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June 5, 2018

Summer Festivals in the NC High Country

Summer is a wonderful time of year to enjoy everything that the High Country has to offer.  There are great events and festivals going on throughout the summer in many of our small towns and communities to enjoy with the whole family.  Click on the titles for more information and tickets.

Singing on the Mountain, Linville - June 24

The "Singing" is a day-long gathering held outdoors in MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Music begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day, with a break around 1 p.m. for the sermon. Many families bring lawn chairs and picnics to make a day of seeing old friends and enjoying performances by top Southern gospel groups.

An Appalachian Summer Festival: June 30- August 4

No automatic alt text available.Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming.

In recent years, the festival has been selected as one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. For many years, The New York Times has included An Appalachian Summer Festival in its “Summer Stages” issue, which profiles the nation’s most prominent and interesting summer arts festivals.

Fourth of July Celebrations

Town of Boone 4th of July Celebration: July 4

Enjoy a small town parade, free watermelon, and music in Downtown Boone. Fireworks will take place 30 minutes after dark at Clawson-Burnley Park.

47th Annual Beech Mountain Roasting of the Hog: June 30

Image may contain: fireworks and nightEnjoy pork, smoked turkey and all the fixin’s along with music & fireworks in Eastern America's Highest Town.

Blowing Rock 4th of July Weekend: June 30- July 1

Enjoy games such as horseshoe throwing, watermelon eating, music, clogging, and much more family fun!  Plus, the best small-town Main Street parade is at 3pm!

Christmas in July: July 7

The Christmas in July Festival is one of the best, old fashioned summer festivals in the South drawing thousands to historic West Jefferson, NC each July! The Festival began in 1987 as a celebration of the Christmas Tree Industry, which thrives in Ashe County, NC. In 2015, Ashe County, NC was named the #1 Christmas Tree producer in the United States. The Festival is a free-admission event held in Downtown West Jefferson and features the very best traditional mountain music, handmade arts & crafts vendors throughout the region while still celebrating the Christmas Tree industry.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games: July 12-15

The Grandfather Games are considered America’s grandest Games because of the spectacular mountain setting that is so reminiscent of Scotland. The deep blue peaks of 6,000-Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, child, closeup and outdoorft. Grandfather Mountain tower above a grassy green meadow ringed by 170 colorful tents. Thousands of Scots are dressed in tartan plaids, and the energy is amplified by the sounds of bagpipes and kettledrums echoing.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are filled with competition in heavy-weight Scottish athletic events; highland dancing competition; bagpipe band parades; piping, drumming and harp competitions; sheep herding demonstrations by Scottish border collies and concerts featuring a wide variety of Celtic music.

Symphony by the Lake: July 27

Join us Friday, July 27, 2018 for Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  This year's theme is "Colors of the Mountains" and promises to be the social event of the season.

Experience a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, conducted by Cornelia Ornish. Surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge landscape, take your seat under the evening sky by Chetola Lake.

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show: June 7-10

The 93rd annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country- a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923! Enjoy the Saddlebred, Hunter-Jumper I, and Hunter-Jumper II division shows each year. View the spectacle and excitement of amateur and high-performance competitors. The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is a US Equestrian Federation Heritage Competition.


Excited about everything going on in the High Country?  Leslie Eason can help you call this place your home with real estate expertise to find the home that is right for you.  Contact Leslie for a custom consultation at 828-406-0828 or LEason@Boone.net


May 24, 2018

NC High Country Farmers Markets

It is spring in the High Country, which means our local farmers' markets are back in full swing.  Here in the North Carolina mountains, the Farmers Market network is very strong. Visitors can buy local fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, and even artisan crafts and baked goods. Visiting a market is one of the best ways to get to know the local people and flavors.  With a market almost every day of the week throughout the High Country, there are many options for spending a few hours strolling through quaint booths and even enjoying local entertainment for free.

Banner Elk, Beech Mtn Area

Avery County Farmers Market in Newland

Guests can pick up local products like syrups, artisan breads, flowers and more from their farmer and craftsmen neighbors for a great Friday evening outing.

170 Linville St, Newland, 828-733-8274
June-Oct: Fri: 4-6pm

Avery County Farmers Market in Banner Elk

Dedicated to serving the needs of the farms and farmers throughout Avery County, encouraging the growth and well-being of local farms, and educating the public in Avery County the benefits of supporting local farms. 

