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Boone NC Cabins

<h2><strong>Boone, NC Cabins Have Wonderful Blue Ridge Mountain Views</strong></h2> <p>Once constructed by homesteading pioneers, cabins typically were one or two rooms.&nbsp; These homes were no larger than four hundred square feet.&nbsp; They were practical and constructed with purpose, a tradition that was handed down from father to son.&nbsp;</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s cabins are quite different from the historical cabins of the 1800s.&nbsp;Modern cabins are spacious, if not sprawling.&nbsp; Contemporary log homes are a continuation of traditional artisanship with some major changes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s cabins are full of light with every convenience in every variety of materials and finishes.&nbsp; Log homes are eco-friendly and efficient.&nbsp; They tend to be cooler in summer and warmer in winter.&nbsp; These homes offer soaring stone fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and handcrafted millwork.&nbsp; Today&rsquo;s cabin living is the best of tradition and ultramodern conveniences that make for a charming lifestyle of rustic elegance.</p> <p>Cabin life in the beautiful <strong>Blue Ridge Mountains</strong> offers something for everyone.&nbsp; Imagine your home on top of a scenic overlook with miles of panoramic vistas.&nbsp; Find your home in the pastoral meadows that flank the neighboring rivers or just enjoy the quiet life beside a rushing mountain stream.&nbsp; You can even ski out of your backyard from a mountain chalet at any of the local resorts.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Boone, NC is a special small mountain town, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.</h2> <p>Listed as one of the Top Ten Places to Retire by US News.&nbsp; The small town is chock full of unique dining and shopping experiences.&nbsp; A perfect spot for those who are seeking to leave the grind of city living for a more tranquil place to live or have a second home to enjoy summer cool breezes or ski in the winter.</p> <h3>Boone is home to <a href="">Appalachian State University.&nbsp;</a></h3> <p>The university offers extensive degree programs both in liberal arts and the sciences.&nbsp; Well reputed among North Carolina&rsquo;s University system, Appalachian State contributes significantly to the town&rsquo;s appeal.&nbsp;</p> <p>Recognized as a city that supports its artists and craftsman, Boone is a special place to patron the arts.&nbsp; There is an active calendar of events, everything from performing arts to concerts from world renowned performers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Being in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone offers easy access to limitless outdoor adventures and activities.&nbsp; There are countless local attractions and historical sites.&nbsp;</p> <p>For outdoor activities, water sports are available on seven nearby rivers.&nbsp; Canoeing and kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, and rock climbing top the list of endless things to do in and around Boone in summer.&nbsp; In winter, the South&rsquo;s best, if not only, skiing and snowboarding at Beech, Sugar or Appalachian ski resorts.&nbsp;</p> <p>Enjoy America&rsquo;s driving adventure and take in one of the most scenic highways: the Blue Ridge Parkway.&nbsp; Travel through the natural habitat of Grandfather Mountain.&nbsp; Grandfather Mountain sits 5,964 feet above sea level and offers miles of scenic hiking trails, picnic places and fun for the whole family.&nbsp;&nbsp;At Grandfather Mountain, you can walk a mile high swinging bridge that provides exquisite views of the surrounding counties clear into Tennessee.&nbsp;</p> <p>No matter what your pace, adventure or relaxation, Boone, NC gives you the best of both worlds.</p> <p><strong>Ashe High Country Realty located in West Jefferson, NC provides real estate services in West Jefferson,&nbsp; Boone, Blowing Rock,&nbsp;the entire High Country of North Carolina and the mountain areas of Virginia.&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are looking for a Boone mountain home or&nbsp;interested in any <strong>Boone properties for sale</strong>, give the professional Realtors at Ashe High County Realty a call at<strong> 336-246-6348&nbsp;</strong>or go here for<a href=""> cabins for sale</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>They understand that buying a mountain cabin requires personalized attention to your needs and your time.&nbsp; These are realtors who live, work, and play in the High Country of North Carolina.&nbsp; They know the area and have over thirty years of exceptional service, one client at a time.</p>

Shatley Springs Restaurant for Sale

