Enjoy the pre-holiday season rush by relaxing in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Receive 40% off your stay at Nantahala Village, which is ideally located just outside of Bryson City, NC.  There is so much to do and see within minutes of Nantahala Village. Board the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City for a relaxing scenic ride over the lake and along the river. There are miles of gentle and adventurous hiking trails with waterfalls and beautiful views. For the anglers, there are numerous beautiful trout streams and rivers to enjoy. Take a trail ride with the Nantahala Village Riding Stables into the national forest without even leaving the property. Golfers can enjoy two nearby courses that offer a bit of terrain challenge to make the game mo’re interesting. And for the truly adventurous there is whitewater rafting and zip lining with professional guides and outfitters. The Biltmore Estate in Asheville is just over an hour away, making for a great day trip, and Harrahs Cherokee Casino is within 30 minutes. November is a perfect time to shop for unique quality handcrafted gifts in our quaint mountain towns. Nantahala Village offers a variety of lodging options to meet everyone’s comfort. Choose from well-appointed Lodge rooms, Fireplace Suites, Mountain Suites, Treehouse Cottages, Historic Cabins, or the unique historic Tabor House. Many cabins have fireplaces and most have hot tubs. All cabin kitchens are completely equipped for basic cooking needs, and all lodging units are non-smoking, furnished with towels and linens and equipped with satellite TV. Most cellular phone services are accessible at Nantahala Village and free wi-fi is available in and around the Lodge. Pets are welcome in some cabins for an additional pet fee. All lodging options are located on the 120 acre resort and all are within walking distance of each other and the main Lodge. Some units are isolated and private, while others are grouped in ways that are very suitable for family gatherings. Gather together for Thanksgiving at Nantahala Village and let us do the cooking and the dishes.  The Thanksgiving Buffet will be offered by reservation only so please choose your dining time when making your Thanksgiving lodging reservations. Visit nantahalavillage.com


Hendersonville, North Carolina is gearing up for the fall color season and a great apple harvest! Henderson County is the largest apple-producer in North Carolina (the 7th largest apple-producer state!) You can enjoy a huge variety of apples from late August through October. Fresh apples, cider, and tasty baked goods are available at local markets. For a real fall experience, stop by one of the orchards for a tour, and maybe even pick your own peck of apples. Make plans to enjoy the beautiful fall color while your hunting for apples. We’re predicting a spectacular season as the leaves change colors from October through November. There’s nothing like the crisp mountain air, sweet apples, and beautiful views of Hendersonville in the fall! Go to http://www.visithendersonvillenc.org.


fireballrunSURF CITY, NC — Fireball Run, a program with more than 4 million viewers, is rolling into the Topsail Area Sept. 29 2015 in the Race to Recover America’s Missing Children. “We are happy to host Fireball Run,” said Tammy Proctor, the Pender County Director of Tourism. “Fireball Run has a track record of recovering 44 of America’s missing children.” Two counties and four mayors have united their efforts to welcome Fireball Run to the Greater Topsail Area. “Fireball Run brings additional positive exposure to the Topsail Island Area and southeastern North Carolina,” said Surf City Mayor Zander Guy. “It provides the opportunity to illustrate all of the elements of a friendly and progressive community as we take pride in sharing our family-orientated environment; and allows us to share our characteristics with other communities.” Fireball Run, in its ninth season, is not a reality show. It is a human trivial pursuit game in which the show’s participants arrive at a destination and uncover the region’s history and uniqueness. The program is 75 percent travelogue for the viewing audience. “Fireball Run’s program will not only showcase the Topsail Area to potential visitors, the program also introduces leaders of commerce to our area for business growth and development,” said Proctor. The participants who make up Fireball Run’s more than 40 teams are CEOs and owners of corporations. Past participants included Donald Trump’s business partner, the owner of the Solo Cup manufacturing company, and the CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to J Sanchez, the executive producer of Fireball Run. “We look for areas that are progressive and poised for growth,”  said Sanchez. This season the show is themed Space Race and will feature four international astronauts and two American astronauts as participants in the Fireball Run. For more information about Fireball Run and sponsorship opportunities, call the Chamber office at 910-329-4446 or visit the Website: www.visitpender.com or http://www.topsailchamber.org/fireball-run-2015.html.


This Labor Day Weekend, join us in Historic Hendersonville, NC for the 68th Annual North Carolina Apple Festival, a four-day celebration in honor of the North Carolina Apple. From August 29th-September 1st, the NC Apple Festival features a street fair on Historic Main Street including free, live entertainment, arts and crafts, apple growers selling apple products, children’s & youth activities, special exhibits and open houses, food and, to top it all off, the King Apple Parade on Labor Day. Capture the spirit of a hometown celebration that has something for the whole family, with many individual events and entertainers throughout the festival.    Start your day off with one of the breakfasts featuring delicious apple dishes, of course and then spend the rest of the day enjoying the excitement of Main Street as well as many other activities and performances across the community.  And on Labor Day, don’t forget the King Apple Parade! www.historichendersonville.org


The towns of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast have a charm all their own and something to offer everyone. The pristine beaches, array of boating and fishing opportunities, delicious restaurants and fresh local seafood help make this beautiful area the perfect place for a beach vacation or second home. Factor in the Southern hospitality and friendly people, lovely old homes, exciting festivals and tournaments, historical sites, museums and aquarium and you are sure to return to this area again and again.

Locals think of the area spanning from Emerald Isle through Pine Knoll Shores/Beacon’s Reach and Atlantic Beach over to Morehead City and into Beaufort as one community, and travel between the areas is easy & enjoyable.

Cannon & Gruber, REALTORS offers the best in real estate sales and vacation rentals providing families with beach cottages, residential homes, condominiums and building sites.


We know you’ve been waiting all year for that perfect beach vacation. Kitty Dunes Rentals, the premier Outer Banks Vacation Company, has been helping families vacation stress free by the sea since 1970.Our vacation homes are diverse and unique and offer a different adventure for every family. From cozy beach bungalows to ocean front estates Kitty Dunes Rentals has the perfect vacation home to please even the pickiest traveler!

Step onto our beaches and experience the unique timelessness of the Outer Banks. Whether it’s a quite walk along the historic beaches or an exciting hang gliding experience over Jockey’s Ridge, a trek to the top of the Corolla Lighthouse, or watching the wild Spanish Mustangs playing in the surf, each adventure will be sure to create lasting vacation memories. Call now to book your next Vacation Adventure. Friendly Vacation Specialists are waiting for your call!

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Whether your visit is a family stopover or a couples weekend getaway, the Waldensian Heritage Winery, Waldensian Museum, the Trail of Faith, Old Rock School Art Galleries and the Piedmont and Western Railroad Club’s model train museum are must-sees.

Located in the rolling foothills of western North Carolina, Valdese is far more than your average small town tucked into edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Town of Valdese was founded on the rich traditions of 19th century Waldensian settlers and their historic journey from the hills of Italy.

Shop downtown Valdese, North Carolina for antiques, jewelry, unique gifts and handmade crafts. Nature and recreational parks, the best in bluegrass, outdoor concerts, car shows and so much more are waiting for you in Valdese.


Valdese Department of Tourism

Old Rock School

400 Main St. W

Valdese, NC 28690