREENVILLE, SC: The Children’s Museum of the Upstate 300 College St., Greenville 864-553-7900 ✤ tcmgreenvillesc.org

South Carolina Children’s Theatre 153 Augusta St., Greenville 864-235-2885 ✤ scchildrenstheatre.org

Greenville Zoo 150 Cleveland Park Drive, Greenville 864-467-4300 ✤ greenvillezoo.com

TENNESSEE: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies 631 Parkway, Gatlinburg 865-430-8808 ✤ gatlinburg.ripleyaquariums.com

Dollywood 1198 McCarter Hollow Road, Pigeon Forge 800-365-5996 ✤ dollywood.com

The Wetlands Waterpark 1523 Persimmon Ridge Road, Jonesborough 888-662-1885 ✤ wetlandsjonesborough.com

VIRGINIA: Virginia Creeper Trail Damascus ✤ vacreepertrail.com

RAFTING/BOATING IN THE AREA: NORTH CAROLINA Davidson River Rafting (tubing only) 27 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest ✤ 828-243-0522

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman 828-877-3106 ✤ headwatersoutfitters.com

Tuckeseegee Outfitters 1201 U.S. 74, Dillsboro 828-586-5050 ✤ tuckfloat.com

Mountain Adventure Guides 13490 U.S. 25/70, Marshall 828-649-0560 ✤ mountainadventureguides.com

Blue Heron Whitewater 35 Little Pine Road, Marshall 888-426-7238 ✤ blueheronwhitewater.com

French Broad Rafting Expeditions 9800 U.S. 25-70, Marshall 800-570-7238 ✤ frenchbroadrafting.com 50 ✤

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Huck Finn Rafting Adventures 158 Bridge St., Hot Springs 800-303-7238 ✤ huckfinnrafting.com

Nantahala Outdoor Center 13077 U.S. 19 W., Bryson City 828-488-2176 ✤ noc.com

Paddle Inn Rafting Company 14611 U.S. 19 W., Bryson City 800-711-RAFT ✤ paddleinnrafting.com (see our ad on page 20)

Smoky Mountain Jet Boat Rides 22 Needmore Road, Bryson City 888-900-9091 ✤ needmore.com

SOUTH CAROLINA Lake Keowee Marina 150 Keowee Marina Drive, Seneca 864-882-2047 ✤ lakekeoweemarina.com

TENNESSEE Mountain Adventure Guides 2 Jones Branch Road, Erwin 866-813-5210 ✤ mtnadventureguides.com

Wildwater Ltd. Rafting 3555 Hartford Road, Hartford 800-451-9972 ✤ wildwaterrafting.com

ZIPLINE TOURS: Navitat Canopy Adventures 242 Poverty Branch Road, Barnardsville 828-626-3700 ✤ navitat.com

American Adventure Zipline Canopy Tours Several locations in NC, SC & TN 866-319-8870 ✤ wildwaterrafting.com

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HORSEBACK RIDING: Sandy Bottom Trail Rides 1459 Caney Fork Road, Marshall 828-649-3464 ✤ sandybottomtrailrides.net

Wolf Laurel Stables in the Preserve at Wolf Laurel 5860 Bald Mountain Road, Burnsville 828-678-9370 ✤ horsebackridingnc.com

Big Pine Ranch 2279 South Fork Road, Marshall 828-649-3176 ✤ bigpineranch.net

Riverside Riding Stables 721 Freemantown Road, Rutherfordton 828-288-1302 ✤ riversideridingstables.com

Cedar Creek Stables 542 Cedar Creek Road, Lake Lure 828-625-2811 ✤ cedarcreekstables.com

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SAVE the DATE: Fun Festivals & Special Events

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JUNE 2010 22-27: Piedmont Paso Fino Horse Show Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Fletcher ✤ 828-687-1414 agr.state.nc.us/markets/facilities/agcenters/western/wnccal.htm 26: Beauty of Butterflies Exhibit WNC Nature Center, East Asheville ✤ Runs through Aug. 24. wildwnc.org 27: Singing on the Mountain All-day gospel sing and fellowship at Grandfather Mountain. grandfathermountain.com

