High Country Press Summer Visitor Guide

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High Country Press

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Prospect for your very own North Carolina Gemstones! Sugar Creek Gem Mine makes prospecting for gemstones fun and enjoyable for all ages– from the amateur to the advanced rock collector. For beginners, we have a knowledgeable staff that will guide you through the process, and the advanced miners will appreciate our first-class equipment. You’ll find many take-home treasures to last a lifetime.

We guarantee you’ll find precious gemstones in every bucket! Fun for the whole family!

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Contents Welcome to the High Country!

Our Cities & Towns

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A Trip Through the High Country

Area Attractions

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Vacation Stops Not To Be Missed

High Country Map

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Biking the Mountains

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Outdoor Outfitters

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Ziplining

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Gem Mining

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Parkway Sights

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Wineries & Breweries

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Local Restaurants

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An Overview of the High Country From the Winding Roads To the Beautiful Countryside

Meet The Professionals Who Help You Have the Adventure of a Lifetime

Art Galleries

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Shops & Retailers

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Calendar of Events

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Representing the Area’s Finest Artists in Regional gGalleries A Compilation of Neat Shops And Boutiques

A Summer’s Worth of Things To Do Across the High Country

One of the Area’s Most Uniqueand Exciting Adventures Exciting Activity for Kids–Young & Old Favorite Stops and Hikes

We hope you enjoy your mountain visit!

Taste the Grapes and Hops of High Country Vineyards and Breweries A Broad Range of Dining Opportunities

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PHOTOGRAPHY - Pictures in this issue are from our files and include photos from Todd Bush, Randy Johnson, Ken Ketchie, Jim Morton, as well as submitted pictures.

Cover CoverPhotographer Photographer TODD BUSH Todd Bush’s studio is in Banner Elk, NC. His photographs have been published on book covers, posters, cards, calendars and in numerous magazines. Todd is available for advertising assignments and offers thousands of royalty free and rights managed stock photography images available for download. www.bushphoto.com Todd with Jasper & Dalia 828.898.8088

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Sugar Mountain Resort 2022 Summer Schedule Bike Park and Scenic Chairlift Rides Friday’s through Sunday’s May 27 through October 16 Open Memorial Day and Labor Day Monday Food Truck Festival May 28 Summit Crawl Fireworks on Top of Sugar Mountain July 4 Tween & Teen Gravity Mountain Bike Camp July 15-17 and August 5-7 Avery County Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival July 15-17 and August 12-14 Ladies Gravity Mountain Bike Clinic July 23 Go Nuts North Carolina Regional Downhill Championship Series August 20-21 Oktoberfest October 8-9

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The High Country name was the result of a marketing effort in the early 1980s aimed at pulling the area together and creating an identity for locals and visitors alike to embrace. The area’s Watauga and Avery counties are home to the heart of the High Country -- and the towns of Boone, Blowing and Banner Elk. It stretches from Mitchell county in the west over to Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties in the east.

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AVERY COUNTY

very County was the last of North Carolina’s 100 counties to be formed in 1911. It was named for Waightstill Avery, a colonel in the American Revolution. The county has a total area of 247 square miles and is rural and mountainous, with all of the county’s terrain located within the Appalachian Mountains range. The county contains local attractions such as Grandfather Mountain, Grandfather Mountain State Park, Linville Gorge Wilderness, Linville Falls, Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway, all of which attract large numbers of visitors. In October, the annual “Woolly Worm” festival at the old school in downtown Banner Elk draws visitors from around the world. The Grandfather Mountain Highland

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WATAUGA COUNTY

atauga County was formed in 1849 and named for its Watauga River. It is said that the name originates from a Native American word, various translations of which include “beautiful water,” whispering waters,” “village of many springs” and “river of islands,” to name a few. With a total of 313 square miles, Watauga County is extremely mountainous. All of its terrain is within the Appalachian Mountains and its highest point is Grandfather Mountain’s Calloway Peak. It’s county seat

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Games is held each year the first full weekend after July 4 and is one of the largest Scottish gatherings outside of Scotland. Ski Resorts are immensely popular tourist destinations in the winter months when snowfall and man-made snow create ideal skiing conditions. Second homes, condominiums, rental properties, hotel-motel lodging, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and real estate in general are critically important sources of jobs, income and tax revenue. The brilliant fall colors and foliage of the surrounding mountains, winter sports, mountain bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, warm weather camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, hunting and searching for geological finds all make for a year-round tourismgenerated and regular real estate market.

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and largest community, the Town of Boone, sits at 3,333 feet above sea level — the highest elevation of any city in the eastern United States with a population more than 10,000. Boone is home to Appalachian State University, which is one of 16 schools in the University of North Carolina system. It is nationally recognized for offering high quality education at a great value to its students, as well as its commitment to sustainablity. Its extensive degree offerings served more than 20,000 students last year.


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he Town of Boone dent or visitor can desire. serves as the seat of Boone has long been a Watauga County and is favorite vacation destihome to Appalachian nation, beginning in the State University. The 1880s when Southerntown acquired its name ers came here to escape from the famous piothe summer heat. Today, neer and explorer Daniel Boone is recognized by Boone, who on several travel journalists as an Boone Fourth of July Parade occasions camped within “ultimate outdoor adventhe present city limits as ture destination” in the he traveled through the area on his way to Southeast. The Town of Boone was inKentucky in the late 1700s. Through the corporated in 1872 and its current populayears, Boone has become the hub of com- tion is 17,186. At 3,333 feet, Boone has the merce in the North Carolina High Country highest elevation of any town of its size east area, offering virtually everything a resi- of the Mississippi River.

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BLOWING ROCK

he Town of Blowing. Its Main Street and ing Rock is only adjacent Town Park has three square miles, yet is been a tourist destination home to more than 100 for more than 100 years. shops, about two dozen Known as “the Crown restaurants and nearly 20 of the Blue Ridge,” this hotels and inns. Blowing quaint mountain village Rock was named “Prettisits astride the Eastern est Small Town in North Continental Divide at a Carolina” in a poll of incool elevation of 3,500 to Blowing Rock Fourth of July Parade state travel professionals 4,000 feet above sea level and writers, and in 2008 and has a permanent yearthe town was named a “Favorite Southern round population of approximately 1,425. Destination” by readers of Southern Liv- It was incorporated in 1889.

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BANNER ELK

he Town of BanLees-McRae College ner Elk is a beauand features a lively tiful mountain town arts and cultural scene, away from the busy complete with an inticrowds where one can mate pedestrian shopstill have access to the ping district of upscale finer conveniences boutiques and outfound in larger metrostanding restaurants. politan areas. Located The town was first An Aerial Shot of Banner Elk in Avery County, it is settled in 1825 and insurrounded by some of corporated in 1911. Tothe highest mountains east of the Rock- day, it has a population of about 1,000 fullies, including Grandfather Mountain and time residents. Banner Elk sits at 3,739 feet Beech Mountain. Banner Elk is home to above sea level. 8

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SUGAR MOUNTAIN

he Village of Sugar Mountain was incorporated as a township in 1988, and has grown easily into the perfect resort destination in the North Carolina High Country. The four-seasons resort community debuted in 1968, anchored by the south’s flagship winter ski resort. Today, Sugar Mountain is known for its spring, summer and fall activities, too. The fabulous golf course opened for play in 1974 and was recently rated #2 short course in the USA.. The par-64 layout maximizes every view, every mountain brook and every stand of rhododendron and forest on the 60-acre site. The course features nine par threes, eight par fours and a single par five. The tennis at Sugar is just as spectacular. Six courts, meticulously maintained of fast-dry, Har-tru clay, are wildly popular from May

through October. And, like the golf, the tennis facilities are open to everyone, either on a pay-as-you-go basis, or economical season pass options. Perhaps Sugar Mountain’s greatest allure, however, is its location. Central to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the heralded resort towns of Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk and Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain is arguably the perfect spot for every High Country adventure. Hundreds of condominiums, town homes, chalets and cabins are available to visitors at very affordable prices. Hiking, whitewater rafting, cycling and more are available, too. Dining out in the region is absolutely world class. Discover a rare place of tranquility, beauty and great times. All that and more waits just for you on Sugar Mountain. Come share their world!

Chambers of Commerce BOONE: 828-264-2225 • 149 Jefferson Rd. • Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30 • boonechamber.com BLOWING ROCK: 828-295-7851 • 132 Park Avenue • Mon.-Fri. 9-5 • blowingrock.com BANNER ELK: 828-898-8395 • 100 Main St. W. • Mon.-Sat. 11-2:30 • bannerelk.org BEECH MOUNTAIN: 828-387-9283 • 403-A Beech Mtn Pky. • Mon.-Sat. 9-5 • beechmtn.com AVERY COUNTY: 828-898-5605 • 4501 Tynecastle Hwy. #2. • Mon.-Fri. 10-4 • averycounty.com

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BEECH MOUNTAIN

t an elevation of 5,526 feet above sea level, Beech Mountain is the highest incorporated community east of the Mississippi River. This year the Town of Beech Mountain celebrated it 40th Anniversary. Originally conceived as a resort community, the Town is home to over 2200 second homes, many of which are available for rent, as well as 350 full-time residents. Over 50 businesses call the mountain home as well, including a ski resort and the much-beloved Land of Oz theme park. A visit to the Town offers exciting outdoor recreation and mile-high relaxation. In summer, adventure seekers flock to the Emerald Outback at Beech Mountain, a trail park which features more than eight miles of gorgeous trails near the top of the mountain. Hiking, mountain biking and trail running are prevalent in the Emerald Outback,

as well as on several other miles of in-town trails maintained by the parks and recreation department. Downhill mountain biking trails, complete with lift service, are available during the warmer months at Beech Mountain Resort. Those trails range from beginner to advanced. There’s also fishing, golfing and the town’s Buckeye Recreation Center - activities include indoor and outdoor tennis, volleyball and a state-of-the-art playground. And there’s also a modern fitness center and indoor basketball. Families and seniors also covet summer vacations on Beech enjoying 100-mile mountain vistas and mild summer temperatures that average in the low to mid 70s. The Visitor Center next to Town Hall is open six days per week, and provides information about the town and High Country region.

Live Music • Gallery Exhibits • Cultural Events

EXPERIENCE THE ARTS IN ASHE COUNTY, NC Fridays in the Park • June 17 & Aug. 19 • Free Live Music Fiddlers Convention • July 22-23 • Bands, jamming, prizes! Studio Tour • August 6-7 • Visit local artists’ studios! Art on the Mountain • Sep. 24 • Art & Craft Vendors Downtown West Jefferson Gallery Crawl Second Fridays, 5pm - 7pm

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION & MORE EVENTS AND CONCERTS

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Welcome

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Hiking Trails Farmers’ Markets

Mast Store

White Water Rafting Fishing

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Tweetsie Railroad Grandfather Mountain Linville Falls

Canoeing

Linville Caverns Waterfalls

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Great places to try out something a little different.

