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Blowing Rock

North Carolina

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Moses Cone Manor on the Blue Ridge Parkway


WELCOME TO BLOWING ROCK Crown of the Blue Ridge The 125-year-old village of Blowing Rock lies nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Its simple charm amid 6,000 square miles of majestic mountains and the valleys they overshadow beckons visitors from all over the world. Even before its incorporation in 1889, the Village was a popular resort community of vacationers and seasonal residents seeking relief from the heat of the lower elevations. We invite you to visit us and experience the lively combination of climate, activity and scenery that makes Blowing Rock a favorite vacation spot time and time again. Area Attractions ..................................................................... 2-5 Area Recreation ...................................................................6-9 Blue Ridge Parkway ..............................................................10 National Park Service Centennial ..................................... 11 Arts & Heritage .................................................................12-13 Accommodations ............................................................. 14-16 Meetings & Events ................................................................ 17 Map ..................................................................................... 18-19 Shopping............................................................................ 20-27 Dining .................................................................................28-32 Calendar of Events .......................................................... 33-35 Activities Around Town ........................................................35 Four Seasons in Blowing Rock ..................................... 36-37

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“The Blowing Rock is the only place in the world where it snows upside down.” -Ripley’s “Believe it Or Not”


THE LEGEND OF THE BLOWING ROCK North Carolina’s Oldest Family Attraction The town took its name from the Blowing Rock, an immense cliff 4000 feet above sea level, overhanging Johns River Gorge. The legend of the Blowing Rock claims that a Chickasaw chieftain, fearful of a white man’s admiration for his lovely daughter, journeyed far from the plains to bring her to The Blowing Rock and the care of a squaw mother. One day the maiden, daydreaming on the craggy cliff, spied a Cherokee brave wandering in the wilderness far below and playfully shot an arrow in his direction. The flirtation worked because soon he appeared before her wigwam, courted her with songs of his land and they became lovers, wandering the pathless woodlands and along the crystal streams. One day a strange reddening of the sky brought the brave and the maiden to The Blowing Rock. To him it was a sign of trouble commanding his return to his tribe in the plains. With the maiden’s entreaties not leave, the brave, torn by the conflict of duty and heart, leaped from The Rock into the wilderness far below. The grief-stricken maiden prayed daily to the Great Spirit until one evening with a reddening sky, a gust of wind blew her lover back onto The Rock from the valley below. For people of other days, at least, this was explanation enough for The Blowing Rock’s mysterious winds causing even the snow to fall upside down.

Come and experience the beauty and mysterious winds for yourself.

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AREA ATTR The Blowing Rock

The Blue Ridge Parkway

THE BLOWING ROCK 432 Rock Road | 828-295-7111 theblowingrock.com North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction since 1933. Short scenic walk includes views of Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, and Hawksbill. Also enjoy a small garden waterfall, observation tower andunique gift shops. Open daily April-Dec. and on weekends Jan - March, weather permitting. Located on Hwy 321 S across from Green Park Inn.

DOC’S ROCKS 129 Mystery Hill Ln 828-264-4499 | docsrocks.net NC’s only education-based gem mining experience. Open year round, rain or shine, with an indoor heated flume. Once you find your treasure, Doc can facet and set your stones!

BLOWING ROCK ART AND HISTORY MUSEUM Corner of Main & Chestnut Street 828-295-9099 blowingrockmuseum.org Experience art and discover history! Learn about our mountain heritage through exhibitions, cultural programs, art workshops for adults & children, and family friendly events. Don’t miss the museum’s annual Blowing Rock Art & Antiques Show! THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY 828-271-4779 | nps.gov/blri Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Parkway one of the most popular units of the National Park System. Nearby Parkway attractions include The Linn Cove Viaduct, The Orchard at Altapass, Price Lake, and many others.

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN Hwy 221 S, Linville | 800-468-7325 grandfather.com The highest point in the Blue Ridge and a nature sanctuary of global importance. Cross the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, photograph native wildlife in natural habitats and hike some of the South’s finest alpine trails. US 221 one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305. Open all year, weather permitting. HIGH GRAVITY ADVENTURES Hwy 321 | 828-386-6222 highgravityadventures.com An aerial park that incorporates 75+ aerial elements strung between massive poles at 4 different levels above the ground, ranging from 15 to 50 feet in the air. Let us introduce you to the vertical world!


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LINVILLE CAVERNS Hwy 221 N, Marion 800-419-0540 | linvillecaverns.com Guided tours through a natural limestone cavern featuring stalactite and stalagmite formations, underground stream and blind trout. North Carolina’s only show caverns. Open year round (weekends only Dec.-Feb.).

MYSTERY HILL 129 Mystery Hill Ln | 828-264-2792 mysteryhill-nc.com It’s a fascinating exploration of science, optical illusion and natural phenomena. Tour includes the Mystery House where visitors stand at a 45°angle, the Hall of Mystery, the Puzzle Room, and Bubble-Rama. Also features Appalachian Heritage Museum and the Native American Artifacts Museum with 50,000 relics.

MAST GENERAL STORE Hwy 194, Valle Crucis 828-963-6511 mastgeneralstore.com Nestled in a secluded mountain valley, discover a place Charles Kuralt called ”a destination.” Outfitting the Appalachian since 1883 with traditional mercantile goods, clothing, footwear and outdoor gear for all seasons. MOSES CONE MANOR & PARKWAY CRAFT CENTER Blue Ridge Pkwy Mile Post 294 828-295-7938 Situated on 3,516 acres, Moses ConeManor looks across acres of appleorchards leading to Bass Lake. The 25 miles of gently sloping carriage trails in Cone Park offer many hiking opportunities. Flat Top Manor houses the Parkway Craft Center, which showcases the work of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

TWEETSIE RAILROAD Hwy 321 | 800-526-5740 828-264-9061 | tweetsie.com Wild West family theme park featuring historic steam engines and a 3-mile train ride through the NC mountains. Live entertainment, special events, amusement rides, and Deer Park. Open May-Oct, with Ghost Train Halloween Festival select nights in Oct.

Tweetsie Railroad

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Blowing Rock


OUTDOOR

ADVENTURE

From Waterfalls to Snowballs Blowing Rock offers an array of exciting outdoor activities in one of the most ecologically diverse and beautiful regions in North America. Tucked among the ridges of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock also enjoys the recreational and leisure opportunities that the renowned park brings.

