How to Plan a Mountain Arts Weekend

The Toe River Arts Council‘s Studio Tour happens this weekend from June 6-8 and Parkway Playhouse opens a world premiere show, Ghost Riders based on Sharyn McCrumb’s novel.  It’s the perfect weekend to saturate yourself in the beautiful mountains and the arts.  Here are some simple steps to follow to have a great time… shamelessly featuring many of our sponsors.


Step 1 – Purchase tickets for Ghost Riders in advance so that you are certain to get the seats you want.  Call (828) 682-5664 or purchase online HERE.
Step 2 – Pack your bags for this weekend.  Call The Buck House Inn for reservations or check in with the Mitchell or Yancey County Chambers of Commerce for local B&Bs and accommodations.
Step 3 – Leave on Friday afternoon so you get to Spruce Pine in time for the Toe River Arts Council Gallery Public Reception at their downtown Gallery from 5-7pm.  (While you’re there, pick up your Studio Tour Guide/Map so you can plan the rest of your weekend… or get a jump start online HERE.)
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Optional Additional Step – Make reservations for one of the most amazing meals in Western North Carolina at knife & fork with award winning chef Nathan Allen or visit their brand new spoonbar on Upper Street.  (Brand new. As in, opened last week.)
Or, if you’re in a beer and pizza mood, Spruce Pine also features Dry County Brewery and Pizza.


Step 1 – Hit the road vising artist’s studios.  See potters, painters, weavers, jewelers, glass blowers, metal-workers… there are over 95 participating artists this year.
Galleries too, like One of a Kind Gallery in Micaville (halfway between Burnsville and Spruce Pine) and if you’re there, you must stop next door at The Ice Cream Deck!
One of a Kind Art Gallery
or The Design Gallery in downtown Burnsville…
or Mica Gallery in Bakersville

Step 3 – Feed your stomach and not just your eyes!

We might suggest, if you’re in Burnsville — Bubba’s Good Eats  or Garden Deli or Bootleg Sports Bar & Grill

Step 4 – Get ready for an evening of theatre at Parkway Playhouse.  You’ll get to meet the author of the novel, Sharyn McCrumb and the playwright who adapted the work for stage, Andrew Gall.



Rinse and Repeat.  The Studio Tour is still going on and there’s a 3 pm matinee showing of Ghost Riders.  (As Ms. McCrumb is very busy, she will only be attending the opening night event, so won’t be around on Sunday.)

Enjoy our mountain counties and our diverse arts!


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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

One thought on “How to Plan a Mountain Arts Weekend”

  1. My favorite place for breakfast is Lil Smokey’s. The best Caesar salad dressing is at Kirkwood’s. And, if you’re up Bakersville way, you must try Bonnie and Clydes!

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