Photo by Paula Roberts of Old Maid’s Ramble quilt square on Bill Buckner Barn — the first barn quilt to go up in Yancey County, NC
Back in 2001, when Donna Sue Groves painted a wooden block in a quilt pattern and hung it on the outside of her barn to honor her mom (a quilter), she had no idea that over the next thirteen years, that would become the inspiration for largest grassroots public arts movement in history.
Donna’s homage to her mother has spread to 48 states and as far north as Canada. But, what most folks don’t realize is that the largest concentration of quilt blocks in the U.S. is right here in the mountains of Western North Carolina where you’ll find over 200 quilt squares on nine official quilt trails.
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start planning your “V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!”
Summer vacation brings with it significant expectations for relaxation, fun and excitement. When deciding where to stay on your vacation, most of us automatically factor in things like location, cost and amenities.
But what about safety, comfort, quality and cleanliness? Do you just assume that any place you select will have passed an “inspection” of some sort? We’re sad to report, that is NOT a safe assumption — and it’s one that can spoil your best laid plans for a worry-free time of fun and rejuvenation.
Looking for gift ideas for someone who loves to cook? Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a Mother’s Day gift or a perfect hostess gift, the innkeepers of the North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns Association have got you covered.
From March through May, North Carolina will be awash with blooms from the mountains to the coast with daffodils, tulips, azaleas, and more!
One of the most popular flower festivals in NC is at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Get ready to feast your eyes on this annual premier springtime event from March 20 – May 23. The gardens were designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City.
The Hunger Games, Dirty Dancing, Iron Man 3 and The Secret Life of Bees have at least one thing in common with about 900 other movies and nearly 20 television series made over the past 60 years — They were all filmed in North Carolina.