Azalea Circle, Banner Elk
May-Oct: Thurs: 4:30-7pm

Spruce Pine Farmers Market

Customers and vendors alike always have a good time at this weekly Wednesday market.  Featuring vendors from Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties with organic and naturally grown produce, fresh eggs, artisan breads, baked goods, honey, goat cheeses, grassfed beef, pork, artisan crafts, handmade baskets, and more

Upper St, Spruce Pine, 800-227-3912
May-Oct, Wed: 2-5pm

Boone, Blowing Rock Area

Blowing Rock Fresh Market

The Blowing Rock Farmers Market offers a great mid-week selection of local produce and goods from area farmers. Located on Park Avenue, right in downtown Blowing Rock, it’s a convenient stop!

Wallingford Road Parking Area, 828-295-7851
May-Oct, Thurs: 4-6pm

Freedom Market

In addition to offering fresh good eats, healthy plants, flowers, honey, and an array of artisan goods, the Freedom Market will be collecting funds for local charities. Visitors are encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite, as well as make a donation.

178 W King St (by Earthfare), Boone
April -Sept, Sundays: 11-3

Watauga County Farmers Market

Features a wide array of vendors offering fresh produce, meats, cheeses, pastries, crafts, potted plants, fresh cut flowers and more! 

Horn Ave, Boone, 828-355-4918
May 4-Oct, Sat: 8-12pm May 3-Sept 29, Wed: 8-12pm


West Jefferson, Sparta Area

Alleghany County Farmers Market

Vendors will have fresh vegetables, pastured meats and cheeses, gourmet baked goods, artisan crafts and more.

Crouse Park, 60 Cherry St, Sparta 
May 11-Oct 12, Sat: 9-1pm June- Aug, Thurs: 4-6pm

Ashe County Farmers Market

A covered open-air market located on the Backstreet in West Jefferson. Fresh, locally grown produce, nursery plants, homemade baked goods and handmade crafts.

108 Backstreet, West Jefferson, 366-877-4141
April 14- Oct, Sat: 8-1pm July- Sept, Wed: 8-1pm

Lansing Farmers Market

Features a rich selection of vegetables and fruits, the market also offers jams, jellies, meats, cheese and bedding plants.

Lansing Fire Dept, 336-384-1603
May 1- Sept 11, Thurs: 1-6pm


For more information about the NC High Country, visit our blog.  Contact Leslie Eason for all of your real estate needs: 828-406-0828 or LEason@Boone.net

May 18, 2018

Keller Williams High Country Supports Habitat for Humanity on RED Day

Keller Williams Annual RED Day of Service Supporting Multiple Habitat for Humanity Efforts
High Country Realtors ‘Give where they live’

(Keller Williams RED Day volunteers work with Habitat for Humanity Director Alex Hooker in the Build of a home in the Greenwood Community)

On Thursday, May 10, Keller Williams High Country Realty, an agency of over sixty realtors in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties, closed their offices and spent the day working at Hospitality House as part of Keller Williams International RED Day.  Four crews worked at the local ReStore and the Habitat for Humanity Greenwood community.  Much was accomplished, including floor installation, cabinet building, landscaping for the Greenwood Community and organization at the ReStore.

RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is Keller Williams Realty's annual day of service dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year-round commitment to improving local communities. Each year on the second Thursday of May, Keller Williams associates worldwide celebrate the day away from their businesses serving worthy organizations and causes in their communities. This year there were over 150,000 agents working on the same day.  

"It is so important to ‘Give where we live’ and contribute to the communities we serve,” Keller Williams REALTOR and local RED Day organizer Carolyn Bond. “The Habitat for Humanity embodies the type of organization we want to support, serving people in each of our counties and providing housing for those who otherwise could not afford it.”

Keller Williams High Country has been an enthusiastic office in support of RED Days in the past, sometimes working for months in the planning of these events. Past organizations supported have included the Hospitality House, the local Humane Societies and the Hunger and Health Coalition.  Additionally, most Keller Williams agents donate funds from each Real Estate closing to the KW Cares Fund, which provides a fund for disaster relief and grants for agents and families in need as well as funds to help our local residents.

Since the Keller Williams office opened in late 2010, agents have donated and raised tens of thousands of dollars to assist local residents and organizations and have contributed thousands of hours of service through RED Day efforts.

Several local service providers assisted with donations, time and food for the agents during RED Day.  They include Home Scan Home Inspections, Clean & Dry Environmental Solutions, Movement Mortgage, Geeks at Work - The Computer Tamers, America's Preferred Home Warranty, and Attorney Rob Angle.

More about The Greenwood Community

In the spring of 2011, Habitat for Humanity broke ground on the first of 20 homes that will be built in the Greenwood neighborhood, a quiet neighborhood in the High County on 20 acres near Green Valley School.

