Thursday, November 28, 2019

Fresh cut Christmas trees are a perfect way to start the holidays!

We have lots of different Choose and Cut lots in Ashe County. They are all ready to help you pick the perfect tree, build your own custom wreath, enjoy a hay ride and get your picture taken with Santa!

Start a new tradition this year and get a fresh cut tree from one of our Ashe County Christmas tree farms!
Frostys Choose and Cut is hosting Santa! He will be taking pictures between 1pm and 4pm on November 23, 24, 29, 30 and again on December 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15. 

Long's Tree Farm offers a hay ride up to the top of the mountain and you can walk down and pick your tree. Their staff will help you cut, wrap and load it. Check their site for a discount coupon 

Mistletoe Meadows has hot cocoa and hot cider available to warm you up as you search for that perfect tree!

Little Grandfather Mountain Christmas Tree Farm will also be hosting Santa visits. Stop by and see Santa's workshop, enjoy a hay ride and build a wreath. 

Shady Rest Tree Farm offers a variety of different Fir trees along with some Blue Spruce. They have wreaths and garlands in addition to 30,000 trees to choose from. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Have you seen our Tree Houses?

Having always thought that tree houses were a neat concept, we of course had to build a couple of them! Have you seen our two tree houses?  Our Tree Top Cabin was certainly the most challenging to build. With a live Poplar tree in the center, the structure is suspended around the live tree, with room left for the tree to grow and move. 

The building of the structure was accomplished with a lot of help from a number of our wonderful interns under the supervision of my partner, Tom. In hindsight, I can say that building a hexagon is challenging!! In typical construction, you think about the size of the lumber that you will have and factor that into what you are building. With a hexagon, there is a lot of wasted lumber, due to the cuts that have to be made. Not to mention the complexity of making something out of a bunch of triangles!! I can tell you that this was a challenge and involved a lot of math! 

We had a great bunch of international interns that summer and it was a lot of fun watching folks revert back to their native languages to calculate the cuts. 

As most projects go, it did take us a lot longer to complete it than we originally planned. But in the end, it really is a cozy, rustic getaway and many folks choose to stay in the Tree Top Cabin. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Christmas is coming! Where are you getting your tree?

As the holidays approach, have you given any thought to where you are going to get your Christmas tree this year?? 

Nothing beats the smell and feel of a fresh cut tree. Start a new holiday tradition and come with your family to get your tree right here in Ashe County.

Did you know that Ashe County is the largest Christmas tree producing county in the United States? The County has approximately 12,000 acres of trees in production, which equals approximately 20 million Christmas trees!

Christmas tree farms provide over 700 local jobs year around and adds an additional 2,000 jobs during the tree harvest season. Christmas trees and greenery contributes more than $85 million annually to the Ashe County economy. 

Most of the trees that you see growing in the fields are Fraser firs, which are native to Ashe County. The average 8 foot tree is between 10 and 12 years old. 

There are 10 different Choose and Cut tree farms in Ashe County to choose from. Some of them open as early as November 15th, with the remainder opening around November 20th. This link will take you to the map of the different farms with their hours and information. 

Many of the farms offer refreshments and snack. Some even have live music and Santa! 

Come to Ashe County and start your holidays off with a fresh cut Christmas tree!