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Visitor Guide Summer 2019 F R E E

The Official Guide for

THINGS TO DO Where to go . . . This Summer!

Boone • Blowing Rock • Banner Elk

Hiking - SHOPPING - Eating

Attractions - Adventures North Carolina’s

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Welcome To The

Our Cities & Towns


Things to do Outside


A Trip Through the High Country

High Country!

Whitewater Rafting • Fishing Climbing • Canoeing • Caving & More

Taste the Grapes and Hops of High Country Vineyards and Breweries

Local Restaurants


A Broad Range of Dining Opportunities

Things To Know


Art Galleries


Area Attractions


Shops & Retailers


Helpful Information

Vacation Stops Not To Be Missed

High Country Map


Biking the Mountains


Outdoor Outfitters




Gem Mining


Parkway Sights


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 One of the Area’s Most Uniqueand Exciting Adventures

We Hope You Enjoy your mountain Visit

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



Overviews and Directions To the Region’s Favorite Hikes

Calendar of Events


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

Exciting Activity for Kids–Young & Old Favorite Stops and Hikes

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Visitor Guide

On The Cover The Rough Ridge trail is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 302.8. It’s just 1/3mile uphill walk to this 200 foot long boardwalk with incredible views of Grandfather Mountain, the Linn Cove Viaduct and into the Piedmont, for a nearly vertical-mile rise, one of the greatest drop-offs of the Blue Ridge escarpment.

Ken Ketchie PUBLISHER & EDITOR Debbie Carter ART DIRECTOR EDITING Hailey Blevins photography - Pictures in this issue are from our photo files and include photos from Todd Bush, Randy Johnson, Ken Ketchie, Jim Morton, as well as submitted pictures.

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HIGHER EDUCATION in The High Country Education in the High Country is important for the community. Future leaders and innovators can pursue their education, and the schools have a huge impact on the local economy and culture.


ppalachian State University, founded in 1899, is one of the 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system, enrolls approximately 18,000 students of various identities, beliefs, values and practices, and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. It is known for its low student to teacher ratio and the notorious football team that represents the school’s thriving spirit. Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk was opened in 1900 and has a beautiful campus with multiple programs of study that students enrolled can participate in, ranging from Criminal Justice to Cycling Studies. Along with this, Lees-McRae has also instated the New Opportunity School for Women, the purpose being to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income women in the High Country.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has served more than 200,000 students in 50 years of service. The Watauga Campus in Boone is a satellite location of the Caldwell Campus in Hudson. The Watauga Campus now features six buildings and the most beautiful view of the Blue Ridge that anyone can find in the CCC&TI college program. Mayland Community College, one of 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System, is located on the Avery/ Mitchell county lines right outside of Spruce Pine. This community college has been serving Mitchell, Avery and Yancey counties for over 40 years. The open-door admission policy allows students as young as 14 to participate in the Early College High School and as senior as octogenarians in the Continuing Education Program.


we call the mountains home At 4,000 feet, the possibilities are endless. From handson learning in natural laboratories to outdoor recreation in world-class destinations, our adventures never stop.

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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.


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 extremely 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 Games is held each year the


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 located within the Appalachian Mountains and its highest point is Grandfather Mountain’s Calloway Peak. It’s county seat and largest 12

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 cold winter months when snowfall and manmade 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 yearround tourism-generated and regular real estate market.

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 for its commitment to sustainablity. Its comprehensive degree offerings served more than 18,000 students last year.

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There are also less strenuous trails for the uninitiated. And lots of shops and galleries for people who like to walk around indoors. 800.852.9506 ExploreBoone.com

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visitor can desire. Boone he Town of Boone has long been a favorserves as the seat of ite vacation destination, Watauga County and is beginning in the 1880s home to Appalachian when Southerners came State University. The town here to escape the sumacquired its name from mer heat. Today, Boone the famous pioneer and is recognized by travel explorer Daniel Boone, journalists as an “ultimate who on several occasions Boone Fourth of July Parade outdoor adventure desticamped within the presnation” in the Southeast. ent city limits as he traveled through the area on his way to Ken- The Town of Boone was incorporated in tucky in the late 1700s. Through the years, 1872 and its current population is 17,186. Boone has become the hub of commerce At 3,333 feet, Boone has the highest elevain the North Carolina High Country area, tion of any town of its size east of the Misoffering virtually everything a resident or sissippi River.

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ing. Its Main Street and he Town of Blowing adjacent Town Park has Rock is only three been a tourist destination square miles, yet is home for more than 100 years. to more than 100 shops, Known as “the Crown about two dozen restauof the Blue Ridge,” this rants and nearly 20 hoquaint mountain village tels and inns. Blowing sits astride the Eastern Rock was named “PrettiContinental Divide at a est Small Town in North cool elevation of 3,500 to Carolina” in a poll of inBlowing Rock Fourth of July Parade 4,000 feet above sea level state travel professionals and has a permanent yearand writers, and in 2008 the 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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College and features a he Town of Banner lively arts and cultural Elk is a beautiful scene, complete with mountain town away an intimate pedestrian from the busy crowds shopping district of where one can still upscale boutiques and have access to the finer outstanding restauconveniences found in rants. The town was larger metropolitan arfirst settled in 1825 eas. Located in Avery An Aerial Shot of Banner Elk and incorporated in County, it is surrounded 1911. Today, it has a by some of the highest mountains east of the Rockies, including population of about 1,000 full-time resiGrandfather Mountain and Beech Moun- dents. Banner Elk sits at 3,739 feet above tain. Banner Elk is home to Lees-McRae sea level. 14

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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. 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. Men’s, women’s and mixed play

“friendlys’’ can be found every day of the week. And, like the golf, the tennis facilities are open to everyone, either on a pay-as-yougo 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 our world!

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BEAT THE HEAT At 4,000 feet the challenge is the course not the heat • Tennis Tournaments (adults and juniors) • Summer Concert Series • Mountain Biking • Sugar Mountain Resort Summit Crawl For more information, please go to:


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A Trip Through The High Country seven devils


even Devils is centrally located between Boone, Blowing Rock, Sugar Mountain, Banner Elk and Beech Mountain. It is a perfect stopping and lodging place during your visit to the High Country and boasts an elevation of up to 4,800 feet. It is certainly a beautiful town and its gorgeous mountain views are second-to-none. Many peaks can be seen from Seven Devils, including Grandfather Mountain, Hanging Rock Mountain, Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, Mount Rogers, Howard’s Knob, Rich Mountain, White Top Mountain, and others. Separating

Grandfather Mountain and the Town of Seven Devils is N.C. Highway 105 located on the valley floor between the two. This highway provides easy access to the town, which is known for its wide array of outdoor activities. The central location of Seven Devils puts it very close to a number of attractions and recreational opportunities. Located right in town is the Hawksnest Zipline and the Hawksnest Snow Tubing Resort. Visit Seven Devils today! You will be glad you did. It will likely be a great experience you will not soon forget.

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Explore the Extraordinary

Avery County Wine & Beer Fest – June 29

Downtown Banner Elk Sorrento’s Dining Complex

Tickets for Sale on Eventbrite or at Avery Chamber

Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival July 19-21 August 9-11 Downtown Banner Elk

42nd Annual Woolly Worm Festival – October 19-20 Downtown Banner Elk

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A Trip Through The High Country beech mountain At an elevation of 5,526 feet above sea level, Beech Mountain is the highest incorporated community east of the Mississippi River. 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

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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-theart 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.

n BOONE: 264-2225 • 870 W. King Street, Suite A

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n BLOWING ROCK: 295-7851 • 132 Park Avenue Open Mon.-Fri. 9-5 • www.blowingrock.com

n BANNER ELK: 898-8395 • 100 West Main St. Open Mon.-Sun. 10-5 • www.bannerelk.org

n BEECH MOUNTAIN: 387-9283 • 403-A Beech Mtn Pky. Open Mon.-Sat. 9-5 • www.beechmtn.com

n AVERY-BANNER ELK: 898-5605 • 4501 Tynecastle Hwy. Suite 2. • Open Mon.-Sun. Various Hours www.averycounty.com

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Welcome to the High Country

Hiking Trails Farmers’ Markets

Mast Store

White Water Rafting Fishing Moses Cone Manor

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Tweetsie Railroad Grandfather Mountain Linville Falls


Linville Caverns Waterfalls

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Things To Do Outside If you are looking to experience an adventure in the Great Outdoors, the High Country has it all – from world-class rock climbing and whitewater kayaking to stellar biking opportunities and an endless array of trails, waterfalls and campsites. With so much available to the outdoor enthusiast, the options can be overwhelming. But not to worry. Our visitors guide can get you started by introducing you to the mountain outdoors and the guides and businesses that can help you enjoy summertime in the mountains.


Whether you enjoy cycling along Lance Armstrong’s stomping grounds or mountain biking down the ski slopes in the summer, the High Country has become a premiere biking destination because of the plethora of options that now exist.

Hiking & Camping: With four state parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Pisgah National Forest just a short drive from downtown Boone, the trails to trek along, campsites to pitch a tent in and mountain views to wake up to are endless. Swimming Holes & Waterfalls: The High Country is known for its enchanting waterfalls and playful swimming holes.

River Sports: From experiencing the thrill of turbulent whitewater in a kayak to the relaxation of coasting down a slow-moving river in a tube or canoe, the High Country has endless river sport opportunities – not to mention trout-stocked waters for anglers.

Ziplining: Ziplining is a ridiculously fun activity, and no adventure compares to gliding through a forest canopy or flying above rolling hillsides of the Blue Ridge that dip and dive as far as the eye can see.

Gem Mining: Rubies, 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 are a favorite for both tourists and locals.

Fishing: Anglers seek out the High Country as a destination for their favorite pastime. The area’s rivers are home to rainbow, brown and brook trout, and outfitters are ready to take you to the fish. 24

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Awesome Places To See

Afternoon Outdoor Music SEE PAGES 102 – 108 FOR LIST OF DAILY EVENTS Jones House Concerts on the Lawn

Banner Elk Concerts in the Park

In the heart of downtown Boone, nestled behind beautiful trees and a lush, green lawn, sits the Jones House. In 1908, Dr. John Walter Jones built this historic house, which overlooks bustling King Street in the center of downtown. On Friday evenings, hundreds fill the front lawn to listen to free concerts of popular regional acts and local favorites.

