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Aug. 20, 2019

High Country Beer Fest

The 12th Annual High Country Beer Fest is THIS Saturday!


This Saturday, hundreds will pour into High Country Fairgrounds for a bustling mountain festival unlike all others. For the 12th year in a row, the High Country Beer Fest will showcase unique and favorite brews from near and far, while benefiting student research and local nonprofits, and teaching beer-lovers about the fermentation process.


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What to Expect:



This year, North Carolina breweries from Boone, Asheville, Charlotte, Winston Salem, and many towns in between will be represented. California, Colorado, Texas, and Florida brewers also make an appearance. In total, 64 breweries will be in attendance of this year’s much-anticipated festival. Don’t just drink the beer, learn about how it’s made, too! This year’s festival will feature seminars on fermentation, a critical process in producing the alcoholic part of your favorite tasty brew!



You won’t leave hungry - with over 15 food vendors, you’ll have every opportunity to satiate your salty and sweet cravings. Chow down on a Wild Game Burger from local favorite, The Cardinal Burger Wagon, or indulge in an ice-cream- best-cookie-you’ve-ever-eaten sandwich from Blue Deer Cookie (I recommend the double chocolate cookie with lemon crunch ice cream!). Don’t forget to purchase your pretzel necklace - salty, stylish, and good for the community - as proceeds go to local nonprofits! 



In between sipping brews from across the country and indulging in tasty bites, kick back and enjoy festive live music, featuring local Americana singer-songwriter Shay Martin Lovette, rock-n-roll band Naked Gods, and the alt/country group Crenshaw Pentecostal. There will also be a slew of lawn games to enjoy, including favorites like cornhole and darts. 


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The High Country Beer Fest began in 2007, when local homebrewers and a few Chemistry professors at Appalachian State University sought to encourage the growing craft-beer movement in Boone while fostering inclusive community. Proceeds from the festival fund research grants for Fermentation Science students at Appalachian State University and support local nonprofits. A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit F.A.R.M cafe, a pay-what-you-can restaurant that has served the Boone community since 2011.



Tickets can be purchased online, or at Peabody’s in Boone (without the online fees!). Get in an hour early and enjoy shorter lines with the VIP Experience for $80. General tickets are also a pretty sweet deal, at only $40. 



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May 14, 2019

Summer Events in the High Country


We are never in a shortage of things to do here in the High Country of NC.  In addition to the events below there are Farmer's Markets, Hikes, Spas and More.  If you are planning a visit, we at the Leslie Eason Real Estate Team are happy to give you a view of the Real Estate Market while you are here.


4th of July Events:


Boone 4th of July Parade
July 4

The annual Downtown Boone 4th of July Parade will travel east on King Street, starting at the intersection with Poplar Grove Extension and ending at Legends. Following the parade, the Town of Boone continues the celebration with free cookies and refreshments on the lawn of the Jones House.



Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie
July 4
Enjoy one of the most popular summer events in the mountains. Head to Tweetsie Railroad for a spectacular fireworks show, starting at 9:30pm.


Blowing Rock 4th of July Weekend

July 5 - July 7

Join the Town of Blowing Rock for their annual festival and small-town parade! Enjoy festivities all weekend long, including free entertainment, music and games. The parade will be Saturday at 2pm.



Annual Summer Events:


Christmas in July

July 6

Visit historic downtown West Jefferson in beautiful Ashe County for their annual Christmas in July Festival. Enjoy arts and craft vendors, live music, great food, street performers and more!



Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

July 11 - July 14th

The 64th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games will be held at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain. Over one hundred Scottish clans and societies sponsor this celebration of Scottish dance, music and athletics.


Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show

July 23rd - July 28th
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is among the oldest continually operating shows in America, held on grounds inside Moses Cone Memorial Park. Other show dates include July 31 - August 4.



Symphony by the Lake at Chetola

July 26

The social event of the season is Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. This year's theme is "A Journey of Imagination." Enjoy a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge landscape. Take your seat on the grass by Chetola Lake. Gates open at 5:30 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm. Bring a picnic or savor a catered meal. The grand finale will include fireworks. Click Here to Purchase Tickets



Ongoing Events:

Grandfather by Night
June 7 - July 26th
Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own naturalist guide! Watch the sunset and experience the mountain as never before! This unique event will be available weekly on Fridays from June through July 26th.