<h1><strong>Historic Shatley Springs Comes on the Market!</strong></h1> <p>The rustic Shatley Springs Restaurant and Cabins, popular with Ashe County visitors and residents alike, has been part of the local history for more than a century.</p> <p>All you need to do is see the name or logo and virtually everyone you ask in North Carolina and surrounding states has either been to Shatley Springs Restaurant or knows someone who has.</p> <h2><strong>Shatley Springs: The Story Behind the Healing Water</strong></h2> <p>Martin Shatley discovered the springs in 1890, when he paused to dip his hands and face in a stream that flowed out of the Little Phoenix Mountain.&nbsp; According to his report, a few hours later the skin disease that had plagued him for years seemed to be disappearing.</p> <p>Rumor of the miraculous curing properties of Shatley Springs spread.&nbsp; Although at that time the area had no facilities to house visitors, people from near and far came to pitch tents near the healing water.&nbsp; Although Mr. Shatley sold the farm surrounding the springs, he kept ownership of the spring itself and soon built a small bathhouse near the water, which had a tiny heater and a sheet iron bathtub.</p> <p>When Mr. Shatley felt he was too old to visit the spring each summer, he sold it to three investors, who refurbished the spring building with a cement enclosure and a new covering.&nbsp; In the 1920&#39;s they added cabins and a tearoom.&nbsp; For a brief time, they bottled and sold the water &ndash; a profitable undertaking, due to the water&rsquo;s &ldquo;sparkling&rdquo; reputation.&nbsp; Eventually one of the three owners, Mr. Bid Williams, bought out the interest of the other two investors.</p> <h2><strong>&nbsp;Shatley Springs Sold to Lee Q. McMillan</strong></h2> <p>In 1958, Bib Williams sold Shatley Springs to Lee McMillan. &nbsp;&nbsp;At that time, Mr. McMillan was serving his country as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy.&nbsp; While enlisted his mother and father, Frank&nbsp;and Goldie McMillan, ran the business until he retired from the US Navy.&nbsp; He has owned and operated Shatley Springs for 66-years.</p> <h2><strong>Shatley Springs Today</strong></h2> <p>Shatley Springs Restaurant is a small, family-owned restaurant that has been around since the early 1900s.&nbsp;&nbsp; One of the things that makes this restaurant so popular, even at its size, is the quality of food and the service it provides.</p> <p>&nbsp;From hearty breakfasts to filling lunches and delicious dinners, Shatley Springs offers something for everyone.&nbsp; In addition to their menu, they also have a variety of desserts and drinks available.&nbsp; They offer &ldquo;all you can eat&rdquo; as well as a dessert menu with options for those with certain dietary restrictions.&nbsp; If you are looking for a family style meal with friends and family, Shatley Springs will exceed your expectations.</p> <p>In addition to the restaurant, there are nine small rental cabins (two cabins currently used for storage and would need upfitting for rental), a large spring fed pond stocked with trout, a vintage log cabin which serves as an office and a total of 26.3 acres.&nbsp; There is ample parking for tourist buses and RVs.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>There is an outside stage alongside of the rocking chair covered porch, constructed for entertainment for customers waiting to eat, or stay awhile after they have enjoyed a filling meal.&nbsp; The program ranges from bluegrass music, jazz, mountain music to gospel, and guests are welcome to dance to the music.&nbsp; Some prefer rocking away on the covered porch, spending time shopping in the gift shops, filling water jugs from the spring to take home&nbsp;or reading the history of Shatley Springs.</p> <p><strong>Shatley Springs &ndash; A Destination</strong></p> <p>Many years before Ashe County and the town of West Jefferson became a tourist destination, Shatley Springs was well-known.&nbsp; It has played a significant role in the development of our county and the town of West Jefferson over the past decades.</p> <p><em>This week the local newspaper, Mountain Times, gave the restaurant the award for being &ldquo;The Best of the Best Home Cooking Restaurant&rdquo; in Ashe County.</em></p> <p><strong>Just a few of the many articles, videos and blogs written about Shatley Springs.</strong></p> <p><strong>Only in your State&nbsp;</strong>posts an <a href="">article on Shatley Springs Restaurant</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>NC State Magazine</strong> on several occasions featured articles on Shatley Springs Restaurant and proclaimed by the magazine as having the <strong><em>&ldquo;best breakfast in North Carolina&rdquo;</em></strong>.</p> <p>Carl White&rsquo;s <strong><em>Life in the Carolinas</em></strong> is an Emmy nominated and award-winning syndicated TV Show that features wonderful places in the Carolina&rsquo;s visited Shatley Springs.&nbsp; <a href="https://">&nbsp;Read what he had to say.</a></p> <p><strong>PBS</strong> - features a <a href="">video of Shatley Springs</a></p> <p><strong>UNC-TV </strong>-<a href=""> features Shatley Springs Restaurent</a></p> <h3><strong>You Can Own This Piece of Ashe County&#39;s History</strong></h3> <p>This property has many possibilities with new activities that would complement the already famous destination.</p> <p><strong>Offered for Sale by Ashe County Real Estate, West Jefferson, NC. - Shown by Appointment Only.<br /> If you have an interest in buying this unique property, please give us a call at 336-246-6348 or stop by our office at&nbsp;<br /> 7 South Jefferson Avenue, West Jefferson, NC</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Celebrating the Holiday Season

