Brushy Mountain Outdoors

Monthly Archives: November 2013

Brushy Mountain Outdoors

Posted by in Insider,Shopping,Sports & Recreation | November 21, 2013

Been wondering where you could get great outdoor gear in the brands you love, while also shopping local?  Then look no further!  Brushy Mountain Outdoors is the new “it” shop of the Mooresville/Lake Norman area.  Owners, Lee and Ale Warden, have truly brought something to the town that it had been missing!

Lee and Ale have traveled all over the country on outdoor expeditions and have actually lived out west.  With their shared love for the outdoors and having firsthand knowledge of the importance of reliable gear, they decided to open a store!  While they loved being out west, they really wanted to bring this dream closer to home.  They not only wanted to be closer to family, but also knew there were lots of wonderful places locally to do the things they love outdoors.

Patagonia Merchandise, BMO

Whether you are into hiking, running, camping, fitness, or simply looking for an awesome winter coat from a great brand, Brushy Mountain Outdoors has you covered.  They offer the largest selection of Patagonia merchandise in the Lake Norman area, as well as other notable brands including; Mountain Khakis, Smartwool, Salomon, Pearl Izumi, PrAna and tasc.

What could make a great outdoor store even better?  A full service espresso and coffee bar!  The Bean Stash Coffee Shoppe is located inside of Brushy Mountain Outdoors and offers customers a wonderful place to grab a cup of coffee, unwind, and enjoy complimentary wifi.  The coffee beans are roasted in Durham, but are imported from all over the world.  Kent Bennett is an experienced barista and will make whatever kind of beverage you are in the mood for!

From clothing, to coffee, Brushy Mountain Outdoors is here to serve the Mooresville area and guarantee a great experience.  Whether you are looking for reliable merchandise for your next outdoor adventure, or simply after a great cup of coffee in a pleasant environment, head over to Brushy Mountain Outdoors!

Also, be sure to say what’s up to their shop dog, Aspen, who will instantly welcome you into the store and make you feel right at home!

Hours & Location

BMO: Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5

Bean Stash: Mon-Fri 6:30-4, Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5

Location: 107 Plantation Ridge Drive Mooresville, NC

Rural Hill Scottish Festival & Loch Norman Highland Games

Posted by in Attractions,Family Friendly,Festivals,Insider,Uncategorized | November 20, 2013



Modern Scottish Festivals began in the middle ages.  Athletic competition, “Games”, were a normal occurrence when people gathered together at fairs, military musters, and even funerals.  Scottish games how we know them today began in 1781 when the Highland Society of Falkirk sponsored prize money and trophies for competitions in dancing, piping, and athletics during the town’s fall fair.  As Scot’s immigrated, they took their sport and culture with them.  The games in the United States have grown because many people of Scottish descent still feel the pull of their ancestral homeland and heritage.


The events during the festival include, but are not limited to; heavy athletics, highland dancing, pipe bands, historical encampment, ultra 5K trail race, kilted races, battle axe, long bow, children’s activities, and live music.  For a full schedule and list of events for the next games, be sure to check the website!


Tickets for the festival are available online and at the event.  The next Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be held on April 12-13, 2014.  Each year brings new live music and entertainment to the festival.  Every Highland Games Festival offers something different than the previous year, so each time you visit it will be a new experience!


No dogs or other animals, except service animals

Folding chairs and camp chairs are allowed, just no large umbrellas or tents

Rain or shine, the events will happen


There will be a variety of food and drink vendors for visitors to choose from.  In addition to food we are accustom to, there will be vendors serving traditional Scottish food.  This will allow visitors to try some of the authentic flavors of Scotland and take part in another aspect of the heritage.


1.  Get the Family Together and Go!  This is such a family friendly event and will be fun for visitors of all ages.

2.  Try some Authentic Food.  With the Scottish food vendors being present at the festival you will want to try some of the traditional flavor.