With access to countless hiking and horseback riding trails, the serenity of the mountains offers visitors an escape from city life. The Glen Burney Trail, located in the heart of Blowing Rock, is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The trail, which was long used by native hunters and later as access to turn of the century logging camps, provides breathtaking vistas of two substantial waterfalls. The Moses Cone Carriage Trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcase the luxury of nature in an easily accessible and relaxing way. They are popular for horseback riding and easy hiking year round, as well as cross-country skiing in winter. Notable trails in the 26-mile network include the Craftsman’s Trail, a 20-minute loop the Cones walked each morning, and the Bass Lake Trail, which winds around the lake in a flat loop and offers views of the Cone Manor House. Fish in the area’s trout streams, canoe the lakes, or take a cave trip and explore the intricate underground world of magnificent rock formations. Enjoy rock formations above ground, too, with local bouldering fields and climbing areas. Get even higher off the ground at one of the area’s newest outdoor attractions, High Gravity Adventures, an aerial adventure park. During the winter months, premier ski resorts offer skiers the area’s optimum slopes. For the beginning skier or the snowboarder, learn from expert trainers who will teach you the latest tricks and techniques.

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RECREATION

ROCKY KNOB MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK 828-266-1345 rockyknob.wordpress.com Variety of terrain including highly technical, downhill-only trails as well as an A-Line style flow trail. A bike skills area at the park is also in the works. Hwy 421, east of Boone.

RECREATION

HIKING, BIKING & CLIMBING

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY blueridgeparkway.org “America’s Favorite Drive,” winding 469 miles along the Appalachian chain in VA & NC. Views, picnicking, hiking, road biking, camping, fishing and more.

HIKING, BIKING CENTER 45 &200 CLIMBING Den Mac Dr, Boone

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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY An indoor facility with an open

and energetic bouldering and blueridgeparkway.org training environment. Daily rates, “America’s Favorite Drive,” windtraining, and yoga available. ing 469 miles alongclasses the Appalachian chain in VA & NC. Views, GLEN BURNEY TRAIL picnicking, hiking, road biking, Laurel Lane | 828-295-4636 camping, fishing and more. Adjacent to downtown Blowing Rock, offering views of three GLEN BURNEY TRAIL substantial waterfalls: the CasLaurel Lane | 828-295-4636 cades, Glen Burney and Glen MaAdjacent to downtown Blowing rie. Descends 800ft into John’s Rock, offering views of three subRiver Gorge; strenuous. stantial waterfalls: the Cascades, Glen Burney andADVENTURES Glen Marie. HIGH GRAVITY Descends into John’s River Hwy 321 |800ft 828-386-6222 Gorge; strenuous. highgravityadventures.com An aerial park incorporating 75+ HIGH ADVENTURES aerialGRAVITY elements from 15 to 50 feet Hwy 321air. | 828-386-6222 in the For all ages and levels highgravityadventures.com An aerial park incorporating 75+ ROCK DIMENSIONS Boone | 828-265-3544 aerial elements from 15 to 50 feet inrockdimensions.com the air. For all ages and levels Guided rock climbing and rappelling instruction in the NC ROCK DIMENSIONS mountains. Caving trips in TN. Boone | 828-265-3544 Outdoor climbing tower and high rockdimensions.com ropes/challenge course & zipline Guided rock climbing and rappelling instruction in the NC mountains. Caving trips in TN. Outdoor climbing tower and high ropes/ challenge course & zipline

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PARKS & RECREATION 145 145 Park Park Avenue Avenue | 828-295-5222 Year-round recreation recreation programs, Year-round heated outdoor outdoor pool, pool, Broyhill Broyhill Park Park heated and others. others. Tennis Tennis courts courts and and and more available available in in Memorial Memorial Park, more Park, as well well as as loaned loaned equipment. equipment. as

JULIAN PRICE MEM. PARK Milepost 295 | Blue Ridge Parkway 828-963-5911 | 4200 acres on the


TDOOR ADVENTURE JULIAN PRICE MEM. PARK Milepost 295 | Blue Ridge Parkway 828-963-5911 | 4200 acres on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy fishing and canoeing at scenic Price Lake, as well as camping, hiking, and picnicking throughout the park. MOSES CONE MEM. PARK Milepost 294 | Blue Ridge Pkwy 828-295-3782 | Over 3000 acres with 25 miles of carriage trails for easy hiking and horseback riding. Bass Lake & Trout Lake for fishing, and Flat Top Mountain with a panoramic view.

SKIING, TUBING & WINTER SPORTS APPALACHIAN SKI MTN Blowing Rock | 800-322-2373 appskimtn.com Facilities include: 46,000 sq ft Bavarian-style base lodge is smoke-free w/ wireless internet, Restaurant, Ski Shop, Gift Shop, ice skating, Childrens Program, Nursery for Ages 1 to 4, Lockers, Video Game Room, Meeting Rooms, & 200 foot observation deck. Home to App Terrain Park.

RAFTING & EXCURSIONS HIGH MOUNTAIN EXPEDITIONS Banner Elk | 800-262-9036 highmountainexpeditions.com Whitewater rafting, funyaking, hiking and caving! We are proud to offer you the highest quality wilderness trips available. RIVER & EARTH ADVENTURES Boone | 866-411-7238 raftcavehike.com Whitewater rafting, caving, hiking, canoeing, rentals, kayaking, guided day trips, and paddling school with ACA certified instructors. We offer all adventures with the option of an eco-ed twist! SKY VALLEY ZIP TOURS 634 Sky Ranch Rd | 855-475-9947 skyvalleyziptours.com True canopy tour and zip line adventure! Over a mile of cable & elevations up to 300 ft, featuring 9 zip lines, cliff jumping, a swinging bridge, waterfalls & more. WAHOO’S ADVENTURES Hwy 321 | 800-444-7238 wahoosadventures.com Rafting, canoeing, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, caving, and hiking. Tours available for all ages.

HAWKSNEST TUBING & ZIPLINES Seven Devils | 800-822-4295 hawksnesttubing.com Biggest on the East Coast! 20 lanes, 400-1000ft long. Two moving carpet lifts. Ziplines- 10 cable tours available, with 2 superzips! Year round. Call for reservations. SKI BEECH Beech Mountain | 800-438-2093 skibeech.com Beech Mountain, NC Highest ski area east of the Rockies. 14 slopes, 9 lifts, ABC permits, ice skating, night skiing, group rates and much more. SUGAR MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT Banner Elk | 828-898-4521 skisugar.com Ski, snowboard, tube, ice skate and snow shoe day and night! 115 skiable acres, 1200ft vertical rise. 20 trails, 7 lifts, ski and snowboarding school. Equipment rentals, group rates & packages.

