Take a walk with Conserving Carolina's very own Southeast Stewardship Manager and experienced birder, Pam Torlina. This outing can include up to eight guests.
Hike along public trails, visit a local park or learn about the birds in your own back yard. Pam can also show you Conserving Carolina's extensive collection of bird specimens, offering interpretation and an up-close look at numerous species that visit our region.
The bird outing must be scheduled with Pam no later than Aug. 2021 and the outing must take place within an hour drive of Tryon NC.
Explore privately conserved property or a location of your choice with professional ecologist, Lloyd Raleigh! Director of Helia Environmental, Lloyd has over twenty years of environmental and ecological experience.
For this outing, Lloyd will take you and your friends (up to 8) on an interpretive hike on property otherwise inaccessible to the public, along your favorite public trail, or even in your backyard. The hike can last up to three hours from start to finish.
The focus subject of your hike could be interpretation of the natural features in that place, with an emphasis on species identification, description of the distinctive habitats encountered on the hike, and the ecology of the landscape. At your choice, the hike could include a selection of Conservancy-owned property not open to the public. The property must be located in Henderson, Transylvania, Polk, Rutherford or Buncombe Counties. Two-month advance notice is required. Contact by Aug.25, 2021 to schedule.
Create a beautiful and sustainable landscape for your home or business with the expert guidance of Mark Byington. Mark (who is also a board member of Conserving Carolina), is experienced in land planning, site design, and sustainable design as well as landscape architecture.
He designs for private residences as well as commercial sites and public places, and his resume includes Furman University and Wofford College, the Millikin Arboretum, and the Greenville Riverwalk and Fountains. Let Byington Landscape Architects, PLLC, help you realize your dreams.
Enjoy a day on a four-wheel driving tour on the back roads of southwestern Transylvania County with Conservation Easement Manager Torry Nergart!
Your group of four will embark from the Gorges State Park visitor center and head into the Jocassee Gorges, which was named one of the last 100 most wild and beautiful places by National Geographic.
See endangered Oconee Bells and other flora & fauna in the Toxaway Gamelands, stopping at the wild & scenic Horsepasture River for some fly fishing, picnicking, photography or swimming.
Your guide, Torry Nergart, will interpret the special ecology and natural history of the area. A 4-WD vehicle and driver will be provided by Conserving Carolina.
Consult with Torry before the trip as to which other activities you would like to engage in along the tour. Must contact Torry to plan outing by September 1st 2021.
Always wanted the opportunity to have a member of Balsam Range play a concert at your house? Now's your chance!
Will and Deni McIntyre and Darren and Jennifer Nicholson will perform a house or porch concert for you. Will and Deni are filmmakers and musicians who have also toured internationally with 4-time Grammy-winner David Holt. Darren Nicholson is the award-winning mandolin player for Balsam Range. His wife, Jennifer, is a gifted singer who teaches in Buncombe County. The Nicholsons were featured in an episode of Pandemic Arts, produced by Will and Deni in the spring and summer of 2020.
The hour-and-a-half long concert will be scheduled at a mutually agreed place and time. This opportunity must be used before December 2021.
Take your favorite 3 friends golfing at the beautiful, historic Tryon Country Club! You will enjoy four 18-hole rounds with carts on the course designed by the renowned Donald Ross in 1916. One of the oldest private golf clubs in North Carolina, Tryon Country Club is home to a unique course nestled in a picturesque valley. The temperate climate is ideal for year-round golf. Don't miss your chance to play this course!
Must use by 12/31/2021.
Tryon architect Dean Trakas will meet with you for a two-hour architectural consultation.
His firm, Brady-Trakas Architecture, is well known in the area for beautiful homes crafted to your wishes, as well as for commercial projects and renovations, such as the recently redone historic Tryon Theater. Meet with Dean and let your dreams become real!
You have until December 21, 2021 to get Dean's consultation services.
Looking to expand your palate and don't know where to start? Crate Loot Wine Club is for you! Enjoy two months membership in the Crate Loot Wine Club, the wine club for the adventurous.
You'll receive a reusable wine tote to pick up your monthly package. Each month, you'll receive three specially curated bottles of wine along with tasting notes, so that you can fully understand what makes each bottle unique. A great gift for the wine lover in your life or a wonderful way to treat yourself, discovering new wines.
Please begin your membership at your earliest convenience.
Imagine this lovely bracelet encircling your wrist!
Donated by Jane Asher Antiques located in downtown Hendersonville, this gorgeous bracelet has 13 oval, cabochon corals set in 14K yellow gold. The corals are accented by a stunning 14K yellow gold, Asian-style clasp.
The beautiful, soft color of the coral is especially pleasing to the eye. Make it yours!
Have the beauty of nature on your wall with this unframed 19.5" x 16" original by Kate Thayer entitled "Streaming."
The Flat Rock based artist says, "The vitality and energy within the forest is life giving. I want to bring to life what adds to life." Having earned degrees from Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin, Kate then spent time in major galleries and museums around the world, considering them her "classroom." Painting the landscape connects her to the vitality of nature, she says, and she hopes that through her work she can share the special places that have touched her heart. Enjoy this special painting in your own home!
