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Fall Foliage and Tasty Western North Carolina Festivals

fall foliage Western North Carolina

It’s hard to imagine that summer is already winding down, but if you gaze out over the Blue Ridge Mountains splashes of color are beginning to show up here and there.  The sweet thing about living in Western North Carolina, is that all four seasons are downright desirable.  Fall brings in crisp air and foliage that draws folks out of their cozy mountain homes as well as from far away places. 

For those searching for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, autumn is the perfect scenic backdrop to browse; take a ride on the gorgeous and historic Blue Ridge Parkway and explore away.  Not only will the beauty of the region astound you in areas like Wilson Creek, but you’ll experience first hand the tight-knit communities and the down-home feel of the local towns.  You won’t have to search long or hard for things to do in Lenoir NC.  There are festivals galore that are not only free but are also loads of fun.  So gather your friends and family, grab a picnic lunch and your camera, and see what you’ve been missing.

Some traditional festivals if you’re in the area searching for North Carolina mountain homes:

Molasses Festival at Sims Barbecue—Granite Falls; 6160 Petra Mill Road, Granite Falls—Saturday, October 12, 9am-4pm. Events include bluegrass entertainment, jam sessions, clogging, molasses making, apple butter making, hayrides, food, crafts and games. Admission is free. For more information call 828-396-2052.

Smoking in the Foothills Festival—Lenoir; October 18, 19, downtown historic Lenoir. This nonprofit organization gives its proceeds to charities in Caldwell County—“just trying to make our corner of the world a little better, one barbecue plate at a time.”  This festival is a world-class family competition in the gorgeous foothills.  What could be better when you’re in need of things to do in Lenoir NC than sharing comfort food while the leaves are changing?  There’s plenty to do for everyone, even those who don’t participate in the competition.  Sit back and enjoy the live music, the vendors, or take part in the corn hole tournament (“come out and toss a few bags for a good cause!”)  Prize money will be awarded for the competition from Grand Champion to tenth place.

Lenoir works hard to keep its Main Street vibrant.  This is why there’s no end to things to do in Lenoir NC.  Lenoir’s motto is “Growing Stronger Together,” and its downtown and festivals are part of its undeniable vitality.  Travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway make sure they stop at the Wilson Creek area for incredible outdoor recreation, and Lenoir, a quaint mountain town, to take in a little shopping, dining and entertainment during the gorgeous fall season.  There are vistas along the parkway that will cause you to pull over and take in the majestic mountain ranges with their bright hues. 

Whether you are a lover of nature—wildlife and pristine landscape, or you simply want an adventure, this is the terrain for you.  The Blue Ridge Parkway is renowned for being one of our country’s most spectacular scenic drives.  Take along your fishing rod, tote along your kayaks, or just lace up your hiking boots—there’s an endless list of possibilities for those who crave some outdoor time at Grandfather Mountain, the Wilson Creek region in the Pisgah National Forest, or Linville Falls—just to name a few breathtaking destinations.

The Coves Mountain River Club welcomes visitors all four seasons of the year.  Take a drive down the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, soak in the inspiring autumnal vistas at one of the hundreds of overlooks, and then come see for yourself why this gated community is filled with residents who not only care about nature, but who also cherish their neighbors.

When you’re coasting down the Blue Ridge Parkway, get off at Blowing Rock and stop in at our friendly mountain community. You’ll find there’s no place that rivals The Coves when you search for North Carolina mountain homes with smart lifestyle amenities, and you’ll see why there’s no mystery how living beside the Blue Ridge Mountains creates the dream life for so many.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 70 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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