The Tate-Evans Park, nestled in beautiful Banner Elk, has an outdoor amphitheater where every Thursday afternoon a free concert takes place. Everyone brings a lawn chair and a cooler to listen to popular local music groups. From the blues to bluegrass, there’s always a little grooving and a raffle giveaway. Todd Summer Music Series

Fred’s Summer Sunset Concerts

Travel way up in elevation to 5,506 feet, and you will find Fred’s General Mercantile in scenic Beech Mountain. Take in the quaint, old-fashioned style general store, and grab a soda pop or two. Now celebrating 35 years of service to the community, Fred’s offers summer concerts at its gazebo. With plenty of shows in the lineup for this summer, it’s a beautiful drive to a beautiful setting for an afternoon of music.

Home to the New River, historic Todd also has free music concert series at Cook Memorial Park. Grab a lawn chair, a blanket or sit on the grass to enjoy the fresh air and free tunes featuring local bluegrass, blues and folk rock. The Todd General Store is just across the street, within earshot of the music. The concert series happens on two Saturdays in the months of June and August. Three Saturdays in July.

Enjoy Music on the Lawn at the Best Cellar in Blowing Rock. The lawns of the Ragged Inn and Gardens are an acre of beautiful flowers and greenery. On Friday evenings, the lawns fill up with folks for a truly great social event with wonderful music, a great outside bar and plenty of room to wander around. Some folks bring a chair and others just mingle, but everyone has a great time and returns week after week.

The Bayou Smokehouse and General Store in scenic downtown Banner Elk greets guests with authentic Louisiana and Texas cuisine. And with that Cajun spirit, the Bayou helps host the Concerts in the Courtyard Series on Tuesdays. Surrounded by shops and restaurants, the courtyard bustles with music and people with everyone having a good time. The Bayou is great place to start a night on the town.

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Things To Know Blue Ridge Parkway • Parking • Eating Out • Attractions • Music • Mast Store Our Visitor Guide includes a lot of the information you’ll need to make great decisions about what to do with your vacation time in the High Country. Here’s a few additional bits of information and some suggestions to think about. DRIVE THE PARKWAY — Take our word for it. It’s a place that, no matter how many times you see it, you’re always ready to revisit and explore it further. This guide highlights a few of the not-to-miss stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and if you ask anyone on the street, they’ll tell you the same—it’s the one thing you have to do while you’re here. See page 50. LOTS OF DINING OPPORTUNITIES —

Go out to eat! You’re on vacation, after all. There are more than 200 local restaurants in the High Country waiting for you to be their guest, so go to a few you’ve never tried before. Check out any of the ones mentioned in this guide and you’re guaranteed to find great food, a unique atmosphere and friendly faces. See page 62.

PARKING DOES EXIST — It may not look like it at first glance, but keep your eyes open and follow the signs and you’ll most likely find public parking close to your destination. TAKE A HIKE — It’s what we do up here in the mountains. It’s a combination of the solitude and the adventure of twisting trails along an array of mountain landscapes. It’s never knowing what’s around the next bend. We’ve compiled some of our favorite places for your benefit, starting on page 100.



Hundreds of great musical and theatrical acts come through this area. Just check local media listings to find out who’s in town while you’re here. Even if you’ve never heard the name before, realize that our local music scene is brimming with talented artists you won’t see anywhere else. Nearly every bar features great live acts, and there are plenty of day festivals and weekly family music events occurring all the time. Just ask around. See the calendar of events on pages 102-110.


It’s the real deal for history buffs. The original store in Valle Crucis has been here since 1882, and it’s probably the oldest piece of our unique history. Admire the building and then step inside; it still has everything you could possibly need.


attractions that have entertained thousands of visitors and locals over the years. While you’re in town, don’t miss these sites that have helped define the High Country for many generations. Read information about area attractions starting on page 28.

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Sugar Mountain Resort this Summer

Bike Park & Summit Express Chairlift Rides June 28- September 2

Fourth of July Celebration June 28-July 7

Gravity Mountain Bike Camp July 1-3

Sports Shop Sale June 29-September 2

Fireworks on top of Sugar Mountain July 4

Summit Crawl July 6

BBQ Bootcamp July 19-20

Oktoberfest October 12-13

Bike Park & Summit Express Chairlift Rides October 19-20


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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. The Blowing Rock is open all summer from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. n 828-295-7111.


BOONE. Dr. Kermit Hunter’s Horn in the West is one of the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War dramas being performed today. The 2019 season marks its 68th consecutive 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. Shows run from June 21 through August 10 with performances every Tuesday through Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. n

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The Children’s Playhouse

boone. The Children’s Playhouse. Looking for things to do with kids? Families play and learn together at The Children’s Playhouse - rain or shine! This High Country children’s museum is located in Boone and close to Blowing Rock, Jefferson, Banner Elk, Wilkesboro, and Mountain City. It offers flexible hours for open creative indoor/ outdoor play as well as great classes for kids and adults. Come enjoy our Vet Clinic exhibit, Arts & Crafts studio, Discovery Garden, Play Kitchen, indoor Romp and Stomp with bouldering wall and more. 400 Tracy Circle, Boone. n

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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. The 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, the “Bottomless Pool” and a peek into total darkness. n 800-419-0540.

828-263-0011. www.goplayhouse.org. See ad on page 30


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! n 800-468-7325.

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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


Standing on top of the world

changes your entire perspective.

One of our goals is to inspire each visitor to be a good steward of the earth. And to appreciate the wonders found here. We are not trying to move mountains, just people.





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Day Out With Thomas™ June 7–16 Fireworks Extravaganza Thursday, July 4 Park open until 9 pm, Fireworks at 9:30 pm

Cool Summer Nights July 6, 13, 20, 27 Park open until 9 pm

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ July 12–14 Appearances at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm Saturday evening at 7 pm

K-9s in Flight Frisbee® Dogs July 20–28 Shows at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm, Saturday evening at 7 pm

Riders In The Sky August 17–18 Performances at Noon & 3 pm

Railroad Heritage Weekend August 24–25 Ghost Train® September 20–October 26 Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm–11:30 pm

Tweetsie® Christmas

November 22–December 28 Friday and Saturday, 5 pm–10 pm Events subject to change without notice.

300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 877-TWEETSIE (877-893-3874)


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THE Children’s Playhouse The High Country’s Only Nonprofit Children’s Museum

the Artifact Museum. Mystery Hill is open seven days a week, year round, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. n 828-264-2792.

www.mysteryhill-nc.com. See ad on page 31



Rain or Shine Fun for Babies and Kids up to age 8

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. Tweetsie Railroad has many places to eat at the park. Don’t miss the Ghost Train Halloween Festival every Friday and Saturday throughout October! n

1-877-TWEETSIE. www.tweetsie.com. See ad on page 29


Visit Linville Caverns PHENOMENAL BEAUTY See inside a mountain. Walk among the stalactites and stalagmites formations. See the underground stream with its blind fish. Experience “total darkness� and look into a “bottomless pool.�


North Carolina’s Only Show Caverns Our informative and fun-filled tours showcases these amazing caverns. An adventure you’ll always remember!

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View NC from 4K feet above sea level Open Daily: April - December Thur - Mon: January - March The Blowing Rock is an immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level, overhanging Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below. The phenomenon is so called because the rocky walls of the gorge form a flume through which the northwest wind sweeps with such force that it returns light objects cast over the void.

Outdoor Concerts at The Blowing Rock Shagging at The Rock June 22, 2019 2pm – 8 pm 6th Annual Blowing Rock Music Fest September 14, 2019 1pm – 8 pm


423 The Rock Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 828.295.7111 • TheBlowingRock.com

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Map out your trip

Covering Watauga, Avery and Ashe Counties

Travel the High Country’s Designated Scenic Roadways Hwy 194 & 88: From Boone to Laurel Springs


★ ★ Little

Fish 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.


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.

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 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 Valle Crucis Loop 17 miles through Watauga & Avery Counties




Sugar Grove


Beech Mountain 194


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* MAP NOT TO SCALE * Blowing Rock to Boone

Linn Cove Viaduct milepost 304

Distance: 8 miles Estimated Time: 14 minutes

Banner Elk to Boone

BooneNCinfo.com To: Lenoir and Hickory


Distance: 18 miles Estimated Time: 31 minutes

Banner Elk to blowing rock


Distance: 24 miles Estimated Time: 42 minutes

Wildcat Lake

Just outside Banner Elk, down Hickory Nut Gap Road, this lake is a great place for swimming and boating. It is open and free to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Photos by Todd Bush

Located on Hickory Nut Gap Road off Hwy 184 - 2 miles from Banner Elk

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Interesting Data & Facts Weather - Population - Land Area

Population & Land Area Avery County Population: 17,689 Land area: 247.1 sq. miles

Watauga County Population: 52,906 Land area: 312.6 sq. miles

Banner Elk Population: 1,067 Land area: 1.9 sq. miles Elevation: 3,701

Beech Mountain Population: 320 Land area: 6.6 sq. miles Elevation: 5,505 feet

Highest Temperature in Watauga/Avery


98 degrees – June 21, 1948 in Banner Elk 98 – June 26, 1916 in Banner Elk 98 – June 26, 1948 in Banner Elk 97 – August 9, 1944 in Banner Elk 97 – August 12, 1925 in Banner Elk 96 – July 10, 1936 in Boone 94 – June 29, 1936 in Boone 93 – June 28, 1952 in Boone 93 – June 30, 1936 in Boone

Population: 18,130 Land area: 6.13 sq. miles Elevation: 3,333 feet

Blowing Rock Population: 1,237 Land area: 3.05 sq. miles Elevation: 3,566 feet


Lowest Temperature in Watuaga/Avery

Population: 688 Land area: 0.7 sq. miles Elevation: 3,606 feet

- 32 degrees – Jan. 21, 1985 atop Grandfather Mtn. - 31 – Jan. 21, 1985 in Banner Elk - 26 – Jan. 10, 1982 in Banner Elk - 26 – Jan. 30, 1966 atop Grandfather Mountain - 24 – Jan. 21, 1985 in Blowing Rock - 24 – Jan. 21, 1985 in Boone - 22 – Jan. 24, 1963 atop Grandfather Mountain