ZEISS Terra ED binoculars are lightweight, reliable and easy to use. Their state-of-the-art and sleek design makes them comfortably compact. They incorporate famous SCHOTT ED glass, with multi-coated lenses that guarantee brilliant images down to the very last detail - and are protected with hydrophic lens coating. The Terra ED binoculars are waterproof and nitrogen-filled, making them rough and ready. Terra ED binoculars are constructed with a fiberglass frame. They serve as the perfect entry into the world of ZEISS.
A bright image, outstanding resolution of details and comfortable viewing characteristics. In combination with optimum ease of handling, these perfectly describe the outstanding properties of the Terra ED 42.
Say farewell to your summer adventures in style with this package from DD Bullwinkel's Outdoors!
DD Bullwinkel's, located in Brevard, is a locally owned and independent outfitter. They have donated an Ice Mule cooler "The Boss" backpack (a 30L waterproof backpack cooler), a Sylvan Sport Waylight (lighted rechargeable trekking pole), and a green DD Bullwinkel's hat. Great for a trip to the mountains, lake, river, or beach, this package is sure to keep your beverages cool and your way lit on all of your adventures!
This beautiful Circle Bar Fused Cuff bracelet was created by Asheville based jewelry artist J.L.Merril. Fabricated of brass and Argentium silver with patina and lacquer, this gorgeous cuff makes quite the accent piece!
J.L.Merril specializes in mixed metal jewelry and accessories using silver, brass, bronze and copper. Her jewelry is formed using advanced skills of frabrication, fusing, soldering, texturing and riveting. She has been working in metal since 2003.
Her unique designs are influenced by her travels to Africa, Europe and Central America, forging modern design with ancient technique.
Need a landscape consultant? Look no more, Hunter Marks of Watermark Landscape Architecture in Hendersonville will spend two hours consulting about improvements to an existing landscape or new landscape. Hunter says his "job is to understand the wants and needs of our clients, and to discover the unique characteristics and potential of each property." Hunter will use his insight & expertise to suggest successful landscape solutions.
Must be used by December 31, 2021.
Enjoy a private, one-hour performance by professional classical guitarist and music educator, Amy Brucksch.
Amy currently leads the classical guitar program at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy and teaches privately through Wild Roots Fine Arts Center. Formerly on the faculty of University of Toledo and Adrian College, Amy was an Ohio Arts Council Touring Artist. She holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University. She now resides happily in Tryon, NC.
Selections for the show can include classical, latin, or jazz styles. The concert must be performed within a one-hour drive of Tryon, NC and must be used by December 31, 2021.
Learn sustainable practices you can easily implement into your daily life from Evan Parker. Evan will explain the practices and give a brief overview of how they help contribute to a more sustainable world. Evan will provide researched advice on how these practices can be customized to your personal life. If there's a specific sustainability focus area you'd like to know more about, just ask. Evan is Programs Coordinator at Conserving Carolina, and holds a Master's degree in Sustainable Studies.
This includes 3, 1 on 1, 1-hour educational sessions that can be held, in-person, or virtually. Please contact Evan by August 2021 to schedule sessions.
Spend two-hours with Dr. Lisa Wagner who will coach you on gardening and landscaping with native plants at your home. Lisa is a retired Education Director from Clemson Arboretum, and an expert on gardening and designing with natives, gardening for pollinators, and wildlife gardening and does frequent presentations and classes on these and other topics. She also does frequent consultations to help folks think about their own landscapes and how to transfer them into welcoming place for humans and wildlife alike. Her long-running blog, Natural Gardening, describes her reflections and approach in her gardens.
After your consultation, visit Carolina Native Nursery in Burnsville to begin beautifying your home with natives with a $50 gift certificate. Carolina Native Nursery prides itself on being the go-to source for native shrubs and perennials along the east coast. Their mission is to save the earth, one plant at a time.
This unique crochet choker necklace was handmade in Turkey. It features exquisite hookwork with hand knotted attached small tumbled stones in shades of olive green and rusty red. Measuring at 14.5" long, the soft cotton texture will lie comfortably and beautifully on the neck. Stones are attached along the back of the necklace as well to add interest along with a button closure.
This item was donated by Libby Skamfer.
Let Dean make your party or small gathering memorable!
His extraordinary talent at the piano will enliven any event and bring a smile to every face. He will enthrall you for two hours if you win this item. Dean is well known for his outstanding musical talents, both voice and piano. He plays various styles of music with style and enthusiasm, and always with a huge smile. He is very involved in the Tryon community, like the traditional lowering of the ball signifying "Tryon midnight" at the clock tower in the middle of town on New Year's Eve!
Must use by 12/31/21.
Stay dry while you hike or backpack! Ever been out on a long hike, pack on, and been surprised by a rainstorm? Not anymore! This hoodie-style backpack rain cover from LightHeart Gear will keep your head, neck, shoulders and pack dry. With a built-in hood and shoulder cape, this royal blue rain cover is a size large and is made from silnylon with a polyurethane coating on the inside. Next time the rain clouds move in, you'll be happy you have one!
PLEASE NOTE: This hoodie rain cover is royal blue. The images are stock photos. See second photo for example color.
Are your hiking days over? You can see the stunning views from Bearwallow Mountain without the hike!
Here's your chance to get to the top of Conserving Carolina's flagship conservation easement. Staff will arrange special access for up to eight people to the top of the mountain using the gated service road, and will chauffeur you in one of Conserving Carolina's vehicles.
Your choice of beverages will be provided (water, wine, beer, etc.) and you are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy along with the view.
