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Opening Day and Appalachian Folkways Celebration at the Cradle of Forestry

Opening Day and Appalachian Folkways Celebration at the Cradle of Forestry

Opening Day at the Cradle of Forestry celebrates Appalachian culture and heritage from the days of the Biltmore Forest School. Visitors will journey back in time to a small 1900’s mountain community on the historic Biltmore Campus Trail to explore how people of the day worked and played. Guests are encouraged to interact with demonstrators, who bring the community to life with working draft horses, open hearth cooking, old time wash, blacksmithing, traditional music and games. This year’s opening day is included in the Appalachian Folkways series, focusing on the theme of farming, food and family... Read More
Earthshine Lodge – Appalachian Craft Market

Earthshine Lodge – Appalachian Craft Market

HOLIDAY SHOPPING-BUY LOCAL Support local artisans in a traditional holiday craft market. Our pioneer village around the pond is transformed into a Christmas village complete with carolers, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, and mulled wine. Come to wander the village with your family to get in the holiday spirit or pick up a few gifts for your list. Children will enjoy making Christmas crafts, climbing with an elf at our rock wall, and making ornaments at our blacksmith shop. Saturdays 1-5pm (December 7th, 14th, and 21st) Free to the public. No reservation required. Local artists and crafters – if you are interested in being a vendor at the craft market, please call... Read More
An Appalachian Christmas

An Appalachian Christmas

Starting the first weekend in December, Earthshine Lodge transforms into a winter wonderland. Visit for the day if you are local or bring your whole family on a Christmas adventure for the weekend. The weekend packages includes: Two nights at the lodge (private room with a queen bed, loft with two twin beds, balcony, private bathroom) Hearty mountain breakfast on Saturday morning Dinner Saturday evening, Brunch with Santa on Sunday morning Holiday movies on the big screen with hot chocolate and snacks Easy access to all of the holiday activities Activities include: Appalachian Christmas Village & Craft Market | Llamas | Brunch with Santa | Hot Chocolate Bar | S’mores around the fire | Climbing with an elf | Pick out your Christmas tree | Blacksmithing ornaments | Cookie decorating | AND... Read More
Earthshine Lodge – Appalachian Craft Market

Earthshine Lodge – Appalachian Craft Market

HOLIDAY SHOPPING-BUY LOCAL Support local artisans in a traditional holiday craft market. Our pioneer village around the pond is transformed into a Christmas village complete with carolers, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, and mulled wine. Come to wander the village with your family to get in the holiday spirit or pick up a few gifts for your list. Children will enjoy making Christmas crafts, climbing with an elf at our rock wall, and making ornaments at our blacksmith shop. Saturdays 1-5pm (December 7th, 14th, and 21st) Free to the public. No reservation required. Local artists and crafters – if you are interested in being a vendor at the craft market, please call... Read More
An Appalachian Christmas

An Appalachian Christmas

Starting the first weekend in December, Earthshine Lodge transforms into a winter wonderland. Visit for the day if you are local or bring your whole family on a Christmas adventure for the weekend. The weekend packages includes: Two nights at the lodge (private room with a queen bed, loft with two twin beds, balcony, private bathroom) Hearty mountain breakfast on Saturday morning Dinner Saturday evening, Brunch with Santa on Sunday morning Holiday movies on the big screen with hot chocolate and snacks Easy access to all of the holiday activities Activities include: Appalachian Christmas Village & Craft Market | Llamas | Brunch with Santa | Hot Chocolate Bar | S’mores around the fire | Climbing with an elf | Pick out your Christmas tree | Blacksmithing ornaments | Cookie decorating | AND... Read More