If you are familiar at all with housing prices in the area, then you know how difficult it can be to find an affordable home - especially one that doesn't need any additional renovations. Habitat strongly believes that housing can and should be beautiful and affordable for all. Each of the homes in the community is energy-efficient and sustainable.  Greenwood is an example of what’s possible in the green building industry, beautifully demonstrating that efficient, ecological building practices can ensure lasting affordability for our hardworking partner families. 

To learn more about Keller Williams RED Day visit www.kw.com/kw/redday. To connect with a Keller Williams High Country realtor, please visit www.kwhighcountry.com

To learn more about the Watauga County Habitat for Humanity visit www.wataugahabitat.org/home.

For additional information, please contact Leslie Eason at Leslie@Easonteam.com or 828-406-0828.


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March 18, 2018

Savor Blowing Rock - Wine & Food Festival

One of the High Country's premier wine and food festivals is returning to Blowing Rock in a new month, and will be Thursday May 3 through Sunday May 6, moving from it's usual time frame in April.  The multi-day festival is hosted by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, one of the most accredited Chamber's in North Carolina. The 2018 edition of SAVOR Blowing Rock includes an expanded range of demonstrations, seminars, and events that feature regional culture, music, craft beers from local breweries and across the state, beverage tastings and dinners that showcase area culinary artistry.

Kick the weekend off in style with TASTE!, a Blowing Rock restaurant showcase.  Enjoy live music, small plate portions, and beer and wine tasting options.

The festival has events for everyone, including those athletically inclined.  On Saturday, May 5th, hit the pavement with the 30 or 47 mile Globe Gravel Road Cycling Challenge.  Or, if you prefer to run/walk, enter the Corkscrew and Brew 5k, and enjoy libations along the course.

The main tasting event is split into time frames on Saturday, both at 12pm and 3pm.  There will be 12-15 wines from international, national and local wineries. The Reserve Wine Tasting is held on the lawn of The Inn at Ragged Gardens.  Afterwards, get dressed up for the Kentucky Derby themed "Horses, Hats, and Hooch" to commemorate Blowing Rocks' Charity Horse Show.

Wrap up the festival with Gospel, Grits, and Gravy.  Enjoy a soulful gospel choir, delectable meats, and of course, the southern favorite, biscuits and gravy!

Tickets are now available for all of the events, and some are sure to sell out so act quickly!  Click here for tickets and more information.


March 14, 2018

2018 High Country Spring Events

While some think that it slows down in the High Country after winter sports wind down, there are tons of things to do in the Spring as the flowers start to bloom.  Click on the titles of the events for more information.

Peaks & Stories - April 1

Head to Grandfather Mountain to hear about the unique microsystem of one of the tallest peaks in the High Country.  Learn about the unique flora, fauna, and climate with experts on the mountain.  Designed with children in mind, this is a great event for the whole family.

Tweetsie Grand Opening - April 6

The oldest attraction in North Carolina will be hosting its grand opening for the season the first full weekend of April.  One of the more iconic places to visit, you can ride the last surviving steam engine that traveled the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Rail Road.  Enjoy a western themed show or enjoy one of the rides they have.

First Friday Art Crawl - April 6

A favorite for locals, the First Friday Art Crawl returns on April 6.  Shop, mingle and meet local artists from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at downtown shops and galleries. Enjoy fresh art, lively street performers, and complimentary refreshments. Stay late for music, food, and drinks at one of our many fine restaurants.

39th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby - April 7

Blowing Rock hosting its annual trout derby is a signal that spring is in the air and fishing is now open for the season.  Broyhill Lake in downtown Blowing Rock will be stocked with hundreds of fish in the days leading up to the derby, and other local bodies of water are stocked for the season as well. Kids are especially invited to fish at Broyhill Lake, where some of the stocked fish are tagged for special prizes!

Sweeny Todd the Musical - April 14 &15

This tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world. The show’s Broadway premiere received eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Feb. 28, 2018

Rainy Day Activities in the High Country

Just because it's raining doesn't mean there isn't still plenty to do in the NC High Country!  Enjoy a morning shopping and an afternoon at one of our award winning spas.  Or take the kids out to Linville Caverns, a museum, or gem mining!  For more information, click the titles below.


There are plenty of areas in the High Country to enjoy shopping of all types.  

Downtown Boone

There are several eateries and great shopping. The shopping in downtown Boone ranges from art galleries and local crafts stores to consignment shops.  Be sure to stop by the Mast General Store and visit their candy barrel.  Peruse art from many different artists at art walk.  Every first Friday of the month, enjoy Art Crawl, where shops open their doors for wine tastings and deals on purchases.