Spend an afternoon or evening with the Development team, Lynn Killian, Jenn Tutor and Ericka Berg while looking out across our beautiful region. Must contact Jenn to plan outing by September 1st 2021.
Does the idea of an old-timey Radio Flyer get you strolling down memory lane? We have just the item for you!
This wagon was donated by Carolina Ace Hardware. Inside, our Board of Directors have put together quite a treat for you, including: Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey, Bulleit Rye 95 Whiskey, Midnight Moon Moonshine Dill Pickles (NC), Patron Silver Tequila, St. Remy XO Brandy, Crown Royal Whiskey, Kraken Rum, Tito's Vodka, Baileys, Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch, Naked Grouse Scotch, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Tanqueray Gin, End of Days Vodka (NC), Bombay Sapphire, Captain Morgan Rum, and Corralejo Reposado Tequila.
You must be 21 or older to bid for this. Contents donated by Conserving Carolina's very own Board of Directors.
This handwoven, one of a kind piece was created on a floor loom by Asheville based artist Lissa Merrill.
She uses both traditional and innovative weaving and tapestry techniques to produce her fiber art. A circular white jade disc is woven into the piece using sterling silver chain.
This unique piece featuring warm earth tones is fashioned from 100% cotton and beautifully mounted in a shadow box frame measuring 15" x 13". A stunning addition to any decor.
Add a piece of the wild to your home décor! This 13 x 19, signed photographic print of a bobcat was taken by Will and Deni McIntyre.
Will and Deni live on land in Henderson County that is in conservation with Conserving Carolina. After years of traveling the world making photographs for magazines and corporations, Will and Deni now produce a television series for PBS called David Holt's State of Music that is shown nationwide.
One of their ongoing projects is documenting the wild animals with whom they share their property. They use a motion activated Canon 5D Mark IV in an all-weather housing with several lights to snap these wonderful photographs of the wildlife in their own backyard.
Taking a trip but can't take your furry friend? Does your dog need extra attention or special care? Send your pup for a sleepover at the home of Donor Relations Manager, Jenn Tutor, where they can roam free in the fenced in yard, cuddle with Max, the lovable terrier mix, and explore the neighborhood with frequent walks.
Limitations: Only one dog at a time. Must get along reasonably well with other dogs/cats. Dates and length of stay must be mutually agreeable, and a 2 week notice preferred. Can be 5 continuous days or split up. Blackout dates: Nov. 25 - Nov.30 & Dec. 20 - Jan.1. Expiration: 12/31/2021.
Add a piece of sports history in your collection! Donated by the Carolina Panthers, this NFL football is signed by none other than former linebacker, Luke Kuechly. In January of this year, Luke announced his retirement from football, so you may not get another chance at a piece like this!
A seven-time Pro Bowler, Kuechly finished with 1,092 tackles which led the NFL from 2012-19. His 18 interceptions were the most by any linebacker over that stretch and rank third in franchise history. Owning a ball signed by him is any true Panthers fan's dream.
This unique piece of fused glass titled "Hip to be Square" (10"x10") was created by Tryon glass artist Shelley Sperka.
The process of swoop fusing makes the piece slightly concave while the second drape fusing creates an exaggerated square shape.
This piece stands alone as a beautiful display and is also functional as a serving dish. Not recommended for microwave or dishwasher.
A librarian by trade, Shelley has been passionate about working with glass since attending her first class over 30 years ago. She continues to attend open studio at Tryon Arts and Crafts. Shelley also produces lamps, pendants and earrings in her home studio.
Here is a priceless experience unavailable to the public!
Anvil Rock Cottage is a very rustic, but wonderful cabin on Grandfather Mountain. The cabin, circa 1949, features a rough-hewn wood ceiling, flagstone floor, and a view of Linville Peak. It takes its name from the top-heavy boulder that makes up its far wall. Hugh Morton, the renowned photographer and nature conservationist who owned and developed Grandfather Mountain, invited his good friend, Kuralt, to stay at his cabin where he would write a good portion of his book, Charles Kuralt's America.
Here is your chance to have the cabin for a two-night stay and the mountain to yourselves. The cabin is one room plus a bathroom. It includes two twin beds, fireplace, kitchenette & dining table.
Use of the cabin includes free passes to Grandfather Mountain. As an added bonus, one of the parks naturalists will give you a personal guided tour of the parks six native wildlife habitats. Scheduling is subject to availability.
This is donated by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. Must be used by December 31, 2021.
This commemorative pollinator house was created by Conserving Carolina staff member Torry Nergart. Pollinators are a fascinating and diverse group of animals- with over 4,000 native bee species alone (Xerces Society). Most of those species do not live in hives, but rather have solitary lives, and perform the majority of pollination of our food crops. These houses give solitary bees, wasps and mason bees homes to raise their broods. The house is made from lumber and locally sourced natural materials that provide ideal habitat for pollinators. The shingles are Conserving Carolina boundary markers. A unique piece, this pollinator house would make a wonderful addition to your garden, yard, or meadow!
This stunning necklace can be yours! Copper and turquoise are combined to make a unique piece that you will treasure. The fold-formed copper pendant is set with green turquoise in matrix stone, on a copper chain. Both metal smithing and lapidary were done by local artist and longtime Conserving Carolina volunteer Melinda Holland.
This beautifully handcrafted wooden bowl was made by Rick Merrill, longtime Conserving Carolina friend.
