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Relax, Unwind, and Be Well in Transylvania County

Relax, Unwind, and Be Well in Transylvania County

Relax, Unwind, and Be Well in Transylvania County Breathe in… and breathe out. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of life’s hectic moments melting away in the peaceful mountain oasis that is Transylvania County. Here, you can find calm moments in the company of nature as you take in the awe of an unending vista, soak up the sunlit canopy of the forests, and find your balance through movement and relaxation. Ready to find your inner peace? Let’s go. Find your zen outside. With 100,000+ acres of public lands to explore in the county, there’s plenty of room to spread out and find your moments of zen in nature. One increasingly popular way to enjoy the calm and rich, sensory experience of the outdoors is through forest bathing. Forest bathing is a practice that engages your senses to find a deeper connection with nature. To get the most out of this relaxing experience, make sure to turn off your devices to decrease distractions, move slowly along a trail, take deep breaths, and check in often to observe what is around you. You can also find serenity while admiring Transylvania’s naturally beautiful views. Of course, the Land of Waterfalls has many cascades to explore. If a mountain vista sounds more like your idea of peace, there are several incredible overlooks that await. Maybe the river is calling your name. Whether you decide to cast a line or paddle your way through mountain streams, our rivers are sure to help you decompress.  Mindful... Read More
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
Listen to the Music: Live Music in Transylvanina County

Listen to the Music: Live Music in Transylvanina County

Listen to the Music: Live Music in Transylvanina County The hills are alive with the sound of music — the Appalachian hills, that is! Corner to corner, Transylvania County is filled with the sounds of live music. From cover bands at breweries playing your favorite classic rock and country songs to the sweeping sounds of a symphony orchestra, whatever genre you’re looking for, you can find it here. Live Music Wherever you roam in Transylvania County, you’re never far from a live music venue. Our communities have many different music venues to check out, from wine bars and restaurants to art galleries and community centers. Each one offers up their own flare and specialty that you need to experience for yourself!. Brevard The little town at the heart of adventure in Transylvania County has its fair share of wonderful, and sometimes unexpected, music venues. From the bustling streets of Downtown Brevard to unique spots on the outskirts of town, there are several great spots to check out for music.   REGULARLY SCHEDULED MUSIC 185 King Street DFR Room Wine Down on Main Cathey’s Creek Community Center OCCASIONAL SHOWS Duckpond Pottery Transylvania County Library Quixote Fine Cuisine Blue Ridge Bakery Canto 34 Lizards Rock Silvermont Mansion & Park Sundaze Gardens Just a short drive from Downtown Brevard, the Brevard Music Center is a unique place that lives and breathes music, calling itself “at once a place, an institute, and a festival.” Its campus is host to a summer music festival... Read More
Greilsammer Conducts Mozart and Beethoven

Greilsammer Conducts Mozart and Beethoven

Acclaimed pianist and conductor David Greilsammer makes his first appearance at Brevard, conducting Mozart’s reflective and intimate C minor concerto from the keyboard. The concert opens with Rossini’s charming Cinderella Overture, and concludes with Beethoven’s 4th Symphony, at once relaxed and lyrical, yet driven by its classically contained power. Brevard Sinfonia David Greilsammer, conductor and piano GIOACHINO ROSSINI Overture to La Cenerentola W.A. MOZART Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No.... Read More
Hike with Llamas at Earthshine

Hike with Llamas at Earthshine

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind hike in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains with our friendly llamas! Hikers will learn about our famous llamas’ interesting histories and how to safely handle the animals before heading out on a hike with gorgeous mountaintop views on our private trails. Each family/group gets 1 to 3 lovable llamas to share and there’s plenty of time for llama cuddles and, of course, llama selfies! This moderate hike is around 1 mile long and requires walking uphill on rocky and sometimes slippery terrain. This experience lasts approximately an hour and a half. We welcome all ages on our llama hikes, and children 5 and under are... Read More
Hike with Llamas at Earthshine

Hike with Llamas at Earthshine

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind hike in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains with our friendly llamas! Hikers will learn about our famous llamas’ interesting histories and how to safely handle the animals before heading out on a hike with gorgeous mountaintop views on our private trails. Each family/group gets 1 to 3 lovable llamas to share and there’s plenty of time for llama cuddles and, of course, llama selfies! This moderate hike is around 1 mile long and requires walking uphill on rocky and sometimes slippery terrain. This experience lasts approximately an hour and a half. We welcome all ages on our llama hikes, and children 5 and under are... Read More
Hike with Llamas at Earthshine

Hike with Llamas at Earthshine

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind hike in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains with our friendly llamas! Hikers will learn about our famous llamas’ interesting histories and how to safely handle the animals before heading out on a hike with gorgeous mountaintop views on our private trails. Each family/group gets 1 to 3 lovable llamas to share and there’s plenty of time for llama cuddles and, of course, llama selfies! This moderate hike is around 1 mile long and requires walking uphill on rocky and sometimes slippery terrain. This experience lasts approximately an hour and a half. We welcome all ages on our llama hikes, and children 5 and under are... Read More
An Evening with Judy Collins

