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The Woodlands Mountain Home

<h2>This Mountain Home in &ldquo;<em>The Woodlands&rdquo;</em> Will Sell Quickly</h2> <p>This home, located between the towns of West Jefferson and Lansing, North Carolina&nbsp;is just a short drive from hiking trails, the New River, The Creeper Trail, music festivals, breweries, art galleries, a plethora of eateries from pubs to fine dining, shopping and so much more.</p> <h2>If privacy is desired, the acreage is just shy of 4-acres. &nbsp;&nbsp;</h2> <p>While taking advantage of the benefits of a neighborhood with paved streets, the homes in The Woodlands are spaced for privacy, and this home is situated on almost 4-acres, (3.993 acres.)</p> <h2>Open and Spacious Mountain Home</h2> <p>The home has 2,397 Square feet of living space having 3-bedrooms, 2.5-baths.&nbsp; The entryway, dining area and great room have extended ceilings and a floor to ceiling stone fireplace.&nbsp; The floors are maple hardwood throughout with the exception of the bathrooms, they are tile.&nbsp; The kitchen, designed with the chef in mind, is equipped with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas stove and wood cabinetry.</p> <h2>Large Bedroom Ensuite on Main Floor</h2> <p>The large master bedroom ensuite is 14 x 22 with the connected bathroom recently renovated to include heated floors.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are two additional bedrooms, the downstairs bedroom is currently being used as a den and the second-floor bedroom with private bath is the perfect place for your guests.&nbsp; &nbsp;There is a half-bath plus a music room on the main level.&nbsp; The music room is a multi-purpose room and is perfect for an office.&nbsp; (High speed Internet, fiber optics is available.) The home has ample storage with large closets.</p> <h2>Two Car Oversized Detached Garage</h2> <p>Large oversized detached two-car garage mimics the residence in the exterior design with log wood siding and river rock accents.</p> <h2>Conclusion:&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;If you dream of living in an open and airy home where you can enjoy snuggling up to a large stone fireplace during a winter snow or a foggy autumn morning, this home will be sure to please those comforts.&nbsp; It has a chef&rsquo;s kitchen for cooking on those snowy winter days or preparing fresh vegetables and salads in summer from your mini-garden or the local farmer&rsquo;s market.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the warmer months, you will enjoy being outdoors on the back and front decks, watching the wildlife that frequent the neighborhood or the changing of the leaves in autumn.&nbsp;</p> <p>You will have 4-acres to roam on, build snowmen in winter, garden in summer &ndash; there&rsquo;s a multitude of things you can enjoy on this acreage.&nbsp;</p> <p>This home is perfect for a retirement home or a mountain get-a-way!</p> <p>Learn more about this <a href="https://www.ashecountyrealestate.com/listings/mountain-cabin-lansing-nc" target="_self">mountain cabin </a>at the direct link on our website.. &nbsp;We feel this home is so desirable it won&rsquo;t last long.</p> <p>Call Ashe High Country Realty &ndash; 336-246-6348 or stop by our office at 7 South Jefferson Avenue, West Jefferson, NC</p>