JULY 2010 2-4: Powwow, Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds Cherokee ✤ cherokee-nc.com 2-3: Cashiers Mountain Music Festival Cashiers ✤ Bluegrass music, arts and crafts and a fun zone for kids. ✤ cashiersnorthcarolina.com 3: Freedom Fest Bryson City ✤ Old-fashioned mountain street festival with arts and crafts, entertainment, kids area. ✤ greatsmokies.com 3: July Picnic and Tuck River Race Dillsboro ✤ Picnic by the water, watch homemade rafts race down the Tuckasegee River. ✤ visitdillsboro.org 3, 10, 17, and 31: Shindig on the Green Pack Square Park ✤ 7 p.m. ✤ folkheritage.org/shindigonthegreen.htm 4: Fabulous Fourth Celebration Jackson Park in Hendersonville ✤ Crafters, food, kids’ area, antique car show, music, more. Starts at 2 p.m. with fireworks at dusk. historichendersonville.org 4: Independence Day Parade Downtown Hendersonville ✤ 4 p.m. ✤ historichendersonville.org 4: Fourth of July Celebration Downtown Brevard ✤ brevardnc.org 4: Fourth of July Parade Historic Downtown Franklin ✤ Starts at 10:30 a.m. renewingfranklin.org 4: Ingles Fourth of July Celebration Downtown Asheville ✤ Festivities start at 1 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. ashevillenc.gov 4: Red, White & Boom! Maggie Valley ✤ Afternoon of family fun, music, food and more before fireworks. Starts at 4 p.m. ✤ maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.org 5: Street Dances Visitors Information Center in Historic Downtown Hendersonville Monday evenings through Aug. 9. Square dancing and clogging to traditional bluegrass music. ✤ historichendersonville.org 8-11: 55th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games grandfathermountain.com 54 ✤

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9-11: Carolina Mountain Ribfest WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher ✤ wcpshows.com 10: Do Tell! Storyfest in Historic Downtown Hendersonville ✤ dotellfestival.org 11: Family Art pARTy Pack Square ✤ 1-4 p.m. ✤ ashevilleart.org 15-18: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Asheville Civic Center ✤ southernhighlandguild.org 16-17: Festival of Native Peoples and Cherokee Art Market Cherokee ✤ Gathering of tribes from the Americas to celebrate Native culture. Traditional food, dancing and crafts. ✤ cherokee-nc.com 17: Folk Festival Franklin ✤ renewingfranklin.org/folk.html 17: Toe River Story Telling Festival in Riverside Park Spruce Pine ✤ 10 a.m.-4 p.m. sprucepinefestivals.com/storytelling.html 23-25: Bele Chere Music and arts festival. Downtown Asheville ✤ belecherefestival.com 23-Aug. 1: Day Out With Thomas Great Smoky Mountains Railroad ✤ Visit Thomas the Tank Engine and friends. ✤ gsmr.com 24: Lego Blast Historic Johnson Farm, Hendersonville Building competition for kids. ✤ 828-891-6585 22-Aug 1: Folkmoot USA Festival runs July 22-Aug. 1 at venues throughout Western North Carolina. ✤ folkmootusa.org Blue Ridge Corn Maze Brevard ✤ 828-884-4415 ✤ blueridgecornmaze.com

AUGUST 2010 1-31: Blue Ridge Corn Maze Brevard ✤ 828-884-4415 ✤ blueridgecornmaze.com 5-7: Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville ✤ 7 p.m. folkheritage.org 6-8: Mountain Materfest Canton ✤ Parade, antique car drive-in, Mrs. Materfest pageant, music, more. ✤ focusoncanton.com 7: Smoky Bear’s Birthday Party, Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ✤ cradleofforestry.com 7-8: Village Art and Craft Fair in Biltmore Village biltmorevillage.com/craft_fair.htm 13-14: Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival Franklin ✤ mountainhighbbqfestival.com 56 ✤