Downtown Blowing Rock

In downtown Blowing Rock, you’ll find streets filled with unique boutiques, art, jewelry, antiques and home decor shops. It’s a great place to shop with friends or to do some serious holiday shopping. You’ll also find some great restaurants that provide the perfect opportunity to rest and rejuvenate for…more shopping!

Boone Mall

At the Boone Mall, you are sure to have a great time whether grabbing a bite to eat, or meeting with friends. Fully indoors, you can shop and dine at any of the 26 different stores.

Tanger Outlets on the Parkway

A great outlet shopping area where you can find great deals.  Buy direct from more than 30 brand name manufacturer and designer outlet stores. Shop for bargains among nationally known brands like Banana Republic, Coach, J Crew, and G.H.Bass.

Gem Mining

With several options to choose from in the High Country, gem mining is always an enjoyable family friendly activity.  Pan as they did in the olden days and perhaps even take home something valuable with you!

The Greater Foscoe Company 

The area’s largest and most established gem mine featuring over 24 different types of gemstones.  With indoor and outdoor flumes, your visit will be enjoyable rain or shine. When you've finished mining, they will identify your gemstones and place them on a keepsake gemstone calendar to take with you. If you're interested in having any of your stones cut, you can visit the jewelry store and gallery, Facets, where experienced gem cutters can cut and polish your stones.

Foggy Mountain

Emeralds, sapphires, rubies, aquamarine, tourmaline, garnet, amethyst, citrine, smoky quartz, topaz, and many others are waiting to be discovered! The finest in colored gems from around the world, museum-quality mineral specimens and unique gifts. GIA Certified Graduate Gemologist on staff, appraisal service available. View stones being cut and enjoy indoor winter gem mining. 

Sugar Creek

You will have the chance to choose a bucket of rough stones and with the aid of the expert staff the mine has on hand you and your mining buddies will quickly learn the tricks to prospecting for precious gemstones in a practical and traditional way. The aim of this mining experience is to find a number of gems you feel will be perfectly suited to being cut into shape and used for making your very own piece of jewelry under the roof of the Sugar Creek Gem mine.

Mystery Hill

At Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock, the forces of gravity and popular physics are a little off! You can watch a ball roll uphill or experience water flowing up instead of down! Dating back 50 years, Mystery Hill is a nostalgic High Country attraction that families flock to for its unusual appeal.

The "Mystery House" is where gravity doesn't quite work the way it should. The "Hall of Mystery" gives children the opportunity to try hands-on puzzles and experiments. And Mystery Hill's Appalachian Heritage Museum is a noteworthy, historic 1898 home featuring authentic insight into 19th century life in the mountains.

Visit a Museum or Gallery

Whether you would enjoy viewing great art or learning about our history, there are several museums and galleries to visit.

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Experience art and discover history at BRAHM. Located in downtown Blowing Rock, the Museum features year-round exhibits, cultural programs, art workshops, lectures and is home to the annual Art & Antiques Show. Current exhibitions are Romantic Spirits, 19th century paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection; The Sculptor's Voice; and The Picture Man, photographs by Paul Buchanan.

Turchin Center

The largest visual arts center in northwestern North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia, the Turchin Center’s exhibits focus on a blend of new and historically important art work. Featured are works of nationally and internationally renowned artists, as well as many of the finest artists of the region.

Visit a Winery

With a great wine trail to guide your way, you can visit several wineries with tastings rooms and enjoy an afternoon tasting.

Grandfather Vineyard 

The terraced mountain vineyard and winery is nestled right on the Watauga River at the base of Grandfather Mountain. They are the first producing winery in Watauga County. Warm breezes during the day and cool, crisp nights help develop the flavors and balance of our wine. With unique wines, enjoy and share with friends.

Banner Elk Winery

Banner Elk Winery is the most acclaimed commercial winery in North Carolina's High Country. Awards received to date in 2013 include two Gold Medals at the 2013 International Eastern Wine Competition for the 2011 Banner Elk Red and 2011 Marechal Foch.  Whether you are interested in a wine tasting, learning more about the art and science of winemaking, or just relaxing with a glass of wine, you can do it all at Banner Elk Winery & Villa.

Linville Falls Winery

This 40 acre vineyard and farm is situated just north of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Linville Gorge in a fertile valley between hills filled with rows of lush, green vines. Our grape varieties include Seyval Blanc, Noiret, Marquette, Petit Verdot, Marechal Foch, and our flagship grape, Riesling, but you'll also find blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, heirloom apples, pumpkins, and Christmas Trees throughout our farm. At an elevation of 3,200 feet, the vines thrive in our mountain climate. Cool nights and low humidity allow our grapes to ripen slow, all the while developing fresh, vibrant flavors, giving way to wonderful wines.

