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ATTRACTIONS LODGINGVacation • CALENDAR • COUPONS 2018•Mountain Planner 2021 Mountain Vacation Planner

The MOST Comprehensive Guide

COVERING Blowing Rock • Boone Banner Elk • Beech Mountain West Jefferson • Seven Devils North Wilkesboro • Wilkesboro Sparta • The Blue Ridge Parkway 800.438.7500

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Contents 6 Family Attractions 10 Outdoor Recreation

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Golf Gem Mining Family Fun Fishing Horseback Riding Outdoor Adventure Guides

14 Restaurants 15 Winter Attractions 16 Outdoor Parks & Hiking 16 Blue Ridge Parkway 17 Local & State Parks

20 Agri-tourism Hawksnest Snowtubing Pg. 15

21 Choose & Cut Farms 21 Farms 21 Farmers Markets

22 Shopping & Spas

23 Specialty Shoppes & Spas

26 Arts & Crafts

27 Museums 27 Galleries

29 Accommodations

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B&Bs, Country Inns Cabins, Condos, Chalets Hotels, Motels, Inns Conference & Retreat Centers Campgrounds

36 Relocation

19 Town Information 36 Local Services 37 Real Estate & Communities

38 Events & Live Entertainment 38 2021 Calendar of Events 41 Free Music

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Family Attractions Great Fun Ahead!

Families have been coming to the High Country for cool, fresh air and spectacular views since well before the Civil War. The oldest attractions are areas of natural beauty such as The Blowing Rock, Linville Caverns and Grandfather Mountain. Newer attractions such as the unique Mystery Hill, gem mining and the adrenaline-pumping ziplines and aerial adventure parks offer memorable experiences. History buffs will enjoy learning about area history at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, home of the Horn in the West. Whatever your family’s tastes, you are sure to make memories in the North Carolina High Country.

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Ashe County Cheese 106 E Main St, West Jefferson 336-246-2501 Ashe County Cheese is North Carolina’s largest and oldest cheese factory! Come see cheese made in our factory viewing room. Open M-Sat 8:30a-5p. The Blowing Rock 432 The Rock Road, Blowing Rock 828-295-7111 The current of air flowing upward from the Rock prompted the Ripley’s “Believe-it-or-Not” cartoon about “the only place in the world where snow falls upside down.” Come see this unusual phenomenon! Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine 100 Shoppes on the Parkway, Blowing Rock 828-467-8817 The states premier educational mining experience. Featuring ore directly from the local mines & both indoor and outdoor flumes. Now featuring gold panning! Emerald Village 331 McKinney Mine Road, Little Switzerland 828-765-6463 Discover real fun in real mines! Gem mining, mine tour, gold panning, museums, gift shops and more! Just 3 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Open daily April-October. Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Hwy, Linville 800-468-7325 Inspirational views, mile-high swinging bridge, native wildlife, picnicking and hiking. Open all year, weather permitting. Hawksnest Zipline 2058 Skyland Dr, Seven Devils 828-963-6561 With 20 cables, almost 4 miles of cable & 3 swinging bridges, Hawksnest is one of the largest zipline parks in the country. Children as young as 5 years old may participate. Open year round, reservation required. Book online:


High Gravity Adventures Zip Line & Aerial Park 215 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock 828-266-0151 High Country adventure for the whole family. Experience our award-winning zip tour, scream on the giant swing, and explore 75+ challenges in our aerial adventure park. Tickets & info available at Linville Caverns 19929 Hwy 221 N, Marion 800-419-0540 See inside a mountain...NC’s only show cave. Half-hour guided tours into a natural limestone cavern featuring stalactite and stalagmite formations and an underground stream! The Appalachian Fossil and Dinosaur Museum 100 Shoppes on the Parkway, Blowing Rock 828-467-8817 Thousands of fossils from all over the region along with replica dinosaurs make for a fascinating visit for all ages. The Original Mast General Store Hwy 194, Valle Crucis 828-963-6511 Established in 1883, The Original Mast Store carries most everything you’d need for life in the past century and most of this one. Charles Kuralt called the Mast Store in rural Valle Crucis “a destination” on the National Register of Historic Places. Mystery Hill Natural Gravitational Anomaly 129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock 828-264-2792 Fun for all ages, the gravitational anomaly has been fascinating visitors since 1948. A visit includes all day to the anomaly, hands on science activities and bubblerama. Sky Valley Zip Tours & Whistle Pig Adventure Park 634 Sky Ranch Road, Blowing Rock 828-264-0002 Ages 4+ can experience adventure with our Canopy Tour, Night Flight and Kid Zip courses! 10 zip lines, swinging bridge and cliff jump offer a priceless view. The area’s only kid-sized course includes 7 zip lines, a bridge and 20-foot slide.




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Prospector Hill Gem Mining !

Native American Artifacts Museum


Historic Farmyard

The Bull Riding Challenge


Outdoor Recreation Get OUT!

The High Country is a great area to escape from your routine and enjoy the great outdoors. Camping, hiking, canoeing, white water rafting, horseback riding, ziplining, rock climbing, and bouldering are just some of the popular pastimes of locals and visitors alike. Whether you are coming to play golf, experience fly-fishing in local mountain streams, or rent a kayak or canoe for a relaxing day on the river, the High Country will not disappoint you.

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Jefferson Landing Hwy 16/88, Jefferson, NC, 888-292-2310 18-hole championship golf course in a beautiful mountain resort & residential community. Heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Golf packages & real Mountain Aire Golf Club 1104 Golf Course Rd, W Jefferson, 336-877-4716 Public golf course. Discover the challenge & savor the breathtaking views of our championship course located in unspoiled Ashe County just 30 minutes from Boone. We feature reasonable rates & a friendly atmosphere.


Olde Beau Resort & Golf Course 729 Olde Beau Blvd, Roaring Gap, 336-363-3333 Semi-private resort and club offering golf, lodging accommodations, real estate opportunities, banquet and wedding venue in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Experience quality service & southern hospitality. Sugar Mountain Municipal Golf Course 1054 Sugar Mtn Dr, Sugar Mountain, 828-898-6464 This 18-hole public course high in the Blue Ridge is ranked #2 for USA short courses (Golf Advisor). Open mid-April -October. Willow Valley Resort 354 Bairds Creek Rd, Vilas, 828-963-6551 Willow Creek Golf Course is a nine-hole Par 3 Executive golf course. Please click on the Willow Creek Golf link on our website for more information on rates and times.




