Archive for April, 2012

If you’ve always wanted to check out the DuPont State Forest waterfalls you’ll want to plan for the Tour de Falls coming up May 12th & 13th, 2012.  Twice each year, in May and October, The Friends of DuPont State Forest sponsors the Tour de Falls, a 12 mile shuttle bus tour that will take you through the 10,300 acres of forest in Henderson and Transylvania Counties‘ Little River Valley to view Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Julia. Shuttle buses run every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to allow you maximum time to enjoy the beauty of each stop. You are encouraged to take some time to take short hikes or just go outside, sit, relax and take photos against the backdrop of some of the most gorgeous falls in the Southeast.

Advance reservations are not taken and shuttle service is first come, first served. The tour commences at 1300 Staton Road, Cedar Mountain, North Carolina at the High Falls access area. Just come to the parking lot, lock up and get on the shuttle.  Pets are not allowed and buses are not handicap-accessible. Donations are used for forest trail and shelter maintenance as well as educational projects. The next time you are in the Brevard or Hendersonville area on Mother’s Day or sometime in October, the Tour de Falls is a great way to experience the beauty of the mountains and the spectacular falls found here in Western North Carolina’s Land of Waterfalls.

Email Jay & Jewell Kaiser, or call us at (828) 421-0375 to discuss how we can assist you in making your Brevard, North Carolina real estate experience productive and successful.



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Tour the French Broad River via canoe this spring! Signs of Spring – 2012 is open for the spring season and features a guided canoe trip on the picturesque river on Saturdays throughout April, May and June. Guides will share stories of the area, as well as information regarding the local flora and fauna that make this area unique. The Signs of Spring tour is offered by Headwaters Outfitters in nearby Rosman, just 8 miles west of Brevard, NC.

During the tour, participants will row along the river learning about medicinal uses (among others) of the various plants in the mountain area. There are well over 2,500 species of wildflowers and flowering shrubs in the Transylvania County region, and many of them can be found here within the French Broad River watershed.

Bird watchers will get a kick out of witnessing the migration of springtime birds! Warblers, flycatchers, woodland ducks , blue herons, and other species come to dance and play and prepare to nest here. Beaver, mink, foxes and skunks can be seen here too. Trip participants will want to keep their cameras and sketchbooks at the ready.

Signs of Spring guided trips provide a means to experience the natural beauty of the French Broad River intimately, while enjoying the relaxation of a leisurely morning canoe ride. Trips depart each Saturday at 10 AM. For more information, call Headwaters at (828) 877-3106.

Email Jay & Jewell Kaiser, or call us at (828) 421-0375 to discuss how we can assist you in making your Brevard, North Carolina real estate experience productive and successful.

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Nothing says Spring has returned to Western North Carolina quite like the return of the Transylvania Tailgate Market. The Transylvania Tailgate Market could be considered a farmer’s market, but it is also much more than that.  Every Saturday from April 7 through December 22 of 2012, the Transylvania Tailgate Market is open for business from 8:00 in the morning to 12:30 in the afternoon.  It takes place behind the Comporium on the corner of Jordan St. and Johnson St. at 190 E. Main St. in Brevard, North Carolina.

A wide variety of farm products are available at the Transylvania Tailgate Market, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, cheeses, and even certified organic produce.  Many farmers’ markets begin and end with similar offerings.  Good as those are, the Transylvania Tailgate Market also offers a variety of decorative plants, including annuals, perennials, trees, garden transplants, shrubs, and more.

In addition to plants and farm products, the Transylvania Tailgate Market offers breakfast foods, baked goods, hot coffee, gourmet foods, pickled foods, jams and jellies.  If for some reason you’re not interested in food, you can even browse a selection of arts, crafts and jewelry.  Whether you’re looking for a delicious breakfast, fresh farm products, or some flowers for your garden, the Transylvania Tailgate Market has it all… and welcome back Spring!

Email Jay & Jewell Kaiser, or call us at (828) 421-0375 to discuss how we can assist you in making your Brevard, North Carolina real estate experience productive and successful.



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Fans of “The Hunger Games” can test their mettle in the same arena where many of the “game” scenes from the movie were filmed – right here in Brevard, NC.

The brainchild of locals Leigh Trapp and Tammy Hopkins, The Hunger Games Fan Tours is a fan-based adventure experience that lets you explore the DuPont State Recreational Forest in Brevard, Transylvania County, North Carolina, in order to find locations used in the movie. You will use survival skills like orienteering, camouflage and shelter building. Weekend adventurers will team with Earthshine Mountain Lodge to make the experience as hands-on and immersive as possible all the while keeping safe around waterfalls. Survival classes during the weekend tours include archery, sling shot training, fire building along with the orienteering, camo-face painting and shelter sessions offered during the day sessions. Once you master these, you will be set loose on your Hunger Games simulation consisting of times trials for the skills. You will also night zipline just like Katniss and Rue, the main characters of the movie.

Day tours and weekend adventure tours welcome family groups. Children should be at least 10 and an adult must accompany any child under 16. Dates are being set up for the summer beginning in May. The cost is $79 per person with pre-registration required. Shuttle service and Hunger Games style food provided.

A tourism hot spot, the  Brevard area offers plenty of activities such as cycling, mountain biking, fishing, golf, kayaking, or hiking for fans and non-fans alike and it’s Brevard’s combination of rural natural scenic beauty and urban convenience that also makes it a special place to live.

Through honesty, integrity, and responsiveness to your needs, we will make your Brevard, North Carolina real estate experience productive and successful. Contact Jay and Jewell Kaiser, you are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly.

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