Journey with Dorothy
Select dates in June and July at Beech Mountain's Land Of Oz
Skip down the yellow brick road with Dorothy as your guide during this one-of-a-kind experience! Part of Beech Mountain's Family Fun Month, the Land of Oz offers these special tours June 6th and 7th, June 13th and 14th, June 20th and 21st, June 26th and 28th, and July 5th.

Music in the Valle Series: Valle Crucis
Now - September 26
The Park’s annual concert series kicks off on May 24th. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy regional and local musicians at Valle Crucis Park. Local eats will also be available via a food truck on site.

Concerts in the Park: Blowing Rock
Now - October 5th
This Spring and Summer, enjoy free concerts in downtown Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park. Each concert is family friendly with music ranging from blues and country to pop and rock. All concerts begin at 4pm. Concert dates are: May 25, June 16, July 13, August 10, September 7 and October 5.

Art in the Park: Blowing Rock
Now - October 5
Art in the Park in Blowing Rock will kick off on May 25th. Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, photography, painting and more.


Summer Outdoor Concerts on the Jones House Lawn: Boone
Now through August
Enjoy summer concerts on the Jones House Lawn every Friday at 5pm from June through August. Concerts are free and open to the public- just bring a blanket or a lawn chair.


Todd Summer Music Series
Starting June 15

Todd Community Preservation Organization presents their 2019 Summer Music Series at Cook Memorial Park. The series will start on June 15th and last through August 10th. The concerts are held on Saturday evenings from 6-8pm. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.


Movies in the Park: Blowing Rock
Starting June 27

Outdoor movies in Memorial Park on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. Featuring family friendly films that start at dusk (usually around 8:30pm). All movies are on Thursday evenings and are free admission. Just bring a lawn chair and some snacks.




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April 30, 2019

SAVOR Blowing Rock 2019--THIS WEEKEND

Savor Blowing Rock is known as one of the High Country's premier wine and food festivals. The annual celebration of food and drinks is returning to Blowing Rock, and will be held Thursday, May 2nd through Sunday, May 5th.



The 2019 edition of SAVOR Blowing Rock includes an expanded range of demonstrations, seminars, live music, visual art, and a multitude of events.

Head to North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town for this four day celebration of wine, craft beer, fine cuisine and entertainment. The festival will feature lectures, art classes, cooking classes, karaoke and even a 5k!

The festival features events for everyone! Kick off the weekend with TASTE: A restaurant showcase


TASTE! Is a culinary compilation showcasing some of the most loved restaurants of Blowing Rock and the High Country. This year, this event will take place at Chetola Resort. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Chetola Lake with small-plate sized portions of Blowing Rock’s signature dishes. Participating restaurants include Storie Street Grille, Best Cellar, Bistro Roca, the Restaurant at Gideon Ridge, and many more! You can also enjoy live music by Strictly Clean & Decent.



On Friday, May 3rd, the festival feature events including seminars, wine tastings, Music on the Lawn and more. Friday evening’s events include A Taste of France with Rowland’s Restaurant and the Andrew Murray Wine Dinner at Vidalia.


On Saturday, May 4th, the seventh annual Corkscrew and Brew 5K will combine running with beer and wine! The 5k begins at 9am at Chetola Resort. Saturday is also full of other great events, including the Reserve Wine Tasting at the Inn at Ragged Gardens, Vintner’s Village Grand Wine Tasting on Main Street, and more!


On Sunday, May 5th, wrap up the celebration with Gospel, Grits and Gravy. Enjoy a down-home southern breakfast featuring live music, biscuits, grits, various artisanal meats, and gravy! This year’s featured musical guest will be Glenn Bolick and Family.


Tickets are now available for all of the events. Grab yours fast, before they sell out! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


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April 9, 2019

High Country Resorts and Spas

Resorts and Spas in the High Country

The High Country is home to acclaimed resorts and spas that have received national and international awards and recognition. Treat yourself to a  luxurious mountain experience with a visit to one of our lovely resorts.


The Art of Living Retreat Center

USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Health and Wellness Resort in America in August 2016.

Perched high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Art of Living Retreat Center and Ayurvedic Spa offers Art of Living Courses and hosts programs taught by spiritual leaders and organizations from across the globe. Individuals are also welcome to go enjoy good company, open space, and peace and quiet. Art of Living Retreat Center offers guided meditation, yoga, philosophy workshops, expert spa treatments, nature walks, group celebrations and ceremonies, and much more. With its uniquely tranquil architecture and beautiful scenery, this is a great place to escape everyday life.