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13-14: Waldensian Festival Valdese ✤ visitvaldese.com 14-15: Sourwood Festival Downtown Black Mountain ✤ Alcohol-free street festival with vendors, food and entertainment. ✤ exploreblackmountain.com 14: Wood Day at the Folk Art Center Southern Highland Guild woodworkers demonstrate their craft. Starts at 10 a.m. ✤ southernhighlandguild.org 14: Movie in the Park Fletcher Community Park, Fletcher ✤ Watch “The Blind Side” under the stars. ✤ fletcherparks.org 14, 21 and 28: Shindig on the Green Pack Square Park ✤ 7 p.m. folkheritage.org/shindigonthegreen.htm 20: Biltmore Estate Flower Carpet A 14,400-square-foot design with thousands of plants. Open through Sept. 10. ✤ biltmore.com 26-29: Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad Lake Lure ✤ Annual family sports festival for amateurs of all ages. ✤ hickorynutolympiad.com 27-29: Goombay Festival YMI Cultural Center in downtown Asheville ✤ An African-Caribbean festival of food, music and entertainment. ✤ ymicc.org/goombay

SEPTEMBER 2010 1-30: Blue Ridge Corn Maze Brevard ✤ 828-884-4415 ✤ blueridgecornmaze.com 3-6: 64th NC Apple Festival Main Street in downtown Hendersonville ✤ Street fair with arts and crafts, food, entertainment, apple growers and their apples, children’s activities and more. ✤ ncapplefestival.org 4: Shindig on the Green Pack Square Park ✤ 7 p.m. ✤ folkheritage.org/shindigonthegreen.htm 5: Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival Lexington Avenue, Asheville. Art, food, performers and more. ✤ arts2people.org/laaff 10-19: NC Mountain State Fair WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher ✤ Family oriented agricultural fair with competitions, displays, midway games, food and more. ✤ mountainfair.org (see our ad on page 55)

10-11: Carolina Mountains Literary Festival Novelists, poets, historians, playwrights and storytellers read from and discuss works. Children’s activities on Sept. 11. cmlitfest.org 11: Kidfest at Grandfather Mountain Guided hikes, games, storytellers, music and fun. grandfathermountain.com 57


17-Oct. 31: Eliada Fields of Fun Corn Maze 828-254-5356 ext. 157 ✤ eliada.org 18: 40th Annual Girl Scout Day Grandfather Mountain ✤ Girl Scouts and troop members are free with proof of membership. Special nature programs. grandfathermountain.com 18: Art at the Park Dillsboro ✤ Art activities for young and old. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. jcgep.org 18: Mountain Life Festival Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Oconaluftee Visitor Center. ✤ Demonstrations including soap making, hearth cooking, cane mill, apple butter and cider, more. ✤ nps.gov/grsm 18-19: 30th Annual Heritage Weekend Folk Art Center on Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville. Celebration of traditional craft, music and storytelling. southernhighlandguild.org 25: 4th Annual Mill Around The Village Bluegrass Festival Beacon Mill Village in Swannanoa ✤ Festival with games, food and kids activities. ✤ millaroundthevillage.com 25: Old Timey Day Yancey County ✤ Demonstrations of crafts, traditional mountain music, clogging, games, food, more. ✤ mtmitchellcraftsfair.com

OCTOBER 2010 1-31: Blue Ridge Corn Maze Brevard ✤ 828-884-4415 ✤ blueridgecornmaze.com 1-31: Eliada Fields of Fun Corn Maze 828-254-5356, ext. 157 ✤ eliada.org 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24: Peanuts – The Great Pumpkin Patch Express Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and friends. ✤ 800-872-4681 ✤ gsmr.com 1-30: Ghost Train Halloween Festival Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock. Safe, scary fun for all ages on Friday and Saturday nights in October. ✤ 800-526-5740 ✤ tweetsie.com 2: Farm City Day Jackson Park in Hendersonville ✤ Daylong event with antique and modern farm equipment, music, square dancing, clogging, food, petting zoo and more. ✤ 10 a.m.-4 p.m. historichendersonville.org 2-3: Land of Oz Beech Mountain ✤ Tour the old Land of Oz theme park. beechmtn.com 6-9: 98th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds ✤ Entertainment, midway games, food and traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. cherokee-nc.com 58 ✤

