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2017 Mountain Vacation Planner

The MOST Comprehensive Guide

COVERING Blowing Rock • Boone Banner Elk • Beech Mountain West Jefferson • Spruce Pine North Wilkesboro • Wilkesboro Seven Devils • Sparta

The Blue Ridge Parkway

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Fishing Golf Gem Mining Horseback Riding Outdoor Adventure Guides

14 Winter Attractions

15 Snow Recreation 15 Equipment & Rentals

16 Outdoor Parks & Hiking

17 Blue Ridge Parkway 18 State & National Public Lands

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20 Agri-tourism

21 Choose & Cut Farms 21 Farms 29 Farmers Markets

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22 Shopping & Spas 23 Specialty Shoppes & Spas

26 Arts & Crafts

27 Museums 27 Galleries

28 Restaurants 30 Accommodations

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

40 Relocation

40 Local Services 41 Real Estate & Communities

44 Events & Live Entertainment 42 2017 Calendar of Events 45 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 strange and historic Mystery Hill, gem mining and the adrenalinepumping ziplines & aerial adventures 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.

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! theblowingrock.com

High Gravity Adventures 215 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock 828-386-6222 Ages 4 to 84 are encouraged to explore our vertical world. Tickets buy you 3 hours of self-navigated time in our aerial park. Heights from 15-50 feet and 75+ challenges await you! highgravityadventures.com

Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine & Fossil Museum 129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock 828-264-4499 NC’s premier educational mining experience! Geologist on staff. Open 7 days a week, year round. Heated indoor mining for winter/rainy summer days. Special tours available in the summer. docsrocks.net

Horn in the West 591 Horn in the West Dr, Boone, 828-264-2120 Premiering in 1952, Horn in the West is considered one of three legacy outdoor dramas in America. The play tells the story of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. Open at 8 p.m. nightly except Mondays from late June through mid-August. horninthewest.com

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. emeraldvillage.com

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! linvillecaverns.com

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. grandfather.com Hawksnest Zipline 2058 Skyland Dr, Seven Devils, 800-822-4295 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: hawksnestzipline.com Hickory Ridge Living History Museum 591 Horn in the West Dr, Boone, 828-264-2120 18th-century Carolina backcountry living, demonstrated by docents in period attire. Open April-November. Guided tours, 10AM and 2PM, call for days. Also open on summer evenings before Horn in the West. hickoryridgemuseum.com

Mast General Store Hwy 194, Valle Crucis, 828-963-6511 Charles Kuralt called the Mast Store in rural Valle Crucis “a destination” on the National Register of Historic Places. mastgeneralstore.com Mystery Hill 129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock 828-264-2792 Fun! Mystery HIll explores the relationship of science, optical illusion and natural phenomena in a hands-on entertainment center. Mystery House, Appalachian Heritage Museum and Native American Artifacts Museum. mysteryhill-nc.com Sky Valley Zip Tours 634 Sky Ranch Road, Boone, 855-4-SKY-ZIP Experience a true zip line canopy adventure! Over a mile of cable & elevations up to 300 ft, the course features 10 zip lines, cliff jumping, waterfalls and a swinging bridge. skyvalleyziptours.com

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Mountain Aire Golf Club

An unbelievable place to golf & live!

- 18 Hole Public Course - Reasonable Rates - 25 miles from Boone in the Blue Ridge Mountains

1396 Fairway Dr, West Jefferson

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4 Seasons Vacation Rentals & SALES

Florence Thomas Art School 1.59” x 4.56”

Rivers , Views, Fireplaces Pet Friendly Boone, West Jefferson, Todd 370 S Main St. Jefferson, NC

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www.FlorenceArtSchool.org 336.846.3827 10 S Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson

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FISHING

Outdoor Recreation Get OUT!

Grandfather Trout Farm 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. grandfathertroutfarm.com

The High Country is a great area to escape from your routine and enjoy the great outdoors. Camping, hiking, canoeing, white water rafting, mountain biking and road cycling, 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.

Rivergirl Fishing 4041 Todd RRGrade Road, Todd, 336-877-3099 A full-service fishing and rental shop located in the historic crossroads community of Todd, NC, where Elk Creek flows into the South Fork of the New River. rivergirlfishing.com

GOLF 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-November. Open to the public. boonegolfclub.com 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. mountainaire.com 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. Excellent for golf packages, conferences, corporate outings & real estate. visitjeffersonlanding.com Linville Land Harbor 20 Land Harbor Plaza, Newland, 888-909-8333 Linville Land Harbor, a year-round residential community with a USGA public golf course. linvillelandharbor.com Redtail Mountain 300 Country Club Ln, Mountain City, TN, 423-727-7600 With many elevated tees & beautiful mountain vistas Red Tail Mountain offers the best in mountain golf. Challenging & well-conditioned Red Tail Mountain stands out. redtailmountain.com

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Elk Creek Outfitters 1560 Hwy 105, Boone, 828-264-6497 Professional guide service, full day float trips, wilderness walk trips, flyfishing schools & overnight trips for trout, musky & smallmouth. ecoflyfishing.com