3.  Participate!  Feel free to dress up and make the day that much more memorable.

4.  Watch the Games.  There will be athletic competitions of all kinds and you will not want to miss the excitement!

Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials & Dog Festival

Posted by in Uncategorized | November 15, 2013



Rural Hill just celebrated their 19th annual Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival on November 9 & 10.  Each year features The United States Border Collie Handler’s Association, Carolina Dock Dogs, The Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club, and more!  The sheepdog trials involve three things; the handler, a dog(border collies at this trial), and a group of sheep.  The handler must use his dog to herd the sheep through various gates and into a pen by only using his voice and whistling to communicate.

Other Activities

The festival does not only feature sheepdog trials, but also vendors and activities for attendees to participate in.  The Carolina Dock Dogs, dog sports demonstrations, kid’s activities, historic demonstrations, tractor exhibits, pumpkin chunkin, and hay rides all play a huge part in making the festival such a great hit!  Visitors are also allowed to bring their four-legged friends with them to the festival.  If you are interested in learning herding techniques, there will be experts available to offer advice!


Admission for kids(0-4) is free, ages 5-12 is $7, and adults 13+ is $10.  The gates open at 8am and close at 5pm.  Tickets are available online at and can also be purchased the day of event.


Whether you are looking for an actual meal or simply a snack, you can find it here!  With everything from grilled hotdogs, to sausages, and burgers, they have delicious grilled meats.  Some of the snack foods available are fresh made funnel cakes, kettle corn, and french fries.  In addition, there are homemade baked goods available in a bake sale tent.  Highland Brewing will have a vendor selling their North Carolina brewed craft beers and Shelton Vineyards will also be present with a variety of their local wine.  Be sure to bring your valid 21+ ID if you plan to partake in any alcoholic beverages!


There are a variety of merchandise vendors and other businesses that are present at the festival each year.  Be sure to check out the local vendors and purchase something.  There will be merchandise for both dogs and dog-lovers!


1.  Get a Group and Go!  The Sheepdog Trials and the rest of the festival will be a great time for visitors of all ages.

2.  Bring a Camera.  There will be so many talented dogs and you will want to be sure to take a few snapshots of their skills!

3.  Visit the Vendors.  Make sure you take time to walk through the vendors and check out the available doggie merchandise.

4.  Check out the Food!  There will be lots of food and drink vendors, so take a tour!

5.  Explore.  In addition to the sheepdog trials, there are hay rides, kids activities,  tractor exhibits, and other demonstrations to partake in.

North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival

Posted by in Attractions,Festivals,Food,Insider | November 13, 2013


The North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival is a celebration of music, North Carolina, and it’s craft brewing traditions.  Each year there are featured local bands, as many NC brewers who can be there and free tastings of their finest brews for three full hours.  This is an event open to the public, for those wishing to participate in the tastings, and those wishing to enjoy the live music and food vendors.

Ticket Info

If you purchase a 21+ ticket, you will be given admission to the event, a program guide/schedule, and the right to try as many beers as you would like.  After the 3 hour tasting period the brewers will transition to selling beer.  (Pace yourselves!)  If you are interested in a 20 and under or a Designated Driver ticket, you will receive a program guide/schedule, over 9 hours of live entertainment, and access to delicious local food vendors!

*Direct Link to Tickets:


The Historic Rural Hill Campground is an easy walk from the festival grounds and is located right across the road.  There are hook-ups for power and water, as well as ample space for tents and pop-ups. (Camping is Saturday night only, must be gone by noon Sunday!)

*Cost: Tents- $10, Trucks/Pop-Ups-$25, RVs-$35

Food Vendors

There will be a variety of food vendors available and will all be reasonably priced.  There will also vegetarian options.  Last year there were 6 different vendors, this year they are expecting even more!

To Bring

If you have purchased, or plan to purchase a 21+ ticket make sure you bring a valid I.D.  Each person will be I.D.’d as they enter!  You can also bring lawn chairs, blankets, cameras, rain gear, umbrellas, and pop-up tents(if you’re camping).

 Becoming a Vendor

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, be sure to visit the website at to fill out an application.  You can also call (704)875-3133 for additional info.