Boone Golf Club 433 Fairway Drive, Boone, 828-264-8760 Located on Fairway Drive, just off Highway 321 South. One of the South’s outstanding championship courses. April-Nov. Open to the public.




Elk Creek Outfitters 1560 Hwy 105, Boone, 828-264-6497 Professional guide service featuring full day float trips, wilderness walks, flyfishing schools and overnight trips for trout & smallmouth bass.

Foggy Mountain Gem Mine 4416 Hwy 105 S, Boone, 828-263-4367 Gem mining, gemstone cutting and goldsmith on-site; the finest in colored gems from around the world!

Grandfather Trout Farm & Gem Mining 10767 Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk, 828-963-5098 Our 3 ponds are stocked with Rainbow Trout. No license needed, pay for what you catch. We supply rods, reels, bait, towels, ice & bags. Open year round, reservations not required.

Gem Mountain 13780 Hwy 226S, Spruce Pine, 888-817-5829 Gem mine at covered, comfortable flume lines, rain or shine. Gem cutting & jewelry making on-site. Mine trips available by reservation. As seen on The Learning Channel and The Travel Channel.

MountainBound Fly Guides 828-963-5463 Boone’s premier fly fishing guide service (formerly Watauga River Fly Shop). Offering guided float trips, wade trips, trophy water trips & instructional classes. Mountains to Coast Flyfishing & Hunting Guides Blowing Rock, 828-355-FISH Fish some of the best private & public waters. Book a private classic covey rise quail hunt, or our mobile sporting clay target shooting. No experience necessary!

Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine 100 Shoppes on the Parkway, Blowing Rock The state’s premier educational mining experience! Featuring ore directly from local mines & both indoor and outdoor flumes.

HORSEBACK RIDING Leatherwood Mountains: Guided Trail Rides 512 Meadow Rd, Ferguson, 336-973-5044 Enjoy the amazing beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains from horseback! Ride seasoned trail horses and experience the outdoors in a relaxed, unhurried manner.

The coolest place to be is

Inside a Mountain North Carolina’s Only Show Cavern Amazing Formations Underground Stream with Native Trout! Constant 52 degrees year-round

Linville Caverns March-November: Open Daily December-February: Weekends only

Hwy 221 North, Marion 800-419-0540 • 828-756-4171




High Mountain Expeditions 1380 Hwy 105S, Boone, 828-898-9786 Whitewater rafting on the Nolichucky & Watauga rivers, hiking and caving. Quality adventure trips with excellent equipment, comfortable, well-maintained vehicles and professional guides noted for their skill and experience. Price Lake Boat Rentals BRP MP 297 , Blowing Rock, 828-963-2292 Price Lake boat rentals offers the only boat rentals on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Learn the basics of canoeing and kayaking before tackling the river! River and Earth Adventures, Inc 1655 Hwy 105, Boone, 866-411-RAFT(7238) Whitewater rafting, caving, canoeing, tubing, rock climbing, kayaking, whitewater paddling school, guided hikes. Year-round adventures, local organic lunches. Guide owned & operated. Shuttle services for groups. Rock Dimensions Climbing Guides 131-B S Depot St, Boone, 828-265-3544 Based in downtown Boone, also the location of the 40’ outdoor Climbing Tower. Fun for families and all ages! Half-day and full day Rock Climbing trips with experienced, PCIA certified guides. No experience necessary! Wahoo’s Adventures 3385 Hwy 321, Boone, 800-444-7238 Voted TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Business. Three river locations, each with a full service outpost with hot shower. Join us- tubing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, camping & whitewater rafting. We do it ALL! Zaloo’s Canoes 3874 NC Hwy 16S, 336-246-3066 The area’s oldest, largest, friendliest outfitter since 1976. Situated on the New River, Zaloo’s offers the finest canoe, kayak, and tube trips in the


The Children’s Playhouse 400 Tracy Circle, Boone, 828-263-0011 Enjoy family together time at this friendly children’s museum packed with indoor-outdoor fun for kids from birth to age eight.


Guided Float & Wade Trips Fly Fishing Schools




Restaurants Accommodations Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant 108 S Jefferson Ave, Downtown West Jefferson Features over 30 craft beers on tap, full service restaurant using local ingredients, full service catering and covered patio. Chick-fil-A Boone 2082 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, 828-264-4660 Conveniently located within walking distance of the Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Townplace Suites. Indoor Playground. Dan’l Boone Inn Restaurant 130 Hardin St, Boone, 828-264-8657 For over 50 years, serving family-style comfort food in a traditional farmhouse setting. F.A.R.M. Cafe 617 West King St, Downtown Boone A non-profit, pay-what-you-can community kitchen that builds a healthy and inclusive community. We provide high quality and delicious meals produced from local sources when available, served in a restaurant where everybody eats, regardless of means. The Gamekeeper Restaurant 3005 Shulls Mill Rd, Boone, 828-963-7400 Well known for interesting and delicious interpretations of Southern classics, the menu changes seasonally blending the traditional with the exotic, satisfying both meat and veggie lovers.


The Hotel Tavern 203 E 1st St, West Jefferson, 336-846-2121 Easygoing American restaurant offering food ranging from burgers to steaks, plus a full bar & patio. Peddler Steak House 1972 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, 828-264-4433 For over 30 years, The Peddler has been recognized as “The place for naturally seasoned steak, seafood.....and the large salad bar with over 40 items! Pepper’s Restaurant 240 Shadowline Dr, Boone, 828-262-1250 The local’s favorite since 1975, featuring sandwiches, homemade desserts, fresh seafood and steaks, salad bar and full service bar with the High Country’s best local beer selection! Stick Boy Kitchen 211 Boone Heights Dr, Boone Family-owned, featuring fresh baked bread and bagels, sandwiches, soups, salads, espresso & smoothie bar. Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort 185 Chetola Lake Dr, Blowing Rock Enjoy a menu inspired by world-renowned North Carolina artist and designer Bob Timberlake’s culinary favorites. The restaurant features three dining rooms, an intimate wine room and waterfront dining on the Patio. Woodlands Barbeque 8304 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock, 828-295-3651 Specializes in North Carolina BBQ and ribs! Features live music daily.


Snow Ahead!