GEM MINING

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

HORSEBACK RIDING Clear Creek Guest Ranch 100 Clear Creek Dr, Burnsville, 828-675-4510 Rustic luxury resort with spectacular views. Horseback riding, hayrides, fishing, hiking, tubing, whitewater rafting, special children’s activities, cookouts, line dancing. All lodging, meals and ranch activities included in rates. clearcreekranch.com

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 www.linvillecaverns.com

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Dutch Creek Trails 793 Rubin Walker Rd, Vilas, 828-297-7117 Offering horseback rides on beautiful mountain trails. Horseback rides leave every 2 hours starting at 10am, Mon-Sat, Weather Permitting. dutchcreektrails.com 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. leatherwoodmountains.com

OUTDOOR GUIDE SERVICES 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. highmountainexpeditions.com

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Hikemore Adventures Boone, 704-616-0125 Offering a backcountry experience through guided camping & hiking trips in Western North Carolina. Enjoy day hikes, overnight trips, candlelight picnics, landscape photography lessons & back country wildness survival classes! hikemoreadventures.com Price Lake Boat Rentals BRP MP , 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! pricelakeboatrentals.com River and Earth Adventures, Inc 1655 Hwy 105, Boone, 866-411-RAFT(7238) Guided wilderness adventures and ecoeducation. Whitewater rafting, caving, canoes, tubes, climbing, kayaks, whitewater paddling school, guided hikes and more. Year-round adventures, local organic lunches. Guide owned & operated. Shuttle services for groups. raftcavehike.com Sky Retreat Paragliding & Outdoor Adventure 432 Cascade Dr, Purlear, 336-973-0444 Have an experience of a lifetime flying with a certified tandem paragliding pilot! Enjoy other onsite features such as cabin rentals, ballroom dance and fitness classes, and tubing trips. theskyretreat.com 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! wahoosadventures.com

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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! foggymountaingems.com


Winter Attractions

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. appskimtn.com

Snow Ahead!

Winter weather does not keep the High Country indoors- we get out and play in it! If you are getting cabin fever, come up to the High Country and enjoy the crisp winter air and fluffy snow.

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. beechmtn.com

Downhill ski on groomed trails or crosscountry ski, snowshoe or hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway. For the adventurous, snowboard a terrain park or zipline to take in the endless winter views. Families of all ages and skill levels will enjoy the sledding hill, ice skating rinks, snowtubing park and learning to ski and snowboard.

Hawksnest Snow Tubing 2058 Skyland Dr, Seven Devils, 800-822-4295 With more than 30 lanes and 4 different areas of snowtubing, Hawksnest is one of the largest and longest snow tubing parks on the east coast. Buy tickets online at hawksnesttubing.com 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. appskimtn.com

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. skicountrysports.com Ski Rentals at Fred’s 501 Beech Mtn Pkwy, Beech Mtn, 828-387-4838 A Beech Mountain tradition for 37 years. Renting skis, snowboards and ski clothing. Carrying a complete line of ski accessories, outdoor clothing and all your mountain needs. fredsgeneral.com

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

“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.

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

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.

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

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.

Moses Cone Memorial Park (MP 292) 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.

highcountryparkway.com Find milepost itineraries, birding & wildflower information, photos

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Tourism Information Accommodations

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 blueridgeparkway.org

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation 866-308-2773 Support the Blue Ridge Parkway by visiting a Parkway Plus partner and donating to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. blueridgefoundation.org

NATIONAL & STATE LANDS

LOCAL PARKS & ACTIVITIES

Pisgah National Forest Call 828-652-2144.

Banner Elk

W. Kerr Scott Reservoir Call 336-921-3390.

Elk Knob State Park Call 828-297-7261. Grandfather Mountain State Park Call 828-963-9522. Mount Jefferson State Natural Area This year-round park soars 1600 feet above West Jefferson and has rare geology and plants.

New River State Park To learn more, call 336-982-2587.

Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest For more details, call 336-667-5072.

Stone Mountain State Park To find out more, call 336-957-8185.

• 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

Boone

• Watauga Recreation Complex 231 Complex Dr, Boone, 828-264-9511 • Rocky Knob Mountain Biking Park US Hwy 421S, Boone, 828-264-9511 • Boone Jaycee Park Horn in the West Drive, Boone • Howard’s Knob 231 Complex Dr, Boone, 828-264-9511

Alleghany County Chamber & Visitors Center 58 S Main St, Sparta, 800-372-5473 Hours: 9-5 M-F (June-Dec on Sat) coolsparta.com Ashe County Chamber & Visitors Center 01 N Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson 888-343-2743, Hours: 9-5 M-F ashechamber.com 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) averycounty.com Beech Mountain Area Chamber & TDA 403-A Beech Mtn Pkwy, Beech Mountain 828-387-9283, Hours: 9-5 M-S Cresting at 5,506ft, 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. beechmtn.com 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. blowingrock.com Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 870 W King St, Suite A, Boone, 828-264-2225 Hours: M-F 9-5 boonechamber.com

