Looking for a new holiday tradition this year? The Earthshine Lodge Christmas celebrations offer a truly magical experience that your kids will talk about forever after experiencing Appalachian Christmas. Kidding Around contributor, Liene, has all the information about staying at the lodge, Christmas crafts and activities, llama hikes, brunch with Santa, and a whole lot more.
The last few years have created an opportunity for more family time, closer relationships with our children, and the chance to start new family traditions. As we turn our attention to the holidays, I wanted to share a weekend experience in the nearby North Carolina mountains that might offer your family a respite from the craziness of the season. Make memories and start a new family tradition at Earthshine Lodge during their Appalachian Christmas event!
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An Appalachian Christmas at Earthshine Lodge
During the month of December, the Lodge transforms into a winter wonderland with all the trimmings. Book a stay at the lodge with your family for a weekend filled with holiday festivities and cheer: Appalachian crafts, a hot chocolate bar, s’mores around the fire, cookie decorating, and more!
We recently spent a weekend at Earthshine during leaf-peeping season, and I can report the Lodge is perfectly suited for the role of a Christmas fairyland: gorgeous views from the guest rooms of the surrounding mountains, big stone fireplaces in the great room, and the road from Greenville leading over the river and through the woods of Pisgah National Forest!
On-site lodging, meals, and activities are all part of the weekend package which includes two nights at the lodge (private room with a queen bed, loft with two twin beds, balcony, and private bathroom), dinner on Friday and Saturday evening, a hearty mountain breakfast on Saturday morning, the Santa brunch, holiday movies on the big screen (complete with hot chocolate and snacks!) and holiday activities on the property.
Christmas Festivities: Brunch with Santa and other fun activities
If you can’t get away for a whole weekend, whisk your family off to the mountains for brunch with Santa on Sunday morning. Spend time with jolly St. Nick while dining on a special holiday brunch with all the traditional holiday treats. Don’t forget to bring your list and get a few pictures! Brunch is included with your package if you are a guest at the lodge, but if you are going just for the brunch, be sure to make a reservation.
Among the activities that are included in the weekend package are holiday movies on the big screen where your kids (and you) can enjoy warm hot chocolate and treats. There are also holiday activities at the lodge, including cooking making, crafts, and more.
If Earthshine Lodge sounds familiar, you probably read the KAG article about hiking with llamas! The llamas will be at the Living History Village in the morning to visit with guests and take a guided llama hike! Read more about the llama hikes here).
About Earthshine Lodge
Sandwiched by the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, the Lodge provides access to popular Gorges State Park, DuPont State Recreational Forest, and Panthertown Valley. If you can tear yourself away from the holiday celebrations at Earthshine, you can utilize the proximity to these natural areas for winter adventures.
My children love searching for frozen waterfalls, ice needles, and other winter phenomena that are a bit harder to find in the warmer elevations around Greenville. Local tip – they make their own snow in Sapphire Valley (which is only 20 minutes away), so going sledding and snow tubing is always an option. Then, return to the Lodge to warm up with hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire in one of the stone fireplaces!
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Earthshine is also on Instagram and Facebook if you would like to get a better picture of the holiday atmosphere at the Lodge:
Take your whole family on a holiday adventure this December in the North Carolina mountains. Let Earthshine handle the Christmas magic for you!