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Fall Fun in
Everyone these days is looking for fun things to do without spending a lot of money. One of the great things about fall is you can experience the beautiful colors of the mountains for free! There are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the beauty of the fall scenery in Wilkes County, from the rolling foothills in the eastern part of the county to Stone Mountain at the northern tip and the Brushy Mountains to the west. Pick your adventure!
Weekday Getaway in Blowing Rock
Autumn weekends can be very busy on the Blue Ridge Parkway; skip peak times with a weekday visit! Local guides & adventure attractions are still open mid-week in September & October. Book more fun to extend your trip! www.Blowingrock.com
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FALL 2022 Issue
It's Fall, Ya'll!
FALL HIGH COUNTRY BACKROAD DRIVES
These meandering roads are paved and great for autos and motorcycles. So, fill up your gas tank, pack a picnic lunch and hit the road to view the fall splendor!
Fall Festivals in
Surry County, NC
Surry County, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in northwestern North Carolina near the Virginia line, welcomes visitors each fall with a variety of festivals. Make plans now to check out these five family-friendly events focused on food, fiddles, foliage, seriously large pumpkins and The Andy Griffith Show.
The Shenandoah Valley Shines At This Stunning Museum
One of the most treasured destinations of the Shenandoah Valley is also one of the most dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the Valley’s cultural life and heritage: the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Don’t miss the special exhibit called “Origami in The Garden,” (pictured) an exciting outdoor exhibition that features large metal sculptures inspired by the Japanese art form involving folding paper (this outdoor exhibit runs through November 13.)
Beautiful Fall Roads Lead to Wytheville
Escape the hustle-bustle of the interstates and explore the scenic backroads of the area with unique attractions along the way. Local farms offer the beauty of harvest time as fields become blanketed with the orange of pumpkins. Festivals and events are frequent this time of year and focus on music and crafts. Fans of spooky activities will love the area with its two seasonal haunted attractions, Helheim and Haunted Graham Mansion, as well as a weekend devoted to zombies in Downtown Wytheville.
The Historic Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Photos and Editorial by Bonnie East
Here’s an Open Invitation to enjoy the splendor of colors in the North Georgia Mountains at the Historic Lake Rabun Hotel, only three miles from one of the most spectacular canyons in the Eastern U.S. - Tallulah Gorge and Falls - called the “Niagara of the South.”
Imagine open fires, chilly nights, fresh mountain air, local wines, casual fine dining, customized massages, and an early evening cocktail cruise around beautiful Lake Rabun. A range of activities include zip lining, horseback riding, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and peak fall fly- fishing. There’s also quiet relaxation and re-tuning, a “let go of worries and cares” time, for you and loved ones.
Haywood You Like To Fall In Love With Our Festivals
Whether you’re a family with children wanting quality time together, day hikers testing their skill at the 10-mile round trip adventure, or “thru-hikers” loaded up with gear to set out on the 2190 mile Appalachian Trail to Maine, via Georgia, the Hike Inn gives everyone a quality leave-nothing-behind-but-footprints experience.
Len Foote Hike Inn
“Above the Grid”
Bring on cooler temperatures, delightful fall foliage, and the anticipation for all the upcoming events celebrating our rich Appalachian heritage. From arts and crafts to food and live music, there’s truly a reason for everyone to fall for Haywood. Rake up a pile of family-fun and stay a while—you won’t want to miss out on autumn in the Smokies.
Town of Talking Rock
Heritage Days Festival
Downtown Talking Rock is a quaint, and ordinarily quiet place to browse the shops, gather with family and friends at the brewery and relax. However, from 9 am to 5 pm during the Twenty-seventh Annual Heritage Days Festival, our little town will be filled with booths featuring a wide variety of high-quality arts, crafts, and antiques.
Town of Talking Rock
Heritage Days Festival
Arts & Crafts, Tours, And The Biggest Little Parade Around
The first Saturday in November brings focus on Georgia’s marble mining mecca. The five-mile long, half-mile wide, 2,000 feet deep marble vein at Tate is the bedrock of an industry that produces some of the finest architectural and carving stone in the world.
Coming Spring 2023
Special Section North Georgia Mountains
Andrews Wagon Train
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
How to Grow a Cave
NC Trail Days Festival
Sequoyah Remembrance Day
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