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

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Greater Lansing Area Development Lansing, 336-466-4790 Trout waters with public access, local rentals & public parks. 12 miles from Pond Mountain public lands with primitive camping. Echos of the past-whispers of the future. explorelansingnc.com High Country Host & Regional Visitors Center 800-438-7500, Hwy 321N, Blowing Rock Visitor Center Hours: 9-5 M-S, 9-3 Sun High Country Host provides tourism information and co-op advertising opportunities for Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes Counties. highcountryhost.com Town of Seven Devils TDA 1356 Seven Devils Rd, Seven Devils, 828-963-5098, Located between Boone and Banner Elk offering rental accommodations with great views, affordable real estate, shopping, restaurants, tennis, snowtubing & ziplining. sevendevils.net West Jefferson TDA 866-607-0093, Established in 1915, West Jefferson has always held on to it’s small town appeal. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, West Jefferson gives visitors a sense of history as well as a mix of modern culture. visitwestjefferson.org Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce 717 Main St, North Wilkesboro, 336-838-8662 Hours: M-F 8:30-5 explorewilkes.com

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

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Boone & Watauga County TDA 828-266-1345, 800-852-9506 There’s something about the cool mountain air, abundant vistas, and just the right amount of adventure that inspires and invigorates. Step away from the everyday and Step Outside Yourself. exploreboone.com

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“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!

CHOOSE & CUT FARMS

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. applehillfarmnc.com

Appalachian Evergreens 1371 Hwy 194, Boone, 877-266-1609 Mail-order wreaths, choose & cut trees and a full range of fresh Christmas greenery for individuals and wholesale. appevergreens.com

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. danielboonegardens.org

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 seven out of the last 20 years.

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. altapassorchard.com

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Cornett Deal Christmas Tree Farm 142 Tannenbaum Ln, Vilas, 828-964-6322 Choose & cut farm open Thanksgiving weekend and the following weekend. Trees up to 11ft, wreaths, hayrides, refreshments, tree shaker, tree drill machine, stands and local crafts. cdtreefarm.com NC Christmas Tree Association 577-3 George Wilson Rd, Boone, 800-562-8789 Promotional and educational association for growers of NC Christmas trees. ncchristmastrees.com SKYe2 Farm 1510 Old Beech Mtn Rd, Elk Park, 919-247-4449 A sustainable, organic & experimental farm. Hops, lavender, medicinal, milkweed & more are grown at 4200’ on flowering meadows with 200 degree views. Private guided tours are available any weekday from mid-April to mid October. skye2farm.com 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. sugarplumfarm.com 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 swingingbridgefarm.com 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: wataugachristmastrees.org

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SPECIALTY SHOPPES & SPAS

From wandering small town sidewalks looking for a bargain to exploring back roads in search of an artist’s studio, your shopping experience will be far from mundane. After all, for many, it’s just not a vacation if you haven’t had the chance to do a little shopping...and had a chance to relax and unwind at a mountain spa.

DeWoolfson Down 9452 Hwy 105, Banner Elk, 800-833-3696 Manufacturers and merchants of the finest down and silk bedding products. Extraordinary selection of imported linens and duvet covers. Located on NC Highway 105 South, 8 miles south of Boone. dewoolfsonlinens.com 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. fredsgeneral.com 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. hickoryfurniture.com 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 Incredible Toy Company, Inc 3411 Hwy 321S, Blowing Rock, 828-264-1422 Specializing in quality toys for all ages. Thomas trains, Playmobil, puzzles, games, science, art & outdoor merchandise. Open year round! incredibletoycompany.com 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. mastgeneralstore.com

Tanger Outlets, Blowing Rock 278 Shoppes on the Parkway Rd, Blowing Rock 800-720-6728, Shop for bargains at over 30 nationally known name brand outlets like Banana Republic, Coach, J. Crew. Strollers, wheelchairs & gift cards availalble. Open M-Sat 9a-9p, Sun 10a-7p. tangeroutlet.com/blowingrock The Blue Ridge Soap Shed 179 Meadow View Rd, Spruce Pine 877-404-7627, Established in 1998, The Soap Shed offers one of the largest selections of handmade soap made in the USA: 130 varieties ranging from good-for-your-skin goat milk soap, shea butter and Olive Oil Castile, even Grandma’s Ole Lye Soap. soapshed.com

SPAS Art of Living Shankara Ayurveda Spa 639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, 800-392-6870 Restful rooms with incredible views, full service spa, delicious vegetarian dining, yoga and meditation available. artoflivingretreatcenter.org Heavenly Touch Spa 246-D Wilson Dr, Boone, 828-264-4335 Established in 2012, a premier, full-service day spa and tanning salon in the NC High Country. heavenlytouchboone.com The Spa at Chetola Resort 500 N Main St, Blowing Rock, 800-295-5500 Massages, beauty treatments, facials, skin care, manicures, pedicures, fitness classes, jacuzzi, sauna, cosmetic applications, juice bar, spa packages and gift cards. Featuring Jane Iredale Cosmetics and Osmosis Skincare. Open to the public. chetola.com 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. westglow.com

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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. ashecountycheese.com


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Beautiful Finds to Discover Ahead! Like all of Appalachia, the High Country was historically isolated from the convenienc- es 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.

