Just because the leaves don’t debut their most beautiful colors until October doesn’t mean you should miss out on all the fun in the NC Mountains in August & September. In the hot, humid Charlotte weather, a cooler, more breezy getaway exists just two hours down the road. Whether it’s Asheville or Blowing Rock calling your name, consider these activities your “go to” for a weekend trip surrounded by some of North Carolina’s most breathtaking views.


Enjoy the Southeast’s Best Interior Designers at this annual Showhouse – CASHIERS 2016 SHOWHOUSE at Burt Farm

August 13 – 28

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Cashiers Historical Society hosts the southeast’s most talented interior designers as they come together to “create the magic that is The Cashiers Designer Showcase.” Whether you choose to stroll the perfectly landscaped grounds or the magnificent historical home, there is plenty to take in on site of the Burt Farm. Daily tickets start at just $40.00.


Indulge during Dinner in the Dahlias – High Hampton Inn

August 29 & September 12

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30 guests enjoy a seated dinner surrounded by North Carolina’s Dahlia blooms. The meal boasts an intertwining of “flora, food, and wine of High Hampton.” Each event includes education on the history of these heirloom flowers accompanied by a delicious multi-course meal all under the infamous North Carolina mountains’ stars. Even Garden & Gun Magazine is singing this unique event’s praises.


Gather the Kids for Railroad Heritage Weekend – Tweetsie Railroad

August 27 – August 28

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Railroad enthusiasts of all ages will gather to experience the history of the wild, wild west during Tweetie Railroad’s annual Railroad Heritage Weekend. Enjoy all the daily activities Tweetie has to offer plus Cherokee dancers, arts & crafts, and historic demonstrations. Check out the full schedule of events and let your imagination run wild.


Enjoy American Dahlia Society’s 50th National Dahlia Show – The Crowne Plaza Resort

September 17 & 18

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The course of events for this show includes a range of actives including educational lectures on techniques used to grow these beautiful flowers, craft classes centered on creating paper Dahlia’s, and tours of the one of a kind Bullington Gardens. If interested, book your rooms now as they are filling fast!


Take Your Pick at the North Carolina Apple Festival –  Downtown Hendersonville

September 2 – September 5

NC Apple Festival

Spend your labor day weekend strolling the streets at North Carolina’s Premier Family Festival for over 60 years. The weekend includes the opportunity to pick your own apples and a packed schedule of events over the course of the four days. If you’re looking for family friendly fun, search no further than the NC Apple Festival.


Celebrate Western NC at the Mountain State Fair – Western North Carolina Agricultural Center

NC Mountain Fair

September 9 – September 18

This fair celebrates all that western North Carolina has to offer. Take your pick during the Mountain Sate Fair’s numerous competitions ranging from hand quilting to the best NC pork. Local artists will showcase their skill on the Bojangles Music Stage while fairgoers enjoy numerous rides, exhibits and the best of the west fair food. Parking is free and adult tickets are just $9.00!


Spark Your Imagination at Autumn at Oz – Beech Mountain

Septemer 9 – September 11

Autumn at Oz

If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you could “follow the yellow brick road,” check out Autumn at Oz hosted by Beach Mountain this September. Experience Dorothy’s journey to Oz as you visit with the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and the rest of the crew. Come dressed as your favorite character and take a walk through the nostalgic theme park.


Brewgrass Festival – Memorial Stadium, Asheville

September 17



Hosting over 55 breweries and the most talented local musicians, the 20th Brewgrass Festival is bound to be your guide to the best beers & music of western NC this fall. In it’s 20th year, experience all that North Carolina has to offer and get your tickets before they are gone. If that isn’t enough to convince you, check out the full list of breweries here & musicians here and you’ll be securing your ticket before you know it.


south_mountains from Romantic Asheville.com

south mountains from RomanticAsheville.com


We always get notes from readers wishing there was a “scoop” in their city…well, we just wish there was a Mark from RomanticAsheville.com for everywhere we visit. Want to plan your entire trip to the mountains? Check out Mark’s site for the best hikes, top waterfalls, and water holes worth visiting. Planning a trip to Biltmore? Mark has you covered there, too.



Allie Withers of Better Late Than Never

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Avid foodie, working in beauty who loves a good half marathon every once in a while.