Seven Devils Population: 197 Land area: 2 sq. miles Elevation: 3,944 feet

Biggest One-Day Snowfall in Watauga/Avery 25.1 inches on Grandfather Mtn. on Jan. 31, 1998 24 inches in Blowing Rock on March 13, 1993 22.5 inches on Grandfather Mtn. on Jan. 10, 1996

22 inches in Banner Elk on March 13, 1993 20 inches atop Grandfather Mtn. on March 22, 2001 19 inches in Boone on Jan 27, 1998 18 inches in Banner Elk on Feb. 7, 1922


SAVINGS. THEIR OPPORTUNITY. This summer, when you donate an item or shop in one of our stores you are supporting people right here find hope, employment and financial security. Bring this ad in for $5 off your next $25 purchase at participating Goodwill retail stores. Boone - 237 Boone Heights Drive & 128 Crossing Way West Jefferson - 1291 Mt. Jefferson Road Expires 09/30/2019

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The Colors of


Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery represents regional painters, sculptors, and fine crafts persons who want to take part in benefitting the children of Crossnore School & Children’s Home. Join us for one of our Summer Gallery Shows and come see the colors of hope.


is the Place Artist - Anne Harkness Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Heart and Soul in Silver and Gold Rachelle Davis, Jewelry Designer Thursday, August 1, 2019 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


A Long Distant Artist - Bryan Koontz Thursday, September 12, 2019 5:00-7:00 p.m.


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Beech & Sugar

Ski Slopes Open Their Mountain Biking Trails Biking Trails at Beech Mountain With six different 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 brand new ski lifts this year that transport bikers and their bikes to the top of the ski slopes. Our 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. Our bike shop also does service and repairs! Beech Mountain is open from May 25th to September 1st, Thursday through Sundays and Sept. 6 through Oct. 12, Friday through Sunday.

Biking Trails at Sugar Mountain The 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 June 28th through September 2nd, 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 are also available for those who have never ridden at Sugar Mountain Resort and need someone to show them around for a run or two.


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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?


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 takes guest on whitewater and tubing trips, deep inside local caves, on hiking excursions and even mountain biking. High Mountain Expeditions covers transportation to and from river trips, an experienced guide for the day, equipment and lunch. We’re dedicated to creating your perfect adventure. n 1-800-262-9036. www.highmountainexpeditions. com. See ad on page 3

Foscoe. 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, 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. n 828-963-5098. www.grand-fathertroutfarm.com. See ad on page 40


BLOWING ROCK. High Gravity Adventures is an aerial adventure park offering unique, active outdoor activities for ages 4 and up. Guests will be given the opportunity to individually explore 75 different 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. n 828-386-6222. www.highgravityadventures.com See ad on page 39

River & Earth Adventures

Boone. The mission of River and Earth Adventures is to explore, have fun, educate, and share the wonders of the High Country with YOU. We offer canoeing, kayaking, caving, tubing, and more! Great rental rates for your Western North Carolina outdoor adventure! Voted the #1 outdoor adventure in Boone, NC on Tripadvisor.com by visitors from around the world. 5 years running in the #1 position! We are a company where the guides are also the owners. River and Earth Adventures offers three amazing locations to service all of your outdoor adventure needs! n 828-963-5098. www. grand-fathertroutfarm.com. See ad on page 45

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



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Check Out These... Outdoor Adventures 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. n 828-265-3544. www.rockdimensions.com. See ad on page 41


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! n 828-262-5774 or 800-44-RAFT. www.wahoosadventures.com. See ad on page 5


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Check Out These...

Outdoor Adventures

A Ridiculously Fun Activity Ziplining is a ridiculously fun activity, and 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 that 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 in the industry as super or mega zips. High Gravity Adventures has also added Zip Tours to their adventure park that will have you zipping from treetop to treetop. There are located next to Tweetsie and the ziplining is part of their aerial adventure park including a ropes course, giant swing and obstacle course. Ziplining is a safe and awesome fun thing to do on your vacation!

Where To Go...


in the

High Country


SEVEN DEVILS. 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 tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. To make reservations, just call. n 800-822-HAWK. www.hawksnestzipline.com. See ad on page 43


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 wayLocated in Blowing Rock next to Tweetsie Railroad! SEE ad for 10% OFF coupon. n 828-386-6222. www.highgravityadventures.com See ad on page 39

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. n 828-265-3544. www.rockdimensions.com. See ad on page 41


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Things To Know...

Pet Friendly

in the

Watauga Humane Society

312 Paws Way, Boone, NC 828-264-7865 Open Tues-Sun 12:30-5pm, Closed Mon The Watauga Humane Society offers pet adoptions for dogs and cats of every ages. Along with this, it has a wide array of other animals for adoption, such as guinea pigs, hamsters, bunnies and rats. There are two cat rooms that visitors can go into to get to know the cats and kittens, as well as opportunities to walk the dogs through the back trails by the humane society.

High Country

Avery Humane Society

279 New Vale Rd., Newland, NC 828-733-2333 Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm Avery Humane Society is located behind the Ingles in Newland, and it has both cats and dogs of all ages available for adoption. There are multiple cat rooms, as well as dog-viewing rooms and puppy rooms. Not only this, but they also have rodents available for adoption, including three gerbils who are looking for loving homes. Avery Humane also participates in the New Leash on Life program..

Hiking Trails: All of the trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway allow and encourage pets,

except for Rough Ridge, as long as you keep your dog on a leash that is no longer than six feet. The Greenway in Boone is also pet friendly. Grandfather Mountain allows pets in all of the outdoor areas except for the Animal Habitats area, and they must be leashed at all times. The Blowing Rock also allows dogs, but it is recommended that you keep them on a short leash as there are cliffs.

Restaurants: If you’re starving and want to bring your dog along to dinner after a long day of adventuring, there are countless restaurants around the High Country that will allow you to dine with your dog in designated areas, which are usually outdoor tables on patios and decks. Dog Parks: Along with all of this, dogs are welcome at the dog park at the Watauga Humane Society, 3 acres that are fenced in for your furry friend to have a blast with other dogs. It is open to visitors for $3 a day. If you find yourself closer to Banner Elk, there is the Tate-Evans dog park, which is a free dog park that is located in the middle of Tate-Evans Park where you can finally let your little buddy off his or her leash to explore the fenced in areas. There is also the Bark Park in Beech Mountain, which is located across from the Beech Mountain Chamber and offers two separate fenced in areas – one for dogs under 25 pounds and one for those that are on the heavier side. 44

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A good way for families to spend time together

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


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, More on Gem Mining or diligent miners can spend the whole day Read More About Theses Gem meticulously going through their buckets. Mines with Lots of Pictures Most importantly, it’s a good way for families to spend time together and create memories.



BLOWING ROCK. An educational gem mine run by geologists. Trained specialists will teach you about you gemstones. Wheelchair accessible. Optional gemstone cutting and jewelry. Appalachian Fossil Museum. Private party room. Coffee shop serving Bald Guy Brew and a variety of snacks. n 828-264-4499. www.docsrocks.net. See ad on page 53

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FOSCOE. Located about 8 miles from Boone on N.C. 105, the Greater Foscoe Mining Company is open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sifting through rock and dirt, you’ll find precious and semi-precious 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. n 828-963-5928. www. facetsofffoscoe.com. See ad on page 47


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. SEE ad for 10% OFF buckets. n 828-963-4367. www.


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banner elk. We consider our staff to be among the best in the industry. Some began their mining careers 40 years ago. Our staff members are historians, jewelers, geologist, silversmiths, gemologist, and their enthusiasm for gemstones is truly contagious. n 828-898-GEMS. www.SugarCreekGemMine.com See ad on page 7

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Farmers Markets

Join the excitement at the Farmers’ Markets every week in Boone or Banner Elk

Watauga Farmers Market

BOONE. Each Saturday morning through November, up to 65 vendors offer quality local products in one of the largest and liveliest markets in western North Carolina. Come experience the sounds, smells, tastes, and friendly atmosphere of the High Country. Watauga Farmers Market has the area’s finest selection of quality produce from local growers, as well as seasonal fresh fruits and berries, local jams, jellies, and honey. You can also find fresh baked breads, cakes and pastries from our country kitchens, fresh farm eggs, fresh aged goat cheeses, locally farmed meats, fresh herbs, fresh-cut and dried flowers, wreaths and arrangements. Farm based crafts including wool, birdhouses, jewelry, pottery, baskets, handcrafted yard art and garden furniture are offered by our skilled local crafters and artists. There is always a large selection of

plants, including annuals, perennials and shrubs. Look for special events, live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities. n 828-355-4918. See ad below

Avery Farmers Market

BANNER ELK. The Avery County Farmers Market takes place Every Thursday 4:30-7pm at the Old Banner Elk Elementary School. It is organized for educational, charitable, and marketing purposes. It is dedicated to serving the needs of the farms and farmers throughout Avery County, promoting ethical standards, encouraging the growth and well-being of local farms, and educating the public to the benefits of supporting local farms. Produce of all varieties, greens, grass-fed beef, duck, chicken, pork, artisan breads, goat cheese, fresh flowers, maple syrup, jellies, jams, and handmade crafts are usually available. n www.averycountyfarmersmarket.net. See ad below

Open Saturdays 8 - Noon May through November

We accept EBT & FMNP

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Thursday Market 4:30 - 7:00 pm

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A 100-mile stretch of America’s favorite drive is roughly less than an hour from downtown Boone.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Blue Ridge Parkway # 1

Photo by Todd Bush


hile the Blue Ridge Parkway meanders for 469 miles from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, more than a 100-mile stretch of America’s favorite drive is roughly less than an hour from downtown Boone, including the most iconic scene along the parkway – the curvaceous Linn Cove Viaduct. Whether you want to engage in outdoor sport such as climbing, hiking, fishing and camping or just want to cruise the parkway, stop by the overlooks and soak up the waterfalls and long-range mountain views, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a nature’s paradise. Mileposts are conveniently marked for easy traveling. Here are some of our favorite Parkway stops, just to get you started.