SNOW RECREATION Appalachian Ski Mountain 940 Ski Mtn Rd, Blowing Rock, 800-322-2373 Skiing since 1962. Ten Slopes with 2 terrain parks. Quad chairlifts, double chairlift, conveyor lift and handle pull lift. Ski, snowboard, clothing and helmet rentals. Group and private lessons and SKIwee children’s program. Bavarian-style base lodge with restaurant, ski shop and gift shop. Beech Mountain Youth Sledding Hill 403 Beech Mtn Parkway, Beech Mountain 800-468-5506, Free sledding for children 12 and under. Open mid-November- late March with on-site snow making. Sleds are not provided. Hawksnest Snow Tubing 2058 Skyland Dr, Seven Devils, 828-963-6561 With 30+ lanes and 4 different snowtubing areas with 3 conveyor lifts, Hawksnest is one of the largest & longest snowtubing parks on the east coast! Buy tickets online. Ice Skating at Appalachian Ski Mountain 940 Ski Mtn Rd, Blowing Rock, 800-322-2373 Zamboni maintained & refrigerated 6,000 sq. ft. outdoor ice arena with 3 sessions daily. Rental skates available. Rinkside bonfire, night skating session features. Open 7 days a week the Friday before Thanksgiving-late March.

SNOW SPORT EQUIPMENT & RENTAL Ski Country Sports 3149 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, 800-528-3874 A ski shop that’s totally committed to serving you with quality products and personal service. Our shop offers the best in ski equipment, apparel and accessories. Full-service maintenance and repair.

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Winter Attractions

Blue Ridge Parkway “America’s Favorite Drive”

The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 469 miles from end to end, and almost a quarter of its length is located in the High Country of North Carolina — some would argue its most beautiful quarter. Construction of the Parkway both began and ended in the High Country. Construction commenced in 1935 at Cumberland Knob near Sparta and ended at the Linn Cove Viaduct near Linville where the “final link” was completed in 1987. With rolling pastures, rocky crags, cascading waterfalls, the impressive Moses Cone Manor and the iconic Linn Cove Viaduct, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers new scenic splendor in every glorious mile.

Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 304 16 BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY


Cumberland Knob (MP 217.5) Great picnic area, a short leg-stretching easy trail and a longer stenuous trail by a stream.

Doughton Park (MP 240) 30+ miles of trails for all skill levels, Brinegar living-history homestead, grassy fields & waterfall.

E.B. Jeffress Park (MP 272) After a picnic or snack, walk this park’s short trail to the beautiful Cascades waterfall.

Moses Cone Memorial Park (MP 294) Flat Top Manor House tours, Parkway Craft Center shopping, 25 miles of carriage roads for easy walking or horseback riding.

Julian Price Park (MP 297) Large picnic area and streams to play in. 5 great hiking trails with diverse terrain, lake and campground with ranger programs in the summer.

Linn Cove Viaduct Visitor Center (MP 304.3) This stop affords up-close views of the iconic viaduct as you hike part of the Tanawha Trail.

Linville Falls Park (MP 316.4) Hike to overview of Linville Gorge, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East.

Museum of NC Minerals (MP 331) This visitor center showcases many of the minerals found in Western North Carolina, with fun and educational interactive displays. Find milepost itineraries, birding, wildflower information & photos





Local Park Info BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY RESOURCES Blue Ridge Parkway Association PO Box 2136, Asheville, 828-670-1924 The trusted source for Parkway-area information for more than 65 years. Request your FREE “Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner” and download mobile app at Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center BRP Milepost 384, 828-298-5330 Hours: 9-5 daily (closed some holidays) Discover the natural and cultural treasures of the North Carolina mountains and foothills.

NATIONAL & STATE LANDS Pisgah National Forest Multi-use public lands, 828-652-2144

W. Kerr Scott Reservoir Water recreation galore, 336-921-3390

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation 866-308-2773 The nonprofit organization connecting people who love the Parkway with projects and programs to support this amazing park.


• Avery County YMCA 436 Hospital Dr, Linville, 828-737-5500 • Tate-Evans Park 210 Park Ave, Banner Elk

Beech Mountain

• Buckeye Recreation Center 206 Grassy Gap Creek Rd, 828-387-3003 • Mountain Biking at Emerald Outback Single track trails at 5,000’

Blowing Rock

• Memorial Park 1026 Main St, Blowing Rock, 828-295-5222 Elk Knob State Park Majestic views, 828-297-7261 Grandfather Mountain State Park Serious hiking, 828-963-9522 Mount Jefferson State Natural Area Views, rare geology and plants

New River State Park Canoers paradise, 336-982-2587

Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest Learn about NC forestry, 336-667-5072


• Watauga Community Recreation Center (WCRC) 231 Complex Dr, Boone, 828-264-9511 • Rocky Knob Mountain Biking Park US Hwy 421S, Boone, 828-264-9511 • Clawson-Burnley Park & Boone Greenway 355 Hunting Hills Dr. Boone, NC • Howard’s Knob (seasonal) 604 Howard’s Knob Rd, Boone, 828-264-9511

Jefferson/West Jefferson • Ashe Park 527 Ashe Park, Jefferson • West Jefferson Park 203 W Main St, W Jefferson

Seven Devils

•Otter Falls Parks & Trails 825 Skyland Dr, Seven Devils, 828-963-5343

Sparta Stone Mountain State Park Great year-round hiking, 336-957-8185

• Alleghany Wellness Center 508 Collins Rd, Sparta, 336-372-2944 • Crouse Park 314 Cherry St, Sparta




Alleghany County Chamber & Visitors Center 58 S Main St, Sparta, 336-372-5473 Hours: 9-5 M-F (June-Dec on Sat) Ashe County Chamber & Visitors Center 01 N Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson 888-343-2743, Hours: 9-5 M-F Avery County Chamber & Visitors Center 4501 Unit 2, Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk 800-972-2183, Hours: 10-4 M-F & 1-3:30 Sat. (seasonal hrs may apply)

Beech Mountain Area Chamber & TDA 403-A Beech Mtn Pkwy, Beech Mountain 828-387-9283, Hours: 9-5 M-S Cresting at 5,506 feet, Beech Mountain is the highest town and ski resort in Eastern America. Summer temps rarely exceed 76, creating an ideal climate for hiking, mountain biking, and golfing. Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce & TDA 132 Park Ave, Blowing Rock, Hours: M-S 9-5 877-750-4636, 828-295-7851 Blowing Rock offers legendary views, hiking, Tweetsie Railroad, The Blowing Rock, Tanger Outlets, unique downtown experiences and shopping & more. A wide variety of lodging and dining awaits in a quaint, walkable town. Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 870 W King St, Suite A, Boone, 828-264-2225 Hours: M-F 9-5 Boone & Watauga County TDA 331 Queen St, Ste A, Boone, 828-266-1345 There’s something about the cool mountain air, abundant vistas, and just the right amount of adventure that inspires and invigorates. Come see why we have been Inspiring Awe Since 1872!