Linville Caverns

Deep inside of Humpback Mountain lie the Linville Caverns, North Carolina's only caverns open for tours. These natural limestone caverns feature stalactite and stalagmite formations and an underground stream. Guided tours (30-40 minutes long) begin at regular intervals. The temperature stays a comfortable 52 degrees F all year, so it's definitely one of our Favorite Spots to Beat the Heat.

Since that time many upgrades to the pathways and lighting system have enhanced the safe touring experience that now exists. Courteous and experienced guides take you into the subterranean world, giving you the history of the caverns and allowing you to view the grand work of nature.

Enjoy a Spa Day

With award wining spa's, treat yourself to a relaxing day of massages and other treatments.

Chetola Resort & Spa

The Spa, which opened in Fall 2009, features a Mission motif with furnishings and décor by Bob Timberlake, Charleston Forge and local artists. Natural sea stones are accent the fireplace and inlays in the maple hardwood floors. The relaxation room invokes an aura of calm as a wall fountain cascades nearby. The Spa offers five treatment rooms (one for couples), a relaxation room, nail treatment area, the Swan Bar with complimentary teas, coffees and housemade granola, and women’s and men’s locker rooms. Adjoining the Spa is the resort's heated

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.

Westglow Resort & Spa

The natural beauty and the crisp clean air of the Blue Ridge Mountains invite you to escape everyday tensions and find yourself refreshed. 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 our friendly and expert staff will help you unwind from the worries of the world and revive your inner spirit. With a staff to guest ratio of three to one, we attend to every detail to create a memorable stay for each guest. At Westglow, pampering extends beyond our luxury spa treatments to a level of service that turns the spa experience into an art form. 

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

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Dec. 8, 2017

Elevate Your Winter with High Country Ski & Tube Resorts

Winter is upon us again in the NC High Country, which means it's time to break out the skis/snowboards and hit the snow!  With several resorts to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to spend the day, so we've picked out a few things about each resort that make them unique.  Click on the titles to visit their websites.

Appalachian Ski Mountain - Most Family Friendly

Appalachian touts its family-friendly vibe, taking pride in its lack of alcohol sales and abundance of ski lessons.  The French Swiss Ski College is one of the best in the state and has taught over a million people how to ski. For beginners, they offer a magic carpet moving sidewalk to take you to the top of the bunny slope.  The slopes themselves are not as steep as other resorts, so it’s perfect for a beginner to get in a longer run without being intimidated.

Beech Mountain Resort - Best Apres Ski Events

Beech Mountain Resort has one of the highest average snowfalls of any of the High Country Resorts, and is a great place to enjoy Apres Ski events such as live music and even a Beer Festival.  Beech Mountain Ski Resort officially opened its doors fifty years ago, ushering in a new era of snow sports activity on one of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River. As part of this Golden Jubilee year celebration, an exceptional run of shows will be hosted by the resort.  

Take a break from skiing and stop at the state of the art 5,506' Umbrella Bar at the summit of the mountain to enjoy sweeping views of three states.  Enjoy a beer brewed in the village below at the Beech Mountain Brewing Company, or check out the equipment and see beer brewing first hand.

Hawksnest Snowtubing - Largest Snow tubing area on the East Coast

While Sugar and Beech Mountain also have snow tubing available, Hawksnest takes the cake.  The 20-lane snow tubing park features two conveyor lifts and four areas to tube. The lanes are between 400 to 1,000 feet long, and recently Hawksnest invested $200,000 to add more lighting, new snowmaking equipment and a new lane groomer machine.<

Also, don’t forget about the zipline course that runs year round and features 20 cables, four of which are super or mega zips. In all, the zipline course has four miles of riding, reaching more than 200 feet in height and speeds of up to 50 mph.

Sugar Mountain Resort - Most Skiiable Acres & Newest Lift

With 21 trails and 125 skiable acres, Sugar Mountain Resort is the largest of all of the High Country Ski & Tube Resorts.  They also boast the most amount of advanced trails. One of the trails, Whoopdeedoo, holds double black diamond status. It’s possible to ski 1.5 miles on an uninterrupted downhill run at Sugar, a rare find in the region.  Their newest slope, Gunther’s Way, provides challenges for both blue and black level skiers. It’s 150 wide and 2,900 feet long and includes a 700-foot vertical.  With a new state of the art 6 person high speed lift, you can get more runs in on their varied terrain.

