Month: February 2019

Tweetsie Railroad

Tweetsie Railroad

Opening Day: April 5th, 2019

Tweetsie Railroad is a family-oriented Wild West theme park located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, United States. The centerpiece of the park is a 3-mile (4.8 km) ride on a train pulled by one of Tweetsie Railroad’s historic narrow-gauge steam locomotives. The park also features a variety of amusement rides, live shows, a zoo and other attractions geared towards families with children. The park also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year including Halloween and Christmas themed events.

Nation’s Inn is approximately 35 to 40 minutes from Tweetsie Railroad


Click here to get directions from Nation’s Inn to Tweetsie Railroad. Please note at this time we suggest you use Route #2 utilizing NC 194 instead of US 221 due to road construction on US 221.

Posted by Superman23 in Local Outdoor Recreation

Mountain Aire Golf Club

Mountain Aire Golf Club

Mountain Aire Golf Club features a course of moderate length that can be enjoyed by players of different skill levels with its four sets of tees. The blue course plays to a length of 6,415 yards, a modest length by today’s standards, but the course record of 64 indicates that the course defends itself well against par. We recommend the blue course for accomplished players with a handicap of less than 10. The white course measures 5,858 yards, and while the course record is 62, the white course gives most men all they can handle. The gold course is 4,852 yards and is just right for juniors, seniors and ladies who need a little more length than the red tees provide. The red course is played by most ladies and measures 4,140 yards. It is not as long as many ladies courses and can be enjoyed by ladies of all skill levels. The ladies course record is 65.

Record Holders:

Blue Tee Record – 64 – Trey Scott
White Tee Record – 62 – Wrenn Johnson, Buddy Ellison
Red Tee Record – 65 – Leigh Blevins

Mountain Aire Golf Club
1396 Fairway Ridge Drive, West Jefferson, NC 28694

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Posted by Superman23 in Local Golf Courses

Ashe Arts Council

The Ashe Arts Center in downtown West Jefferson features local artist’s work in the Gallery Shop and offers changing visual arts exhibits, and frequent concerts. The arts center also houses the offices of the Ashe County Arts Council. The Ashe Civic Center is a county owned facility managed by the Ashe County Arts Council. The building is home to the Ashe County Little Theatre and is a venue for programming by the Arts Council. The large stage and three hundred seat auditorium are great for musical events, performing arts events and community happenings. The facility is available for rental by community members, businesses, individuals and touring artists.


303 School Ave.
West Jefferson, NC
M-F 9am-5pm
Sat 10am-4pm (April-December)

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Posted by Superman23 in Local Arts and Crafts

RiverGirl Fishing Company

RiverGirl Fishing Company

Join us where fun and fishing flow. At Rivergirl Fishing Company, we’re passionate about sharing the joys of the river with all lovers of the outdoors.

We offer friendly, personalized instruction, high-quality rentals, and a sense of adventure from our well-stocked shop in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Nestled beside the legendary South Fork New River in historic Todd, North Carolina – just a few minutes from the regional center Boone – we provide everything you’ll need for the perfect day on the river.

Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman in need of leaders, tippets and flies, or a newcomer who wants to learn how to fly fish and get a fishing license, or a family seeking canoes/kayaks or tubes for a day on the water, our one-stop shop supplies the expertise and equipment to ensure you an unforgettable experience in the flawless wilds of North Carolina.

We couple our excitement for the river with a sense of respect and stewardship for the great outdoors. Our friendly staff are experts not only in having fun on the river, but also in preserving and protecting its natural splendor.


4041 Todd Railroad Grade Rd
Todd, North Carolina 28684
(336) 877-3099

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Posted by Superman23 in Local Outdoor Recreation

Zaloo’s Canoes

Zaloo's Canoes
2019 Opening Day: April 1st
New 2019 Hours: 8 am til 8 pm.

ZALOO’S Canoes is located on South Fork of the New River, a National Scenic and Wild River and an American Heritage River. Zaloo’s Canoes Kayaks and Tubes is the oldest and friendliest outfitter in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our ideal riverside location is 4 miles from Jefferson, NC in Historic Ashe County. We are on the very best stretch of the New River in North Carolina. 31 miles of river below us is designated as New River State Park, and a National Scenic and Wild River with 4 access areas with campgrounds that make for great 2 to 5 day canoe and kayak camping trips. We are open 7 days a week for canoeing, kayaking, and tubing from April through mid October. Reservations are highly recommended especially for weekends.

