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Beginning Friday May 24, 2013 at 7 pm the annual “Music in the Valle” concert kicks off at the Valle Crucis Community Park. There is no admission fee however a donation of $5.00 per person would be appreciated, proceeds go to the maintenance of this beautiful park. You are welcome to bring chairs or a blanket and food & drink. Visit www.vallecrucispark.com to view the park’s address, the dates of the concerts and the names of the bands. The Baird House bed and breakfast in Valle Crucis is a 5 minute drive to the park.
At 7:30 am Saturday June 22 thousands of bicyclists will pedal away from Valle Crucis on a 100 mile race ( the Blood,Sweat and Gears ), some of the ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, up to Snake Mountain and back to Valle Crucis. For many years riders have stayed at the Baird House, a Valle Crucis North Carolina bed and breakfast near Boone NC, conveniently located 2 miles from the origin of the race. We serve a large hot breakfast at 6 a.m. to the participants to fuel them for their strenuous day, most of whom ride to the starting gate at the Valle Crucis Elementary school from this Boone area bed and breakfast. Sponsored by Watauga Red Cross.Showers are available. The Baird House B & B is 1.5 miles from the starting point. At this writing we still have some room availability. 1-800-297-1342.
Our community is looking forward to Musicfest ‘n Sugar Grove this July 12 & 13. This is the 15th year of this musical celebration. Held at the Old Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove, NC this features the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Kruger Brothers, Amantha Mill, Vudu Sister and many others. Food, drinks and games for the kids will be available. The Doc and Merle Watson Folk Art Museum is on the grounds of the festival & a festival ticket allows one free admission. The Baird House bed and breakfast, winner of TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate Of Excellence, is approximately 5 miles from the event location & currently has rooms available. Originally settled in the 1780’s the Baird House is the oldest home in the county & the only B & B located on the Watauga River. Call the Baird House at 800-297-1342 for info or to make reservations. www.bairdhouse.com
There is an ancient connection between the Scottish Isles, The Baird House bed & breakfast and these Appalachian mountains. John Baird left his ancestral home in Scotland in 1650 and sailed the Atlantic to New Jersey. 135 years later John’s grandson, Ezekiel Baird, traveled from Monmouth County New Jersey with his wife settling in what is now Valle Crucis building their home which is now the Baird House Bed and Breakfast inn ( the oldest house in the county ) south of Boone, NC. As time progressed more people of Scottish & Irish ancestry settled in this area bringing with them a culture rich in music and tradition.
Probably the most influential family in this part of the Blue Ridge is that of Hugh MacRae who, in the late 1800’s bought & developed land in and around Grandfather Mountain. Following his death his family was instrumental in starting what is now one of the largest gathering of the Scottish clans in the world. The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games is a 4 day celebration of music, food, sporting events and dancing beginning July 11. Make your plans to attend the games and make your reservations to stay at the Baird House Bed and Breakfast, a Grandfather Mountain bed and breakfast, a 20 minute drive from the games. Call for reservations or information at 800-297-1342.
In the description of the Lillie Mae room we say the bathroom is private but separate from the room. To help one understand exactly what this means here are 2 photos…one shows the privacy screen set up.
At the Baird House bed and breakfast the entire month of February is “Valentine’s” and offers all the special elements of a romantic getaway. Upon your arrival a dozen roses, a chilled bottle of champagne and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries will await you. Come and enjoy a cozy guestroom with a fireplace or a whirlpool tub; complimentary coffees, hot teas, hot chocolate, hot ciders, colas & homemade chocolate chip cookies are available 24/7. In the morning awake to the smell of hickory- smoked bacon and freshly brewed coffee then enjoy our large hot breakfast. Weekday rates ( Sunday through Thursday ) are $99 nightly per couple & weekend rates are $159-$179 nightly per couple ( weekend rates apply on Sunday Feb. 19th). Add an additional $59 for the roses, champagne & chocolate covered strawberries…2 days advance notice requested.
Call 800-297-1342 & reserve today then relax knowing your sweetheart will be thrilled that you were so thoughtful !
In January & February all rooms are $99 nightly per couple Sundays through
Thursday nights ( some Sunday nights are exceptions..Jan.15 & Feb 19 ). This
special can not be combined with any other specials.
We’re looking forward to an upcoming musical event next month. The Hayes
Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock is hosting the Winter Blues
Festival & John Cowan Band Jan. 27 & 28. We’re John Cowan fans, we’ve seen
him perform live many times and he’s recently been the bass player for the
Doobie Brothers. We have tickets to see him Jan. 28th at 7:30 pm. Tickets
can be bought online at www.hayescenter.org . On stage the night before John Cowan plays Atlanta,Georgia blueswoman Beverly “Guitar” Watkins will wow the crowd.
Beginning Friday May 27th at 7pm the Music in the Valle music series kicks off in Valle Crucis Park behind the Mast Store Annex/Candy Barrel. There’s plenty of free parking and there’s free admission. Bring a blanket, folding chairs, the kids ( or not ), a picnic and some adult beverages then enjoy a time with great local musicians.
Brenda & Rick were enjoying wine on the Appleview porch. Barb & Tom were walking up to the Baird family cemetary. Brenda’s wine glass was on the railing. Here’s what it looked like.