North to South Cascades Trail – Milepost 271.9

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Linn Cove Viaduct


ust passed Julian Price Lake headed toward Linville, the Parkway suddenly opens up to breathtaking mountain vistas as you drive, seemingly suspended in air, 4,100 feet above ground along the Linn Cove Viaduct. At times, the views are so enchanting that it’s not until you’re halfway across this 5 mile stretch of Parkway, which hugs the Southern face of Grandfather The Linn Cove Viaduct cost $10 million to build. Mountain, that you begin to question how this engineering feat supports itself. While nearly all of this 469-mile scenic drive was completed and open to the public by 1967, it took another 20 years of engineering ingenuity to design a viaduct that would extend the Parkway around Grandfather Mountain without causing significant damage to such fragile terrain. The firm of Figg & Miller Engineers Inc. soon got to work, building a The Viaduct under construction in 1986. 1,243 foot long S-Curve from the top down, which utilized 153 concrete segments weighing nearly 50 tons each. Only seven massive piers support the structure beneath. Nearly $10 million and two decades later, this “Missing Link” of the Parkway was completed and opened to the public in 1987. To date, this innovative structure has received numerous national design awards. After driving the span of the viaduct, visit the Linn Cove Viaduct Visitor Center to explore exhibits detailing this engineering marvel. At the end of the visitor center parking lot, veer right to access a paved trail which runs underneath the viaduct and connects into the 13.5 mile Tanawha Trail that crisscrosses the Parkway.

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Explore... the Blue Ridge Parkway 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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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 is required for this hike. Strenuous

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Just one mile south from the Boone Fork Trail, Price Lake is ideal for larger groups or for those looking for something a little less strenuous. The 2.4-mile loop around Price Lake is suitable for hikers of any level. Views of Grandfather Mountain can be seen 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.

Daniel Boone Scout Trail – Milepost 299.9

Trail from Moses Cone

Wilson Creek Overlook – Milepost 302

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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


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If you’re looking for grandiose, long-range views directly from 03 the parkway, then this is the 2 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.

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Tanawha Trail to Rough Ridge – Milepost 302.8

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Linn Cove Viaduct – Milepost 304.4

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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. Moderate to Strenuous.

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


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Explore... the Blue Ridge Parkway 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 Rough Ridge Trail • MILEPOST 302 helicopters to avoid defacing the mountain with heavy equipment. minimal distance. A mere 0.7 miles For no other reason than to marvel at roundtrip, this leg-stretcher leads to this engineering feat, the Viaduct is a a south-facing exfoliated dome, from must-see stop along the Parkway. which Mt. Mitchell and the Linville Gorge are visible. From the parking lot, Grandfather Trail 3 walk across SR 1513, which parallels the 0 to Calloway Peak – 5 Blue Ridge Parkway. Enter the woods Milepost 305.1 where the sign says “Tanawha Trail At 5,964 feet, Calloway Peak Beacon Heights 0.2.” The path climbs is the highest point in the Blue Ridge to a junction point for the Tanawha and Mountains. It is part of Grandfather Mountains-to-Sea trails; from there, Mountain, which has several other high follow signs marked “Beacon Heights altitude peaks, including MacRae Peak Trail” to the right. By adding in sections (5,939 ft.). Calloway can be accessed of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, hikers via multiple trails, but the Grandfather can easily avoid the large crowds often Mountain Trail, for its boulder found at Beacon Heights, and still gain formations and beautiful evergreen gorgeous views. Moderate. forests, remains a favorite. Additionally, 3 the Grandfather Trail is only a short Flatrock Self0 distance from the Parkway. Travel guiding Loop Trail – 8 south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Milepost 308.3 Like the Cascades Trail, the Highway 221 intersection at milepost Flatrock Trail is a self-guided tour of 305, then take 221 South for 1 mile to local tree species and rock names. Twenty the entrance of Grandfather Mountain. interpretive signs point out specific The Grandfather Trail begins at the examples of natural occurrences, like a highest parking lot, opposite the Linville yellow birch that grew around a fallen Peak Visitor Center. Strenuous.

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Beacon Heights is a popular Parkway destination for its spectacular views of Grandfather Mountain and


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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.

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. v i s i t o r ’s g u i d e s u m m e r 2 019


An invitation to visit the High Country’s finest wineries

Local Wineries Introducing The High Country Wine Trail


ere’s an incredible opportunity to visit five enchanting wineries becoming famous for their hospitality and wine offerings. The High Country Wine Tour takes you to four locations and five vineyards where fine wines are produced. The settings are beautiful and the tasting rooms are big and entertaining. The wineries began working years ago to apply for an AVA designation, and on 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 five of these wineries, about 3040 minutes from each other. The five wineries include Banner Elk Winery in Banner Elk, NC; 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. The wineries have created a special “High Country Wine Trail Passport” that entitles you to receive special gifts as you make the tour, and to qualify for semiannual prize drawings. 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! All you have to do is hit the trail and you will experience Wine with a View! Whether you hit all five wineries in a day, over a weekend, or space out your visits one at a time, you’re in for a real treat. Part of that treat is the chance to experience the unique picturesque mountain setting of each winery. No two are alike.

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Here’s Where To Go

Meet the Wineries & Breweries

Visit Our Winery — Tasting Room Open Daily –

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Banner Elk Winery & VILLA

The High Country’s Premier Winery Stop in for a tasting year round, open daily from noon until 6:00pm We continue to lead the region’s commercial wine industry by providing guidance and encouragement to other local farms who are following our lead in planting vineyards with new French-American and American varieties of grapes.

60 Deer Run Lane Banner Elk, NC 28604 828-898-9090 www.bannerelkwinery.com

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225 Vineyard Lane, Banner Elk, NC | 828.963.2400 Visit Our Website: GrandfatherVineyard.com


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Fine breweries producing top quality craft beers

Local Breweries Each of these High Country breweries brings a refreshing element to the mountain’s beer scene and is well worth a visit.


eer industry titans have long dominated the U.S. beer market and many beer consumers, including North Carolinians, often reach for these stalwart brands in their local beer aisle. Since 2010 however, there has been a massive explosion in the popularity of microbreweries, and craft beer, across the Tar Heel State, and Western North Carolina in particular. North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 300 breweries and brewpubs. According to the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, craft beer has an annual economic impact of $1.2 billion, while creating $300 million dollars in annual wages and 10,000 jobs in the state. In 2015 North Carolina had the second largest increase in barrels of craft beer produced, and with the popularity of craft beer continuing to rise, there’s no denying North Carolina as a hotbed for beer connoisseurs and brewers alike. There’s something satisfying in having the chance to taste a locally made beer — even more so when you can learn how it’s made. The High Country has seven breweries, we feature five of them here. See page 60 for information on the breweries you see on this page.

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Local Breweries

Notable breweries and craft beer bars in the High Country

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. n 800-439-2093 www.beechmountainbrewingco.com. See ad on page 59

try 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. n 828-386-4066. www.booneshine.beer. See ad on page 58

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.. n 828.265-3506. www.kettellbeerworks.com. See ad on page 59

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. n 828.414-9254. www.blowingrockalehouseandinn.com. See ad on page 59



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 Coun-


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BOONE. Opened in August 2014, Lost Province Brewing Co. is a destination microbrewery and gastrobpub located in historic downtown Boone, NC. Discover 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. n 828.265-3506. www.lostprovince. com. See ad on page 58

Local Wineries

The Five Wineries of the High Country Wine Tour

Banner Elk Winery


Grandfather Vineyards

Watauga Lake Winery & Villa Nove Vineyards

BANNER ELK. Banner Elk Winery & Villa is the most celebrated winery in the High Country. In 2005, the ageold tradition of winemaking made its debut in the region with the establishment of Banner Elk Winery, the first commercial winery built in Avery and Watauga counties. We continue to lead the region’s commercial wine industry by providing guidance and encouragement to other local farms who are following our lead in planting vineyards with new French-American and American varieties of grapes. Banner Elk Winery processes our own as well as other locally grown grapes into prize winning wines. Come for a tasting or tour, or stay for a week at The Villa. The Villa is a private retreat, with luxury accommodations, beautiful scenery, warm hospitality in an idyllic setting.n 828-898-9090. www.bannerelkwinery.com. See ad on page 57 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. His 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 Monday thru Saturday Noon to 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. n 828-963-2400. www.grandfathervineyard.com. See ad on page 57

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 combination of high elevation and microclimate terra produces a wine unique to the region with complex flavors creating award winning wines. Visit our Tuscan-inspired winery where you can taste our delicious High Country wines. We’re open for tastings 7 days a week from 12 am – 6 pm. n 828.765.1400. linvillefallswinery.com. See ad on page 57

Butler, TN. Nestled in the Appalachian High Country, “Villa Nove Vineyards” is located just across the border in Butler, Tenn. 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, they have 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. Visit us and enjoy “A Taste of Tuscany in Tennessee.”n 12423-768-0345. www.wataugalakewinery. com. See ad on page 57

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Great Places to Eat...

Local Restaurants RESTAURANTS

Read here about the great eateries of the High Country. In this section you will find: eclectic cuisine in elegant settings as well as traditional southern favorites, lots of family owned restaurants and local legends, places to unwind and places to party. Each restaurant is an opportunity to celebrate the High Country. . . . So try something new you won’t find back home.


