Christmas Begins in Ashe County, North Carolina
East of the Mississippi River, Ashe County is the top producer in Christmas trees with the most preferred tree, the Fraser Fir.
In addition to the wholesale aspect of shipping trees, wreaths and garland all over the United States and beyond, many families come to Ashe County to "Choose and Cut" their own Christmas tree, making this annual event a family tradition.
The Ashe County Christmas Tree Association tells us, "Real Families Choose Real Christmas Trees" and it is evident as just after Thanksgiving the town of West Jefferson comes alive each season with families flocking to the area to choose their Christmas tree.
For those who wish to make "Choose and Cut" more than a day-trip, Ashe High Country Vacations and RRR Tree Farms are offering a special "Choose and Cut Tree Package" where you choose to stay in one of our mountain cabins, and receive a $50 tree voucher to use toward the purchase of your Christmas tree.
Start a new family tradition this year by staying in one of our cozy mountain cabins.
In addition to a top quality tree, when you arrive at RRR Tree Farms, you will be greeted with a hot beverage at the Christmas Shop. Then you will climb aboard the hay wagon to ride through the fields and select your tree.
After choosing the perfect tree, the next stop for many is the Ashe County Cheese Factory. Here they will find freshly made cheese and other goodies for the holidays. This year, there is something new - the stunning contemporary cows that now adorn the outside facility of the Ashe County Cheese Factory. These metal sculptures are getting raving reviews throughout North Carolina. These three adorable cows have become a favorite for tourist and top features for the news media.
Be sure to stop in the shops downtown. The shopkeepers in West Jefferson have filled their shops with fresh inventory and are prepared for some serious early-bird shopping. There is something for everyone, including original artwork in the art galleries downtown.
Enjoy your trip to Ashe County. Don't forget to bring warm clothing and your mittens!