Win the Obama’s Blue Ridge Vacation

As readers of this blog will know, the Presidential Family spent their spring vacation in the Blue Ridge. We think they made a great choice. And now our friends at the Ashville Chamber of Commerce have put together the opportunity to Win President Obama's vacation. The full details and the entry form can be found HERE. But here's the quick summary of what's included: Accommodation at the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa (just like the President) Two Go Blue Ridge Cards to get you into all the great things to do in the area A "Farm to Table" dinning card to let you take in some of the great dinning options And a gift basket that matches the one that was presented to the Obamas We can't promise you'll bump in to the Obama's the way one hiker did. But if you win, you can bet … [Read more...]

The Dance of the Fireflies

Elkmont Fireflies; Image provided by Judd Patterson Our friends over at Wildwater Rafting have given us all the details surrounding the annual synchronized firefly show in the Smoky Mountains. If you are interested in no-cost wholesome entertainment that most people in the world have not experienced, this is truly an event that should not be missed! There are only two places on earth where you can experience a synchronized firefly phenomenon - southeast Asia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The peak flashing for synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park occurs for only two weeks in mid-June. The Male's time is short since they live as adults for only about 21 days. So they have a limited amount of time to attract the … [Read more...]

Ghost Town In The Sky’s “Cliffhanger Rollercoaster” Opens for Memorial Day

Ghost Town in the Sky, North Carolina’s mountaintop family theme park, will open for the 2009 season May 22nd along with the much-anticipated and long-awaited Cliffhanger Rollercoaster! Originally built in 1985 and located literally on the side of Buck Mountain, the Cliffhanger underwent a complete overhaul and promises a thrill each moment. Ghost Town representatives say that The Cliffhanger has several qualities that set it apart to make it a unique experience.  First, it has a top speed of 56 miles per hour. As a rider leaves the terminal, the illusion is given that you are going to fall off the mountain!  Next, an exciting loop generates three g-forces of pressure as riders travel 2,063 feet along the fun-filled ride.  And perhaps most importantly, the cars are uniquely … [Read more...]