Yippee Ki-Yay! It's Time to Find Your Inner Cowboy in the NC Mountains

I have shared this little secret before, but when I was a little girl I aspired to be a "can-can" girl in one of the wild west theme parks in the North Carolina mountains.  Come on! Fish-net stockings, colorful skirts, and high-heel dance shoes.   Why not? 

Um! I think someone else may have the same thoughts.

The Salon Girls at Tweetsie Railroad

Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, North Carolina has officially opened for the season.  We spent a day there last May, and had a great time. 

North Carolina’s first theme park, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Blowing Rock, will treat guests to Wild West family adventure this year through Sunday, November 3. Golden Rail Season Passes are now available for purchase at Tweetsie.com.

Visitors enjoy Wild West action, exciting amusement rides, live shows and more all season long. Hop aboard a train pulled by Tweetsie’s historic steam-powered locomotives for an unforgettable three-mile Wild West adventure. Explore the streets of Tweetsie Railroad’s very own Western town, complete with cowboys and Indians. Be a part of the show at Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Revue, Hopper and Porter’s™ Musical Celebration and the Miner’s Mountain Magic Show. Experience the gold rush while panning for gold at Miner’s Mountain, get to know the friendly critters at the Deer Park, and much more. 

Tweetsie Railroad will host numerous special events throughout the 2013 season to tickle your fancy. 
Below is a quick look at Tweetsie’s line-up of special events for the 2013 season:

  • Letterland© at Tweetsie — May 8, 9, 15 and 16
Tweetsie Railroad will be transformed into a magical place of Letterland before your very eyes during this special event. Based on the United Kingdom’s best-selling alphabet books, Letterland is the reading system that teaches children the alphabet and phonics by bringing letters to life.

  • Day Out With Thomas™ — May 31-June 9
Experience everyone’s favorite train like never before as Thomas the Tank Engine™ chugs his way through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Children can meet and take pictures with Sir Topham Hatt™, listen to Thomas and Friends™ storytelling, and enjoy activities in the Imagination Station.

  • Dora the Explorer™ and Diego™ — June 21-23
Enjoy meet and greets with Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer™ and
Diego from Go, Diego, Go! ™ throughout the weekend.

  • Tweetsie’s Fireworks Extravaganza — Thursday, July 4
No July Fourth celebration in the High Country would be complete without a day of family fun at Tweetsie Railroad. Children young and old will watch with wonder as the mountain night sky is illuminated with the High Country’s most dazzling fireworks display. The park will remain open until 9:00 p.m. and fireworks are launched at 9:30 p.m.

  • Cool Summer Nights — July 6, 13, 20 and 27
Stay cool this summer with a visit to Tweetsie Railroad during Saturdays in July as the park stays open late to make more time for family fun. First-time guests and regulars alike will delight in seeing Tweetsie come to life after the sun goes down. The park will remain open until 9:00 p.m.

  • SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick — July 12-14
Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and his best friend Patrick visit Tweetsie Railroad to entertain and take pictures with guests. Guests can spend the day with their favorite underwater friends atNorth Carolina’s first theme park!

  • K-9s in Flight Frisbee® Dogs — July 20-28
Watch as this team of agile four-legged athletes defy gravity by jumping, flipping and catching flying discs…right into your heart!

  • Riders In The Sky — August 10-11
You don’t want to miss this multi Grammy award-winning quartet known as America’s Favorite Cowboys. Enjoy a rich blend of Western harmony and humor. Riders In The Sky has been captivating audiences of all ages since 1977 and is proud to bring its special brand of entertainment to Tweetsie Railroad once again.

  • Railroad Heritage Weekend at Tweetsie — September 7-8
Travel through the Blue Ridge Mountains on Tweetsie’s historic locomotives as the park hosts its annual Railroad Heritage Weekend. Celebrate the rich history of steam railroading and tour the famous Tweetsie Railroad Train Shop, where steam locomotives from across the nation are repaired and restored. The weekend will also include performances and demonstrations by Cherokee dancers.

  • Ghost Train® Halloween Festival — Friday and Saturday nights Sept. 27 — Nov. 2
All aboard Tweetsie’s Ghost Train for a nighttime ride of thrills and chills as the park hosts its 24th Annual Halloween Ghost Festival. From The Boneyard and 3-D Maze to the Freaky Forest and Creepy Carnival, beware of the fun and creepy Halloween characters that emerge after dark at Tweetsie.

Tweetsie Railroad will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting April 12, including Memorial Day Monday, and seven days a week from May 31 through August 18. The park returns to the weekend schedule from August 19 through November 3, including Labor Day Monday.  Tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at Tweetsie.com.

Blowing Rock, NC

I love the Blowing Rock/Boone area of North Carolina.  It is a beautiful area.  Be sure to revisit my series on the area from last year. 

Mast Farm Inn, beautiful b and b in Valle Crucis. Photo by Leigh Hines
Mast Farm Inn
One of my favorite Inns in the area is Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis, NC.  The Inn was featured as a "Pack Your Bags" in May of last year.  It's a perfect place to relax, sip a coffee, and take in the cool, summer mountain breeze. 

I have also stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in Boone, NC and was very pleased with my stay. It is the area's newest chain hotel.  

Summer is just around the corner!


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