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! ashecountyarts.org

Florence Thomas Art School, Inc 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! florenceartschool.org

Ashe County Frescoes Foundation 201 River Knoll Dr, Jefferson, 336-982-3261 Dedicated to the protection and preservation of the great works of art by Ben Long. ashefrescoes.org

Jones House Cultural & Community Center 604 W King St., Boone, 828-268-6280 Enjoy community events, concerts, art galleries , artist receptions and more. joneshouse.org

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 159 Chestnut St, Blowing Rock, 828-295-9099 Experience art & discover history with yearround exhibitions! Educational programs, special events, concerts, arts & crafts workshops available for all ages. Home of the Annual Blowing Rock Art & Antiques Show. blowingrockmuseum.org Carlton Gallery 10360 Hwy 105S, Banner Elk, 828-963-4288 The most established fine art gallery in the area celebrates over 30 years. Paintings, pottery, jewelry, fiber-art, wood, glass & garden sculpture created by over 200 artists. Workshops on painting, drawing, collage, expressive arts. carltonartgallery.com 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. crossnoreweavers.org

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Museum of Ashe County History, Inc 301 E Main St, Jefferson, 336-846-1904 Non-profit organization established to preserve the 1904 Ashe County Courthouse. ashehistory.org Parkway Craft Center at Moses Cone Manor 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 9-5 daily, March 15- Nov. 30 craftguild.org 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; guided tours available. tcva.org 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. wilkesheritagemuseum.com

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Blue Ridge Theater and Events Center 9331 Hwy. 16 S, West Jefferson Live Entertainment provided 336-246-2900, brdt.net

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Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant 108 S Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson Downtown Dining with covered patio 336-246-5222, boondocks-brewing.com

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Chick-fil-A 2082 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone Indoor playground 828-264-4660, chick-fil-a.com/Boone Dan’l Boone Inn Restaurant 130 Hardin St, Boone Seasonal hours, call ahead 828-264-8657, danlbooneinn.com The Gamekeeper Restaurant 3005 Shulls Mill Rd, Boone Seasonal hours, call ahead 828-963-7400, gamekeeper-nc.com The Hotel Tavern 5 W Main St, West Jefferson Located in a historic old hotel 336-846-2121, thehoteltavern.com

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Peddler Steak House 1972 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone 100 Featuring a gourmet salad bar 828-264-4433, peddlerofboone.com Pepper’s Restaurant 240 Shadowline Dr, Boone 125 Open since 1980! Full-service bar 828-262-1250, peppers-restaurant.com Rowlands at Westglow Resort 224 Westglow Circle, Blowing Rock 75 Mountain views & romantic fireside dining 828-295-5141, westglowresortandspa.com S&L Catering 1408 Flat Top Rd, Blowing Rock Catering for small parties to large weddings 828-964-5741, slcateringbr.com

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Sandwiches, homemade desserts, fresh seafood and steaks Fine, world-class culinary fare in a historic mansion Hibachi to Southern to hor d’oeuvres

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Stick Boy Kitchen 211 Boone Heights Dr, Boone Family-owned, fresh baked bagels 828-265-4141, stickboykitchen.com

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Timberlake's Restaurant at Chetola Resort 500 N. Main St, Blowing Rock Menu inspired by Bob Timberlake 828-295-5531, chetola.com

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Vistas at Redtail Mountain 300 CountryClub Ln, Mountain City TN Upscale Casual Dining 423-727-7600, redtailmountain.com

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Woodlands Barbeque 8304 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock Featuring live music 828-295-3651, woodlandsbbq.com

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Zaxby’s 545 Hwy 105 Ex, Boone Get your tailgating box here! 828-266-3477, zaxbys.com

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Farmers Markets West Jefferson, Sparta Area

Boone, Blowing Rock Area

• Alleghany County Farmers Market Crouse Park, 60 Cherry St, Sparta May -Oct- Sat: 9-1pm June - Aug- Thurs: 4-6pm

• Blowing Rock Fresh Market Park Avenue, 828-295-7851 May-Oct Thurs: 4-6pm

• Ashe County Farmers Market 108 Backstreet, West Jefferson, 336-877-4141 April- Oct Sat: 8-1pm July- Sept Wed: 8-1pm A covered open-air market located on the Backstreet in West Jefferson. Fresh, locally grown produce, nursery plants, homemade baked goods and handmade crafts. ashefarmersmarket.com

Banner Elk, Beech Mtn Area • Avery County Farmers Market 170 Linville St, Newland, 828-733-8274 June -Oct Sat: 9-12pm • Spruce Pine Farmers Market Upper St, Spruce Pine, 800-227-3912 May -Oct Wed: 2-5pm

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• 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! wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org

Wilkesboro Area • Wilkes County Farmers Market 700 CBD Loop, N. Wilkesboro, 336-667-7129 May-Oct Sat: 7:30-12pm Tues: 3:30-5:30 • Wilkesboro Open Air Market West Main St, Wilkesboro, 336-838-3951 May-Oct Fri: 4-8pm

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Banner Elk Area Banner Elk Inn, Cottages & Cabins 828-898-6223 407 E Main St, Banner Elk bannerelkinn.com

$110$250

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Valle Crucis Area Lazy Bear Lodge B&B 828-963-9201, 828-773-4289 315 Lazy Bear Trail, Vilas lazy-bear-lodge.com

$159$179

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The Mast Farm Inn 828-963-5857, 888-963-5857 2543 Broadstone Rd, Valle Crucis mastfarminn.com

$99$419

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Taylor House Inn 828-963-5581, 800-963-5581 Historic Valle Crucis, Hwy. 194 S. taylorhouseinn.com

