2023 Summer Festivals and Events Near Asheville, Black Mountain and Old Fort

It’s festival and summer event season in the greater Asheville area! Since the Inn on Mill Creek B&B is situated halfway between Old Fort and Black Mountain with Asheville and Marion nearby, you have plenty of opportunities to attend a local event this summer.

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Our Favorite Things – Seasonal Farmers Markets and Farm Stands

This year, we’ve put together Our Favorite Things: a short list of places near the Inn on Mill Creek B&B where you can find the stuff that brings joy in 2023. This month, we feature the fabulous farm stands and tailgate/farmers markets where you can grab a snack during your trip or an edible souvenir (local honey is always a winner), and you can often also find jewelry and craftwork from local artisans:

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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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North Carolina Mountain Birds: American Redstart

Bird with black head and orange chest perched observantly on a tree branch

We’ve chosen a decidedly American bird for our July 2016 pick in our 12 Months of Birding at the Inn blog series: The American Redstart. Not only does this feathered fellow have “American” in its name, but you can find it in nearly every state in the continental U.S. during the summer or migration period in spring and fall.

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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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