The 14" diameter bowl is a work of art that requires numerous steps to create. Rick often uses a combination of woods in his unique creations including paduck, yellowheart, wenge, maple, cherry, walnut, sapele, ash, and red oak. He places ten or more coats of polyurethane on his pieces to preserve their fine quality and longevity.
This bowl is a testament to the intricacy and detail of woodcrafting. It would enhance any table!
Learn how to identify, treat, and control the non-native invasive plant species on your property! Conserving Carolina Natural Resources Manager David Lee will come tour your property with you, identify non-native invasive plants, and discuss priorities and techniques for control. David has over 10 years' experience working with non-native invasive plants. He will spend up to 4-hours consulting with you. Afterwards, he will provide you with a written summary of the visit, including control suggestions and additional resources. The property must be in Henderson, Transylvania, or Polk counties or within the Hickory Nut Gorge region. The consultation must be scheduled by December 31, 2021.
After your consultation, buy some new plants to replace your non-native invasive plants at Down to Earth Garden Center in Tryon with this $25 gift card.
This beautiful pottery jar, decorated with oak leaves and acorns, is wheel-thrown stoneware with appliqued leaves and acorns handcrafted by Ann Gleason. Specializing in wheel-thrown functional wares for the home, Ann Gleason has been a potter and clay artist for over 30 years and has had a studio in Tryon, NC since the mid-1980's. This piece has a safire blue glaze and patinas for lovely color and is food and dishwasher safe. Your collection isn't complete without a piece from Tryon's Ann Gleason!
Columbus jeweler Jimmi Buell has crafted a charming pair of petite copper earrings with leaf like motif and attached moonstone. Her beautiful copper cuff bracelet features a floral design. These copper items will make a stylish addition to your jewelry collection with the added benefit that copper has been worn for its healing properties for centuries. Jimmi has practiced metal smithing arts for 20 years. She has been involved with Tryon Arts and Crafts studio as a jewelry student for 10 years where she is a gallery exhibitor.
Rick Merrill, former Conserving Carolina board member and longtime friend, handcrafted this wooden salad bowl set.
The large bowl measures 11" in diameter and the four accompanying bowls measure 6" in diameter-perfect for serving your favorite salad family-style.
Rick's bowls are a true work of art. He often uses a combination of woods in his unique creations including paduck, yellowheart, wenge, maple, cherry, walnut, sapele, ash, and red oak. He places ten or more coats of polyurethane on his pieces to preserve their fine quality and longevity.
Add style and beauty to your serving collection with this gorgeous set!
Join experts of No Taste Like Home for a 3 hour tour "off the eaten path" as you find and gather over a dozen wild edibles!
Sample your finds with a little tasting right on the trail. Then get ready for some fine dining when one of our award-winning restaurant partners prepares your "catch of the day". (Cost of dinner is not included). Wild mushroom pizza, daylily tamales, sassafras root beer, wisteria ice cream? it all depends on what you find!
The tour will take place 15 - 45 minutes from downtown Asheville, and will be chosen 3 days before the tour, depending on the forecast and wild foods that are present at the time of the tour.
All ages and abilities are welcome. Must be used by August 25, 2022.
These small, gorgeous plates and bowls were hand crafted by Rick Merrill, longtime Conserving Carolina friend.
Rick often uses a combination of woods in his unique creations including paduck, yellowheart, wenge, maple, cherry, walnut, sapele, ash, and red oak. He places ten or more coats of polyurethane on his pieces to preserve their fine quality and longevity.
Measuring between 3"-6" in diameter, these little dishes are truly multipurpose! Use as statement pieces to hold your small items or as small serving or sauce dishes. The sky's the limit!
Just looking at this charming pottery makes you smile!
The town of Boleslawiec, which is now in Poland, is home to this unique ceramic pottery. The iconic blue and white design is typical of the style, which blends well with other types of pottery. This cream and sugar set is very durable and dishwasher, freezer and oven safe. Having the cream and sugar set and the two small pitchers in your kitchen will give you many smiles and add a wonderful touch to your collection.
This beautiful set was donated by Carol McCall, longtime friend and volunteer of Conserving Carolina.
Learn the birds in your backyard!
Simon Thompson is a renowned international birding expert that has led guided bird trips all over the world through his company, Ventures Birding Tours. He is a board member of the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society in Asheville.
Simon will come to your home, stroll with you through your neighborhood, and identify local birds by sight or sound. He can call the birds to come right to you and predict their behavior as they arrive.
The bird walk must be scheduled no later than December 31, 2021.
Take time for yourself, breathe deep, relax, and immerse in the beauty of our lovely Blue Ridge Mountains on a Private Group Yoga Hike (exclusively for you and your party of up to 10) with Asheville Wellness Tours!
Enjoy lands protected by Conserving Carolina on a 2-mile round trip hike along an easy/moderate trail to a mountaintop with stunning views plus an hour of yoga for all levels at the summit.
An incredible way to relax into the wisdom and beauty of the Blue Ridge. We'll bring the mats. You bring your spirit of adventure!
Daily departures are available with options for morning, afternoon, or sunset hikes. A lovely way to practice self care and social distancing. Must use before December 31, 2021.
This beautiful sterling silver cuff was created and signed by Navajo artist F. Sandoval. His most creative years ran throughout the 1970's and into the 1990's. This unique cuff features an intricate floral motif and will make a great addition to your fine jewelry collection.