Sugar also offers some nice wintry alternatives, such as snowshoeing and ice skating.

Looking to enjoy winter sports in the High Country all winter?  Many residents can see exceptional returns on purchasing a home that can be used for vacation rentals.  For more information about homes available, contact Leslie Eason at 828-406-0828 or LEason@Boone.net.  Feel free to peruse homes for sale in the Appalachian Ski Community, and the towns of Beech Mountain, and Sugar Mountain.  (click titles)

Posted in Area Information
Nov. 29, 2017

2017 High Country Holiday Events

Winter season is one of the most magical times in the NC High Country.  With our small towns draped in lights with the flurries in the air, any one is sure to get into the spirit.  There are light displays, themed markets, events to provide entertainment for those of all ages.  Here are some High Country happenings through out the winter months.  Click the titles for more information.

Festival of Lights at Chetola Resort - Until January 28th
Every year throughout the months of December and January, Chetola Resort hosts a spectacular display of lights winding throughout the resort.  Chetola opens their doors to the public for this free activity.  As you drive or stroll around Chetola Lake, view glittering ice skaters, “Rudolph” reeling in a big fish, strolling carolers and many more captivating holiday scenes.  

Christmas at Tweetsie Railroad - Weekends Throughout December

Visit Santa and ride the only remaining engine from the Eastern Tennessee & Western NC Railroad to enjoy a display of lights. Meet Santa in his own home -- made of gingerbread filled with candied furnishings.  Roast smores over an outdoor fire pit and enjoy freshly baked cookies, warm funnel cakes, and other handmade items from Tweetsie Railroad’s famous Fudge Shop.  Complete your family’s holiday experience by picking out your very own Christmas tree

Holiday Stroll in Blowing Rock - December 8

On Friday, December 8 from 5 to 8pm, local businesses and organizations present an evening of fun surrounded by the twinkling lights of the season.   The Watauga Community Band will be performing in Memorial Park.  Santa will be strolling around town and will be in the Gazebo from 7 pm – 8 pm.  Catch a show by the dancing Snow Belles, or enjoy a showing of Polar Express.  With many participating businesses, it's a great holiday themed event for the whole family.

Yule Log Bonfire & Hayride - December 22

Gather 'round the Ol' Yule Log as we roast marshmallows over an open fire, sip hot cocoa & tour the Top of the Beech by hayride. Dress warm & layer up, it gets chilly up here! Festivities will be held at the Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria's firepit, just across the street from Beech Mountain's Town Hall from 5-6 pm.

Blowing Rock Winterfest - January 25-28

Don't hibernate, Celebrate!  Come celebrate Winter in Blowing Rock with many winter activities to get you in the snow spirit.  Scheduled daily events include WinterFeast on Thursday; the WinterFashion show at lunchtime on Friday; the Polar Plunge, The Speckled Trout Beer Garden at The Inn at Ragged Gardens, Charity Chili Cookoff, Wine Tasting and Auction, ice carving demonstrations, and kids’ activities on Saturday; and the WinterPaws dog show and brunches on Sunday. The new ice skating rink will be open Friday and Saturday. 


Sept. 25, 2017

232 Maple Spring, Valle Crucis, NC


Valle Vista Estate

232/234 Maple Spring Road, Banner Elk, NC  28604

Price: $1,350,000

MLS Number:  203475

Bedrooms:  4

Bathrooms: 3 Full, 2 Half

Square Footage: 4,557

Lot Size: 5.79 acre

Year Built: 2003


Beautiful estate in the heart of Historic Valle Crucis. Elegant custom home with 4,000+ square feet and gorgeous guest house with views, sitting on an idyllic landscaped 5.97 acre parcel of land.

Home has remarkable finishes that include double tray ceilings and double crown molding, and is low maintenance with cementitious siding and trex porches. 12 foot ceilings and a two story living room and entry way. Large formal dining room and impressive master suite on main floor. Master includes his and hers walk in closets a huge tiled shower and soaking tub. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms, an office and a large theater/living room with full drop down movie screen.

The guest house has a luxury 2BR/2BA apartment above and is currently outfitted as a professional wood working shop below, with a total of 2560 square feet not included in total.

The grounds are completely landscaped and have pasture that would be suitable for horses if desired. Seller is offering to lease back guesthouse with a monthly rental or as a discount on price. This property can’t be missed.