High Country Host Regional Visitor Center 800-438-7500, Hwy 321S, Blowing Rock Visitor Center Hours: 9-5 M-S, 9-3 Sun High Country Host provides maps, brochures, coupons and travel guidance for Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Boone, Blowing Rock, West Jefferson, Sugar Mountain, Sparta, Wilkesboro & the Blue Ridge Parkway. Village of Sugar Mountain Tourism Plan a vacation high in the Blue Ridge with skiing, ice skating, golf, tennis, bike park, live music and more. Todd Community Preservation Org Our mission is to preserve our community’s history, natural beauty and culture while creating a sustainable community. Town of Seven Devils TDA 1356 Seven Devils Rd, Seven Devils, 828-963-5343, Located between Boone and Banner Elk offering rental accommodations with great views, affordable real estate, shopping, restaurants, tennis, snowtubing & ziplining. West Jefferson TDA 866-607-0093, You just need a little West Jefferson NC. Arts, antiques, unique shops (including Ashe County Cheese), local restaurants & breweries. Revitalized Downtown. Come to West Jefferson- Everyone. Fits. Here. Wilkesboro TDA 203 W Main Stt, Wilkesboro, 336.838.3951 Hours: M-F 8:30am-5pm Wilkesboro, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, will wow you with a newly revitalized, historic downtown, mind-blowing musical talent, stunningly scenic mountain views, heart-pounding outdoor adventures, and Southern small town charm.

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Town Information Accommodations

Agri-Tourism “Buy Local�

The High Country offers many fun ways to experience life down on the farm. Pick apples while listening to stories of Revolutionaries tromping through the woods to change history or learn how to spin alpaca fleece. Learn about local plant varieties and take home some daylilies to remember your trip by! Start a new family tradition of finding the perfect centerpiece for your Christmas and holiday celebrations fresh from the field. With the largest production in the East, choose and cut tree farms dot the landscape in the High Country and have provided the White House Christmas tree for eight out of the last 20 years.

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Daniel Boone Native Gardens 651 Horn in the West Dr, Boone, 828-264-6390 Features a collection of NC native plants in an informal landscape design for education and preservation. See the wrought iron gate made by Daniel Boone VI. Seasonal. High Country Wine Trail 828-898-9090 Travel the High Country Wine Trail and experience “wine with a view” as you sip on wines from the Appalachian High Country. Wineries include Banner Elk Winery, Grandfather Vineyard, Linville Falls Winery, Villa Nove Vineyards, and Watauga Lake Winery. Tester Farm Daylilies 486 Odes Wilson Rd, Zionville, 828-297-2025 Over 20 years of growing daylilies in the High Country. We offer hundreds of varieties & colors at reasonable prices! Closed Tuesday afternoon and Sundays. The Historic Orchard at Altapass 1025 Orchard Rd, Spruce Pine, 888-765-9531 HIstoric orchard along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stories of early settlers and Revolutionary War, hayrides, music daily, crafts, apples. Seasonal, closed Tues. in summer.

CHOOSE & CUT FARMS NC Christmas Tree Association 577-3 George Wilson Rd, Boone, 800-562-8789 List of growers of NC Christmas trees. Watauga County Christmas Tree Association 971 W King St, Boone, 828-264-3061 Involved in choose & cut days when shoppers may go to Christmas tree farms, select and cut a fresh tree. Visit our website:


Sugar Plum Farm 1263 Isaacs Branch Rd, Plumtree, 828-765-0019 100-acre choose & cut tree farm. Learn about the production of Christmas trees. Handcrafted ornaments made by mountain people, tours, hayrides, catered food, and event buildings. Agri-tainment and hiking trails. Swinging Bridge Farm Tour Walking tour of working Christmas tree farm. 70-minute tour includes local history, 3/4 mile hike, shearing demo, 48ft long suspension bridge, blueberry operation, mountain views, passive solar energy. Weekends. Adults $8 Children $5

FARMERS MARKETS Alleghany County Farmers Market Crouse Park, 60 Cherry St, Sparta May -Oct, Sat: 9-1pm June -Aug, Thurs: 4-6pm Ashe County Farmers Market 108 Backstreet, West Jefferson, 336-877-4141 April- Oct, Sat: 8-1pm Avery County Farmers Market Old Banner Elk School 828-733-8274 May -Oct Thurs: 4:30-7pm Blowing Rock Fresh Market Park Avenue, 828-295-7851 May-Oct Thurs: 4-7pm Boone’s Winter Farmers Market 252 Poplar Grove Rd, 828.386.1537 Dec-April: 1st & 3rd Sat, 9-12pm King Street Farmers Market 126 Poplar Grove Connector, 828-255-4918 May-Oct Tues: 4-7pm Watauga County Farmers Market Horn Ave, Boone, 828-355-4918 May-Nov Sat: 8-12pm Features a wide array of vendors offering fresh produce, meats, cheeses, breads & pastries, crafts, potted plants, fresh cut flowers and more! Wilkes County Farmers Market 700 CBD Loop, N. Wilkesboro, 336-667-7129 April-Sept Sat: 7:30-12pm Tues: 3:30-5:30



Apple Hill Farm 400 Apple Hill Rd, Banner Elk, 828-963-1662 Mountain view farm featuring alpacas, llamas, goats, donkeys & horses! Guided walking tours daily at 2pm: Mid-May to Mid-Oct. Private group & school tours year round. Christmas on the Farm: Mid-Nov - Mid-Dec.



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SPECIALTY SHOPPES & SPAS Mast Store’s Old Boone Mercantile 630 W King St, Boone, 828-262-0000 This circa 1913 emporium is brimming with old-time housewares and candies, comfortable clothing, quality outdoor gear and custom-fit footwear for all mountain seasons.