Area Attractions

THE BLOWING ROCK BLOWING ROCK. The Blowing Rock is North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction, established in 1933. It’s an immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level and overhanging Johns River Gorge, 3,000 feet below. Legend tells of a Chickasaw maiden and her lover, a Cherokee brave, who lept from the cliff and was returned by a gust of wind. ⃣ 828-295-7111.

theblowingrock.com. See ad on page 19

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN LINVILLE. Grandfather Mountain is one of the most well-known, beloved places for visitors to spend their time. Boasting the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain range (Calloway Peak, elev. 5,946 ft.) Grandfather Mountain has a vantage point for spectacular views of the beautiful southern Appalachians. Visit the wildlife habitats, journey along one the many hiking trails, buy a snack at the Top Shop and walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge, America’s highest suspension footbridge! ⃣ 800-468-7325.

grandfather.com. See ad on page 17

HORN IN THE WEST BOONE. Dr. Kermit Hunter’s Horn in the West is one of the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War dramas being performed today. The 2022 season marks its 70th summer in the High Country! For those who live here, it’s simply a tradition. A cast of fifty characters takes the stage to present the history and dreams of our forefathers through drama, dance and music in this outstanding outdoor production. ⃣ 828-264-2120. horninthewest.

com. See ad on page 17

LEATHERWOOD MOUNTAIN FERGUSON. Created in 1985, Leatherwood Mountains is an established residential community & vacation resort offering luxury amenities. Once Leatherwood Mountains gets in your soul, you may never want to leave. The resort makes memories that will last a lifetime! Our beautiful wooded campground is located on the banks of Elk Creek and offer 20 & 30 AMP power & water hook up year round. We 16

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also have the Saddlebrook Restaurant’s dining room with an outdoor dining area. Leatherwood has a 1-mile section of NC Hatcherysupported trout waters and a stocked fishing pond perfect for a lazy afternoon with the kids! And for our younger guests who haven’t discovered the value in an idle afternoon, there are many different activities located inside the gates of Leatherwood Mountains to fill the void. Plus a Leatherwood trail map can provide days of the most beautiful hiking one could ask for. Kids can also play tennis, swim in the pool, ride horses, fish and play basketball all within our resort! Ride seasoned trail horses or mules and experience the outdoors in a relaxed, unhurried manner. Beginner horseback riders are always welcome. ⃣

800-462-6867. leatherwoodmountains.com. See ad on page 2

LINVILLE CAVERNS MARION. Located at the southern gateway to western NC’s High Country region, Linville Caverns is an ideal destination for visitors of all ages who invited to explore the splendor and wonders nature created “inside a mountain.” Linville Caverns was opened for public touring in 1937. Since that time many upgrades to the pathways and lighting system have enhanced the safe touring experience that now exists. Courteous and experienced guides take you into the subterranean world, giving you the history of the caverns and allowing you to view the grand work of nature. Tours take visitors along a level walk to see “inside” Humpback Mountain that features amazing mineral color, unique formations, an underground stream with native trout and a peek into total darkness. ⃣ 828-756-4171.

linvillecaverns.com. See ad on page 18

MYSTERY HILL BLOWING ROCK. The house that defies physics, Mystery Hill, is a gravitational anomaly. Here you’ll stand at a 45-degree angle, see balls roll uphill and witness other inexplicable phenomenon. In the Hall of Mystery, you’ll find puzzles, hands-on experiments and optical illusions. Don’t forget to visit the Heritage Museum and the Artifact Museum. Also axe


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throwing is now available - a friendly competition in which people throw axes at targets to see who is the better shot. ⃣ 828-264-2792.

mysteryhill-nc.com. See ad on page 19

THE CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE BOONE. Located at 400 Tracy Circle, The Children’s Playhouse is open year round for hands-on play for kids from birth to age 8 and their favorite grown-ups. ⃣ 828-263-

0011. goplayhouse.org. See ad on this page

TWEETSIE RAILROAD BLOWING ROCK. Since 1957, Tweetsie Railroad has been creating memories and offering a family friendly Wild West adventure. An interactive experience of music, entertainment and tradition rich in American history, Tweetsie is fun for the whole family. For more than 50 years, visitors have ridden the tracks on the historic Number 12 locomotive on a three-mile adventure including a stop at a historic western fort. Hop on board for Tweetsie’s Wild West adventure! The park also features live shows, over a dozen carnival rides, gift shops and an animal park. ⃣

1-877-TWEETSIE. tweetsie.com.

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MAP OUT YOUR TRIP COVERING WATAUGA, AVERY AND ASHE COUNTIES

There’s roughly a 50-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway that runs through the High Country. A drive along America’s favorite roadway is a scenic wonderland. No stoplights, no trucks, no commercial buildings, just beautiful scenery. Read about some of the favorite stops on page 48.

The speed limit is 45 MPH and there’s a different view around every curve.

Travel the High Country’s Designated Scenic Roadways HWY 194 VALLE CRUCIS LOOP 17 miles through Watauga & Avery Counties Begin driving where Hwys 421 and 194 converge in Vilas. Follow Hwy 194 into Valle Crucis and out of the valley. You will come to a triple S curve, in front of the Sweet Retreat B&B. Continue through Matney and eventually, you’ll arrive in Banner Elk, home of Lees-McRae College. Then, continue your drive along the winding road to Elk Park - site of the 60-foot Elk Park Waterfall. 20

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HWY 221 FROM BLOWING ROCK TO LINVILLE 18 miles through Watauga & Avery Counties Take Hwy 221 south from Blowing Rock; you’ll pass a Parkway turnoff and a quaint park. Later, you’ll pass under a huge rock that


* MAP NOT TO SCALE * BLOWING ROCK TO BOONE Distance: 8 miles Estimated Time: 14 minutes

BANNER ELK TO BOONE Distance: 18 miles Estimated Time: 31 minutes

BANNER ELK TO BLOWING ROCK Distance: 24 miles Estimated Time: 42 minutes

hangs over the road. Look up for a view of the Linn Cove Viaduct on the face of Grandfather Mountain. Past another Parkway entrance, you’ll arrive at Grandfather Mountain. The byway ends in Linville at the intersection of Hwys 221 and 105.

HWY 194 & 88: FROM BOONE TO LAUREL SPRINGS 18 miles through Watauga & Ashe Counties It starts in Boone at the New Market Shopping Ctr. You’ll first pass the Meat Camp community. Turn left on Meat Camp Road and travel 5.5 miles to visit Elk Knob State Park. Then, retrace your route back and turn left on 194 toward Todd. The byway route temporarily ends at the intersection with Hwy 221. Head north to Jefferson and Mt. Jefferson to pick up the byway at the intersection of Hwys 16 and 88. Follow Hwy 88 to Laurel Springs. VISITOR’S GUIDE SUMMER 2022

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Biking on Beech & Sugar Ski Slopes Open Their Mountain Biking Trails

BIKING TRAILS AT BEECH MOUNTAIN ith over a dozen trails, Beech Mountain is the perfect place for bikers ranging from novice to experienced riders. Beginner trails at Beech Mountain feature a smooth ride to get bikers used to the terrain and handling of their bike. Advanced trails feature a steep and technical ride with rocks, tricky corners, and technical wood descents. Not sure if you’re ready to take on mountain biking? No worries! Beech Mountain offers daily lessons. Beech Mountain also has ski lifts to transport bikers and their bikes to the top of the slopes. Mountain bike rentals include a full-face helmet, body armor and a lift ticket. Each bike will be reviewed, updated, and approved before renting in a full-service repair shop stocked with a full range of parts and accessories. The bike shop opens at 9 a.m. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to rental start time for bike fitting. The bike shop also does service and repairs! Find more details online at beechmountainresort.com/summer/ mountain-biking.

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BIKING TRAILS AT SUGAR MOUNTAIN he rebuilt and expanded Sugar Mountain bike park includes its signature expert terrain and newly built beginner and intermediate trails. Varying line option choices from the summit to the base include rollers, small dips, table tops, and other fun features. The bike park opens on July 1st through September 5th, Friday through Sundays. Catch the Summit Express, a bike-friendly ski lift, and glide down the trail of your choice. Not an expert? Sugar Mountain has choices from the summit to the base for you! Miles of biking trails intertwine throughout Sugar Mountain that are accessible from many different points. Sugar Mountain has widened its trails and worked to make its expert trails even more challenging for bikers. Don’t own a bike of your own? Visit Magic Cycles, located in the base lodge at Sugar Mountain, for bike rentals, helmets, repairs, and everything else you might need to get started! Tours and lessons are also available. Find more information online at skisugar.com/bikepark.

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f you want to fish in North Carolina, you need to obtain a license approved by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. From 10-day passes to lifetime licenses, NCWRC offers licenses to residents and nonresidents. You can order most of the licenses online at the agency’s website or through local agents in the High Country. ncwildlife.org

N.C. Fishing License Fees For Residents /Non-residents 10-day pass: $9 resident/$23 non-resident Annual pass: $25 and up/$45 and up Lifetime: $265 for Residents Kids under 16: No license required *Prices differ for seniors, disabled and veterans

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ELK CREEK OUTFITTERS BOONE. It is Elk Creek Outfitters’ goal to consistently exceed your expectations by providing quality fishing adventures tailored to the individual. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, Elk Creek Outfitters is prepared to make you ECO outing the trip of your dreams. Offering guided float and wade trips as well as fly-fishing schools. ⃣ 828-264-6497. ecoflyfishing.com. See ad page 25

GRANDFATHER TROUT FARM AND GEM MINE BANNER ELK. Grandfather Trout Farm has two ponds stocked with trout, and you just pay for what you catch. Ideal for large groups and families with children,


The area’s rivers are home to rainbow, brown and brook trout. Grandfather Trout Farm provides bait, tackle, buckets, nets and other gear at no extra charge. After you’re done, the staff will clean and pack your catch for you. ⃣ 828-963-5098. grandfathertroutfarm.com. See ad on this page

RIVER GIRL FISHING CO. TODD. River Girl Fishing offers friendly, personalized instruction as well as high quality kayak, bicycle, canoe and tube rentals, custom-built fly rods and a sense of adventure from their well-stocked shop in Todd. Located on Railroad Grade Road, right beside the legendary South Fork New River. ⃣ 336-877-3099. rivergirlfishing.com. See ad on page 24

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Look here to make your adventure as fun as possible...

Outdoor Outfitters

Whether you want to go biking, fishing, rock climbing, rafting, kayaking or tubing, outfitters have all the gear, safety equipment and local knowledge of the topography and landscape to make your adventure as pleasant as possible. Sometimes it’s just wiser to hire an outfitter to assist your adventure. That way you can spend more time enjoying an adventure rather than trying to find and prepare for one. Why not just hire one of the outfitters to worry about all of that “work,” while you set your sights on the fun moments?

