La Petite Chalet -  Swiss Alpine European Style Lodging
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Potter Magic !!!!

Let Harry Potter inspire your own magical adventure in Western North Carolina:
Godric's Hollow: This wizardry community was the final home of Harry's parents and the location of their murder and the attack that left Harry with his lightning bolt-shaped scar. Visit Little Switzerland, known for its quaint community, for the same experience. It's about an hour away from Asheville off the Blue Ridge Parkway, but when you get there, you'll feel like you're in a far away land.

Book your GEM FESTIVAL Lodging at La Petite Chalet

NC Mineral and Gem Festival
August 4-7, 2011
Spruce Pine, NC
Welcome to the North Carolina Mineral, Gem & Jewelry Festival website! Since the early 1950's Spruce Pine, North Carolina has been the host of the Festival and welcomed visitors from around the world to shop for beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, beads, crystals, fossils and more! Even celebrities have been spotted at the Festival selecting their jewelry, gemstones and gifts! The Festival features gem, jewelry and mineral dealers from across the country showcasing their merchandise to fit every budget. Whether you are shopping for an engagement ring, a special stone for your own setting, a custom designed piece of jewelry or a special crystal display for your home, you can't miss the NC Mineral and Gem Festival. The NC Mineral, Gem and Jewelry Festival is directed by the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce and supported by nearly 100 community volunteers. The Festival is an indoor festival so weather is never a problem! Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Spruce Pine, NC, Festival goers not only enjoy shopping during the four day Festival, but they also enjoy all that there is to do in our beautiful area. Check out our Area Attractions page to plan your visit to Spruce Pine and the NC Mineral, Gem and Jewelry Festival.

Southern Highlands Craft Fair comes to nearby Asheville - a good day trip from Little Switzerland and La Petite Chalet!

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Frances Goodrich, a Yale graduate, moved to Buncombe County in 1890 to do missionary work for the Presbyterian Church. She met women who were still weaving traditional coverlets and had the idea to create a cottage industry to get money into the community and help the mountain families. Allanstand Cottage Industries, which she founded in 1897, in Madison County, NC, would ultimately become Allanstand Craft Shop. Goodrich moved the business to College St. in downtown Asheville in 1908 and began networking with other leaders of the Southern Arts and Crafts movement. A few years later, the idea of the Southern Highland Craft Guild was formed.Chartered in 1930, The Southern Highland Craft Guild grew to become one of the strongest craft organizations in the country. The Guild now represents over 900 craftspeople in 293 counties of 9 southeastern states. They have also partnered with the National Park Service for more than fifty years and can be visited at the Blue Ridge Parkway's Folk Art Center. Twice a year, these craftspeople come together and bring their wares to the Civic Center for the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands! With exhibitors, demonstrations and entertainment, this is a don't miss event.When: July 21 - 24, 2011, Thursday - Saturday: 10am to 6pm; Sunday: 10am to 5pm
Where: Asheville Civic Center 87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC
Price: $8 for adults, children under 12 free
Info: 828-298-7928 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 828-298-7928 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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La Petite Chalet on the Penland School of Crafts ( Gala Auction approved lodging list!

Penland's Annual Benefit Auction
Please join us for our 26th Penland School of Crafts Benefit Auction
August 12-13, 2011 Our auctioneer for the weekend is Mark Oliver.
Invitations will be mailed in June.
Save the form to your computer, then fill it out and email it to us, or print it out, fill it out, and fax or mail it to us.
Tables seat 10. Reservations are required. The event often sells out quickly; early reservations are recommended. Reservations will be accepted until the auction is filled.
Absentee and phone bids are accepted for all auctions until noon on Friday, August 12 for a fee of $25 (includes catalog). All ticket purchasers, absentee bidders, and advertisers receive an illustrated catalog in July. Images of artwork will be posted here on the website in late June. Catalogs are available for $25.
Weekend: $375
Friday only: $200
Saturday only: $250
Absentee bidding: $25
Friend of Artists Sponsorship: $1,500
These sponsors support the cost of ten artists to attend the auction and salute their generous donation of artwork. Friends of Artists Sponsors receive special recognition in the auction program and in signage at the auction exhibition and the Saturday live auction.
Artist Sponsorship: $150
These sponsors support the cost of one artist to attend the auction and salute their generous donation of artwork.
2011 Benefit Auction Schedule
Friday August 12
Gallery Reception
Join artists for a reception and a discussion of the exhibition, Foreign Worlds, Private Places
Director’s Luncheon
A special artwork (TBA) will be auctioned at the luncheon to kick off the event.
Hands-On Workshop, Exhibition Preview and Art Talk
The luncheon, workshop, and art talk are by invitation to Lucy Morgan Leaders and special guests. Lucy Morgan Leaders contribute $1,000 or more to the Penland School of Crafts annual fund each year.
Core Student Open House
Core fellowship students exhibit their work in the drawing and painting studio.
Friday Silent Auction opens
Preview Friday Live Auction Work
Meet the Artists: Reception and Preview of Saturday Auction Work
Help us thank the artists who make this fundraiser possible by joining us for a reception in their honor.
Honoring Fred Fenster: Penland School of Crafts’ 2011 Outstanding Artist Educator
Cocktails, Exhibition and Silent Auction
Music by Brian McGee and the Hollow Speed
Buffet Dinner
A Tribute to Fred Fenster - Penland School of Crafts’ 2011 Outstanding Artist Educator
Live Auction
Saturday Auction Preview, Dessert, Coffee, Cocktails and Music
Music by Brian McGee and the Hollow Speed
Saturday August 13
Coffee at the Barns
Resident artists welcome guests to their studios in the Barns for coffee served in handmade souvenir mugs.
Silent Auction
Buffet Lunch
Live Auction
Penland Gallery Reception
Make a purchase of $100 or more at the Penland Gallery between Friday and Saturday of the auction weekend and you will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Penland Gallery Gift Certificate.
For additional information, call 828-765-2359, ext. 40 or email

