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High Country Press

Visitor Guide FREE Winter

2009-2010

skiing - SHOPPING - Eating

Attractions - Adventures


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Contents Things To Know

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Helpful Information

Attractions & Family Fun

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Vacation Stops Not To Be Missed

Snow Sports

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Fun Thiings To Do In The Snow

High Country Ski & Snow Resorts

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Profiles of Appalachian Ski Mountain, Ski Beech, Hawksnest & Sugar Mountain

High Country Area Map

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An Overview Of The High Country

Restaurants

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Doc Watson / Windmill

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Shopping

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A Broad Range Of Dining Opportunities

Meet The Local Stars Of Yesterday And Today

A Compilation Of Neat Shops, Businesses And Boutiques

Parkway Hikes & Sights

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Favorite Stops And Hikes Along The Blue Ridge Parkway

High Country Hiking

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Overviews And Directions To The Region’s Favorite Hikes

Calendar Of Events

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ON THE COVER

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This skier is getting ready to make a run from the top of Sugar Mountain’s Northridge Run, which sits at 5,300 feet.

Click to our website to view our Visitor Guides for Summer, Fall and Winter, as well as pages of the High Country Magazine and our newspaper’s website. Information is updated weekly. Stay in touch with what is happening in the High Country - visit us online!

Local photographer Todd Bush provided our cover photo.

His work can be viewed at www.BushPhoto.com

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Visitor Guide Production

Graphics Team

Courtney Cooper

Michelle Bailey Tim Salt Patrick Pitzer

managing editor Sam Calhoun

sales team Beverly Giles, Bryan McGuire and Amanda Giles

photography

Pictures in this issue are from our photo files and include photos from Todd Bush, Randy Johnson, Ken Ketchie, Jim Morton, James Fay and Fredierica Georgia, as well as submitted pictures. 2

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High Country Press Publisher/Editor Ken Ketchie For more information about our Visitor Guide, please contact: High Country Press Publications P.O. Box 152, Boone, NC 28607 www.HighCountryPress.com (828) 264-2262


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Things To Know Our visitor guide includes information you can use to make the most of your vacation time in the High Country. Don’t miss out on all the places, the businesses and restaurants our area has to offer! Let this winter guide help you know more about our mountains. For starters — Be careful when driving through our towns and villages. Watch for those 35 mph and 25 mph speed limits. They’re fairly strict up here. Don’t go home with a speeding ticket souvenir. Know When You Can’t Leave — Due to road construction, Highway 321 is closed between Lenoir and Blowing Rock three times a week: Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., and from 8:00 p.m. Monday to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday. If you’re taking Highway 321 South past Blowing Rock, plan the timing of your trip accordingly. Parking Does Exist — When visiting downtown areas, look for public parking signs that will lead you to close-by parking spaces.... You’ll most likely find public parking close to your destination.

High Countr y Host Visitor Center One of the best visitors’ centers you’ll find anywhere. The people who work here know more about the High Country than probably anyone else. Stop by for brochures, maps and a staff to help direct you to your destination. High Country Host is located at 1700 Blowing Rock Road in Boone, directly across from Burger King. For more information, call 828-264-1299 or click to www. mountainsofnc.com. Hours: 9-5 Mon. to Sat./9-3 Sun. Chambers of Commerce

n BOONE: 828-264-2225 • 208 Howard St. Boone Open Mon. - Fri. 9-5 • www.boonechamber.com

Take A Hike— Nothing is better n BLOWING ROCK: 828-295-4636 • 7738 Valley Blvd. Open Mon.-Sat. 9-5 • www.blowingrock.com than a hike in the mountains... especially in the winter! It’s what n BANNER ELK: 828-898-8395 • 100 West Main St. we do up here, and a great way to Open Mon.-Sun. 12-4- • www.bannerelk.org absorb some rejuvenating, crisp n BEECH MOUNTAIN: 828-387-9283 • 403 Beech Mtn mountain air. The views, solitude Pky. Open Mon.-Sat. 9-5 • www.beechmtn.com and adventures waiting to be had n AVERY-BANNER ELK: 828-898-5605 • 4501 Tynecastle combine for a winter adventure Hwy. Suite 2. • Open Mon.-Sun. 10-4 • like no other. It’s never knowing www.averycounty.com what’s around the next bend. We’ve compiled some of our that make up the national park, 108 miles favorite hikes and trails for your benefit run through the High Country, encompassing 33 hiking trails, three starting on page 50 and 54. waterfalls, four lakes and more than 40 Take a drive on the Parkway —Take scenic overlooks. Check out page 50 for a our word for it—you’ll fall in love with few of the not-to-miss stops along the our Blue Ridge Parkway. Of the 469 miles nation’s most visited national park. 4

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An Appalachian Mountain Tradition Since 1883 Mast Store Valle Crucis, NC

The Original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the best remaining examples of an old country store. Mast Store locations found along main streets throughout the region offer visitors a chance to enjoy old-fashioned friendly service reminiscent of a bygone era & to browse shelves filled with traditional goods, apparel, and outdoor gear for all seasons.

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Things To Know Check out a restaurant — More than 200 local restaurants in the High Country are waiting for you to be their guest, so try a few you’ve never tried before this visit— you won’t be let down. Check out any of the restaurants and bars mentioned in this guide and you’re guaranteed to find great food, a unique atmosphere and friendly faces.

