Monday, November 26, 2007
This can be a great way to preserve memories of your holiday getaway to Asheville, especially with many families carrying on the tradition of adding – or passing down – one heirloom-quality bauble to the holiday tree every year. You can find a variety of these holiday Appalachian ornaments at local art galleries and craft shops.
Artists from across the southern Appalachians offer handmade ornaments year-round at the Folk Art Center (pictured), located on the Blue Ridge Parkway in east Asheville. The center boasts an impressive collection of pottery, glass art, furniture and jewelry, but don’t leave without selecting an ornament from some of the region’s premier craftspeople working in almost every possible medium and style.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
You will find shopping catering to almost every recipient on your Christmas gift list, whether you want to hit one of hundreds of arts and crafts galleries to find a one-of-a-kind gift or wonderful outfitters to find gifts for the outdoor adventurer. You can even visit a year-round farmers market for some fine food gifts.
See the list of Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving.
Friday, November 16, 2007
This Three-Cheese Egg Puff holiday recipe is provided by Bent Creek Lodge.
- ½ cup, plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 1/5 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/8 teaspoons baking powder
- 14 eggs
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter – melted
- 2 ¼ cup sharp cheddar – grated
- 1 ½ cup Whole milk ricotta cheese
- 1 ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano – grated
- 5 scallions – finely chopped
- ¼ cup roasted red peppers – chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 13 lasagna pan.
- In a small bowl mix together flour, salt and baking powder, then set it aside.
- In a mixer, beat eggs until they double in volume, about three minutes. Add flour mixture, butter, cheddar, ricotta and parmesan and mix well.
- Place scallions and peppers in bottoms of the greased pans.
- Pour egg and cheese mixture into pans and bake 30 minutes or until set. Allow to stand five minutes before serving.
Serves 10 to 12.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Here are a few holiday events happening this weekend:
- Candlelight Christmas Evenings - An enchanted spell falls over Biltmore House as day darkens into dusk. Lit by candlelight, firelight and Christmas tree lights, Biltmore House glows. Carols from choirs and ensembles fill the halls with festive sounds.
- Christmas at Biltmore Estate - Get swept away by holiday music, garlands, poinsettias, dozens of Christmas trees and a magnificent 35-foot tall live Fraser fir.
- The Polar Express - The Polar Express comes to life when the train departs Bryson city for a journey to our North pole. Read along with the magical story and meet Santa. Enjoy holiday caroling, hot cocoa, a special treat and a memento for the children. Daily departure times vary. Ticket price includes admission to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum!
- Counter Culture Craft Fair - Come to Eaties Cereal Bar in Downtown Asheville at 48 Commerce (entrances on Patton Ave next to the Weinhaus and on Commerce St) and explore some of the more unique crafty side of Asheville. Dozens of local artists and crafters are coming out for the Counter-Culture Craft Fair - everything hand made and unique for special gifts in the upcoming holiday season.
- National Gingerbread House Display - Experience the enchantment of gingerbread. Contestants from across the country will bring their architectural masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations, strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit.
- Holiday Market - Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza special and unique items for holiday giftgiving with an emphasis on local arts.
- 10th Annual Ornament for the Season Exhibition - Grovewoods holiday tradition continues with their 10th annual Ornament for the Season. Each year, Grovewood Gallery invites select artisans from around the country to create and exhibit a piece, or a collection of work, that represents their own holiday traditions. The exhibition will feature not only tree ornaments but menorahs, dreidels, nativity scenes, wreaths and much more. Traditional hot cider and ginger cookies will also be available for you to enjoy.
- 61st Annual Asheville Holiday Parade - A fun and creative parade that has kicked off Asheville's holiday season for 61 years with marching bands, floats, dance & theater troupes, walking groups and Santa Claus himself.
- Light Up Your Holidays Premier Celebration - Multicultural event officially rings in the season with a holiday sampler of music, dance, theatre, community caroling and a brilliant fireworks finale. A treat for kids of all ages!
Keep posted on the area's happenings with our Holiday Events page.
Keep up with all the latest news, deals and Asheville area things to do over the holidays:
Photo above © Biltmore, showing America's largest home decked for the holidays
Instead of fighting with stressed shoppers and waiting in long lines at big chain stores, enjoy the independently-owned boutiques that line pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods like downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village, Weaverville and Black Mountain. You can even learn learn how to make unique handcrafted gifts from the many artists here.
Find out more: Get Happy for the Holidays in Asheville
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Even in higher elevations that typically have little color left by this time of year, the hues are holding strong in spots. In downtown Asheville and throughout the city, there is still a delightful blend of greenery and foliage to see. In the lower elevations like Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, visitors can expect a good couple more weeks of fall color.
This spectacular fall color season has provided a unique and rare opportunity to get two seasons for the price of one. Come for the fall color, but also enjoy the holidays in Asheville with seasonal events like Christmas at Biltmore already under way.
Fall Color Report (2,500 Elevation and Below)
The fall colors are steadily spreading throughout the lower elevations, where fall foliage peaks are happening now or will happen in the next couple weeks.
In areas like downtown Asheville and around the city, much of the foliage has turned shades of yellow, orange and red, but there is still a lot of green showing and still time to plan a visit. Along the
The Blue Ridge Parkway fall color hotline reports that fall is still in full swing even in November, particularly in the Asheville area. "There is still a lotr of leaf change to take place here in early and mid November."
At Biltmore, the show of color is truly extending. "Because we had a frost so late, it stretched everything out," said Director of Horticulture Parker Andes. "Here it is, we're still talking about fall color and it's November 7th." At Biltmore, the hillsides are coated with fall colors. "The oaks, in fact, are pretty much really coming into their own this week."
The fall colors in Black Mountain are beginning to peak, but there are still green leaves. "A lot of the rust colors and many of the reds, it seem like, popped out this week," said John McFerrin, owner of Take a Hike Mountain Outfitters. "The golds are really good right now."
At Chimney Rock Park, colors are progressing rapidly now with help from cool nights. By the end of this week, the yellows of hickory and poplar will be evident. A continued development of red in maple, tupelo and sourwood will happen through this week as well. Peak color is not yet arrived at Chimney Rock, so there is still time to plan visits over the next two weeks.
Fall Color Report (Above 2,500 Feet)
At Grandfather Mountain, autumn foliage has passed its peak for the season at Grandfather Mountain but there is much to see in the valleys. This photograph was taken Tuesday from Linville. (photo by Jim Morton)
The most colorful routes are NC 181 from Morganton to Jonas Ridge (I drove this Tuesday and the color is great); US 221 between Marion and Linville Falls; US 321 between Lenoir and Blowing Rock; and US 421 between North Wilkesboro and Boone.
Mac Forehand with the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce reported that they are still seeing color. "The long summer of 2007 has extended the fall leaf color show into November," he said. "We have already peaked, but spectacular color continues, especially at lower elevations."
Top photo taken at Chimney Rock Park yesterday. Bottom photo taken at Grandfather Mountain Monday.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
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Monday, November 5, 2007
There are some great photos that were recently posted to the site. This picture, submitted by Jonna, is a view off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Pounding Mill Overlook, elevation 4700 ft.:This picture, submitted by Kristie, shows off Hot Springs with peak fall colors:
This picture, submitted by Angela, shows a fall leaf drifting at Bass Pond at the Biltmore House.
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