Mitchell and Yancey Counties Host Artist Studio Tour

The Toe River Studio Tour takes place this weekend with over 100 studios and galleries open for an informal Open House and sale. The public is invited to attend this FREE event that is sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council. The sites are open noon to 4 on Friday, June 10, and then 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday on June 11 and 12. A meet-the-artists’ reception takes place on Friday, June 10 from 5-7 pm at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery at 269 Oak Avenue where an exhibit of participants’ work is on display from May 14 through the June 12. Studio map guides can be picked up at any participant’s studios, either or the TRAC galleries, or a small version downloaded from the TRAC website. or 828- 682-7215

Roam amoung the Rhodos at improved gardens

Roan Mountain Now Open After Renovations
BAKERSVILLE — It's been a long time coming, but Roan Mountain Gardens Recreation Area will reopen to the public Monday June 6th, 2011, just in time for the annual Catawba rhododendron extravaganza.
The highly popular Roan Gardens and grassy bald areas in Pisgah National Forest of Mitchell County, known for the spectacular purplish-pink rhododendron blooms in mid-June, have been closed since last summer for upgrades and renovations.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded the $700,000 project.
“We've taken the opportunity to spruce things up, and we hope people will really appreciate all the hard work,” said Tina Tilley, district ranger on the Appalachian District of Pisgah National Forest.
Despite a request by the Forest Service last year to increase the user fee, Tilley said, it will remain the same — $3 per car.
“Visitors will notice a newly accessible restroom, replacing a 1960s-era restroom near the Cloudland parking lot,” said Stevin Westcott, spokesman for the National Forests in North Carolina.
“A replaced and resurfaced Rhododendron Gardens observation deck and connecting trail system, and resurfacing of the main paved road that leads to the Cloudland parking area will all increase visitor safety and accessibility,” he said. “The project provided employment for local contractors and helped us to address a backlog of facility maintenance.”
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the upcoming NC Rhododendron Festival June 17-18!

Yancey and Mitchell Counties including Little Switzeland.....

New Toe River Canoe Trail Map is NOW AVAILABLE!

The new Toe River Canoe Trail Map produced by the Toe River Valley Watch is now available. The Canoe Trail runs 37 miles down the North Toe River from Riverside Park in Spruce Pine to Poplar. The trail travels through Class I II and III rapids, passing primarily undeveloped forest and farmland. The map is a great resource for paddlers and includes information on several intake locations including directions, tips, parking areas, a review of the water in each location, as well as warnings. The maps are available for purchase through the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce for $10 each and will be available at other locations soon. Contact the Chamber if you would like to purchase a map.

Quilt Trails of Western NC Fall Discovery Rally

Book a weekend get-away at La Petite Chalet and try this outing unique to our area !!!!
Welcome to Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina!  We have the highest concentration of quilt blocks anywhere in the USA!  Mitchell and Yancey Counties have between them over 150 quilt blocks with more in the hopper.  Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina is the non-profit corporation that runs the project.  Each quilt block is connected, by its pattern name, to the history of the land, the building or the family.  Nine different driving trails take you to view vividly painted quilt squares installed on barns and buildings of participating communities.  Trail maps are available online or may be purchased at locations including the gift shop located inside the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce in Burnsville or the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree store in Spruce Pine.
The 2010 Fall Quilt Trails Road Rally is scheduled for Saturday, November 6.
This fun-filled road rally will feature a list of 10 quilt blocks for you to find by 5 pm.  Start at Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville at 9 am and end at The Nu Wray Inn on the Burnsville Town Square at 5 pm.  The goal of the Rally will be to find a set of painted quilt blocks on a list you will be given, by driving the fewest miles.  Invite your friends and load up your car—the cost is $35 per car.   It’s a great time of year to see the fall color and enjoy incredible vistas.
You MUST register online before Nov 1st.  Rally will be limited to 35 cars and there will be NO on site registration.  For more information, call 828-682-7331 or visit the web site at:

Falling Leaves

The show has begun !!!!!!   Book your stay at the Chalet while there are still some availabilities..........


Little Switzerland NaturallyWe hope you enjoy looking at our new website. We welcome you to stay with us at our new Bed and Breakfast Inn in downtown Little Switzerland. Please let us know how we may assist you in making your stay in Little Switzerland above the clouds on the Blue Ridge Parkway of North Carolina, completely and totally special!
The colors of the season will be arriving soon, so be sure to make a check of our availabilities now! We have just released our fall calendar for fresh bookings.