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We are excited to celebrate the centennial of both The National Park Service and NC State Parks in 2016! The Centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of our cultural and natural treasures,engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. Join the celebration to explore, learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in over 400 National Parks and 41 NC State Parks. The Find Your Park initiative is about state parks, local parks, trails, museums, historic sites, and the many ways that the American public can connect with history and culture, enjoy nature, and make new discoveries. Visit FindYourPark.com to find centennial events and share your stories. Everyone finds their park in a different place and in a different way. The stories at FindYourPark.com just might inspire you to find yours! One of the nation’s first state parks was created 100 years ago at the summit of Mount Mitchell, and since then, the system has grown to nearly a quarter-million acres set aside for conservation, recreation and education. Our wild and protected places are a cherished part of the scenic and recreational identity of Blowing Rock and the High Country. Experience the beauty and rich history of four State Parks-Grandfather Mountain, Elk Knob, Mount Jefferson Natural Area, and New River State Park- and three National Parks- The Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and the Overmountain Victory Trail- near Blowing Rock. Join in the action! Use #FindYourPark on social media sites to tag your park experiences.

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BLOWING ROCK ARTS PERFORMING ARTS ENSEMBLE STAGE Sunset Drive | 828-414-1844 | ensemblestage.com The North Carolina High Country’s only year-round professional theatre offers full length stage plays, children’s shows, theatre camps, workshops, staged radio dramas, interactive murder-mysteries and more. HIGH COUNTRY JAZZ SOCIETY 800-456-5456 | brjs.blogspot.com A non-profit society to present live jazz concerts, promote, preserve, educate and encourage the development of jazz talent and maintain jazz as America’s own art form. Live jazz concerts are presented every second Sunday, April-Oct, at the Meadowbrook Inn.

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS 1888 MUSEUM 1094 Main St | blowingrockhistoricalsociety.com Historic Watauga Hotel cottage holds a collection of furnishings and items reflecting early life in Blowing Rock, plus memorabilia and photos. Volunteer operated, Wed & Sat, May-Dec, 1-4pm. BLOWING ROCK FRAMEWORKS & GALLERY 7539 Valley Blvd. | 828-295-0041 | blowingrockgalleries.com For 19 years, we’ve featured the finest art by the best established artists in Blowing Rock and the High Country. Our gallery is very special to collectors of all mediums. Find beautiful landscapes, still lifes, and abstracts. Next to Food Lion. EDGEWOOD COTTAGE Corner of Main & Chestnut St. | blowingrockhistoricalsociety.com First home & studio of artist Elliott Daingerfield (1859-1932), revitalized by the Blowing Rock Historical Society. Open for Artists in Residence each summer, where local artists exhibit and demonstrate their work for the public. Saturdays 1-4pm, May-Dec. Free. IAGO 1165 Main St | 828-295-0033 | iagoblowingrock.com Specializing in jewelry, art, glass, fine art, sculpture, home decor, copperware, pottery, woodcrafts, metal crafts, and stained glass. IAGO’s artists and craftsmen are represented by such local instituitions as the Penland School and the Southern Highland Craft Guild. MAIN STREET GALLERY 960 Main Street | 828-295-7839 A Cooperative gallery owned and operated by local artists featuring handmade contemporary art and crafts from the North Carolina mountains. Located on Main Street Blowing Rock across from the post office. Open daily 10-6. PARKWAY CRAFT CENTER Blue Ridge Plwy, MP 294 | 828-295-7938 | southernhighlandguild.org Housed inside Flat Top Manor in Moses Cone Memorial Park, featuring works by members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild. Art & craft demonstrations on the front porch each summer.


REINERT FINE ART 1153 Main St | 828-414- 9580 | reinertfineart.com Owned by contemporary impressionist painter Rick Reinert, and his wife Ann, Reinert Fine Art showcases many classical painters as well as several well-known sculptors. TRADITIONS POTTERY 1155 Main St | 828-295-6128 | traditionspottery.com Bolick and Traditions Pottery at the Martin House. Featuring 5th and 6th generation potters: Bolick, Original Owens, and Traditions. Decorative, functional, and folk art. Plus a wide selection of “Owens Red� pottery. Inspirational gifts, canvas art, and garden items. Open daily. WINTERFIRE CRAFT GALLERY 1087 Main St. | Blowing Rock | 828-295-4880 For handmade American crafts, visit Winterfire Craft Gallery. Winterfire, a gallery as unique as its name, offers the best crafts from across the United States but specializes in North Carolina pottery. Gift wrapping is always free and shipping services are available

BLOWING ROCK ART & HISTORY MUSEUM

Experience art and discover history at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM), located downtown Blowing Rock. BRAHM promotes the visual arts, history, and heritage of the mountains through educational programs, exhibitions, and collections. Exhibitions typically change every three to four months and are featured across eight galleries in a state of the art building. Many educational programs and community events are offered throughout the year for people of all ages, including TAC (Thursday Arts & Culture) Talks, hands-on workshops for adults and children, Movies at the Museum (a film series), concerts, and the annual Art & Antiques Show. 159 Chestnut Street | 828-295-9099 | blowingrockmuseum.org

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Staying in

BLOWING ROCK Blowing Rock offers an escape from the heat and hurried pace of the cities in the flatlands. Select a room or vacation rental in Blowing Rock for your next stay and enjoy beautiful gardens, downtown locations, relaxing views, and warm hospitality. Many of our inns and rentals are within walking distance of shops and restaurants, while others offer breathtaking vistas. Get to know your friendly innkeeper, or enjoy a quiet and uninterrupted getaway. From family-owned hotels to luxury resorts, historic properties to quaint cabins, there’s a place for you in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.


Chetola Resort North Main Street | 800-243-8652 chetola.com Cliff Dwellers 116 Lakeview Terrace 828-414-9596 | cliffdwellers.com Gideon Ridge Inn 202 Gideon Ridge Rd 828-295-3644 | gideonridge.com Green Park Inn 9239 Valley Blvd | 828-414-9230 greenparkinn.com Hemlock Inn & Suites 134 Morris St. | 828-295-7987 hemlockinn.net Hillwinds Inn 315 Sunset Drive | 828-295-7660 thevillageinnsofblowingrock.com Holiday Inn Express Hwy. 321 Bypass | 828-295-4422 holidayinnexpressblowingrock.com Homestead Inn 153 Morris St. | 828-295-9559 homestead-inn.com The Inn at Ragged Gardens 203 Sunset Drive | 828-295-9703 ragged-gardens.com Meadowbrook Inn 711 Main Street |800-456-5456 meadowbrook-inn.com Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins 827 N. Main St. | 828-295-7991 mountainaireinn.com New Public House 239 Sunset Drive | 828-295-3487 thenewpublichouse.com

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Boxwood Lodge 637 N. Main Street | 828-295-9984 boxwoodlodge.com

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The Bob Timberlake Inn at Chetola Resort | N. Main St. 800-243-8652 |chetola.com

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Blowing Rock Inn & Mountain Villas 788 N. Main St. | 828-295-7921 blowingrockinn.com

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Blowing Rock Ale House 152 Sunset Drive | 828-414-9254 raggedgardensmaplelodge.com

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Azalea Garden Inn 793 N. Main Street | 828-295-3272 azaleagardeninn.com

