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New Year’s Eve in the High Country

Article Published: Dec. 29, 2011 | Modified: Dec. 29, 2011
New Year’s Eve in the High Country

Boone Saloon hosts the Ballroom Blitz Dance Party this New Year’s, featuring DJ Smallwonder.
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Dance it up, dine it out, drink it down – the High Country is the place to be on New Year’s Eve.

2011 is about to go on the shelf, and 2012 is on target to start out well, thanks to the numerous events being put on by restaurants, bars and resorts. The Mountain Times has prepared a run-down of area goings-on to help you decide how to welcome the New Year.

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Bayou Smokehouse & Grill
Laissez les bon temps rouler, or “let the good times roll,” at Bayou Smokehouse and Grill (120 E. Main St.). The restaurant is welcoming the New Year New Orleans style with music from The Get Downs and a full menu of authentic Louisiana grub. Party hats and favors will be available, as well as a free champagne toast at midnight. No cover charge. For more information, call (828) 898-8952.

Jackalope’s View
Jackalope’s View at Archer’s Mountain Inn (2489 Beech Mountain Parkway) is hosting a special four-course dinner, beginning at 5 p.m. A New Year’s Eve celebration follows in the Vault Bar at 10 p.m., where partiers will find a live DJ, dancing and a champagne toast. Call (828) 898-9004 to make a reservation.

Sorrento’s Bistro
Sorrento’s (142 Main St. E.), in conjunction with Barra and Banner Elk Sushi Club, is partying it up with dinner and a DJ. The $25 admission includes champagne for the midnight toast. Three dinner entree options will be available for additional purchase. The restaurant opens at 4 p.m. Call (828) 898-5214 to make reservations.

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Beech Mountain Resort
After taking off the skis for the night, head over to Beech Mountain Resort’s (1007 Beech Mountain Parkway) Beech Tree Bar & Ski for a New Year’s Eve celebration with Asheville rock bands Uncle Mountain and River Whyless.
Safe rides within the town of Beech Mountain are available to those taking advantage of the drink specials and champagne toast. The celebration starts at 9 p.m. and goes until 1:30 a.m. Only ages 21 and older will be permitted, and the cost is $15 per person.
The resort is also offering late-night ice skating sessions from 10 p.m. to midnight. The fun includes games, prizes, music and food in the Munchies Arcade, adjacent to the ice rink. Cost is $10 per person.
For more information, call 1-800-438-2093 or visit

Buckeye Recreation Center
If the kids can’t make it to midnight, the Rockin’ Family New Year’s Eve at Buckeye Recreation Center (26 Grassy Gap Creek Road) is a great option. From 6 to 8:30 p.m., ring in the New Year a little early with dinner, a bounce house, games and a countdown. For more information, call (828) 387-3003 or visit

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Appalachian Ski Mountain
Slide into the New Year on the slopes of Appalachian Ski Mountain (940 Ski Mountain Rd.) during the annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Expect fireworks, torchlight skiing and moonlight ice skating between 10 and 11:45 p.m. Breakfast will also be available from 9 p.m. to midnight. Visit for more information or call (828) 295-7828.

Canyons (8960 U.S. 321) is welcoming the New Year bluegrass-style with Asheville’s The Woodies. The show starts at 10 p.m. The $10 cover includes a champagne toast at midnight. For more information, call (828) 295-7661 or visit

Crippen’s Country Inn & Restaurant
It’s dining, dancing, champagne and crooning at Crippen’s (239 Sunset Drive) on New Year’s Eve. Pianist Blake Pace is providing the entertainment, and Crippen’s is giving out the party favors and a midnight toast. For more information, call (828) 295-3487.