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1882, and is a great place to experience our unique history. Admire the building and then step inside; it still is everything a general store use to be. Village of Blowing Rock — For more than 100 years, Blowing Rock has crafted tradition of catering to tourists with all the delights of a quintessential mountain town—small, intimate and full of charm. Its downtown is about as charming as they come. A walk down Main Street leads to dozens of shops and restaurants, all offering one-of-a-kind mountain hospitality.

Donna the Buffalo headlined Daniel Boone Days ‘09

See some Entertainment — Hundreds of great musical acts come through this area every year. Just check local media listings to find out who’s in town while you’re here. The local music scene is brimming with talented artists, so if you don’t recognize a band’s name, give it a listen. During weekends you’ll most likely find at least a dozen places featuring live music. There are plenty of day festivals and weekly family music events as well.

Town of BANNER ELK — Hometown of the Woolly Worm Festival and located between the ski areas of Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain, this quaint mountain village offers fabulous restaurants and shopping There’s even a historic walking tour that takes you through Lees-McRae College and other places of interest.

Visit Mast General Store — It’s the real deal for history buffs. The original store in Valle Crucis has been here since

VISIT Appalachian State University — Home to a three-time National Championship football team, ASU is a rock-solid UNC-system member that is becoming just as well known for its academics as its athletics. Located near downtown Boone, the campus is beautiful and walkable, so check it out! 6

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Discover... Area Attractions & Family Fun The Children’s Playhouse Boone. The Children’s Playhouse is a nonprofit children’s museum, open year-round from10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy the climbing wall, vet clinic, art room and more. n 828-263-0011. www.goplayhouse. org. See ad below

Country Retreat Family Billiards Foscoe. Family Billiards features nine tournament quality tables with professional lighting, a video game arcade area, a full-service grill offering daily specials and, of course,

The Children’s Playhouse children’s museum & play space      

Art room, pretend vet  clinic, climbing wall  and more!  400 Tracy Circle  Boone, NC    

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a jukebox. From entry-level players to advanced tournament pool sharks, Family Billiards accommodates every pool enthusiasts’ needs. n 828-963-6260. www.Family-Billiards.com . See ad on page 10

boone bowling Boone. The Boone Bowling Center is the High Country’s only bowling facility. Have a blast with the family, no matter what the weather brings. Just bring yourselves; we’ll supply the balls and shoes (low rental fee). It’s fast; it’s affordable with continuous action. Go bowling, everyone wins! n 828-264-3166. See ad below

BOONE BOWLING CENTER Corporate Parties Group Rates Birthday Parties

Just Bring Yourselves. We’ll supply the balls, shoes (low rental fee) and all the fun! Cosmic Bowling Saturday Nights 10pm - 1am Glow Bowling Friday Nights 9pm - 11pm Monday - Friday 10am - 11pm Saturday 10am - 1am • Sunday 2pm - 10pm

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Discover... Area Attractions & Family Fun Grandfather mountain linville. Grandfather Mountain is one of the most well-known, beloved places for visitors to the High Country to spend their time. Boasting the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Calloway Peak, elev. 5,964 ft.) the park is a great vantage point for spectacular mountain vistas. Open during the winter season, weather permitting. Located just one mile from the Parkway and 13 miles from Boone. n 828-773-4337. www.grandfather.com. See ad on page 9

Grandfather Trout Farm Banner Elk. Grandfather Trout Farm has two ponds stocked with trout, and you just pay for what you

catch. Ideal for large groups and families with children, Grandfather Trout Farm provides bait, tackle, buckets, nets and other gear at no extra charge. After you’re done, the staff will clean, pack or smoke your catch for you. n 828-963-5098. w w w. g r a n d f at h e r t ro u t f a r m . c o m . See ad on page 11

Mystery Hill Blowing Rock. The house that defies physics, Mystery Hill, is a gravitational anomaly. Here you’ll stand at a 45-degree angle, see balls roll uphill and witness other inexplicable phenomenons. In the Hall of Mystery, you’ll find puzzles, handson experiments and optical illusions. The Heritage Museum reflects how

Full Service Grill with Daily Specials Professional 9ft. Pool Tables Birthday & Private Parties . Ski Groups . Video Game Arcade Game Room Open 11:00am - Midnight . 7 Days a week Large Screen Plasma TV’s . CD Jukebox . Video Games Smoke-Free Environment Located in Foscoe bet ween Boone and Banner Elk 9021 Hwy 105 South

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middle-class mountain families lived in the late 1800s to early 1900s, while the Artifact Museum holds more than 50,000 Native American relics. 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 9

Paint Your Wings Boone. Express your inner artist at Paint Your Wings, Boone’s premier paint-your-own-pottery studio. The staff is ever ready to help you choose a pottery piece to paint and assist you throughout the process. In just four to five days after painting, your piece will have gone through the glaze and firing process and be ready for pick up. n828-262-9919. www.paintyourwings.com. See ad below

Skateworld Boone. Strap on those dusty roller skates and start rolling. Connect with your inner kid and your own kids at Skateworld is just 5 miles north of Boone, located at the intersection of Hwys. 321 and 421 in Vilas. n 828-2973296. See ad on page this page

Paint Your Wings

SKATEWORLD 5 miles north of boone at the Hwy 321 & 421 intersection in Vilas

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call for hours

Open for groups of 40 or more at alternative times!

