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What a beautiful leaf peeping season! The brilliant annual show of reds, oranges and golds did not disappoint! We will continue to be open through November and gift certificate purchases for the holidays are available at any time!
Classic Jaguar sports cars and sedans will be on display Saturday, July 19th, 10 am to 4 pm, on the grounds of the Switzerland Inn at Little Switzerland on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The show is the annual judged Concours d’Elegance of the Carolina Jaguar Club. The public is welcome free of charge.
Early registrations include XK120/140 sports cars from the 1950s and multiple E-Type sports cars, perhaps Jaguar’s most famous and endearing model. Additionally, new cars from Jaguar’s current model lines will also be on display including an F Type Jaguar Coupe ordered and manufactured for this event….experience this new ride!
The Concours d’Elegance – essentially a beauty pageant for coach-built cars and high fashions – came into vogue in the late 1920s in Europe. Wealthy clients ordered custom coachwork on their favorite marque’s chassis, then proudly debuted their one-of-a-kind cars, often accompanied by a model in a coordinated outfit from a leading couturier.
Jaguar clubs continue this tradition with local shows where both classic and modern “cats” are judged for cleanliness and authenticity using procedures established by the Jaguar Clubs of North America (JCNA). JCNA, which includes the state-wide Carolina Jaguar Club (CJC), has nearly 60 local clubs including Mexico City and five in Canada, and claims over 6,000 member families.
CJC’s Concours Chair Gregg Gaylard (email@example.com) invites everybody to join the club for a day in the mountains and a special show. The Switzerland Inn offers free parking and a full-service bar and restaurant. Take the I-40/Exit 85/Marion and Highway 221 North. Follow By-Pass 221/226 North approx. 17.5 miles, turn left onto Highway 226 North. Turn right at intersection of Hwy. 226/226-A to access the Blue Ridge Parkway. Drive South 3 miles on Parkway to Milepost 334/Little Switzerland ( 35.92º N latitude; 82.06º West longitude).
The Carolina Jaguar Club is a state-wide organization. Monthly meetings are held wherever we find a social or significant event, an interesting car show, or gatherings organized by nearby Jaguar clubs. For membership information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NC DOT just “repaired” cracks on 226A with rubberized pavement, or Tar Snakes. This has made the Route unsafe for motorcycles. NC DOT is going to fix with repaving of the route within 90 days. Meanwhile, DiamondbackNC.com warns motorcyclists to Drive At Their Own Risk.
The Chalet Restaurant is the finest dining on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests enjoy culinary delights while overlooking a mountain panorama of rolling NC hills and valleys. Outdoor dining is available on our new outdoor patio.
The Switzerland Inn in Little Switzerland, NC (just above Spruce Pine) is home to the Chalet Restaurant and the Fowl Play Pub. The Inn also offers catering for gatherings and groups with options from served, seated banquets to breakfast buffets. No matter what the event – corporate meetings, wedding, car club or just gathering with friends – the Switzerland Inn’s Chalet Restaurant and Fowl Play Pub never disappoint
Mountain Farm will hold their final Lavender Festival
June 15 and 16 2013
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission $10.00 – Ages 10 and under free
This popular two-day event features a Lavender Labyrinth with garden tours and cultivation tips, Craft Vendors and Live Music. Workshops on Lavender wands, Mead-making, Culinary Lavender Cooking classes with Chef Matt of Smoking Goat Epicurean Arts; honey bee, and fiber animal shearing demos. Cut your own lavender bouquet. Entertaining farm animals and a cheese-tasting booth. For more information click here.
Bakersville, North Carolina
June 14 – June 15, 2013
On Friday, June 14, the first round of competition includes Junior division talent and Senior division swimsuit. Saturday, June 15: Final round of competition and crowning of the 2013 NC Rhododendron Queens. Doors open both nights at 6pm with pageant beginning at 7pm.
The Rhododendron Car Show is Saturday, June 15: Bowman Middle School football field. 10am – 3pm. Vehicle registration: $20.00. A small admission fee will be charged for spectators. Awards include: Trophies for Top 50, Best of Show and Peoples Choice. Lots of Golden Oldies music and family fun! Tickets will be sold for 50/50 drawing. See www.rhododendroncruisers.com for more info.
Saturday, June 15: From 9am to 4pm, there will be arts, crafts and food vendors, live entertainment, and the ducky derby. Watch and cheer on your own duck as thousands of ducks race down Cane Creek.
Friday and Saturday Nights, June 14 & 15: Rhododendron Square Dance on the street! Dance will be on main street in Bakersville. Live music will be provided by The Wisemans. Time: 8pm – 12am
And last but not least the Rhododendron 10K Run. The Race begins Saturday, June 15th, 2013 at 8:30am, at Gouge School (134 Laurel Street) in Bakersville. Entry begins at 7am. Entry Fees are $15 until June 2nd, $25 after that date until the day of the race. Download a printable application here, or complete an On-Line Entry Form.
The minerals found in the area have attracted interest since the first inhabitants came long ago. Indians have used local mica for ornamentation and gravesites for centuries. Early explorers are reputed to have come through here around 1540 looking for gold and silver. Near Little Switzerland is the ancient Horse Stomp Mine. Legend suggests that the Spanish worked the Horse Stomp Mine.
Emerald mining began in Little Switzerland around 1895 at the Crabtree Emerald Mine. Today this abandoned mine still draws rock hounds from all over the world. Other mines near Little Switzerland have produced aquamarine, beryl, garnet, smoky quartz and kyanite.
Families and groups of all sizes love going Gem Mining in NC when visiting the NC Blue Ridge Mountains. Little Switzerland NC is centrally located to all of the NC Gem Mining spots where gems like garnet, amethyst, emeralds, smoky quartz, white topaz, aquamarine, peridot, rubies, and sapphires are all waiting to be discovered. The gemstones are cleaned and miners will see the gems as their vibrant colors and shapes are revealed. Emerald Village is a fascinating group of gem and mining attractions located just 3 miles from the Switzerland Inn. Here you can tour the underground Bon Ami Mine at the NC Mining Museum where you’ll see historic mining equipment and a splashing waterfall!