1.  Get a Group and Go!  This is a great day to spend outside with friends and family, while enjoying music and trying different types of beer.

2.  Visit the Vendors.  There will be several food vendors, in addition to lots of businesses present at the festival.

3.  Camp!  Whether you have a tent, camper, or an rv, there is a spot for you and your group.  Camping is a great way to stay near the festival and make a mini-vacation out of it!

4.  Become a Vendor.  If you have a business that should be featured at the festival, consider becoming a vendor and having a table.  There will be lots of attendees who will come by throughout the duration of the festival and learn about your business!


Carolina Renaissance Festival

Posted by in Attractions,Family Friendly,Festivals,Insider | November 7, 2013


The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a 16th century European style art and entertainment festival combining outdoor theater, circus entertainment, arts and crafts, a jousting tournament, a feast, and much more!  It was first introduced in 1994 with six acres of exhibits, attractions, and entertainment.  Today it has grown into a twenty acre theme park filled with charming cottages and castles, kitchens and pubs, and lots of games.


The Carolina festival has grown to be one of the largest of the Renaissance fairs nationwide.  With over 100 purveyors of crafts and food, along with non-stop music and comedy shows, it’s no wonder it is now one of the largest in the country.  The festival features over 500 costumed characters, knights on horseback jousting three times each day, the world’s largest rocking horse, 11 stages of music and comedy, rides and games, and artisan demonstrations.


The Renaissance Festival is held during the months of October and November.  This year the festival begins on October 5 and ends on November 24.  It takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 10-5:30.


Admission is $21 for Adults and $11 for Children(5-12) when tickets are purchased in advance.  Children younger than 5 are free!  Tickets can be purchased online and at regional Harris Teeters.  Tickets purchased at the box office the day of will be $22 for Adults and $12 for Children(5-12).  Tickets are $19 for Seniors(60+), military and military spouses(mist have Valid ID).  Children of military are $9.  There are also group rates available for groups of 15+.  Group rates are $19 per Adult and $9 for Children.


1. Grab some Friends and Go!  The Festival is a wonderful outing for friends on the weekend.  It’s a great place to try some new things and to make some memories!

2. Attend a Jousting Tournament.  How many times in your life will you have the opportunity to watch one of these??   Be sure to go!

3. Eat a Feast.  There will be feasts fit for a king, be sure you take part in this and enjoy some of the authentic food!

4. Visit the Stages.  With over 11 different stages showcasing music and comedy routines, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

5. Check out the World’s Largest Rocking Horse.  Be sure to have the kids go for a ride and take some pictures!



Race City Festival

Posted by in Festivals,Insider | November 4, 2013


The Race City Festival is a Celebration of Lake Norman Area Arts and Culture and is held along Main and Broad Streets in Downtown Mooresville.  The festival is hosted by the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce each year.  Local arts and crafts of the Mooresville community, live music, international food, beer and wine garden, and a children’s area with rides and activities are all what make the festival such a hit!


  • The festival brings more than 10,000 individuals out each year.
  •  The festival happens, rain or shine.
  • There are two stages used for live entertainment.


The festival is typically held on the third Saturday of May.  It begins at 9am and runs until 5pm.  Visitors are encouraged to come and stay as long as they like!  Whether you are interested in making a day of it, or are simply looking to spend a few hours pa-rousing the booths, come and join the fun.

Admission & Booths

Admission to the Race City Festival is free and everyone is encouraged to participate!  If you are interested in having a booth, they range from $75-$250 depending on what type of booth you are featuring.  Arts and craft, food, business, and non-profits are all types of booths that will be at the festival.


1. Attend!  Grab some friends and family and make a day of the festival.  Weather is usually perfect in May and you will not want to miss this awesome day in the sun!

2. Get a Booth.  If you are interested in showcasing your crafts, business, or edible items, get a booth!  The festival would not be made possible without talented locals who showcase their creations.

3. Try Something New!  There will be wonderful food vendors and this is a great opportunity to try some local grub.

4. Find A Treasure.  Take a little extra spending money for arts and crafts.  You may find something you can’t live without!