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A Few Things to do in NC Oct 11-15, 2017

Let's get ready for the weekend.  Here are just a few ideas for you.
*Saturday Oct 14 is the Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival at Lafayette Village in Raleigh NC
*The North Carolina State Fair runs from Oct 12-22 in Raleigh NC
*Oct 14-25 in New Bern NC is the Mum Fest. *Oct 14-15 is the John Blue Festival in Laurinburg NC *Saturday Oct 14 you can attend the Mountain Glory Festival in Marion NC *Oct 13-15 is join in the fun at the Autumn Leaves Festival in Mt. Airy NC
Daily Holidays... Oct 11-Emergency Nurses Day...I used to be an ER nurse. Oct 12-Drink Local Wine Day Oct 13- Silly Sayings Day Oct 14- Universal Music Day Oct 15-I love Lucy Day Oct 16-Department Store Day Oct 17-National Pasta Day
As usual guys you need to check all event websites to verify times and pricing.  I can't guarantee anything.  All photos are from the promotional event websites.   Whatever you decide to do have a great time. KathieyV:-)

A Visit to Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville NC

It was my final day of my mini-vacation.  I had climbed the stairs to the top of Chimney Rock, I had pontooned beautiful Lake Lure, and I had stayed at the lovely Esmeralda Inn.  Anytime I take a trip I do my best to visit a local winery, and I had been remiss in my tradition on this trip.   I could just go home, but that would be crazy if there were a local winery to explore. Well as luck would have it not far off my journey there was a winery. I consulted Google and plotted my course to Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville NC. 
First I wanted to know where the name came from.  Here is a quote from their website...
"Mountain lore has it that back in the day farmers would burn their fields to clear the land on Burntshirt Mountain for planting. They tossed their shirts in the fire for good luck and the fields yielded a bountiful crop!"
I did not have a lot of time to tour or visit due to my pending long drive back home, but I did manage the wine tasting and also enjoyed a gla…

Let's Pick Some Apples at Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard in Hendersonville NC

It was my last day in the Chimney Rock NC area, and I decided rather than just going home I wanted to explore a bit more before I left the area.  I usually visit a winery on all my travels, and I did not want to change my tradition on this trip.  So I set my GPS to my winery of choice, Bruntshirt Vineyards, blog post to follow, in Hendersonville NC.  As I drove the country roads, I came across numerous roadside stands where the grand theme seemed to be apples.  Wouldn't it be fun if I just happened upon an apple orchard?   Well happy day,  I did!   Just a few miles from my original destination was Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard.  It was like a miracle:-) Oh my goodness, the place was packed.   The friendly staff directed me to a perfect parking place in a field near the orchard.   Even with the large groups of people, they took the time to make me feel welcomed.
Here is a quote from their website...
"The Stepp family has been inviting guests to pick their own apples for 45 year…

A Few Things To Do In North Carolina Sept 27-Oct 1, 2017

It's nearly the weekend and here are just a few things to do Sept 27-Oct 1, 2017.

*Tuesday Sept 26-Saturday Sept 30 is the Chowan County Regional Fair in Edenton NC.
*Sept 29-30 you can attend the Lost Colony Wine and Culinary Festival in Manteo NC. *Sept 29-30 is the North Carolina Muscadine Festival in Kenansville NC *Sept 30-Oct 1 is the Art On Main Street event in Hendersonville NC *Sept 30 - Oct 1 is the Renaissance Festival in Huntersville NC  (It is also being held on weekends through Nov 19. Don't forget the daily holidays... Sept 27- Crush a Can Day.(Why?  I don't know) Sept 28- National Drink Beer Day Sept 29- International Coffee Day (I celebrate this everyday:-) Sept 30- National Ghost Hunting Day Oct 1- National Walk Your Dog Day (I celebrate this everyday too:-) Oct 2- Name Your Car Day (I used to have a car named Earnie) Oct 3- Techies Day As usual guy you need to check all event websites to verify times and pricing.  I can't guarantee anything.  All pho…

Rock of Ages Winery in Hurdle Mills NC

Did you know that September is North Carolina Wine Month?  That's all the motivation I needed to take a drive to a winery I had heard about but never visited.  I set off for a little over an hour drive to Hurdle Mills NC to visit Rock of Ages Winery On my route, I saw beautiful old barns, rolling hills, and farmland.  I drove through one of my favorite towns Hillsborough NC.  There were a few slow-moving vehicles on the journey.  Instead of trying to pass them I took the time to relax and enjoy the sights of smells of the countryside. Before I knew it, I had arrived.  There it was the Rock of Ages Winery.  What a lovely building.
The building itself is beautiful. The stone and wood create a welcoming setting.  I met the owners, Kevin and Kim Moore.  They took the time to meet and greet everyone.   They know their wine and seem to enjoy sharing that knowledge.  Kevin has a degree from Surry Community College in Enology and Viticulture.   Rock of Ages Winery opened 2005 with Kevin …