$84 -$224

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Banner Elk, Beech Mountain Area Banner Elk Inn, Cottages & Cabins 828-898-6223 407 E Main St, Banner Elk bannerelkinn.com

$110$250

Blue Ridge Village 828-898-9737, 800-438-6493 3781 Tynecastle Highway, Banner Elk festivaresorts.com

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Pinnacle Inn Resort 828-387-2231, 800-405-7888 301 Pinnacle Inn Rd, Beech Mountain pinnacleinn.com

$60$195

Smoketree Lodge 828-963-6505, 800-422-1880 Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk smoketree-lodge.com

$75$120

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Anderson Realty and Rentals, Inc. 828-262-0043 184 N. Water St #13, Boone rentourcabins.com

$120 & up

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

$185275

Bob Timberlake Inn at Chetola 828-295-5500, 800-243-8652 500 N Main St, Blowing Rock bobtimberlakeinn.com

$218$380

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At Your Wits End 828-264-3535, 800-774-3493 719 A Greenway Rd Ste. 101, Boone witsendrentals.com

$125 & up

Carolina Mountain Lodge 831-601-7820 467 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone carolinamountainlodge.com

$85$205

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Blue Ridge Mountain Rentals 828-295-7400, 800-237-7975 8100-3 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock blueridgerentals.com

$175 & up

Lovill House Inn 828-264-4204, 800-849-9466 404 Old Bristol Rd, Boone lovillhouseinn.com

$129$219

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Blue Ridge Vacation Cabins 828-963-2393, 855-626-6868 120 Honeybear Campground Rd, Boone blueridgevacationcabins.com

$125 & up

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

$149$179

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

$60$1650

Westglow Resort & Lodges 828-295-4463, 800-562-0807 224 Westglow Circle, Blowing Rock westglow.com

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Heated indoor pool • Outdoor fire pit • HDTV’s 24-Hour Starbucks • On-site restaurant • Suites 1050 Hwy 105, Boone (near ASU) 828.265.7676 • marriott.com/hkybn

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Boone’s Newest Hotel! Heated Indoor Pool • Suites & WiFi • Breakfast Local Bus Transport Close to ASU • Outdoor Fire Pit 1252 US Hwy 421 S, Boone 828-386-6464 • hamptoninn.com 32 ACCOMMODATIONS

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Boone, Blowing Rock, Valle Crucis Area Fall Creek Cabins See our ad on page 32 336-877-3131 P.O. Box 190, Fleetwood rentcabinsboonenc.com Foscoe Rentals 828-963-8142, 800-723-7341 133 Echota Parkway, Boone NCMountainVacations.com

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~ Hot Tub, covered porch, rocking chairs, swing, picnic table, grill & campfire ring ~ Secluded on 78 acres with trout stream, trails & waterfalls, near Boone & Parkway ~ Equipped kitchens, linens, WiFi, fireplace ~ Ideal for honeymoons, romantic getaways, family vacations, reunions & more

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$89$480

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

$49$120

High Country Cabin Rentals, Inc 828-295-7737, 855-651-4832 6236 US Hwy 321 S, Blowing Rock hccabinrentals.com

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

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Linda’s High Country Rentals 828-963-0561 417 Clubhouse Dr, Banner Elk LindasRentals.net

$125$175

Mountainaire Inn and Log Cabins 828-295-7991 827 N Main St, Blowing Rock mountainaireinn.com

$69$295

Riverside Log Cabin Rentals 828-263-0507 111 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock mysteryhill-nc.com

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Sky Retreat Cabins 336-973-0444 432 Cascade Dr, Purlear theskyretreat.com

$49 & up

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

$90$135

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Fall Creek Cabins


$100 & up

Willow Valley Resort 828-963-6551 354 Bairds Creek Rd, Boone willowvalley-resort.com

$90$150

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Rates White Fence Farm 828-964-6767 Downtown Boone & Blowing Rock whitefencefarmrentals.com

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West Jefferson, Ashe County Area 4 Seasons Vacation Rentals & Sales See our ad on page 8 336-246-2700, 866-207-4837 370 S. Main St, West Jefferson 4seasonsvacations.com

$99$275

Mountain City, Tennessee

Complimentary Full Breakfast Complimentary Wi-Fi Live Music & Entertainment Fitness Facility Wedding & Event Facilities Named

2015/2016 “Best Small Hotel”

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Redtail Mountain Resort 423-727-7600 300 Country Club Ln, Mountain City, TN redtailmountain.com

Banner Elk Best Western Mountain Lodge 828-898-4571, 877-877-4553 1615 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk bestwesternbannerelk.com

$69$179

Beech Mountain

Chestnut Grille Contemporary American Dining

The Divide Tavern Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide

9239 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock NC 28605 828.414.9230 GreenParkInn.com

4 Seasons at Beech 828-387-4211 608 Beech Mtn Pkwy, Beech Mtn 4seasons.beech.net

$64$429

Blowing Rock, Boone Area Alpine Village Inn 828-295-7206 297 Sunset Dr, Blowing Rock alpine-village-inn.com

$69$199

Baymont Inn & Suites 828-264-0077 1075 Hwy 105, Boone baymontinns.com/boone

$89$179

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Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock 828-295-5500, 800-243-8652 500 N. Main St, Blowing Rock chetola.com

The award-winning Comfort Suites in Boone combines High Country style, comfort and hospitality. The hotel offers all of the amenities you’ll need for your perfect mountain get-away; including large, spacious suites, a complimentary hot breakfast, game room & an indoor pool. Call or visit us online to book your NC High Country vacation.

