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Hibernation is for bears! If you aren’t afraid of a little cold air, pack your parka and point your sled toward the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for the 21st Annual Blowing Rock WinterFest, January 24th to 27th.

Just two hours from uptown Charlotte, the town of Blowing Rock is one of the prettiest spots in North Carolina. In addition to exhilarating mountain views and nearby skiing, the quaint village offers terrific shopping and dining options. The fun is multiplied during WinterFest.

This year’s WinterFest events include the WinterPaws Dog Show, WinterFashion Show, ice carving, WinterFeast restaurant sampling, Wine Tasting & Auction, live music, Winter Beer Garden and, of course, the icy Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake. For the full schedule, event admission, and lodging info, visit the official website.

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