Take a guided mountain bike ride on Conserving Carolina's award winning Weed Patch Mountain Trail with Blue Wall Adventures!
Whether you are a novice rider ready to learn basic skills, or an experienced rider looking to learn advanced techniques, Blue Wall Adventures can guide you on riding this amazing singletrack. Guides are professional certified mountain bike instructors and have the commitment to teaching mountain biking.
Ride is for 4 people, and includes a shuttle to the top of the trail. Mountain bikes are not included but rental assistance can be arranged. Schedule your ride by Aug. 2021.
This beautiful jewelry box was handmade with love by one of Conserving Carolina's star volunteers, Larry Pellegrini.
The front, back, and sides are made from African Padauk while the top, bottom, and dovetail corner post are crafted from curly maple. With two removable jewelry trays, this gorgeous jewelry box could hold all of your treasures, measuring at 11 & 3/8" x 7 & 1/8" x 4 & 1/4".
Engraved on the top is the image of a Northern Saw-whet Owl. This is a special jewelry keeping treasure for the lover of fine craftsmanship or ornithophile. A special matted photograph of the owl comes with this box.
Get $150 off a legal consultation with Alleman Law Firm located in Asheville. You can consult with her firm regarding Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Probate, Pet Trust or Guardianship matters. Cynthia Alleman is devoted to helping clients through life's difficult situations with a personal and professional touch.
This polymer clay pendant necklace was created by Hendersonville artist Kate Pittman. The lovely, turquoise malachite beads feature prominent banding and the necklace is fitted with a sterling silver closure. An animal motif adorns the gorgeous turquoise and clay colored teardrop pendant. This necklace is bold and beautiful, making a great gift for anyone.
If you've been itching to get outside and pick the brain of an expert ecologist, this is your opportunity!
Take a guided hike for up to 8 individuals with, Kevin Caldwell, Principal and Conservation Biologist of Mountains-to-Sea Ecological, who has worked with Conserving Carolina for the past 20 years.
Your 3-4 hour expedition can take place in a location of your choice (within 2 hour drive of Asheville). Kevin can help you craft an outing that suits your desires. As you explore the terrain, Kevin will teach you how to identify the natural communities, birds, plants, and other wildlife you encounter. He can also share his vast knowledge on topics such as rare species, human impact on the environment, threats to hemlock and other species, invasive species, and landscape level conservation.
Don't miss your chance to learn in a small group from this leading expert in the field! Must be scheduled by August 2021.
This hand-built jar was made using the slab technique by local artist Ann Gleason. It is high-fire stoneware with a turquoise glaze and is food and dishwasher safe. Specializing in wheel-thrown functional wares for the home, Ann Gleason has been a potter and clay artist for over 30 years and has had a studio in Tryon, NC since the mid-1980's. This is your opportunity to add a special piece of pottery by Tryon's Ann Gleason to your collection!
This is a 13 x 19, signed photographic print of a black bear by Will and Deni McIntyre, which will add character to any room!
Will and Deni live on land in Henderson County that is in conservation with Conserving Carolina. After years of traveling the world making photographs for magazines and corporations, Will and Deni now produce a television series for PBS called David Holt's State of Music that is show nationwide.
One of their ongoing projects is documenting the wild animals with whom they share their property. They use a motion activated Canon 5D Mark IV in an all-weather housing with several lights to create these magnificent photographs of wild animals in their own habitats.
This little table is a charmer! Made from black oak, it was hand-made by Manfred Walter, who just can't stop making unique things!
It's just the right size to fit in lots of places in your home, where it will truly be an accent! It is 22 inches high; the top is 2 feet long and 11 to 14 inches wide. The simple legs complement the natural shape of the wood top. Have you found the right spot for it already?
Treat yourself or someone special to a spa treatment at the Orchard Inn! Enjoy a relaxing 60-minute massage at the historic Orchard Inn.
Built by the Brotherhood of Clerks for Southern Railway in 1926, the farmhouse-style lodging of the Orchard Inn was created as a summer getaway for railroad employees and their families, many of which took part in building the Saluda Grade.
Spa treatments include a relaxing massage and aromatherapy package that will make you feel like a brand new you. The combination of your spa treatment and fresh mountain air make Orchard Inn the perfect place for a wellness retreat in North Carolina. You are sure to leave feeling refreshed, relaxed, and rejuvenated. Gratuity is not included in this package.
Add a Kate Thayer original to your collection with this gorgeous, framed 20" x 24" painting entitled "Showtime."
The mountains in the background of this lovely painting seem to invite you to get outside and enjoy them. The soft colors are calming and restful. Flat Rock-based painter Kate Thayer earned degrees from Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin. She paints scenes familiar to us - our mountains, rivers, and woods - that remind us to slow down and appreciate all that is around us. Having this beautiful painting will bring the beauties of nature home to you.
This colorful, hand painted, lidded porcelain jar features an all-around design with birch trees and measures 14" x 9". Artist David Voorhees works from his home studio in Zirconia. Primarily self-taught, David has been producing both functional wares and decorative pots for over 30 years. What a beautiful accent piece for any home décor!
Take the first step in creating your moss landscape by scheduling a site consultation with Mossin' Annie! Annie Martin is a recognized moss expert who creates beautiful moss gardens, conducts research on moss cultivation, and rescues mosses from destruction. During your initial consultation of at least 1.5 hours, Annie will share her ideas for special features or logistical concerns, suggest types of mosses that are best suited to the site, and help you envision your own moss garden project. Clients may decide to proceed with their own DIY project or to engage the professional landscaping services of Mountain Moss for a turn-key installation. Includes The Magical World of Moss Gardening by Annie Martin.