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! Live Music Lawn Party on Tuesdays throughout the Summer. Wine Amnesty is offered to guests dining via the adjoining Bayou General Store. n 828.898.TxLa (8952). www.bayousmokehouse.com. See ad on page 63


ing bread and desserts, are prepared each day on site. Reservations are suggested. n 828-295-3466. www.raggedgardens.com. See ad on page 80


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 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. n 828.262-5585. www.boonebagelry.com. See ad on page 68


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, includ-


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BOONE. A local favorite, Café Portofino is the place to meet, eat and enjoy a good time with friends. It’s located in a 100-year-old railroad repair station, used by none other than Tweetsie Railroad. Completely modernized, with a friendly open kitchen, cozy dining room, bar and outdoor seating, this is the place to chow down on 5-star

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants meals, without the 5-star price. The menu is an eclectic mix of sandwiches, pastas and steaks. Café Portofino offers daily culinary specials and fresh seafood as well. (“Like” us on Facebook to see daily specials.) Their extensive wine & beer list and all ABC permits compliment any dining experience. Come see what the Boonies already know! n 828-264-7772. www.cafeportofino. net. See ad on page 70

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BOONE. Casa Rustica offers some of the finest Northern Italian-American cuisine in the High Country accentuated by a cozy, fireside atmosphere. In addition to menu favorites like grilled chicken alfredo and the six-cheese pasta purses, Casa Rustica’s extensive wine list is updated every 30 days to include interesting vintages and new organics. Enjoy live jazz every Thursday night and classical guitar every Sunday. All ABC permits. n 828-262-5128. www.casarustica1981.com. See ad page 76


BOONE. The “untouchable” pizza parlor is located at New Market Center - right next to the movie theaters. Capone’s menu includes a long list of gourmet New York and Chicago styles pizza at an inexpensive price to meet the entire family’s needs. From calzones to traditional pizzas, from salads to delicious desserts, Capone’s feeds even the hungriest troublemakers. n


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blowing rock. Taking local and sustainable to new heights, the Chestnut Grille restaurant maintains its own 1/3

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants 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 and local craft beers. Located just inside the Green Park Inn.  Listed on the National Historic Register.  Patio dining is offered seasonally.  Live piano music in our lobby Friday and Saturday nights, year round, and live music on the Veranda, seasonally. n 828-414.9230. www.greenparkinn.com. See ad on page 65

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. n 825-264-8657. www.danlbooneinn.com. See ad on page 79



BOONE. Serving for over 50 years, Dan’l Boone Inn offers diners home


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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 offers 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

Six Pence

Restaurant & Pub A Taste of England here in Blowing Rock

Featuring British & American Fare Inside Our Dining Room or Outside on our Beautiful Patio


Sunday - Thursday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm Friday and Saturday until Midnight

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants 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 (seasonally) and live piano in the lobby Friday and Saturday nights, year round. n 825-414.9230. www.greenparkinn.com. See ad on page 65


BANNER ELK. Eat Crow is a wonderful little cafe specializing in fresh baked goods including a large variety of baked pies and cakes. We offer them by the slice or order a whole one to take home and enjoy. We also offer fresh made sandwiches at lunch time that can not be compared to any other “sandwich shop� in the area. Since we know life can be very hectic, for your convenience we prepare whole meals and soups daily that are ready for you to take home and

heat up for your family. These entrees vary daily. All sandwiches are served on farmhouse or whole wheat bread. Sides are fresh fruit, firecracker coleslaw or chips. We are open Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and are located near Foscoe on Hwy. 105 between Boone and Banner Elk. n 828-963-8228. See ad on page 80


boone. In May 2012, F.A.R.M. Cafe opened its doors with our mission to build a healthy and inclusive community by providing high quality & delicious meals produced from local sources, served in a restaurant where everybody eats, regardless of means. Our meals are nutritious and delicious! Some meals include items with meat, some are vegetarian and/or vegan. Our menu changes daily and is served by our vol-

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Boone’s Original Bagel Shop Since 1988 Serving Breakfast and Lunch All Day Espresso Coffee Bar 14 Varieties of Freshly Baked Bagels Vegetarian & Gluten Free Options Available Featuring Deli Sandwiches, Fresh Salads, Home made Flavored Cream Cheeses, Omelettes, Pancakes, French Toast, Burgers, Gyro


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Boone’s Donate-What-You-Can Community Cafe “Where Everybody Eats�

Feed All Regardless of Means REAL. GOOD. FOOD.

617 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) www.farmcafe.org

...showcasing Chef’s Table, “Banner Elk’s little hidden gem of fine dining.”

CHEF’S TABLE at Sorrento’s




in the heart of Downtown Banner Elk, NC BannerElkVillage.com 140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC

Newly remodeled Chef’s Table features gourmet fine dining with new tapas and cocktail menus, private dining, veranda, and VIP seating. Visit our website for our live entertainment schedules.

Sorrento’s Bistro | Chef’s Table | Barra Sports Bar XO Caviar, Cocktails & Craft Lounge The Village of Banner Elk has something for everyone’s tastes — traditional Italian, gourmet find dining and international cuisine. Enjoy indoor and outdoor entertainment, stocked bars, a wine room, a cigar lounge, exclusive NFL and college sports viewing, private dining, art galleries, karaoke, a family-friendly arcade and Banner Elk’s best billiards! And coming this summer, our new caviar, cocktails and craft lounge, very upscale, called XO. Call 828.898.5214 for reservations. Special Events & Catering: Corporate Events, Weddings, VIP Dining Parties Call 828.528.1558 | Email: SorrentoBistroCatering@gmail.com v i s i t o r ’s g u i d e s u m m e r 2 019


Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants unteers and staff. F.A.R.M. Cafe tries to have something for everybody each day, so we also always have gluten free and dairy free items. Our daily menu can be viewed at www.farmcafe.org/menu or on Facebook or Twitter. We are located in beautiful Downtown Boons. n 828-386.1000. www.farmcafe.org. See ad on page 68

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. n 828-963-7400. www.Gamekeeper-NC.com. See ad on page 71


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 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

Highlander Grille & Tavern

Banner Elk. For over three decades this establishment at the cross roads of state routes 105 & 184 has welcomed locals, visitors, newcomers, and students alike... and all have been made to feel at home. Through over 120 passing seasons this gathering place has become as integral to the land-

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Go overboard with a variety of grilled and sautéed organic vegetables, starches and grilled tempeh

Spice Rubbed Emu Fan Filet

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants scape as Grandfather Mountain itself. We are proud to present a modern reimaging of this “High Country” tradition: “Highlander’s Grill & Tavern!” Whether you hail from the coast, the mountains, the north, the south, the east or the west, no matter who you are or where you are from.... When You Are Here You Are A Highlander! With years of experience cooking in the finest restaurants, our chef is excited to present our vision to you and all our guests. Our caring and committed staff will ensure you have a fantastic experience with us. n 828-898-9613. www.HighlandersBannerElk.com. See ad on page 77


BOONE. The Local - a place to enjoy a fresh meal, crafted in-house from local High Country ingredients. Serv-


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ing traditional southern favorites, shecrab soup and shrimp & grits, as well as grass-fed beef burgers, specialty sandwiches, unique tacos, wood-fired flatbreads & pizzas, quinoa bowls, steaks, seafood and plenty of glutenfree and vegan choices. The Local also features 20 taps, serving mostly local and regional beers, as well as national favorites. At The Local you can enjoy drinks & appetizers while relaxing on comfortable leather couches in the lounge, play a game of billiards, or watch your favorite sports event on large flat screen TVs. The Local is also the place to be for Live music performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Experience Local. Open Daily 11am. Sunday Brunch 11am-4pm. n 828-266-2179. www.TheLocalBoone.com. See ad on page 72


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BANNER ELK. Louisiana Purchase has been Banner Elk’s premier restaurant and wine bar since 1984. Made to order elegance. Chef owner Patrick Bagbey’s menu evolves with the changing seasons, and will always include all the favorites. All ABC permits and the largest wine list in the area. Open Monday to Sunday 5:30 p.m. until‌ Reservations suggested. n 828-963-5087 or 828-898-5656. www.louisianapurchasefoodandspirits.com. See ad on page 83

A Destination


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. n 828-264-7976. www.makotos-boone.com. See ad on page 78

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BANNER ELK. Step back in time at the Old Hampton Store. This historic 1920 general store was an original train stop for Tweetsie Railroad. Today, the general store is just as bustling, still a thriving place to gather for fun, family, food, arts and crafts and live music throughout the week. The authentic country store is home to a popular BBQ restaurant featuring hand-pulled, hickory-smoked pork. BBQ served on homemade sourdough rolls – plus a menu full of other delicacies. The store offers local and regional pottery, crafts, cheeses, pickles, jams, jellies, country ham and gristmill products. Opened last year is a full-service bar with beer, wine and cocktails served in a cozy section adjacent to the restaurant. The Old Hampton Store is

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants a destination, a great place to stop in, explore, shop, dine and drink. Weekends feature great food, live music, artist demonstrations, sculptures, pottery and the best cornbread you have ever tasted. n 828-733-5213. See ad on page 74


BOONE. Located in an old jailhouse build in the late 1800s, Proper offers a charming atmosphere both inside and out. Featuring one of the best brunches in the High Country, guests can enjoy freshly made desserts, locally-sourced ingredients and souther comfort cuisine. Collard greens, sweet potato casserole and homemade meatloaf are only a few of the wonderfully comfortable foods one can enjoy at Proper. n 828-865-5000. www.propermeal. com. See ad on page 66


BLOWING ROCK. Locally owned and operated since 1982, Papa Joe’s offers casual dining in warm, friendly atmosphere. The menu is made up of Italian-American cuisine, steaks, seafood, pastas, chicken, pizzas, sandwiches and more. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday - Saturday, and breakfast on Sundays. Closed Wednesday. It’s a great place for fun and food with friends. n 828-295-3239. See ad on page 82



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! n 828-262-1250. www.peppers-restaurant. com. See ad on page 79

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 and delicious homemade desserts. The Red Onion Cafe also offers several of the region’s top beer and wines to compliment any meal. n 828-264-5470. www.theredonioncafe.com. See ad on page 75

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Join us Saturday evenings for our famous Prime Rib Special and LIVE MUSIC from 8-10 PM!

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Daily lunch and dinner specials, a children’s menu, and a large selection of appetizers, burgers, quesadillas, salads, and wings. Enjoy BuzzTime Trivia, dancing, NFL viewing, and more!

