Apr
17
Fri
15% Off Vacation Cottage Discount at Montfair Resort Farm @ Montfair Resort Farm Tickets
Apr 17 – May 31 all-day
15% Off Vacation Cottage Discount at Montfair Resort Farm @ Montfair Resort Farm

Enjoy 15% off vacation cottage rental rates now through May 31, 2020! Clean, comfortable cottages with WiFi overlook a lake. Onsite canoes, fishing, hiking and walking trails and bikes on 129 private acres. Social distance and stay in place for a staycation with space, fresh air and room for kids to run. Minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park (though these may be closed to access, check with each Park for more information) and the small town of Crozet. Call 434-823-5202 or book online today!

May
19
Tue
15% Off Summer Vacation Cottage Discount at Montfair Resort Farm @ Montfair Resort Farm Tickets
May 19 – Jun 30 all-day
15% Off Summer Vacation Cottage Discount at Montfair Resort Farm @ Montfair Resort Farm

Enjoy 15% off vacation cottage rental rates now through June 30, 2020! Clean, comfortable cottages with WiFi overlook a lake. Onsite canoes, fishing, hiking and walking trails and bikes on 129 private acres. Social distance and stay in place for a staycation with space, fresh air and room for kids to run. Minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park (Check with each Park website for most up-to-date status) and the nearby small town of Crozet. Call 434-823-5202 or book online today!

May
22
Fri
Butterfly Experience at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine @ Elijah Mountain Gem Mine Tickets
May 22 @ 10:00 am – Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm
Butterfly Experience at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine @ Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

Hendersonville’s very own butterfly experience is here at Elijah Mountain!
Guests can feed the butterflies, learn about them and take home a milkweed seed packet to plant in your garden or forest. You’ll also receive a commemorative sticker. Milkweed is the only food for Monarch butterflies and the only plant they lay eggs on as well. All profit is donated to SaveOurMonarchs.org. Suggested donation is $2.99. Purchase on-site. We have built a fun, educational indoor jungle room that the butterflies love. Open daily 10-5. Help save the monarch butterflies by stopping by Elijah Mountain. Contact us for group information.

May
30
Sat
Herbal Teas – Creating Tea from the Garden- DATE TBD @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
May 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Herbal Teas - Creating Tea from the Garden- DATE TBD @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Because of health concerns regarding the coronavirus, the date of this event will change, but has not yet been determined.

Do you enjoy a cup of Herbal Tea? And do you realize many of the herbs in your garden are the ingredients in your favorite tea? Come walk through our gardens, choose your herbs and learn how to brew hot and cold tea. Many of those herbs you normally cook with will make a delicious tea. Mint is just one of the many herbs we will use; it is good for digestion. Learn what herbs should be blended for a perfect cup of tea and take home your custom blend.

May
31
Sun
Big Walker Lookout Mountain Top Music: Barry Lee Bowman @ Big Walker Lookout & BW Country Store Tickets
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Big Walker Lookout Mountain Top Music: Barry Lee Bowman @ Big Walker Lookout & BW Country Store

We are excited to have Barry Lee Boman back to play on the porch here at Big Walker Lookout.

All Mountain Top Music concerts are free to the public. The performers donate their time and talent for our enjoyment so tips and donations are accepted and encouraged and CDs are available for purchase. Please show your appreciation for these musicians and their music.

Barry Bowman resides in a small community in the southern Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. He is a musician and an educator. Barry is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist who plays many other instruments including: banjo, dobro, mandolin, steel guitar, bass, piano, and violin. Barry has performed in a variety of venues which have included private clubs, private parties, fairs, festivals, reunions, and larger concerts. He has entertained in several states including West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee performing a variety of musical styles such as pop, rock, blues, jazz, swing, country, bluegrass, oldtime, folk, and Americana. Barry has opened for artists such as Radney Foster, Joe Diffe, Aaron Tippin, Billy Jo Royal, Confederate Railroad, Ricochet, and Earl Thomas Conley. Barry has played as a soloist at the WV Tamarack in Beckley and at the Myrtle Beach Resort of South Carolina as a duet and with a dance band at The Greenbrier in Lewisburg, WV. Barry is a great songwriter who is pursuing a solo career while promoting his original compositions as well as a plethora of cover songs. There is interesting instrumentation, humorous exaggeration, and an element of excitement in each of his performances. Any music or entertainment enthusiast is certain to enjoy his show!