The New River is also recognized as prime for sport fishing. The New River is a favorite of small mouth bass fishermen. Trout fishing is excellent in the smaller, faster tributaries, most of which are designated general trout waters and are stocked regularly with rainbow and brown trout. Anglers need a state fishing license in order to fish the designated trout streams . A license can be obtained on line here or you can obtain one starting in the 2019 season at Zaloo’s.


3874 NC Highway 16 S
Jefferson, North Carolina
(800) 535-4027

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Posted by Superman23 in Local Outdoor Recreation

Museum of Ashe County History

Museum of Ashe County History

Who We Are

The Museum of Ashe County History, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic 1904 Ashe County Courthouse building as a county heritage museum for visitors of all ages.

The objects, documents, and images we collect and display help answer the questions:
Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here? What did we do on the way?
We think this will help us find good answers to another question: Where do we go from here?


Moonshine & Music

Ore Knob Mine

Virginia Creeper

Medical & Pharmacy

Veterans Hall of Honor

Ashe’s First Century

Local Furniture

Sports Hall of Fame

Timber Industry

Native Americans

Museum Hours: 10AM – 4PM Monday-Saturday


Museum of Ashe County History

301 East Main Street
Jefferson, NC 28640

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Posted by Superman23 in Local Arts and Crafts

Church of the Frescoes

We welcome visitors to view our Ben Long frescoes and hope you will also join us for worship services. We are an inclusive community of diverse backgrounds, united by our love for God and each other.

Holy Trinity
195 J.W. Luke Road
West Jefferson NC

In 1980 Ben Long painted the fresco “The Lord’s Supper” behind the Altar at Holy Trinity. Long and 20 of his students spent three months completing the fresco while the church was still undergoing renovations. Area residents began taking an interest in what was taking place and were supportive of the work. The churches of the community (regardless of denomination) offered to feed the artists – creating a bit of competition for the best meal served. Local people served as models for all the biblical figures except the waiting maid, Judas, Thomas, and Christ. Benjamin F. Long was the model for Thomas. In a scrip at the right of the foot-washing bowl, Benjamin F. Long painted a dedication to his father, who died just as the fresco was being completed.

The Last Supper

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St. Mary’s
400 Beaver Creek School Road
West Jefferson, NC

In the spring of 1972, Father J. Faulton Hodge met the artist, Benjamin F. Long (Ben), at the home of Phillip Moose, a prominent artist in Blowing Rock. Mr. Moose and Father hodge discussed for 15 minutes the plan of Mr. Long building the fresco for free. In spring of 1974 Ben contacted Father. Hodge, saying that he was ready to do the fresco they had discussed.

In the summer of 1976 Ben returned to paint John the Baptist. The Mystery of Faith was done in the summer of 1977. It is said that Ben never quit working on the fresco even during the middle of church. He did stop to accept communion but then went right back to work

The Mystery of Faith

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Posted by Superman23 in Local Arts and Crafts

Saloon Studios

Saloon Studios

Live music venue and recording studio located in West Jefferson, North Carolina! State of the Art recording gear with video capabilities.

Enjoy a live music event in the saloon or record on the main stage! We have video capabilities for all sessions.


Saloon Studios

313 Old West Road
West Jefferson, North Carolina
(336) 877-2374

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Posted by Superman23 in Local Arts and Crafts

Blue Ridge Theater & Event Center

The Secret Garden

The Blue Ridge Theater & Event Center is located right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Glendale Springs.

Perfect for a Wedding and/or Reception. We currently offer over 4,000 sq. Ft. of indoor space and over 5 acres of outdoor space! We can offer local and destination packages to our community as well as surrounding areas.
Regular Dance nights with DJs or Live bands as well as live Concerts.

Blue Ridge Theater & Event Center
9331 NC HWY 16 S West Jefferson, North Carolina, 28694

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Posted by Superman23 in Local Arts and Crafts

Havana Cafe

Havana Cafe

Authentic Cuban Cuisine with a touch of North Carolina hospitality.


Havana Cafe
109 Backstreet
West Jefferson, North Carolina 28694
(336) 846-2800


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Posted by Superman23 in Cuban Restaurant, Local Restaurants