828-268-0099

1184 Hwy 105, Boone www.hgmhotels.com choicehotels.com

SOCIAL MEDIA High Country Host

Always fresh, always clean—our rooms are full of thoughtful amenities including well-lit work desk, coffee maker, hair dryer and iron & ironing board. Enjoy our exercise room, complimentary continental breakfast and indoor pool. Meeting space is available to accommodate groups. We guarantee you will be 100% satisfied.

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Comfort Suites Boone 828-268-0099, 888-854-5959 1184 Hwy. 105, Boone choicehotels.com Country Inn & Suites 828-264-4100 818 E King St, Boone countryinns.com/boonenc Courtyard by Marriott 828-265-7676 1050 Hwy. 105, Boone marriott.com/hkybn Fairfield Inn & Suites 828-268-0677, 866-871-7425 2060 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone choicehotels.com Green Park Inn 828-414-9230, 888-491-2117 9239 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock greenparkinn.com

$125$372

$59$229

$79$299

$109259

$74$189

$89$229

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

$109$259

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

$89$199

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

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Hillwinds Inn 828-295-7660, 800-821-4908 315 Sunset Dr, Blowing Rock thevillageinnsofblowingrock.com

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

$70$249

Homestead Inn 828-295-9559 153 Morris St, Blowing Rock homestead-inn.com

$69$149

La Quinta & Suites 828-262-1234, 866-460-7456 165 Highway 105 Ext, Boone laquintaboone.com

$69 & up

Meadowbrook Inn 828-295-4300, 800-467-6626 711 Main St, Blowing Rock meadowbrook-inn.com

$89$350

Quality Inn & Suites University 828-266-1100 840 E King St, Boone qualityinn.com

$55$299

Ridgeway Inn 828-295-7321, 800-821-4908 131 Yonahlossee Rd, Blowing Rock thevillageinnsofblowingrock.com

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The Village Inn 828-295-3380, 800-821-4908 7876 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock thevillageinnsofblowingrock.com

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Art of Living Retreat Center 136 Virgil Day Rd, Boone, 800-368-5168 Relax with spa getaways, hotel rooms with incredible views, delicious dining, daily yoga and meditation and weekend Art of Living retreats. Located near Boone, NC by the Blue Ridge Parkway. artoflivingretreatcenter.org

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. brccenter.org

Lutherock Camp & Conference Center 84 Camp Luther Rd, Newland, 828-209-6328 753 acres on Sugar Mountain with facilities ranging from hotel style rooms to cabins. Features miles of hiking trails, high ropes courses, rockclimbing, a disc golf course, group interaction course, and more. lutherock.com

Sky Retreat Wedding & Event Venue 432 Cascade Dr, Purlear, 336-973-0444 A new, 30 acre all seasons venue with a 5,000sq. ft. Grand Ballroom and long-range views. Enjoy staying in the 13 log cabins and participating in activities like ballroom dance classes, paragliding tandem flights, and tubing/kayaking trips theskyretreat.com

New River Lodge 3520 Lower Nettle Knob Rd, West Jefferson 336-977-2758, 877-601-5020 Offers 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths,with expansive outdoor space as the covered deck offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor living while being protected from the sun or rain. There is a venue down on the banks of the river where you will find a riverside picnic table, fire pit and grill...perfect for a family reunion, wedding or corporate retreat. newriverlodgenc.com

Holiday Inn Express of West Jefferson 336-846-4000 203 Hampton Place Court, West Jefferson www.ihg.com

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. bluebearmountain.com

$70$130

Mountain City, Tennessee Americourt Hotel 423-727-7311 450 Dotson Ln, Mountain City, TN www.americourthotels.com/ hotel_mountain_city

$69$99

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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. koa.com/where/nc/33145.htm Flintlock Family Campground 171 Flintlock Campground Dr, Boone, 888-850-9997, 118 sites, store, stream, laundry, hot showers, full hook-ups, camping, cabins, playground. flintlockcampground.com

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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. vcconferences.org

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West Jefferson, Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro

Holiday Inn Express of Wilkesboro 336-838-1800, 800-HOL-IDAY 1700 Winkler St, Wilkesboro hiexpress.com/wilkesboronc

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. YadkinValleyEventCenter.com

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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. grandfatherrv.com Linville Falls Trailer Lodge & Campground 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-Nov 1. Cabin open year round. linvillefalls.com

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A1 Mountain Realty 1 N Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson, 336-846-4900 A full service real estate office located in Downtown West Jefferson NC. Let us help you with Ashe County Real Estate! A1mountainrealty.com

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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. rentourcabins.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. apprhs.org AppalCART 274 Winklers Creek Rd, Boone, 828-264-2278 Watauga County’s public transportation authority, offering free bus service in the Boone area, Monday-Saturday and county-wide van service Monday-Friday. appalCART.com Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation 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. BlueRidgeEMC.com Bryce Holder CPA, PA 820 State Farm Rd, Boone, 800-456-3595 Our services include: tax planning, individual and business tax services, audits of homeowner associations, non-profit organizations and other bookkeeping and payroll services. bryceholder.com