New Year's Customs

<p>The celebration of the New Year is a tradition that dates back centuries.&nbsp; People around the world gather to bid farewell to the old year and to celebrate the new.&nbsp; It is a time to reflect on the past and to look ahead to all the potential and possibilities that the New Year brings.&nbsp;</p> <h2>But Where did it all begin?</h2> <p>The ancient Babylonians are affirmed with being the first to celebrate the New Year&nbsp;around 4,000 years ago.&nbsp; Their celebration was a religious festival that lasted eleven days in which they paid homage by offering sacrifices to their gods and goddesses. &nbsp;The festival was held during the spring equinox, which marked the beginning of a new year for the Babylonians.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Greeks later adopted their own version of the holiday, calling it the Kalends, and it marked the beginning of their new year.&nbsp; The Romans then continued the tradition&nbsp;though they moved the festivities to the first day of January.&nbsp; This was done to honor the god Janus, who had two faces&mdash;one looking back at the past and one looking forward to the future.</p> <p>Throughout history, diverse cultures have celebrated the New Year in their own ways.&nbsp; In India, Hindus mark the occasion with a two-day celebration known as Sankranti.&nbsp; In China, the holiday is referred to as the Spring Festival and is celebrated with a four-day holiday that includes fireworks and family reunions.&nbsp; In Mexico, the celebration is a 15-day festival called Fiestas de Ano Nuevo.</p> <p>The celebrations typically involve feasting, music, parades, and fireworks.&nbsp; People also exchange gifts, make resolutions, and offer toasts to the New Year.&nbsp; Although the traditions may vary from place to place, the spirit of the New Year still is the same and has continued throughout the centuries in many parts of the world.</p> <h2>Here in Appalachia</h2> <p>Some of the traditions in southern Appalachia are forgotten but this one&nbsp;gets an honorable mention.&nbsp; At the stroke of midnight on December 31st. all doors and windows in the home are opened.&nbsp; The pots and pans are gathered from the kitchen and are pounded together making a loud noise.&nbsp; This custom was used to chase out the old year and bring in the new.</p> <p>One tradition that originated in ancient Greece&nbsp;was brought to America by the Germans, was the birth of a newborn baby on New Year&rsquo;s Day signified the rebirth of the New Year by announcing the birth by banner. &nbsp;This tradition is still practiced today in some areas of the Appalachian Mountains.&nbsp; In some communities, the first newborn on New Year&rsquo;s Day receives recognition and gifts from the community.</p> <p>The New Year tradition still practiced today by the entire southern region is the legendary New Year&rsquo;s Dinner.&nbsp; This traditional New Year&rsquo;s meal must have black-eyed peas, pork loin, collard or mustard greens. The menu may be accompanied by other foods such as cornbread and mashed potatoes.&nbsp; This meal symbolizes luck, friends, and money in the coming year.</p> <p>Today, many cultures still celebrate the New Year in diverse ways.&nbsp; Some use fireworks, some enjoy special meals and drinks, and some simply stay up late to welcome the new year in.&nbsp; However, they choose to celebrate, the tradition of the New Year continues to bring joy and happiness to people all around the world.</p> <p>New Years is a time of hope and optimism. &nbsp;Our TEAM at Ashe High Country Realty is looking forwards to new opportunities and new beginnings for 2023.</p> <h2>Happy New Year 2023!</h2>

Winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains

<p>After experiencing a colorful autumn in the North Carolina Mountains, the leaves have fallen, the days are shorter, the temperature is cooler, and winter has arrived.&nbsp; It is time to bring out your boots, heavy coats, and extra layers of blankets.</p> <h2><strong>It&#39;s Snowing in the&nbsp;Mountains&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;As you relax&nbsp;by your stone fireplace, enjoying the warmth of your home, it is time to grab some popcorn, cuddle up on the sofa and enjoy a classic movie or read a book.&nbsp; Outside&nbsp;the snowflakes are quietly falling and soon the trees will be covered in snow.&nbsp; What fun to watch the landscape turning into a winter wonderland.&nbsp; Not only is living in a mountain home when it snows beautiful, it can be incredibly peaceful, warm, and cozy.</p> <p>&nbsp;If you want to spend some time in the snow, you can take long walks and take in the beauty of nature.&nbsp; Winter may be dark and cold, but it can also be fun with all the activities the NC Mountains has to offer.</p> <h2><strong>Winter is the Perfect Time for Cooking</strong></h2> <p>Comfort food and is the perfect complement to a chilly winter day.&nbsp;</p> <p>From mac and cheese to fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, these warm dishes are sure to fill you up and provide a much-needed boost of energy.&nbsp; Not to mention all the delicious, sweet winter-time treats, like warm apple pies and freshly baked cookies.</p> <p>Invite your friends over for dinner and a competitive game of cards or chess.&nbsp; It is a wonderful way to enjoy the cold evenings.&nbsp; They will enjoy your comfort foods, too.</p> <h2><strong>Having Fun in the Snow</strong></h2> <p>Everyone loves to build snowmen.&nbsp; You, your family, and friends can enjoy a few hours creating a snow village.&nbsp; It creates a much talked about event in the neighborhood and is so much fun.</p> <p>The snow-capped peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding and other snow-related activities. &nbsp;Spend the day at one of the nearby ski resorts.&nbsp; If you did not come prepared to ski, there are shops nearby Boone or Banner Elk that sell or rent ski gear.&nbsp; There is always something to do and fun to have in the NC Mountains.</p> <p>&nbsp;If you are looking for something a little less adventurous, you can take a leisurely stroll through the scenic downtown shops of West Jefferson or take a drive through the snow-covered countryside.&nbsp; If you are feeling extra brave, you can even take a hike up one of the many trails for a unique winter experience.&nbsp; And for those who just want to relax, there is nothing better than cozying up in a cabin with a hot cup of cocoa and watching the snowflakes fall.</p> <p>Winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is an unforgettable adventure and one that everyone should experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ashe High Country Realty is in West Jefferson, NC.&nbsp; We offer a full selection of homes for sale in West Jefferson, Boone, Blowing Rock, Sparta and in the mountains of Virginia.&nbsp;</p>