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snow sports

...Things to do in the snow

Cross-Country Skiing The “off-road” skiing experience is a great way to explore the High Country backcountry on your own time. If closed, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the perfect place to cross-country ski, especially around Moses Cone Manor, which has 25 miles of carriage trails. Beech Mountain and Roan Mountain, Tenn. are two other popular crosscountry skiing spots because of the mountain’s isolated, unpaved roads. Ski Country Sports (828-898-9786) sells cross-country skis, and Pineola Inn on Hwy. 221 in Avery County rents and sells cross-country skis (828-733-4979.) Moses Cone Trails. Photo by Randy Johnson

Snowshoeing Snowshoeing allows you to really stretch out those legs and take in that crisp, refreshing mountain air. Snowshoe tours are offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Sugar Mountain Resort. This program includes a onehour tour and snowshoe rentals. Adult tours are for ages 12 and up, and children’s tours are for ages eight to 11.

Snowshoeing at Sugar Mountain

Sledding The snow sport created just for kids’— sledding—makes for an easy, fun family treat. There’s always snow on the free sledding hill next to the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce; snowmaking machines and natural snow keep this hill open all winter long. Metal sleds are not allowed; bring plastic sleds only. For more info, call Beech Mountain Chamber at 1-800-468-5506 or 828-387-9283. Or, simply, look around for a snow-covered hill. There’s an extremely popular place on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock. It’s got a big hill with convenient parking. Go 1.7 miles south from Blowing Rock on Hwy. 221. You’ll find it near the Parkway entrance next to the bridge. 12

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Blowing Rock’s “big hill” is a sledding destination


HIGHWAY 105 SOUTH IN BOONE 264-RENT • 800-262-9036 10-6 Monday-Saturday • 1-6 Sundays

www.1sttracks.com

SKI & SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT RENTALS • CLOTHING • SERVICE

(828) 898-9786 • (800) 528-3874 www.SkiCountrySports.com IN BANNER ELK, ACROSS FROM THE ENTRANCE TO SUGAR MTN.

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Hawksnest Snow Tubing Resort

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ocated atop Seven Devils, Hawksnest no longer offers skiing but is now home to the largest snow tubing park and the largest zipline course on the East Coast. Visitors can pick between 20 tubing lanes of varying sizes and elevations or to ride on Hawksnest’s 10 zipline cables that span 1.5 miles—or both, all in one day! For spectators, Hawksnest features a recently renovated ski lodge, warm and cold drinks, viewing platforms and local food. It’s fun that anyone can enjoy!

The Breakdown Tubing: • Tubing Areas: 4 • Lanes: 20 • Moving Carpet Lifts: 2 • Lane Lengths: 400 – 1,000 feet • Snowmaking Capability: 100% Zipline: • Cables: 10 • Swinging Bridges: 1 • Total Cable Length: 1.5 miles

Meal Options Parking Costs

(Carolina BBQ, pizza, & coffee bar) $3

Tubing Sessions: Tubing sessions last 1.75 hours and are offered at: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.—Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.—Friday, Saturday and Holidays 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.—Sunday 14

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828-963-6561 or 1-800-822-4295 www.hawksnest-resort.com

Zipline Sessions: Customers can choose to take a 10-cable zipline tour Monday through Friday or a four-cable tour on Saturday and Sunday. Ten-cable zipline tours last between 1.5 and two hours and are offered at: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.—Monday through Friday Four-cable zipline tours last about 30 minutes and are offered every 15 minutes between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


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Appalachian Ski Mountain

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ith the ability to make more snow per acre than any other resort in America, Appalachian Ski Mountain prides itself on its snow conditions, but that’s just one of the many stellar features it can hang its hat on. This season, a third terrain park and new slope will debut at Appalachian during the longest scheduled ski season in North Carolina history—142 days.

The Breakdown Number of Slopes: 11 At Night • Easiest: 2 • More Difficult: 3 • Most Difficult: 3 • Terrain Park(s): 3 Number of Lifts: 5 Peak Elevation: 4,000 ft. Base Elevation: 3,635 ft. Vertical Drop: 365 ft. Snowmaking Capability: 100%

All Lighted

 Lodge

46,000 sq.-foot base lodge on 2 levels with ski shop & rentals, restaurant, fireplace and offices.

 Restaurant  Ski/Snowboard Lessons

Cafeteria-style dining open from 8 am to 10 pm, serving daily specials and healthy food choices.

Private and group lessons for kids and adults of all skill levels.

(828) 295-7828 www.appskimtn.com

hours of operation

Ice Skating

6,000 sq.-foot refrigerated outdoor rink. Skate rentals available. 3 sessions beginning at 12 pm.

 French-Swiss Ski College

Winter season runs November through March Day Session: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Home of the ski school that has taught over one million people to ski since it’s inception 40 years ago.

Super Session: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

 Lift Capacity 

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has 5 lifts capable of moving 7,200 people per hour.

Half-Day Session: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Terrain Park

Twilight Session: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

2 dedicated parks with 30 rails, boxes and tabletops. Premier ski and snowboard park in the Southeast.

 Rentals

2,200 sets of skis and 650 snowboards along with boots and helmet and clothing rentals.

Midnight Blast Session: 6:00 p.m. to 12:00am. Sunday Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Night Session: 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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Beech Mountain Resort

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astern America’s highest town, Beech Mountain, is home to Eastern America’s highest ski resort, Ski Beech at Beech Mountain Resort, which invested $1.5 million in its infrastructure over the past two years, restored its wildly popular Oz run, designed and opened a second terrain park and placed a large emphasis on taking care of the customer in any and all ways.