Chetola Resort and Spa

The Spa features a Mission motif with furnishings and décor by Bob Timberlake, Charleston Forge and local artists. The spa offers five treatment rooms (one for couples), a relaxation room, a nail treatment area, and the Swan Bar with complimentary teas and coffees. The Spa features a wide variety of services including massage therapies, facials, nail treatments, cosmetic applications and a hair boutique. Whether you are visiting the resort or you live in the area, Chetola’s goal is to assure you of a wonderfully memorable and exhilarating spa experience.



The Inn at Crestwood

Located just off the Blueridge Parkway, Crestwood Resort and Spa offers a modern experience with traditional values. This lovely resort has lots to offer like a spa, an excellent restaurant The Table at Crestwood, and the Dawg Star Bar. Crestwood is a great place to book a stay or simply visit in your free time.




Hound Ears Club

Not only is Hound Ears a Luxury Resort, it is also a residential community located on 750 acres, including private homes, tennis courts, 18- hole golf course, heated pool, clubhouse, and restaurant. Hound Ears Resort is a four-star resort with nearly 30 guest rooms- not including the many homes and condos available to rent, with available golf and tennis packages. Located between Boone and Banner Elk, Hound Ears Club is a beautiful property with an excellent view of Grandfather Mountain.


The Inn at Yonahlossee

This natural resort is just outside of the town of Blowing Rock and is perfect for family gatherings and couples celebrations. It offers cottages, lodge rooms, condos, townhomes, and private housing. With accommodations like indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a 25-yard indoor swimming pool, two fitness centers and a sauna, there is plenty to do at this mountain resort. Home to one of the best restaurants in the High Country, Game Keeper (4 star), you don’t want to miss out on this resort.


Westglow Resort and Spa

Westglow has earned numerous accolades including Travel & Leisure Destination Spa, Conde Nest Traveler, and Spa Finder.


At Westglow, you may do as much or as little as you like, but you will find it difficult to do anything but relax. The historic manor house and grounds create an atmosphere of comfort and elegance, where the friendly and expert staff will help you unwind from the worries of the world.If you are looking for a private getaway for leisure, recreation, and/or relaxation, Westglow Resort and Spa is the place for you.  The experienced staff can actively assist their guests with anything related to health-diets, physical activity, and emotional well-being. Located just outside of Blowing Rock, Westglow is a beautiful area to decompress.


Willow Valley Resort

Willow Valley Resort has 15 cabins and over 40 condominiums for guests, providing ample space for any group. Amenities include three tennis courts, a year round indoor pool, and a nine hole par-3 golf course. Willow Valley is conveniently  located 10 miles from Blowing Rock, Valle Crucis, Banner Elk, and Boone. No matter the occasion, Willow Valley is central to the most populous towns in the High Country. Book a visit and check out what the High Country of North Carolina has to offer.


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March 8, 2019

Vacation Rental Investment Properties: A Large Part of our High Country Market

Are you thinking about buying a second home, but are worried about the expenses? Many buyers decide that they would like a second home they can also rent.

Are you looking for a good Real Estate investment and do not know how to choose?



A large percentage of our buyers have the same questions and we can help to answer them and navigate the process. Some of the questions we can address are:

  • Which attributes in a home make for the best vacation rentals?
  • Which properties or neighborhoods allow vacation rentals?
  • What kind of ROI or income level can I expect or should I aim for?
  • Should I use a management company or rent it myself through VRBO? What are the pros and cons? Can you recommend management companies?
  • How do I transition rentals already in place when I purchase the property

The Leslie Eason Real Estate team has helped many buyers and sellers in this process. We can help you think through it from beginning to end. We can also let you know when a new property hits the market that would be a great choice.  


Even if you or your clients are in the beginning stages, we can give you some guidance as you begin the process. Please do not hesitate to reach out: Leslie@EasonTeam.com, 828-406-0828.



 This Side of Paris



Our clients Rina and Shan Norwood purchased a small cabin to update and put in a vacation rental program. Since Rina is one of the premier interior designers in the Charlotte area, the results were fantastic! This stylish gem typically rents for about $90 a night.


