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Decorating with Dried Flowers Workshop

Decorating with Dried Flowers Workshop

In this three-hour workshop, participants will explore creative uses of flowers as common as those growing in their own backyards. Participants will go home with a glass jar with lid that they will decorate with dried flowers. In addition to the creativity, participants will have the option to take a guided tour of the historical Allison-Deaver House with Transylvania County Historical Society president, Marjorie... Read More
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
Yoga at Earthshine Lodge

Yoga at Earthshine Lodge

Earthshine offers many different summer adventures that are open to the general public and included with an overnight stay at Earthshine Lodge. We do ask that reservations be made ahead of time and can be made by phone or on the website (www.EarthshineNC.com) Yoga (outdoors weather permitting) Nestled in the serene beauty of Lake Toxaway, Earthshine beckons you to a mountaintop retreat that seamlessly blends nature’s tranquility with yoga’s practice. Our carefully curated yoga sessions, suitable for all ages and levels, harmonize body, mind, and... Read More
Yoga at Earthshine Lodge

Yoga at Earthshine Lodge

Earthshine offers many different summer adventures that are open to the general public and included with an overnight stay at Earthshine Lodge. We do ask that reservations be made ahead of time and can be made by phone or on the website (www.EarthshineNC.com) Yoga (outdoors weather permitting) Nestled in the serene beauty of Lake Toxaway, Earthshine beckons you to a mountaintop retreat that seamlessly blends nature’s tranquility with yoga’s practice. Our carefully curated yoga sessions, suitable for all ages and levels, harmonize body, mind, and... Read More
Blue Ghost Firefly Twilight Tours

Blue Ghost Firefly Twilight Tours

The Blue Ridge Mountains are home to a very unique creature that some say resembles a collection of fairies carrying blue candles through the forest. The Blue Ghost Firefly (Phausis reticulata) is a secretive, hard-to-find native insect that calls our area home, and for a very short amount of time in late Spring, they inhabit our surrounding woodlands of Transylvania County. You’ll experience an educational presentation at our outdoor amphitheater starting at 9:00pm and then use the cover of darkness and special flashlights to go in search of the Blue Ghost fireflies while hiking on a paved trail through the forest. Team members will be stationed at key locations around the trail to provide further information about this amazing natural phenomenon. Please feel free to congregate near these areas with your fellow firefly enthusiasts, or go explore on your own! We require everyone to stay on the trail to prevent habitat damage, and team members will clear the trail and require everyone to depart by 10:30 pm. Ticket Purchase/Pre-registration is required. Actual tickets are not provided. Your ticket purchase receipt serves as your ticket/date confirmation. This is a light rain or shine, family-friendly event! In order to maximize our participant experience while minimizing our impact on the resource, we limit each night to 125 participants. Due to the uniqueness of the insects in the natural habitat, it is very difficult to capture photos. Very specific camera equipment is needed and it is almost impossible to capture a photo with... 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
Explore Responsibly: 8 Ways to Be a Mindful Traveler While Visiting Brevard and Transylvania County

Explore Responsibly: 8 Ways to Be a Mindful Traveler While Visiting Brevard and Transylvania County

Explore Responsibly 8 Ways to Be a Mindful Traveler While Visiting Brevard and Transylvania County As you plan your travels, have you thought about how you can journey with more intention? There are plenty of ways to reduce your footprint while amplifying your experience. We all carry the responsibility to explore with reverence— to look out for each other, and to cherish our lands. While you’re here, we invite you to explore responsibly using the guide below. Leave It Better Pick It Up. Bring a trash bag and pick up not just what you packed in, but all that you see.  Pitch In. For every 10 hours you spend in the great outdoors give one hour of service or make a donation to an organization that supports public lands. Prepare Yourself. Educate yourself on local rules, safety regulations, and trial policies before you visit public lands. Protect Habitats. Avoid disturbing any natural habitats or wildlife. Politeness, Please.  Be courteous and patient with others you may encounter on the trail with a focus on being a shining example of your user group. Preach What You Practice. Teach others to Leave It Better by being an advocate in person and on social media.   To learn more about Leave It Better, click here. Then, explore the 7 Outdoor NC Leave No Trace Principles here. Support Local Businesses Dine. Seek out local flavors and cuisine at restaurants, bakeries, and food trucks. Sip. Grab a drink at one of our cafes, breweries, taprooms,... 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