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants six pence pub

Blowing rock. For a fine example of British fare, you should head over to Six Pence Pub in downtown Blowing Rock. From traditional Shepherd’s Pie and fish and chips to American-style burgers and salads, this eatery and bar alleviates everyone’s hunger pains and provides a unique dining experience right on beautiful Main Street now with a new patio. n 828-295-3155. www. sixpencepub.com. See ad on page 67

Sorrentos Complex

Banner Elk. The Village of Banner Elk complex has something for everyone’s taste, gourmet dining, entertainment, billiards, wine room, cigar lunge and more, The history of the recipes at Sorrento’s Italian Bistro goes back over 100 years to Sicily; making the family at Sorrento’s the third generation using

these traditional recipes that we taste on a nightly basis. Sorrento’s Italian Bistro is a family run and has been serving Italian dishes since 1983. Sorrento’s Italian Bistro has evolved in to an ecletic gourmet Italian restaurant. Now third generation family chefs, Nicole and Anthony Palazzo, continue the family recipes and have added their own new exciting dishes that are featured on our nightly specials. The Chef ’s Table Restaurant offers an eclectic menu featuring American, Italian, and Japanese dishes. Featuring fresh farm to table ingredients, award winning chef Nicole Palazzo creates a menu of fresh, seasonal, local foods and produce—pairing these exceptional recipes with local and regional wines that offers the best of western North Carolina’s heritage and cuisine. Casual yet upscale atmosphere, the restaurant is perfect for a family dinner or a night out with friends. Located right above the famous Sorrento’s Bis-

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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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tro. Barra Sports Bar and Lounge offers a little bit for everyone in The Village of Banner Elk. Barra has the following amenities; the Main bar with its elegant Boston wood look, karaoke lounge, mini stage, tequila bar, a new pool room, and a fire pit outside. Barra also features weekly pizza, prime rib, lobster and fish & chips specials. n 828-528-1558. www.BannerElkVillage.com. See ad on page 69

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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. Serving daily from 5:00 p.m. in a casual, familyfriendly dining atmosphere. Also serving Brunch 10am-2pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. All ABC permits. n 828-898-5550. www.stonewallsresturant.com. See ad on page 79

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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. n 828-262-5400. www.sunrisegrillboone.com. See ad on page 81


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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 bustling scene of Blowing Rock’s Main Street. Since opening its doors in 2013, The Town Tavern Blowing Rock has quickly become a

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Great Places to Eat... Local Restaurants staple of the Blowing Rock community and a favorite of locals and travelers alike. n 828-295-7500. www.towntavernbr. com. See ad on page 81

special nights. Vidalia holds all ABC permits and has an extensive, 60-plus bottle wine list, craft beers, martinis, whiskeys, scotches and cordials. Vidalia’s menu changes twice a year to keep it seasonal and practices farm-to-table food, using local vendors as much as possible. n 828-263-9176. www.vidaliaofboone.com. See ad on page 64


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. n 828-265-1344. www.troys105diner.com. See ad on page 83



BOONE. Vidalia is a casual, upscale restaurant featuring “creative American cuisine.” It offers daily specials, various events, wine tastings and


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BLOWING ROCK. Rustic atmosphere, live string bands, and delicious barbeque make Woodlands a perfect place to kick back with friends. The menu also features home-style Mexican fare and a large selection of appetizers, sides and desserts. And if you’re traveling the High Country in a large group, Woodlands can accommodate all sizes and has a private dining room for up to 100 guests. n 828-295-3651. www.woodlandsbbq.com. See ad on page 76

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Representing the areas finest artists

Local Art Galleries galleries

In this section, these mountain galleries send out a special invitation for you to visit. The owners welcome visitors and newcomers to the area, and know that you can find something special to take home with you. If you like art, you’ll enjoy reading about and visiting these galleries across the High Country.


VALLE CRUCIS. Created in 1990, Alta Vista Gallery is more than art…it’s an experience. The historic property in Valle Crucis is only 10 minutes from Boone and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gallery is beautiful, inside and outside, and very refreshing and classy. The atmosphere is warm with that southern mountain hospitality. If you are into fine art or thinking about getting into fine art, this is a must see gallery! Wonderful art, artists, and host! Featuring over 100 artists and showing one of the area’s largest selections of mountain landscapes – originals in oil and watercolor, as well as prints. n 828-963-5247. www.AltaVistaGallery.com. See ad on page 85

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Check Out These... Art Galleries 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. n 828898-5275. www.ArtcellarOnline.com. See ad on page 87

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FOSCOE. Originally opened as a weaving studio in 1982, the gallery itself is as beautiful as the artwork inside. This unique building 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 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. n 828-963-4288. www.carltonartgallery.com. See ad on page 85

Blowing rock frameworks & GALLERY

blowing rock. In 1994, Tim Miller envisioned bringing the finest art in the Southeast to Blowing Rock. Thus, Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery was created. The gallery has grown into a growing core of internationally recognized artists, setting the standard in the in the High Country for Fine Art for first time visitors and seasoned collectors. Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery also offers art placement and hanging services as well as custom picture framing and finishing. n

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August 18th

“Composition of an Abstract Landscape” Artist Reception, Open to Public for Steven Page Prewitt

“A Designers Journey” Artist Reception, Open to Public for Sharon Saseen

“Camera to Wall, Homegrown Images” Artist Reception, Open to Public for Jim Magruder

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A Unique Art Gallery in the Heart of Banner Elk

stoneware. It is food safe, dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. We work to successfully blend an “Old Time” Professional Pottery Skill Set with a Contemporary Design Aesthetic. Stop by for a visit and watch pottery being made. We’re located in Downtown Boone. n 828-264-1127. See ad on page 87

Mountain Blue Gallery

BANNER ELK. Mountain Blue Gallery features fine art from renowned local and regional artists as well as emerging artists whose work has been thoughtfully curated. The gallery offers a diverse selection oforiginal selection of original encaustics, oils, acrylics, mixed media, kilnformed glass, stoneware, pottery, silk, fabrics, jewelry and more. This charming gallery is located on Banner Elk’s main strip next to Sorento’s and across from Lees-McRae College. Owned by Page Smoak, a local artist from Banner Elk, there are various exhibitions and workshops hosted throughout the season providing truly unique art perfect for any home. n 828-898-4477. www.mountainbluegallery.com. See ad on page 863








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BLOWING ROCK. Located in the Moses Cone Manor on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Craft Guild is one of five shops of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and features work from over 300 Southern Appalachian craftspeople. Work on display includes clay, glass, leather, fiber, jewelry, wood, natural materials, paper and metal. Open seasonally: March 15 - November 30, 9am - 5pm daily. n 828-295-7938. www.craftguild.org. See ad on page 84

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In this section, these mountain shops send out a special invitation for you to visit. The owners welcome visitors and newcomers to the area, and know that you can find something special to take home with you. If you like shopping, you’ll enjoy reading about and visiting these shops of the High Country.

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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! n 828-865-2000. Ad on page 98


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 Caro-

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lina and American craft and select import beers. Wine Amnesty is offered to guests dining in the Bayou Smokehouse & Grill Restaurant. n 828-898-8953. www.bayousmokehouse,com See ad on page 63


BOONE. Inside Boone Rock-NRoll Emporium you will hear some great rock-n-roll tunes, see posters on the walls, and thumb through the racks filled with your favorite rock t-shirts. You’ll also love the latest fashions in dresses, tops and jewelry. There is something for everyone in the family. Everything from used books and retro collectible toys to tobacco accessories. n 828-865-ROCK. See ad on page 99

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BLOWING ROCK. Christmas in Blowing Rock is a gift shop located in downtown Blowing Rock. We carry a large assortment of products such as Blowing Rock ornaments & souvenirs, home décor, Simply Noelle clothing & accessories, unique toys & books, personalized ornaments, Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, decorative flags and so much more! n 828-295-9696. www.aperfectpresent.com. See ad on page 94


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Check Out These... Shops & Retailers few years ago they added a section in their store for children’s gifts and that section has taken off as one of their most popular offerings. Their selection of children items are delighting grandparents and parents with imagination and play the old fashion way. Fun and exciting games and toys, books, travel items and unique gifts for birthdays and baby showers. You’ll find brand names such as Melissa & Doug, Stephen Joseph, Usbourne, Jelly Cat, Douglas and more. If you have young grandchildren, a visit here a visit here will find things that will light up their day. n 828-295-4438. See ad on page 93


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ity 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. n 828-963-4144. www.dewoolfson.com. See ad on page 88

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Check Out These... Shops & Retailers 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. www.goodwill.org n 828264-4174. See ad on page 34


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. n 828-387-4838. www.fredsgeneral.com. See ad on page 96



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BOONE. Step back to the 60s & 70s! When you walk through the door, the 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. n 828-2640196. See ad on page 99





Gifts from Cool Grandparents... and Parents, too! Birthday, Shower, Books, Games & Toys, Travel & Tooth Fairy Departments MELISSA & DOUG, STEPHEN JOSEPH, USBOURNE, JELLY CAT, DOUGLAS & MORE!

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Check Out These... Shops & Retailers Register of Historic Places. Both it and the Mast Store in downtown Boone are packed with everything you need for modern life, including shoes and boots, rocking chairs, cast iron, country gourmet food, traditional fashions, outdoor gear and old-fashioned candy. n Boone 828-262-0000. Valle Crucis 828-963-6511. www.mastgeneralstore.com. See ad on page 11


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! n 828-264-1422. www.incredibletoycompany. com. See ad on page 98


BOONE. Conveniently located at 1158 Hwy 105 on the way to all local resorts. Make sure to stop in and check out the area’s best selection of skateboards, snowboards, outerwear, footwear, apparel and more. Get everything you need for your outdoor High Country adventure! n 828-355-9013. www.recessrideshop.com. See ad on page 40

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BOONE. Be unique, shop Lucky Penny. Offering a wide range of clothing, shoes, gifts, and accessories. Lucky Penny is your affordable boutique located at 693 W. King Street. Our stock is always changing with new arrivals weekly! Check out the Lucky Penny blog at n www. luckypennyboone.com. 828-264-0302. See ad on page 96



BOONE & VALLE CRUCIS. The Mast General Store in historic Valle Crucis is listed on the National

VALLE CRUCIS. Rivercross Market is located next to the Original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis and features a wide collection of handmade pottery, jewelry, artwork,

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UNIQUE AND UNUSUAL GIFTS Whether you are looking for that special gift, souvenir, or unique decorating item, there is something for everyone at Christmas in Blowing Rock.