The Breakdown Number of Slopes: 15 At Night • Easiest: 3 • More Difficult: 7 • Most Difficult: 4 • Terrain Park(s): 2 Number of Lifts: 10 Peak Elevation: 5,506 ft. Base Elevation: 4,675 ft. Vertical Drop: 830 ft. Snowmaking Capability: 100%

All Lighted

 Lodge

9 buildings spread throughout a village setting with places to shop and eat, offices, lockers & more.

 Restaurant

Cafeteria-style dining open 8:30 am - 10 pm AND another restaurant with full service bar and menu.

 Ski/Snowboard Lessons

Private and group lessons for kids and adults of all skill levels.

 Ice Skating

7,000 sq.-foot refrigerated outdoor rink. Skate rentals available. 3-4 sessions beginning at noon.

(828) 387-2011 • www.skibeech.com

 Tubing

250-foot tubing run with 2 lanes. Handle pull lift gets you back to the top. 1 hr. 45 min. sessions.

 Lift Capacity

hours of operation Winter season runs November through March

Beech has 9 lifts capable of moving 9,300 people per hour.

 Terrain Park

2 designated terrain parks with constructed and natural features.

 Rentals

2,000 sets of skis and 450 snowboards along with boots and helmet rentals.

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Day Session: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Half-Day Session: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Twilight Session: 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Night Session: 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.


Skiing • Snowboarding • Ice Skating • Snow Tubing

2 TERRAIN PARKS

15 SLOPES

7,000 SQUARE FOOT ICE RINK RENTAL & 10 LIFTS QUALITY DEMOS EQUIPMENT AREAS MOST AFFORDABLE RATES FOR GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS

MONDAYS TUESDAYS WEDNESDAYS THURSDAYS

JUNIORS DAY. ALL JUNIORS AGES 13 AND UNDER SKI FREE. HALF-PRICE. ALL ADULT DAY AND TWILIGHT TICKETS BARGAIN TICKETS. $25 ALL ADULT DAY AND TWILIGHT TICKETS. LADIES DAY, $20 DAY AND TWILIGHT TICKETS FOR ALL FEMALES

SCHOOL DAZE

$15 LIFT TICKETS AND $15 SKI RENTALS FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS WHOSE SCHOOL IS CLOSED DUE TO SNOW.

MILITARY DISCOUNTS

DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO UNITED STATES MILITARY PERSONNEL AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY. REDEEMED AT ANY TICKET WINDOW HOLIDAY RATES APPLY DEC. 21ST-JAN 1ST

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Sugar Mountain Resort

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ith 115 skiable acres and 20 trails, Sugar Mountain is the largest ski resort in North Carolina. It’s big and it’s well run, so you can always expect the best. Sugar celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with events all season, so come out and experience the sweet skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snowshoeing and ice skating that Sugar is known for.

The Breakdown Number of Slopes: 20 At Night • Easiest: 7 • More Difficult: 9 • Most Difficult: 2 • Expert: 1 • Terrain Park(s): 1 Number of Lifts: 8 Peak Elevation: 5,300 ft. Base Elevation: 4,100 ft. Vertical Drop: 1,200 ft. Snowmaking Capability: 100%

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 Lodge

35,000 sq.-foot base lodge on 3 levels with a ski shop & rentals, lockers, restaurants and offices.

 Restaurant

Cafeteria-style dining open 8 am -10 pm AND a lounge area with full-service bar, fireplace and TV.

 Ski/Snowboard Lessons

Private and group lessons for kids and adults of all skill levels.

 Ice Skating

10,000 sq.-ft. refrigerated outdoor rink. Skate rentals available. 6 sessions beginning at 10 am.

 Tubing

(828) 898-4521 www.skisugar.com

hours of operation Winter season runs November through March

700 foot tubing run with 7 lanes. Magic carpet ride gets you back to the top. 1 hr. 45 min. sessions.

 Lift Capacity

Sugar has 9 lifts capable of moving 8,800 people per hour.

 Terrain Park

Twilight Session: 12:30 to 10:00 p.m. (closed from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.)

Designated terrain park with constructed and natural features. Serviced by hand tow lift.

Night Session: 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

3,000 sets of skis and 500 snowboards along with boots and helmet rentals.

Ice Skating: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 Rentals 20

Day Session: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Half-Day Session: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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Tubing: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Child Care: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


1009 Sugar Mountain Drive • Banner Elk, NC 28604 1-800-SUGAR-MT • www.skisugar.com

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Map out y our trip Things To Think About For Winter Driving

• The Ice Scraper - The most

important tool to have - to scrape away morning frost and to break away the ice and snow from your car’s windows. Make sure to have one.

• Windshield Washer Fluid -

Car windshields tend to stay dirty in winter. Make sure you have plenty of fluid to keep your visibility clear.

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• Car Battery - Weak and old car

batteries sometimes won’t start in extremely cold weather. Have jumper cables handy.

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stuck, chances are lots of others are, too. Hope for a good Samaritan with a towing chain or extra bodies for muscle power.

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• It’s Best To Go Slow - Keep

moving at a slow steady speed that keeps you from having to brake. Keep up with traffice flow. Turn into a slide when fishtailing, . . and try not to panic!

