Although you may have visited the Arboretum in Spring, Summer and Autumn, you have never seen the Arboretum like you will during this Christmas season!

The simple Christmas traditions of the Appalachians convey timeless sentiments of the season. Although money was always in short supply, the ever-practical Appalachian people always found ways to make Christmas meaningful, a characteristic of Appalachian people that continues today. Some traditions varied throughout the region, but many traditions were common for all.
These days, it is common to see galvanized tubs as decorations in flower gardens but not too long ago these were recognized as luxurious bath tubs.

The Central Appalachian Mountain region is rich in farmland. Despite the terrain and the weather, farms and ranches throughout the ten-state region produce fruit, vegetables, breads, dairy and meat year round. Most of the enterprises are small, family-run operations — sometimes, their land has been in the same family for generations. Some may even be organic.

Abundant Giving

Appalachian towns feed the homeless during the holidays

Appalachian culture historically leads families to be fatalistic, often expecting the worse from big business, politicians and newcomers. But tempering that negative mindset are some of the biggest hearts in the country. The people of Appalachia are neighborly, hospitable, modest and brave. They are resourceful and have a sense of humor. They love the land and their country.

Visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains of WNC isn’t complete without a visit to the beautiful - Biltmore Estate and what better way to enjoy Fall than experiencing this remarkable house. The temperatures are cooling but the blaze of color is just getting heated up. You still have time to take advantage of the many activities to do while on the estate.

Looking for somewhere fun and unique to take the kids this fall? Enjoy a scenic ride through the majestic mountains of Western North Carolina and visit the Tweetsie Railroad theme park.
When I was up at my Dad’s garden recently, I saw where he had been burying potatoes in the ground, and I snapped a picture. It reminded me of a story about my Great Grandfather, Burly Azor Suddreth.
Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
The Inn is a 4,200-acre estate where the Bealls and their children share their love of good food, fine wine and the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains with guests year-round.