HIGH GRAVITY ADVENTURES BLOWING ROCK. High Gravity Adventures is an aerial adventure park offering unique, active outdoor activities for ages 4 and up. Guests are given the opportunity to individually explore 75 elements at heights ranging from 15 to 50 feet. The experience includes up to 3 hours of aerial exploration. Guests will come face-to-face with swinging bridges, tightrope walks, spider web climbs, rappelling stations and more. Located in Blowing Rock next to Tweetsie Railroad! See ad for 10% off coupon. ⃣ 828-386-6222. highgravityadventures.com. See ad on page 27

HIGH MOUNTAIN EXPEDITIONS BOONE. With over 25 years of experience in guiding adventurous travelers to some of the world’s most spectacular places, High Mountain Expeditions has crafted what we consider to be the best adventures in the world. We are experts in Nolichucky River rafting, Watauga River rafting, Wilson Creek rafting, New River tubing, hiking and caving. We take guest on whitewater and tubing trips, deep inside local caves, on hiking excursions and mountain biking. High Mountain Expeditions offers transportation to and from river trips, an experienced guide, equipment and lunch. We’re dedicated to creating your perfect adventure. ⃣ 1-800-2629036. highmountainexpeditions.com. See ad on inside front cover

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ROCK DIMENSIONS CLIMBING & ADVENTURE GUIDES BOONE. Based in downtown Boone, at the location of the 40’ outdoor Climbing Tower. Fun for families and all ages! No experience necessary! Half-day and full day Rock Climbing trips with experienced, certified guides. “Tower to Rock” program combines a two-hour lesson at the outdoor climbing tower with a half-day trip out on real rock. Guided Caving trips reveal the hidden underground world of a natural limestone cave. The challenge course, located in Blowing Rock, has a zipline exiting off of the top level, and a giant swing on the second level. Explore your Vertical World! The Discovery Course is a playground, obstacle course, adrenaline rush all wrapped into one structure that allows individuals to choose which activities and paths to take as they make their way up to the third level platform. Discover your limits on the High Ropes/Challenge Course, with exciting Zipline and Giant Swing exits! Trips are instructional and fun, with all equipment provided. ⃣ 828-2653544. rockdimensions.com. See ad on page 29


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Check Out These... WAHOO’S ADVENTURES BOONE. Wahoo’s Adventures is the

High Country’s oldest and finest rafting, kayaking, canoeing, tubing and caving adventure company–receiving two “Outfitter of the Year” awards by the Professional Paddlesports Association and we are Voted #1 on TripAdvisor. Since 1978, Wahoo’s has offered the highest quality outdoor adventure experiences available east of the Rocky Mountains. We are Nationally acclaimed for safety, cuisine, and service, continually raising the bar in the Southeastern Paddlesports Industry. We guarantee the highest quality experiences with the most experienced guides at the lowest rates! We exclusively offer full service riverside outposts equipped with hot shower and restroom facilities, changing rooms, campsites and so much more! ⃣ 828-262-5774 or 800-44-RAFT. wahoosadventures.com. See ad on page 1

Outdoor Adventures REGEAR OUTDOORS CO. BOONE. Are you planning an outdoor

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adventure? We’ve got the quality, namebrand gear you’re looking for! Camping, hiking, cycling, climbing - if you can do it outside, we have the equipment for it. We will do everything we can to help you find the gently used gear you need. If there is an item you’re looking for that is not currently in stock, let us know. We’ll work with you to find it. Regear is local consignment. Serving residents and visitors of the High Country is our top priority. ⃣ 828386-6100. regearnc.com.com. See ad on this page

● A consignment gear shop specializing in the things you need for being in the Blue Ridge Mountains. ● Bikes, kayaks, boards, boots and all outdoor clothing. ● Camping accessories, tents, backpacks and much more. ● Always accepting seasonal adventure gear for consignment.

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Outdoor Adventures

A RIDICULOUSLY FUN ACTIVITY

Ziplining is a ridiculously fun activity. No adventure compares to gliding through a forest canopy or flying above the rolling hillsides of the Blue Ridge Mountains that dip and dive as far as the eye can see. With some of the best zipline tours along the East Coast, the High Country is the place to be if you want a thrilling adventure. Check out Hawksnest Zipline located on Seven Devils. Hawksnest offers packages for families and groups as small as two individuals and has the longest zipline tour on the East Coast with 20 cables, four of which are known as super or mega zips. High Gravity Adventures has also has zip tours at their adventure park that will have you zipping from treetop to treetop. They are located next to Tweetsie and ziplining is part of their aerial adventure park including a ropes course, giant swing and obstacle course. Ziplining is a safe and awesome thing to do on your vacation!

Where To Go...

Ziplining in the High Country HAWKSNEST ZIPLINE SEVEN DEVILS. Feel the thrill of a lifetime on one of the East Coast’s Longest and most scenic zipline tours. Hawksnest offers two tours. The Hawk Tour is an 11-cable tour with two swinging bridges that covers 1.5 miles of cables. This tour reaches speeds of up to 35 mph. The Eagle Tour is a nine-cable tour with a swinging bridge that offers almost three miles of cable riding. Speeds reach up to 50 mph. In all, the zipline course at Hawksnest is four miles long, reaches a height of more than 200 feet and speeds of up to 50 mph. Experience the spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as you glide over and through the trees and above the lakes and creeks. Hawksnest is open year round, seven days a week with tour times from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. To make reservations, just call. ⃣ 800-822-HAWK. hawksnestzipline.com. See ad on page 31

HIGH GRAVITY ADVENTURES BLOWING ROCK. SEE listing on Page 40. In addition to their Blue Ridge Ropes Course, High Gravity Adventures also features a zipline through the treetops. Their zip guides will get you geared up at the basecamp, and you’ll be shuttled up to the treehouse start just a few minutes up the road. After a quick introduction to the gear you’ll start zipping from treetop to treetop. The lines start off shorter & lower to the ground, and grow as you move through it. At the end of the tour, you have an (optional) 70 ft free-fall experience. This is your chance to knock zip lining off your bucket list, and our guides will take care of everything along the way. Located in Blowing Rock next to Tweetsie Railroad! See ad for 10% off coupon. ⃣ 828-386-6222. highgravityadventures.com. See ad on page 27

ROCK DIMENSIONS

BOONE. See listing on Page 40. Rock Dimensions also has a zipline as part of their Discovery Course adventure park that includes a playground, obstacle course and adrenaline rush all wrapped into one structure. Located just five minutes from Shoppes at Tanger in Blowing Rock. Visit them for more information. ⃣ 828-265-3544. rockdimensions.com. See ad on page 29

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Gem Mining A good way for families to spend time together...

The High Country is one of the most geologically diverse areas in the world, especially for finding gemstones.

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ubies, emeralds, topaz and quartz are all stones that can be found by visiting any gem mine in the High Country. In an area that is overflowing with minerals and that started the Gold Rush, mines find success from both tourists and locals. Finding gems in actual mines is difficult work that requires a lot of patience. But by visiting one of the gem mines in the High Country, the hard part is already done. No tools are necessary, and even small children can find beautiful gems. Gem mining shaped much of the High Country’s history, and both children and adults can learn about that history while having fun. It can be a short activity that only takes about an hour, or diligent miners can spend the whole day meticulously going through their buckets. Most importantly, it’s a good way for families to spend time together and create memories.

Read About the Gem Mining Operations Here DOC’S ROCKS GEM MINE AND FOSSIL MUSEUM BLOWING ROCK. An educational gem mine run by geologists. Trained specialists will teach you about you gemstones. Our goal is to educate the general public on the historical geology of the Appalachian Mountains, how they were formed and what can be found here. We promise to give you the best educational experience that your money can buy. We strive to make memories that will last a lifetime. Wheelchair accessible. Optional gemstone cutting and jewelry available. Appalachian Fossil Museum located on site. Private party room. Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine is located at Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock. ⃣ 828-295-2034. docsrocks.net. See ad on page 34 32

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FOGGY MOUNTAIN GEM MINE BOONE. At Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, the friendly staff does all the hard work for you. Simply purchase a bucket filled with gemstone ore from local and non-local mines and sift the material in their covered flume area. More than 40 different minerals may be found at Foggy Mountain mine, and gemstone quality ore is guaranteed in every bucket. And jewelers are onsite to turn your finds into all kinds of jewery. The Gem Mine has been family owned and operated for generations And now with a second ocation at 2422 Hwy 321 South just outside of Boone. SEE ad for 10% OFF buckets. ⃣ 828-963-4367. foggymountaingems.com.


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Gem Mining A good way for families to spend time together FOSCOE MINING COMPANY FOSCOE. Located about 8 miles from Boone on N.C. 105, the Greater Foscoe Mining Company is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily. Sifting through rock and dirt, you’ll find precious and semiprecious gems, such as emeralds, sapphires, rubies, topaz, amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, green tourmaline and more. The Greater Foscoe Mining Company also offers gem cutting right on the premises. ⃣ 828-9635928. facetsofffoscoe.com. See ad on page 33

SUGAR CREEK GEM MINE BANNER ELK. Do you want to experience the thrill of prospecting for your very own North Carolina authentic gemstones? Then join the fun at Sugar Creek Gem Mine, where we guarantee you will find precious and semi-precious gemstones in every bucket. With Sugar Creek Gem Mine

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you can expect the highest quality service, experienced gemologists on staff and first class mining equipment. Call to reserve your Gem Mining experience at 828.898. GEMS. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may experience a wait time before you can start gem mining – as gem mining in the summer is very popular! The covered gem mine is open year-round in Banner Elk. The expert staff at Sugar Creek Gem Mine will work with you to pick out the gemstones that are best suited for cutting. Sugar Creek has state of the art lapidary equipment and faceting supplies to ensure that every cut gemstone is flawless. ⃣ 828-898-GEMS. SugarCreekGemMine.com See ad on page 3


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Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost Highlights North to South

CASCADES TRAIL – MILEPOST 271.9

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The Cascades Trail is named for the waterfall to which it leads, but the trail itself is worth the visit. Part of the E.B. Jeffress Park, the Cascades Trail is a self-guided interpretive trail with twenty interpretive plaques labeling tree species of the Blue Ridge. From the parking lot, the trail turns from paved to gravel and then follows the crest of a cliff. The trail is a 1.2-mile loop, and Cascade Falls can be viewed from observation platforms located both above and below the falls. MODERATE.

MOSES CONE MANOR – MILEPOST 294.6

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Named after the post-Civil War textile entrepreneur, conservationist and philanthropist, Moses Cone, this Victorian mansion exemplifies the resort home tradition in the High Country. During the summer months, the estate is open as an arts and crafts center. The network of trails that crisscross the 3,500-acre Moses Cone Park is open year round. All trails are easy grade and great for larger groups with children. EASY TO MODERATE.

BOONE FORK TRAIL – MILEPOST 296.4

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The Boone Fork Trail differs from most Parkway hikes in two ways. The first is that the majority of the trail is in the woods, where tumbling streams and rock outcroppings replace typically grand vistas. The second is its length. At 4.9 miles, the Boone Fork Trail is longer than most, and slightly arduous. But given adequate time to complete and a picnic lunch, it is one of the most beautiful hikes in the area, with several stream crossings, rhododendron tunnels and open grasslands. STRENUOUS.

PRICE LAKE – MILEPOST 297.2

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Just one mile south from the Boone Fork Trail, Price Lake is ideal for larger groups or those looking for something a little less strenuous. The 2.4-mile loop around Price Lake is suitable for hikers of any level. View Grandfather Mountain from several points along the trail, which runs primarily along the lakeshore. On summer days, visitors can also venture into the water by renting a rowboat or canoe from the boat dock. EASY TO MODERATE.

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DANIEL BOONE SCOUT TRAIL – MILEPOST 299.9

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Ascending about 2,000 feet in 3 miles, the Daniel Boone Scout Trail runs from the Tanawha Trail to the summit of Calloway Peak, which, at 5,964 feet, stands as the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. Extraordinary views, including one of Price Park and one of the Linn Cove Viaduct, punctuate the trail, which intersects the Cragway Trail about halfway up, at Flat Rock View. In-place ladders and cables help hikers negotiate the steep sections right before Calloway Peak. No permit required. STRENUOUS

WILSON CREEK OVERLOOK – MILEPOST 302

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If you’re looking for grandiose, long-range views directly from the parkway, then this is the overlook. High above the waters of Wilson Creek, which originates on Grandfather Mountain, this overlook is perfect opportunity to witness firsthand why they call it The High Country. Look out beyond the surrounding mountains, where the lowlands unfold themselves into the piedmont of North Carolina. On perfectly clear days, visitors have reported sighting the Charlotte skyline.