Green Park Inn
Go all out at the Gala New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance at The Green Park Inn (9239 Valley Blvd.).
Choose from a three-course early dinner, served from 6 to 8 p.m., or a five-course meal, starting at 9 p.m. The Charlie Ellis Trio will perform in the lobby from 6 to 9 p.m, and the 10-piece High Standards Big Band will play in the Laurel Ballroom from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The $90 admission includes a complimentary champagne toast, chocolate-dipped strawberries and homemade muffins at midnight. To make reservations, call (828) 414-9230 or visit

Meadowbrook Inn
The Meadowbrook Inn (711 U.S. 321 Bus.) is offering an affordable, family-friendly New Year’s Eve party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Games, a wine and cheese tasting and a casual southern dinner are available at the event. Prices vary per activity. The lounge will be open until 1 a.m. for those wanting to watch the ball drop. For more information, call (828) 295-4300 or visit

Twig’s Restaurant and Bar
Lenoir-based Hannah Gardner & Mercury Rising will rock in the New Year at Twig’s (7956 Valley Blvd.). The music starts after 9 p.m. For reservations, call (828) 295-5050.


Boone Saloon
Dance the night away at Boone Saloon’s (489 W. King St.) Ballroom Blitz Dance Party. DJ Smallwonder cranks up at 10 p.m. Cover charge is $5. For more information, call (828) 264-1811 or visit

Casa Rustica
Enjoy New Year’s Eve with authentic Italian cuisine and jazz music from Todd Wright and Friends at Casa Rustica (1348 N.C. 105 South). A complimentary champagne toast will be provided. Reservations are recommended for dinner service, which starts at 5 p.m. To make reservations, call (828) 406-7085.

Char (179 S. Howard St.) is ringing in the New Year with dinner and a dance party. From 5 to 9 p.m., a four-course meal will be served for $55 per person. Reservations are required. The party cranks up at 10:30 p.m. with DJ C-ray and dancing. Party favors and the champagne toast are free, but the cover is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information, call (828) 266-2179 or visit

Crossroads Pub
Crossroads Pub and Neighborhood Grill (125 Graduate Lane) is also serving up dinner and a party. Starting at 5 p.m., a four-course meal for two will be available for $69. The end-of-year celebration starts at 9 p.m. with the band, Blue Country. The $10 cover charge includes a champagne toast at midnight. For more information, call (828) 266-9190.

The Inn at Crestwood
New Year’s at The Inn at Crestwood (3236 Shulls Mill Road) begins at 6 p.m. with a night of dancing and dining. A four-course meal and midnight champagne toast will be provided. The event is $60 per person, and reservations are recommended. Call (828) 963-6646 or visit for more information.

Joy Bistro
Joy Bistro (115 New Market Center) is celebrating with four courses of fine food. The cost is $65 per person, with an optional wine pairing for an additional $25. Call (828) 265-0500 to make reservations. Reservations start at 5:30 p.m. To view the menu, visit

Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub
It’s an Americana-style New Year’s Eve at Murphy’s (747 W. King St.), with performances by hometown band Boss Hawg and Virginia-based David Via and Corn Tornado. The music starts after 9 p.m. The cover charge, $8 in advance and $10 at the door, includes a midnight champagne toast. For more information, call (828) 264-5117.

Paolucci’s Italian Bar & Grill
Dance to the hottest hits of the year at Paolucci’s (783 W. King St.). VJ Justin Allen will be spinning 2011’s best songs and videos from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. A free champagne toast comes at midnight and will be followed by drawings for over $100 in prizes. Call (828) 268-7525 for more information.

Vidalia Restaurant and Wine Bar
End 2011 on a delicious culinary note at Vidalia (831 W. King St.). From 5 to 10 p.m., Vidalia will serve up a five-course meal for $55 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call (828) 263-9176 or visit

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Sugar Mountain Resort
The firework show at Sugar Mountain Resort (1009 Sugar Mountain Dr.) starts the New Year with a bang. Live music from The Johnson Brothers starts at 9 p.m., and a torch light parade at 11:45 p.m. is also on tap. The indoor festivities require tickets, priced at $45 and $80. For more information, call (828) 898-4521, ext. 233, or visit

West Jefferson

Frasers Restaurant and Pub
Frasers (108 S. Jefferson Ave.) is doing up New Year’s Eve with the 4 Ds: dinner, dessert, dancing and drinks. The eatery is offering four special holiday meals, as well as its full dinner menu. Reservations for seating are available from 5 to 9 p.m. Stick around after the meal for a live DJ, starting at 9 p.m., and a champagne toast at midnight. Call (336) 246-5222 for more information.

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