To see the rental listing, click here


To learn more about Rina Norwood, check out her website: https://www.rinanorwooddesign.com/


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March 5, 2019

Spring Events in the NC High Country

Even the quietest season of the year in our North Carolina Mountains is filled with activities. The changing of the Seasons is a big deal here, with the prolonged transition from snowy winter to green spring. Take a look at some of the great traditions we have in store.

Boone St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saturday. March 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Boone's second annual downtown parade! The parade will travel from the Watauga Human Services Complex to Legends at Appalachian State University. Grab a spot on King Street and enjoy the fun!


Meltdown Games at App Ski Mtn

March 23rd - March 24th
Head to Appalachian Ski Mtn and enjoy the classic end of the winter celebration with a full weekend of crazy events. There will be lots of snow, sun, and skin!

Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble

March 20th - March 24th
Valborg Theatre 

The annual production includes original pieces choreographed by faculty and students of Appalachian State University. 

Tweetsie Railroad Opening Day

April 5th
Tweetsie Railroad will open for the 2019 season with daytime operations beginning April 5, 2019, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The park will be open daily beginning Memorial Day weekend. Tweetsie offers fun for the whole family with rides, live entertainment, and fun activities. April 19th-April 21st, The Easter Bunny will be at Tweetsie to meet and take photos with guests.

Blowing Rock Trout Derby

April 6th, Broyhill Lake in downtown Blowing Rock
The 40th Annual Derby will begin at sunrise. Chetola Resort will present an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Demonstration at 1:00pm. The Fly Fishing Clinic will start at 2:00pm and prizes will be awarded at 4:30pm.

Murder Mystery Weekend at Green Park

April 12th - April 14th
Make your reservations for the Green Park Inn Murder Mystery Weekend. Enjoy a two night stay and a weekend of unique and entertaining adventure.


April 25th - April 28th
Merlefest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC. Founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson and renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. Enjoy this weekend celebration of various music, including classic country, bluegrass, folk, and many other styles. The festival will host a mix of artists on 13 stages over the course of the four day event.


Savor Blowing Rock

May 2nd - May 5th
A four day celebration of wine, fine cuisine and entertainment! The Savor festival showcases the greatest food, wine, craft beer and distilled spirits the Blowing Rock and High Country regions have to offer. Savor also features lectures, art classes, cooking classes, special dinners, and even live bands and karaoke. 

Art in the Park

May 25th, American Legion Grounds in Blowing Rock
Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted  jewelry, pottery, painting and more. 

Alpaca Shearing Day at Apple Hill Farm

June 1st
Apple Hill Farm shears their alpacas the first Saturday of June every year. Enjoy a sun filled day at the farm, free of charge! Shearing starts at 10am and there will also be skirting and spinning demonstrations. 



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Feb. 5, 2019

The Horton Hotel: A Boutique Hotel Experience in Boone, NC

A Hip New Hotel is Coming to Downtown Boone, N.C. 

The Horton Hotel is soon to be open directly across from Mast General Store in downtown Boone. Bringing an elegant and fun new twist to the Boone hospitality industry, the Horton is equipped with 15 uniquely decorated guest rooms, a rooftop bar, and unbeatable views of Boone's historic downtown area. The Horton Hotel will be the first of its kind as a boutique hotel in the High Country area. 

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The Background:

The Horton Hotel is the brainchild of locals Fulton and Denise Lovin. They are excited to develop something that encompasses the vast historic nature of the High Country while also bringing a unique hip atmosphere befitting to Boone's reputation. The building itself was built in the mid 1920's by H.W. Horton, originally housing a Studebaker Dealership, then a Spainhour's Department Store. Fulton and Denise hope to continue a rich tradition of friends and family gathering while also being able to enjoy fine foods, drinks, and views. Located on King St. across from Mast General Store, the hotel location is a short walk from all the finer things Boone has to offer its visitors.

Throughout the construction process The Horton continuously involved the public with many fun and unique chances to to provide input on a number of different ideas. Using Facebook, Fulton and Denise were able to ask locals and potential clients what they wanted to see featured in the final construction. They inquired about many topics small and large, from what type of juice to serve in the morning, to what kind of wood features to install. Like these guys on Facebook to check out some of the remarkable things they are doing! The Horton Hotel on Facebook


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When booking a room at The Horton Hotel, guests have access to many amenities that promote tranquility and relaxation. To start they provide a complimentary artisan breakfast bar very morning! These breakfasts even feature Bald Guy Coffee roasted right here in the Boone. Each of the fifteen rooms are equipped with 100% fine cotton linens and down bedding. They are even pet friendly.  