Virginia’s oldest privately owned scenic attraction, Big Walker Lookout & BW Country Store, is celebrating over 70 years in business. It has been owned and operated by the same family and features more than 25 local artisans, crafters, and musicians that demonstrate their talents each weekend from May through October. Local authors do book signings and have books for sale all summer long. Big Walker Lookout, a Crooked Road venue, will host this Summer’s Mountain Top Music featuring local musicians, some returning favorites as well as fresh new groups & bands.

Bring your lawn chairs, or use our picnic pavilion, and a picnic lunch, and get ready for an afternoon of good music, fun, and fellowship! Hot dogs, snacks, drinks, & delicious ice cream are available for purchase at Big Walker Lookout in the BW Country Store.

Don’t miss this free, fun event!

Jun
4
Thu
Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Saddlebred- CANCELED @ Broyhill Equestrian Preserve Tickets
Jun 4 – Jun 7 all-day
Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Saddlebred- CANCELED @ Broyhill Equestrian Preserve

This event has been canceled due to health concerns regarding the coronavirus.

The Saddlebred show is loaded with chrome and flash, featuring various classes and exciting divisions. Enjoy this outdoor show, now nearly 100 years old, on beautiful grounds adjacent to Blue Ridge Parkway lands!

Jun
6
Sat
Butterfly Awareness Day @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Butterfly Awareness Day @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

On Saturday, June 6th, we will celebrate Butterfly Awareness Day at Beagle Ridge Herb Farm from  10:00- 2:00. The Association for Butterflies has designated the first Saturday of June as Butterfly Awareness Day. We hope you take a few moments to celebrate these important pollinators and environmental indicators with us. On Butterfly Awareness Day, we want to show just how important butterflies are to all of us. Without butterflies there would be a dramatic loss in pollination necessary for plant reproduction, just think of all the fruits and seeds that people and animals eat!  Unfortunately, habitat destruction is Public Enemy Number 1 for our native butterfly populations. Overuse of pesticides, herbicides and exotic monocultures of plants are contributing to the decline of many butterfly species. Please join us at Flying Flowers for a variety of activities including a walk through the butterfly house.We will have butterfly host and nectar plants for sale.By learning about the butterfly life cycle you can learn about which of these Flying Flowers are living in your gardens.

Intro to Rapelling Adventure @ NC Outdoor Adventures Tickets
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Intro to Rapelling Adventure @ NC Outdoor Adventures

If climbing up a cliff isn’t for you… perhaps rappelling down a cliff is!  Rappelling is a fun and exhilarating wilderness adventure, tame enough for families new to the outdoors, and exciting enough to never be forgotten.

An intro rappelling day can be customized for anyone, from those with no experience to those seeking larger thrills or even those preparing for canyoneering objectives. During our rappel clinic, we will teach you how to set yourself up on rappel, proper body positioning, and proper rappelling techniques. You will get to rappel 40 – 120 foot cliffs, high above the Linville Gorge. If you’re feeling a little nervous, don’t be, our professional guides will coach you through the toughest moments with easy to follow instruction as well as a controlled safety line, ensuring a slow and smooth descent.

For more advanced rappellers, we also offer specific programs for climbing-oriented rappelling education, from setting up rappelling anchors to rescuing yourself when you rope is to short or damaged.

Who is this for? Anyone with a good sense of adventure. No prior experience needed. Ages 8 and up.

What to Bring: Bring a good pair of shoes to hike in, 2-3L of water, lunch/snacks, sunscreen, camera, small backpack, and when necessary, a rain jacket.

Dates: Monthly every first and third Saturday

We do offer climbing and rappelling events year-round. If you cannot find a date on the calendar that works with your schedule you can book a private date for an individual or group at our private day rates listed on our website.

