Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

Bare Dark Sky Observatory

Nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Bare Dark Sky Observatory located in the Earth to Sky Park, is a haven for stargazing enthusiasts. Imagine immersing yourself in a tranquil environment, far away from the bright lights of the city, where the night sky comes alive in all its breathtaking glory…. Read more »

Apple Festival in Hendersonville, NC

September is the kick off of fall and nothing screams autumn quite like apples, apple cider, apple pie, apple butter…you get where we’re going. The first week of September is kicking off with a cidered bang in Hendersonville with the Annual North Carolina Apple Festival. The four day event will bring a host of apple… Read more »

Brevard Music Center: A Melodic Haven in the Heart of Nature

Nestled amid the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, the Brevard Music Center stands as a sanctuary for musicians and music enthusiasts alike. This prestigious institution has evolved into a hub of musical excellence and a nurturing ground for budding talents. Offering a diverse array of educational programs and world-class performances, the Brevard Music… Read more »

Chimney Rock State Park

There is so much to see and do in the mountains of Western North Carolina, from hiking and camping, to exploring a quaint picturesque town.  One of our favorite ways to experience the western NC mountains is visiting Chimney Rock State Park!  Just 25 miles from Asheville, North Carolina, this state park highlights the monolith… Read more »

Birding Clubs of the Area

The greater Upstate region of South Carolina is not only home to many beautiful and diverse plants, but also some fascinating and stunning birds!  With so many beautiful species of birds to study, our area has several “birding” clubs where members learn about area birds together. Here are the top organizations in the greater Greenville… Read more »

The Chautaugua Society Presents the History Comes Alive Festival

We’re continuing our mission of helping long-time residents and new homeowners in our greater Upstate SC area learn & enjoy all our area has to offer with a new Festival this summer. The Chautaugua Society once again brings history to life!  Step back in time and get to know more about the magician Harry Houdini’s… Read more »

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Western North Carolina

Memorial Day is fast approaching and to celebrate the summer season, why not get outdoors and try something new?  Western North Carolina has several beautiful mountain towns, bustling with new arts scenes. Farmer markets, outdoor music, and art popups are starting to start up again in time for Summer, highlighting this region of the Appalachian’s… Read more »

Asheville – a Chocolate Lover’s Paradise

Looking for something “sweet” to do? How about taking a chocolate tour? Yes, Asheville, North Carolina is a chocolate lover’s paradise! Not only are there numerous wonderful restaurants with their own delicious desserts but there are several local chocolate shops worth visiting!   Chocolate Fetish The Chocolate Fetish uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible and… Read more »

Grandfather Mountain New Year’s Sunrise Hike

Want to welcome the New Year in an unforgettable way?  Consider taking in the first sunrise of 2022 atop Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina! This annual event allows you to rare opportunity to not only visit and hike within the Grandfather Mountain park outside normal hours, but also gives you the breathtaking view of a… Read more »

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