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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. golifestore.com 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. Print Distribution PO Box 355, Jonesborough, TN, 800-752-9972 Provides brochure distribution service for tourist attractions in West NC, East Kentucky, East Tennessee and SW Virginia. printdistribution.com Skyline Membership Corporation PO Box 759, West Jefferson, 800-759-2226 Full service telecommunications cooperative, Skyline/SkyBest Communications offer local service, voicemail, custom calling services, dial-up and high-speed internet, long distance, business systems and networking solutions. skyline.org

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Beechwood Realty 503 Beech Mtn Pkwy, Beech Mtn, 800-692-2061 Owner/Broker Jim Brooks has 37 years experience on Beech Mountain and has watched it develop from the beginning. slopeside.com Blowing Rock Investment Properties 6236 US Hwy 321 S, Blowing Rock, 828-295-7337 Features Blowing Rock Real Estate listings as well as featured listings for Boone, Banner Elk and Beech Mountain real estate and properties across the entire High Country of Western N.C. Our seasoned pros can assist you in finding you the property you are interested in.brips.com 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. chetola.com 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. EchotaNC.com 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. houndears.com MOUNTAINSOFNC.COM

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. highcountryrealtors.org 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. visitjeffersonlanding.com 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. kwhighcountry.com Linville Land Harbor 20 Land Harbor Plaza, Newland, 888-909-8333 A year-round Residential Community comprising over 1400 families who participate in: USGA public golf, tennis, fishing, hiking, swimming, boating and over 80 hours per week of scheduled classes & events. linvillelandharbor.com Summit Real Estate Services, LLC 895 State Farm Rd, # 210, Boone, 828-264-6222 Serving the High Country for over 30 years.We offer residential, land and commercial real estate sales and service. SummitNC.com 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! superlativerealtyservices.com Vincent Properties, Inc. 989 Main St, Blowing Rock, 828-295-0700 Voted “Best Local Real Estate Office” in 2014/15, A family owned business committed to providing services in real estate, construction & development. Local experts working for you! vincentproperties.com

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January 26-29 19th Annual Blowing Rock Winterfest Polar Plunge, live music, ice carving, kid’s activities & more. blowingrockwinterfest.com

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. appsummer.org

March March 25-26 App Ski Meltdown Games & Beach Blast Cardboard box derby, 3-man sled contest, railjam & more. appskimtn.com

April April 1 Blowing Rock Trout Derby Annual celebration of the start of trout season with prizes! blowingrock.com/troutderby April 15 Downtown Boone Easter Eggstravaganza 2-4pm: Easter egg hunt, games, prizes & entertainment. downtownboonenc.com April 20-23 Savor Blowing Rock A celebration of food & drink with tastings, seminars, culinary events, Corkscrew 5K & more! savorblowingrock.com April 27-30 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. merlefest.org

JUNE June 17 7th Annual Town of Boone Doc Watson Day Enjoy music & stories from some of Doc’s friends & musical companions joneshouse.org June 26 93rd Annual Singing on the Mountain All-day gospel singing, church bazaar & dinner in the meadow at the base of Grandfather Mountain. grandfather.com

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July Weekends Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend The true story of Tom Dula: love, murder & the hanging of a man many believed to be innocent. 336-838-PLAY (7529) July 1 30th Annual Christmas in July Festival Arts, crafts, music, Civil War reenactors, food & fun! (Live music & food Fri.) christmasinjuly.info July 1 47th Annual Roasting of the Hog Pork, smoked turkey & all the fixin’s along with music & fireworks. beechmtn.com July 1-2 Blowing Rock 4th of July Weekend Music in the park, games & Main Street parade! blowingrock.com/july4th July 4 Town of Boone 4th of July Celebration Small town parade, free watermelon, music & fireworks. downtownboonenc.com July 6-9 62nd 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. gmhg.org July 14-16 Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival Juried festival with nationally & internationally known artisans. averycounty.com July 21-22 Alleghany Fiddlers Convention The best in traditional mountain music in competition. alleghanyfiddlersconvention.com

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July 22-23 6th Annual PetFest Dog Show Contest, Vendors, Kid Rides and much more! highcountrypetfest.com

September 16 Mountain Heritage Festival Demonstrators, crafts, food, dance & music coolsparta.com

July 28 Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Symphony of the Mountains on the lawn of Chetola Resort with fireworks finale. symphonybythelake.com

September 23 Art on the Mountain Fine arts & crafts, demos, food & more! ashecountyarts.org

July 28-29 Ashe County Fiddlers Convention Adult & youth competitions in bluegrass & old time music. ashefiddlersconvention.org

October 7 Brushy Mountain Apple Festival Music, dancing, arts & crafts, food & a celebration of mtn. apples. applefestival.net

OCTOBER

July 28-30 11th Annual Art & Antiques Show Vendors from across the East Coast will bring items. blowingrockmuseum.org

October 14 Annual Todd Fall Festival Local crafts, mountain music, food & fun toddnc.org

AUGUST August 5 34th Annual Crafts on the Green Local arts & crafts at the Fred’s General Gazebo. beechmtn.com

