*updated for Spring 2016
The beginning of April marks one of our favorite times to visit western North Carolina. The weather is lovely, the tourism traffic is usually lower than other peak seasons like fall and Christmas, and there are several wonderful festivals to attend this time of the year. Take a look at some of our favorite festivals at the bottom of this post, but on your way to the festival, take a pit-stop at these stores. Not only will you find refreshingly unique gifts and home decor ideas here, but you might also find a custom tassel or two from us!
Past & Present of Belmont in Belmont
Find treasures from your past and present! Hand painted wine glasses, handmade soaps and lotions, bags, purses, scarves, furniture, glass art, lamps, paintings, artwork, gifts and much more!
Tatum Galleries in Banner Elk
Tatum Galleries offers you a large selection of beautiful handmade furniture, all weather outdoor and patio furniture, timeless accessories and a full interior design service for your residential, commercial, and remodeling needs. Let their beautifully decorated showroom spark your imagination and introduce you to the possibilities that await you inside your own home!
Giftcrafts in Black Mountain
Celebrating the art of gifting since 1952! At Giftcrafts, you’ll find unique gift items, jewelry, home accessories, decorating ideas, inspirational art and more!
And now for a few of our favorite springtime festivals….
The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival – April 14 – 17
The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival in Blowing Rock, NC is an exciting event for wine lovers and “foodies,” bringing vintners, food critics, chefs and fine living enthusiasts together for a celebration of the senses. Featuring Winemakers’ Dinners, Cooking Classes, Wine Seminars, Grand Wine Tasting, Reserve Wine Tasting, Chetola’s Corkscrew 5K, Satellite Tent Tastings, Downtown Wine Down, Taste! and Cork & Canvas.
Merlefest – April 28 – May 1
Held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music legend Doc Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of bluegrass and old time music and includes Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts numerous artists, performing on 13 stages during the four day event.
Biltmore Blooms – now through May 26
Stunning floral displays – featuring nearly 100,000 tulips – across the estate celebrate the majesty of Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy as Biltmore’s master horticulture planner. Biltmore’s restaurants will feature special menu items, with the Winery offering a commemorative Festival of Flowers wine and wine seminars