Dear Travelers:
 A wise man (or four of them, actually) once said that “All you need is love,” which in this month of candy hearts and valentines is excellent advice. I would, however, recommend that the starry-eyed sweethearts of Transylvania County might also need a jacket for their romantic strolls and lovers’ leaps through the forest. It’s still pretty chilly out there, this time of year. 
Did Cupid set his aim on your heart? Have you found the love of your life? Do you think you might have a crush on mountain biking? Good news. From Brevard’s charming historic downtown to the surrounding acres of stunning peaks and lush forests, Transylvania County has pretty much got you covered on sweet spots. So if you’re looking for where to woo your one true love, look no further. We’ve got a little of everything and a couple of other local holidays to celebrate if you’re down on hearts and flowers. As for myself, I’m looking for a Valentine that likes mountain bikes and music, art, fly-fishing, white squirrels and waterfalls.
Will you be mine?
The Adventurist
Big House Blues

Sounds of Silvermont
Silvermont Mansion
364 E Main St, Brevard 
Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 

Pick up your guitar, load up the bass and join some of Transylvania’s most talented local musicians at this weekly jam session at the historic Silvermont Mansion. Pickers, grinners, toe-tappers and general fans of a good tune are warmly welcome to participate.
Find your melody over here.

Brewery Tours
Pura Vida Adventures
Daily, starting February 15


Thirsty for a chance to toast in the New Year with a pint of the local stuff?  This casual tour offers beer fans a chance to visit Ecusta Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery and Brevard Brewing Company for a sample of the area’s best and learn a little about the brewing process. Participants will be picked up and dropped off from their area accommodations. Advance reservations highly recommended.
Hop to it, here.
Horn of Plenty

Aubrey Foard & David Gilliland
Brevard Music Center
First Mondays Concert Series
Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Monday, February 5

Take a moment out of a weekday to sit back and enjoy the sublime sound of celebrated tuba player Aubrey Foard and pianist David Gilliland at this delightful free concert from Brevard Music Center. The program includes pieces by Shostakovich, Denham, Marcello and others, as well as plenty of opportunities to lose yourself in the beautiful music.
Feeling brassed off? Find your seat here

Evening at PARI & Dinner
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
Friday, February 9

What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing? PARI educator Lebby Moran will endeavor to answer that question, as well as hearing about all sorts of “Love Stories in the Sky” at this romantic evening event perfect for moony-eyed sweethearts. Enjoy a candlelit dinner, hear the presentation, tour the exhibits and then join PARI astronomers for a swoon-worthy stargazing session as you explore the wonder of it all.  
Orbit this way for more information.
My Heart Belongs to Daddy

Daddy Daughter Date Night
Transylvania County Library
212 S Gaston St, Brevard
Friday, February 9

Fathers and daughters (aged 4-9) are warmly invited to get all dolled up and show off their best dance moves at this free event. Crafts, stories, dessert and a commemorative photograph are available for your enjoyment. Registration is required. Call ahead to reserve your spot on the dance floor.
Father knows best here.
Bead It

Mardi Gras Fundraiser
VFW Post 4309
Nicholson Creek Blvd, Brevard
Saturday, February 17
5:30 - 8:30pm

Cold weather got you down? Prepare to let the good times roll at this amazing Mardi Gras Fundraiser event. Local carnival goers can enjoy dinner, dancing, games and much more. Costumes and festive clothing are encouraged. Get your krewe together and make reservation by February 5 to find a seat.
Mask up here.
The Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority hosted celebrated Canadian television host, cycling enthusiast and bon vivant Yvan Martineau this past autumn to experience Brevard and Transylvania County. The video blog of his visit can be found here

Yvan's enthusiasm and love for our area is infectious, even if you don't speak French. Enjoy!
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