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Thunderhill Overlook milepost 290.3

Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock to Boone Distance: 8 miles Estimated Time: 14 minutes

Linn Cove Viaduct milepost 304

Banner Elk to Boone

To: Lenoir and Hickory

Distance: 18 miles Estimated Time: 31 minutes

Banner Elk to blowing rock Distance: 24 miles Estimated Time: 42 minutes

* MAP NOT TO SCALE * Hwy 194 & 88: From Boone to Laurel Springs 18 miles through Watauga & Ashe Counties

Hwy 194 Valle Crucis Loop Scenic Byways Are Marked In Green. See Page 55 For More Information

17 miles through Watauga & Avery Counties

Hwy 221 from Blowing Rock to Linville 18 miles through Watauga & Avery Counties

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Restaurants

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he High Country is home to dozens of great eateries you won’t find anywhere else, as well as several favorites from back home. Here you’ll find eclectic cuisine as well as traditional southern favorites, places to unwind and places to party. Each new restaurant is an opportunity to celebrate the High Country. Photo by Frederica Georgia

BAYOU SMOKEHOUSE & GRILL BANNER ELK. Banner Elk’s own Cajun connection serves up not only Louisiana favorites like gumbo and po’ boys, but also authentic Texas cuisine, such as smoked beef brisket barbeque and chicken-fried steak. Sundays feature brunch and a makeyour-own-Bloody-Mary Bar, while you can enjoy cocktails, wine and over 75 beers–10 of which are on tap–any day. The Bayou also offers free wireless and NTN BuzzTime Trivia. n 828-898-TXLA. www.

bayousmokehouse.com. See ad on page 25

THE BISTRO BOONE. The Bistro is a “collaboration of food and art.” Located in the New Market Center, this small fine dining restaurant features a menu of sophisticated FrenchItalian cuisine and homemade desserts. The beer and wine list spills over with endless possibilities. Experience exceptional dining and clean air at The Bistro with its nonsmoking atmosphere. n 828-265-0500. w w w.thebistrorestaurant.com. See ad on page 39

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BLACK CAT BURRITOS BOONE. On a list of local favorites, Black Cat ranks as one of the High Country’s top choices. It’s by no means hidden, but if you’re searching for the lesser-seen spots, you’ll feel right at home. Their footballsized burritos can satisfy any post-trail appetite, and after-hours Black Cat has some of the best local and regional music acts. n 828-263-9511. www.myspace.com/ blackcatburrito.com. See ad on page 28

BLOWING ROCK GRILLE BLOWING ROCK. Courtyard dining and friendly atmosphere make this restaurant a Blowing Rock favorite. For lunch, try homemade soups, vegetable plates and sandwiches. The dinner menu features fresh fish, pasta, pork, premium steaks and a unique wine list. n 828-295-9474. See ad on page 27

BOONE BAGELRY BOONE. Boone’s oldest bagel shop serves 17 types of freshly baked bagels and hundreds of other menu items. Boone Bagelry is a full-service restaurant that


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and General Store Beer Wine e Uniqu Gifts In the Center of The Village Shops 1 Block from the Banner Elk Stoplight

828 898~TxLa (8952)

Open Daily at 11:30 am for Lunch & Dinner

Kitchen Open Late

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serves breakfast and lunch all day. Boone Bagelry offers eat in, take out or delivery options. n 828-262-5585. See ad on page 32

CAFÉ PORTOFINO BOONE. Café Portofino offers a casual atmosphere and truly 5-star dining. The selfdescribed “Garlic House” menu is a creative mix of Thai, Eurasian and Italian influences. For after-hours entertainment, check out the adjoining taproom with billiards, darts, and fifty bottle and draft beers from around the world. n 828-264-7772. www.cafeportofino.net. See ad on page 27 monday-saturday 11am-11pm bar open til 2am | closed sundays

CASA RUSTICA

reservations accepted groups welcome

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.

828-355-9717

203 boone heights dr. | boone, nc next to dragonfly theatre

www.craveboone.com

Dos Amigos

Restaurante Mexicano Authentic Mexican Cuisine

casarustica1981.com. See ad on page 35

CHA DA THAI BOONE. Cha Da Thai is the only place in the area where you can find authentic Thai cuisine. The menu is a representation of all

Buy 2 Lunches from the menu and 2 Drinks and get 10% off.

Not valid with other offers. Limit 1 coupon per table. Expires 3-3-2010.

The high CounTry’s Premiere sTeak & seafood house

Since 1985 THE HIGH COUNTRY’S PREMIERE STEAK & SEAFOOD HOUSECocktails, Beer & Wine SINCE

1985

Children’s Menu Available

Mon-Thurs: 11am-10pm • Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm Sun: 11am-9:30pm Call for Take Out 828-265-1674 • New Market Center 26

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COCKTAILS, BEER & WINE

C ’ M 184 A • Downtown Banner Elk Highway Serving Daily From 5pm. • 828-898-5550 www.stonewallsrestaurant.com HILDREN S

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HIGHWAY 184 • DOWNTOWN BANNER ELK SERVING DAILY FROM 5PM • 828-898-5550 WWW.STONEWALLSRESTAURANT.COM


CafeanPortofino international garlic house All Day Dining 7 Days a Week

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Get Your Burrito on!

Thai specialties–from sweet to sour and from salty to spicy. Cha Da Thai also offers a private dining room for large parties celebrating a special occasion. Warm up today with a plate of pad thai noodles or kaeng daeng-red curry. The restaurant is located on Howard Street in downtown Boone. n 828-268-0434. www.ChaDaThai-

NC.com. See ad on page 35

CHICK-FIL-A BOONE. With so much to do in the High Country, you’ll want to refuel quickly to have time for it all. Whether it’s a pre-hike breakfast or a lunch break during your epic, daylong shopping extravaganza, you can count on Chick-fil-A for a delicious way to fill up fast. And if you’re hosting a large event of family gathering, Chick-fil-A’s party trays will make it easy for you. n 828-264-

Healthy Fast Food in Downtown Boone

127 Depot Street • Downtown Boone • 263-9511

4660. www.chick-fil-a.com. See ad on page 36

CRAVE RESTAURANT Boone. What do you crave? If it’s a world-inspired, hand crafted martini menu, an extensive wine list, or a 90+ food menu then Crave World-Inspired Tapas & Martini Bar is your place. The sleek, beautiful décor will make you feel like you are in a world class restaurant but the prices are casual and won’t hurt your wallet. n 828-295-3239.