TANAWHA TRAIL TO ROUGH RIDGE – MILEPOST 302.8

The Lookout Tower Trail is at the end of a Moses Cone Manor trail.

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Rough Ridge is one of the most easily accessed vistas along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Tanawha Trail is actually more than 13 miles long, spanning from Price Park to Beacon Heights, but the section from the parkway to Rough Ridge is a short 1.5 miles, with great views as close as 0.6 miles from the Parkway. The trail follows a ridge crest and leads to boardwalks where 360-degree views give visitors a birds-eye view of The High Country. EASY TO MODERATE TO STRENUOUS.

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LINN COVE VIADUCT – MILEPOST 304.4

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Even if it’s your first visit to The High Country, you’re more than likely familiar with the Linn Cove Viaduct. As the final piece of the Parkway, the Viaduct was put in place in 1987. It is known as “the world’s only bridge built from the top down,” referencing the fact that it was airlifted into place using specialized construction helicopters to avoid defacing the mountain with heavy equipment. For no other reason than to marvel at this engineering feat, the Viaduct is a must-see stop along the Parkway.

GRANDFATHER TRAIL TO CALLOWAY PEAK – MILEPOST 305.1

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At 5,964 feet, Calloway Peak is the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is part of Grandfather Mountain, which has several other high altitude peaks, including MacRae Peak (5,939 ft.). Calloway can be accessed via multiple trails, but the Grandfather Mountain Trail, for its boulder formations and beautiful evergreen forests, remains a favorite. Additionally, the Grandfather Trail is only a short distance from the Parkway via Grandfather Mountain. Travel south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Highway 221 intersection at milepost 305, then take 221 South for 1 mile to the entrance of Grandfather Mountain. Grandfather Mountain is an attraction that has an admission price to drive the two miles to the top of the mountain. The Grandfather Trail begins at the highest parking lot, opposite the Linville Peak Visitor Center. STRENUOUS.

BEACON HEIGHTS VIA TANAWHA TRAIL – MILEPOST 305.2

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Beacon Heights is a popular Parkway destination for its spectacular views of Grandfather Mountain and minimal distance. A mere 0.7 miles roundtrip, this leg-stretcher leads to a south-facing exfoliated dome, from which Mt. Mitchell and the Linville Gorge are visible. From the parking lot, walk across SR 1513, which parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enter the woods where the sign says “Tanawha Trail Beacon Heights 0.2.” The path climbs to a junction point for the Tanawha and Mountains-to-Sea trails; from there, follow signs marked “Beacon Heights Trail” to the right. By adding in sections of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, hikers can easily avoid the large crowds often found at Beacon Heights, and still gain gorgeous views. MODERATE.

FLATROCK SELFGUIDING LOOP TRAIL – MILEPOST 308.3

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Like the Cascades Trail, the Flatrock Trail is a self-guided tour of local tree species and rock names. Twenty interpretive signs point out specific examples of natural occurrences, like a yellow birch that grew around a fallen log and now appears to be standing on its roots. There is also a virgin remnant of a northern red oak, a sign that we were once similar to northern New England states. The trail is only a short distance to Flatrock, where views on a clear day are extensive. MODERATE.

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Parkway Destinations LINN COVE VIADUCT You see it from afar as you approach it on the Parkway, and soon you’re gliding through the air as you cross this engineering marvel, built to protect the fragile slopes of Grandfather Mountain. It’s fun to drive across a number of times, and the views are awesome.

PRICE LAKE A 47-acre lake with lots of private fishing spots and campground on its shore, Price Lake offers canoe rentals and a 2.3-mile hike that hugs the shoreline. A beautiful spot and all its amenities make Price Lake a great place to spend a few hours.

PRICE PICNIC GROUNDS It’s one of the largest picnic areas on the Parkway, encompassing a beautiful valley with streams and open fields just begging to be played on. Four trails run through here. Bathrooms, ample parking, trash cans and grills are all available for free.

CONE MANOR A stately manor will transport you back in time when a rich entrepreneur ruled this roost. The 23-room, more than 100-year-old summer palace is dazzling, and the 3,500acre Moses Cone Park has 25 miles of handbuilt carriage trails, one of which leads to the graveyard of its original owners.

BASS LAKE Not accessible by the Parkway but part of the Parkway, this is a locals’ favorite. Many walk their dogs on a trail that runs around the beautiful lake, and the spot offers great views of the Cone Manor and access to the trails leading up to it. Free parking and new toilet facilities are available. Bass Lake is off Highway 221, a short drive north from Main Street in Blowing Rock. VISITOR’S GUIDE SUMMER 2022

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An invitation to visit the High Country’s finest wineries

Local Wineries Introducing The High Country Wine Trail

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n November 28, 2016, the Appalachian High Country was recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) by the Department of the Treasury and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. This designation establishes the 2,400 square mile area above 2,000-foot elevation, across three states and eight counties as a unique viticulture area of the United States. An AVA is a designated wine-growing region that has distinct topography, climate and soil types. Most wine lovers are familiar with one of North Carolina’s other AVAs, the Yadkin Valley, and nearly all consumers are familiar with California’s Napa Valley. The High Country Wine Tour takes you to four of these wineries, about 30-40 minutes from each other. The four wineries include Grandfather Vineyard & Winery in Foscoe, NC; Linville Falls Winery in Linville Falls, NC, and their Tennessee cousins, Watauga Lake Winery and Villa Nove Vineyards Farm Winery in Butler, TN. Each winery is known for their distinctive wines produced from the grapes grown in the Appalachian High Country American Viticulture Area. Before you begin, check the individual wineries website for a complete listing of contact information and hours of operation. Each winery may also be hosting special events that you will not want to miss!

Read About the Wineries Here GRANDFATHER VINEYARDS FOSCOE. Grandfather Vineyard was founded in 2003 when Steve and Sally Tatum, in search of a hobby, planted a small block of wine grapes for some home winemaking. After a few years they realized the High Country of North Carolina had a similar climate as many of the famous grape growing regions around the world. In 2005 Steve and Sally tripled the size of the vineyard. Steve’s hobby then became more than just a hobby. After years of hard work, they opened their doors in May of 2011. Grandfather Vineyard is a terraced mountain-side vineyard located at the base of Grandfather Mountain right on the Watauga River. At the bottom of the vineyard is the tasting room and winery. They’re open Mon-

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day thru Saturday Noon to 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Live Music Thursday thru Sunday and Food Truck on site Friday thru Sunday ⃣ 828-963-2400. grandfathervineyard.com. See ad on page 41

LINVILLE FALLS WINERY NEWLAND. Family owned and operated, Linville Falls Winery is the culmination of a life-long passion for wine by owner, Jack Wiseman. Nestled in the lower end of Avery County near the Blue Ridge Parkway is a state of the art tasting room on a 40 acre farm with its staple grapes Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon, blueberries and raspberries. The winery is perfectly situated at 3200 feet with warm days, cool nights and minerally balanced soil. This magical

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“ E l e va te Yo u r Ta s te ” an d e njoy Win e Co untry in th e High Co untry

combination of high elevation and microclimate terra produces a wine unique to the region with complex flavors creating award winning wines. Visit our Tuscaninspired winery where you can taste our delicious High Country wines. We offer table service as our primary way of serving wine to our winery guests. Seating is first come first serve. On busy days in the summer we have our “Red Barn Lawn Bar” open where you can order by the glass or bottle. We’re open for tastings 7 days a week from 12 am – 6 pm. The winery features live music and a food truck on site Fridays thru Sundays ⃣ 828.765.1400. linvillefallswinery.com. See ad on this page

WATAUGA LAKE WINERY & VILLA NOVE VINEYARDS Vi s i t o u r We b s i t e :

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BUTLER, TN. Nestled in the Appalachian High Country, “Villa Nove Vineyards” is located just across the border in Butler, Tenn. The original owners, Wayne and Linda Gay purchased 35 acres overlooking the Watauga Lake and began construction of “Villa Nove,” an Italian inspired farmhouse, in 2002. Three years later, they planted the first grapes. Today, the winery has over 4,000 wine grape vines on the property and transformed the historic Johnson County Big Dry Run Schoolhouse into the Watauga Lake Winery. The five-room schoolhouse features a beautiful tasting room, an event center, and a full caterer’s kitchen for food-and-wine pairings, gourmet dinners and “handson” cooking events. The gym houses the entire wine production area and tours are available. Today the property is owned by the Waterfront Group. Visit us and enjoy “A Taste of Tuscany in Tennessee.” ⃣ 423-768-0345. wataugalakewinery.com. See ad on page 41


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Our unique brewery is nestled in the village of Beech Mountain Resort and provides the perfect atmosphere to relax after a long day of your favorite mountain activities.

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Notable breweries and craft beer bars in the High Country

Local Breweries

BEECH MOUNTAIN BREWERY BEECH MOUNTAIN. As one of the only US breweries owned and operated by a ski area, we are dedicated to action sports enthusiast. Our brewery is nestled in the village of Beech Mountain Resort and is the perfect atmosphere to relax after a long day or skiing, biking or hiking. The Beech Mountain Brewing Co. is accessible for all patrons. Since opening in 2013, we continue to embrace our mountain community by dedicating ourselves to the best beer, the best food and the best hospitality we can. We strive for a quality, consistent, and fresh product. We hand pick the finest ingredients to compliment our brews. ⃣ 800-439-2093. beechmountainbrewingco.com. See ad on page 43

BLOWING ROCK ALE HOUSE AND INN BLOWING ROCK. Born in Boone, NC, Boone Brewing Company takes pride in offering the High Country’s own Blowing Rock brand of beers. Premium American beer dedicated to suit the tastes of both casual beer drinkers and true beer connoisseurs. The Ale House Restaurant offers a freshly prepared, seasonally changing menu using local and organic (when available) ingredients. Our doors are open and we invite you in to sample our everchanging artisanal craft beers, brewed on site. ⃣ 828.414-9254. blowingrockalehouseandinn.com.

BOONDOCKS BREWING WEST JEFFERSON. Boondocks Brewing was founded in 2012 with a mission to provide a fresh, unique, and engaging destination for residents as well as visitors to Ashe County. With 2 locations in downtown West Jefferson, Boondocks Brewing offers full-service dining, one of the State’s best Craft Beer selections, offsite catering, customized special events, private parties, and brewery tours. Boondocks Brewing is where the locals go and 44

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is a must stop destination for visitors to the High Country. ⃣ 336-246-5222. boondocksbrew.com. See ad on page 45

BOONESHINE BOONE. Booneshine Brewing Company was founded by Carson Coatney and Tim Herdklotz in early 2015. Both had years of experience home brewing prior to opening Booneshine Brewing. They are passionate about brewing high quality beer and equally focused on connecting with people and tapping into what makes the community of Boone and the High Country shine. In June 2018, Booneshine expanded capacity and moved the production brewery to East Boone. The tasting room has been located inside Basil’s restaurant in the Winkler’s Creek Crossing shopping center. Plans are to have the new tasting room moved to their new location by June. Let’s #makebooneshine together. ⃣ 828-386-4066. booneshinebeer.com. See ad on page 45

KETTELL BEERWORKS BANNER ELK. Kettell Beerworks, is owned by Mark and Yumiko Ralston who purchased the brewery in 2017. All their beer is brewed on site using the highest quality ingredients and clean mountain spring water by Banner Elk Brewing Company. They carefully create their beer on a 20 barrel steam driven system in the brewhouse which is all visible thru a giant window in the taproom. (Brewhouse tours available). Also, delicious goodies are served out of our kitchen! Stop by the taproom for a pint and try some of our new menu items including pizza, pretzels, wings, and more! Bring the whole family; we are family friendly so bring the kids. Pets are allowed on the front porch.. ⃣ 828.265-3506. kettellbeerworks.com.