When arriving at The Horton one can expect to see the most beautiful artwork and interior design in the high country. Featuring local artwork and eclectic designs the entrance alone will take your breath away, not to mention the individually designed guest rooms. After checking in, guests can experience a beautiful rooftop lounge serving local beer, small batch wines, signature and craft cocktails. In addition to the lovely restaurants Boone has to offer, The Horton Hotel has a seasonally crafted menu featuring ever-changing local ingredients from the region. 

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Book Your Stay in Boone's First Boutique Hotel Experience: 

The Horton Hotel is an excellent addition to Boone's ever-changing funky atmosphere and lifestyle. Combining the luxury experience of high-end hotel, and the mix of the area's rich history, The Horton Hotel is perfect for a weekend getaway. Boone is a beautiful town that experiences all four seasons don't miss out on an opportunity to visit in style. Visit thehorton.com for more information like news, special offers, and booking. 


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Dec. 10, 2018

Skiing in the NC High Country

Did You Know We Have Great Skiing in North Carolina?

In case you did not see Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel during winter storm Diego, we got about 20" of beautiful powder and have three ski resorts in our area plus a huge tubing park. 

Winter is upon us and that means it's officially ski season! The High Country is home to some incredible resorts. Our ski resorts offer skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and even snow tubing! We've picked out a few of our favorite things about each one. 

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Appalachian Ski Mountain is known for its family friendly vibe.  The French Swiss Ski College is one of the best in the state and offers daily group lessons, private lessons, and the SKIwee Childrens program. App Ski Mtn has expanded to twelve slopes including two terrain parks. They also offer a refrigerated outdoor ice arena for ice skating. Not only does App Ski offer great slopes, they also offer a Bavarian-style ski lodge packed with amenities for skiers and non-skiers.  The location is very convenient, right between Boone and Blowing Rock and less than 2 hours from Charlotte.

Beech Mountain Resort

Beech Mountain Resort is the highest ski area in the east at a peak elevation of 5,506 ft. Beech Mountain also one of the highest average snowfalls of any of the High Country resorts. Ski Beech offers 15 slopes, seven chair lifts, and a variety of terrain for skiing and snowboarding. In addition to the slopes, there is a 7,000 square foot refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink. Beech Mountain Resort also hosts fun events for all ages, including their New Year's Eve Family Night and their Retro 80's Weekend.

Sugar Mountain Resort

Sugar Mountain is the largest of all of the High Country ski resorts, offering 21 trails and 125 skiable acres. They also offer the largest amount of advanced trails and a new state of the art 6 person high speed lift, allowing skiers to get more runs in on their varied terrain. Sugar also offers activities for non-skiers, including snowshoeing, ice skating, and tubing.

Hawksnest Snow Tubing

The largest snow tubing park on the East Coast! Offering over 30 lanes of snow tubing that span from 400 to 1,000 feet long. There are over four different snow tubing areas that provide an array of terrain to satisfy even the most advanced tubers. Hawksnest will provide your family with a unique winter experience. 


Imagine having a home here where you can take off and ski during the day or night!




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Dec. 10, 2018

Winter and Holiday Activities in the NC High Country

Holiday Events

Festival of Lights at Chetola Resort
Nov. 23, 2018 - Jan. 27, 2019

Every winter season, Chetola features a sparkling display of
dazzling lights, free and open to the public. Take a drive or a stroll around Chetola lake and enjoy the captivating holiday scenes. The displays illuminate at dusk each evening.

Tweetsie Christmas
Nov. 23, 2018 - Dec. 29, 2018
Every Friday and Saturday night in December, starting at 5:00pm, you can enjoy the wonder of Tweetsie Christmas. Meet Santa in his own gingerbread house, take a nighttime train ride, enjoy Christmas carols and lots of Christmas lights. 

 Lighting of the Jones House Christmas Tree

December 7, 2018 5:45pm
Kick off the holiday season at the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Jones House lawn in downtown Boone. Enjoy live music afterwards!


