2017 Sourwood Festival, August 12-13

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.

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Western North Carolina Open Studios 2016 Art Event

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.

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100 Years of NC State Parks: Grandfather Mountain

Each month this summer, we’re featuring one of the four North Carolina State Parks closest to the Inn on Mill Creek, and August is reserved for a guest favorite: Grandfather Mountain. Let’s learn a little bit about this special place.

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100 Years of NC State Parks: Chimney Rock State Park

The American flag flies over a large granite monolith

During the summer months, we’re profiling the four state parks near Asheville, NC, as part of Inn on Mill Creek’s nod to the 100th birthday of the North Carolina State Park System in 2016. Our July feature is Chimney Rock State Park and its iconic 315-foot granite namesake. Currently, the way to get to the top of Chimney Rock is a set of 499 steps. So…up, up, up, we go. Let’s do this.

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100 Years of NC State Parks: Mount Mitchell State Park

The year 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the North Carolina State Park System and NC State Parks are celebrating in a big way with events throughout the year. There are nine state parks in the mountains of western North Carolina, and we’re fortunate to have four nearby, which we’ll profile for the next four months. This month, we take a look at Mount Mitchell State Park.

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2016 Black Mountain Tailgate Market Begins May 7

Man walking past a tent with other tents in the background of vendors selling food and crafts

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.

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Ray Spillenger Exhibit at Black Mountain College Museum

Black Mountain College, an experimental liberal arts college that existed from 1933 to 1957, and which produced several influential artists, poets, musicians and dancers of the late 20th century, has been receiving some well-deserved recognition lately.

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