Experience the magic without ever leaving the Lodge. Enjoy our away-from-it-all adventures that include cultural interests, our natural wilderness environment, and world-class culinary events.
Calendar of Events
Memorial Day - BBQ and music by Carolina Bluegrass Boys
Event photo by Debbie Tipton.
Once again we'll celebrate the Memorial Day holiday weekend family-style with an old-fashioned BBQ on the lawn. Please join us for a summertime feast of house-smoked pork, grilled burgers, ribs, and all the fixins you can imagine. The Bluegrass Partners will be on hand to entertain us with some foot stompin' bluegrass music and humorous anecdotes on the front porch during and after supper. Our dining room will be open for the usual sumptuous meals that guests have grown to love for the rest of the weekend. #SMLCulinaryEvent #SMLMusic
(Please note that vegetarian diets and special dietary needs may accommodated with prior notice during these weekends.)
Night Walking and Synchronous Fireflies with Wanda DeWaard
Come to the mountains and join outdoor educator Wanda DeWaard. She will show you around our amazing forest trails at night! Learn to be more comfortable in the forest after dark by using your senses to move safely and with awareness. These walks will begin in the evening just before dark and will discuss bioluminescence and the natural history of synchronous fireflies as the hikes lead to an area suitable for viewing these amazing creatures!
Wanda DeWaard is an outdoor educator who has shared Earth Kinship and environmental awareness with people of all ages and a wide variety of backgrounds in community groups, schools, colleges, camps, environmental centers and teacher conferences since 1974. She holds a Masters degree in Recreation and Environmental Education and has directed youth and family programs all over the United States as well as in Canada and Germany. Currently, Wanda works as an outdoor program consultant and freelance outdoor educator in the Great Smoky Mountains area. Anything and everything in the natural world brings out her enthusiasm and contagious sense of fun. #SMLOutdoors... See MoreSee Less
Music- Carolina Bluegrass Boys
Independence Day Celebration and BBQ w/ Carolina Bluegrass Boy
Painting with Nan Cunningham- July 14- 21, 2017
Nan Cunningham has been teaching people to paint for over 40 years, and now she is back at Snowbird! Her workshops are fun-filled, information-packed, lively adventures into creating your own artwork. All levels welcome from true beginners to the most experienced painters. Bring your favorite materials and join in the fun of painting, collaging and printing the beauty of Snowbird. Nan Cunningham is an Auburn University graduate and a faculty member of Arrowmont School and Armory Learning Center. She is a teacher/painter in high demand for her workshops and expressive presentations. Her personal presence and uncanny ability to translate emotion through light, color, form and story give voice and feeling to her paintings and teaching. This will not be a workshop to miss! #SMLArt
HotWax! Encaustic Art with Kit Fitzpatrick - July 22-28, 2017
Join Gulf Coast artist Kat Fitzpatrick, M.A.Ed. in exploring the ancient(1800 year old) medium of encaustic. Beeswax melted with damar crystals and colorful pigment produces an ideal art medium that can be painted, carved or layered, creating collage with photo transfers, cool papers, personal artifacts. Complete beginners as well as experienced artists are gently guided to find ways to create encaustic images of deep beauty and mystery. Come with a playful attitude and some small high contrast black and white photocopies...maybe you as a child, your grandchild, a favorite tree or pet? Join us for a day or a week. #SMLArt
Music with Hannah Styles
Photography with Mark Dauber- August 7-10, 2017
I have a great camera, have taken thousands of pictures and still can’t seem to capture the images I see. If this sounds familiar, then perhaps you should join us for this fabulous workshop. Mark Dauber has had numerous exhibits throughout the US and has led workshops across the globe. He is renowned for his easy ability to communicate and coach a wide variety of students, from beginners to professionals. Mark can show you how to capture the images you see and give you the tools necessary to shoot the images you’ve always wanted. Mark Dauber is a fine art photographer born in Birmingham, Alabama. He has had numerous exhibits throughout the United States, and his work is included in various private and institutional collections. Mark has led his own workshops in various international locations, including Guatemala. In 1991, he produced the architectural photography for the highly praised exhibit and catalogue, “Palladio In Alabama”. Mark’s work is primarily influenced by his friend and teacher, Paul Caponigro, universally regarded as one of the great maters of fine art photography. Mark has served as a teaching assistant to Mr. Caponigro both in Ireland and in Maine in the acclaimed Maine Photographic Workshops, and now is teaching workshops at The Dauber Gallery. #SMLOutdoors #SMLArt... See MoreSee Less