Cost:

Number in
Group
Cost for Half Day Cost for Full Day
Child (Age 5-10) $65 $85
1 $200 $225
2 $138 Each $160 Each
3 $108 Each $130 Each
4 to 5 N/A $100 Each
6 to 14 N/A $90 Each
15 to 20 N/A $80 Each

Trip Length: We are pretty flexible and love to stay out as long as we can, but most groups finish in about 6 hours.

Location: Linville Gorge, North Carolina

Sport Climbing 101 Clinic @ NC Outdoor Adventures Tickets
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – Jun 7 @ 4:00 pm
Sport Climbing 101 Clinic @ NC Outdoor Adventures

Some of us climb for the camaraderie, some for the scenery, and some for the physical challenge. No matter why you climb, if you are looking to get into sport climbing, this is the class for you. Sport climbing consists of a leader and a belayer, where the leader starts from the ground and clips their rope into pre-fixed bolts as they ascend the rock. Sport climbing is very rewarding, and typically offers the fastest way to start chasing harder grades.

Our Sport Climbing 101 class will teach you everything you need to know to safely start sport climbing outside. Day one will cover an introduction to outdoor climbing ethics, Leave No Trace practices, building fast and efficient sport anchors, rope management, how to choose the right length quickdraw, and efficient clipping techniques. Day two will cover route finding, lead belay techniques, risk management, safe ways to fall, fear management and best practice for cleaning the anchor.

Don’t have your own gear yet? No worries! We will provide you with all the climbing gear needed for that day.

Who is this for? Any climber who is ready to start sport leading! Climbers should have a good understanding of belay commands and the figure eight follow through knot prior to enrolling.

Max client to guide ratio: 4:1

Trip Length: This is a two-day course. Participants are expected to make proper meal and lodging arrangements prior to the event. We would be happy to refer you to campsites or hotels.

2020 Date:  June 6-7

Want more dates? With two or more students we can provide custom dates. Just reach out by using the contact us button below.

Climbing areas include: Crowders, Pilot and Stone Mountain State Parks, Rocky Face Recreational Area, Rumbling Bald, various areas in Pisgah National Forest including Linville Gorge, Table Rock, Snakes Den and Big Ivy all in NC. We also occasionally guide at Big Rock, climbing areas near Table Rock SC.

Cost:

Number in
Group
Cost for 2 Day Course
1 $460
2 $325 Each
3 $280 Each
4 $240 Each

*Curious on pricing? Contact us to find out how many people are already registered.

Topics Covered:  
  • Best practices for choosing, placing, and clipping quickdraws
  • Easiest ways to recognize “back-stepping, back-clipping, and z-clipping”
  • Cleaning anchors and quickdraws from the route
  • Efficient body movement
  • Lead belay techniques
  • Rope management
  • Climber and belayer communication
  • Risk management
  • Leave No Trace
  • Reading guide books and choosing the best routes
  • Creating a “stick clip”
  • Safe ways to bail off a route
  • Managing fear while leading
Big Walker Lookout Country Store Craft Corner: Paul Lambert @ Big Walker Lookout & BW Country Store Tickets
Jun 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Big Walker Lookout Country Store Craft Corner: Paul Lambert @ Big Walker Lookout & BW Country Store

Big Walker Lookout introduces “Country Store Craft Corner” with a warm welcome to local artisan Paul Lambert and his handmade wooden furniture.

Items will be available for purchase on site. Come out and meet this terrific local artisan, and enjoy this fun event with us!!

Hot dogs, snacks, drinks, & delicious ice cream are available for purchase at Big Walker Lookout in the BW Country Store.

This is a free event.

Virginia’s oldest privately owned scenic attraction, Big Walker Lookout & BW Country Store has been owned and operated by the same family for over 70 years. It features more than 25 local artisans, crafters, and musicians that demonstrate their talents each weekend from May through October. Local authors do book signings and have books for sale all summer long. Big Walker Lookout, a Crooked Road venue, will host this Summer’s Mountain Top Music featuring local musicians, some returning favorites as well as fresh new groups & bands.