• Gadabouts: Local Catering, Events Company Adds Classic Car Rental to the Menu

    Jan. 3, 2017. “It’s kind of like a dream come true. My husband and I always wanted to have a classic vehicle, and we decided, what better way than to let Gadabout’s buy it? So now, it’s incorporated into the business. Gadabouts is like one of our children, so we bought him a car.” By Jessica Isaacs. Images by Wayfaring Wanderer. / Read more…

  • High South Weddings Magazine 2017 Edition: Complimentary Copies Now Available

    Dec. 27, 2016. A brand new High South Weddings magazine is here just in time for the holidays! The latest edition, for the 2017 wedding and events season, made its way to the High Country right before Christmas, and free copies are now available to the community and couples planning mountain weddings. We’ve been working hard on this publication over the past year to ensure it follows our true mission: to highlight and showcase the work of our area’s talented wedding and events experts, as well as the wide variety of beautiful venues here in the High Country. / Read more…

  • High South Event Pros Welcome New Board Members in October at Valle Crucis Vineyard

    Oct. 12, 2016. The cool, crisp feeling of fall weather made it just in time for the October edition of the High South Event Professionals’ monthly group meetings, which drew a great crowd out to enjoy dinner and drinks at Valle Crucis Vineyard. Our team was there on behalf of HCP and our annual High South Weddings magazine, and we were stoked to see so many of our friends in the industry under one roof! By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…

  • WHAT’S GOING ON? The Old Shull Family Home Place is Soon to be a Wedding Venue

    Oct. 11, 2016. Whether you live near the Hound Ears Club, drive along Shulls Mill Road on your daily commute or have simply passed through on occasion, you’ve probably often wondered about the circular structure that seems a little out of place in the mountain countryside. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s doing here and what it looks like inside, you’re not the only one. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…

  • HCP’s Inaugural High South Weddings Magazine Earns PICA’s Best of Category

    July 7, 2016. The High Country Press Publications team added a new magazine to its repertoire last fall, and its first edition has already accomplished something big. The folks at Martin Printing entered HSW 2016 into the race for this year’s Printing Industry of the Carolinas Awards, “a premier symbol of excellence in the graphics industry” of the region, where it was awarded Best of Category. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…

  • Overlook Barn: Couple Transforms Family Property into New Beech Mountain Venue

    June 1, 2016. One of the High Country’s newest venues opened its doors last week for a grand opening celebration, and guests who walked through them enjoyed a great evening of food and fun in a truly beautiful place. You’ll love the Overlook Barn as soon as you see it, but you may love the story behind it even more. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…

  • Getting Married? You’re Invited to Crestwood’s Free Bridal Showcase on Sunday, April 17

    April 11, 2016. Planning a High Country wedding? Don’t miss the Bridal Showcase at The Inn at Crestwood in Boone on Sunday, April 17. From 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, enjoy the beautiful grounds, take in the sweeping mountain views and get to know some of the area’s premier wedding and special events vendors. There is no cost for admission for brides and guests; so, say “I do” to this free sneak peek into dream weddings at one of the High Country’s most coveted venues. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…

  • Fashion Show Features the Latest in Bridal, Prom, Formalwear at Sunday’s Expo in Boone

    March 21, 2016. Bridal gowns, tuxedos, flower girl dresses and mother of the bride dresses were shown throughout the afternoon, giving the engaged couples and other guests in the audience a chance to check out what South’s has to offer this wedding season. Shortly after the show, Anna and Devin Ulery were on hand with Boone Photo Booth to capture some super fun moments with the all-dolled-up bridal and prom models. / Read more…

  • Local Pros Show Off Their Work, Meet New Clients at the Annual High South Wedding Expo

    March 21, 2016. Florists, consultants, caterers, bakeries, photographers, musicians, stylists, jewelers, rental companies and more decked out their spaces with examples of their work for potential clients to see. The annual expo allowed for many participating vendors and friends to catch up after a long winter, and gave some new folks a chance to get to know the local wedding and events community. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…

  • Ask the Experts: Meet Local Consultants at the High South Wedding Expo on Sunday, March 20

    March 17, 2016. Event planners are the behind-the-scenes superheroes of nearly every community or private get-together we enjoy in the High Country. Meet them in person this weekend at the High South Wedding Expo from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Boone Mall, along with many of the area’s preferred local vendors. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…

  • Here’s a List of Vendors You Can Meet at the High South Wedding Expo This Weekend

    March 18, 2016. Entry to the expo will cost just $8 per person, and brides who register at the entrance near Old Navy will receive a free printed gift bag and a copy of our new High South Weddings magazine. Proceeds from the expo will benefit a Hayes School of Music scholarship fund at Appalachian State established in memory of Jordan Howell Hallmark, a 28-year-old musician who lost his life in October. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…

  • Business Spotlight: Photographer Ellen Gwin Sets Her Sights on Candid Moments, Happiness

    March 16, 2016. Sometimes, laughter really is the best medicine. It can lighten our hearts, lift our spirits and cheer us up; but for local photographer Ellen Gwin, it makes the difference between a good shot and the perfect shot. This Appalachian alumna and High Country native seeks to bring out the best in the world around her, always chasing natural light and the warm, candid moments that make life’s most important occasions so special. When she’s behind the camera, something beautiful is in the works. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…

  • Getting Married? High South Wedding Expo Slated for This Weekend at the Boone Mall


    March 15, 2016. This fun, affordable event will bring the local industry’s best of the best together for an afternoon packed with ideas, inspiration and all things weddings in the High Country. The expo is brought to you by the High South Event Professionals — a community of like-minded experts who work together to promote the High Country as the southeast’s premier wedding and special events destination. Read more…

  • In the Spotlight: High Country Venues Offer Beautiful Views for Weddings and Events

    ROTATING-VENUES March 11, 2016. Each of the area’s venues boasts a stunning view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a unique perspective on what makes a wedding or other event special. The experts behind each one offer a variety of services, as well as the knowledge, experience, and creativity to ensure the festivities go off without a hitch. The High Country is home to a long list of places that are great for hosting special events of any kind, and you’ll soon have a chance to learn about them all in one place. By Jessica Isaacs / Read more…

  • Business Spotlight: Food is Love at Beth Zagst’s Ugga Mugga Bakery in Downtown Blowing Rock

    March 8, 2016. Just a quick flight of stairs down from Main Street and its upstairs neighbor, TazMaRaz Boutique, Ugga Mugga is tucked quietly into the hub of the village’s popular shopping district. The open space houses her fully-equipped commercial kitchen and a welcoming retail space, which features a colorful environment, the chef’s favorite tunes in the air and an elaborate display of fresh-baked goodies. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…

  • Business Spotlight: Nature and Art are One and the Same for Fuschia Moss Floral Design

    March 4, 2016. A background in the performing arts and a passion for Mother Nature’s greatest treasures have come together for floral designer Fuschia Moss, who creates unique, dramatic and breathtaking arrangements for weddings and special events in the High Country. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…

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