<h1>It&#39;s the Season to Celebrate&nbsp;</h1> <p>The air is crisp, the leaves have fallen, and the colors of the landscape have changed.&nbsp; It is the holiday season in the North Carolina Mountains and around the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>For many it is a tradition to have a live tree.&nbsp; There are a variety of evergreens to choose from, but the most desired in the United States is the Fraser fir tree.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Fraser fir is known to grow in cold climates and flourishes best in the southern Appalachian Mountains.&nbsp; The Fraser fir thrives in southwestern Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and northwestern North Carolina.&nbsp;&nbsp; Ashe County, North Carolina is the leading producer of the Fraser fir Christmas tree, adding millions of dollars to the local economy each season.&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>A Tree is Symbolic to the Holiday Season.</strong></h2> <p>A holiday tree is an excellent way to celebrate holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as other festivals such as Eid.&nbsp;</p> <p>The holiday is the season of giving, the season of caring, the season of giving gifts and celebrated in many cultures around the globe.&nbsp;&nbsp; The live tree is also known as the tree of life, the tree of immortality, the tree of joy, and the tree of fertility.&nbsp; It stands for a holy event of a special time of the year for many cultures.&nbsp;<strong>The holiday is a time for family, friends, and being together.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;In Europe, the United States and other countries, there are many ways to celebrate Christmas from singing carols to celebrating with large feasts.</p> <h2><strong>Evergreen Trees are Associated with Christmas.</strong>&nbsp;</h2> <p>They are part of the decorations, and they also carry religious significance.&nbsp; What do we know about this tradition?&nbsp; Why do we have a Christmas tree?</p> <p>The first use of the Christmas tree is believed to have been in Germany.&nbsp; However, it is not clear where this German tradition originated.&nbsp; One theory is that it was a tree used by the pagans as a symbol for life during winter.&nbsp; Another theory suggests it was used by early Christians to symbolize Christ&#39;s Second Coming.</p> <p>In France, people have been celebrating Christmas since the 10th century.&nbsp; Christians would cease work on December 24th and go to church.&nbsp; Afterwards they would go home and decorate trees with apples or other fruits to show hospitality to hermits who may have been traveling in search of shelter during the winter season.&nbsp; The next day was when children would play games to find out which hermit would visit their house on Christmas eve and bring presents for them and their families.&nbsp; And at the end of the day, the children would leave their shoes outside their house overnight for Father Christmas to fill.&nbsp; The French continue this tradition today when families come together at home. &nbsp;Some regions have special traditions for December 25th too.&nbsp;</p> <p>Christmas Eve is traditionally the day when people in some countries like France, Belgium, Sweden, and Norway open one gift on Christmas Eve.&nbsp; In others like Italy and Germany (although not everyone there celebrates on December 24th), people celebrate with an evening meal or dinner party before opening gifts on Christmas Day.&nbsp; Traditions vary at the meal too; sometimes it is a traditional Italian dish like torta di nonna or pandoro, while in Sweden it might be pickled herring or ham with lingonberries.&nbsp; In the United States, each region has a favorite, preferences include baked ham, turkey, select beef cuts, such as standing rib-roasts, and a variety of seafood in the coastal areas.&nbsp;</p> <p>Christmas Eve is the most important night of the year in Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Finland.&nbsp; It marks the beginning of Joulupukki (Father Christmas), who comes to children&rsquo;s homes to deliver presents.&nbsp; In Denmark and Norway, he is julemanden (Santa Claus) and in Switzerland, he is der Nikolaus (Saint Nicholas).&nbsp; Children traditionally put their shoes by the fireplace or window ledge on Christmas Eve morning for Santa Claus to fill with chocolate and small presents.</p> <p>In other European countries, such as Germany and Poland, families will also put a small Christmas tree inside their homes decorated with sweets and fruits as a symbol of welcome visitors.</p> <h3><strong>This is only a small example of Christmas and the Holidays celebrated in other cultures</strong></h3> <p>Whatever your tradition for the season, we wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday, and a Happy and Peaceful New Year!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Thanksgiving in Appalachia

