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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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Oct. 9, 2018

Healthy Holiday Recipes


The season we’ve been waiting for is finally here! Are you ready for shades of yellow, orange, brown, and red to fall into your lawn? Time to start planning costumes, vacation plans, gift ideas, and decorations. As you are getting ready for these next few months full of celebration, we suggest you look through these Healthy Holiday Recipes that will be perfect for each occasion.


Halloween Jack-O'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

Image from Sara Chelena

This recipe is excellent to do with kids! Creative AND tasty.



4 orange bell peppers

Extra-virgin olive oil

Salt, Pepper

1 Onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp. chili powder

1 lb. ground beef (or meat alternative)

1 c. cooked white or brown rice

1 c. chicken stock, divided

1 (15 oz) can of fire-roasted tomatoes

1 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided


You can even change up your stuffing ingredients. Try grilled zucchini or turkey for a healthy alternative. Get the full recipe here.

Thanksgiving Butternut Squash Stuffed With Wild Rice

If you're looking for a Thanksgiving dish packed with nutrients and comforting flavors for all to enjoy, this is the recipe for you. It is vegan & vegetarian friendly too! Collect the following ingredients to start cookin'...

Image from Food Network


2 medium butternut squash (2 to 2.25 lbs each)

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

4 tablespoons olive oil

Salt & pepper

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 cup wild rice

1/2 teaspoon mild curry powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 tablespoons dried unsweetened cherries

1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Full recipe can be found on foodnetwork.com or click here.


Christmas or Hanukkah - Red Wine Braised Beef Brisket


You will want to make this every chilly winter night this season. Be sure to plan ahead with this recipe so that this delicious meal can be ready for you just in time for dinner! Your first bite of beef will melt in your mouth. Everyday Food suggests serving with boiled potatoes and chopped parsley and reviews say it is perfect if you want to try something new for Hanukkah! For a video on how to make this tender beef, click here.


Time: 4 hours 30 min

Prep: 35 min

Servings: 6




2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 1/2 pounds beef brisket, cut into 3 inch pieces

Salt & ground pepper

8 shallots, halved

6 garlic cloves, smashed & peeled

3 cups dry wine


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Posted in Area Information
Sept. 18, 2018

2018 High Country Area Fall Festivals

As temperatures are dropping and sweaters are coming back out, it’s time to take a look at the fall festivals planned near you this season. We’ve gathered details about the High Country festivals that you won’t want to miss!

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival

When? October 6, 2018

Where? Located in Downtown North Wilkesboro from 8AM-5PM Rain or Shine.

Cost? This arts and crafts festival is FREE!

Orchards from all over the region select and display their best handpicked apples, apple cider, and dried apples for this event…and it doesn’t stop there! Enjoy local restaurant vendors, live music, square dancing, rope skippers, and even cloggers. For crafty participants, you’ll want to head over to booths with chair making, handmade soap, woodcarving, and quilting. To top it all off, over 100 nonprofits participate in this festival, making it one of Wilkes County’s largest fundraisers.

2018 Art in the Park

When? Saturday October 6, 2018

Where? 432 Rock Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Cost? Free!

If you appreciate art, then you should definitely check out this festival full breathtaking work. Blowing Rock has this event every month running from May all the way to the end of October. Check out a large variety of art priced as low as $5 to even high quality furniture priced up in the thousands. “This year was incredibly competitive, with more than 300 artists competing for only 97 booths at each show.  We have a greater variety of media this year and many new faces coming to the shows over the course of the summer. Every show will offer many different items ~ both functional and beautiful ~ for customers.” said Loni Miller, Art in the Park Director.

Boone Heritage Festival

When? October 7, 2018

Where? Hickory Ridge Living History Museum

Cost? Free!

Jam sessions + traditional crafts + historical demonstrations + stories + kid friendly activities in a gorgeous wooded setting located at the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum. What more could you ask for? Southern Appalachian Historical Association Inc. will present this festival on Sunday the 7th of October this year. Learn the background of Appalachian traditions at this festival by watching demonstrations. They will show basket weaving, campfire cooking and spinning wool!


When? Sat & Sun, October 13-14, 2018. 10am – 5pm.

Where? Located at Sugar Mountain Resort, Main Lodge

1009 Sugar Mountain Drive

Village of Sugar Mountain, NC


Cost? Free! (Including parking)

Calling all beer lovers! There will be plenty of Paulaner beer to go with the Bratwurst, Knockwurst, strudels, and soft pretzels that will be available at this festival. In addition to Bavarian meals, other festival cuisines such as funnel cakes and hamburgers will be offered as well. A variety of booths will be there to offer everything from jewelry and birdhouses to home décor and ironworks. Don’t miss out on the Bavarian Costume Contest either! Strut your stuff on the dance floor at 4pm Saturday in full Oktoberfest attire to participate. Register between noon and 3:45pm.

Todd New River Festival 

When? October 13, 2018. 9AM – 5PM

Where? Walter and Annie Cook Memorial Park Todd, NC 28684

Come out for some face painting, kid friendly activities, live music, storytelling, crafts, and more! If you get there early, hot coffee and cider will be ready for you. Then, continue to enjoy the festival by walking around to the different artisan vendors, river-themed scavenger hunts, and obstacle courses!

Woolly Worm Festival 

When? Sat & Sun - October 20th – 21st, 2018

Where? Shawneehaw Ave S

Banner Elk, North Carolina

Cost? Admission to this festival is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Purchase tickets ahead of time at http://www.woollyworm.com/ or at the gate on the day of the event. All proceeds are given back to community to enhance schools, children programs, and to promote Avery County tourism efforts.


