As you may have heard, the continental U.S. will see a total solar eclipse for the first time in 38 years on August 21, 2017. The path of totality will run from Oregon to South Carolina, and our little neck of the woods is about 35 miles from the path of totality in western North Carolina. Here at the Inn on Mill Creek, 98.9% of the sun will be blocked during the eclipse.
The Black Mountain Sourwood Festival is 40 years old this year! Presented by the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce, this annual free festival features hundreds of art and craft vendors, festival food, live local music, kids’ activities and more. The dates for this year’s festival are August 12 and August 13, 2017.
While Csaba, Bugsy and Rosco the Innpugs will not be in attendance (conflict with their nap schedule), they wanted to share new of this upcoming fun event with you.
It has been a while since our immediate area had a substantial open studio tour of artists’ studios, and 2016 is the year we say hooray, open studio tours are back! WNC Open Studios allows the opportunity to tour 30(!) studios in three different western North Carolina counties during the first two weeks in October.
One thing that sets Black Mountain apart from other small towns in western North Carolina is the depth of fantastic local restaurants. Of course, there’s farm-to-table, but also gastropubs, pizza joints, casual fine dining, several restaurants with international menus, and more. With so many choices, a great way for foodies to expand their horizons is through a guided tour by Creative Mountain Food Tours.
The 2016 farmer’s market season is almost here, and that means the Black Mountain Tailgate Market is coming soon! The market features locally-grown food including produce, meat, eggs and honey, as well as arts and crafts. It’s an awesome community gathering.
Time to break out the Christmas music, light the tree, and be merry — some really fun holiday events are going on this year in Black Mountain, NC, including outdoor movies! They’ll be showing “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Dec. 4), “A Christmas Story” (Dec.12) and “The Polar Express” (Dec. 19) at The Junction building on Black Mountain Avenue. All movies play at 8pm.
Sure, October is the month where Mother Nature transforms the mountains of Western North Carolina into a brilliant work of art with her color palette of golds, reds and oranges, but it’s also when the colorful work of our local artisans is celebrated, during American Craft Week.
One festival our guests always look forward to is the Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain, NC, a charming small town halfway between Asheville and the Inn on Mill Creek B&B. The Sourwood Festival has been going strong for almost 40 years, and is a highlight of summer in the mountains of western North Carolina.
If you’re planning a summertime getaway weekend in the mountains near Asheville, NC, consider making it a long weekend and arrive on Thursday…there’s a lot to see and do around here in between taking that all-important vacation siesta or lounging at the Inn on Mill Creek B&B!