Wine Dinner with Nick Demos- August 12, 2017
Sommelier Nick Demos will join us at Snowbird for another wine dinner where he will provide guests with the perfect blend of entertainment and information. This dinner will feature a single vintner’s series of wines paired with a five-course menu from our chefs, and these special wines will be available for purchase at the conclusion of your stay. #SMLCulinaryEvent
Salamander Hunting with Emilie Travis- August 19-25, 2017
Carolina Bluegrass Boys/ Labor Day BBQ- September 2, 2017
Wine Dinner with Nick Demos- September 9, 2017
Sommelier Nick Demos will join us at Snowbird for another wine dinner where he will provide guests with the perfect blend of entertainment and information. This dinner will feature a single vintner’s series of wines paired with a five-course menu from our chefs, and these special wines will be available for purchase at the conclusion of your stay. #SMLCulinary
Nature Walks with Nancy and John Rennie- September 18-22, 2017
Nancy and John Rennie return this spring and fall for another season of leading hikes. Longtime Snowbird guests, they bring a professional interest in nature and much experience in hiking. Nancy studied botany and horticulture at the University of Tennessee before starting her own business, Natural Designs, a native-plant based landscape design company. She has been a leader with the Gatlinburg Wildflower Pilgrimage since the late 1960's and has extensive knowledge of the local flora. John is retired from the University of Tennessee where he taught forestry for more than 30 years. They particularly enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of nature on hikes to many locations near Snowbird. Their evening slide presentations include programs on their travels in the US and abroad, and on various aspects of nature in the southern Appalachians. Please join us for this delightful week of hiking and exploring nature at Snowbird. #SMLOutdoors... See MoreSee Less
Birding with Aaron Steed - September 23- 29,, 2017
Aaron Steed has been interested in birds and natural history his entire life. Originally from Wilmington, NC, Aaron received his B.S. in General Biology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2010. He has been birding and hiking all over the southeastern US as well as New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. He has worked with Audubon NC, searching for Piping Plover nesting sites, and with Texas A&M mapping the territories of Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-capped Vireos on Fort Hood in central Texas. He has also spent several seasons with Southern Appalachian Raptor Research (SARR), learning the art of banding songbirds and migratory hawk-counting at Big Bald Banding Station in Mars Hill, NC. Though he loves traveling and birding new places, he'll always be drawn back to the Asheville area by the splendid beauty and biodiversity of the Southern Appalachians. #SMLOutdoors
Hiking with Kathy and Joel Zachary - November 4-10, 2017
The Zachrys continue to entertain and enlighten Snowbird’s guests on informative and enjoyable hikes in our area. Having completed the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2005, Joel and Kathy return eager to share their experiences by leading investigative walks and narrative hikes through local mountain scenery. Joel is a retired college biology professor and Kathy is a retired medical company executive who brings to Snowbird more than 50 years of collective outdoor experience.
Joel and Kathy are program managers and the longest-serving naturalist couple for the award-winning Smoky Mountain Field School. They also lead backcountry trips to Alaska through their Great Outdoors! Adventure Travel company. The Zachrys are also the authors of Bears We’ve Met, short stories of close encounters, available at the Lodge gift shop. #SMLOutdoors
Wine Dinners with John McCune- November 10 and 11, 2017
There is no event at Snowbird that is more fun than when our friend and Sommelier John McCune is here celebrating with awesome wines and stories from around the globe! His extensive travels through California, New Zealand, France, South Africa and Argentina have given him access to some of the finest wines in the world. Make plans now to hear, see, taste, learn and laugh with John. #SMLCulinary