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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. 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. Cedar Mountain Tucked into the homey mountain community of Cedar Mountain, Cedar Mountain Cafe serves up a mix of familiar breakfast favorites and dishes with a twist that... 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.   * = pop up shows ** = seasonal venue *** = year-round music 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. 185 King Street *** DFR Room *** Wine Down on Main *** 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... Read More
Season Finale: Brahms and Sibelius

Season Finale: Brahms and Sibelius

The 2024 Orchestra Series comes to a rousing close with Jean Sibelius’s triumphant Symphony No. 5. At once mystical and majestic, one is forever moved by the iconic “Swan Theme” and the drama of the six final chords. Brahms’s Schicksalslied is often dubbed his “Little Requiem.” This timeless setting of Friedrich Hölderlin’s poetry features the Brevard Festival Chorus in a deeply personal commentary on existence, fate, and hope. FEATURING Brevard Music Center Orchestra and Chorus Sebastian Lang-Lessing,... Read More
Lockhart Conducts Marsalis

Lockhart Conducts Marsalis

Keith Lockhart conducts the music of Wynton Marsalis in this momentous capstone concert of an extraordinary weeklong residency. Tai Murray makes her Brevard debut in Wynton’s jazzy, bluesy Violin Concerto, a tour de force for orchestra and soloist. Then, Wynton and the JLCO join with Lockhart and the BMCO for Marsalis’s masterwork “The Jungle,” inspired by the fluid, pressure-packed, and cosmopolitan metropolis of New York City. FEATURING Brevard Music Center Orchestra Keith Lockhart, conductor Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Tai Murray,... Read More
Bryan Sutton’s North Carolina Guitar Celebration

Bryan Sutton’s North Carolina Guitar Celebration

Celebrate the culmination of the 2024 Blue Ridge Guitar Camp when we present the 3rd annual North Carolina Guitar Celebration concert hosted by iconic guitarist Bryan Sutton. FEATURING Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek (The Watkins Family Hour), Jerron Paxton, Kaia Kater, Chris Eldridge, Jake Workman, Courtney Hartman, Michael Daves, Charlotte Carrivick, Barry Bales, Casey Driessen, Bennett Sullivan, and Woody... 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
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
Brevard College Sidewalk Art Festival

Brevard College Sidewalk Art Festival

Brevard College will host its second annual Sidewalk Art Competition on Saturday, April 27th from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM in Robbins Plaza (the courtyard outside of the Myers Dining Hall). Located on the campus of Brevard College, the festival is free to the public. Sidewalk art will feature local college and high school students. There will also be live music, llamas, a kid’s chalk play area, cornhole, and other fun activities. The competition is open to all Brevard College students, as well as local 10-12 high school students, and the public is encouraged to stop by to watch the live drawings and admire the finished products. Participants submit their ideas in advance and are approved by Visual Arts faculty members in order to compete. Each age group is eligible to win a total of $500 in cash rewards and gift certificates to BC Outfitters, the Brevard College gear shop. Contest rules dictate that each drawing must remain within the designated square area and that no spray fixatives may be used. In addition to chalk distributed by Brevard College, participants may bring their own sidewalk chalk. All materials must be temporary and washable with soap and water. College students and high school students will not compete with each other. “This event is a great opportunity for our art students to show off their art skills free to the public,” said organizer and faculty member, Sean Parrish. “The best part of the day is seeing the community gather on campus... Read More
Top Hiking Trails to Explore near Brevard, NC

Top Hiking Trails to Explore near Brevard, NC

Top Hiking Trails to Explore near Brevard, NC Transylvania County is a hiker’s paradise. Fortunately, each seasons offers wonderful reasons to get out on the trail. Winter’s long range views. Spring’s wildflowers. Summer’s dense green canopy. And autumn’s spectacular color. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite hikes for your next adventure. Since these are our favorites, they also happen to be the favorites of a few other folks as well, which means they can get busy. We recommend tackling these trails in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds and enhance your enjoyment. To help you decide, we’ve broken them out by category. Some of these trails have the added benefit of taking you to some of our spectacular waterfalls. While everyone loves our famous cascades, they can also be dangerous. We’ve put together a list of easy tips to follow that will help you be Waterfall Wise. And don’t forget to learn how you can Be like Trashsquatch and Leave it Better. All of us here in Transylvania County are passionate about protecting our woods and water. When you practice  Leave It Better principles, you’re doing your part to ensure that these special places are here to enjoy for future generations. Kid Friendly Andy Cove Trail: This gem of a trail winds its way back into scenic Andy Cove via a footpath and several cantilevered board walks. Mid-way, you reach a cool 30-foot suspension bridge. You’ll also encounter two small streams while looping back... Read More
Group Workshop: Leather Catch All Tray

Group Workshop: Leather Catch All Tray

Learn to make a handcrafted Leather Catch All Tray at Newfound Artisan! Join us for a fun and creative workshop where you can learn to make your own stylish leather catch all tray. This hands-on event will take place at our location on West Jordan Street in Brevard, NC, USA. No experience is necessary – just bring your creativity and enthusiasm! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to craft a unique and practical leather tray to keep all your essentials organized. See you... Read More
Group Workshop: Build a Handcrafted Birdhouse – for Women and Non-Binary Folks

Group Workshop: Build a Handcrafted Birdhouse – for Women and Non-Binary Folks

Join us for a fun afternoon at the Nora Jane Montgomery’s workshop to Build a Handcrafted Birdhouse! Let your creativity soar as you design and create your very own birdhouse from scratch. This hands-on event is perfect for all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a beginner, Nora Jane will guide you through the process. Materials will be provided, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm and imagination. The birdhouse will be specifically designed for an Eastern Screech Owl which is a species in decline in our region. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn a new skill and create something beautiful for your feathered... Read More
Mending Circle at Newfound Artisan (Free)

Mending Circle at Newfound Artisan (Free)

Join us for a cozy evening of community and creativity. Bring your favorite piece of clothing in need of repair or simply come to learn and connect with others. Our skilled facilitator, Shilo Broadway, will be on hand to guide you through the process of mending and upcycling. This event is a wonderful opportunity to slow down, relax, and revitalize your wardrobe. We can’t wait to see you... Read More