Enjoy Labor Day Weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Enjoy Labor Day Weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains

West Jefferson is the place to be to help celebrate Labor Day weekend this year. With endless activities in the area that will keep you and your family entertained there is something for everyone. From painting to live entertainment, there happen to be countless ways to celebrate the last weekend of summer. Let’s take a peek at what is coming for you to enjoy below.

Backstreet Park Concert Series: Zephyr Lightning Bolts

Listening to live music while vacationing in the mountains is just what the soul needs. Come and enjoy the music and fresh outdoors for the last concert of the summer at Backstreet Park on August 31st. Starting at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm enjoy the sounds of Zephyr Lightning Bolts at the West Jefferson Backstreet Park in West Jefferson. This is a free event so just bring yourself and maybe a blanket to sit on and enjoy the live music!

Ashe County Farmers Market

Enjoy Labor Day Weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains

When you are staying in one of our vacation rentals, head to the Ashe County Farmers Market for some fresh veggies. On Saturday, September 1st starting at 8:00 am you will get to spend time at the local farmers market. Grab some fresh veggies or fruits before you head back home. Looking for some beautiful flowers to spruce up the rental for the weekend, this is where you can get some gorgeous flowers. This is located in West Jefferson, you won’t have far to travel for this gem.


If you are up for a little drive, then head to Emerald Village in Little Switzerland, NC for some mining. You and your family can enjoy some mine tours, a treasure hunt, guided mine hikes and more. This is something that is on-going from September 1-September 3rd beginning at 9:00 am. While the price differs from what you do, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Head to their website to see what else they offer at the mines.

Music on the Green

Enjoy Labor Day Weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Enjoy some more live music before you head back home on Monday at The Museum of Ashe County History. This is the final Music on the Green concert that will be featuring the Harden Brothers. The concert begins at 3:00 pm and is free for you and your family to enjoy. Bring a comfy chair, blanket or even a sunshade to sit and relax to the music. Don’t miss out on this fun and entertaining concert on your Labor Day weekend vacation.

While there are several more events happening Labor Day weekend, these are just a few we’d thought you’d like to enjoy. When staying in a vacation rental with Stay Blue Ridge, you will be near where the fun begins. If you don’t want to attend these events, there are plenty of other things you can take advantage of in the area. From hiking to doing Yoga in the mountains, there is something that everyone can do. We can’t wait to see you for your next vacation to the Blue Ridge Mountains!


Book a Valentine’s Day Cabin!




Holidays can be important signs on the busy highways of our lives, reminding us to reflect, honor, and celebrate. Valentine’s Day is the one that tells us to stop and say “I love you” to the person – or people – we hold most dear.  For some it’s just another busy day, but this year we encourage you to take a weekend to celebrate love – for one another, for our families, for our friends, and even for ourselves and retreat to the mountains, away from the busy-ness of our lives, to reconnect with each other and our own selves which often get lost in the shuffle.



This year, we can help you speak your love in a well-appointed mountain cabin, perhaps with a hot tub for a delicious soak in the cool air, or by a cozy fireplace, the flickering light creating the ambiance. In 2018, Valentine’s Day falls mid-week, so that gives you the weekend before or after to make plans. Two weekends doubles the odds your favorite cabin is available to surprise your beloved with a weekend in the mountains or make your escape from the kids to reconnect. Perhaps this year Valentine’s Day is a celebration of the love of family, so bring your children (and dog, too, to one of our many pet friendly cabins).

If love finds you single this year, gather a few friends and retreat from all the advertising and celebrate friendship, which brings fullness to our lives, whatever romantic place were in.

While here in Ashe County, you’ve got several dinner options, romantic or otherwise, in downtown West Jefferson.  The Hotel Tavern and Boondocks are favorites of visitors and locals alike.  At Boondocks, try one of their own beers like the Bookworm Raspberry Chocolate Milk Stout, or the Backwoods Campfire Scottish Ale. If you’re really brave – because the names are scary—try the Blue Ridge Brutal Brown (named after the famed bike race) or the Crumpler Crippler Citra. Of course, you can also have the familiar taste of the old standbys or one of the many craft beers now available. For something different, try the apple taste of the locally brewed Molly Chompers hard cider. Enjoy it with an appetizer, maybe the crab stuffed Portobello appetizer or the Boondocks Jalapeno Bottlecaps.  Dinner offers even more choices from healthy salads to Neapolitan Flat Bread Pizzas to Kobe Beef and Veal Lasagna. And don’t get us started on the desserts.



Over at the Hotel Tavern, enjoy live music most weekends, a full bar with a diverse wine list, and a menu that includes our favorite Thai Chicken skewers for an appetizer or the decadent Potachos. Homemade soup and salads are a steady option (keep those New Year’s resolutions), and for dinner give the Maple Glazed Pork Loin a try, or a delectable pasta, chicken or seafood special.  Both restaurants are open for lunch, too, as is Sweet ‘n Savory (love their roasted red pepper soup!) and the Havana Grill on the Back Street.

Before you leave town on Sunday (do you really have to???), you can also try brunch at Rosebud Bakery and Café, which has baked goods that’ll throw your resolutions out the window, and a quiche that’s always great. We have yet to be disappointed with anything we’ve tried.

But maybe you love to cook, and a weekend away provides an opportunity to try a new recipe.  Many of our cabins are outfitted with complete kitchens, and some even have spices on hand.

Lastly, whether Valentine’s weekend is about romance or a celebration of friendship, consider the treat of a massage. Really, is there anything better than an hour (or more – try 90 minutes!) with someone’s warm, skilled hands melting your knots away? Ashe County has several talented bodyworkers who make house calls, which might be just the ticket this Valentine’s (or really, any) weekend. Marjorie Shinkle of the Ashe Massage Center ((336) 977-6272) makes outcalls, and will be glad to organize muscle relaxing rubs for you and your loved ones, and will bring another therapist if you have a crowd.

The mountains are calling, and we invite you to celebrate love in February with warm soaks, fireplaces, romance, fine food, exciting spirits and a good rub. What’s better than that?

Treat Yourself to a Mountain Retreat This Holiday Season

When the shopping is all done and you’re hoping for some downtime before the last minute rush for the holidays, why not escape to a mountain retreat. As beautiful as the holidays are, sometimes it’s just nice to get away for a while.

Right now is an ideal time to head up to the mountains of North Carolina. Experience the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains while you enjoy recharging your batteries. That’s what you can expect when you stay in one of the vacation rental homes we have ready and waiting for your arrival.

Man hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountain

Many of the rental cabins are located in the woods of mountainous North Carolina. Step outside your door and you’ll be surrounded by phenomenal mountain views, woods, and super fresh air. You’ll have your choice of cabins that are more rustic or others that offer upscale amenities. There are many different types of vacation rentals to choose from and the perfect one for you is among them.

If your idea of recharging is going for a long hike in the woods or spending the day fishing, you’re going to love it here! After a day spent out in nature you can return to your cabin and enjoy the secluded hot tub. Afterwards, picture yourself relaxing in the chairs around the fire pit while enjoying dinner on the deck as you fully experience the serenity of the forest.

Blue ridge Mountain View

We’re available to answer any questions you may have about our West Jefferson NC vacation rentals. We can be reached by calling 877-601-5020 or through the Contact Form on our website.

Happy holidays to you and your family from all of us at Stay Blue Ridge.