Fred’s General Mercantile 501 Beech Mtn Pkwy, Beech Mtn, 828-387-4838 “Purveyor of fine quality goods.” At Fred’s you find a little of everything: hardware, birdfeeders, books, kites, sleds, gardening supplies, toys, crafts, unusual gifts, clothing, ski fashion & accessories for sale and rental and much more.

my mountain home 120 Maple Rd @ Hwy 321 & Sunset Dr Blowing Rock, 828-434-5240 Rustic luxe home décor, gifts, furniture- featuring local artisans. Open daily 10am-5:30pm, including Sunday, April - January. Real. Mountain. Style.

Hickory Furniture Mart 2220 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, 800-462-MART Featuring the most diverse selection of furniture under one roof. Discover NC’s most incredible furniture resource. High Country Souveniers 707 W King St, Boone, 828-964-3869 A small town main street shop that offers Appalachian State University, Boone and the High Country souvenirs as well as information for visitors to the Appalachian/Blue Ridge Mountain areas. See our Facebook Page

Tanger Outlets, Blowing Rock 278 Shoppes on the Parkway Rd, Blowing Rock 800-720-6728, Shop among national brands like American Eagle, Talbots, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Vera Bradley. Strollers, wheelchairs, and gift cards available. Relax in the courtyard w/firepit, games, and summer concerts. EV charging. Open M-Sat 9a-9p, Sun 10a-7p.

SPAS The Spa at Chetola Resort 185 Chetola Lake Dr, Blowing Rock, 800-295-5531 Massages, facials, skin care, manicures, pedicures, cosmetic applications, hair salon, fitness classes, fitness center, Jacuzzi, sauna, spa packages and gift cards. Featuring Jane Iredale cosmetics, Osmosis Skincare, and Aveda hair care products. Open to the public.


Westglow Spa 2845 US Hwy 221 S, Blowing Rock, 800-562 0807 A top-rated luxury destination spa offering leisure, recreation, and rejuvenation. Our Life Enrichment center offers the latest in fitness equipment, spa services, health and wellness facilities and a full-service salon.




DeWoolfson Down 9452 Hwy 105, Banner Elk, 800-833-3696 Manufacturers & Merchants of European White Goose Down Custom Filled Comforters, Pillows & Featherbeds for over 35yrs, Fine Linens for the bed, bath & table from France, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal and beyond.


For current conditions on the Blue Ridge parkway, call 828-298-0398

Arts & Crafts

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Beautiful Finds to Discover Ahead! Like all of Appalachia, the High Country was historically isolated from the conveniences of city life. People here sustained homesteads through hard work and learned to utilize what they harvested to create what they needed. In the heart of every town and hamlet you will find shops and museums that present authentic crafts and original artwork as well as offer one-of-a-kind gift treasures.



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MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES Jones House Cultural and Community Center 604 W King St, Boone, 828-268-6280 Local history and art on display. Free admission

Appalachian Mural Trail Travel the trail & view historical outdoor murals; great art telling the stories and showcasing the beauty of Appalachia. Create your personal trail map for a mural adventure!

Museum of Ashe County History, Inc 301 E Main St, Jefferson, 336-846-1904 Explore exhibits on mining, trains and other activities in the 1904 Ashe County Courthouse.

Ashe County Arts Council 303 School Ave, W Jefferson, 336-846-2787 The ‘’hub’’ of the arts in West Jefferson. Changing gallery exhibits, concerts, festivals, downtown murals and barn quilt information is all here!

Native American Artifacts Collection 189 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, 828-263-0892 The largest collection east of the Mississippi, with over 250,000+ artifacts

Ashe County Frescoes 201 River Knoll Dr, Jefferson, 336-982-3261 Visit three of the world-famous Ben Long Frescoes in Ashe County. Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) 159 Ginny Stevens Way, Blowing Rock, 828-295-9099 Experience art & discover history with yearround exhibitions! Educational programs, special events, concerts, arts & crafts workshops available for all ages. Watauga County Arts Council 377 Shadowline Dr, Boone, 828-264-1789 Watauga County Arts Council features gift shops, galleries, art workshops, music lessons and arty parties.

Southern Highland Craft Guild at Moses Cone BRP MP 294, Blowing Rock, 828-295-7938 Come for the view...leave with a piece of heritage. A showcase of the best crafts from a 9 state region. Open 10-4, April 1- Nov 30. Turchin Center for the Visual Arts 423 W King St, Boone, 828-262-3017 Visual arts come to life at Appalachian State University’s premier art museum! Acclaimed exhibitions, lectures, special events & workshops for all ages. Free admission. Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc 100 E Main St, Wilkesboro, 336-667-3171 Preserving history & heritage through the Wilkes Heritage Museum, Old Wilkes Jail & Robert Cleveland Log Home. All are open to the public, with admission charged, Mon-Fri: 10am4pm, Sat: By Appt.

Carlton Gallery 10360 Hwy 105S, Banner Elk, 828-963-4288 The most established fine art gallery in the area celebrating over 30 years. Paintings, pottery, jewelry, fiber-art, wood, glass & garden sculpture created by over 200 artists. Crossnore Weavers & Gallery 205 Johnson Ln, Crossnore, 800-374-4660 Watch hand weavers at work and see their fine textiles and wearables. Shop for fine crafts & art produced by local artisians. On the National Register of Historic Places. Florence Thomas Art School & Gallery 10 S Jefferson Ave, W Jefferson, 336-846-3827 Explore fine arts & crafts through exceptional workshops, unique exhibits & special events. Programs for all media, levels & ages! Hickory Ridge Living History Museum 591 Horn in the West Dr, Boone, 828-264-2120 18th-century Carolina backcountry living in period attire.




1903 Dougherty House & Farm Museum 189 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, 828-263-0892 Step back in time & learn about the High Country at the turn of the century.


