Sugarlands Visitor Center Christmas Festival

On December 8th of 2012 the Sugarlands Visitor Center will be hold its 37th annual Christmas Festival. As always, this festival will have a full schedule of events for the entire family, young and old. This festival has always been a great way to kick of the Christmas season in the Smoky Mountains. Further down the page is a list of the scheduled events

Where’s the Sugarlands Visitor Center is located? The center is located on Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Full of animal and plant diversity and the beauty of the mountains.This has to be one of the best National Parks in the world to visit and visiting during the Christmas season makes it all more memorable.Sugarlands Visitor Center

This center is also the place you want to visit before heading into the park. This is the place for park maps and to get water and souvenirs. You will also find park ranges in the center that can provide you with all sort of information like the best trails to hike.

Finding Sugarlands Visitor Center Christmas Festival

Us the map below by clicking on the marker and entering your current starting address for driving directions.

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This Smoky Mountain Christmas festival begins at 9:30 am and lasts till 4:30 pm.

The festival will include many crafts that have their origins in the Smoky Mountains such as: making of rag rugs, apple-head dolls, quilts, and apple butter. You can watch but if you like, there’s also the opportunity to participate hands-on in these crafts.

The schedule of activities at the Sugarland Visitor center Christmas Event on December 8th, 2012.

9:30 am – Kick off the festival with the harp singing of Bruce Wheeler, Paulo Clabo and Martha Graham. All celebrated harpists.

11:00 am– Enjoy the traditional mountain music of the “Lost Mill String Band”

12:00 pm- The Smoky Mountain Historical Society will tell stories and the histry of this great area and will entertain your questions.
1:00 pm – The great music of the “South of the River Boys”
2:00 pm – The Boogertown Gap Band
3:00 pm – Celebrate Old Time Christmas with Tony Thomas and Judy Carson

11:00 am -12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – “Christmas Memories Walk” – Learn of early life in the moutains in the years 1880 – 1930s. This is really fascinating history much which can’t be learned my other places. Not even school. The kids should love this :-D.

For more information you can reach the Sugarlands Visitor Center at (865)436-7318 or toll free 1-888-898-9102

Asheville – Brew and View locations

If you’re new to or visiting Asheville, N.C. on vacation, you may be looking for a great pizza or a selection of great handcrafted brews? Maybe you’re looking  for the cheapest place to see a blockbuster movie? Or maybe a combination of all three sounds like a good time? Maybe you have asked around and heard the name Brew and View a couple times? This is really a great place to visit in Asheville if you want a great pizza, brew and movies.

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The pizza at Brew and View in Asheville has been voted the best pizza in North Carolina for numerous years in a row. Maybe you are a person from Chicago or San Francisco or a number of other cities in the USA that have a View and Brew franchise? So maybe you are already aware of how great this place is.

So the real reason I am writing this is not to explain how great this place is but rather to help you find the l0cations in Asheville.

There are actually two different Brew and View Locations in Asheville N.C.

One is located in downtown Asheville, the other is in north Asheville. The maps below will provide you with the locations and by clicking the markers on the maps you can also receive exact driving directions from your current location. Before locations are open till 2 am.

The first location is in downtown Asheville: 77 Coxe Avenue, Downtown Asheville. The phone number: 828-255-4077.

If you are near downtown looking for the best pizza this would be your best option. Also, don’t forget great brew and movies.

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The second location of Brew and View in Asheville is on the north side of the city. Address: 675 Merrimon Avenue, North Asheville.

Phone number: 828-254-1281.

If you’re currently a student at North Carolina in Asheville then this location is very close to you.

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Both Brew and View establishments in Asheville are equally great, your best bet is to choose the location nearest to you.

Decrease Wedding Stress at Childress Vineyards

Deciding early where to host your wedding will decrease much of your wedding planning stress.

Are you currently experiencing stress trying to decide on the perfect venue to host your wedding? A little advice for brides near the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area who are experiencing this type of stress. Have you ever considered hosting your wedding at a vineyard/winery? One of the best is Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina.

Many different reasons make Childress Vineyards the perfect venues for your wedding.