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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 Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hardware is a glimpse of the historic Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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Shops & Retailers Shoppes at Farmer’s Hardware features a variety of furniture, regional artists and craftsmen, home accessories, clothing, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, services and gifts. n 828-264-8801. www.shoppesatfarmers.com. See ad on back page

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BLOWING ROCK. Celebrating 25 years of quality High Country shopping, is at SouthMarke where some of Blowing Rock’s most dazzling and distinctive upscale shopping begins at the southern most end of Main Street (across from Town Tavern). In this quaint Victorian setting nestled among beautifully landscaped gardens and stone statuary are unique specialty stores offering ladies and gentlemen’s apparel and shoes, jewelry and accessories. Infant & children’s toys, books, games. All shops feature gift suggestions including table and entertaining accents, BBQ and collegiate tailgate and eyewear. SouthMarke also boasts the area’s only premium cigar shop and private smoking club. Five Seasonal Pavilions offer unique specialty items and handmade and crafted merchandise. Main Shoppes are open all year. n 828-265-3566. www.SouthMarke.com. See ad on page 95

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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. n 828-295-9326. See ad on page 92

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High Countr y Hiking


he High Country is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a seemingly endless supply of hotspots for hikers and campers of every level. Whether you’re seeking solitude in the tucked away corners of the map or a scenic stroll that’s suited for your whole family, you’ll find it here in the High Country. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Elk River Falls

As one of the High Country’s most popular waterfalls, you can expect a crowd on good weather days. But it’s worth it to catch a glimpse of the impressive 60-foot falls. The falls are a quarter-mile walk from the parking lot.

From Boone, take Highway 105 South toward Banner Elk. Turn right onto Highway 184, and then turn left onto Highway 194. At the intersection of 19E, turn right. In 1.3 miles, make a sharp right onto SR 1303. Follow signs leading to the falls, making a left onto Elk River Rd.

Pass the commercial campground. The road will turn to gravel and there will be several parking places.

Hebron Rock Colony

Hebron Rock Colony offers a beautiful, long slope of giant boulders, great for crawling, jumping and climbing. The river cascades down the rocks, creating numerous small waterfalls in between dozens of little swimming holes.

Harper Creek Falls

To access the falls, do not park on Old Turnpike Road off of Old Shulls Mill Road. You will get towed. Park at Julian Price Memorial Park picnic area off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in between mileposts 296 and 297. To reach the popular summer hotspot, hike from the parking area about 1.5 miles on the Boone Fork Trail, where you will come out above the falls.

Harper Creek Falls is part of the Wilson Creek Gorge, which is a beautiful, secluded area. It may take some turning around to find it, but if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, you won’t be disappointed.

Heading south on Highway 181, make a left onto Brown Mountain Beach Road. Continue for 5 miles, passing the offroad area, and make a left on SR1328.

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The Grand Canyon of the East, Linville Gorge is as remote and pristine as it gets. Linville Falls can be viewed from a distance by hiking the moderate Erwin’s View Trail, which begins at the Visitor Center and is a 1.6-mile roundtrip.

Challenging... High Countr y Hiking

The Linville Gorge Trail and connecting trails within the gorge are recommended for highly experienced hikers only. These trails, often climbing and descending the V-shaped walls of the gorge, are very strenuous.

To get to the Linville Gorge Visitor Center, take Highway 181 South to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn south on the Parkway and drive a few miles to the left turn for the Linville Falls parking area. The Linville Gorge Trail can be accessed at several locations along its western edge. Take US 221 South to Highway 183. Then turn left onto SR1238 (Kistler Memorial Highway). Trailheads are marked by parking areas on the left. Overnight camping in the Linville Gorge requires a permit Friday to Sunday, from May 1 to Oct. 31. For a permit, call the Grandfather District Ranger at 828-652-4841.

Profile Trail – Grandfather Mountain

Spectacular views and challenging terrain await at Grandfather Mountain. The Profile Trail to the top is 3 miles long and rises more than 2,000 feet in elevation. The first mile is fairly easy, but the trail becomes more challenging quickly after that. This trail does not requires a permit.

To reach the Profile Trail entrance, take Highway 105 South from Boone for about 12 miles. Parking is on the left, about 5 miles past Foscoe.

Stone Mountain State Park

With over 14,000 acres of protected land, Stone Mountain State Park is a nearly inexhaustible resource for hikers and campers. Trails vary from moderate to strenuous, and lead to several of the park’s landmarks – including Stone Mountain itself, a 600-foot granite dome overlooking the park. If you do not plan on camping overnight, be sure to set aside a full day.

Stone Mountain State Park can be accessed from the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 229. Take Highway 21 South to Roaring Gap. The park entrance located off of SR 1002, 7 miles south of Roaring Gap.

Upper Creek Falls

Upper Creek Falls could be called nature’s playground. A swimming hole, complete with a rope swing, is located above the falls, and natural rock slides are found at several points below the falls. The waterfall itself is over 30 feet high, and continues for another 50 feet. The trail leading to the upper falls is less than 1 mile, but strenuous. Crowds are usually small, but sometimes loud.

Take Highway 105 South from Boone. Turn left onto Highway 181 South. After crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway and passing signs for Table Rock, the parking lot for Upper Creek Falls is on the left.

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Appalachian Summer Festival the temptations, august 3

An Appalachian Summer Festival

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

Appalachian State University, Boone www.appsummer.org | 828-262-4046

June 29: Ben Folds w/the Winston-Salem Symphony June 30: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: The Trio Takes Form July 2: Film Series: Sing Street July 2: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: Bridging the Classical and Romantic Divide July 3: Film Series: A Taxi Driver July 7: NC Black Repertory Company: Plenty of Time July 9: Film Series: An Elephant’s Journey July 10: Film Series: Capernaum July 12: Pilobolus July 13: Patti LaBelle July 14: Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring Awadagin Pratt July 16: Film Series: Fanny’s Journey July 17: Film Series: Perfect Strangers July 18: Tapas and Tesla July 19: Chris Botti July 20: A Classic Evening of Lily Tomlin July 23: Film Series: Storm Boy July 24: Film Series: Becoming Astrid July 25: Broadway’s Next Hit Musical July 26: Broadway’s Next Hit Musical July 28: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: The Four Bs July 30: Film Series: Cinnamon July 30: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: Potpourri July 31: Film Series: A Translator Aug. 1: Punch Brothers Aug. 2: Film Series: Never Look Away Aug. 3: The Temptations

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Chairlift rides aboard the Summit Express lift run Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 30 – Sept. 3rd

Blowing Rock Art in the Park Park Avenue, Blowing Rock, FREE, 828-295-7851

May 25 • June 15 • July 13 • Aug. 10 • Sept.7 • Oct. 5

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

Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. June 21 to Aug. 30 June 27: Soul Benefactor • July 4: Clockworx, Smokin’ Joe Band and The Extraordinaires July 11: Roadrunnerz • July 18: Delta Fire July 25: The Night Moves Band • Aug. 1: Split Shot Aug. 8: The Collective • Aug. 15: The Starlighters with Gumbo Gang • Aug. 22: Jim Jocassee

Concerts on the Lawn Jones House Community Center, Downtown Boone 828-268-6280, www.joneshouse.org

Every Friday at 5 p.m. June 7: Andrew Finn Magill, Jay Brown & Amantha Mill June 14: Beppe Gambetta & Swing Guitars June 21: Doc Watson Day featuring: Charles Welch, Burnett Sisters, Jack Lawrence & Patrick Crouch & Jeff Little Trio (starting at 4 p.m.) June 28: Worthless Son-in-Laws & Soul Benefactor July 5: Michael Reno Harrell, Luke Mears Band & Songs From the Road Band July 12: Will Easter, Rastacoustics & Downtown Abby & the Echoes July 19: Everydays, Alexa Rose, & Tom Shirley July 26: Earleine, Shay Martin Lovette, & Aaron Burdette & the Fly Rights Aug. 2: King Bees & Ashley Heath and Her Heathens

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Entertaining Music Series

Hayes Auditorium, Broyhill Theatre All performances begin at 7 p.m.

lmc.edu/forum ABBAFAB June 17

Around the World in 88 Keys June 24

Married to Broadway July 1

Symphony of the Mountains July 8

Farewell Angelina July 15

The Joe Gransden Big Band July 22

Tony Pace July 29

The Diamonds August 5

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Aug. 9: Hiroya Tsukumoto, Jimmie Griffith & Melissa Reaves Aug. 16: Shelby Rae Moore Band & Fwuit Aug. 23: Cane Mill Road & Hank & Pattie & The Current Aug. 30: Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express, Orville Hicks, The Corklickers, and Surefire

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Ashe County Arts Council 303 School Avenue, West Jefferson 336-846-2787, www.ashecountyarts.com

June 8: Feast for the Arts June 14: June Gallery Crawl July 26-27: Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention Aug. 3-4: Ashe County Studio Tour

Farmer’s Markets

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

Fridays from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. June 7: Soul Benefactor • June 14: Continental Divide June 21: Harris Brothers June 28: Shelby Rae Moore • July 5: Harris Brothers July 12: Foscoe 5 • July 19: The King Bees July 26: Shelby Rae Moore • Aug 2: Harris Brothers Aug. 9: Note Ropers • Aug. 16: Soul Benefactor Aug. 23: Out of the Blue • Aug. 30: Shelby Rae Moore Sept. 6: Deep Greens & Blues • Sept. 13: Harris Brothers Sept. 20: Soul Benefactor • Sept. 27: Drive South Oct. 4: Harris Brothers • Oct. 11: Jack Town Ramblers

watauga farmer’s market Watauga County Farmers’ Market Horn in the West, Boone, 828-355-4918


Saturdays 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. through October and 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in November Blowing Rock Farmers’ Market Park Avenue, Blowing Rock, 828-298-7851


Thursdays through September from 3-6 p.m. Avery County Farmers’ Market Old Banner Elk Elementary School

www.averycountyfarmersmarket.net Thursdays, 4:30-7 p.m.