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Boone, Blowing Rock Area Bob Timberlake Inn at Chetola Resort 828-295-5500, 800-243-8652 185 Chetola Lake Dr, Blowing Rock

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Banner Elk, Beech Mountain Area Smoketree Lodge 828-963-6505, 800-422-1880 Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk


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Cabins, Condos, Chalets Blowing Rock, Boone, Valle Crucis Area Anderson Realty and Rentals, Inc. 828-262-0043 184 N. Water St #13, Boone

$120 & up

Appalachian Ski Mtn. Lodging 800-322-2373, 828-295-7828 P.O. Box 106, Blowing Rock


Blowing Rock Rentals 919-606-4547 Sunset Dr, Downtown Blowing Rock

$250 & up

Blue Ridge Mountain Rentals 828-295-7400, 800-237-7975 7595 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock

$175 & up

Carolina Cabin Rentals, Inc 828-295-6000 197 Old Hwy 321, Blowing Rock


Chetola Resort Premier Condominiums 828-295-5500, 800-243-8652 185 Chetola Lake Dr, Blowing Rock


Fall Creek Cabins 336-877-3131 P.O. Box 190, Fleetwood


4 Unique Properties 828-406-9350 Valle Crucis- Boone- Moses Cone Park Area

$135 & up

Foscoe Rentals 828-963-8142, 800-723-7341 133 Echota Parkway, Boone


Grandfather Cabins 828-963-7275, 800-788-2582 125 Riverside Dr, Banner Elk


Leatherwood Mountains 336-973-4142, 877-736-8686 512 Meadow Road, Ferguson






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Boone, Blowing Rock, Valle Crucis Area Mountainaire Inn and Log Cabins 828-295-7991 827 N Main St, Blowing Rock


Swiss Mountain Village 828-295-3373, 888-785-1188 2324 Flat Top Rd, Blowing Rock


White Fence Farm Rentals 828-964-6767 Downtown Boone

$100 & up

Willow Valley Resort 828-963-6551 354 Bairds Creek Rd, Boone


West Jefferson, Sparta Area 4 Seasons Vacation Rentals & Sales 336-246-2700, 866-207-4837 370 S. Main St, West Jefferson


High Mountain Cabin Rentals 866-931-6210 434 McConnell St, Jefferson


Olde Beau Resort & Golf Club 336-363-3333 729 Olde Beau Blvd, Roaring Gap


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Banner Elk & Beech Mountain Best Western Mountain Lodge 828-898-4571, 877-877-4553 1615 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk


4 Seasons at Beech 828-387-4211 608 Beech Mtn Pkwy, Beech Mtn


Blowing Rock, Boone Area Alpine Village Inn 828-295-7206 297 Sunset Dr, Blowing Rock


Chetola Resort & Spa 828-295-5500, 800-243-8652 185 Chetola Lake Dr, Blowing Rock


Comfort Suites Boone 828-268-0099, 888-854-5959 1184 Hwy. 105, Boone


Country Inn & Suites 828-264-4100 818 E King St, Boone


Courtyard by Marriott 828-265-7676 1050 Hwy. 105, Boone


Fairfield Inn & Suites 828-268-0677, 866-871-7425 2060 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone


Green Park Inn 828-414-9230, 888-491-2117 9239 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock


Hampton Inn & Suites Boone 828-386-6464 1252 US Hwy 421 S, Boone


Hemlock Inn 828-295-7987 131 Morris St, Blowing Rock


Hidden Valley Motel 828-963-4372 8725 Hwy. 105 S, Boone




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Blowing Rock, Boone Area Holiday Inn Boone University Area 828-264-0077, 1-888-HOLIDAY 1075 Hwy 105 S, Boone

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Holiday Inn Express Blowing Rock South 828-295-4422 8412 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock


Holiday Inn Express of Boone 828-264-2451, 888-SEE-MTNS 1943 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone


Homestead Inn 828-295-9559 153 Morris St, Blowing Rock


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Meadowbrook Inn 828-295-4300, 800-467-6626 711 Main St, Blowing Rock


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West Jefferson, Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro Holiday Inn Express of West Jefferson 336-846-4000 203 Hampton Place Court, West Jefferson Holiday Inn Express of Wilkesboro 336-838-1800, 800-HOL-IDAY 1700 Winkler St, Wilkesboro


CONFERENCE, EVENT & RETREAT CENTERS Blowing Rock Conference Center 1818 Goforth Rd, Blowing Rock, 828-295-7813 51 hotel rooms, 3 cottages & 124 youth lodge beds can host up to 250. 7 meeting rooms, fireplaces, dining facility, seasonal pool, indoor/ outdoor adventure-based program equipment, gym and beautiful grounds.

Wonderlust Acres 7895 Big Ivy Rd, Purlear, 704-287-2760 A 1920’s farm event venue with 3800 sq ft barn, pavilion, ponds & private mountain beauty. Host retreats to weddings. Farmhouse rental, glamping and camping also available.

Valle Crucis Conference Center 146 Skiles Way, Valle Crucis, 828-963-4453 Serves groups of 12-150. Affordable rates include all meals. Located on 430 acres of mountain & valley land with trails, waterfalls and streams in historic Valle Crucis.

Yadkin Valley Event Center 1700 Winkler St, Wilkesboro, 336-838-1800 Offering 5,000sq.ft. meeting space, state of the art Audio/Visual system, catering kitchen,pool, fitness center, 100 hotel rooms, breakfast. Trails, river, lake, museum, & state parks 10 mins away.

CAMPGROUNDS Blue Bear Mountain Camp 196 Blue Bear Mtn Rd, Todd, 828-406-4226 150 acres, 40 sites, 4,000’ elevation. Teepee & cabin rentals, RV & car accessible and remote tent camping. Gear delivery, hiking, fishing, private showers, laundry. Boone KOA Campground 123 Harmony Mtn Ln, Boone, 800-562-2806 138 sites, $28 & up, pull-thrus, store, laundry, hot showers, full hook-ups, games, mini-golf, cabins. Take Hwy 194N 3 miles, turn left on Ray Brown Rd. Go 1 mile. Flintlock Family Campground 171 Flintlock Campground Dr, Boone, 888-850-9997, 118 sites, store, stream, laundry, hot showers, full hook-ups, camping, cabins, playground.

Grandfather Campground 125 Riverside Dr, Banner Elk, 800-788-2582 142 acres with 125 sites, $18-$29. Open all year. Store, laundry, hot showers, full hook-ups, cable TV, primitive tent sites, 7 cabins with bath & kitchen, handicapped accessible. Pets welcome in campground. Linville Falls Campground, RV Park & Cabins 717 Gurney Franklin Rd, Linville Falls 828-765-2681, 35 full hook-up sites. Primitive tent sites. Water & electric tent sites. Cabin rentals. Beautiful trees & flowers, playground, nice showers & bathhouse. Mid April-Mid Nov. Blue Ridge Parkway Campgrounds Doughton Park, Linville Falls, Price Park Campgrounds.