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DOS AMIGOS

Buy one Pizza and get the Second FREE. Take Out Only.

Village Shoppes Downtown Banner Elk 898-5214 28

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BOONE. Enjoy traditional Mexican dining in a casual setting at Dos Amigos. With favorites such as enchiladas, tacos, burritos, and our unique menu items, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your appetite. Located in New Market Center. n 828-2641674. www.dosamigosmexicanrestaurant. net. See ad on page 26


Karo Nigh ke on F rid ts at 8pm ay !

Best Burgers & Wings In Town

Casual Food & Atmosphere OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

Daily Food Specials Children’s Menu All ABC Permits Plasma TVs

828-898-9613 4527 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk Located in The Shoppes of Tynecastle Corner of Hwy 105 & Tynecastle Hwy

Great Daily Specials

Retro 50's Atmosphere

"Best Little Diner in the High Country!" Serving Breakfast all Day

Burgers, Samdwiches, Shakes & Melts

265-1344

1286 hwy 105 Next to comfort suites

Mon-Thurs 7:00am-9:00pm • Fri & Sat 700am- 10:00pm • Sunday 7:00am - 4:00pm visitor’s guide Winter 2009

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Discover... Restaurants Steak House of Japan is an 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.

GAMEKEEPER BLOWING ROCK. Housed in a 1950’s stone cottage, The Gamekeeper is an upscale restaurant that offers an eclectic mix of Southern foods and mountain cuisine, including mountain trout, buffalo ribeye, ostrich, duck and beef tenderloin. The restaurant is located off Shulls Mill Road near Yonahlossee Resort.

www.makotos-boone.com. See ad on 38

Mike’s INLAND Seafood Boone. Since 1981—that’s 29 years— Mike’s Seafood has been the go-to restaurant for fabulous seafood dishes in the High Country. Each dish is individually prepared and all fried food is cooked in trans fat-free canola oil for optimum flavor. Also serving the best in steaks and chicken, Mike’s is famous for its all-you-can-eat specials and generous lunch and dinner portions.

n 828-963-7400. www.Gamekeeper-NC.com. See ad on page 31

JOE’S ITALIAN KITCHEN BOONE. Joe’s family Italian restaurant serves food the way Joe’s ancestors did, handmade from recipes handed down for five generations. Joe’s dad, Tony, is now 84 years old but still comes in every day to make the meatballs and oversee meal preparation. Almost everything at Joe’s is made in the restaurant, with no pre-baked, frozen or artificial ingredients. At Joe’s Italian Kitchen, you can choose hot or cold sandwiches, pasta, salads and desserts.

n 828-262-5605. See ad on page 39

MOUNTAIN BAGELS

n 828-263-9200. www.joesitaliankitchen. com. See ad on page 34

MAKOTO’S BOONE. Dining at Makoto’s Seafood and

Th e Wo o d l a nd s BarBeque & Pickin’ Parlor Live Entertainment Nightly • No Cover all aBc Privileges

Full caTering Service (828) 295-3395

Open 7 Days a Week • Serving Lunch & Dinner Hwy 321 Bypass, Blowing Rock 30

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BOONE. Enjoy a warm, buoyant and cozy atmosphere when you eat at Mountain Bagels. The service is always fast and friendly, and the bagels are made from scratch daily. Mountain Bagels also offers lunch specials, soups and freshly baked muffins. n 828-2654141.www.mountainbagels.com. See ad on page 38


Open Mon-Thur 5pm until... Friday & Saturday 3pm until ... 502 West Main St. Banner Elk

www.zuzda.com 828-898-4166

2 Fabulous Non-Smoking Bars

Over 120 Small Tapas Plates

Progressive Alternative Dining

Extensive Wine Selection • Live Music Fri. & Sat. reservations suggested w w w.gamekeeper-nc.com Outdoor dining with beautiful views. Catering availiable and also a private room for your special event

8 2 8 -963-7400

Wine and cocktail specials seasonal dishes local organic produce best veggie plate in town fabulous, cozy bar and rustic stone fireplace. Recommended by: Turner South, Southern Living, Our State, WNC Magazine, Our State Signature, US Airways Magazine, Mountain Living, UNC TV Open Thursday - Saturday • Open Wednesdays till the New Year Open Thanksgiving Day, December 26th thru NY's day and in addition the Sundays of both M.L.K. and President's day weekends

3005 shull’s mill road beside yonahlossee visitor’s guide Winter 2009

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The Town Tavern

Discover... Restaurants NICK’S RESTAURANT & PUB BANNER ELK. Dine on wings, burgers, quesadillas, steaks, salmon and much more in Nick’s Restaurant. Nick’s has all ABC permits and a relaxed atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, it features a children’s menu, free wireless, NFL sports package and a golden tee golf machine.