An Evening with Judy Collins

In her 6th decade as an artist—and as prolific as ever, having released her 55th album earlier this year—Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins will perform select pieces from her Wildflowers in Full Bloom album with the Brevard Festival Orchestra, along with some of Judy’s most beloved songs from her decades-spanning oeuvre. FEATURING Brevard Festival Orchestra Judy Collins, guest... Read More
The Ultimate Guide to Water Activities in Brevard & Transylvania County, NC

The Ultimate Guide to Water Activities in Brevard & Transylvania County, NC

The Ultimate Guide to Water Activities in Brevard & Transylvania County, NC Summer approaching means warmer temperatures and a corresponding urge to cool off. Luckily, there’s no shortage of ways to do just that in the Land of Waterfalls. The Adventurist invites you to discover the many ways you can paddle, fish, swim, tube, slide, and generally have the time of your life in our refreshing rivers, stocked streams, and alluring lakes. Read on to learn what it takes to go with the flow. Waterfall Hunting Waterfalls abound throughout the county thanks to numerous tributaries that flow down from some of the highest peaks east of the Rocky Mountains. Consider Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, and Gorges State Park as sensible starting points. For an overview of the most popular falls in each public land, click here. You can also pick up a copy of our Adventure Guide and Waterfall Map at the Visitor Center on 175 East Main Street in downtown Brevard, or access it here. And please remember while our waterfalls are beautiful, the areas around them can be dangerous. Protect yourself and your loved ones by learning how to Be Waterfall Wise. Paddling & Paddleboarding The French Broad, the third oldest river in the world, offers multiple ways to travel as far as your heart and paddle will take you and is the ideal place to build your paddling skills. Its consistent current and gentle rapids make for an ideal day on the water, whether you’re a... Read More
Gilligan’s Island Day – Season Kickoff Luau!

Gilligan’s Island Day – Season Kickoff Luau!

Have you ever swashbuckled your way through our yearly Pirate Day bash? Well, this time we’re shaking things up with a tropical Gilligan’s Island meets Luau extravaganza to kick off the season! Dive into a three-hour paddle adventure or go tubing! Sail over to the taproom for a rockin’ party featuring luau games and scrumptious bites from the Local Harvester food truck! Dress up as your favorite Gilligan’s Island character or island beachwear and join us for this exciting event! Reserve your spot for paddling or tubing on our website: https://headwatersoutfitters.com/ or give the shop a... Read More
View From the Top

View From the Top

View From the Top View From The Top Transylvania County’s most notable Blue Ridge Parkway mileposts The Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic ribbon of road that weaves through Virginia and North Carolina, has been providing drivers, cyclists, hikers, and lovers of panoramic views an unmissable destination for decades. It is called “America’s Favorite Drive,” and the 24 miles that run through Transylvania County are arguably among the most scenic. The Parkway can be easily accessed in Transylvania County two ways. The first is NC 215, along which you’ll also find two worthy stops: Forks of the River Taproom at Headwaters Outfitters and Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. The other route is US 276 through Pisgah National Forest, which boasts iconic spots like Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock, as well as the birthplace of forest conservation, the Cradle of Forestry, located just four miles from the parkway. Here are a few of our favorite places on the Blue Ridge Parkway to stop, explore, relax, and take in the views. Photo provided courtesy of Pisgah Inn Best Spot for a Picnic You’ll find picnic tables at several of the overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Transylvania County.  One of our favorites is Mt. Pisgah at Milepost 408.6 with 50 picnic sites. In this general area you’ll also find a small grocery store and restrooms (open seasonally) with nearby trails. Best Views (and where to see magnificent sunsets/sunrises) There are twelve Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks in Transylvania County (between Mileposts 406.9 and 423.5) and each of them offers... Read More
Riverfest 2024!

Riverfest 2024!

The Transylvania French Broad Stewards, the Town of Rosman, Conserving Carolina, and Headwaters Outfitters are joining up again to put on the ninth annual Upper French Broad Riverfest and invite residents and visitors to come spend a fun day celebrating the river! Join us at Champion Park in Rosman, NC for a free, family-friendly festival with live local music, hands-on educational activities from many local businesses, and interactive displays about the French Broad River! There will be free tubing for everyone, food trucks (Local Harvester, Travelin Dough, and Jenny’s Minis Donut Bus!), and more (and don’t forget your swimsuit!)! This event also coincides with the annual Headwaters Outfitters Hellbender 20-Miler Relay Canoe Race! Cut off for race registration is May 18th, so sign up today! Exhibitors include: Headwaters Outfitters, Pisgah River Rangers, Oxbow R Snorkeling, Mills River Partnership, Transylvania Bird Club, Brevard Clay, North Carolina Cooperative Extension – Transylvania County Center, Transylvania County Library, North Carolina Forest Service, FIND Outdoors, Conserving Carolina, Asheville Greenworks, MountainTrue, Transylvania County Solid Waste, Friends of DuPont Forest, Audubon Society, League of Women Voters, NC Arboretum, Citizen Climate Lobby, Brevard Dog Park, NC Leave No Trace, Pisgah Chapter Trout Unlimited, Earthshine Nature Programs, and more! This event is sponsored by the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority and Davidson River... Read More