Glamping Unplugged Boone, NC, 828-386-7397 Boone NC’s eco-friendly glamping-camping experience.Open 365 days per year thanks to insulation and tent stoves. We plant 1 tree per guest! Unplug to Recharge! MOUNTAINSOFNC.COM




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LOCAL SERVICES Appalachian Regional Healthcare System 336 Deerfield Rd, Boone, 800-443-7385 Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is committed to promoting health in the High Country by enhancing quality of life and simply making life better. AppalCART 274 Winklers Creek Rd, Boone, 828-264-2278 Watauga County’s public transportation authority, offering free bus service in the Boone & Blowing Rock area, Monday-Saturday and county-wide van service Monday-Friday. Blue Ridge Energy 800-448-2382, A member-owned electric cooperative serving some 74,000 members in NW NC. Our service area includes Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and parts of Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties.


LifeStore Bank 21 E Ashe St, W Jefferson, 800-723-4718 People have put their trust in LifeStore Bank for nearly 70 years. Located in Ashe, Alleghany and Watauga counties, we are committed to providing you with personal service you can depend on. Miller Industries 1134 W King St, Boone, 828-264-8824 Services provided include: vinyl siding, vinyl replacement windows, shower doors, storm windows, glass and mirrors. Skyline Membership Corporation/ Skybest Communications, Inc. PO Box 759, West Jefferson, 800-759-2226 Serves areas of northwest N.C., Tennessee and upstate South Carolina with Gig-capable Broadband, Residential/Business Communications, Network Solutions, Digital TV, Business Systems, Hosting Solutions, Monitored Security, Automation and Surveillance over an expanding fiber network.



Anderson Realty 184 N. Water St #13, Boone, 828-262-0043 Family-owned business offering that personal touch! We have completely furnished romantic getaways, secluded cabins and spacious family retreats offering fireplaces, views, hot tubs, river frontage and more. Beechwood Realty 503 Beech Mtn Pkwy (next to Fred’s), Beech Mtn 828-387-0142 Owner/Broker Jim Brooks has 47 years experience on Beech Mountain and has watched it develop from the beginning. Chetola Resort Real Estate 500 N Main St, Blowing Rock, 888-480-9962 Home ownership in NC’s premier resort community. Condominium homes offer the ultimate in luxury and amenities. 1-4 bedroom units, fitness center, spa, boating, fishing, indoor pool and much more. Client First of the High Country Blowing Rock, 828-773-9499 A new way to sell real estate! Competitive fees, experienced market knowledge, effective marketing. Echota 133 Echota Parkway, Boone, 800-333-7601 Echota is a community of elegantly crafted, mountain-style condominiums and townhomes with an array of resort-style amenities centrally located between Boone, NC, Banner Elk, NC and Blowing Rock, NC. Hound Ears Club 328 Shulls Mill Road, Boone, 828-963-4321 The Lodge of Hound Ears Club offers quality lodging, golf, tennis, swimming, fishing, and more. Also convenient to wonderfully unique shopping in the nearby villages of Blowing Rock, Boone and Banner Elk.


High Country Association of Realtors 828-262-5437 Composed of members in Watauga, Avery and Ashe counties, and the surrounding area, who maintain a marketplace where buyers and sellers can safely transfer property under the guidance of a professional held to standards of excellence. Jefferson Landing Hwy 16/88, Jefferson, NC, 888-292-2310 18-hole championship golf course in a beautiful mountain resort and residential community. Pool, tennis, casual dining. Excellent for golf packages, conferences, corporate outings, and Real Estate. Keller Williams High Country Realty 643 Greenway Rd, Boone, 828-386-1086 Keller Williams is the largest real estate firm in the High Country. Offering you professional experienced realtors. Serving Ashe, Avery, Watauga and surrounding counties. Superlative Realty 402B Beech Mtn Pkwy, Beech Mtn 828-387-3822 Providing personal and timely service for all of your Beech Mountain and Banner Elk area real estate sales and purchase needs... because you should expect Superlative service! Vannoy Properties 9 East Main St, West Jefferson, 336-846-2484 A full service real estate company located in downtown West Jefferson. We are licensed to list and sell properties in North Carolina and Virginia. Call today to speak to an agent. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Vincent Properties 989 Main St, Blowing Rock, 828-295-0700 Voted “Best Local Real Estate Office” in 2014/15, Voted 3 times as the “Best Local Real Estate Office”. Family owned business with over 45 years of providing real estate and development expertise to the NC High Country.




4 Seasons Vacation Rentals & Sales 370 S. Main St, Jefferson, 336-246-2700 Successful & respected brokers in the Ashe County/West Jefferson area for over 20 years.


2021 Main Events Accommodations

Events subject to change due to Covid-19. Check websites to confirm dates. JANUARY

January 28-31 23rd Annual Blowing Rock Winterfest live music and specials at area restaurants, ice carvings & more.

MARCH March 20-21 App Ski Meltdown Games & Beach Blast Cardboard box derby, 3-man sled contest, railjam & more.

MAY May 22 Frontier Day Cowboy fun and history for the whole family at our Old West Town.

JUNE June 2021 Family Fun Month 30 days of family activities and lodging specials June 12-13 Art in the Park Weekend Art show feating 90 artists Saturday. Free concert in the park Sunday. June 18 11th Annual Town of Boone Doc Watson Day Enjoy music & stories at this free event in downtown Boone.


July 3 Town of Boone 4th of July Celebration Small town parade, free watermelon, music & fireworks. July 8-11 65th Annual Grandfather Mtn Highland Games MacRae Meadows, Linville, 828-733-1333 One of the premier Scottish Highland celebrations featuring the largest clan gathering in the world! Celebrate Celtic culture & competition at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain. July 16-18 Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival Juried festival with nationally & internationally known artisans at new location: Sugar Mountain Resort. July 23 Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Symphony of the Mountains on the lawn of Chetola Resort with fireworks finale. July 22-24 Ashe County Fiddlers Convention Adult & youth competitions in bluegrass & old time music. July 31 Brushy Mountain Peach Festival Street festival centered around peaches in the downtown Wilkesboro Historic District.

July 1-31 An Appalachian Summer Festival Boone, 800-841-ARTS Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts celebration featuring a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts & film programming.


July 3-4 Blowing Rock 4th of July Weekend Music in the park, games & Main Street parade!

August 7-8 Ashe County Studio Tour Drive the countryside and visit artists in their own studios.

July 3 34th Annual Christmas in July Festival Arts, crafts, music, Civil War reenactors, food & fun! (Live music & food Fri.)

August 13-15 Fine Arts & Master Craft Festival Juried festival with nationally & internationally known artisans at new location: Sugar Mountain Resort.

