Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Trees from the White House to Your House - North Carolina High Country Style

The White House has chosen our Western North Carolina Fraser Fir 11 times to be the nation's official Christmas tree. This year Vice-President Joe Biden and billionaire Donald Trump are two high-profile Americans who will celebrate Christmas morning with one of our trees.

Enjoy this annual tradition in an even deeper historical way in 2010. The NuWray Inn, our legendary and historic inn on town square in Burnsville (where F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed while on trial - but that's another story) is teaming up with Sugar Plum Farms for a Choose and Snooze Christmas Tree Package. Visit with Santa in the North Pole, go on a hayride, choose and cut your very own Christmas tree, roast marshmallows, sip hot chocolate or cider made from locally grown apples, enjoy North Carolina barbecue, do some Christmas shopping (don't forget the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree Store)and then enjoy the Southern hospitality and comfort of our beautifully refurbished NuWray Inn. Marvel at the history and acclaim that your new Christmas tree and its progenitors have garnered over the decades.

North Carolina Christmas Tree Facts

  • North Carolina has an estimated 50 million Fraser fir Christmas trees growing on over 25,000acres.

  • Fraser fir represents over 96% of all species grown in North Carolina.

  • Fraser fir is grown in the far Western North Carolina counties which include Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.

  • There are over 1,600 North Carolina growers.

  • The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry is ranked second in the nation in number of trees harvested.

  • North Carolina produces over 19% of the Real Christmas Trees in the U.S.

  • The North Carolina Fraser fir has been judged the Nation's best through a contest sponsored by the National Christmas Tree Association and chosen for the official White House Christmas tree 11 times (more than any other species)....1971, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2007 and 2008.

  • The North Carolina Fraser fir Christmas tree is the most popular Christmas tree in North America and is shipped into every state in the U.S. as well as the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Japan and other points all over the world.

  • The North Carolina Fraser fir has soft, pleasant-to-touch needles, incomparable needle retention, long lasting aroma, and more pliable yet stronger branches for even the heaviest ornaments.

  • There are approximately 400 Choose and Cut Christmas tree farms in North Carolina.
    Individual Christmas tree growers may sell anywhere from a few dozen trees per year to hundreds of thousands of trees per year. The Cove at Celo Mountain is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway outside of Asheville - just minutes from these beautiful tree farms. Make this a part of your family's Christmas tradition for the generations as you gather from across the country to celebrate this special time together. Estate lots, mountain homes, beautifully appointed Cabins at Celo.

  • For more information on North Carolina Christmas tree farms

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