Free Sledding Hill at Beech Mountain

Sledding conditions are great at Beech Mountain (elevation 5,506 feet) in the N.C. High Country. The best news: Kids 12  and under can sled FREE daily at the Beech sledding hill, located next to the Chamber of Commerce. Parents may ride with smaller children.

Plastic sleds are required. Folks are encouraged to bring their own sleds, or they may be purchased at stores on the mountain.

The sledding hill is operated by the Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting) with safety
personnel on duty. A loud speaker plays music and hot chocolate is available at nearby restaurants.

Parking and restrooms are provided by the chamber. People are encouraged to call the chamber at (800) 468-5506 to receive live updates on sledding conditions.

Additional info on the Beech Mountain sledding hill is available at:

Grove Park Inn’s Horizons Restaurant Offers Discounts to Locals!

I am loving this promotion. For one, the Grove Park Inn is one of my favorite places in Asheville. For two, they have some of the best food and the best people working there.

horizonslogoNow, for the deal. Horizons Dining Room is offering a 20% discount on Mondays and Wednesdays to local WNC residents who live in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Transylvania counties.  The cities and surrounding areas included are Asheville, Hendersonville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, Waynesville, Clyde, Maggie Valley and Brevard.

A valid N.C. driver’s license is required to get the “friends” discount. Holidays are not included.

Biltmore Estate Discounts

Big savings are available to those visiting Biltmore Estate from January 4 to March 18, 2010. Adult admission is only $35 IF you purchase the tickets online. But the savings don’t stop there. Kids ages 16 and younger are admitted FREE with a paying adult!

Buy online tickets HERE

Stretch Your Dining $$ with AIR’s Main Course Dining

The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) has a great plan to help you save money when you dine out at a number of great restaurants. Here’s the deal: you can purchase a dining booklet for $50 at AIR’s Website or pick one up at the Asheville Visitor’s Center. The coupon booklet offers $600 worth of coupons at 18 restaurants:

The participating restaurants in the 2010 Main Course Dining Guide are:
~ Blue Ridge Dining Room
~ Bouchon
~ Burgermeister’s Kitchen & Tap
~ City Bakery
~ Corner Kitchen
~ Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou Bar-B-Que
~ fig
~ Fiores Ristorante Toscana
~ Frankie Bones
~ Grovewood Cafe
~ Horizons
~ Laughing Seed
~ Mela Indian Restaurant
~ Pomodoros Greek and Italian Cafe
~ Savoy
~ Sunset Terrace
~ Vincenzo’s
~ Westville Pub

While ALL of these are great places, I have some personal recommendations: Blue Ridge Dining, Horizons and the Sunset Terrace at the Grove Park Inn offer exceptional food and service. I’ve never had a bad meal here. Always exquisite.

I love Burgermeister’s — food and atmosphere. It’s just a fun place.

Also, I have some great friends who have created stunning restaurants:

High school pal Kevin Westmoreland owns Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village and he always gets rave reviews. Another high school friend, Sandy Waldrop and her husband, Larry, own Grovewood Cafe. And, my former WLOS co-worker, and good friend,  Tommy Tsiros gets great applause for his Pomodoros Cafe. The food is consistently wonderful at all of these places!

A Brand New Year and Lots of Opportunities for Savings

A brand new year, and this blog is back in business! We’re energized that the February issue of Woman’s Day Magazine tips its hat to, a national hub of On The Cheap Websites, of which WNC On The Cheap is affiliated.

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