Listen to live music, watch excellent dance teams, and have fun on a few inflatable rides! This year will be the 41st Annual Woolly Worm Festival. Winning the infamous Woolly Worm race on Saturday grants you $1000 and will help determine the forecast of this winter.


Check out last year’s winning worm, Aspen!

The Valle Country Fair 

When? Saturday, October 20, 2018. 9am - 4pm.

Where? Located at NC 194 across from Valle Crucis Conference Center Valle Crucis, NC 28691

Cost? Free!

Free admission to a day of great food, crafts, mountain music, and family activities! If you enjoy Brunswick Stew, hand made arts and crafts, bluegrass, storytelling, pumpkin carving, or just hanging out with alpacas, this is the event for you! Funds go towards community outreach, local ministries, and to those in crisis.

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

When? October 27, 2018 2pm-9pm

Where? Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Cost? Free!

This is the perfect festival for your kids. Halloween-themed crafts, a fun house, hay rides, and more will be there for you and the family to enjoy! If you’re planning a spooky costume for Halloween this year, consider entering the Costume Contest at this festival! Sign up to potentially win this contest at the Recreation Center by 6 pm (the march will begin at 7pm). Then, to end the spooky night, a Moonlight Scavenger hunt will begin after the contest. Kids between ages 6-13 should bring a team of 3, flashlights, and their best detective skills!



Aug. 6, 2018

Declutter Your Home for Sale: Minimize Your Stress While Maximizing Your Home’s Profitability


When you start the process of selling your house, keep in mind that potential buyers are absorbing every visual detail of your home! So yes, this means it is time to address that corner of your closet full of last year’s holiday decorations. It is time to get organized! Here are some tips we gathered to help you plan the process of decluttering....


First Impressions

  • Get a fresh pair of eyes to walk with you through the front yard all the way to the nooks and crannies of your home. Getting a friend or family member that doesn’t live there will give you a new perspective on what needs to go.  
  • Get your gardening gloves on and make sure your yard (the very first thing people see) is presented with viable plants and quality outdoor furniture.
  • Take a moment to find the areas of your home that people will be using often. This could be your front hallways, doorways, landing spots for keys/purses/tv remotes, etc. Make these areas obvious by eliminating unnecessary appliances, shoes, toys, seasonal gear, hooks, and distracting piles of books/magazines. A select few items can be left out for accessorizing purposes, but keep it simple. Check out this For Sale By Owner article for more specific items to keep out of the way.

Living Rooms

  • Too much furniture can be overwhelming. Enlarge your rooms by ditching excessive chairs, side tables, and lamps. Then, arrange the room so that the focal point leads your eye to your best piece of furniture, allowing buyers to see the potential of each room. (Rob Morelli agrees).
  • Living rooms are typically a central gathering point of a home, so it is crucial that you remove anything that could hinder the display of its full potential.
  • As Ideal Home put it, “Tame the Technology”. Game consoles, messy wires, DVD players, multiple remotes, and WiFi routers need to be organized or removed.
  • Consider a cable sleeve to keep your cords aesthetically pleasing and nonhazardous.
  • Tame a room by removing excess personal photos and knick-knacks. You do not want potential buyers lingering over collectables or being curious about your family. Rule of thumb: remove anything smaller than a bowling ball. In staging terms, little items can be considered "room dandruff". Opt instead for larger, bolder, or simpler items and settings.
  • If you have a cluttered bookshelf, a good way to master it is to take off everything and only put back what you need or want to look at.


This For Sale By Owner article gave us a few ideas on what to do with your kitchen full of appliances.

  • Count every inch of counter space! Unused dishware, holiday plates you never bring out, and scattered utensils should be stored away. You could even install large appliances such as a microwave into a lower shelf. This gives you more clean counter space to work with.
  • Efficiently store your pots and pans with a pan rack for organized, neat cabinets.
  • Go ahead and get rid of the smaller appliances. This includes unused pans, tools, Crockpots, baking equipment, etc. However, it is important to strategically leave a FEW items that buyers can use as inspiration.
  • Sponges, cleansers, dish towels, and cleaning supplies should be kept minimal and under the sink.
  • Allocate some time and attention to your fridge and pantry. If you even question a food product, throw it out! The six month rule is handy here.
  • Any evidence of unwanted pests (such as ant powder) should be gone!

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  • Thoroughly clean your bathrooms! Switch your mentality to “host-mode” by always being prepared to have guests. This will make you aware of your unneeded bathroom junk.
  • Makeup, shower essentials, old linens, rugs, and piled up beauty products inside your cabinets need to GO. Buyers will look into the cabinets, so be sure to give them a clean slate.
  • Temporarily relocate any medications, jewelry, and unused toiletries. This will allow potential buyers to imagine their own products and personal items in the space - keep this in mind for each area of your home!
  • Have a storage tub ready to put in the extra toiletries for quick storage when the home is being shown, or even if you are having guests over. This can work for kitchens as storage for spices and common cooking tools.
  • Look through this Stage My Own Home article for more tips on dealing with linens, old beauty products, rugs, dirty shower doors, leaking toilets, mildew, and more!

Now, where do you put all the junk you have cleared out of your home?

  • As Rob Morelli put it, you "have a few options. You can sell them, maybe make a little bit of cash at a resale shop or a garage sale. You can keep them, but in a storage unit somewhere away from your home. You can recycle them. You can donate them. Probably, realistically, you’ll do a few of these things, depending on the clutter.”

A few more things to consider before starting this seemingly daunting process: think of yourself as staying at a hotel for a short period of time. What do you truly need and actually use? Lastly, think positive. Your house WILL sell...you might as well start packing up those extra items now.




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