Must be scheduled by 12/31/21.
Take up to four on this four hour guided encounter with local, seasonal bird life. Access will be primarily by vehicle in Pisgah and Blue Ridge Parkway; some easy hiking can be included. Your guide is Michael Plauché, a lifelong bird lover living in Brevard, where he leads bird walks for the Transylvania County Bird Club and coordinates bird counts. Social distancing and safety practices will be observed as appropriate. Please contact Michael by Feb. 2022 to schedule your hike.
Work on your dream garden and landscaping with this $100 gift certificate from Raymond's Garden Center in Hendersonville!
Raymond's has been providing high quality home and commercial gardens since 1993. A three generation, family owned and operated garden center, Raymond's proudly serves the WNC area.
They are open year round and can provide for all of your garden and landscaping needs: licensed landscape and irrigation services, container design, containers planted on site or at your residence, plant identification, delivery service, and special orders.
Whether you need ideas for a patio container, a new garden, or plants for a commercial job, Raymond's is ready to help you select the right plants and offer tips to successfully complete your project.
This matching jasper and agate necklace and earring set was handcrafted by Jerry McAninch. Look how the beautifully-cut facets in these fire agate beads capture and reflect the light! Their exquisite color is set off by small copper beads and a lovely silk cord, which features a unique adjustable design crafted by Jerry so that you can wear this piece with a variety of necklines. The Cheer Creek jasper pendant hangs on copper wire amid the luscious fire agate beads. Matching earrings also feature fire agates. It can all be yours for the winning bid!
Did you know that Conserving Carolina has its very own honeybee hives? Assistant Director for Programs Rebekah Robinson started the hives in 2018. The bees live behind the Hendersonville office in the Ironwood Square arboretum. This auction package includes a jar of honey, a beeswax candle and beeswax food wraps all from Conserving Carolina's honeybees and a beekeeping experience with Rebekah. This one time learning experience is for two and should be scheduled for spring or summer 2021.
This charming original watercolor rendering of a fox was painted by London based artist Elle Smith. A graduate of the London Art Institute, Elle has been producing and distributing art worldwide for over a decade. She is best known for her original animal watercolor pieces and vibrant colors.
Framed and matted, this 21.5" x 18" whimsical depiction of a pouncing fox would make a wonderful addition to any wildlife lover's collection!
Look at this beautiful brand new 6' x 9' area rug from Ralph Lauren! Still wrapped and unused, this rug features a Margaux pattern that exudes country charm. The rug features a floral studded border with vibrant colored pastoral design, with predominant colors of red and beige. The soft synthetic yarns are 100% polypropylene for strong lasting beauty. The pile is 2/5" thick. A luxurious addition to your home, this rug was donated by Jill Cortis and is recommended for indoor use only.
Peter Mockridge, one of Conserving Carolina's proud conservation landowners, handcrafted this beautiful, asymmetrical, rimmed bowl. Turned from a crabapple tree found in Transylvania County while it was still green, this unique bowl found its shape while drying. Coated with polyurethane, this piece is food safe, but is not scratch resistant or dishwasher safe. Clean with soap, water and a soft sponge to keep this gorgeous bowl in your collection for years to come!
This charming glass display piece was created by Florida based artist Xochitl Ross. Her glass art is kiln fired and incorporates bold forms and vivid colors, often featuring wildlife images. This 12" round dish features a gecko in warm earth tones. It will make a unique addition for the glass collector or wild life lover.
Adorn your neck with this choker, created by artist Jerry McAninch.
The choker features an oval crazy lace agate bead in the center, surrounded by faceted fire agates, cylindrical crazy lace agates and copper beads. The sparkle of the fire agates complements the pink tones of the crazy lace agates. Matching earrings have fire agates on bronze wires. This is a special set for a special person!
Experience America's Largest Home, as magnificent today as it was more than a century ago. Enjoy day-time admission for four to the Biltmore Estate!
You and three friends can spend the day exploring the grand house, gardens, and grounds of the estate and a complimentary wine tasting at the Winery. Your self-guided house visit spans three floors and the basement of the luxurious family home of George and Edith Vanderbilt. Explore the stories of the Vanderbilt family, their guests, and employees through displays of vintage clothing, accessories, art, furniture, and more. After your tour, take part in a complimentary wine tasting-an introduction to Biltmore's distinctive portfolio of multi-award-winning reds, whites, and rosés.
Always wanted to start backpacking but just don't know where to start? Community Engagement Manager Ericka Berg can help! Ericka has logged over 350 solo miles on just the Appalachian Trail. She is entirely self-taught, having spent countless hours pouring over gear ratings, diving into the world of cottage gear manufacturers, and figuring out how to do everything by herself. From setting up a tent to filtering water to "going in the woods" to hanging a bear bag (which, she admittedly still has some improving to do on that one-forever thankful for bear cables).
Ericka will tailor this training to whatever you want to learn. Interested in the basics? Gear selection? Lightweight gear options? Tricks and tips? Planning? You name it, she can help. The one topic Ericka cannot cover is recipes, as she is a self-proclaimed dirt bag and does not backpack with a stove anymore. Her food consists mostly of bars, jerky, trail mix, dried fruit, and candy.
