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Celebrate spring with a festival or two
Fun events and weekend destinations
 
Published Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:00 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

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Now is a great time to visit Asheville and see thousands of flowers in bloom at the Biltmore Estate.

The anticipation of a good vintage of wine as the buds swell on the vines, sunny skies, cool breezes, flowers in bloom, and the dogwood trees – all symbols that spring has arrived.

It’s a great time to get outside and experience everything this vibrant season has to offer. Celebrate spring at one of these upcoming festivals:

Journey to wine country

The first sign of the wine to come is the swelling of the buds on the vine. The very sight itself inspires celebration. See the vines awaken during the Budbreak Wine Festival May 2 in Mount Airy, N.C.

Sample wines from 17 N.C. wineries and enjoy family fun, food vendors, local artists and live music. This annual event features vineyards from within and beyond the Yadkin Valley wine region.

This year, a flock of new wineries are added to the mix as Jolo Winery at Pilot Mountain and Jones vonDrehle in Thurmond open. For the first time in the festival’s history, craft beer vendors are also participating in the celebration. Be sure to check out Skull Camp, Round Peak Vineyard’s new microbrew. Tickets are $20 day of event.  Visit www.VisitSurry.com or www.BudbreakFestival.com for more information.

A dogwood good time

An annual southern treat, The Dogwood Festival in Fayetteville April 25-27 features carnival rides, games, shopping, pageant and street fare, which includes funnel cakes and turkey legs, of course.

The Bloom and Boom kickoff party will be held Friday 6-11 p.m. with live music and a fireworks finale.

While in town, take the self-guided dogwood tour through area gardens. Be sure to bring back a few one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry or a wind chime from one of the artists in the street fair. Visit www.FayDogwoodFestival.com for more information

Stop and smell the flowers

There are several varieties and species of flowers to see in the mountains. Each year The Biltmore Estate in Asheville welcomes spring with Biltmore Blooms through May 23.

Gorgeous gardens will be on display in full glory as 75,000 tulips and many other blossoms welcome springtime. Tiptoe through thousands of colorful tulips at George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate. By May, the grounds will also be covered with irises, peonies and acres of azaleas. Visit www.biltmore.com for more information.

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