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Not for Reproduction Q-Notes Not for ReproductionCarolina winter getawaysQ - L I V I N GLooking for a winter escape? StayChristmas tradition going back as far as 1895 bills itself as one of “the largest and mosthome and have fun for cheapwhen George W.Vanderbilt first invited his spectacular light shows in the entire southeast,”with more than a million lights in dis-friends and family to partake of the warmthby WillQBillings . Contributing Writer- N Oand beauty of his newTestate.Eplays set across the entire park.SHundreds of Christmas trees, almost 1,500 info: www.forsyth.cc/tanglewood/fol_info.aspxThe economic downturn’s got everyonepoinsettias and miles and miles of ribbons, Colonial delightbuckling down and saving money, but the holidayseason is quickly approaching. Besidesholiday sparkle and fun. Treat your children to While you’re in Winston-Salem, set upbows and garland fill the Asheville estate with November, Decembershelling out the cash for gifts and home decor,pictures with Old St. Nick and your partner to shop in one of the city’s downtown hotelsmany folks will be figuring out how to spenda cheerful winter wine tasting.and take the family on a walk down historicwisely when it comes to their winter sight-seeinginfo: www.biltmore.com/visit/calendar/christmas.asp Main Street in Old Salem. Watch bakers createand fun.Here’s a few winter and holiday escapesright here in the Carolinas. No plane ticketsrequired. You can even make some into aTanglewood Festival of LightsNov. 15-Jan. 1Take the family for a stroll — well, morelike a drive — through an enchanted nighttimeold-style Moravian cookies or sing alongwith Moravian Christmas carols during atraditional love feast with sweet coffee,homemade buns and traditional, 18th centu-journey in the Tanglewood Festival of ry bees-wax candles.day trip!Christmas at BiltmoreLights at Forsyth County’s Tanglewood Park. info: www.oldsalem.org/index.php?id=275November, DecemberThere’s nothing more magical than a tripto the historic Biltmore Estate during the holidays.Youand your family can be a part of aLocated right outside of Winston-Salem, thepark offers miles of holiday themes includingwinterscapes, holiday heroes, storybookscenes and other holiday themes. The eventCharleston Festival of LightsNov. 14-Jan. 4If you’re in the Palmetto State and want ataste of a great holiday light spectacular, checkout Charleston’s Festival of Lights. More thanthree-miles of lighted holiday scenes putQ - N O T Esparkle into any family’s winter Sfun. Whileyou’re in Charleston, don’t forget about theTown and Country Christmas (Dec. 6-27 onSaturdays). Take tours of the beautiful, oldMiddleton estates all decked out for the happiestseason of the year.info: ccprc.com/index.asp?NID=140www.discoversouthcarolina.com/products/1988.aspxQ - N O T E SHoliday FlotillaNov. 28-29Join more than 50,000 revelers for one ofthe Top 20 “Must See Events in the Southeast.”Decorated and lighted boats make their wayaround Wrightsville Beach, N.C. for a festivalof lights on water.info: www.ncholidayflotilla.orgQ - N O T EGingerbread houses, oh Smy!Nov. 19-Jan. 11Mmmm. Tasty. But these treats aren’t foreats. Hundreds of entries in the NationalGingerbread House Competition & Display atthe Grove Park Inn in Asheville make for awonderful holiday delight. Make your stophere while your visiting Biltmore! ◗info: www.groveparkinn.com— Be sure to check in with our Out and Aboutcalendar throughout November and Decemberfor more holiday and winter events.36 NOVEMBER 1 . 2008 • QNotesQ-Notes Not for Reproduction Q-Notes

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