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Family and Friends

<h2><strong>Celebrating Thanksgiving</strong></h2> <p>Thanksgiving is an important holiday in America.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s also one of the oldest.&nbsp;The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621 when the pilgrims and Native Americans joined together to feast and give thanks for all they had.&nbsp;What is so remarkable we as Americans still take inspiration from that day almost 400 years ago.</p> <h3><strong>Let us Give Thanks</strong></h3> <p>Thanksgiving is a special day to reflect on and celebrate what you are thankful for in your life&nbsp;&nbsp;This is true regardless of your background or culture.&nbsp;During Thanksgiving, families and friends will come together to give thanks to the special people who have impacted your life in significant ways, such as family members and friends.&nbsp;In fact, it&rsquo;s a celebration that reflects the values of gratitude, compassion, and generosity.&nbsp;Thanksgiving is also an opportunity to be grateful for the abundance and bounty in your life</p> <p>Whether you have a big family, small group of friends, or are part of a small team at work &mdash; there is just something about Thanksgiving that brings everyone together.&nbsp;It is not only filled with laughter and joy but also serves as a much-needed break from routine.&nbsp; Friends and family get to spend time together in a relaxing environment as they share delicious food, conversation, and time together.</p> <h3><strong>What Are the Traditional Foods of Thanksgiving?</strong></h3> <p>Thanksgiving is a time to indulge in delicious food, which makes it a popular holiday.&nbsp;The menu usually includes turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.&nbsp; Families often choose a different menu every year, so they never get tired&nbsp;of these classic dishes.&nbsp;Turkey is the main course of choice at Thanksgiving.&nbsp;This traditional meal is roasted and seasoned with herbs that vary depending on the family recipe.&nbsp; Mashed potatoes are a staple at Thanksgiving.&nbsp; These creamy, rich potatoes are perfect with any main course.</p> <h3><strong>Cook Something New for the Main Course</strong></h3> <p>If mashed potatoes are perfect with the main course, include a green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cranberry salad, and macaroni and cheese.&nbsp; Plain old turkey with gravy is expected at Thanksgiving but can get tiresome after a while.&nbsp; Why not try something new this year? How about a Hawaiian-inspired turkey with pineapple and coconut? &nbsp;You can also try something a little different,&nbsp;&nbsp;Walnut and mushroom risotto with a standing rib roast will not disappoint.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>If you want to go with a classic dish but still stand out, try a cheese souffl&eacute;. Although, cheese souffl&eacute;s are a bit more challenging to make, thery are&nbsp;worth the effort.</p> <h3><strong>Don&#39;t&nbsp;</strong><strong>Forget Dessert!</strong></h3> <p>Turkey and Friends might be the main course, but dessert is the perfect way to end the meal.&nbsp; There are plenty of different desserts to choose from, and you can even make your own special recipe if you want to go that route. &nbsp;Pumpkin Pie is the traditional dessert but can be made with many alternatives such as a cream cheese topping paired with a nice hot cup of coffee.&nbsp; &nbsp;A cranberry sauce cobbler might be a bit unusual, but it&#39;s tasty and festive. &nbsp;Cranberry bread - This can be served as either a dessert or bread with the main course.&nbsp; It&#39;s extremely easy to make and tastes incredible!</p> <p>After enjoying a delightful dinner with filling food, interesting conversations and memories of people and events of years gone by, it is time to retire to the TV room for those who love football.&nbsp; Time for naps for the children while others enjoy being together to discuss events in our current lives.&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>What teams are playing football on Thanksgiving Day?</strong></h3> <p>Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions: 12:30 p.m. ET.</p> <p>New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: 4:30 p.m. ET.</p> <p>New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings: 8:20 p.m. ET.</p> <p><strong>Concluding thoughts!</strong></p> <p>There are so many things to be thankful for in this world, and Thanksgiving is a day to reflect on those things.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Christmas Tree Choose and Cut Ashe County NC