<h1>An Appalachian Thanksgiving</h1> <p>An Appalachian Thanksgiving is a special time a year.&nbsp; It will soon be the beginning of the winter season and is the ending of the colorful landscapes that covered the Blue Ridge Mountains just days ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanksgiving to the North Carolina Mountains is a time to harvest pumpkin, apples, cabbage, and other edibles, and for Ashe County&rsquo;s major mainstay of the economy, Christmas trees.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;It is a day of giving thanks for past year&rsquo;s blessings and for the abundant of food prepared and shared by family and friends.</p> <h2>The First Thanksgiving</h2> <p>According to history, the first Thanksgiving was a harvest celebration held by the English colonists (Pilgrims) in the Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag tribe in the early 1620s.&nbsp; The celebration began in late September and lasted through mid-November.</p> <h2>Thanksgiving falls on the Last Thursday in November</h2> <p>Prior to 1941, people celebrated Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November.</p> <p>However, when the first day of November falls on a Wednesday or Thursday, November has five Thursdays. &nbsp;In calculations for the upcoming many years, this would only happen twenty-eight percentage of the time, but people thought it was confusing.&nbsp; And when the Thanksgiving Holiday was on the fifth Thursday in November, it was too close to the Christmas Holidays.&nbsp;</p> <p>Taking these concerns into consideration, President Roosevelt declared that Thanksgiving would be the second-to-last Thursday of November.&nbsp; His explanation to the people was that it would give more time to prepare for the Christmas holidays, but the President&rsquo;s explanation failed as citizens felt this was even more confusing.&nbsp;</p> <p>So, at the end of 1941, President Roosevelt signed a bill permanently proclaiming Thanksgiving Day would happen on the fourth Thursday in each November.&nbsp; Thanksgiving is an Annual National Holiday in the United States and Canada An Appalachian Mountain Thanksgiving&rsquo;s menu shared by most Appalachians, consists of a stuffed turkey or turkey and oyster dressing on the side, a variety of vegetables, sweet cranberries sauce, and a choice of deserts.&nbsp; For most, pumpkin pie as well as a pecan pie and an old fashion apple stack cake is a staple for Thanksgiving Day.</p> <p>Oysters and a variety of shellfish are a favorite mainstay for the Thanksgiving meal in some coastal areas, while duck, lamb, Quail, and baked ham in other regions.</p> <p>It does not matter where you live, just enjoy your traditional Thanksgiving dinner.&nbsp; It is best when shared with family and friends between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Note:&nbsp; A couple of events in November that you may not want to miss.</h2> <p>West Jefferson&rsquo;s Annual Holiday Parade is Held in November</p> <p>The West Jefferson&rsquo;s Lion Club sponsors a Holiday Parade each November in downtown West Jefferson.&nbsp; This year the parade will be on Saturday, November 20, 2021, beginning at 3:00pm and last until 5:00pm.&nbsp; It is free and everyone is welcome.</p> <h2>Ashe County Choose and Cut</h2> <p>Christmas begins in Ashe County in November.&nbsp; Choose and Cut weekend is the weekend that West Jefferson welcomes all visitors to shop the unique &quot;Mom and Pop&quot; stores for Christmas gifts that is not found anywhere else.&nbsp; For more information - <a href="">Cut and Choose.</a></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>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. It&rsquo;s a tradition. 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. The Christmas tree and its evergreen bough, is one of the few symbols of hope and continued life that has carried on from the ancients who used the sacred boughs as a sign to mark the winter solstice.&nbsp;<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 totally 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&rsquo;s 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="">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="">Ashe County&rsquo;s Choose and Cut&nbsp;Guide 2021.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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