After your lesson, Ericka can meet you at Black Dome Mountain Sports to help advise on gear. Or, if you already know what you want, you can just use the $100 in giftcards provided by Black Dome and go shopping without her! Whatever you want to do to get backpacking ready!
This package includes the $100 in gift cards from Black Dome and 3 hours of consultation by Ericka, in whatever form is most useful for the participant. She can meet you to look at your existing gear, provide a presentation or resources on topics of your choice, meet you to provide guidance in buying new gear, or she is open to discussing other options to further your backpacking confidence. Please contact Ericka by August 31, 2021 to schedule.
Learn how to make unique pieces of functional glass artwork by using fusing techniques.This 3-hour class for two, taught by glass artist, Susan Cannon will cover glass cutting skills, design principles, glass assembly and preparation for kiln firing and slumping. Participants will complete two projects of functional pieces (plates) and includes all materials and firings. Included image is an example of the finished project. Children must be 10 years old to participate.
Glass fusing is a skill that anyone can learn and enjoy without any previous experience or artistic skill. Susan has been teaching glass fusing for fifteen years and has done many public installations including several in public buildings in Saluda and hospitals in Dayton, Ohio. Must use by 12/31/2021.
Molly Sharp has hand crafted a stunning hollow form box pendant in sterling silver with a 17" sterling silver chain. Her unique style features themes of nature, texture, pattern, dimension and movement as evidenced in this piece. Molly first studied silversmithing in England. She works from her home studio in Zirconia where she also teaches workshops. Molly is a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in Asheville. What a lovely gift for yourself or a friend!
Entice feathered friends to your yard with this bird lovers' delight!
This package includes a large suet feeder, made from recycled plastic, three suet refills, a $50 gift certificate to Wildbirds Unlimited in Hendersonville, and a reusable tote bag. This one's for the birds!
Join Conserving Carolina's Development Director, Lynn Killian, for a friendly round of golf at the beautiful Hendersonville Country Club. One of Donald Ross' signature jewels, Hendersonville Country Club is home to a par 70, 18-Hole course, driving range and three putting/chipping greens. True to Ross' form, the course is easy to walk with rolling hills, mature pines and hardwoods and six sets of tees for all skill levels. This gift certificate entitles you to bring along 2 friends to complete the foursome for a round of golf with carts. You must contact Lynn to schedule the outing before December 31, 2021.
Longtime Conserving Carolina friend and board member Ken Shelton designed and created this beautiful footstool.
Made out of solid black walnut using glued dovetail joints and no metal fasteners, this gorgeous footstool is signed by Ken and comes with a lifetime guarantee. This footstool is ideal around the home and is a wonderful and practical present for yourself, your children or grandchildren, or your friend. Ken says it is especially appreciated by any current or future children who want to help in the kitchen. It measures 14" tall, 16" wide and 14" deep.
Having this footstool in your kitchen would be a beautiful and useful addition!
Spend your year visiting and learning about Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park! Enjoy two annual passes to the celebrated Chimney Rock, where you'll get to see the view of a lifetime. A nature lover's paradise with spectacular views and incredible hiking trails, Chimney Rock is the place to be. Take a hike, or several, with two walking sticks hand carved by a local craftsman. Before you go, take a deep dive into the park's history with an autographed copy of "For the Love of Chimney Rock" by former park owner, Todd Morse.
Enjoy three months of delicious home-baked cookies by Conserving Carolina's Assistant Director for Operations, Julianne Johnson!
From September 2020 through November 2020, Julianne will prepare two dozen cookies per month for your eating pleasure. There will be one variety each month such as White Chocolate Macadamia, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip, Nutella Stuffed, Lemon Butter, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, and Big Soft Ginger Cookies. Pick-up will be made available at the Conserving Carolina Hendersonville office. Curbside delivery is available in Hendersonville & Asheville areas.
Take a tour for two through 3 breweries in downtown Asheville!
Led by a certified Cicerone, every BREW-ed brewery tour starts by taking guests behind the scenes of Asheville's craft breweries. See the tools Asheville's brewers use to transform barley, hops, yeast and water into the delicious variety of beers available in our local tasting rooms. Sample the raw ingredients that produce the unique flavors and aromas in beer and learn how brewers shape those elements to create their vision. Hear the history of each brewery and how each has their own unique niche in the ever-growing Asheville beer scene.
Sea critters come to life in the richly-colored work of potter Dr. Stuart Glassman. Stuart grew up in Miami Beach where he would spend precious time observing the crabs in their natural environment. This lustrous blue-green platter has two lively crabs facing each other from either end of the 15-inch long piece, which is 10 inches wide, a very versatile size for serving your favorite foods. This unique and beautiful piece is food/warm oven/dishwasher safe, and will grace your meals for years to come.
Delicate pink leaves fall and float on a soft blue background in this lovely silk and rayon scarf, which measures at 4.75 feet long and 14 inches wide. Talented artist and potter Barbara Glassman created this exquisite treasure just for you!
Take a trip to Chimney Rock with this overnight package for two donated by the Esmeralda Inn! Check in to the Esmeralda Inn, a historic inn for one night. Have dinner for two at their delicious restaurant, where their menus reflect our exceptional attention to detail through carefully crafted dishes and combinations. Since 1892, The Esmeralda has delighted weary guests with the soothing sounds of The Rocky Broad River, breathtaking views of The Blue Ridge Mountains, and the comforts of Southern-style dining with warm hospitality. After checking out, spend your day exploring Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park! A nature lover's paradise with spectacular views and incredible hiking trails, Chimney Rock is a destination to visit. This package must be used by August 2021.
