Welcome to our Ramblings feature as we help you explore Lovely Things NC.


Six Great Hiking Trails in the NC Mountains

More than 900 miles of hiking trails link you with adventures in the North Carolina mountains. Whether it’s climbing peaks to test your skills, strolling paved trails to view rhododendron explode in color, or something in between, you’ll find a reason to lace up your boots to marvel at spectacular views. (Visit NC)

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Sept 29 – Nov 18, Huntersville. (Tick-Tock. Don’t miss this amazing experience.) This event is a cornucopia of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes.  Nearly 1,000 artists that specialize in all types of creative mediums work each Festival day to throw the region’s largest costume party. Check out our review of this amazing event.

Hickory Furniture Mart’s Fall After Market Sale

This is the sale that people look forward to all year long. The Mart’s highly anticipated Fall After Market Sale traditionally takes place after the wholesale Market in High Point. There will be new one-of-a-kind Market samples and overruns brought in from the manufacturers’ Fall High Point Furniture Market showroom displays. These Market samples are not available anywhere else in the world and are drastically reduced for immediate availability.  (Visit NC)


Battle of the Badges Chili Cook-Off

November 3 – Holly Springs, 9:30 a.m. to NOON. Will the firefighters bring the heat? Or will the police chili be the ticket?! Come visit with Holly Springs Police and North Carolina defending chili champions Holly Springs Fire Department, and vote on their chili to see who will walk away with bragging rights. (Raleigh Moms Blog)

Uncorked – Wine & Rail Pairing Experience

November 3 – Bryson City. Full service all-adult first class car with a private attendant. Narrator onboard to discuss each pairing of four wines with a meal that includes an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, fresh garden salad, a surf & turf entree, and chef-inspired dessert. All passengers also receive souvenir stemless wine glass. Age 21 and over only. (NC Wine)

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