BLOWING ROCK, N.C. -- WinterFest in Blowing Rock brings together the elements of fire and ice, set in the winter beauty of one of Travel & Leisure magazine’s “prettiest winter towns.”
Bonfires, toasted marshmallows, warm hospitality and the Chili Cookoff provide the fire, while the Polar Plunge, ice carving, winter temperatures and skiing/snowboarding provide the cold contrast.
Winterfest activities, which run Jan. 23-26, are designed to appeal to day-trippers and overnight guests alike, with family activities a major focus of the 16th annual celebration.
Notable events and activities include the Chili Cookoff, Polar Plunge, Winterfeast, Hayrides, Bonfires, Shop ‘Til You Drop, ice carving, Winter Paws dog show, concerts and the WinterFashion show. For a full schedule of events, visit blowingrockwinterfest.com/schedule.php.
New in 2014:
Thursday, Jan. 23, 5–7 p.m.: Cocoa and Canvas at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum: A fun, two-hour art class with a take-home painting for adults and children over 10. Cost, $40 per person; art supplies, cocoa and light refreshments included.
Friday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m.: Chillin’ With the King Bees at Blowing Rock School Auditorium: The King Bees have rocked their blues in Rome, New York City and Amsterdam. Their deep love of the genre, keen musical sensibilities and pure pleasure in performing shine through. Cost: $10
Friday, Jan. 24: WinterFest Family Night at Appalachian Ski Mountain: Learn to ski or snowboard from the experts at the French-Swiss Ski College with special WinterFest pricing. Includes an ice skating session with S'mores and roasting by the rink-side bonfire.
Saturday, Jan. 25: 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Fire and Ice at Meadowbrook Inn: A cocktail party featuring a roaring fire, ice and vodkas, models in furs and an array of diamonds for sale. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar. Cost: $25 in advance, $35 at the door.
For more information or ticket purchases, visit BlowingRockWinterfest.com or call 877-295-7801.