• Wings, Burgers & Nachos on the cheap • Check our daily beer & mixed drink specials! • We have the NFL Sunday Ticket. • Catch every game in the country right here, at the Tavern. • The Tavern's Your Monday Night Football HQ, with 35¢ wings! • Daily $1.75 Goosneck Beer Specials! The coldest in town!

n 828-898-9613. See ad on page 29

PAolucci’s Italian Bar and grille Boone. Offering primo Italian fare at an affordable price, Paolucci’s comes courtesy of Carl and Pat Paolucci, who also own a Ragazzi’s Italian restaurant in Cary.Paolucci’s serves lunch, dinner and late-night from a menu combination of Italian dishes and some more creative offerings. The kitchen offers plenty of room for experimentation, and Paolucci’s plans to offer daily specials that suit the season. n 828-268-7525. See ad on page 38

828-264-2226 208 -A Faculty St. • Boone (Behind Blockbuster)

www.thetowntavern-boone.com

PAPA JOE’S 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. Papa Joe’s bar has all ABC permits and is fully stocked. It’s a great place for fun and food with friends. n 828295-3239. See ad on page 39

PSSGHETTI’S BLOWING ROCK. Freshly made pasta and made-from-scratch sauces define authentic Italian cuisine, so it’s not surprising that Pssghetti’s is quickly becoming a High Country favorite. Pssghetti’s celebrates Italian tradition with “Old World” recipes that use pasta, vegetables, beef, veal and seafood. Enjoy freshly baked bread, homemade Italian desserts and both classic dishes new menu additions. n 828-295-9855. www.pssghettis. com. See ad on page 35 32

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RED ONION CAFÉ BOONE. The Red Onion Café has created its niche in the High Country for 30 years by offering a welcoming atmosphere and an extensive menu at affordable prices. The Red Onion Café has something for every member of the family, including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, pasta, fish, steak and delicious homemade desserts. The Red Onion Café also offers several of the region’s top beer and wines to compliment any meal. The newly renovated restaurant is entirely smoke-free, and serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. n 828264-5470. www.theredonioncafe.com. See ad on page 37

REID’S CATERING Boone. Innovative custom menus, with emphasis on the freshest, seasonal ingredients, paired with professional,

person service place Reid's hand-crafted foods in demand! n 828-268-9600. www.

reidscateringco.com. See ad on page 36

SCOTT’S PIZZA PLACE BANNER ELK. Scott’s Pizza Place opened its doors in 1999. If you are looking for a great value, Scott’s Pizza is the place to get it. The menu boasts various selections of pizza, wings, subs and calzones. Delivery and takeout are also available. Before hitting the slopes, stop in for a carb load at Scott’s Pizza Place. n 828-898-4646. See Menu at www.askavery.com. See ad on page 36

SLEDGEHAMMER CHARLIE’S BLOWING ROCK. Hickory smoked BBQ, baby back ribs, beef brisket, rotisserie chicken and wings. Sledgehammer Charlie’s knows what a smokehouse should be. If you’re looking for a lively crowd

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Discover... Restaurants and an all-American menu, this is where you’ll find both. n 828-295-9092. www.

sledgehammercharlies.com. See ad on page1

SORRENTOS Banner elk. World famous bistro conveniently located in Banner Elk, between Ski Beech and Sugar Mountain Resort. Come in and experience a taste of Italy in the mountains! n 828-898-5214. See ad on page 28

STONEWALLS Banner elk. The High Country's premier steak and seafood house since 1985. Enjoy your favorite steaks, Prime Rib, Chicken or Baby Back Rib entree or choose from our extensive seafood selection. Try something new from our daily specials. Every entree includes your choice of soup

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or our famous salad bar. Serving daily from 5pm in a casual dining atmosphere, we are family friendly and have all ABC permits. n

828-898-5550.www.stonewallsrestaurant. com. See ad on page 26

THE TOWN TAVERN BOONE. Classic Wings & Burgers. Hand Cut Char-Grilled Steaks. Fresh Salads & Veggies. Traditional Apps. Flat Screens. Direct TV. Music. Extensive Selection. All on the Cheap!!! Coming Soon to Faculty Street in Boone behind Blockbuster Video. n 828-266-1811. www.thetowntavernboone.com. See ad on page 32

TROY’S 105 DINER BOONE. Troy’s 105 Diner is one of the High Country’s true 1950’s-style classic diners. From platters to burger baskets


Twenty-eight years of excellence in the High Country

Piatto di Mare (seafood medly)

steak Pina

chicken uffitzi

welcome skiers! call for large parties! Open nightly 5 pm • Reservations recommended • All ABC permits

1348 highway 105 South, Boone • 828-262-5128

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Ex q u isit e Aut he ntic Tha i Cuisine

Daily Lunch Specials Lunch Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-3:00 & Sat-Sun 11:30-3:00 Dinner Hours: Mon-Sun 5:00-10:00

* Serving beer and wine *

173 Howard Street in Downtown Boone • 828-268-0434 Fax: 828-268-0439 • www.chadathai-nc.com

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Family Owned and Operated Est. 1999

and We‛re still here! Scott would like to welcome back seasonal customers

Discover... Restaurants 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 29

VIDALIA

SCOTT‛S

PIZZA PLACE

Pizza, Calzones, Salads, Subs, Breadsticks, Wings and More!

898-4646

Across from Sugar Mountain next to Health Connection

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BOONE. Vidalia is a casual upscale restaurant featuring “creative American cuisine.” It offers daily specials, various events, wine tastings and special nights, such as Sliders Tuesday, which features gourmet mini burgers and 30 percent off the entire beer selection and regular menu. Vidialia 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 828263-9176. www.vidaliaofboone.com. See ad on page 33

WOLFIES DELI & SUBS BOONE. Located in one of the smallest restaurants in North Carolina, Wolfies features over 30 sandwiches and Boars Head brand meats. With subs weighing

LUNCH & DINNER

Order Trays For Your Next Gathering. Trays ready in just ten minutes!

