It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is my favorite.  I love eating Thanksgiving dinner and decorating my home for Christmas in the same weekend.  I grew up in the isolated enclave of Avery County in the mountains of North Carolina.  Our county’s economy is based around one agricultural product.  Our export is the Christmas Tree! You’ll find no where else grows them as hearty or as beautiful as Avery County farms (No where).  We make Santa proud because our county is the Christmas tree capital of the world.  

Bank of America Stadium 2014 & 2015 tree provided by Sugar Mountain Nursery

Take a drive around the windy mountain roads and you’ll see thousands and thousands of Christmas trees waiting for their year to be the star attraction in your home.  There are all types of trees from Pines to Spruce to Fraser Fir.  The farms are still run by families that have been raising trees for generations.  Usually the whole family is in on the action as well.  There are trees to sell and decorative wreaths and roping to be made.  Starting in late October our community is a virtual North Pole of worker elves preparing the harvest for shipment around the world.  Avery County sends Christmas trees to the White House, New York City, and Bank of America Stadium – just to name a few of the famous spots you’ll see a piece of my hometown.

Christmas Corner Farm
If you’ve never experienced being in a tree patch with your family to select the perfect tree for your home – you’ve missed an integral part of the Santa experience.  Who wants to buy a tree (cut months ago, believe me) from a big box store?  A short drive into the mountains for a day trip to a Choose and Cut Farm is a quintessential holiday experience. 

I’ve compiled a list of Farms to visit.  These are family farms.  You will be able to meet the farmer, his wife, his parents, and the extended family….talk about shopping local!  Choose the perfect handmade wreaths and roping to Holiday-Up your house while sipping on hot cocoa and taking a hay ride through the tree fields.  There are tons to choose from so check out the list below.  See you soon in the mountains!

* Christmas Corner Choose and Cut 
   Intersection of Hwy 221 & Hwy 181
   Pineola, NC  28662
* Sams Nursery Choose and Cut Farm
   376 Logan’s Lane, Newland NC  28657
   Highway 181 Pineola, NC  28662

* Larry’s Choose and Cut Farm
   Highway 181 Pineola, NC  28662

* Snowy Mountain Christmas Tree Farm
   Christmas Shop / Farm Check In
   4699 Linville Falls Highway (221)
   Newland, NC  28657
* Elk River Evergreens
   Brooks Shell Road
   Elk Park, NC  28622

* Twin Pines Nursery
   87 Twin Pines Lane
   Pineola, NC  28662

* David Pittman Christmas Tree Farm
   986 Licklog Road
   Newland, NC  28657


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