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Alpine Village Inn 297 Sunset Drive | 828-295-7206 alpine-village-inn.com

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White Fence Farm Cottage 250 Sunset Dr. | 828-964-6767 whitefencefarmrentals.com

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Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins 827 N. Main St. | 828-295-7991 mountainaireinn.com

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Jenkins Rentals 452 Sunset Dr. | 800-438-7803 jenkinsrentals.com

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Hidden Garden Apartments and Cottages 147 Garden St | 828-295-3275

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Hastings House 104 Rainey St | 800-276-6798 thehastingshouse.com

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Blowing Rock Properties 1059 Main St | 800-849-0147 blowingrockproperties.com

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Blue Ridge Mountain Rentals 7595 Valley Blvd. | 800-237-7975 blueridgerentals.com

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Blowing Rock Resort Rentals 232 Ransom St | 866-800-9899 blowingrockresortrentals.com

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The Village Inn 7876 Valley Blvd. | 828-295-3380 thevillageinnsofblowingrock.com

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Victorian Inn Blowing Rock 242 Ransom St. | 828-295-0034 thevictorianinnblowingrock.com

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Ridgeway Inn Hwy. 221 | 828-295-7321 thevillageinnsofblowingrock.com

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Please note that all hotels, motels and inns offer non-smoking rooms. If a property lists that it has an amenity, that means it may have the amenity in one room or in all rooms. Please ask for this amenitiy when you are making reservations.

VACATION PACKAGES Many of our accommodations offer Vacation Packages for romantic weekends, girls getaways, family adventures or favorite events. Check our website for up-to-date packages.


MEETINGS &GROUPS

Whether you’re looking for a meeting space, organizing a corporate or church retreat, planning your next family reunion or hosting any other special event, we hope that you will consider staying with us in Blowing Rock. Blowing

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meeting facilities, exceptional catering services and food provide you with everything you need for a productive and successful meeting. Also around Blowing Rock is a great variety of activities from skiing and ice skating in the winter to hiking, horseback riding and canoeing during the rest of the year. Your meeting or retreat will be as relaxing as it is productive. For further information, please call the Blowing Rock Visitor Center at 877-750-INFO.

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SHOPPING in Blowing Rock

Is shopping your style? It is no secret that Blowing Rock has a reputation for its distinctive shops. Southern Living magazine claims that Blowing Rock “has the best shopping around.” Grab your girlfriends for a weekend trip, and take a stroll around town to see what all the buzz is about. Noteworthy shops include those found in the historic Martin House, built in the 1860’s, and the cluster at Southmarke, a collection of seasonal and year-round boutiques. From antiques and pottery to unique gifts, anyone is sure to find special mementos that capture the spirit of the Village. Less than a mile from downtown you’ll find Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway. Browse through 30 factory stores for top-of-the-line apparel and accessories at great outlet prices. During the holidays, shop in Blowing Rock to get everything to go under your Christmas tree--and get your tree, too! An old fashioned family tradition, Christmas tree farms in our area offer shoppers the finest fraser firs, wreaths and garlands. You can walk right out on the farm, choose the one you want, and they’ll cut it for you and tie it to your car.

According to Southern Living, Blowing Rock has “the best shopping around.”

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Shopping Guide

ANTIQUES BLOWING ROCK ANTIQUE CENTER 7593 Valley Blvd | 828-414-9440 Antique furniture, oriental rugs, small antiques & more. Representing more than a dozen dealers. HANNA’S 1123 S. Main St. | 828-295-7073 Since 1919 - A complete selection of handmade antique and new oriental rugs of all types, sizes and colors. Fine European and oriental imports. POSSUM HOLLOW ANTIQUES 247 Possum Hollow Rd. 828-295-3502 possumhollowantiques.com Specializing in furniture and accessories for every room. Locally owned and operated since 1973. Open year round. RUG COMPANY 999 Main Street | 828-295-4271 Fine new and antique oriental rugs. From traditional Persians and flatweaves to French aubussons and needlepoints. Extensive selection at reasonable prices. WINDWOOD ANTIQUES 1157 Main St. | 828-295-9260 Fine European antiques, Majolica, art and lamps. The largest selection of painted furniture from reclaimed timber in the area. Will ship.

APPAREL & ACCESSORIES 100 W. UNION Southmarke | 828-295-6993 828-414-9322 | 100westunion.com Quality clothing and sportswear for men. Also visit 100 W. Union Too, offering more quality merchandise. ALMOST RODEO DRIVE APPAREL, HOME & GARDEN Village Shoppes on Main St 828-295-3422 almostrodeodrive.com A one-stop shop for upscale Ladies’ and Mens’ clothing, shoes, and accessories, plus beautiful decor for your home. BELLES OF BLOWING ROCK 1098 Main St | 828-414-9470 boonebelles.com Visit Belles of Blowing Rock for the latest clothing and accessory trends at affordable prices. BOUTIQUE COLLECTION 1077 Main St. | 828-295-3110 Great scarves, handbags, & jewelry at great prices. See our collection of Escapada, Corky Shoes, Tyler Boe, and Comfy! CELESTE’S 101 Village Shoppes on Main 828-295-3481 | celesteinteriors.com Chosen as one of Southern Living’s “Favorite Stores.” A fashionable boutique for women & children’s clothing, with in-store monogramming!


DONCASTER OUTLET 537 Main St.| 828-295-4200 doncaster.com Tanner-Doncaster is back in Blowing Rock! Synonymous with ladies fine apparel and accessories since 1931.

SASSY EUROPA 1127 Main St | 828-414- 9576 Get your vintage and bohemian-chic fix with our gorgeous selection of lacy dresses, flowing skirts, sweet floral prints, unique bags and accessories.

FINLEY HOUSE COUTURE 1121 Main St | 828-295-6373 finleyhousecouture.com Fresh clothing & accessories! Find colorful Lilly Pulitzer, stylish Sara Campbell, and Verena fine sleepwear, plus Susan Shaw & Alexis Bittar jewelry & more.

SISTER ACT 1128 Main St. | 828-295-9333 An eclectic boutique featuring not only the unexpected in apparel and accessories but also the “Shoe Box” will make any feet happy! Jewelry Designs and Decorative Accents.

FOOTSLOGGERS 921 Main St. | 828-295-4453 footsloggers.com Established 1971. Full line of hiking boots, women’s footwear, camping gear and accessories, dog accessories, sunglasses, and clothing for outdoor activities and travel

SUNSET TEE’S & HATTERY 1117 Main St. | 828-295-9326 Western NC’s largest selection of hats, ball caps, casual apparel, tee shirts, sweatshirts, moccasins, gifts and more. “Featuring a variety of quality Blowing Rock souvenirs for 30+ years!”

