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to the Best the Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains have to offer

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Stop by to check out the new Gallery...
Wednesday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

Trip Advisor Quote...Finest Gallery within hundreds of miles...

3rd Annual of Time and the RiverAsheville, North Carolina
3rd Annual
of Time and the River
Friday October 21st

Asheville's premier landscape painters celebrate the French Broad River's rise from polluted obscurity to the defining element of the South's most exciting city at Of Time and the River: the Third Annual Art Show and Gala to Benefit RiverLink. The gala event will be held at the mysterious Zealandia castle, the historic 1908 Tudor Revival mansion on Beaucatcher Mountain overlooking the city of Asheville.

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Appalachian Craft Brew, Stew & Que FestivalHiawassee Georgia
Appalachian Craft Brew,
Stew & Que Festival
at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Saturday October 22nd

18 Craft Breweries from Georgia and North Carolina. Regional Artists, area restaurants, Appalachian & Americana Music, Cornhole Contest and great campground.


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Chimney Rock Family Animal EncountersChimney Rock North Carolina
Naturalist Niche Series...
Fall Ridge Hike
Saturday, Oct 22nd

From 1,500+ feet above the valley floor, enjoy dramatic views from Chimney Rock Mountain, surrounded by a sea of stunning fall leaf colors, from deep red and maroon to fiery yellow and orange. Led by an expert naturalist, you'll experience Western NC's legendary fall colors on the most scenic hike all year long! Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water.

Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot.

Fall Ridge Hike is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month March – December to learn about birding, old growth trees, ancient geology and other fascinating outdoor topics.

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Hillcrest Apple OrchardEllijay, GA
Hillcrest Orchards' Apple Jubilee
Every Saturday & Sunday ONLY
through October 30th

Pick Your Own Apples....for the peak of freshness pick them yourself right from our dwarf apple trees. Nature Trail through the woods & along the creek filled with scenes from nursery rhymes & fairy tales. Milk the Cow....milk Hillcrest's milk cow 'Buttercup.'

Visit the Honey Bee Room in the Apple Museum. Pig Race....cheer your favorite pig on to the finish line as he races for the Oreo cookie. Don't forget to visit the Moonshine Museum. John Deere Derby...a pedal tractor trike track. Ride Pedal Cars. Bungee Jump - additional charge - subject to availability. Live Entertainment....cloggers and country bands. Mule Drawn Wagon Rides - Every weekend of the Jubilee. Visit Grandma's Bakery... for homemade fried apple pies, apple cider doughnuts, apple fritters, and homemade ice cream. Wagon Rides.... through the orchard and the land of Oz. Visit the Petting Farm... where lots of baby animals are eager to be hugged and fed.

Children's Play Area...complete with Giant Slide. Enjoy sitting in our air-conditioned dining room. Mountain Barbecue...and other vittles.

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Chimney Rock Family Animal EncountersChimney Rock, North Carolina
Family Animal Encounters
Every Saturday & Sunday Throughout October

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog's woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at our daily 2 pm Family Animal Encounters! A Park naturalist will explain each animal's role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Cost: Included with Park admission

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Hillcrest Apple OrchardBlue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge Community Theater Presents - Live Music Is Better
Roxie Watson Band in Concert
Saturday - October 22nd

Roxie Watson is a five-piece string band from Decatur and Atlanta, GA, who play what they like to call "alterna-grass" music that mixes three- and four-part harmonies with elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns, and bluegrass, without adhering to the traditions of any one genre. Lisa Love of Georgia Music Magazine and the Georgia Music Foundation described the band by saying, "When you have a group of women who are natural story-tellers, who sooth their aggressive musical chops with beautiful harmonies, temper their rock-n-roll sensibilities with an understanding of Appalachian tradition, and come off as a little bit Keith Richards, a little bit Bill Monroe, you get Roxie Watson."

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Old Rock Cafe Beats, Burgers & BrewsChimney Rock, NC
Beats, Burgers & Brews
at the Old Rock Cafe
Every Friday & Saturday through
October 14th through 29th

Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village.

The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated "Must-try Burgers across the Country" with Hickory Nut Gap Meats' 100% grass-fed beef burger.

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Phase I of the "new" Blue Ridge Highlander...

The Highlander has been on-line for over 18 years, and has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years.  This update was the most challenging to date, due to the advanced technology of our times. 

Due to the shear volume of valuable information that the Highlander contains, this new update has been in the making for a while.  We have a lot of it completed and are anticipating having the entire "Phase I" completed by the end of January.

We would love your input as to the improvements as well as any suggestions as to what you would like to see in Phase II.

Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy...

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