Asheville, N.C. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory invite you to celebrate the joy of the Christmas season in the Blue Ridge Mountains for the annual Holiday Open House at the Governor's Western Residence.
"North Carolina is the most beautiful state in the country, and that beauty is on full display in the mountains of Asheville and throughout western North Carolina at this time of year," said First Lady Ann McCrory. "We are excited to celebrate the holidays with visitors as they take in the scenic views and the unparalleled craftsmanship of North Carolina artists."
The 6,000 square foot home and open pavilion situated atop 18 acres of wooded grounds serves as a retreat for North Carolina governors and their families, and houses government officials visiting the Asheville area on state business. It is also a magnificent meeting venue for various, local civic and cultural groups. The home was donated to the state in 1964.
"Ann and I can't wait to open up the Western Residence for this special occasion," Governor McCrory said. "The house is in a beautiful setting which will only be enhanced by the regional arts and crafts and Christmas decorations spread throughout it."
This year, the Eastern Band of Cherokee and Karen Taylor of Taylor's Greenhouse will adorn the Residence with personalized trees and bedecked rooms. Visitors can enjoy the crisp, cool mountain air and spectacular scenery from the 3,140 foot high home while appreciating some of the best examples of the region's arts and crafts. Spiced apple cider and delectable baked goods will be provided by Fresh Market.
The Governor's Western Residence's annual Holiday Open House will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free. In the event of inclement weather, the Holiday Open House will be canceled. Please call (704) 877-8395 for weather conditions.
If you have never visited the Governor's Western Residence, please join us. If you have in previous years, please come again for a new and inspiring twist on tradition.
For detailed information on the Open House or rental of the Governor's Western Residence, please contact Trish Smothers at (828) 225-0122.
TRAVELING FROM THE EAST
From I-40 take I-240 West toward downtown Asheville Take Charlotte St. Exit (5B) Turn left at the light onto Charlotte St. At second traffic light, turn left onto College St. Proceed one block and turn left onto Town Mountain Rd. Continue 2.3 miles on Town Mountain Rd. and turn left onto Patton Mountain Rd. Proceed on Patton Mountain Rd. for .2 miles The Governor's Western Residence is on the right.
TRAVELING FROM THE WEST
From I-40 take I-240 East toward downtown Asheville Take Charlotte St. Exit (5B) Turn right onto Charlotte St. Proceed one block and turn left onto College St. Continue one block and turn left onto Town Mountain Rd. Proceed 2.3 miles on Town Mountain Rd. and turn left onto Patton Mountain Rd. Continue on Patton Mountain Rd. for .2 miles The Governor's Western Residence is on the right.