LOST PROVINCE BOONE. Opened in August 2014, Lost Province Brewing Co. is a destination microbrewery and gastrobpub located in historic downtown Boone, NC. Dis-


cover authentic and innovative craft beers brewed onsite and wood fired fare featuring local and regionally sourced ingredients. Lost Province features live music most weekend evenings starting at 7:30 pm. Lost Province provides a warm and inviting atmosphere that is friendly for all. Open daily, Lost Province serves lunch and dinner. Good Beer, Good Food, Good Times. ⃣ 828.265-3506. lostprovince.com. See ad on this page

Tasting Room & Restaurant

Visit Our Outdoor Beer Garden in East Boone www.booneshine.beer

BOONESHINE BREWING COMPANY 465 INDUSTRIAL PARK DRIVE BOONE , NORTH CAROLINA 28607

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Great Places to Eat...

Local Restaurants BAYOU SMOKEHOUSE & GRILL BANNER ELK. Banner Elk. Banner Elk’s own Texas-Cajun Connection serves up Louisiana favorites like David’s Almost Famous Gumbo and Po’ Boys as well as authentic Texas cuisine such as Smoked Beef Brisket BBQ, Smoked Ribs and Hand-cut Chargrilled Steaks. Cocktails, wine and a selection of over 75 beers (19 on tap). Free wireless. Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Vegan friendly options available. Dog friendly deck and free Corn Hole games on the lawn! Wine Amnesty is offered to guests dining via the adjoining Bayou General Store. ⃣ 828.898.TxLa (8952). bayousmokehouse.com. See ad on page 47

THE BEACON BUTCHER BAR BOONE. The Beacon Butcher Bar is a labor of love from Tina Houston, owner of Reid’s Café & Catering Co. which has been established here in the High Country since 1999. The Beacon Butcher Bar is located in the heart of Boone

adjacent to the iconic Water Wheel. Just as we value beautiful ingredients in our catering, The Beacon procures the highest quality ingredients for their seasonal menus. We value the handmade and fashion from scratch details as small as the aioli and dressings we use, to housemade focaccias and pastries, slow-roasted meats, and naturally fermented pickles. We serve regional seafood, farm goods from our local friends, amazing coffee from Camp Roasters Coffee of Blowing Rock, as well as loose leaf teas and tisane from Bellocq Tea Atelier, with rustic handmade Italian pastries. We have all the things you need for dinner by Chef Sean McMullen; elegant salads, Neapolitan rustic pizzas, handmade pasta, grilled whole fish. The Beacon Market offers hand-cut meats, in-house charcuterie, house-cured bacon, marinated olives, imported cheeses, hand-baked bread and so much more.. ⃣ 828-865-0087.

boonebeacon.com. See ad on page 48

T h e Wo o d l a n d s BarBeque & Pickin’ Parlor

A Legend in the High Country S i n c e

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Live Entertainment Nightly • No Cover all aBc Privileges

Full caTering Service (828) 295-3395

Open 7 Days a Week • Servin g Lun ch & Din n er Hwy 321 Bypass, Blowin g Rock

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants THE BEST CELLAR BLOWING ROCK. The Best Cellar restaurant has been a favorite among locals for decades. Located in The Inn at Ragged Gardens in downtown Blowing Rock, The Best Cellar offers eleven elegant rooms, seasonal gardens and serves dinner daily. All dishes, including bread and desserts, are prepared each day on site. Reservations are suggested. ⃣ 828-295-3466. ragged-gardens. com. See ad on page 54

BOONE BAGELRY BOONE. Boone’s oldest bagel shop locally owned and operated since 1988, serves 14 types of freshly baked bagels and a wide variety of menu items including vegetarian and gluten free. Boone Bagelry is a full-service restaurant that

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serves breakfast and lunch all day. We are conveniently located on King Street in downtown Boone with patio dining available. Delivery service available. Support local. Taste local. Enjoy local. ⃣ 828.262-5585. boonebagelry.com. See ad on page 49

BOONIE’S CHICAGO STYLE PIZZA BOONE. The idea came from Clayton Miller Jr, who was born and raised in Boone, but went to Chicago to help his brother there run his pizza restaurant there. And he fell in love with the Chicago Style Pizza. Now he is in back in Boone and just opened Boonie’s Chicago Style Pizza restaurant. A Chicago style pizza is a stuffed pizza with toppings on the inside and the sauce on


Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants the top. They’re thick and delicious! Boonie’s also has a thick deep dish cut style and a classic thin crust style. They also have a menu of special pizzas titled ‘Pizza Our Way” with interesting combinations of toppings. Or you casn make it “Your Way” and design your own toppings. The different sizes of pizzas include 10, 12, 14, 16 and 20 inches. The restaurant has other items on the menu as well including standard appetizers, pastas, salads, sandwiches and wings. As the restaurant’s slogan states, Clayton or (his nickname) “Boonie” was born here, raised here, lived there and brought the pizza back, and that’s how Boonie’s came to be. ⃣ 828-355-3033.

boonieschicagostylepizza.com.com. See ad on page 50

BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA BEECH MOUNTAIN. When on Beech Mountain, come visit the highest pizzeria east of the Rocky Mountains. At over 5000’ in elevation, this is the COOLEST place to be, in more ways than one! Our extensive menu features pizza, pasta, sandwiches, Hoagies, High Risers, salads, a coffee bar, ice cream, fudge, homemade chocolates and fresh cookies, beers from all over the world, and a full bar, plus we have an arcade, minigolf and New Fire Pits! We have a very large dining room that is warm and festive. We also have large flat screen TVs and a Margarita Bar. It’s a denstination the whole family will enjoy. Plus, we’re on top of the world and the drive up to Beech Mountain is an adventure in

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants itself with lots of outdoor activities to enjoy while you are here. ⃣ 828-387-4000. famousbrickoven.com. See ad on page 57

CHESTNUT GRILLE AT GREEN PARK INN

and local craft beers. Located just inside the Green Park Inn. Listed on the National Historic Register. Restaurant open Friday and Saturday nights. Patio dining is also available. ⃣ 828-414.9230. greenparkinn.com. See ad on page 59

BLOWING ROCK. Taking local and sustainable to new heights, the Chestnut Grille restaurant maintains its own 1/3 acre garden on site, which supplies the kitchen with a variety of fresh vegetables and herbs throughout the summer and fall seasons. We offer contemporary American fare that’s unique, yet familiar, in a warm, and casual setting. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free guests will find the menu, and our chef very accommodating. We offer an extensive and thoughtful wine list along with a selection of seasonal

Pizza Like You’ve Never Had Before BORN HERE, RAISED HERE, LIVED THERE

BROUGHT THE PIZZA BACK.

The Chicago Style Deep Dish with Toppings on the Inside and Sauce on the Top

The idea came from Clayton Miller, Jr., who was born and raised in Boone, but went to Chicago to help his brother there run his pizza restaurant. And he fell in love with the Chicago Style Pizza! Now he is in back in Boone and just opened Boonie’s Chicago Style Pizza restaurant. Our Menu Also Features a thick deep dish cut style and a classic thin crust style pizza - plus appetizers, pastas, salads, sandwiches and wings and more. And a Full Bar with all your favorites! 610 Blowing Rock Rd. Boone • 828.355.3033 • Dining Room Hours 11:00am- 9:00pm 50

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants fers unique pub fare, as well as chef inspired pub classics. Experience a less formal dining alternative while still enjoying Chef prepared fare, all set in the ambiance of a bygone era. Local, craft and draft beers, seasonal and specialty cocktails offer guests a tempting twist alongside classic cocktails. We also offer an impressive selection of wine by the glass, or the bottle. Enjoy live Sunday music on the veranda this summer from 5:00 to 8:00. ⃣ 825-414.9230. greenparkinn.com. See ad on page 59

DAN’L BOONE INN BOONE. Serving for over 50 years, Dan’l Boone Inn offers diners home cooked, family-style meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dan’l Boone Inn’s country cuisine has been honored by both Southern Living and Our State magazines. The Inn takes reservations for parties of 15 or more. ⃣ 828-264-8657. danlbooneinn.com. See ad on page 53

DIVIDE TAVERN & RESTAURANT BLOWING ROCK. Located in the lobby of the Historic Green Park Inn, the Divide Tavern sits directly astride the Eastern Continental Divide. Long a gathering place for Captains of Industry, Heads of State, and celebrities from authors to actors, the Tavern of-

GAMEKEEPER BLOWING ROCK. Housed in a 1950’s stone cottage, you haven’t fully experienced the region until you’ve dined at The Gamekeeper. It’s a true gourmet restaurant, with the perfect blend of

Over 35 Years in Boone!

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CAJUN CHICKEN FETTUCINI • PESTO • CHICKEN FAJITAS WRAP SOUTHWESTERN WRAP • CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD • LASAGNA LOW COUNTRY SALMON • CHICKEN PESTO PIZZA TUSCAN RED PEPPER CHICKEN • BOURBON GLAZED CENTER CUT RIBEYE ARTICHOKE DIP WITH TOASTED GARLIC FRENCH BREAD SOUP & QUICHE OF THE DAY...

