Murphy, NC Spring Festival Offers a Feast for Your Senses

If you’re itching to enjoy some balmy spring air, and you’re up for some lively family fun in historic downtown Murphy, NC, the Murphy Spring Festival is just the ticket. Set for Saturday, May 4 from 12 -8 p.m. along Tennessee Street, this popular event is coming back for its second year. The Murphy Business Association is the force behind this multi-faceted celebration, which really does include something for everyone’s taste. Note: If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the Murphy Spring Festival’s rain date is Sunday, May 5. Continue reading “Murphy, NC Spring Festival Offers a Feast for Your Senses”

Ramps, Ramps Everywhere at the Ramp Festival in Murphy, NC

Springtime in our mountains sparks a veritable riot of color. You can’t help but notice the striking light greens of the forest, accented by the flowering trees and bushes that seem to pop up everywhere. Underneath the vibrant forest canopy, millions of regional plants spring up from the ground, responding to the warmer weather and great seasonal growing conditions.

One notable plant species has earned its own dedicated group of fans over the years. Yes, we’re talking about quirky little ramps. In fact, this unusual member of the onion/garlic family has even given rise to several regional festivals, including one in Murphy, NC. Read more about this upcoming gathering, and find resources for cultivating ramps on your property this season.

Murphy’s 10th Annual Ramp Festival
Late April is the perfect time for a ramp festival, as these funky little vegetables are smack in the middle of their harvest season. On Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the 10th Annual Ramp Festival will kick off at the L&N Depot in downtown Murphy, North Carolina. You’ll enjoy a plate of ramps and fixins’ for $8, with $4 plates for children under 12.

This popular annual event is sponsored by the Cherokee Masonic Lodge #146. All proceeds benefit the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford, North Carolina. So, come on down for a lunch you’ll remember for years, and support a good cause while you enjoy your meal. Continue reading “Ramps, Ramps Everywhere at the Ramp Festival in Murphy, NC”

Experience These 4 Legendary Motorcycle Rides near Murphy, NC

Our mountain region offers some of the most drop-dead-gorgeous scenery you’ll find anywhere. Just a short drive from Murphy, NC, you’ll encounter winding mountain roads through lush green forests, stunning waterfalls fed from hidden streams, and sweeping vistas with layers upon layers of mountains. From time to time, you’ll happen upon a quirky little town or a restaurant that retains its decades-old décor and vibe. Continue reading “Experience These 4 Legendary Motorcycle Rides near Murphy, NC”

Discover Two Great Shopping Destinations near Murphy, NC

Finding a family-friendly shopping experience is like going on a multi-generational scavenger hunt. You’d like everyone to find something on their list, and you want family members of all ages to enjoy themselves so they’ll want to hop in the car for a return trip.

Quite surprisingly, two intriguing retail destinations will appeal to everyone in your family – and these distinctive shops are located in beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia – just a stone’s throw from Murphy, NC. Even better, both stores are open all year round. Read on for all the pertinent details, and gather your family for a trip they’ll remember for years.

MERCIER ORCHARDS
8660 Blue Ridge Drive Blue Ridge, GA 706-632-3411
Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

A visit to Mercier Orchards is like an extended trip to the candy store – for children and adults alike. When you swing into Mercier’s sprawling parking lot, you’re surrounded by acres upon acres of gently rolling hills that comprise this fourth-generation family farm. During the growing season, you’ll see colorful peach and apple orchards, with lush blueberry bushes and fragrant strawberry fields located nearby.

Enticing Market Store
Shopping at Mercier’s Market Store is considerably more fun than visiting your local grocery store. For starters, every tempting product is geared toward your tasting, snacking, or baking pleasure. You’ll find fruit butters, jellies, honey, salsas, sauces, dressings, crunchy snacks, muffin mixes, cider, and much more. Toward the back of the store, you’ll spot the colorful produce section that perfectly showcases Mercier Orchards’ currently available fruit. Try a delicious free sample while you decide which bag or box you’ll take home. Continue reading “Discover Two Great Shopping Destinations near Murphy, NC”

Enjoy a Fun Family Activity Near Murphy, NC: Ye Olde Goat Farm or Gem Mining Experience

Searching for a fun family activity that won’t break the bank? Come spend a few hours at two intriguing destinations just a stone’s throw from Murphy, NC. Take a visit to Ye Olde Goat Farm, where you can get up close and personal with quirky goats of all ages.

Or, dig for gems and pan for gold at the Salty Dog Gem Mine, located on the Wagonmaster Adventure Ranch premises. At either destination, you can soak up some mountain air while you unplug from technology and enjoy some time in the great outdoors. Continue reading “Enjoy a Fun Family Activity Near Murphy, NC: Ye Olde Goat Farm or Gem Mining Experience”

Murphy Spring Festival Offers Good Old-Fashioned Family Fun

Let’s face it: a good old-fashioned community festival just gets your juices flowing. Residents and visitors come from miles around, gathering in a convenient central spot for an event filled with local flavor and fun activities. Throw some gorgeous spring weather into the mix, and you have an unbeatable combination that appeals to festival attendees of all ages.