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leason@boone.net, 828-406-0828 

Thank you for reading about 232/234 Maple Spring Road

Sept. 25, 2017

FALL in Love With the NC High Country

(Mountain towns and villages of Blowing Rock, Boone, Sugar Mountain,
Banner Elk, Valle Crucis, Linville, West Jefferson and more)LAKE COFFEE
Photo by Amy Morrison of Lake Coffee on Beech Mountain

The North Carolina mountains offer one of the most spectacular displays of Fall color in North America.  Thousands of visitors flock to the High Country to witness the beautiful reds and yellows of our deciduous trees.  The Blue Ridge Mountains offer one of the most colorful and longest running fall leaf seasons in the world. 

To learn more about the fall foliage reports and great places to see fall color, CLICK HERE.  Why not plan a visit?


Real Estate Report

After the huge 25% jump in sales in 2016, 2017 is holding strong with slower SUSTAINABLE growth.  

The High Country is primarily a second home and resort market, and behaves very differently from nearby cities like Charlotte, Greensboro or Raleigh.  

BUYERS: Home buyers searching in this area are usually surprised to find a good inventory with homes on the market for an average of six months.  This is how our market looks when it is healthy, and how other resort markets behave.  As in any market, well-priced homes with desirable features will sell much faster.

SUMMER SALES:  While the market is up overall, the past three months have shown some easing in sales compared to last year in the traditional strength markets of Blowing Rock and Boone, with other 'pure second home' areas such as Foscoe and Valle Crucis showing higher levels of growth.

CONDOS:  Condo sales continue to outpace the market, now at 23.1% of total residential units sold.  Many buyers are preferring the lower maintenance, especially buyers from areas that get hit by hurricanes.  Additionally, the student condo market in Boone continues to be robust.

LUXURY HOMES:  This segment of the market continues to show good growth. Year to date there have been 18 sales of homes $1M+, versus 11 at this time last year.  There is a very large inventory of homes in the $1M+ range, which is great for buyers. For sellers,  the challenge is to price homes competitively, even if that means pricing at a 'loss'. See section below.

SELLING 'SEASON':  The traditional 'season' for the NC High Country is changing. Traditionally this was a May through October market.  However, with slightly warmer winters and activities bringing people to this area year round, we are seeing strong activity all the way until the end of the year.   In fact, the most popular weeks for visitors to this area are Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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We have a unique market where homes compete with inventory and stay on the market for 6 months or more. 

From a seller's standpoint, pricing right from the beginning is key to having your home considered by increasingly savvy buyers. 

And of course, having a compelling listing with excellent photography showing off all attributes of the home is very important.

The biggest complaint I continue to hear is that the photography either prevented them from seriously considering the home or that the listing did not adequately 'describe' the home.   

If you are considering selling your home or know someone in the area who is, please refer them to the Leslie Eason Real Estate Team.  

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Bring Your Four Legged Friends to the High Country

The High Country is a wonderful place for your pets, too. We have many activities and businesses that are pet friendly. 

Explore one of our many trails of varying difficulty such as Elk Knob State Park, Grandfather Mountain State Park, the Linville Gorge Trail System, Jullian Price Lake, and the Moses Cone Estate just to name a few pet friendly trails.  Or stay in town and visit the Boone or Banner Elk Greenways.  The Boone Greenway is also fully paved and wheelchair accessible.   Atop Beech Mountain, visit the  Bark Park , on the top of the mountain.  With two play areas, an obstacle course, and watering stations, it is a great place to exercise and socialize your pet.  

There are also a plethora of pet friendly restaurants that will allow you to bring a pet to enjoy their outdoor eating areas.  Grab a beer at Lost Province Brewing, enjoy a mahi salad at Banner Elk Cafe, or check out Bistro Roca in Blowing Rock, which even has pictures of dogs covering the walls.  These are just a few options, visit, Bring Fido for a list of other restaurants in the area.

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 CALENDAR: High Country FALL Festivals


The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the southeast.  The streets of downtown North Wilkesboro, NC are filled with over 425 arts and crafts, 100 food concessions, 4 different music stages consisting of Blue Grass, Country, Folk, Gospel, and Appalachian Heritage. Cloggers, folk dancers, rope skippers, and square dancers provide additional entertainment venues for festival goers. Appalachian Heritage crafts are highlighted such as woodcarving, chair making, soap making, pottery throwing, and quilting.


Celebrating Appalachian heritage with 18th century living history demonstrations, craft vendors, music jam sessions, children's activities, live music and storytelling, The Southern Appalachian Historical Association and the town of Boone will present the Boone Heritage Festival the second Sunday in October. The festival will be held outdoors in the beautiful wooded setting of the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum.  The Boone Heritage Festival includes musical performances, storytellers, historical demonstrations from the colonial/Revolutionary time period, vendors, regional crafts, children's activities, food, and a raffle.