J MCLAUGHLIN 1081 Main Street | 828-372-3003 jmclaughlin.com Classic women’s clothing and accessories with an uncompromising commitment to quality and a look that can be described as innovatively nostalgic. JW TWEED’S 1129 Main St | 828-295-8918 A multi-level store with a mix of European & American sportswear for men & women, plus a broad selection of Vineyard Vines & Southern Tide! MADE IN THE SHADE Southmarke on Main St 828-387-6565 facebook.com/madeintheshade Fashion, funky and classic sunglasses, readers and eyewear accessories; umbrellas & hard-tofind must haves. Open seasonally. MONKEE’S OF BLOWING ROCK SouthMarke on South Main St 828-295-0708 monkeesofblowingrock.com The ultimate in ladies shoes, clothing and accessories. A boutique specializing in personalized customer service.

TAZMARAZ 1107 Main St | 828-295-3737 tazmaraz.com An eclectic ladies boutique with something for everyone. Proud to carry several lines Made in USA. Visit our new beauty bar & book a girls’ night out party!! THE FIG LEAF LTD. 1131 Main St |828-295-3535 The Fig Leaf, Ltd. is full of unique ladies casual wear and accessories, as well as delightful gift items. A charming shop inviting you to visit year round.

BEAUTY & HEALTH BLOWING ROCK URGENT CARE 8439 Valley Blvd | 828-295- 3116 | caldwellmemorial.org Offering well and sick visits, diagnostics, and urgent care. PARK PLACE HAIR DESIGN 379-2 Sunset Dr. | 828-295- 9767 Hair care services for men, women, and children. Walk-ins welcome, appointments preferred. Open year round Mon.-Fri. 10-3.

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STUDIO M SALON 131 Morris St | 828-414-9333 studiomsalon1.com Excellent and affordable hair care services and products for women, men and children. Conveniently located in downtown Blowing Rock. TRILLIUM 153 Sunset Dr |828-295-6861 A premier authorized Dr. Hauschka beauty boutique, offering holistic skin care for ladies and gents. VILLAGE PHARMACY 379 Sunset Dr. | 828-295-3482 boonedrug.com Prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, sundries, Hallmark cards, office supplies, candies, film processing, dry cleaning and UPS pickup. Closed Sundays.

GIFTS & CRAFTS

(see also Galleries, pgs 12-13) THE BRASS EXCHANGE 1149 S. Main St. | 828-295-9611 An eclectic selection of home decor and seasonal accessories at great prices. Just ask the locals! CHRISTMAS IN BLOWING ROCK 1125 Main St. | 828-295-9696 aperfectpresent.com A delightfully different shop located in the historic Yonahlossee Theatre. Filled to the brim with unusual gifts, exquisite ornaments and wonderful handcrafted collectibles. CROSS TRADE INTERNATIONAL 1087-2 Main St. | 828-295-8691 crosstrade.org Imported Women’s Accessories, Home Décor, and Unique Gifts. Browse our authentic Brazilian handcrafts. Meet the artisans. Jewelry, Handbags, Ceramic & more! DE PROVENCE ET D’AILLEURS 131-8 Morris St. | 828-295-9989 “The French Shop” features gifts & accessories imported from France - Provence tablecloths, Santons de Provence, Laguiole knives, Biot glasswork, soaps, books & much more.

FINAL TOUCHES 1132 Main St. | 828-295-6690 finaltouches.com Direct importer of Mexican pottery and crafts for home and garden. Gifts from around the world, including NC. Something for everyone at reasonable prices. Open all year. THE GILDED LILY 1053 Main St. | 828-295-4277 thegildedlilybypatra.com Unique items at hometown prices. French Laundry Home outlet, jewelry, home décor, & more. HANDTIQUES 110 Sunset Dr. Suite 2 828-295-7001 | handtiques.com Purveyors of handmade jewelry, practical art and craft. Singularly beautiful, affordably priced, functional and American made. HIGH COUNTRY CANDLES Martin House, Main St. 828-295-9655 highcountrycandles.us Unique, hand-sculpted wax candles and more, all made on site. Tri-color candles, scented pillar candles, highly-scented jar, non-drip and more. LAST STRAW 978 N. Main St. | 828-295-3030 thelaststrawinc.com Florals and gifts for the Home and Garden. Featuring exquisite silk florals, fountains, birdhouses, candles and wonderful home and garden accessories. MOUNTAIN THREAD COMPANY 1098 Main St | 828-372- 7024 themountainthreadcompany.com A studio, shop, & event space in downtown Blowing Rock, specializing in gifts for the modern home and tools for the modern crafter. MRS. BRUMBLE’S 1107 Main St.| 828-295-9191 Unique gifts, jewelry, collectibles, fairies, enamel boxes and more.


NEACO 1053 Main St | 828-295-0709 neaco.com | Hip home decor, barware, clocks, mirrors, frames, lamps, bathware and humorous greeting cards. Don’t miss the grooviest shop on Main Street. Opposite the park.

TERVIS 1098-3 Main St, Martin House 828-295-8095 | tervis.com Since 1947, offering lifetime guaranteed insulated tumblers that keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Completely customizable, always full of fun!

PANDORA’S MAILBOX Shoppes at the Martin House 828-295-4238 | 828-295-3247 Cards, music, unique jewelry pieces including Holly Yashi, Far-Fetched and Ayala Bar. Kites, flags and wind garden spinners.

UNWOUND 1132 Main St. | 828-295-5051 unwoundyarns.com Unique yarns and accessories. Full selection of knit and crochet supplies. Books, patterns, and of course, fabulous yarns! Friendly, helpful staff.

SERVES YOU RIGHT SouthMarke On South Main St. 828-295-4438 (GIFT) Gifts and essentials for the kitchen, dining room, bar & terrace. American and imported china, stemware, kitchen and serving accessories, cookbooks, picnicware and more. TAKE HEART 1009 Main St | 828-295-3444 The adorable purple boutique on Main Street offers gifts and clothing that speak to the heart of a woman.  For yourself or a gift for a friend, you can always find a wonderful selection at the heart

WE’RE GOOD SPORTS 1087-3 Main St. | 828-295-9547 weregoodsports.com Featuring team logo sports gifts and collectibles, sports prints, caps, and authenticated autographed items from your favorite players, current and retired. WILD BIRDS GALORE 1132 Main St | 828-414-9528 Catering to wildlife with indoor and outdoor decor. Appalachian hand-crafted crystal feeders, stained glass, wildlife books, bird seed, jewelry, flags and more.

