Celebrate the Season in the Mountains

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends, to enjoy holiday traditions and discover a few new ones!  The chances of experiencing a white Christmas in Mitchell County is pretty high and we have just the setting for a family holiday to remember. Take in a few of our holiday highlights this December.


Choose and Cut your Own Christmas Tree

Located in the Christmas Tree Capital of the world, our region is known for its beautiful Christmas Trees. Just last month the White House Christmas Tree was chosen from a tree farm just up the road from Mitchell County in Newland.  Make your trek to our area to experience choosing and cutting your own tree this year.  Chamber member Sugar Plum Farms offers a unique family experience with hot cocoa, wagon rides, bonfires with s’mores a holiday gift shop and a beautiful tree farm setting.



Hike A Wintry Wonderland

We are right in the middle of some of the most picturesque winter hiking trails in Western North Carolina. Roan Mountain, located on the border of NC/TN offers year round world-renowned hiking and mountain views. With the Appalachian Trail running right through the area, you can bet the views and the hiking are exceptional. Be sure to bring your camera!

“Only In Your State” has named Roan Mountain one of the top 10 Picturesque Winter Hikes 



Shop for your gifts from over 100 area artists and visit their studios too!

The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants.

FREE, self-guided, this adventure will lead you to some unique places situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they those many out-of-the-way studios. Meet the artists, see where they create and where they live.

TRAC sponsors a Meet-The-Artist reception at their Spruce Pine Gallery on Friday evening after the tour closes for the day. A sampling of participants will be on display geographically so one can plan a route for the rest of their journey.

For more information, please call 828.682.7215 or email



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