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Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

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Summer...  balconysummer

Summer is by far the most popular season for visitors to Avery County. The days are warm and the nights are cool, providing a climate that thousands of second-home owners can not resist. The local population swells between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the mountains come alive with activity to entertain the county's summer colonists, as well as the weekenders and day-trippers that gravitate from the low country to enjoy the cool temperatures and entertaining diversions of the season.

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Spring...    balconyspring

After a snow-filled winter, spring erupts with a blast of color in the High Country. Bluets, trout lilies and trillium cover forest floor in splashes of blue, yellow and white, as the opening act for the coming flood of pink, purple and white rhododendron and mountain laurel.

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Fall... balconyfall

Without a doubt, Autumn in the High Country can be summed up by two major attractions: spectacular leaves and Woolly Worms. We always like to encourage guests to visit Avery County early and often in autumn, because fall color arrives earlier in Ocotber at our elevation than most people realize. Trees will begin to turn at the intersection of NC 105 and NC 184 (across the street from our Chamber welcome center) as early as the first weekend in October. Travelers will discover lots of turning trees along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Grandfather Mountain area in early October as well.

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Winter... balconywinter

Winter in Avery County means snow, snow and more snow. And snow means skiing - and snowboarding - and tubing - and sledding - and snowmen! With four major ski resorts in the immediate area, our area has evolved into the premiere southern destination for winter sports. Downtown Banner Elk is located directly in between Sugar and Beech Mountains, while Hawksnest is just down and up the hill in Seven Devils, and Appalachian can be found between the other mountain towns of Boone and Blowing Rock in neighboring Watauga County.

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Christmas... balconychoose

A fifth season?

That's right, there's so much to do in Avery County, that we couldn't squeeze it all into just four seasons. From Thanksgiving to Christmas our region plays host to a major influx of travelers in search of one thing above all: the perfect Christmas tree.

There's nothing like a hayride through endless, snow-covered fields of Fraser Firs - Avery County's specialty and quite possibly the perfect Christmas tree. The seeker climbs down from the hay to begin the epic search for the right size, fullness, color, whatever is most important in the quest for the ideal living room Christmas complement.

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