Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

Pisgah Inn Restaurant

The warmer days are here and we hope you have enjoyed cruising with the windows down (or top down for those convertible drivers)! As always, driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a joy. While in the area, be sure to check out the Pisgah Inn Restaurant, the only eating establishment on the Blue Ridge… Read more »

“A Vanberbilt House Party – The Gilded Age” Clothing Exhibit On Display!

A favorite attraction that is nationally acclaimed yet local is the esteemed Biltmore Estate of Asheville, North Carolina. Perfect in every season and a convenient location for all Lake Keowee and Upstate residents, this grand home and estate have much to offer. Biltmore, the largest privately-owned home in the US, was envisioned and built by… Read more »

The North Carolina Arboretum’s Winter Lights

The North Carolina Arboretum is worth seeing anytime of the year but they do put on a special display for the Christmas Season! From now through December 31st, you can experience the extravagant Winter Lights show – and yes, this involves over 500,000 lights. Walk through the transformed gardens and see the winter wonderland display… Read more »

Montford Historic District of Asheville

Need to get away for a long weekend? Look to one of the many charming bed & breakfast inns of the Montford neighborhood in Asheville, North Carolina. Just north of downtown Asheville, this neighborhood is part of the National Register Historic District with over 500 buildings that date between 1890 and 1920. Many of these… Read more »

Small Towns of Western North Carolina

Many people are familiar with Asheville, North Carolina, especially residents of The Cliffs and The Reserve, as this stunning city is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is exploding with art and delicious restaurants (and so much more)! But what about some of the smaller towns nestled in the surrounding areas? Let’s explore a… Read more »

“Chihuly at Biltmore”

What could make the stunning Biltmore Estate even more spectacular? Add the sparkling exhibition of “Chihuly at Biltmore”! The display is not only indoors of the magnificent home but also throughout the gardens for a truly magical indoor/outdoor experience. From May 17th through October 7th, those who visit the estate of the Vanberbilt family in… Read more »

WNC Nature Center

For many of the residents of The Cliffs Communities and The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Asheville, North Carolina is a frequent stop. From shopping to dining, this town is bursting with things to experience. One of the great things regarding this town is the location and natural surroundings. Western North Carolina has much to offer… Read more »

Vintage Market Days® in Asheville!

Ever heard of Vintage Market Days®? If not, get ready to be introduced in Asheville for the Spring event! Vintage Market Days®, holds a three-day market at various times all over the country but will be in Asheville March 16th through 18th. These multi-day markets feature vintage-inspired items for indoor and outdoor. Looking for unique… Read more »

Ski Resorts of Western North Carolina

This past weekend’s snow may have you itching for a chance to hit the slopes! Many enjoyed the beauty of the snowy weather from inside but for those who enjoy venturing out, consider some of the various ski slopes and resorts in and around the Asheville, North Carolina area! Yes, our winters are typically mild… Read more »

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