Late Summer Happenings and Day Trips from LKN

Day Trips from LKN

Soon all the local students will return to school and time will be limited for anything other than studies, music lessons, sports practice and other extra-curricular activities.  Now is a great time for checking out the end of summer local events and day trips from LKN.

Day Trips from LKN

August 13  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Art in the Park
Blowing Park, NC

This one is a perennial favorite.  You can never go wrong taking a trip of any kind to Blowing Rock.  We have long lost count of how many day trips from LKN we have taken to Blowing Rock. There is an eclectic offering of one of a kind art work.  The shops that line the main street are treasure troves and there are great restaurants too.



August 20        5:30 – 8:30 PM
Festival of Food Trucks
Downtown Mooresville, NC

The rain dampened this event a little last month, but hey, that’s summer.  There are multiple cuisines and a variety of craft beers available.

August 20       4:00 PM -9:30 PM
Old Town Cornelius Jazz Festival
Smithville Park, Cornelius, NC

We keep meaning to check this out.  Maybe one of these times.


August 20        6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Tillers in Concert
Cool Park, Todd, NC

We know Todd best for catching a ride to the Virginia Creeper Trail and biking down hill all the way. The Todd General Store is a delightful step back in time and the music is free.

August 21     6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Concert on the Green
Town Green, Davidson, NC

Always a great way to cap off a summer weekend.

August 27     3:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
High Country Beer Fest
High Country Fairgrounds, Boone, NC

Food vendors, live music, seminars and did we mention beer?  Over 50 craft beers from around the region and world.


We took our first trip to Pilot Mountain earlier this month.  Try it, you might like it!!!

Day trips from LKN

Beth at the August Cruise – In


September 3             3:00 PM-9:30 PM
Hot Nights Hot Cars Cruise In
Pilot Mountain

It was definitely hot this month.  Here’s hoping that September will be a tad bit more comfortable. Be sure to take your lawn chairs so you can sit and enjoy the music. Leave your pets at home, they are not allowed.


September 4        6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Concert on the Green , Town Green, Davidson


We love events that repeat.  Always a different artist though.

September 10       10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Art in the Park
Blowing Rock, NC

Did we say we love repeating events?

September 17      2:00 PM – 8:00  PM
‘Tawba Walk Arts & Music Fest
Cornelius, NC

Another one of those events we intend to take in one of these days.

September 17  5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Downtown Davidson Arts Festival
Main Street, Davidson, NC

This s a great opportunity to shop for those distinctive Christmas gifts.

September 24  4-9 PM
8th Annual Great Chili Cook-Off
Mooresville  Town Square, Williamson Road, Mooresville, NC

Last year the rainy weather caused numerous postponements.  Let’s hope for better weather in 2016.

Tell us about your favorite day trips from LKN.

It’s Summer Time and the Livin’ is Easy

Are you looking for some day trips from the LKN area to the cool mountains? Here are some of our favorites.

Day Trips to the Blue Ridge Mountains

Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway for beautiful vistas.

Blue Ridge Parkway Vista

Blue Ridge Parkway Vista

Art in the Park         Blowing Rock, NC      August 13, Sept 10 & Oct 8
There are artists galore with amazing stories to tell.  We love the shops and restaurants that line the main street too.

Tweetsie Railroad   Blowing Rock, NC      Daily through August 21
This is a must for the little kids. I have fond memories of taking my little sister and nieces and nephew. It’s grown a lot since the old days too.

If you will be in the Blowing Rock area, be sure to take the time to visit the original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis. You will be amazed by all the neat old fashioned candies along with great outdoor gear. They also have locations in Boone, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Knoxville, Winston-Salem, Greenville and Columbia.

Day Trips (or two day trips) to the Southwest Mountains of North Carolina

If the recent amoeba outbreak at the National Whitewater Center scared you off from river rafting, think again. The water is so very COLD at Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC that amoeba infection is far off the radar.  We prefer to take a guided rafting trip because the guides know where all the big rocks are and can either get you splashed or help you avoid being splashed.  The choice is yours.

Day Trips

We love NOC

Although you can make this a day trip we don’t recommend it because we guarantee that you will be exhausted. Other cool things to do while there include a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.  Hint, a ride in the fall through the Nantahala Gorge is spectacular. End your train ride in Dillsboro, stop at Riverwood Pottery and dine at the Jarrett House.

Disclaimer:  Most of these activities are not suitable for your pets.

Nothing beats a well planned vacation.  We all deserve a little down time when the weather allows outdoor activities. That’s why so many of you are traveling this summer.  Remember that this is the busy season for everyone with school out. Most businesses anticipate their employees will use more vacation during the summer months than other months. So be sure to book your pet care needs early. We have had multiple dates this year that we were fully booked and had to say the dreaded word “no” to some of you. So, book ahead to assure you (and your pets) are not disappointed.