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FOOD & SUNDRY ART OF OIL 915 Main St. | 828-355-9313 theartofoil.com A gourmet oil & balsamic vinegar tasting shop. Come try our 12 most popular flavors, on tap daily BLOWING ROCK CIGAR COMPANY 1179 Main St. | 404-713-9454 blowingrockcigar.com Explore, discover, & enjoy the best of premium cigar and cigar accessories. Non-profit smoking lounge outfitted with flat screen TVs, comfortable leather seating, and an active carbon air purification system. BLOWING ROCK MARKET 990 Main St. | 828-414-9322 blowingrockmarket.com Featuring a wide variety of wines, coffees, teas, imported beers, cheeses, snacks and gourmet items. Case discounts available on wines. Wine tastings. CAMP COFFEE ROASTERS 921 Main St | 828-406- 7990 camproast.com | A roasting lab and cupping room where you can watch the process and enjoy the best beans from around the world. Our coffee shop is in the cozy attic above the roastery. FOOD LION Blowing Rock Square Valley Blvd | 828-295-7585 Full-service grocery store includes deli and bakery. SPICE & TEA EXCHANGE 1087 Main St. | 828-372-7070 spiceandtea.com Over 120 spices, 70+ hand-mixed spice blends, gourmet salts & naturally-flavored sugars, exotic teas, gifts and accessories. SUNSET & VINE 110 Sunset Dr | 828-414-9111 christopherswineandcheese.com Formerly Christopher’s Wine & Cheese, same great selection of wines reflecting the best taste and value of each wine regionlocally and around the world. Daily tasting flights.

FURNITURE, DECOR & HOME ESSENTIALS BLOWING ROCK FURNITURE GALLERY 8486 Valley Blvd. | 828-295-7755 blowingrockfurniture.com Furniture made in America by Kincaid, Vaughan-Bassett, Craftmaster, Broyhill, Classic Leather, and more. CABIN FEVER 915 Main St | 828-295-0520 thecabinfeversite.com The High Country’s largest selection of accessories and decor for mountain homes. Hickory sapling, northern white cedar log, and wildlife inspired upholstered furniture. CARRIAGE TRADE LIVING 1079 Main St. | 828-295-3110 Home décor, gifts, antiques, and seasonal items to suit all your style needs! Silver sets, tasty local treats for entertaining, and a stunning Christmas wonderland each year! GREGORY ALAN’S 1151 Main Street 828-295-3330 | gregoryalans.com A unique selection of gifts and furnishings for your home and patio. Clocks, mirrors, lamps, frames, distinctive wall art and accessories in all price ranges. HARTLEY’S INTERIORS 916 N. Main St | 828-295-3004 Fine furnishings, accessories, designer fabrics and wall coverings with professional installation. KISSMET 1132 Main St | mykissmet.com Discover the elegant beauty, craftsmanship and artistry of Turkey. The finest in Turkish crafts, ceramics, lighting, home accessories, jewelry, handmade boots and shoes. MOODY’S HANDMADE FURNITURE 127 Sunset Dr | 828-295-3275 Specializing in Solid Wood - Early American style furniture.


RUSTIC 915 Main St | 828-295-9033 rusticnc.com | Home furnishings made from natural products, reclaimed wood, fibers, and plant material- handmade by artisans. VILLAGE HARDWARE 312 Green St. | 828-295-9023 Fishing and camping supplies and all of your hardware needs. Hunting and fishing licenses available.

JEWELRY B’DAZZLED SouthMarke on South Main St 828-295-9006 Distinctive jewelry design. BLOWING ROCK ESTATE JEWELRY & ANTIQUES 167 Sunset Dr. | 828-295-4500 Large selection of platinum, 14 and 18 kt fine and estate jewelry. Specializing in diamonds, precious colored gems and antique heirloom jewelry. Family owned since 1988. GEMS BY GEMINI 1098 Main St | 828-295-7700 gemsbygemini.com Beautiful 14kt gold fine jewelry featuring quality gemstones from mines throughout the world. Tanzanite, alexandrite, emerald, ruby, sapphire and more.

GAINES KIKER SILVERSMITH 132 Morris St | 828-295-3992 gaineskikersilversmith.com Blowing Rock’s gold/silversmith specializing in gold, silver, platinum, and precious stones. The working studio/gallery is open to the public Tues - Sat, 11-5.

OUTLETS & SHOPPING CENTERS SHOPS AT THE MARTIN HOUSE 1098 Main St. | 828-963-2720 Built in 1870, one of the oldest buildings in Blowing Rock. Once a boarding house, the shops at the Martin House and Courtyard now provide a great shopping experience. SOUTHMARKE 1179 South Main Street 828-295-3566 | southmarke.com In a quaint Victorian setting, specialty stores offer ladies & men’s apparel & accessories, china, BBQ & tailgate, entertaining supplies, a pet boutique, jewelry, home accents & more. TANGER OUTLETS SHOPPES ON THE PARKWAY 310 Shoppes On The Parkway Blvd. 800-720-6728 | tangeroutlet.com Outlet bargains from 30 name brands, plus dining at Cheeseburgers Grille. Tanger Gift Cards, Coupon Books, Stroller Rental & complimentary wheelchairs available at Shopper Services.

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The Local Experience Blowing Rock has a history of attracting creative individuals, and that goes for chefs and food purveyors as much as artists and craftspeople. And when you dine in Blowing Rock, you can enjoy the inventive flair of our culinary pros as they work with the best of local foods. It might be a trend elsewhere, but it’s just business as usual here. With so many amazing farms and food producers in the High Country, it’s easy to see why. For those who like to savor a bit of local flavor in a glass, the Blowing Rock Ale House & Brewery is ready to welcome you. An ever-changing, seasonal menu assures that you will have a deliciously local dining experience to accompany your libations. Brewery tours are available nearly every day. They use local ingredients in the brews, too, and have a creative line-up that includes a cucumber Saison featuring green peppercorns from the Blowing Rock Spice & Tea Exchange, and a stout made with locally roasted coffee. That coffee is roasted right on Main Street, where you can watch the process and learn about the art of roasting. Camp Coffee Roasters brings the behind-the-scenes action to the front of the house, offering guests the opportunity to see, smell, and hear the beans as they tumble in the roaster. Find coffee cupping events there as well as a full-service coffee and tea shop. From the little things – like watching fudge made in-shop at Kilwin’s – to the more extravagant – like Pork Loin from nearby Mountain Memories Farm served with a delicious jus and a view at Gideon Ridge - we invite you to enjoy the local experience while dining in Blowing Rock.

