Saturday, December 15, 2012

Greet the New Year in North Carolina!!

All along North Carolina's shoreline,  find great shopping, historic sites, ocean fishing, wonderful walks and beautiful vistas.  Visit many times and find something new each time. From the Dismal Swamp on the Virginia border to Long Bay, down where North Carolina meets South Carolina.
One place to get your New Year's eve celebration on in coastal Carolina is the Pier in Kure Beach. The giant lighted beach ball will drop at midnight, followed up spectacular fireworks.  This free, family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase.   Click here for the Island of Lights information.

The Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains out in western Carolina give you a different side of our heritage.  The stunning scenery grabs your eye and heart, but the entertainment offers a wide variety of delights.
For New Year, consider the 18th Annual Possum Drop in Brasstown, the "Opossum Capital of the World."   Or enjoy some torchlight skiing for the New Year at Blowing Rock.  Or try the Winterfest from January 4-6 at Beech Mountain.  So much to do and see!

North Carolina's Piedmont, the middle, has its own unique prospects. Plenty of open space for camping and sports, and a plethora of museums, universities and mind-expanding opportunities.  Plan on taking your time in 2013 to check out everything.
For New Year, try Pinehurst's Party in the Pines - live music, champagne and golf in the morning.  If you aren't a late owl, go to Mt. Olive, where the New Year’s Eve Pickle descends the flagpole at the stroke of 7 p.m. midnight – that’s 7 o’clock EST, midnight Greenwich Mean Time. You will be "official" but don’t have to stay up until midnight.  With live music and free refreshments!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Explore North Carolina for the Holidays

The White House chooses a North Carolina Christmas Tree for the 12th time!
The 19 foot Fraser fir will be displayed in the Blue Room at the White House.   Malia, Shasha and Bo joined our First Lady to welcome the growers from Peak Farms in Jefferson.  Rusty and Beau Estes, owners of Peak Farms, also supplied a Christmas Tree to President Bush in 2008, when Rusty teamed up with Jesse Davis and the River Ridge Tree Farms.  Thumbs up from Mrs. Obama and NCBBI!!

2012 National Gingerbread House Display 
The competition is over.  The winners were selected on November 17th.  But there are no losers, so come  see them all.  These delicious, inventive creations will delight everyone in the family. In the western mountains, in Asheville, check out the hours and location:  Click here for all the details.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway Christmas
The Charlotte region’s largest holiday light show, features more than 4.5 miles of holiday light displays. See Santa’s Christmas Bethlehem-themed village, petting zoo, food, music and photos with Santa.  Try the ice-skating rink.   Another feature is a drive-through on the race course, with more than three million LED lights in themed display areas.  Fulfill your need for speed!!  This link shows all you can do!