Music in the Valle Valle Crucis Community Park 828-963-9239, www.vallecrucispark.com music on the lawn

BRAHM 159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock 828-295-9099, www.blowingrockmuseum.com

June 1: Annual Meeting with Jean McLaughlin June 9: Wise and Otherwise: Honey Bees and Hive Tracks with James Wilkes June 23: Summer Concert Series: Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill July 28: Summer Concert Series: Tim McWilliams & William Ritter Aug. 2: BRAHM Gala: A Brush with Genius Aug. 18: Summer Concert Series: Jodi Burns & Thao Nguyen Aug. 23: Fall Exhibition Celebration 104

Fridays at 7 p.m (6:30 p.m. starting Aug. 16)

Each concert is sponsored by a different business and features a food truck. June 7: Shay M. Lovette June 14: Handlebar Betty June 21: Aaron Burdett & The Fly Rights June 28: Roots and Dore July 5: Shelby Rae Moore Band July 12: The King Bees July 19: The Worthless Son-in-Laws July 26: The Lucky Strikes Orchestra Aug. 2: Lauren Hayworth & Centerpiece Jazz Aug. 9: Tembem Aug. 16: The Sheets Family Band Aug. 23: Soul Benefactor Aug. 30: Carolina Ramble Review Sept. 6: The Chatham Rabbits Sept. 13: (Rain make-up date)

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Todd Summer Music Series Cook Memorial Park, Todd 828-263-6173, www.toddnc.org

June 15: Amantha Mill June 29: Lucky Strikes July 4: The King Bees July 13: Wayne Henderson & Friends July 27: The Tillers Aug. 10: Cane Mill Road

Live Music at 5506’ SkyBar Beech Mountain Resort 828-387-2011, www.beechmountainresort.com

Music starts at 2:30 p.m. June 1: Virginia Ground • June 8: Handlebar Betty June 15: Shelby Rae Moore Band June 29: Wet Nose Dogs and If Birds Could Fly July 6: The Grassabillies • July 20: The Highbeams July 27: Josh Perryman Aug. 31: Brad Heller & the Fustics BEECH SUMMER MUSIC SERIES AT THE RESORT: June 15: Steep Canyon Rangers w/Acoustic Syndicate July 19: Galactic with The Get Right Band Aug. 24: moe. with The Mantras

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

Saturday or Sunday afternoons June 1: High Country Boomers June 2: Smokin’ Joe Band • June 8: The Broken Angels June 9: Bearwallow • June 15: Jukebox Boys June 16: Harris Brothers • June 22: Clay Lunsford June 23: The Classics • June 29: The Cahoots June 30: Shelby Rae Moore Band July 6: The Lucky Strikes • July 7: Harris Brothers July 13: Jukebox Boys • July 14: Shelby Rae Moore Band July 20: Backstreet • July 21: Strictly Clean and Decent July 27: The Classics • July 28: The Broken Angels Aug. 3: Bluegrass Blend • Aug. 4: Harris Brothers Aug. 10: Wayne Taylor • Aug. 11: Shelby Rae Moore Band Aug. 17: Bearwallow • Aug. 18: The Cahoots Aug. 24: The Broken Angels Aug. 25: Smokin’ Joe Band • Aug. 31: Jukebox Boys

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

May 25 – July 15: Spring Group Exhibition: New Beginnings with Jewels of Arts Reception: May 25th, 2-5 p.m. July 27 – Sept. 15: Mid-Summer Group Exhibition: Edge of Brilliance by Evolution with Andrew Braitman Reception: July 27, 2-5 p.m.

ensemble stage

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

June 7-15: Fortune June 22: Tortoise vs. Hare 2: This Time, It’s Personal (Saturday Kids Theatre) June 28 - July 6: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight July 13: Tortoise vs. Hare 2: This Time, It’s Personal (Saturday Kids Theatre) July 26 - Aug. 3: Opal’s Million Dollar Duck Aug. 3: Tortoise vs. Hare 2: This Time, It’s Personal (Saturday Kids Theatre) Aug. 16-24: The Redeemer

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Horn in the West: An Outdoor Drama Daniel Boone Amphitheatre, Boone 828-264-2120, www.horninthewest.com

Nightly at 8 p.m. excluding Mondays, gates open at 7:30 p.m. Running from June 21 to August 10

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Lees-McRae Summer Theater 191 Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 828-898-5241, www.lmc.edu

June 27-30: Mamma Mia July 2-3: Mamma Mia July 11-14: From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story July 16-17: From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story July 30-31: Newsies Aug. 1-4: Newsies v i s i t o r â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s g u i d e s u m m e r 2 019


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Forum at Lees-McRae Entertaining Music Series Hayes Auditorium, Broyhill Theatre, Lees-McRae College 828-898-8748, www.lmc.edu June 17: ABBAFAB June 24: Around the World in 88 Keys July 1: Married to Broadway July 8: Symphony of the Mountains July 15: Farewell Angelina July 22: The Joe Gransden Big Band July 29: Tony Pace Aug. 5: The Diamonds

Grandfather Vineyard Music in the Vineyard 828-963-2400, www.grandfathervineyard.com June 1: Klee & Mike June 2: Handlebar Betty June 8: The Collective June 9: The Lucky Strikes June 14: Mike Preslar June 15: Tom Pillion June 16: Shelby Rae Moore Band June 22: Smokin’ Joe Band June 23: Don Vallarta June 28: Mile Preslar June 29: Roger Miller Duo

GRANDFATHER VINEYARD July 5: Handlebar Betty July 6: Corklickers July 7: Shelby Rae Moore Band July 12: Tom Pillion July 13: Cane Mill Road July 14: Don Vallarta July 19: Tom Pillion July 20: The Lucky Strikes July 21: Harris Brothers July 26: Tom Pillion July 27: The Collective July 28: Edward Main Aug. 4: Shelby Rae Moore Band Aug. 11: Don Vallarta Aug. 16: Mike Preslar Aug. 17: Typical Mountain Boys Aug. 18: Handlebar Betty Aug. 24: The Collective Aug. 25: Cane Mill Road Aug. 30: Mike Preslar Aug. 31: Shelby Rae Moore Band


JUNE 2019 5/31-2 Nature Photography Weekend, Grandfather Mountain, 828-733-2013 1 Kiddo Fishing Derby, Beech Mountain, 28-387-9283 1 Boone Fly Fishing Festival, Valle Crucis Park 1 4th Annual Ducky Regatta, Middle Fork Creek, 704-807-2714 1-8 The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble, Grandfather Mountain, 828-733-2013 6-9 Charity Horse Show: American Saddlebred Division, Broyhill Equestrian Preserve, 828-295-4700 7 First Friday Art Crawl, Downtown Boone, 828-268-6283 7 Beech Mountain Family Fun Day, Beech Mountain, 828-387-9283 7-16 Day Out with Thomas, Tweetsie Railroad, 877-893-3874 12 Animal Birthday Party, Grandfather Mountain, 828-733-2013 20-24 Ashe County Little Theatre: Gypsy, Ashe Civic Center, 336-846-2787 108


Blood, Sweat and Gears Bike Ride, Valle Crucis, 803-413-4208 22 Shagging at the Blowing Rock, The Blowing Rock on Hwy 321, 828-295-7111 28-7/7 Fourth of July Week-long Celebration, Sugar Mountain Resort, 828-898-4521 29 Avery County Wine & Beer Festival, Sorrento’s Dining Complex, Banner Elk, 828-898-5605

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Fireworks on Top of Sugar Mountain, Sugar Mountain Resort, 828-898-4521 4th of July Parade & Celebration, King Street, Boone, 828-268-6280 Fourth of July Parade & Party in the Park, Downtown Banner Elk, 828-898-8395 Fireworks Extravaganza, Tweetsie Railroad, 828-264-9061 First Friday Art Crawl, Downtown Boone, 828-268-6283 Park Dance with Summer Daze Band, Memorial Park, 828-295-5222




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July 4th Celebration, Memorial Park and Fireworks at Blowing Rock Country Club, 828-295-5222 6 Sugar Mountain Summit Crawl, Sugar Mountain Resort, 828-898-4521 6 Cool Summer Nights, Tweetsie Railroad, 828-264-9061 11-14 64th Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Grandfather Mountain, 828-733-2013 12-14 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tweetsie Railroad, 828-264-9061 13 Cool Summer Nights, Tweetsie Railroad, 828-264-9061 19-20 BBQ Boot Camp, Sugar Mountain Resort, 828-898-4521 19-21 Fine Arts & Master Craft Festival, Historic Banner Elk School, 828-898-5605 20 Cool Summer Nights, Tweetsie Railroad, 828-264-9061 20-28 K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs, Tweetsie Railroad, 828-264-9061 23-28 Charity Horse Show: Hunter/Jumper I, Broyhill Equestrian Preserve, 828-295-4700 26 Symphony by the Lake, Chetola Resort, 828-295-7851 26-27 50th Ashe County Fiddlers Convention, Ashe County Park, 336-846-2787

27 Cool Summer Nights, Tweetsie Railroad, 828-264-9061 31-8/4 Charity Horse Show: Hunter/Jumper II, Broyhill Equestrian Preserve, 828-295-4700

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First Friday Art Crawl, Downtown Boone, 828-268-6283 3 Crafts on the Green and Concert with TBA, Gazebo Park, 828-387-4838 7 Animal Enrichment Day, Grandfather Mountain, 828-733-2013 9-11 Fine Arts & Master Craft Festival, Historic Banner Elk School, 828-898-5605 17-18 Amateur & Professional Camera Clinic, Grandfather Mountain, 828-733-2013 17-18 Riders in the Sky, Tweetsie Railroad, 828-264-9061 22 The Denim Ball, Cone Estate, Blowing Rock, 866-308-2773 22-25 Ashe County Little Theatre: Calendar Girls, Ashe Civic Center, 336-846-2787 24 High Country Beer Fest, High Country Fair Grounds, www.hcbeerfest.com 24-25 Railroad Heritage Weekend, Tweetsie Railroad, 828-264-9061


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