Grab your beer stein, put on your  lederhosen or dirndl, and head to Sugar Mountain for their annual Oktoberfest.  Local artisans and craftsmen will show their wares, a variety of items from food to ironworks are available for purchase.  Enter the Bavarian Costume Contest, or enjoy the Harbour Towne Fest Band, an authentic Oom Pah Band.  Bring the whole family and enjoy a scenic lift ride when the fall colors are peaking on the mountain.


What has grown into the largest church Bazaar in the area, the Valle Country Fair offers lots of distractions for every member of the family.  There is an activity area where folks can play games, carve pumpkins and busy their hands with arts and crafts.  Other diversions include visiting with live alpacas, face painting and laughing at the absurd yarns spun by old-time mountain storytellers.  Enjoy food, purchase hand-made crafts, and listen to entertainment on one of the two stages set up for performances.


Race your woolly worm to help predict the winter forecast according to the worm's stripes. The Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk is held the third weekend of October. Since 1978, the residents of this village at the foot of 

Beech Mountain

 have celebrated the coming of the snow season with the Woolly Worm Festival. They determine which one worm (out of 2,000!) will have the honor of predicting the severity of the coming winter; and they make that worm earn the honor by winning heat after heat of hard-fought races up a three-foot length of string.  You can bring your own worm to race, or purchase one when you get there.



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Luxury Custom Home on 9.3 Acres in West Jefferson
4 Bed/4 Bath/2 Half Bath
7,906 SqFt.

3910 Bald Mountain Road
West Jefferson, NC  28694

Plus apartment, elevator, pond, fenced pasture. 


Beautifully Furnished Home with over $80,000
 in Annual Rental Income

4 Bed/4.5 Bath
5,132 SqFt. 
275 Myria Road
Boone, NC 28607

Private setting, two large living areas.  Additional rooms used as bedroom and bunk room downstairs.  

Million Dollar Gorge Views in Blowing Rock

4 Bed/ 4.5 Bath 
3,739 Sq Ft. 

243 Misty Ridge Lane 
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

In popular Misty Mountain Subdivision 

5-Star Energy Rated Healthy-Built 
Home in Blowing Rock
3 Bed/3.5 Bath 
2,408 SqFt. 

201 Rocky Glen Road 
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Gorgeous flat lot with huge gazebo. 
Large 624 s.f. area above garage ready to finish

Mountain Elegance in Blowing Rock with 

4 Bed/4.5 Bath 
4,067 SqFt. 

253 Pinnacle Avenue 
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

High End Construction 
Room and bath over garage 
Near the Blowing Rock 


Inviting and Spacious With Grandfather Views

4 Bed/3.5 Bath 
4,080 SqFt. 

496 Old Keller Farm Road 
Boone, NC 28607 

Centrally located in the Foscoe area.
Great family or second home.
Three living areas!

Inviting  Log Home in Beautiful 
Wooded Setting

3 Bed/2.5 Bath 
2,059 SqFt. 

285 Fox Cove Rd, South 
Boone, NC 28607

Large lightly wooded lot, beautiful decks and outdoor spaces.
Huge 700+ s.f. living area above garage, not counted in square footage total 

Comfortable Living in Upscale Neighborhood

3 Bed/3 Bath 
2,812 SqFt. 

2026 Valle Cay Drive 
Vilas, NC 28692

Opportunity to be in desirable Valle Cay neighborhood for under $400,000 

Located just outside of Historic Valle Crucis 

Gorgeous Mountain Home in Wooded Setting

3 Bed/2.5 Bath 
3,072 SqFt. 

422 Wolf Den Lane 
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 

Great Rental Income Potential,
Large living areas.

Open Design and Big Mountain Views on Nearly 2 Acre Lot in Banner Elk 

3 Bed/3 Bath 
2,514 SqFt. 

1111 Meadow Ave 
Banner Elk, NC 28604 

Offered completely furnished. 
Full finished walk out basement with large living room and pool table, additional sleeping room.
Great vacation rental potential.

Perfect Investment Opportunity - Minutes to ASU

3 Bed/2 Bath 
1,380 SqFt. 

370 Homespun Hills Rd 
Boone, NC  28605 

Has been a successful student rental. 
Great for ASU parents. 

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-Leslie Eason - Team  Leader, Listing Agent

-Laurie Chilelli - Buyers  Agent

-Chris Chilelli - Buyers  Agent

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Certified Luxury Specialist, GREEN, ASP Staging Pro
Realtor & Broker
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