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Best Cellar 203 Sunset Dr | 828-295-3466 ragged-gardens.com

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Bistro Roca 143 Wonderland Tr 828-295-4008 | bistroroca.com

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Blowing Rock Ale House 152 Sunset Dr | 828-414-9254 blowingrockalehouseandinn.com

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Blowing Rock Market 990 Main St | 828-414-9322 blowingrockmarket.com

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Canyons 8960 Valley Blvd 828-295-7661 | canyonsbr.com

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Cheeseburgers Grille Tanger Outlet | 828-295-0211 cheeseburgersgrille.net

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Chestnut Grille 9239 Valley Blvd 828-414-9230 | greenparkinn.com

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Dino’s Dog & Dash 153 Sunset Dr | 828-295-6861

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Divide Tavern 9239 Valley Blvd 828-414-9230 | greenparkinn.com

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Foggy Rock Eatery & Pub 8180 Valley Blvd | 828-295-7262 foggy-rock.com

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Kojay’s Cafe 102 Village Shops on Main 828-295-0015 | kojays.com

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Mellow Mushroom 946 Main St | 828-295-3399 mellowmushroom.com

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Outback Steakhouse 8280 Valley Blvd | 828-295-6283 outback.com

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New Public House 239 Sunset Dr | 828-295-3487 thenewpublichouse.com

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Papa Joe’s 8062 Valley Blvd | 828-295-3239

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The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge 202 Gideon Ridge Rd 828-295-3644 | gideonridge.com

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Roots 7179 Valley Blvd | 828-414-9508 roots-restaurant.com

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Rustique 349 Sunset Dr | 828-295-9474 rustiqueblowingrock.com

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Six Pence Pub 1121 Main St | 828-295-3155 sixpencepub.com

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Southern Comforts 870 Main St | 828-295-7114

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Speckled Trout 922 Main St | 828-295-9819 speckledtroutcafe.com

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Storie Street Grille 1167 Main St | 828-295-7075 storiestreetgrille.com

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Subway 8433 Valley Blvd | 828-295-7827 subway.com

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Sunny Rock 8146 Valley Blvd | 828-414-9636 sunnyrockeggs.com

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Timberlake’s Restaurant 185 Chetola Lake Dr 828-295-5505 | chetola.com

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Town Tavern 1182 Main St | 828-295-7500 towntavernbr.com

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Twigs 7956 Valley Blvd | 828-295-5050 twigsbr.com

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Village Cafe Main St | 828-295-3769 thevillagecafe.com

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Woodlands BBQ 8304 Valley Blvd | 828-295-3651 woodlandsbbq.com

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Camp Coffee Roastery 921 Main St | 828-406-7990 camproast.com

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Kilwin’s Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream 1103 S Main St & at Tanger 828-295-3088 | kilwins.com

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Indulge Bakery 8062 Valley Blvd | 828-964-9866 facebook.com/indulgeBG

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Sugar Shack 1161-1 Main St | 828-221-6098

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Sunset Sweets & Treats 1117 Main St (downstairs) 828-295-9326

Nostalgic candies, bottled sodas & ice cream sundaes.

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Ugga Mugga Bakery 1107 Main St (downstairs) 724-799-1334 uggamuggabakery.com

Fresh baked desserts & treats

Locally roasted, organic coffees, teas & fruit smoothies Handmade chocolates, fudge and gourmet ice cream. Cakes, pastries, cupcakes

Coffee, snacks & frozen drinks

ATTENTION ALL FOODIES, WINE LOVERS & CRAFT BEER ENTHUSIASTS Join us April 20-23, 2017 for

(formerly Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival) After a decade of wine and food fun and indulgence, we have expanded the exciting festival to include craft beer, spirits, and even more culinary experiences. You will love savoring all the festival has to offer, surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge spring!

Visit SavorBlowingRock.com for more info!


Calendar of Annual Events JANUARY

Art in the Park Weekend

Blowing Rock Winterfest

828-295-7851 blowingrockwinterfest.com Variety of indoor & outdoor events to celebrate winter-plus the Polar Plunge! Late Jan. 2017 date: Jan 26-29.

MARCH Meltdown Games at Appalachian Ski Mtn

828-295-7828 | appskimtn.com Weekend of crazy events to close out the ski season, with lots of splashes, snow, sun, and skin. Mid- March.

APRIL Blowing Rock Trout Derby

828-295-4636 Annual family event to celebrate the opening of Trout Season. No pre-registration. Free, with prizes and trophies! First Saturday in April. 2017 date: April 1.

SAVOR Blowing Rock

(previously Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival)

877-295-7965 savorblowingrock.com This revamped celebration still has all your favorite events like the Grand Tasting and seminars, plus new offerings to enjoy the spring culinary scene in the village! Mid April. 2017 date: April 20-23.

MAY Art in the Park Weekend

828-295-7851 blowingrock.com/artinthepark Juried art show featuring 90 artists on Saturday. Free Concert in the Park on Sunday. Mid May.

JUNE Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show 828-295-4700

blowingrockhorses.com Saddlebred Spectacular display of the finest show horses in the country. Enjoy from the grandstand or box seats! Early June.

828-295-7851 blowingrock.com/artinthepark Juried art show featuring 90 artists on Saturday. Free Concert in the Park on Sunday. Early June.

Artists in Residence

828-295-4636 blowingrockhistoricalsociety.com Week-long presentations by local artists at the Historic Edgewood Cottage on Main St. Eight week program begins in late June.

JULY Artists in Residence

828-295-4636 blowingrockhistoricalsociety.com Week-long presentations by local artists at the Historic Edgewood Cottage on Main St., all through July.

Independence Day Festival

828-295-5222 | Family fun downtown with games, music, parade & park dance. Events on weekend closest to July 4th. 2016 date: July 2-3.

Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie 800-526-5740

tweetsie.com | Biggest display in the High Country! Every July 4th.

Art in the Park Weekend

828-295-7851 blowingrock.com/artinthepark Juried art show featuring 90 artists on Saturday. Free Concert in the Park on following Sunday. Mid-July. 2016 date: July 16.

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, Hunter Jumper I

828-295-4700 | blowingrockhorses.com Spectacular display of the finest show horses in the country. Enjoy from the grandstand or box seats! Late July. 2016 date: July 26-31.

St. Mary’s Tour of Homes

828-295-7323 | stmaryofthehills.org Annual fundraiser for local church. View décor, architecture, and gardens of some of Blowing Rock’s most notable homes. Late July. 2016 date: July 22.

Symphony by the Lake at Chetola

828-295-7851 | symphonybythelake.com An evening under the stars with pop and orchestral music and a fireworks finale. Late July. 2016 date: July 22.

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OCTOBER

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, Hunter Jumper II

Ghost Train Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad

828-295-4700 blowingrockhorses.com Spectacular display of the finest show horses in the country. Enjoy from the grandstand or box seats! Early August. 2016 date: Aug 2-7. Blowing Rock Art & Antique Show 828-295-9099 | blowingrockmuseum.org Weekend of heirloom-quality furniture, pottery, jewelry, clocks, crystal, silver and more. Presented at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. First weekend in August. 2016 date: July 29-31.

Artists in Residence

828-295-4636 | Week-long presentations by local artists at the Historic Edgewood Cottage on Main St. Thru Mid-August. 2016 end date: Aug 16.