  • A very beautiful place both on the outside and inside. Cast stone and etched glass.
  • They’re already in the service industry.
  • The views, environment, atmosphere surrounding wineries are perfect for lasting memories.
  • A beautiful and intriguing wine tasting room will provide an experience you will not soon forget.
  • The winery staff is usually available to help you in both the planning and the implementation.
  • Your guests will love the wines at Childress Vineyards.
The inside of Childress Vineyards is very awesome. The winery has an old world rustic feel. There are three main rooms.
  • The Banquet Room – where you and your guests can dine.
  • The Grand Entry Hall – This is a great area for socializing with guests.
  • The Barrel Cave – This is a second option for dining, provides a very unique dining setting.
Maybe the video below will give you more insight on exactly what to expect at Childress Vinyards.

 

Wedding planning can cause much stress… Spats with your soon to be husband, maybe a mother-in-law who wants to take over? Planning your wedding can bring many difficulties in your life and you’re bound to feel extreme stress. This is a fairly normal experience for a bride planning a wedding.  There are so many different sources of stress.

If you happen to be near the Winston-Salem area and still have not decided on your wedding venue, checking out Childress Vineyards and what their wedding plans have to offer may provide you with your perfect venue.

 

Best Red Wine at Daveste Vineyards

Are you searching for a great red wine in North Carolina that pairs great with steaks or Italian and Mediterranean dishes? Daveste Vineyards, just north of Charlotte, has a great Cabernet Franc, if you goal is to have a great dinner this wine will become the feather in your hat if serving the style of dishes mentioned above.

This Cabernet Franc at Daveste Vineyards is handcrafted in small lots by the expert wine makers onsite and is an award winning wine. This is a medium bodied red wine with a long finish.  Aged in French Oak barrels with the optimal tannins and low in acidic content. For best performance, decant this wine and leave open  an hour before serving.

If you are experienced with red wines, you may have shied away from Cabernet Franc in the past, instead going for a nice Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. If so, your not alone, the majority of red wine drinkers have done the same. This is a very misunderstood wine made from the Noble Grape, the parent grape of the Sauvignon and Merlot.

But in recent years the Cabernet Franc has started to become more and more understood and its popularity has began to climb. Its become very common with many red wine drinkers, that once they give the wine a chance it becomes one of their favorites.

Your First Cabernet Franc at Daveste Vineyards

If you are in a hurry, your best option to find a wine is at local supermarket or wine store. You can ask the clerk or the guy stocking the wine aisle. But hances are you probably will not get the best advice on wines at either of these places. So if you do have the time why not visit a nearby winery? To talk with the experts who actually make the wine. Daveste Vineyards located about 30 miles north of Charlotte is a great place to pick up a Cabernet Franc and other quality wines.

Hawthorne Inn Winston Salem – Wake Forest Medical Center

The Hawthorne Inn  in Winston Salem, North Carolina is a hotel near the Wake Forest Medical Center and is a great option for those needing a place to stay near this center. I found this out due to a family members medical complications as I was often visiting this medical center in Winston Salem. After staying in the hospital room for 2 straight nights, a nurse at the hospital recommended the Hawthorne Inn.

During my first couple stays at this hotel, through conversation and casual observation of the guest I noticed many of the people staying at the hotel were also visiting  family members or friends at the Wake Forest Medical Center.

What did I like about the Hawthorne Inn Winston Salem

1. This hotel is very close to the medical center. Maybe a mile away, no more than 1.5 miles.

2. One of the first words that comes out of the mouths of many of the visitors who have stayed at the Hawthorne Inn in Winston Salem, North Carolina is the word “CLEAN”. From the rooms and beds, to the bathroom and floors this is a very well kept and clean place to stay in Winston Salem.

3. Overall, this is a great place to relax, spacious clean room and so close to the medical center.

4. Inside the hotel there are two very nice dining options: Nathaniel’s Restaurant and The Tavern.

One of the only negatives, which is no fault of the Hawthorne Inn. This is a popular choice for weddings, banquets, meetings  and conferences. Due to this popularity, if you are interested in staying at this Winston Salem Hotel it is best call ahead and reserve a room. Or at least ask the clerk if there are any big events planned at the hotel the days you plan on needing a room.

I have only use this hotel as a place to stay while visiting a family member who was sick in the Wake Forest Medical Center. So I apologize to those reading this who are interested in the attractions around the hotel. Next time I’m here I will be sure to take a couple days to visiting the attractions and other things to do near the Hawthorne Inn.