Outdoor Covered Patio Dining 227 HARDIN STREET IN BOONE • redonionboone.com

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants upscale elegance and simple mountain charm. The staff is top notch and very attentive. The Gamekeeper is famous for Southern favorites - ultimate in comfort food - prepared with creativity and originality, offered through an evolving seasonal menu that blends the traditional with the exotic, satisfying both the meat lover and the vegetarian. Much quality and care goes into each dish, from the selection of the freshest ingredients to the wood fire preparation and the exquisite presentation. It is perfection for even the most discerning palate! The restaurant is located off Shulls Mill Road near Yonahlossee Resort. ⃣ 828-963-7400. Gamekeeper-NC.com. See ad on page 58

GRANDVIEW RESTAURANT FOSCOE. The Grandview Restaurant is long-running mountainside eatery

serving all-day breakfast & daytime fare in a homey, rustic space since 1977. The restaurant is located in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain with a wonderful view. Famous for it’s breakfast menu that is served all day. In the summer there is lots of outdoor seating. Now serving Now serving beer, cider, mimosas, bloody marys & wine! ⃣ 828-963-4573. grandview-restaurant.com. See ad on page 49

LP ON MAIN BANNER ELK. After 35 fabulous years in downtown Banner Elk - Chef-Owners Patrick and Laurie Bagbey have relocated their independently owned and operated restaurant to 171 Main Street, Banner Elk. Still in the heart of the community, the Bagbey family welcome you to join them at LP on Main. Gathering beautiful ingredients

Best Tasting Show In Town

Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

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Avery County’s Dining

Catering

The High Country’s Premier Steak & Seafood Restaurant

The High Country’s Best Choice for Event Catering

• Dinner nightly from 5pm • Martini & Meatloaf Mondays with $7 house martinis and comfort food specials • Tuesday – Specialty burger night • Wednesday – 25% off bottles of wine • Private room available • “Avery County Chamber Business of the Year”

828-898-5550

344 Shawneehaw Ave. South, Banner Elk stonewallsrestaurant.com

• Creativity, passion and culinary excellence • Parties of all sizes • In-home catering • Fully insured and licensed • Largest mobile kitchen in the High Country

828-898-5550

344 Shawneehaw Ave. South, Banner Elk stonewallsrestaurant.com

Best Lodging

The High Country’s Best Vacation Rentals • One main lodge and three cabins with mountain views • 1-4 bedrooms available • Event barn, outdoor pavilion, open field, meandering streams, and ponds all onsite • Located in the heart of Sugar and Beech Mountains, with proximity to all High Country attractions • Pet-friendly

828-860-3673

64 Cornerstone Cir, Banner Elk cornerstonerentals.com

DINING | CATERING LODGING | EVENT VENUE

Event Venue

The High Country’s Best Space for Gatherings • Vacations, weddings, family reunions, church events, and business retreats • Newly built barn with 1,700 sq. ft., and 18-ft. high ceilings • Barn equipped with a complete catering kitchen • Climate controlled barn • 1,750 sq. ft. outdoor pavilion with fire pit • Lodge and cabin rentals • Fields, streams, and ponds

828-860-3673

64 Cornerstone Cir, Banner Elk thebarnatcornerstone.com

Family Style Meals

For over 50 years, Dan’l Boone Inn has been serving Boone and the high country delicious home-cooked meals, just like you remember at Grandma’s house. Our family style meals begin with a salad in the summer and soup in the winter. Three meats and five vegetables are served along with biscuits, preserves, dessert and beverage. A full breakfast is served on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Tasting Room & Restaurant

Visit Our Outdoor Beer Garden in East Boone

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to thoughtfully prepare meals from our family to yours. With an emphasis on house made to order cuisine featuring NC seafood, local meats and produce from Trosly Farms, Springhouse Farms, Charlotte Frost Greenhouse and Heritage farms. Offering a full bar, craft cocktails, fine wines and locally made beers. ⃣ 828-898-5656. louisianapurchasefoodandspirits.com. See ad on page 56

MAKOTOS BOONE. Dining at Makoto’s Seafood and Steakhouse of Japan is a unique experience. During your visit, a waiter will guarantee you a pleasant dining time. If you’re lucky, your personal chef will provide a little free culinary entertainment while cooking your dish right in front of you. Makoto’s also offers a lunch and dinner sushi bar. ⃣ 828-264-7976. makotos-boone.com. See ad on page 52

PEPPER’S BOONE. Serving up fresh, deli-style sandwiches and a wide range of dinner entrees, Pepper’s is a High Country favorite. The restaurant is decorated with items from the original opening location in 1975 and the atmosphere is laid-back. Save room for the famous original Pepper’s carrot cake! ⃣ 828-262-1250. peppers-restaurant.com. See ad on page 53

RED ONION CAFÉ BOONE. The Red Onion Cafe has created its niche in the High Country for over 35 years by offering a welcoming atmosphere and an extensive menu at affordable prices. The Red Onion Cafe has something for every member of the family, including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, pasta, fish, steak 54

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Delicious, Unique, Scratch-Made Items Breakfast All Day Lunch from 10:30 am Great Food & Portions at Great Prices!

COME & GET YOUR SUNSHINE ON! OPEN: Monday - Friday, 7 am - 1 pm • Saturday & Sunday, 7 am - 2 pm 1675 Hwy 105, Boone • 828-262-5400 • www.sunrisegrillboone.com

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants and delicious homemade desserts. The Red Onion Cafe also offers several of the region’s top beer and wines to compliment any meal. ⃣ 828-264-5470. theredonioncafe.com. See ad on page 51

STONEWALLS BANNER ELK. The High Country’s premier steak and seafood house since 1985. Enjoy your favorite steaks, prime rib, chicken or baby back rib entrée or choose from the extensive seafood selection or daily specials. Our chefs have been performing for years, and our buyer selects the best cuts available. Our salad bar is a destination for locals and for tourists.Serving daily from 5:00 p.m. in a casual, family-friendly dining atmosphere. All ABC permits. ⃣ 828-898-5550. stonewallsresturant.com. See ad on page 53

SUNRISE GRILL BOONE. Family owned and operated breakfast and lunch restaurant located in the heart of Boone on Hwy 105. We strive to provide delicious, varied and creative comfort food in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Many of our menu items are true Sunrise originals. Unique offerings you will not find anywhere else. Our breakfast menu is available all day! ⃣ 828-262-5400. sunrisegrillboone.com. See ad on page 55

TOWN TAVERN BLOWING ROCK. The Town Tavern is a sports bar and restaurant located on Main Street in historic downtown Blowing Rock. Open every day for lunch, dinner. We have 19 flat screen TV’s to catch the game. The Town Tavern has the largest outdoor patio dining area in the High Country that looks over the

Thoughtfully prepared meals from our family to yours. Gathering beautiful ingredients with an emphasis on house-made to order cuisine featuring NC seafood, local meats and produce from local farms. Offering a full bar, craft cocktails, fine wines and locally made beers. LUNCH: Tues.-Sat. beginning at 11am | DINNER: Tues. - Sat. beginning at 5:30 pm

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Great Daily Specials

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"Best Little Diner in the High Country!" Serving Breakfast All Day Daily Specials Homemade Soups & Salads Burgers & Sandwiches Old Fashioned Banana Split & Shakes Assorted Bottle Beers

265-1344

1286 Hwy 105 in Boone • Next to Comfort Suites

Sun, Mon & Tues 7:00 am - 3:00 pm • Wed & Thurs 7:00 am - 8:30 pm • Fri & Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

828-387-4000 • www.famousbrickoven.com

Drive to the Top of Beech Mountain Our extensive menu features pizza, pasta, sandwiches, Hoagies, High Risers, salads, a coffee bar, ice cream, fudge, homemade chocolates and fresh cookies, beers from all over the world, and a full bar, plus we have an arcade, mini-golf and New Fire Pits! We have a very large dining room that is warm and festive. We also have large flat screen TVs and a Margarita Bar. It’s a denstination the whole family will enjoy. Plus, we’re on top of the world! VISITOR’S GUIDE SUMMER 2022

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants bustling scene of Blowing Rock’s Main Street. Since opening its doors in 2013, The Town Tavern Blowing Rock has quickly become a staple of the Blowing Rock community and a favorite of locals and travelers alike. ⃣ 828-295-7500. towntavernbr.com. See ad on page 55

has a private dining room for up to 100 guests. ⃣ 828-295-3651. woodlandsbbq. com. See ad on page 46

TROY’S 105 DINER BOONE. Troy’s 105 Diner is one of the High Country’s true 1950’s-style classic diners. From platters to burger baskets and from temptations to shakes, Troy’s provides a long list of American diner favorites. For a trip down Memory Lane, go to Troy’s with that high school sweetheart of yours or take the entire family to experience the good ol’ days again. Breakfast avaialble all day! ⃣ 828-265-1344. troys105diner.com. See ad on page 57

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Representing the areas finest artists

Local Art Galleries ART CELLAR BANNER ELK. During it’s twenty-seven year history The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk has established itself as a definitive arts destination in The High Country, drawing collectors from across the country. 2021 marks another season filled with some of the finest artists from throughout the Southeast, with feature exhibitions and engaging shared gallery installations. The Art Cellar Gallery always presents a full range of work by all their gallery artists, throughout three inviting floors of exhibition space. The galleries knowledgeable staff is always available to assist collectors looking for that special artwork, either a single piece or building an entire collection. The gallery also houses an onsite frame studio, providing all framing needs from custom conservation framing to mirrors. The Art Cellar Gallery is open Monday - Saturday from 10am to 5pm. ⃣ 828-898-5275. ArtcellarOnline.com. See ad on page 61

CARLTON ART GALLERY FOSCOE. One of the most established Fine Art Galleries in the High Country of Western North Carolina, Carlton Gallery features a spirited collection of artwork in all mediums with over 150 local, regional, and national artists. Originally established as a small fiber studio in 1982, the gallery today presents an inspiring array of original works and exceptional gift ideas for visitors and collectors, including paintings in oils, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media; giclees and limited edition prints; photography, pottery, designer jewelry, sculpture, wood, glass, fiber arts and more. The gallery conveys a casually elegant atmosphere with the spirit of the local community. The Gallery holds a large and varied selection of fine art and handmade crafts by more than 300 local, regional and nationally recognized artisans. Step inside and see why 60

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Carlton Gallery has become one of the best-known galleries in the Southeast. It’s a chance to take an authentic piece of the High Country back home. ⃣ 828-963-4288. carltonartgallery.com. See ad on page 61

DOE RIDGE POTTERY BOONE. Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery is owned and operated by Master Potter, Bob Meier, specializing in high quality Home Décor as well as beautiful functional ware. The gallery is home to a fine collection of local artists, each bringing their own unique voice and perspective to their pottery. All of Bob Meier’s work is made on site and is fully functional stoneware. It is food safe, dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. Stop by for a visit and watch pottery being made. We’re located in Downtown Boone. ⃣ 828-264-1127. See ad on page 61

TURCHIN CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS BOONE. Since opening in 2003, the center has built upon Appalachian’s longstanding belief that access and interaction with great arts programming is an important part of a great university education. This is supported by the belief that sharing these opportunities with residents and visitors is important service to the cultural, educational, economic, and healthful life of our community and region. To provide increased accessibility for the Appalachian community, the center is free and open to the public. ⃣ 828-262-3017. tcva.org.


BANNER ELK

Featuring the High Country's Finest Artists

www.artcellargallery.com 828-898-5175

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Local Spots for Great Finds...