<h1>Ashe County Choose and Cut Season 2021</h1> <p><em><strong>Note:&nbsp;This blog was originally published October 25, 2001.&nbsp; It has been updated for accuracy of dates and links.&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p>Each year, families travel to Ashe County, &ldquo;The Coolest Corner of the North Carolina Mountains&rdquo;, in search of the perfect Christmas tree and overnight adventure.&nbsp; It is a tradition.&nbsp; The ritual of cutting it down, bringing it into the home, getting the tree to stand straight and tall, and having everyone join in its transformation.&nbsp; The Christmas tree and its evergreen bough is one of the few symbols of hope and continued life that has continued from the ancients who used the sacred boughs as a sign to mark the winter solstice.&nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="/uploads/galleries/Christmas%20tree.jpg" style="float:right; height:581px; width:228px" /></p> <h2>Why a Real Tree?</h2> <p>Natural Christmas trees are biodegradable and recyclable.&nbsp; They remove carbon dioxide and other harmful gases from the atmosphere while producing nourishing oxygen to the planet.&nbsp; Just another reason to celebrate the season with a real tree.</p> <h2>NC High County - America&#39;s Christmas Tree Capital</h2> <p>Ashe County sits in the heart of Christmas tree territory.&nbsp; Much of its land is lapped with row upon row of majestic Fraser Firs, prized for their pyramid shape, sturdy branches and natural fresh holiday scent. Other evergreen species such as White Pine, Canaan Fir, Douglas Fir, and Colorado Spruce are also grown in the area. Many of Ashe County&rsquo;s famous Christmas tree varieties have adorned the White House and served as our nations symbol of the coming Christmas season, earning the&nbsp;NC High Country&nbsp;destination the title of America&rsquo;s Christmas Tree Capital.</p> <h2>The Search for the Perfect Christmas Tree</h2> <p>Here is&nbsp;how the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree usually plays out:&nbsp;You bundle up, pile the family in the car and hit the road. Depending on which farm you visit, your trip could include an old-fashioned hayride to the top of a mountain, a visit with Santa, shopping in a holiday gift shop, drinking hot cocoa or apple cider, or even joining in on a marshmallow or hot dog roast. Choosing, measuring, and getting your tree cut is easy with help from&nbsp;farm &ldquo;elves&rdquo; who wrap it up and load it for the trip home.&nbsp; Ashe County offers <a href="https://www.stayblueridge.com/">lots of lodging options</a> near local tree farms, you can easily turn a day trip into a weekend adventure.</p> <h2>Plan Your Trip&nbsp;to Ashe County in the NC Mountains</h2> <p>Ashe County, NC trees harvested right off the farm are fresher, smell more fragrant, and stay greener as families&nbsp;arrive&nbsp;and&nbsp;celebration unfolds. But whether you take a tree home or not, a visit to West Jefferson and a Christmas tree farm creates a lasting holiday memory.</p> <p>For more information, Visit <a href="https://www.ashecountychristmastrees.com/choose-cut.php">Ashe County&rsquo;s Choose and Cut&nbsp;Guide 2021.</a></p> <h2>More Christmas Events:</h2> <p>West Jefferson Holiday Parade &amp; Light up the Town &ndash; Santa will be there!&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;November 19th, beginning at 3pm.&nbsp;</p> <h2>West Jefferson&rsquo;s Annual Hometown Christmas</h2> <p>November 25th, 5-7pm</p> <p>The official lighting of downtown West Jefferson&rsquo;s Christmas tree. Join the carolers, sip hot chocolate, visit with Santa, and take a ride on Jefferson Avenue on the 1947 fire truck.&nbsp;</p> <h2>West Jefferson NC Christmas 2022 Gallery Crawl</h2> <p>December 2, 5-7pm, Downtown West Jefferson</p> <p>Downtown West Jefferson will be decked out in Christmas Joy for the evening Holiday Gallery Crawl.&nbsp; Galleries will be open with holiday artwork, refreshments, music and more!&nbsp; Stop by the Ashe County Arts Council off main street for a map of the crawl. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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