Boone Christmas Parade
Dec. 8, 2018 from 11:00am-12:30pm
The parade starts on West King Street at the intersection with Poplar Grove. Don't miss this small-town procession, complete with decorated floats, dance teams, music and more. Warm up with hot cider and cookies afterwards at The Jones House. 


Dec. 7- Dec. 9, 2018

A weekend of winter fun! Test drive this season's skis and snowboards, view a wintry fireworks show, and listen to live music at Sugar Mountain Resort. You can also enjoy a hot chocolate bar and North Carolina BBQ. Sugar Mountain Ski Resort features skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing and snowshoeing.

Skiing with Santa

Dec. 24, 2018 1-4pm

Spend Christmas Eve at Appalachian Ski Mountain and you'll have a chance to spot Santa on the slopes!

New Year's Eve Events:                                   

App Ski Mountain NYE Extravaganza
Dec. 31, 2018 9am-midnight
Visit App Ski Mountain for New Year's Eve and ring in 2019 with fireworks, torchlight skiing and more! Ski and ride until 11:30pm. Moonlight ice skating from 10pm-midnight. Fireworks at midnight. 

Family Night at Beech Mountain
Dec. 31, 2018 7pm-midnight
Beech Mountain Resort offers Family Night in the lodge. There will be a DJ, food and beverages, and Late Night Skate! There will also be a fantastic fireworks show at midnight.

Sugar Mountain NYE Celebration
Dec. 31, 2018 Starting at 6pm
Make your reservations today! Indoor festivities from 9pm-1am, including live music by The Rockabilly's. The public is invited to Sugar Mountain Resort to an alpine torch light parade at 11:45pm and a fireworks show at midnight. 

New Year's Day Sunrise
Jan. 1, 6:30am-9:30am
Grandfather Mountain will ring in an epic New Year with the first sunrise of 2019. This special event allows guests the rare opportunity to visit Grandfather Mountain outside of regular operating hours. Sunrise is at 7:38 am on January 1, 2019. Grandfather's gates will open at 6:30. The mountain will offer complimentary coffee, cocoa and bear claws for sunrise guests. This event is great for nature lovers, photographers of all skill levels, and anyone hoping to see the Blue Ridge Mountains in a new light.


January 24-27, 2019
The 21st Annual Blowing Rock Winterfest starts January 24th, 2019.

Events include:

The Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake: One of the highlights of Winterfest! Watch fearless contenders take the plunge into Chetola Lake! 

WinterFeast: The best restaurants of the High Country gather for a winter Restaurant Crawl under one warm and cozy roof! Enjoy small plate selections prepared by 15 of the area's best chefs. 

WinterPaws Dog Show: Sponsored by the Watauga Humane Society. Show off your four-legged best friend or just come to see the cutest dogs around! All money goes to benefit the Watauga Humane Society, our local non-profit that serves the needs of approximately 2,000 abandoned animals each year.

WinterFashion show: Blowing Rock retailers join forces to bring you the latest fashions and accessories. The newest winter and spring apparel will be featured from the areas top retail stores. Mimosas, spritzers and great prize giveaways and gift bags for all attendees!

Other events include ice carving, Winter Beer Garden and much more! 

Click here to buy your tickets today!
Click here for the full event schedule


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Nov. 24, 2018

Festival of Trees

The Leslie Eason Real Estate Team is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is an annual event hosted by Chetola Resort. This year, starting on November 29th through December 2nd, you can take a stroll through the Appalachian/Blue Ridge Room to view the magical Christmas spectacle.

Over 75 themed trees and wreaths will be on display for your viewing enjoyment. All of these sponsored trees and wreaths will be sold online via auction, so be sure to place a bid on your favorite one! Many of these fully decorated trees even come with gifts! 

You can bid on your favorites to help support Western Youth Network (WYN). You can also simply visit to see all of the amazing designs and themes. Admission is by monetary donation and all of these proceeds will also benefit the Western Youth Network.

Western Youth Network invests in the lives of children and adolescents to build a better future and stronger community for the High Country. WYN provides a unique program that offers individualized support to over 2,300 youth each year. Click here to learn more about WYN.

2018 Festival of Trees Schedule:

Held at The Appalachian/Blue Ridge Room at Chetola Resort

Thursday, November 29th: 7pm-9m

Friday, November 30th: 12pm-8pm

Saturday, December 1st: 10am-8pm

Sunday, December 2nd: 10am-2pm

Click Here For the List of Designers and Sponsors


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