October 2017

10 Fall Dillsboro To-Do’s


Autumn colors are blazing throughout the mountains of Western North Carolina and the historic arts and crafts town of Dillsboro is your destination. While visiting for leaf season, be sure to check out these 10 “must do’s” in the area!

  1. Attend the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival

On November 4th, come to Dillsboro to enjoy and purchase pottery from some of the finest potters across the country. With more than 40 master potters in attendance, this juried show is recognized as one of the Southeast’s Top 20 arts events for November by the Southeast Tourism Society.

  1. Halloween Trick or Treat Around Downtown

On October 31st from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. come on down to downtown Dillsboro and enjoy fall shopping, games from Dogwood Crafters and hayrides courtesy of Jarrett Memorial Church.

  1. Enjoy a Magnificent Meal

Despite its small size, Dillsboro boosts a wide range of culinary options. From family style Greek food, to North Carolina BBQ, this little town has it all! View a full list of dining options here: http://www.visitdillsboro.org/dining.html

  1. Stock Up On Holiday Supplies at Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop

Nestled in the heart of Dillsboro, Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop has become a local holiday staple. With the holiday season approaching, Nancy Tut’s is the perfect place to purchase gifts for yourself or presents for loved ones.

  1. Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

As the leaves of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains begin their annual color display, hopping aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Tuckasegee River Excursion is one of the best ways to take in the breathtaking mountain scenery and enjoy Dillsboro to boot!

  1. Shop Local Arts & Crafts

The Town of Dillsboro is thriving with artistic talent just waiting to be discovered. Visit Dogwood Crafters, Rabbit Creek Pottery, Riverwood Pottery, Treehouse Pottery and Tunnel Mountain Crafts, among others, to view, purchase and learn about these unique pieces of art.

  1. Refresh Your Home Decor

Stop by the Golden Carp, Oaks Gallery, or any other one of Dillsboro’s several home shops to find a piece for your collection everyone will love!

  1. Improve your Culinary Skills

Visit Country Traditions on Saturday’s for exciting cooking classes and then stop by the Kitchen Shop to stock up on tools to keep the cooking going at home!

  1. Indulge in a Sweet Treat

Have a sweet tooth? Dillsboro is home to both the Dillsboro Chocolate Factory and Venturo’s Bakery with both featuring a wide array of scrumptious snacks!

  1. Fish the Tuck

Achieve the Tuckasegee Slam! Catch Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout all in one place! The Tuckaseegee River offers fishing and entertainment for outdoorsmen of all age and experience!


Dillsboro Arts Festival Is A Colorful Success

More than 50 artists took part in the 2017 ColorFest on Saturday, Oct. 7, along Front Street in the heart of Dillsboro.

Cradled by the gleaming colors of autumn in the mountains, visitors of ColorFest are taken to another world in a way that only an artistic town like Dillsboro can provide. To your left you may find a variety of handmade pipes and jewelry while to your right you can enjoy The Maggie Valley Band as it takes you back to your bluegrass roots with raw mandolin riffs and knee-bouncing percussion.

ColorFest has been hosted by the town of Dillsboro for the last nine years. Artists and creators from the surrounding communities come together to demonstrate their creatives processes and sell their creations. This year the festival hosted a variety of creators from glass blowers to basket weavers.

“It’s a nice festival,” said Tracy Chapple, of Tracy Chapple Photography. “The people are friendly.” Chapple continued to express that she feels the support of the surrounding community as an artist, saying that she always sells enough to feel good about being a vendor.

Sharon Karras and Mary Buchanan-Smith create knitwear and felted accessories for their booth. “It’s a hobby job,” said Karras, “we go to three shows in October and spend the rest of the year knitting. It’s really nice to have this creative outlet.” The duo has participated in ColorFest for two years.

“It’s a smaller show and that makes it more fun,” said Karras. “Here, people actually take the time to come into your booth. They’re not just walking up and down the street.”

For some, the creative process stems from a family tradition. At least, that’s the story for Karen Taylor of Taylor’s Greenhouse. Taylor’s parents started the business in 1965 and she continues the greenhouse today with the help of five part-time employees. This is her third year as a ColorFest vendor.

“This is a well-put together show,” said Taylor. She explained that, by fall, business at the greenhouse is slow and she can spend time being creative and making a variety of arrangements and planters to sell at the festival.

Dillsboro continued to show its support of local artists and crafts people at the 2017 ColorFest. Be sure to put this on your calendar for next October, when ColorFest celebrates its 10th year.


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