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Rise and Shine: Breakfast in Transylvania County

Rise and Shine: Breakfast in Transylvania County

Rise and Shine: Breakfast in Transylvania County Transylvania County’s many authentic, independent eateries offer a mouthwatering variety of food and beverages to sweeten your stay, no matter the time of day. When it comes to starting your day with a delicious breakfast, we know how to do it right with an assortment of great spots to get you going — whether you’re heading out on the trail, hitting the town, or just hanging out. Here are some top breakfast spots across the county. Photo Courtesy of Morning Social, Cup & Saucer, Smokey Mountain Sunrise Brevard Brevard is a haven for breakfast lovers, offering a diverse array of options to suit any craving. Find high-quality breakfast and lunch all day in the historic Lumberyard District at Morning Social, which serves up locally sourced, made-from-scratch classics, hearty bowls, brunch favorites, and specialty drinks.  Smokey Sunrise in Downtown Brevard specializes in high-quality brunch and lunch options with a distinct culinary flare.  If you’re looking for a quick and fresh-baked bite with your coffee in a cafe setting, Bracken Mountain Bakery, Blue Ridge Bakery, Cup & Saucer, and Quotations Coffee Spot are all excellent choices.  For classic breakfast favorites, head to Sunrise Cafe or Brevard Diner, where you can enjoy traditional dishes in a cozy setting. And if you’re on the go, Henry’s and Sully’s Steamers offer quick and satisfying breakfast options to grab and go. Photo Courtesy of Cedar Mountain Cafe   Cedar Mountain Tucked into the homey mountain community of Cedar... Read More
Annual Events in Brevard

Annual Events in Brevard

Annual Events in Brevard, NC What’s going on in Transylvania County? We’re so glad you asked. Throughout the year, there are so many events that locals and visitors alike look forward to in our neck of the woods. Our calendar is filled with vibrant festivals, concerts, shows, and rides — and that’s just the beginning. When you visit the Land of Waterfalls, be sure to add one (or several) of these festivals and celebrations to your itinerary. Want to learn more? Visit Heart of Brevard for more information on these events, including dates, details, and location. White Squirrel Day – February Each year, Brevard’s official White Squirrel Ambassador, Pisgah Penny, makes predictions on February 2nd, White Squirrel Day. This special squirrel has a knack for forecasting whether Brevard will experience an early Spring. Pisgah Penny also predicts each year’s Super Bowl Winner. Assault on the Carolinas – April This popular cycling event draws in 1,000 cyclists each year as a fundraiser for the Pisgah Forest Rotary Club. The 100k and 50k routes take riders through beautiful country in the North Carolina and South Carolina mountains. White Squirrel Weekend – May A celebration of Brevard’s beloved mascot, White Squirrel Weekend is a fun, festival-style event that takes over Downtown Brevard once a year. It is a family-friendly event with fun activities for all ages. The streets come alive with a toe-tapping lineup of live bands, local vendors, and artisans, plus a variety of tasty offerings from food trucks and local... Read More
Take A Trip Into The Heart Of Romance

Take A Trip Into The Heart Of Romance

Take A Trip Into The Heart Of Romance Whether you’re looking for a cozy winter getaway or the ultimate romantic experience, Transylvania County has a keepsake box full of great ideas to help you show your sweetheart just how much you care. There’s no better place to up your romance game than in our area, especially in Brevard or historic Toxaway. Here are a few suggestions certain to score major points with your main squeeze. Snuggle Up From rustic cabins to luxury inns, our charming accommodations are sure to light your fire. A Great Gatsby-era, colonial revival treasure, The Bromfield Inn, just a short walk from downtown Brevard, offers luxurious accommodations in a beautiful park-like setting. For a wonderful massage nearby, Elements Wellness Spa in downtown is the perfect place to relax and refresh. If the Toxaway area is more your style, the lovely, historic Greystone Inn is a perfect getaway, where you can enjoy a side-by-side couple’s massage in the spa and then sit by the fire while over looking the lake. Brevard and Transylvania County offer a host of perfect love nests for your Valentine’s getaway. Click here to find your sweet spot, including our winter specials. Dinner Date A cozy, wonderful dinner is at the top of any Valentine’s celebration and for good reason. It’s a chance to connect and enjoy a special meal in a magical setting. If you’re in downtown Brevard, you’ll want to consider The Bohemian with its globally-inspired dishes, and Wild Morel with its French-and Italian-inspired rustic cuisine. In historic Toxaway,... Read More
Artful Adventures: Exploring the Arts in Brevard & Transylvania County

Artful Adventures: Exploring the Arts in Brevard & Transylvania County

Artful Adventures: Exploring the Arts in Brevard & Transylvania County Thanks to its surrounding natural beauty, Brevard has long attracted artists across every discipline, turning the area into a moveable feast of memorable art experiences. This month, the Adventurist sat down with Kathy King, Executive Director of the Transylvania Community Arts Council, to provide some insights into what makes our artistic community so special for residents and visitors alike. And since it’s getting to be “that time of year,” Kathy offered to provide some great shopping suggestions for those of you who are looking for that special something to slip under the Christmas tree.  Q&A Q&A: Kathy, tell us a little about yourself. Kathy has a fascinating background. She’s been a corporate attorney, a wedding and fine art photographer, and an educator. All three disciplines provided her with the perfect background to take over the reins of the Arts Council in 2021. She says, “It just seems like everything I have been doing led me to this place. I absolutely love the Arts Council, its mission, and what I do every day. And I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t!” Q&A Q&A: What is the Transylvania Community Arts Council? “Transylvania Community Arts Council was formed over fifty years ago and, initially, its primary purpose was holding an annual “Festival of the Arts.” In 1983, we received our 501(c)3 status and really began to expand. Today, one of the most important things we do is advocate for the arts... Read More