Dr. Stuart Glassman, a general and vascular surgeon at Pardee Hospital, has pursued his passionate interest in clay for 20 years. Each of his pieces is embellished with images of nature, beautifully realized through unique glaze formulas and unique techniques, a result of endless experimentation. This large leaf platter measures 16" by 14" and features a green glaze. It is a beautiful piece that will give you much pleasure while serving or on display. It is food/warm oven/dishwasher safe.
Join Conserving Carolina board Vice President Pat Cafferty for a round of golf at Champion Hills, Tom Fazio's mountain masterpiece. Pat will take 3 people to Champion Hills Golf Club where they will enjoy a singular experience, with one spectacular hole after another. 14 of the holes play from elevated tees as the course winds its way through beautiful forest, complete with streams, lakes and waterfalls. The course is immaculately manicured, with 5 sets of tees to fit any skill level. Certainly challenging, the course is fun to play. Just wait till you see the Par 3 ninth hole that drops more than 100 ft. from tee to green. Add it all up - dramatic holes and routing, spectacular forest and fauna, exceptional conditioning, and just a blast to play. You have a "Don't Miss It" golf experience.
This exquisite silk and rayon scarf is a warm navy color enlivened by an abstract pattern in a lighter blue shade. It is a generous 5 feet by 13 inches and will wrap you in soft, luxurious comfort. Created by Barbara Glassman, it is a treasure to be enjoyed for years. Barbara, a potter as well as a fabric artist, shares a studio with her husband, potter Dr. Stuart Glassman.
John Beaudet, 'Bodacious' is an avid hiker who has completed the Appalachian Trail four times. He has crafted this beautifully carved walking stick with the Conserving Carolina logo! John provides a walking stick for each inductee into the Appalachian Trail Museum's Hall of Fame, and here's a special one just for you. John will even engrave your name on the walking stick for you if you win this item!
Head out to Weaverville with three of your closest golf friends for a round and private lesson at the beautiful Reems Creek Golf Course! Reems Creek Golf Club has donated a round of golf for four players, including a cart. Before your round, schedule a half-hour lesson with Diane McHeffey, former LPGA Teacher of the Year. A secluded setting that captures the splendor and rustic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Reems has been regularly rated at 4 stars on Golf Digest's prestigious "Places to Play" list. Most of the holes on this par-72 mountain course have elevation changes that will test your ability. Reems Creek offers the unique opportunity to play on all Bentgrass turf in a breathtaking location.
Andy Cooper, wood and metal artist based in Asheville, has created this one of a kind serving board of native spalted walnut. Spalting refers to the coloration and detailed dark lines that occur from fungal growth in wood. This custom, asymmetrical design measures 22.5" long by 8.25" and 6.5" wide. The wood is kiln dried with 3 layers of protective polyurethane finish. The cleverly recycled steel forged handles are made from old drill bits that have been heat colored and feature a clear enamel finish. Hand washing and towel drying are recommended. This unique work of art functions as a beautiful serving piece.
*Not intended for use as a cutting board.
This charming pottery bowl in warm earth tones with blue accents measures 7.5" wide by 4.25" tall. The motion of the wheel and the potters hand are visible in the flowing shape. Sarah Wells Rowland has pursued her passion for working in clay for 25 years. She and her husband George own The Village Potters in the River Arts District of Asheville, where her work is displayed and she also offers classes. Choose this unique vessel to use as a functional bowl or lovely display piece.
Enjoy driving the latest Land Rover with two of your good friends through the grounds at the Biltmore Estate! You and two others will develop your driving skills with expert coaching, including navigating steep inclines, descents, side slopes, and water crossings with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the renowned Biltmore House. PLEASE NOTE: Biltmore day-admission tickets or annual passes are needed to go on this excursion and are not provided in this package. Limited to three drivers or passengers in vehicle. Must be 21 years of age or older and have valid driver's license to drive. Must be 8 years old to be a passenger. Expires 9/30/21.
Take a bike ride on the Swamp Rabbit with Conserving Carolina Executive Director Kieran Roe! Kieran will take a group of up to six on a bicycle ride from Travelers Rest, SC to Falls Park in downtown Greenville, SC. At Falls Park, the half-way point, guests will be treated to a catered lunch and will learn about the history and creation of both Falls Park and the Swamp Rabbit Trail from local partners.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 22-mile multi-use (walking and bicycling) greenway that traverses along the Reedy River, an old railroad corridor and City parks to connect Travelers Rest with the City of Greenville, South Carolina. It has transformed the local economies and is a true source of pride for Greenville County.
This gorgeous rail trail trip is about 20 miles round-trip in total but it can be shortened to suit the item winner's preference. This trip would be about a half-day, with each direction taking about an hour and a half with a long lunch break. Winner must schedule activity by August 31, 2021.
Ready to explore the world of ginger beer? Take a private tour and tasting for four at Ginger's Revenge! Ginger's Revenge is a craft brewery in Asheville that specializes in naturally gluten-free alcoholic ginger beer. Join the founders for a private tour and tasting, exploring the world of ginger beer. Your group will take home four commemorative glasses and filled growlers, with your favorite beverage from the tasting.