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9: Mineral City Heritage Festival Spruce Pine ✤ Food, crafts, children’s activities and more. sprucepinefestivals.com 9: Mountain Glory Festival Marion ✤ Street festival with arts and crafts, food, quilt show, children’s area, more. ✤ mtngloryfestival.com 9-10: Oktoberfest Sugar Mountain Resort ✤ Food, music, children’s activities, crafts, lift rides, more. ✤ skisugar.com 14-17: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Asheville Civic Center ✤ southernhighlandguild.org 14-17: Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain Weekend of art, music and outdoor fun. ✤ theleaf.com (see our ad on page 52)

16: Apple Harvest Festival Downtown Waynesville ✤ haywood-nc.com 16: Shepherds Care Autumn Festival Lake Lure ✤ Arts and crafts festival with children’s area. lakelurartsandcraftsfestivals.com 16-17: Woolly Worm Festival Banner Elk ✤ Arts and crafts, music, food, the woolly worm races and more. averycounty.com 17: HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville ✤ Traditional Jewish music and dance, crafts, food and children’s activities. hardloxjewishfestival.org 22-23: Franklin Pumpkin Fest Franklin ✤ Hayrides, a Pumpkin Roll, more. renewingfranklin.org/pumpkinfest.html 30: Halloween Carnival Fletcher ✤ fletcherparks.org 30: Halloween Costume Parade Dillsboro ✤ Family-oriented costume parade with contest. 5-8 p.m., parade at 6 p.m. ✤ visitdillsboro.org

NOVEMBER 2010 1-14: Asheville International Children’s Film Festival Family film festival with workshops and other events. ✤ aicff.org 5: 36th Annual Christmas at Biltmore Runs through Jan. 2. ✤ biltmore.com 5-Dec. 24: The Polar Express at Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Ride the Polar Express with cocoa and a special treat. Leaves Bryson City depot. ✤ 800-872-4681 ✤ gsmr.com 6: Foothills Highland Games Jackson Park, Hendersonville ✤ Scottish Clans of the South gather to compete. ✤ 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ✤ scotsfoothillshg.org

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15: National Gingerbread House Competition Display at The Grove Park Inn and Spa. Competition is Nov. 15. Houses on display Nov. 17-Jan. 2. ✤ groveparkinn.com 26-Jan.: Chetola Resort’s Festival of Lights Blowing Rock ✤ Drive around lake for dazzling display of lights, over 50,000 holiday season illuminations. ✤ 828-295-5500 www.chetolaevents.com

DECEMBER 2010 1-23: “A Christmas Carol” Performed by YouTheatre at Flat Rock Playhouse. A classic re-imagined by renowned Disney composer Alan Menken. ✤ flatrockplayhouse.org 2-6: “Carolina Christmas Spectacular” Biltmore Baptist Church, Arden ✤ Western North Carolina’s largest Christmas musical. ✤ 687-1111 ✤ ncchristmas.com 3-4: “A Winter’s Tale” Western North Carolina Nature Center, Asheville Crafts, presentations, food and entertainment. ✤ 6-9 p.m. 298-5600 ✤ wildwnc.org 3-4 and 10-11: Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries Dillsboro ✤ Music, food, carolers, visits with Santa. ✤ visitdillsboro.org 3-5: Dickens Festival Biltmore Village ✤ biltmorevillage.com/dickens_festival.htm 3: Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas Historic Downtown ✤ 5-9 p.m. ✤ Downtown merchants host an open house with refreshments, entertainment, carriage rides, visit from Father Christmas and carolers. downtownhendersonville.org 4: Bryson City Christmas Parade Downtown Bryson City ✤ 2 p.m. ✤ greatsmokies.com 4: Christmas at the Farm Historic Johnson Farm in Hendersonville. historichendersonville.org/johnson_farm.htm 4: Hendersonville Christmas Parade Main Street in Hendersonville ✤ 10 a.m. ✤ historichendersonville.org 4: Twilight Tour Downtown Brevard ✤ Christmas parade, visits with Santa, music, 5K, merchants’ open house, more. ✤ brevardnc.org 4: Winterfest Burnsville ✤ Christmas parade ✤ 10:30 a.m. Crafts, farmers market, more. ✤ mtmitchellcraftsfair.com 4 and 11: Santa on the Chimney Chimney Rock ✤ Santa practices on the 315-foot Chimney Rock. chimneyrockpark.com 8: Tryon Christmas Parade Downtown Tryon ✤ 5:30 p.m. ✤ tryonfire.net