Shops & Retailers ANNA BANANA’S BOONE. A fine consignment store located in the heart of downtown. With new fashions everyday, this thrifty store truly has something for everyone! Shopping here is like a treasure hunt – you never know what you will find. Shoppers can find designers at discounted prices and enjoy a fun atmosphere everyday. Fashionistas and shopaholics alike should come in and check it out! ⃣ 828-865-2000. Ad on page 66

BAYOU GENERAL STORE BANNER ELK. Banner Elk. Browse eclectic! Offering locally made jams, jellies, and honey. Cheeses and butter from Ashe County Cheese and English Farmstead. Souvenir apparel and gifts, American made toys and items from Naked Bee. Wines include selections from North Carolina wineries and other unique yet inexpensive offerings. Beer lovers are invited to “Mix a Six” from over 200 Carolina and American craft and select import beers. Wine Amnesty is offered to guests dining in the Bayou Smokehouse & Grill Restaurant. ⃣ 828-898-8953. bayousmokehouse.com See ad on page 47

CUTE-TIQUE! BLOWING ROCK. Serves You Right! was originally well known for their gifts and essentials for beautiful dinnerware and entertaining. About 10 years ago they added a small section in their store for children’s gifts. Currently, their children’s selection is one of the largest in Western NC. They are the “Go-To” for grandparents and parents searching for imagination and play, the old fashion way including, fun and exciting games, puzzles and toys, books, travel items for ages Newborn to age 12. We specialize in Love, Re62

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ward, Guilt and Bribery!! In our “Grownup” a/k/a “Tall Children” special room, we have the largest selection of adult and family puzzles, games crafts. Browse over 900 different selections, plus our famous fun beverage napkins and greeting cards and beautiful paper goods. ⃣ 828-295-4438. See ad on page 65

DEWOOLFSON FOSCOE. When you spend one-third of your life sleeping, a quality down pillow, comforter and/or feathered bed is one of the best investments for a rejuvenating, restful sleep. DeWoolfson imports a variety of fabrics and goose down fills from Eastern Europe, supplying European-influenced down and products and fine linens to the world’s most comfortable sleepers. Custom comforters and the other products are made to order and shipped within 24 to 48 hours all over the world. DeWoolfson also stocks one of the largest selections of luxury European linens found anywhere – from France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, and other locales. These include well-known names such as Abyss and Habidecor, Matouk, Sferra, Yves Delorme and many more. Good night and sleep tight. ⃣ 828-963-4144. dewoolfson.com. See ad on page 63

FRED’S GENERAL STORE BEECH MOUNTAIN. A 38 year legend, no trip to Beech Mountain is complete without a visit to Fred’s. It’s your one-stop shopping spot with everything needed to make your visit complete, including groceries, clothing, accessories and footwear. Stop by the expanded deli for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Fred’s can pack a picnic for that special outing or arrange any of the menu items to go. ⃣ 828-387-4838. fredsgeneral.com. See ad on page 66


Making each pillow and comforter Sewoolfson just for you

Manufacturing European-inspired down comforters, pillows and featherbeds in the High Country since 1983.

Fine bed, bath and table linens from France, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Austria and around the world.

Between Boone & Banner Elk 9452 NC Hwy. 105 S 828.963.4144 dewoolfsonLinens.com

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Check Out These... Shops & Retailers GOODWILL BOONE. When you shop at and donate to your local Goodwill, you find great items and help provide job placement and training opportunities for people in your community! Looking for greater variety than what you find on your average department store shelves? Most Goodwill® stores introduce more than 2,000 new items onto the sales floor each day. Last year, sales from Goodwill stores funded employment training, job placement services, financial education, youth mentoring and more to 36 million people in the United States and Canada. goodwill.org ⃣ 828264-4174. See ad on this page

HAPPY PLACE

incense, music and tie-dyes will take you on a trip back to peace, love and happiness. All that’s left to do is smile, smile, smile. ⃣ 828-264-0196. See ad on page 68

INCREDIBLE TOY COMPANY BLOWING ROCK. Want to know where can you go to feel like a kid again? The Incredible Toy Company, of course! Specializing in educational and creative toys for infants to adults, The Incredible Toy Company carries wooden toys, Playmobil, Thomas, dolls, games and puzzles, and your first purchase is always gift-wrapped for free! ⃣ 828-264-1422. incredibletoycompany.com. See ad on page 68

BOONE. Step back to the 60s & 70s! When you walk through the door, the

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The wonderful thing about authentic photographs is they render words unnecessary. A Good Old Fashioned Toy Store for Children and Grown-Ups! Over 10,000 Different Items for Fun, Learning & Play.

Don’t forget we are famous for our outrageous cards & beverage napkins, plus our beautiful paper goods.

600 Different Styles of Family and Adult Games & Puzzles the Largest Selection in the Mountains.

Cute-tique! Celebrating our 30th year in Blowng Rock!

SouthMarke, 1179 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC 828.295.4438 (Across from Town Tavern)

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Shops & Retailers PEABODY’S BEER AND WINE MERCHANTS BOONE. Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants was established in 1978 and is the region’s—and one of the State’s—oldest and most comprehensive bottle shoppes. In addition to the thousands of wine and beer options in stock, we are glad to order from our vast catalog any item we do not have in stock. We are proud to be an inviting, inclusive, and comfortable place to shop, sample or drink wine and cider, taste beer, grab a bite from one of the food trucks, and socialize with friendsAs part of the High Country community, Peabody’s strives to give back through regular civic engagement, sponsorships, and donations across a broad variety of charities, organizations, and benefits. Regular free tastings and events in the store as well as collaborations and partnerships with local organizations and businesses also help strengthen our community. ⃣ 828-264-9476. peabodyswineandbeer.com See ad on page 2

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Fred’s

Mercantile Co. l a r e n e G s of business 37 year

Beech Mountain

If we don’t have it ... You don’t need it Grocery • Deli • Clothing Hardware • Gifts Books • Maps • Wildbird Supplies Hiking Supplies • Footwear 828-387-4838 Open from 7:30 am to 10pm every day 501 Beech Mountain Parkway • Beech Mountain, NC www.fredsgeneral.com 66

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BLOWING ROCK. One of Main Street’s largest, oldest and most popular shops. In 2012 they added their signature “Children’s Cute-tique” featuring gifts, books, toys and games for newborns to about age 10 – A Grandparent’s and parent’s definite destination and summertime’s “kid’s must haves.” They also offer the merchandise Serves You Right’s is known for since 1993: gifts and essentials for the kitchen, dining room, bar and terrace – also Conference Collegiate tailgate essentials, BBQ and as always, Western NC’s largest selection of funny greeting cards and beverage napkins. SYR features over 300 well known, lines including Herend, Arthur Court, Gien and Casa Fina dinnerware to popular children’s favorites: Melissa & Doug, Stephen Joseph, Usbourne Books and Jelly Cat. Open all year. ⃣ 800-825-1828 or 828295-4438. See ad on page 67


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SHOPPES AT FARMER’S HARDWARE BOONE. The Shoppes at Farmers is an emporium comprised of multiple vignettes in the old Farmers Hardware building in historic downtown Boone, NC. Owned by the same family since 1924, we feature an eclectic collection of local artisans and experienced retailers. The newly renovated Shoppes at Farmer’s Hardware is a glimpse of the historic Farmer’s Hardware as it was in 1924. The original tin ceilings and oiled wooden floors enhance the more than 100 shops now featured in this downtown Boone landmark. Shoppes at Farmer’s Hardware features a variety of furniture, regional artists and craftsmen, home accessories, clothing, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, services and gifts. ⃣ 828-264-8801. shoppesatfarmers.com. See ad on back cover

SOUTHMARKE BLOWING ROCK. Celebrating 30 years of High Country quality shopping where some of Blowing Rock’s most dazzling and distinctive upscale stores are nestled in a quaint Victorian setting, among beautifully landscaped gardens and stone statuary. SouthMarke begins at the southern most end of Main Street across from Town Tavern. Unique, specialty stores offer ladies and gentlemen’s apparel, shoes, jewelry and accessories, infant and children’s toys, books, games, puzzles, as well as an extensive collection of funny cards, napkins, puzzles and games for adults and family. Blowing Rock and Mountain signature logo merchandise, a huge array of private label foods and condiments, outdoor furniture and mountain themed merchandise. Six Seasonal Pavilions (MayOctober) offerings include, Fine Art painting by Low Country Artist, Tommy Beaver, Flavia’s European Desserts, hand crafted, unitique, carry items and 68

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Check Out These... Shops & Retailers a beautiful children’s clothier. New this year; our rear courtyard fast and fabulous outdoor eatery, Say Cheese. They feature creative, gourmet cheese sandwiches as well as children’s meals. Our Main Shoppes are open all year. ⃣ 828-265-3566. SouthMarke.com. See ad on page 67

SUNSET TEE’S & HATTERY BLOWING ROCK. Sunset Tee’s & Hattery has been in Blowing Rock for 34 years. Western North Carolina’s largest selection and variety of hats, ball caps, casual apparel, t-shirts, sweatshirts, moccasins, gifts and more. The store also has the best quality and variety of Blowing Rock souvenir sportswear, shirts and ball caps. It’s not just another t-shirt shop! Open 7 days a week, year-round. ⃣ 828-295-9326. See ad on this page

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Recurring Events An Appalachian Summer Festival Appalachian State University, Boone appsummer.org | 828-262-4046

July 1: Summer Exhibition Celebration at Turchin Center for the Visual Arts July 3: Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives July 5: Maeve Gilchrist featuring Aizuri Quartet & Kyle Sanna: The Harpweaver July 7: Broadway’s Next Hit Musical July 7: Lunch & Learn Series: The Turchin Center’s Faculty Biennial Exhibition July8: Weicholz Global Film Series - Playground (Un monde) July 9: esperanza spalding in Concert July 9: 36th Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk July 10: Eastern Music Festival Orchestra July 12: Hayes School of Music Faculty Chamber Players July13: Weicholz Global Film Series - Belfast July 14: Lunch & Learn Series: Meet the Film Curator, featuring Dale Pollock July 16: Renée Elise Goldsberry July 19: Imani Winds July 20: Weicholz Global Film Series - When Pomegranates Howl July 21: Lunch & Learn Series: Boone 150: A Celebration of Boone’s History July 23: Postmodern Jukebox: Grand Reopening Tour July 24: Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists July 26: Rolston String Quartet July 27: Boz Scaggs: Out of the Blues Tour 2022 July 28: Weicholz Global Film Series - On the Water (Vee peal) July 28: Lunch & Learn Series: A Central Visual Heritage of the Holocaust: The Wehrmacht and Anti-Jewish Propaganda July 30: MOMIX: Alice

Banner Elk Concerts in the Park Tate-Evans Park, Banner Elk, Free 828-898-8395, bannerelk.org

Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. June 23 to Aug. 25

Blowing Rock Concerts in the Park Memorial Park, Blowing Rock, Free 828-898-8395, blowingrock.com

Concerts begin at 3 p.m. July 17: Urban Soil • Aug. 14: Chris McGinnis Sept. 11: Danny Platt • Oct. 2: Andy Page

Blowing Rock Town Concert Series Broyhill Park, Blowing Rock

Monday nights from July through August at 7 p.m.

Music on the Veranda Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock, greenparkinn.com

Sundays from 5-8 p.m., Mid June through Oct.