So, come on out to the first annual Murphy, NC Spring Festival, hosted by the Murphy Business Association. This exciting event is set for Saturday, May 5 from 11-6 on downtown Murphy’s Tennessee Street. Browse this tempting menu of festival activities, and come enjoy a healthy serving of small-town family fun.

STREET VENDORS AND ARTISTS

As you stroll along Tennessee Street, you’ll happen upon a variety of colorful vendor booths, many offering a locally sourced product or service. Talented local artists will also showcase their work, and some artisans will also demonstrate their craft throughout the day.

CLASSIC CAR SHOWCASE

When you see a nicely restored classic car, you can’t help admiring its often-impeccable paint and trim work. These vehicles often feature period-appropriate décor and accessories, and the owner(s) frequently sport authentic-looking outfits from that era. Not surprisingly, classic car clubs and car shows have become very popular around our region.

Many community festivals and parades also include classic car displays. At the Murphy Spring Festival, take a leisurely walk along Tennessee Street, where you’ll find a nice lineup of classics vying for your attention. Remember to vote for your favorite car, as event judges will award prizes to the winners.

FUN KIDS’ ACTIVITIES

A community festival just isn’t complete without kids’ activities, and the Murphy Spring Festival certainly offers some options for the younger set. Youngsters can try their hand at an art project or select another age-appropriate activity that intrigues them. Of course, the Pet Adoption Exhibit will draw children and adults alike, and they just might find an adoptable pet to add to their family.

LOCAL FOODS & RESTAURANT SPECIALS

If you enjoy buying fresh local produce, and you take every opportunity to try locally made foods, you’ll be delighted at the festival’s varied food options. In addition, downtown restaurants will feature festival specials throughout the day. The bottom line: arrive with a hearty appetite, and you’ll find plenty to satisfy your taste buds.

LIBATIONS AND LIVE MUSIC

Western North Carolina offers an ever-increasing number of craft breweries and local wineries – some right here in Cherokee County. Several of these businesses have banded together to present the Murphy Spring Festival’s Beer Garden, sure to become a popular spot for thirsty adults throughout the day.

Our mountain region is also home to many talented musicians, several of whom will take the Tennessee Street Stage during the festival. While you relax and listen to the performers’ toe-tapping music, quaff a tasty brew or sip a fragrant glass of wine from the nearby Beer Garden.

With plenty of lively activities, tasty foods, and infectious music, the Murphy Spring Festival promises to be a popular destination for residents and visitors alike. So grab your sunscreen and a hat, and spend the day soaking up downtown Murphy’s distinctive ambience. We just might see you there!

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.ILoveMurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team


Bring the Family to These Easter Weekend Events Near Murphy, NC

The Easter holiday weekend is traditionally a popular time for family gatherings in Murphy, NC. Sometimes relatives come from other regions, and everyone attends church together to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection. Afterward, some families share a hearty meal at a local restaurant, while others enjoy a wonderful feast at someone’s home.

Not surprisingly, the Saturday before Easter is also filled with family get-togethers. In fact, Saturday, March 31 marks the date for Easter events at three separate area venues. Each gathering has its own flavor, giving adults and children alike the chance to enjoy their time together in the beautiful spring weather. And if you plan your time carefully, you can make it to more than one Easter weekend event.

EASTER EGG HUNT
Saturday, March 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
John C. Campbell Folk School
1 Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC

The John C. Campbell Folk School’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is popular with youngsters from many area communities. Held at the school’s Open House near the vegetable and herb gardens, this lively event features crafts, games, refreshments, and entertainment. Our sources tell us that the Easter Bunny will also make a special appearance.

Plan to arrive at 12:45 p.m. for the main event, as the free Easter Egg Hunt begins at 1 p.m. sharp. Park in the large gravel lot on the corner of Brasstown Road and Harshaw Road, and walk to the Open House. Once you get there, head to one of three age-divided egg-hunting areas. Then get ready to watch the youngsters scramble for colorful eggs among the vegetable and herb plants. Bring your cameras and enjoy the happy chaos!

EASTER EGG HUNT
Saturday, March 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m
Bear Creek Mini Golf,  7289 Highway 64 West (west of Murphy)

This brand-new Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Bear Creek Mini Golf, an entertaining venue on Highway 64 West a few miles past the Route 129 intersection. Co-hosted by Bear Creek Mini Golf and Mountain Memories Antiques, this event promises to be an annual favorite with Cherokee County youngsters.

The Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 11:30 a.m., so arrive a bit early. Kids from ages 1-12 are invited to bring their favorite egg basket, and prepare for an egg hunting frenzy among the boulders, bushes, and trees. After the Easter Egg Hunt, kids can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

ALL-DAY EASTER CELEBRATION
Saturday, March 31 from 12:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
Fields of the Wood, 10000 NC-294 (off Highway 64 West)

Experience Easter’s grandeur at Fields of the Wood, an acclaimed biblical theme park west of Murphy on Route 294. This free all-day Easter celebration takes place from 12-8 p.m., and kicks off with an Easter Egg Hunt at 1:00 (registration at noon). Come watch the youngsters comb through the park’s bushes and grasses, searching for those elusive colored Easter eggs.

From 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., gather for a memorable special singing program. A dramatic passion play begins at 6:00 p.m., bringing the Easter story to life in a beautiful mountain setting.

Now that you know about these Easter weekend events around Murphy, NC, gather your family together and enjoy some quality time during this beautiful spring weekend.

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.ILoveMurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Your Guide to Murphy, NC and Andrews, NC Fourth of July Celebrations

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration. Families come together for cookouts, enjoy community festivals, and then gather to watch some amazing fireworks – often in their local community. Here in Cherokee County, we’re fortunate to have some terrific Fourth of July events in Murphy, NC and nearby Andrews. Read on for a snapshot of both towns’ Fourth of July festivities.

MURPHY, NC FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION IN KONEHETA PARK
492 Connahetta Street, across from the Hiwassee Valley Pool & Wellness Center
Again this year, Murphy’s popular Koneheta Park will host the town’s annual Fourth of July Celebration. Throughout the day, food vendors will serve up tasty hot dogs, hamburgers, bratwursts, pork barbeque, and kettle corn. When you’re ready for dessert, nosh on a funnel cake or sno-cone. After you satisfy your stomach, browse a good selection of locally made crafts.

If you’re looking for good family-friendly entertainment, you’ll find enticing activities for both children and adults. Kids will enjoy the face painting station, and they’ll burn off some energy on the jumping toys. Or, enter your youngster(s) in the kids’ fishing derby.

For adults, the horseshoe tournament offers some good-natured competition with friends and others from your community. Plus, read on for details of several events that will attract visitors of all ages. Then, cap off your Fourth of July celebration with live music and a memorable fireworks display. Continue reading “Your Guide to Murphy, NC and Andrews, NC Fourth of July Celebrations”

60th Anniversary Wagon Train Re-enacts Region’s Colorful History Near Murphy, NC

Settling your family in a new location is always an adventure. You find that perfect home in a beautiful spot, arrange for professional movers, and pack your personal effects in carefully labeled boxes. On the big day, you arrive at the new home, ready to resume your active life while getting acquainted with your community.

Original Wagon Train Travelers Faced a Challenging Journey
But what if you embarked on that move with everything you owned in your vehicle? And you rode on deeply rutted roads often mired in mud and obstructed by fallen trees? During the late 1800s, many western North Carolina families traveled this way, making the trek from Asheville to Murphy, NC or stopping at a town along the way. Some travelers ventured as far as eastern Tennessee or northern Alabama.

Hardy travelers endured these bone-jarring trips in no-frills wooden wagons with uncomfortable seats and no air conditioning. Their companions rode along on horseback, fully exposed to the often-nasty weather conditions. In other words, neither form of transportation offered much in the way of creature comforts. Continue reading “60th Anniversary Wagon Train Re-enacts Region’s Colorful History Near Murphy, NC”

Outdoor Kitchens Provide Your Murphy, NC Home with All-Season Entertaining Options

When it comes to fun summer get-togethers, grilling hot dogs and burgers with family and friends just can’t be beat. You fire up the family bbq, smokers, charcoal or propane grill in the backyard, fill a table with tasty sides and desserts, and sip sweet tea or a cold one while you relax in a comfortable chair.

After Labor Day Weekend, however, the summer bbq often winds down and everyone moves inside for the season. But with a nicely equipped outdoor kitchen, you can enjoy many meals outside for most of the year. Learn how to give your Murphy, NC home a pleasant backyard cooking and entertaining space that still fits within your budget.

21st CENTURY OUTDOOR KITCHENS SERVE TWO PURPOSES
Modern outdoor kitchens and grills are a relatively recent phenomenon, gaining prominence during the 2008 recession. Cash-strapped consumers, who started cooking at home to save money, often enjoyed a cookout on the deck or patio. At that time, a grill and basic serving amenities comprised a simple outdoor kitchen. Then, as families sought ways to enhance their home’s value while providing more of a “vacation feel,” they gradually transformed their outdoor kitchens into extended living and entertaining spaces.

Today, new construction and remodeled homes often include some version of an outdoor kitchen. Although the bbq and grills remain popular, this coordinated cooking complex often features stylish countertops and cabinets, plus refrigeration and an onsite sink. Specialty equipment can include a built-in smokers, food warmer, ice maker, and even a nicely equipped bar center. Continue reading “Outdoor Kitchens Provide Your Murphy, NC Home with All-Season Entertaining Options”