Art in the Park Weekend

828-295-7851 blowingrock.com/artinthepark Juried art show featuring 90 artists on Saturday. Free Concert in the Park on following Sunday. 2016 date: Aug 13.

SEPTEMBER Mayview Madness 5K

828-264-2511 blueridgeconservancy.org Annual run through Blowing Rock neighborhoods. Mid Sept. 2016 date: Sept 3.

Art in the Park Weekend

828-295-7851 blowingrock.com/artinthepark Juried art show featuring 90 artists, selected Saturdays. Free Concert in the Park on following Sunday! 2016 date: Sept 10.

Blowing Rock Music Festival

828-295-7111 | theblowingrock.com Americana, Folk, Blues, Rock & Jazz, rain or shine! Enjoy the beauty of the Blowing Rock itself as a backdrop to this outdoor concert event. Mid Sept. 2016 date: Sept 17

Blowing Rock Fall Classic

828-295-4636 blowingrockfallclassic.org First annual! 72 mile bike ride, one of three local cycling events with Blood Sweat & Gears and the Beech Mountain Metric. Late Sept. 2016 Date: Sept 24

800-526-5740 | tweetsie.com Weekends in October.

Art in the Park

828-295-7851 blowingrock.com/artinthepark Juried art show featuring 90 artists on Saturday. 2016 date: Oct 8.

Halloween Festival & Monster March

828-295-5222 Great fun for kids with downtown trick-or–treating, games and the costumed Monster March where everyone can participate. Events held on Saturday closest to Halloween. 2016 date: Oct 29.

NOVEMBER Opening Day at Appalachian Ski Mountain

828-295-7828 | appskimtn.com Weather permitting, Mid-Nov.

Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town

828-295-5222 Family holiday event in downtown Blowing Rock, with music, hot chocolate, and Santa, plus a parade on the following afternoon. Friday & Saturday following Thanksgiving. 2016 date: Nov 25-26.

Choose & Cut Season

828-264-3061 wataugachristmastrees.org Visit local farms to select your tree and have it freshly cut and baled for you while enjoying hot chocolate, hayrides, and other fun holiday pastimes! From Thanksgiving to Christmas each year.

Annual Thanksgiving Kiln Opening

828-295-3862 | traditionspottery.com Pick your favorite at Bolick & Traditions Studio! Saturday after Thanksgiving. 2016 date: Nov 26.

DECEMBER New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Torchlight Skiing

828-295-7828 | appskimtn.com Annual event at Appalachian Ski Mountain with moonlight iceskating, late-night breakfast and more. Dec 31.


Weekly Events May-Oct

Each Thursday: Each Friday: Each Saturday: Each Sunday: Selected Thursdays: Selected Saturdays: Selected Sundays: Selected Mondays:

Blowing Rock Farmers Market on Park Ave., 4-6pm Music on the Lawn at Inn at Ragged Gardens Live Music at Green Park Inn, Town Tavern, & Twigs Bonfire Nights at Chetola Resort Live Music at Green Park Inn, Twigs & Chetola Resort Jazz Brunch at Canyons Restaurant Live Music on the Veranda at Green Park Inn Free Outdoor Movies in the Park, family friendly Concerts at Canyons Restaurant High Country Jazz Society Concert at Meadowbrook Inn Monday Night Concert Series at Broyhill Park

Plus, free Craft Demonstrations at the Parkway Craft Center nearly every day, and great local music at Woodland’s BBQ every night of the week! See the Calendar at BlowingRock.com/calendar for details.

Local businesses and organizations offer a variety of fun activities! Appalachian Ski Mountain hosts competitions and special events, including New Year’s Fireworks! appskimtn.com Appalachian State University presents arts, educational & sporting events, plus An Appalachian Summer Festival each July. appstate.edu Blowing Rock Art & History Museum hosts exhibits, art classes, lectures, films, concerts and more. blowingrockmusem.org Chetola Resort offers fitness & wellness programs, kids’ activities, holiday events and more. chetola.com Ensemble Stage Company presents productions at Blowing Rock School. 2016 shows: The Melville Boys- June 25-July 3; Toyer- July16-24; Visiting Mr. GreenAug 6-14; Waiting for MacArthur-Aug 27- Sept 4. Plus Saturday Kids Theatre: Cinderella- July 2 & 23; Robin Hood- July 9 & 30. ensemblestage.com Green Park Inn presents dinners & dances, and more throughout the year. greenparkinn.com Tweetsie Railroad presents several annual events including Day out with Thomas, Dora & Diego, July 4th Fireworks, K-9s in Flight, Riders In the Sky, and Railfan Weekend. tweetsie.com Walking Tours of Blowing Rock start at the 1888 Museum, offering history & fun facts about Blowing Rock. walkingtoursofblowingrock.com

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Four Seasons While there are great events and attractions to be found any time you decide to visit Blowing Rock, you may want to drop by and see us just for the seasonal ambiance. Every season in the Blue Ridge holds special treasures just waiting to be featured in your favorite memories.

This little village starts the year off right with great local skiing, snowboarding, and tubing under sweet Carolina blue skies. In winter, the long distance views are even longer and clearer in the cold air, so take your time and enjoy the sights from the top of those snowy slopes! When you come back down, warm firesides and mountain hospitality await.

Spring brings a gentle warming with a pace that only the mountains can offer, fi nishing in a riot of blooms. As the snow and ice melt away, the valleys become greener and the color creeps back up the hills in a daily, ever-changing show. Nearby wild and protected areas offer sought-after sights for the nature-lover, from endangered blooms to rare migratory birds. And the food! Our local chefs love spring, and after tasting ultra-fresh seasonal delights like wild ramps and morels foraged right from the Blue Ridge, you will, too.


in Blowing Rock Summer in the Blowing Rock area is truly an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Cooler summer temperatures make for more refreshing adventures. Hiking, camping, climbing, ziplining, kayaking, biking; you name it! Outdoor events abound as well, from concerts to art shows.

Crisp air heralds the next season, as nature puts on the finery of autumn. The slopes and varying elevations play a big part in this show, offering a very long color season as the foliage changes at higher peaks first. We track the color as it makes its way to the valleys with our Daily Fall Photos online, but this is one spectacle you’ll want to see for yourself. Find your great escape in Blowing Rock. You’re welcome in any season!

During the holidays, Blowing Rock should certainly come to mind for finding those perfect, one-of-a-kind gifts in the village and the nearby outlets. While you’re here, make your holiday tradition complete with a Choose & Cut experience. Visit a beautiful mountain farm, pick out your tree, and have it cut and baled for you as you enjoy activities like hayrides and visits with Santa. Make memories and support a family tree farm!

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Blowing Rock Guide 2016  

Official guide to Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

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