Ashe County Arts Council Fridays in the Park Concerts Ashe Park, Jefferson, ashecountyarts.org/events June 18: Steve Lewis and Bluegrass, Inc. July 16: Burnette Sisters and Colin Ray Aug. 20: Wayne Henderson

Music on the Lawn The Best Cellar at the Inn at Ragged Gardens, Blowing Rock 828-295-3466, ragged-gardens.com

Chairlift rides 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday July 1 – Sept. 5

Fridays from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. June 24: Supa Tight • July 1: Harris Brothers July 8: Soul Benefactor • July 15: Shelby Rae July 22: Glorious Day • July 29: Lucky Strikes Aug. 5: Three Cord Scholars • Aug. 12: Harris Brothers Aug. 19: Soul Benefactor • Aug. 26: Shelby Rae Sept. 2: Continental Divide • Sept. 9: Gracious Day Sept. 16: Harris Brothers • Sept. 23: Shelby Rae Sept. 30: Soul Benefactor • Oct.: TBD

Beech Mountain Resort, 828-387-2011, beechmountainresort.com

Banner Elk Art on the Greene

Weekend Scenic Lift Rides Sugar Mountain Resort, 828-898-4521, skisugar.com

Chairlift rides 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday May 28 – Oct. 22

Historic Banner Elk School, Banner Elk, bannerelk.com

Blowing Rock Art in the Park

Avery Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival

Park Avenue, Blowing Rock, FREE, 828-295-7851 June 11 • July 16 • Aug. 13 • Sept.10 • Oct. 1

July 2-3 • Aug. 6-7 • Sept. 3-4

Sugar Mountain Resort, averycounty.com July 15-17 • August 12-14

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Entertaining Music Series

2022 Season Hayes Auditorium, Broyhill Theatre

All performances begin at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Jenene Caramielo

Sherma Andrews

Divas3

Symphony of the Mountains

Mirror of Mathis

Folk Legacy Trio

Timeless Broadway with Daniel Narducci

Jukebox Saturday Night

June 13 June 27 July 11 July 25

June 20 July 4

July 18

August 1

Purchase tickets at www.lmc.edu/forum

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Regularly Scheduled Horn in the West: An Outdoor Drama Daniel Boone Amphitheatre, Boone 828-264-2120, horninthewest.com Running from July 1 – Aug. 13

Banner Elk Concerts in the Park Tate-Evans Park, Banner Elk 828-898-8395, bannerelk.org

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. June 23: Woodie and the String Pullers June 30: Soul Benefactor July 7: The Extraordinnaires July 14: Split Shot July 21: Smokin’ Joe Randolph Band July 28: Dovydas Aug. 4: Shelby Rae Moore Band Aug. 11: Alex Key Aug. 18: The Collective Aug. 25: Tanya & The Roadrunnerz

Farmer’s Markets

Recurring Events Live Music at 5506’ SkyBar Beech Mountain Resort 828-387-2011, beechmountainresort.com Music starts at 2:30 p.m. June 4: Swim in the Wild June 11: My New Favorites June 18: Shelby Rae Moore June 25: City Lights July 2: The Kind Thieves July 9: Isaac Hadden Project July 16: Ranford Almond July 23: Honey Badgers July 30: Sweet Sweet Aug. 6: Reggie Sullivan Band Aug. 13: Fritz & Co. w/Special Guests Aug. 20: Julie Williams Band Aug. 27: Prettier than Matt Sept. 3: If Birds Could Fly

BEECH SUMMER MUSIC SERIES AT THE RESORT: June 18: Shakey Graves with Bendigo Fletcher July 16: The Head and the Heart w/Illiterate Light Aug. 13: Watchhouse with The Steeldrivers

Watauga County Farmers’ Market

Horn in the West, Boone, 828-355-4918 wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org

Saturdays 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. through October and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in November King Street Market

126 Poplar Grove Rd, Boone

Tuesdays 4 - 7 p.m. through October Blowing Rock Farmers’ Market

Park Avenue, Blowing Rock, 828-298-7851 blowingrock.com/farmersmarket

Thursdays through September from 3 - 6 p.m. Avery County Farmers’ Market

Old Banner Elk Elementary School averycountyfarmersmarket.net Thursdays, 4 - 6:30 p.m.

Ashe County Farmers’ Market

Backstreet, West Jefferson, ashefarmersmarket.com Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. through October

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LINVILLE FALLS WINERY

Music at Linville Falls Winery Linville Falls, 828-765-1400, linvillefallswinery.com

June 24: Tom Pillion • June 25: Classic Highway June 26: The Harris Brothers • June 30: Eric Chesson July 1: Red Umber Jazz • July 2: The Lucky Strikes July 3: Shelby Rae Moore Band • July 4: Adam Musick July 8: Tom Pillion • July 9: Euphoria July 10: The Harris Brothers July 15: Don Hogan/Hogan’s Heroes July 16: Preston Benfield Band July 17: Smokin’ Joe Band • July 22: Centerpiece Jazz July 23: Urban Soil • July 24: Shelby Rae Moore Band July 29: Joseph Hasty • July 30: The Classics Trio July 31: Roadside Attraction • Aug. 5: Wayne Taylor Aug. 6: Smokin’ Joe Band • Aug. 7: The Harris Brothers Aug. 12: Don Hogan/Hogan’s Heroes Aug. 13: The Lucky Strikes • Aug. 14: Bluegrass Blend Aug. 19: Tom Pillion • Aug. 20: The Classics Trio Aug. 21: Shelby Rae Moore Band Aug. 26: Joseph Hasty • Aug. 27: Classic Highway Aug. 28: Roadside Attraction


MUSIC • DANCE • THEATRE • VISUAL ARTS • FILM

July 1- 30, 2022 SCHAEFER POPULAR SERIES Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives July 3 esperanza spalding in Concert July 9 • Renée Elise Goldsberry July 16 Postmodern Jukebox: The Grand Reopening Tour July 23 Boz Scaggs: Out of the Blues Tour 2022 July 27 CLASSICAL MUSIC Maeve Gilchrist featuring Aizuri Quartet & Kyle Sanna: The Harpweaver July 5 Eastern Festival Orchestra, featuring guest artist Santiago Rodriguez, piano July 10 Hayes School of Music Faculty Chamber Players July 12 • Imani Winds July 19 Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists July 24 Rolston String Quartet July 26 DANCE MOMIX: Alice July 30 THEATRE Broadway’s Next Hit Musical July 7 FILM Weicholz Global Film Series July 8, 13, 20 & 28 VISUAL ARTS Summer Exhibition Celebration July 1 • 36th Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk July 9 Lunch & Learn Series July 7, 14, 21 & 28 FOR A COMPLETE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS, VISIT BOONE, NC

AppSummer.org • 828.262.4046

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Summer Exhibition Celebration: Friday, July 1, 5 - 9 pm

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk: Saturday, July 9, 10 am- noon

Lunch & Learn Series: Thursdays July 7, 14, 21 & 28, noon Cheryl Prisco

Check website for gallery hours

tcva.org 423 W. King Street, Boone

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Ensemble Stage 185 Azalea Circle SE, Banner Elk, NC 828-414-1844, ensemblestage.com

July 9 & 30: Summer Kids Theater Series presents Furry Tails with a Twist June 24 – July 2: No Wake July 15 – 23: Catch the Butcher August 12 – 20: Baby on Board September 9 – 17: Zaglada

ENSEMBLE STAGE

Grandfather Vineyard Music in the Vineyard 828-963-2400, grandfathervineyard.com

June 1: Tom Pillion • June 2: Adam Musick June 3: The Dawgful Dead • June 4: The Lucky Strikes June 5: Edward Main • June 8: Tom Pillion June 9: Adam Musick • June 10: Typical Mountain Boys June 11: The Collective • June 12: The Harris Brothers June 15: Tom Pillion • June 16: Adam Musick June 17: Shelby Rae Moore June 18: Smokin Joe Randolph Band June 19: Classic Highway • June 22: Tom Pillion June 23: Adam Musick • June 24: The Neighbors June 25: Jeff Honeycutt Band June 26: Shelby Rae Moore • June 29: Tom Pillion June 30: Adam Musick • July 1: The Classic Trio July 2: The Harris Brothers • July 3: Preston Benfield July 4: Shelby Rae Moore • July 5: Edward Main July 6: Tom Pillion • July 7: Adam Musick July 8: Hogan’s Heroes July 9: Smokin Joe Randolph Band July 10: The Corklickers • July 13: Tom Pillion July 14: Adam Musick • July 15: The Neighbors July 16: Shelby Rae Moore • July 17: The Rockabillys July 20: Tom Pillion • July 21: Adam Musick July 22: Mason Jar Confessions July 23: Tanya & The Roadrunnerz July 24: The Lucky Strikes • July 27: Miller & Pardue Duo July 28: Adam Musick • July 29: The Harris Brothers July 30: Handlebar Betty • July 31: Shelby Rae Moore Aug. 3: Edward Main • Aug. 4: Adam Musick Aug. 5: The Classic Trio • Aug. 6: Woodard & Brewer Duo Aug. 7: Typical Mountain Boys • Aug. 10: Tom Pillion Aug. 11: Adam Musick Aug. 12: Woodie & The String Pullers Aug. 13: The Harris Brothers • Aug. 14: Kevin Smith Aug. 17: Tom Pillion • Aug. 18: Adam Musick Aug. 19: Backstreet • Aug. 20: Shelby Rae Moore Aug. 21: The Harris Brothers • Aug. 24: Tom Pillion Aug. 25: Shelby Rae Moore • Aug. 26: Soul Benefactor Aug. 27: Jeff Honeycutt Band • Aug. 28: The Lucky Strikes Aug. 31: Tom Pillion

Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria FAMILY FUN NIGHT SERIES Beech Mountain, weather permitting, 828-387-4000 Every Friday night June, July and mid August Bounce House 4-7:30 p.m Live Music 5:30-8:45 p.m.

June 19: The High Country Boomers & Friends June 26: Deep Creek Bluegrass July 3: All Things Piano with Andrew Cotts July 10: TBD • July 17: Deep Creek Bluegrass July 24: All Things Piano with Andrew Cotts July 31: The High Country Boomers and Friends Aug. 7: The Collectives Aug. 14: Deep Creek Bluegrass

FAMILY FRIENDLY OUTDOOR MOVIES Begins at 8:45 p.m., Free

June 19: Bolt • June 26: Hocus Pocus July 3: Independence Day • July 10: Shark Tales July 17: Jurrasic Park • July 24: Jaws July 31: Dirty Dancing • Aug. 7: The Mummy Aug. 14: Up

Carlton Gallery Grandfather Mountain Community, Banner Elk 828-963-4288, carltongallery.com

May 28 – July 15: Spring Group Exhibition: Illuminate Your Spirit – With Fine Art July 23 – Sept. 15: Mid-Summer Group Exhibition: Celebrating Artistic Milestones – Yin and Yang

The Art Cellar Gallery Banner Elk, 828-898-5175, artcellargallery.com

June 15 – July 2: Herb Jackson Small Works on Paper and Panel July 6 – July 23: David Birmingham July 27 – August 13: Loren DiBenedetto Aug. 17 – Sept. 3: Margaret Salisbury & Pam Brewer September 21 – October 8: Walter Stanford

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre 191 Main Street, Banner Elk, 828-898-5241, lmc.edu June 26-July 3: The Drowsy Chaperone July 21 – 27: Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical

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Grillin’ and Chillin’ Summer Concert Series Sugar Mountain’s Golf and Tennis Club House Deck 828-898-1025. Live Music 6-9 p.m.

June 22: Tanya & The Roadrunnerz June 29: Smokin Joe Randolph July 6: The Rockabillys July 13: Shelby Rae Moore Band July 20: The Night Move Band July 27: The Collective August 3: Smokin Joe Randolph August 10: Cat5 Band (Shades of Shag at Sugar) August 17: Soul Benefactor August 24: The Collective August 31: The Rockabillys September 5: Tanya & The Roadrunnerz

Forum at Lees-McRae Hayes Auditorium, Broyhill Theater, Lees-McRae College 828-898-8748, lmc.edu

June 13: Jenene Caramielo June 20: Sherma Andrews June 27: Divas3 July 4: Symphony of the Mountains July 11: Mirror of Mathis July 18: Folk Legacy Trio July 25: Timeless Broadway with Daniel Narducci August 1: Jukebox Saturday Night

Music in the Valle Valle Crucis Community Park, 6:00 p.m., vallecrucispark.org

June 24: Danny Whittington Band July 1: Rastacoustic • July 8: Handlebar Betty July 15: Blue Cactus • July 22: Unspoken Tradition July 29: Urban Soil Aug. 5: Woodie & The String Pullers Aug. 12: Time Sawyer • Aug. 19: Will Easter Band Aug. 26: Lucky Strikes Orchestra September 2: Carolina Ramble Revue

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