July 3 50th Annual Roasting of the Hog Pork, smoked turkey & all the fixin’s along with music & fireworks. 38 2021 EVENTS CALENDAR

August 7-8 Ashe County Studio Tour Drive the countryside and visit artists in their own studios.



September 11-12 Art in the Park Weekend Art show feating 90 artists Saturday. Free concert in the park Sunday. September 16-19 Merlefest 1350 S Collegiate Dr, Wilkesboro, 800-343-7857 Committed to producing a high-quality diversified American-roots-based musical experience that attracts a broad audience & reunites guests, supporters and performers in an annual celebration of Americana music. September 17-18 West Jefferson Olde Time Antiques Fair Outdoor antique vendors, live music & food vendors September 24 Jimmy Run and Street Party Downtown Boone street party with live music, games, food, & a mini-race around Jimmy Smith Park. Free. September 25 Art on the Mountain Fine arts & crafts, demos, food & more!


October 2 Brushy Mountain Apple Festival Music, dancing, arts & crafts, food & a celebration of mtn. apples. October 9-10 Oktoberfest Festive Bavarian atmosphere at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort with live music, costume contest, kids fun center and German beer. Free admission. October 14-17 Outlander NC Festival Attend the Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming and celbrate the Outlander Series at Leatherwood Mountain. October 16 42nd Annual Valle Country Fair Juried fine art & crafts booths, music & food. MOUNTAINSOFNC.COM

October 16-17 44th Annual Woolly Worm Festival Woolly Worm wace, crafts, food & kids activities.

NOVEMBER November 13- December 24 Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Season Select a free tree and enjoy amenities such as hot cocoa, hayrides & more! November 20 Ashe County Holiday Parade Small town parade in the Christmas Tree Capital of the USA! November 26-27 Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town Music, games, Santa, parade and more!


December 3 Boone Festive First Friday Solar tree lighting, music, and festive small-town holiday evening fun in downtown Boone. December 4 Banner Elk A Small Town Christmas Night parade of lights, luminary trail with minitrain rides, santa visits, music & light show December 10-12 SugarFest A weekend of winter fun at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort with ski clinics, equipment demos and party with fireworks. December 31 New Year’s Eve Extravaganza Fireworks, torchlight skiing and more! Moonlight ice skating from 10 pm to midnight.

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September 4-5 Beech Mtn Annual Mile High Kite Festival Kite club demonstations, free kites to the 1st 200 kids.


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An Appalachian Summer Festival July A summer arts celebration featuring a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts & film programming.

ASU ‘The Schaefer Center Presents’ September-April Featuring a diverse array of acclaimed music, dance, & theatre, showcasing artists from around the world.

Appalachian Theatre of the High Country Year-round The 629 seat art deco theatre showcases regional, national & international acts, movies & corporate events year round.

Downtown Boone Art Crawl Feb-Dec: 1st Friday of the month Stroll galleries along King St., meet artists, listen to music and enjoy a meal.

Art in the Park May-Oct: Various Saturdays A juried art & craft show featuring 90 artisans.

Downtown West Jefferson Art Crawl June-Nov: 2nd Friday of the month Enjoy openings, demonstrations, new artists, and food. Ensemble Stage Year-Round 185 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, 828-414-1844 The High Country’s only year-round professional theater presents full-length plays, staged radio dramas, interactive murder mysteries, shows for kids and an annual musical holiday variety show. Grillin & Chillin at Sugar Mountain Memorial Day - Labor Day Come to the Caddyshack Café golf deck for a free outdoor concert and dancing every Wednesday evening.


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Horn in the West June - Aug: Nightly @ 8pm; except Mondays An outdoor dramas about the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. Jones House Concerts Various Dates House-concert style ticketed indoor performances Lees-McRae Summer Theatre June- August Producing quality theatre experiences in the heart of Banner Elk. 2021 shows include “Matilda,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and “America’s Artist: The Norman Rockwell Story.” Mountain Home Music Concerts Memorial Day-Christmas Season Appalachian musicians, dancers, storytellers & poets. Appalachian tradition includes celtic, oldtime, bluegrass and African American forms of artistic expression. Saloon Studios Live Seasonal 19th-century western town replica and saloon, complete with two live stages & a recording studio. Our concerts & events are unlike anything you’ve experienced before!


Banner Elk, Beech Mtn Area Crossnore Jam Town Meeting House, Crossnore, 828-733-0360 Live jam sessions are held the 1st Friday of every month, 7pm-9pm.

Music on the Veranda Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock Sundays, 5-8pm from May-Oct. Everything from Bluegrass to rockabilly.

Original Mast General Store Valle Crucis, 828-963-6511 Sunday Sunset Concert Series TO EXCELLENCE Music most Sat & Sun, from around 12-2. 501 BeechCOMMITTED Mtn Pkwy, Beech Mtn, 828-387-4838 In the summer, local musicians serenade visitors DEDICATED TO COMMUNITY at Fred’s Mercantile Gazebo. Red, White & Bluegrass Jam Blowing Rock American Legion, 828-963-3546 Tate-Evans Park April-Nov, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6-9pm 210 Park Ave, Banner Elk, 828-898-8395 Indoors with seating. Suggested $5 Donation. Eclectic mix of musicians perform Thursday evenings: June-Sept at 6pm.

Blowing Rock, Boone Area Appalachian State Hayes School of Music 813 Rivers St, Boone, 828-262-3020 An array of faculty, student & guest performers. Grand opera to bluegrass showcased. Concerts in the Park Memorial Park, Blowing Rock, 828-295-7851 Sundays after Art in the Park. Feature a wide array of music.

West Jefferson, Sparta Area Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series Backstreet, West Jefferson, 866-607-0093 Held May-August.

Crouse House Pickers 60 Cherry St, Sparta, 336-372-4591 Jam session held every Monday at 6pm. Bring an instrument to join in! Todd Summer Music Series Cook Park, Todd, NC 28684 Free concerts every other Saturday from JuneAugust at 6pm. Food & refreshment available.


The Orchard at Altapass 1025 Orchard Rd, Spruce Pine, 828-765-9531 Live bands perform Wed-Sun from May-Sept and weekends in Oct.

Jones House Community Center 604 W King St, Boone, 828-268-6280 Free concerts every Friday, 5pm, June-August Old-time jam sessions indoors every Thursday at 7:30pm.

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