Holidays in the high country

The vibrant colors of the autumn leaves have come and gone, and a magical time in the High Country is about to begin: the holiday season. Wintertime charm and old fashioned Christmas spirit will soon fill our small towns, and snow will eventually blanket the ground. Twinkling lights will fill our homes and line the streets, and merry sounds can be heard allover.

Holiday celebrations and winter activities are magical in the High Country, and we’ve rounded up all of our favorites to share with you!

Choose and Cut Tree Farms
Appalachian Christmas Mountain Farms | Boone, NC

C&J Christmas Tree Farm | Boone, NC

Circle C Tree Farm | Boone, NC

Appalachian Evergreens | Blowing Rock, NC

Frosty’s Choose & Cut | West Jefferson, NC

Red Barn Tree Farm | Linville, NC

Shop Local
Beech Mountain Holiday Market | November 26 | 10AM – 4PM

West Jefferson Christmas Crawl | December 2 | 5PM – 7PM

Blowing Rock Holiday Stroll | December 9 | 4PM – 8PM

Parades and Holiday Fun
Blowing Rock Lighting of the Town | November 25 | 12PM – 6:30PM

Blowing Rock Christmas Parade | November 26 | 10AM – 12PM

Chetola Festival of Lights | Daily beginning November 27

Boone Christmas Parade | December 10 | 2PM

Banner Elk Small Town Christmas | December 2 – 4

Beech Mountain Christmas Parade | December 22 | 4PM

West Jefferson’s Annual Hometown Christmas | November 25 | 5PM – 7PM

‘Snow’ Much Fun
Appalachian Ski Mountain

Sugar Mountain

Beech Mountain

Beech Mountain Sled Hill

Hawksnest

Tweetsie Christmas
Beginning November 25, Tweetsie Railroad transforms into a winter wonderland.  Offering holiday activities the whole family will love, including kid-friendly rides, a Christmas variety show, meeting Santa in his gingerbread house, and a 20-minute nighttime train ride winding through 1 million Christmas lights. Be sure to purchase your tickets soon!

Swiss Mountain Village’s Ways To Spread Holiday Cheer
In the season of giving, here are some favorite ideas from our staff on ways to spread some holiday cheer:

  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food bank
  • Buy lunch for emergency workers and first responders
  • Set out gifts for your postal and sanitation workers
  • Donate nonperishable food or gently worn clothing to a charity drive
  • Pay it forward and buy coffee for the person behind you in line
  • Leave an extra large tip at your favorite local restaurant

Wishing you all a magical holiday season!

Fall Treats & Changing Leaves

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

Anne of Green Gables

There is something special about the changing of each season here in the High Country, but fall has to be the most beautiful. The Blue Ridge Mountains have been repeatedly named one of the greatest locations for fall scenery. We may be biased, but we agree! If you are headed here for some leaf peeping, we encourage you to take in all the High Country has to offer in the fall.

Fall Color
The 2022 Fall Foliage Prediction Map predicts the High Country will see color changes earlier this year, with the best colors peaking around October 7-14. We recommend taking a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to get some great pictures at some of the overlooks.

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes
Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Valle Crucis
New River Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Deep Gap
Ashe County Corn Maze in West Jefferson
Norway’s Corn Maze in Boone
C&J Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Boone

Festivals and Fairs
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in North Wilkesboro
Oktoberfest in Sugar Mountain
Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis
Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk

Halloween Fun
Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad
Haunted Harvest & Trail or Treat in Beech Mountain
Beary Scary Halloween at Grandfather Mountain
Blowing Rock Halloween Festival in Blowing Rock
Trunk or Treat at Watauga Rec Center in Boone
Boone Boo! in Boone

Swiss Mountain Village’s Fall Bucket List
For even more fun ways to celebrate fall, here are some favorite ideas from our staff:

  • go apple picking
  • jump in the leaves
  • pick a pumpkin to carve
  • toast s’mores over a bonfire
  • take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • eat way too much candy
  • enjoy hot apple cider

What’s your favorite way to celebrate fall?!

Girls Getaway

Planning a girls getaway weekend and not sure where to start? Let us help you! Check out our ideas for a perfect weekend, anytime of the year!

STAY
We have some great rooms available for any size group but the best unit is 27. This ground level unit is one of our larger options and features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. This unit can comfortably sleep 8. You’ll have plenty of room to spread out but the cozy living room is perfect for those late night gossip sessions! BONUS: this unit just happens to be open all this week, which is perfect for a last minute getaway!

EAT & DRINK
If you don’t want to cook while on vacation, there are some fabulous options in Blowing Rock that are local favorites. For brunch, The Village Café is our best kept secret and a not-to-be-missed spot. Or, grab coffee and a pastry from Camp Coffee. For lunch, Six Pence Pub has a great outdoor seating area and the fish and chips is a local favorite! Just off Main Street is Hellbender Bed and Beverage, another local favorite with cozy outdoor seating. There are plenty of fabulous dinner options in town, including Bistro Roca, Storie Street Grille, and The Speckled Trout. These all have delicious food and fun drinks. Looking to pick up some wine and cheeses for late night? Sunset and Vine has you covered.

RELAX
Just a 5 minute drive from Swiss Mountain Village is the Spa at Chetola. Imagine taking a few hours (or the whole day) to relax and be pampered. The spa has a wide range of services including massage therapies, facials, and nail treatments. Adjoining the spa is their indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, and sauna. Trust us, this is a great place to take in some “me” time.

SHOP
Blowing Rock has some amazing shops and it’s easy to spend the entire day strolling and shopping. Neaco, Common Good, The Spice and Tea Exchange, Monkee’s of Blowing Rock, and Bolick & Traditions Pottery are all local favorites. But trust us, there is something for everyone!

STROLL
There are some great trails and walking paths in and around Blowing Rock. Check out the new water fountain at Broyhill Park, or check out the views of Moses Cone Manor at Bass Lake. Want something more challenging? The Glen Burney Trail is a moderately challenging, 2.3 mile out-and-back trail right off Main Street.

So, text your girlfriends and let them know you have the perfect girls getaway weekend planned in Blowing Rock! We’ll reserve a room for you!

Treat dad to a special weekend

Whether you’re celebrating a father, a grandfather, a brother, a friend, or someone special to you, treat him to a weekend in the High Country. We’ve got a list of ideas to inspire you.

Adventure
Do you have an adventure seeker in the family? Wilderness Alpine Coaster in Banner Elk is a great way to spend some time with dad. Or spend the day white water rafting on the Watauga River. If hiking is more his style, our area is home to some great hiking trails. Rough Ridge is a local favorite for stunning views.

Bites and Brews
If he enjoys craft beers, Appalachian Mountain Brewery or Booneshine Brewing are local favorites with both offering some delicious food. If he’s more of an adventurer when it comes to food, the Gamekeeper serves exotic (and traditional) meats and is a can’t miss. Does he prefer to grill and chill? Take advantage of our picnic and grill area.

Relax
Is your favorite guy a golf lover? Reserve a tee-time at Boone Golf Club or Sugar Mountain Golf Club. Or relax on Price Lake and rent one of their kayaks or stand up paddleboards. And don’t forget, we’ve got a fully stocked trout pond that lends itself to some family-friendly competition.

Come spend Father’s Day weekend with us at Swiss Mountain Village. We’ve got friendly staff willing to answer any questions about favorite local spots, both popular and off-the-beaten-path.