October 14 Boone Heritage Festival Living history demonstrations, crafts, music, storytelling & children’s activities. booneheritagefestival.com

August 11-13 Fine Arts & Master Craft Festival Juried festival with nationally & internationally known artisans. averycounty.com

October 21 38th Annual Valle Country Fair Juried fine art & crafts booths, music & food. vallecountryfair.org

SEPTEMBER

October 21-22 40th Annual Woolly Worm Festival Woolly Worm wace, crafts, food & kids activities. woollyworm.com

September 2-3 Beech Mtn Annual Mile High Kite Festival Kite club demonstations, free kites to the 1st 200 kids. beechmtn.com Sept 8-10 Blue Bear Music Fest Live Music, vendors & camping musicfestatbluebearmountain.com September 22-23 Carolina in the Fall Live folk, roots and bluegrass music, craft vendors, food trucks, craft brews & vintners carolinainthefall.org September 16 The Blowing Rock Music Festival Live music & fireworks at North Carolina’s Oldest Attraction! Coolers and lawn chairs welcome. theblowingrock.com

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NOVEMBER

November 18 Ashe County Holiday Parade Small town parade in the Christmas Tree Capital of the USA! ashechamber.com November 24-25 Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town Music, games, Santa, parade and more! blowingrock.com/christmas-park

DECEMBER December 2 Boone Christmas Parade & Celebration Small town parade and open house at the Jones House Community Center. downtownboonenc.com

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Appalachian State University ‘The Schaefer Center Presents’ September-April 423 W King St, Boone, 828-262-4046 Featuring a diverse array of music, dance & theatre events annually. World class jazz, opera, theatre, folk music, dance, world music. theschaefercenter.org Art in the Park May-Oct: Various Saturdays A juried art & craft show featuring 90 artisans. blowingrock.com/artinthepark Ashe County Little Theatre Four shows: April, June, August, October Local community theatre performs comedy, drama & musicals. ashecivic.com 94th Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show June-Aug: Various Dates The longest continuously running outdoor horse show in the country. blowingrockhorses.com Blue Ridge Theater & Events Center Year Round- Check Website 9331 Hwy 16S, W Jefferson, 336-246-2900 Striving to offer national, as well as local, entertainment to Ashe County & the High Country. brdt.net

Downtown West Jefferson Art Crawl June-Nov: 2nd Friday of the month Enjoy openings, demonstrations, new artists, and food. ashecountyarts.org Ensemble Stage Year Round- Check Website 160 Sunset Dr, Blowing Rock, 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. ensemblestage.com Horn in the West June - Aug: Nightly @ 8pm; except Mondays The nation’s 3rd-oldest outdoor drama tells the story of Daniel Boone & the Revolutionary War. horninthewest.com Mountain Home Music Concerts Memorial Day-Christmas Season Usually Sat. nights in Boone & Blowing Rock. Appalachian musicians, dancers, storytellers & poets. Appalachian tradition includes celtic, oldtime, bluegrass and African American forms of artistic expression. mountainhomemusic.com

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Crossnore Jam Town Meeting House, Crossnore, 828-733-0360 Live jam sessions are held the 1st Friday of every month, 7pm-9pm. crossnorenc.com

Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series Backstreet, West Jefferson, 866-607-0093 Held May-August (check online calendar). Features local and regional artists playing a mix of traditional bluegrass, country and gospel music. visitwestjefferson.org

The Orchard at Altapass 1025 Orchard Rd, Spruce Pine, 828-765-9531 Live bands perform Wed-Sun from May-Sept and Crouse House Pickers COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE weekends in Oct. altapassfoundation.org 60 Cherry St, Sparta, 336-372-4591 DEDICATED TO COMMUNITY Jam session held every Monday at 6pm. Bring an Sunday Sunset Concert Series instrument to join in! coolsparta.com 501 Beech Mtn Pkwy, Beech Mtn, 828-387-4838 In the summer, local musicians serenade visitors Todd Summer Music Series at Fred’s Mercantile Gazebo. fredsgeneral.com Cook Park, Todd, NC 28684 Free concerts every other Saturday from JuneTate-Evans Park August at 6pm. Food & refreshment available. 210 Park Ave, Banner Elk, 828-898-8395 Bring your own chair. toddnc.org Eclectic mix of musicians perform Thursday evenings: June-Sept at 6pm. bannerelk.org

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 generally last an hour and take place weeknights & Sunday afternoons. music.appstate.edu Concerts in the Park Memorial Park, Blowing Rock, 828-295-7851 Sundays after Art in the Park. Feature a wide array of music. blowingrock.com Jones House Community Center 604 W King St, Boone, 828-268-6280 Free concerts every Friday, 5pm, June-Sept. Old-time jam sessions indoors every Thursday at 7:30pm. joneshouse.org

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

Music on the Veranda Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock Sundays, 5-8pm from May-Oct. Everything from Bluegrass to rockabilly. greenparkinn.com Original Mast General Store Valle Crucis, 828-963-6511 Music most Sat & Sun, from around 12-2. Musical genres include traditional, old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, Appalachian. mastgeneralstore.com

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Red, White & Bluegrass Jam Harvest House, Boone, 828-963-3546 April-Nov, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6-9pm Indoors with seating. Suggested $5 Donation. MOUNTAINSOFNC.COM

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