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11: Cashiers Christmas Parade cashiershistoricalsociety.org 11: Christmas at Connemara Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock. Celebrate Christmas with the holiday traditions of the Sandburgs. ✤ 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ✤ nps.gov/carl 11: Fletcher Christmas Parade fletcherparks.org 18: A Holiday Homecoming Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Oconaluftee Visitor Center An old-time Christmas celebration with demonstrations of crafts from the past, music, refreshments. ✤ nps.gov/grsm 21: Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville ✤ 7:30 p.m. 259-5544. ✤ ashevilleciviccenter.com 31-Jan. 1: C4 Rodeo Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Fletcher ✤ 828-687-1414 agr.state.nc.us/markets/facilities/agcenters/western/wnccal.htm

JANUARY 2011 Fletcher Chili Cook-off fletcherparks.org 1: C4 Rodeo Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Fletcher ✤ 828-687-1414 agr.state.nc.us/markets/facilities/agcenters/western/wnccal.htm 7-8: NC Indoor Motocross Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Fletcher ✤ 828-687-1414 agr.state.nc.us/markets/facilities/agcenters/western/wnccal.htm 27- 30: Blowing Rock Winterfest Celebration Blowing Rock ✤ Offering something for everyone, this annual winter festival includes a wine auction and tastings, live Bluegrass, a Chili Cook-Off, lots of kids activities and, for the very hearty, a polar plunge in Chetola Lake. ✤ 828-295-7851 ✤ blowingrockwinterfest.com

FEBRUARY 2011 2: Ground Hog Day Celebration WNC Nature Center ✤ wildwnc.org Peanuts Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Train Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and celebrate Valentine’s Day with Lucy, Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Kids can create their own Valentine’s craft and listen to the narrated story. ✤ 800-872-4681 ✤ gsmr.com Monster Truck Show Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Fletcher ✤ 828-687-1414 agr.state.nc.us/markets/facilities/agcenters/western/wnccal.htm Bull Mania Rodeo Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Fletcher. ✤ 828-687-1414 agr.state.nc.us/markets/facilities/agcenters/western/wnccal.htm

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MARCH 2011 6: Sugar Bear’s Birthday Celebration Sugar Mountain Resort, Sugar Mountain ✤ Watch Sugar Bear and his friends take part in the Great Bear Race at the bottom of the slopes, eat cake and ice cream, and watch a magic show for kids in the Children’s Learning Center ✤ skisugar.com

APRIL 2011 Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers biltmore.com Historic Johnson Farm Festival Hendersonville ✤ co.henderson.k12.nc.us/teachers/johnsonfarm-web/ MerleFest Wilkesboro ✤ Music festival celebrating traditional Appalachian music and more. ✤ merlefest.org Peanuts Easter Beagle train Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad with Snoopy and friends. ✤ 800-872-4681 ✤ gsmr.com Easter Egg Hunts Asheville ✤ ashevillenc.gov Biltmore Estate ✤ biltmore.com Hendersonville ✤ hendersoncountyrecreation.org Fletcher ✤ fletcherparks.org 24: Easter Sunrise Service Chimney Rock Park ✤ Annual tradition atop Chimney Rock with sunrise over Lake Lure. ✤ chimneyrockpark.com 30: Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival sprucepinefestivals.com

MAY 2011 French Broad River Festival Hot Springs ✤ With music, whitewater raft and bike races, food and more. ✤ frenchbroadriverfestival.com Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) theleaf.com Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festival. lakelureartsandcraftsfestivals.com Lure of the Dragon Boats Lake Lure ✤ lureofthedragons.org Mountain Sports Festival Festival Village at Carrier Park ✤ Events of varying intensity for all ages. ✤ mountainsportsfestival.com Montford Music and Arts Festival Day of music and crafts in a historic neighborhood setting. montford.org White Squirrel Festival Brevard ✤ Entertainment, Squirrel Box Derby, arts, food and more. ✤ whitesquirrelfestival.com Whole Bloomin’ Thing Spring Festival Frog Level in downtown Waynesville ✤ townofwaynesville.org 62 ✤

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