Call 828-264-4660 or order online at www.chick-fil-a.com/boone 2082 Blowing Rock Rd. Boone, N.C. 28607 36

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CAFÉ 142 SOUTH WATER STREET, BOONE 828 / 268-9600

www.ReidsCateringCo.com


Wolfie’s deli & subs downtown boone, n.c.

All the Way Quarter Pound Boars Head Hot Dog Split & Toasted On A Grilled Bun

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Over 23 Sandwiches To Choose From, 10 Sandwiches Weighing Over A Pound And Half Toasted Your Way!

or try our south Florida cuba. You’ll wish You did!

265-5600

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Discover... Restaurants in at over a pound and a half, you’ll fill up without emptying your wallet. n 828-265-

783 West King Street, Boone NC Phone 268-7525

5600. See ad on page 37

Serving Creative and Classic Italian Dishes, pizzas, with Eight Beers on tap, Wine and full bar with Large screen TV s. Call ahead to make reservations, can accomodate large groups. Catering for all your needs.

the woodlands barbeque Blowing rock. Rustic atmosphere, live string bands, and delicious barbeque make Woodlands a perfect place to kick back with friends. The menu also features homestyle 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 dinng room for up to 100 guests. n 828-295-3651. www.

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Lunch: Tuesday thru Sunday till 4pm, Dinner till 10pm, Sunday till 9pm. Late night menu on Thurs, Friday & Sat till 1am. visit us at @ www.paoluccisitalianbarandgrill.

Check us out on Facebook at PaoluccisItalianBarandGrill for specials.

On the corner of King and Water St. in the building with High Country Bank. Parking available for all our patrons

woodlandsbbq.com. See ad on page 30

ZUZDA’s BANNER ELK. Zuzda is a “tapas style” chef-owned restaurant that offers over 125 small plates of all cuisines. The “progressive alternative dining” offers the opportunity to taste and share small portions of food in a random order of presentation. Zuzda holds all ABC permits, and the wine list is as extensive as the menu, offering many wines by the glass. n 828-898-4166. www.zuzda. com. See ad on page 31

The only made-from-scratch & baked on premises bagel bakery in the High Country! Serving Breakfast & Lunch

BREAKFAST LUNCH Bagels, Sandwiches, Deli Cream Soups Cheeses, Salads & Eggs, Muffins Specials Lunch & More...

828-265-4141

Mon- Sat • 7am - 3pm • Sun • 8am- 3pm www.mountainbagels.com 211 Boone Heights Drive • Boone (Turn at Burger King on Hwy 321)

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The Show Is About To Begin!

Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar 2124 Blowing Rock Road, Boone 828 / 264-7976

Serving Lunch & Dinner Seven Days a Week


Open for Lunch on Saturdays! BOONE

LUNCH SPECIALS FOR $8.00 AND UNDER INCLUDING DRINK

All-You-Can Eat Specials for $14.95 Sun- salt and peppered catfish Mon- choice of any specials Tues- calabash shrimp Wed- flounder filet Thurs- boiled shrimp U-Peel-Um

ALWAYS GREAT PORTIONS AT MIKE’S OUR NEW HOURS Sunday-Thursday 11:30 to 9:00 • Friday & Saturday 11:30-10:00

174 Jefferson Rd. • Boone • 828.262.5605 visitor’s guide Winter 2009

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Home of Doc Watson emember that picturesque 10-mile span of Highway 421 that led you into Boone? Well, it’s not only gorgeous but it’s also named after two of the most famous High Country residents of all time—Doc and Merle Watson. Born in Deep Gap in 1923, Doc is a flat-picking and finger-picking guitar legend that helped the High Country gain its reputation of spawning talented and cultured musicians. His seven Grammy awards underscore the influence Doc has had on all sorts of music genres, including bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel. Never without a joke and a heartwarming story, Doc—who has been blind since age 1—played with his son, Merle, for the majority of his career. Tragically, Merle died in a tractor accident in 1985, leaving Doc and his wife Rosa Lee in disbelief. In typical High Country fashion, community members, musicians, friends and family bonded together with Doc to create MerleFest, a large-scale Americana music festival, in 1988. Today, 21 years later, MerleFest annually draws more than 70,000 people

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Doc Watson celebrates the music of the region and his son, Merle Watson, at MerleFest every April. Photo by Jim Morton

to the campus of Wilkes Community College for a celebration of music and Merle’s life at the end of April. This year, Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers headline the festival, which takes place the last weekend in April.

116 W. King Street, Boone NC • 828-262-3525

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FAIR-TRADE


A Windmill City Once Again

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rom 1979 to 1983, Boone was home bine rises 121 feet into the air, features to the largest wind-powered electric a blade diameter of 54 feet and produces generator in the nation. Managed by 150,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity NASA and operated by Blue Ridge Elec- annually—or roughly enough power to tric Membership Corpomeet the needs of 10 to ration, the windmill— 15 residential homes— the “MOD-1” as it was yet is astoundingly quiet. called—was located on Described as “a slam top of Howard’s Knob, dunk for supporting reand put Boone on the map newable energy” by ASU for sustainable energy, Vice Chancellor for Busieven though its primitive ness Affairs Greg Lovins, design discouraged much the turbine generates energy production. clean, renewable energy This year, Boone bethat is fed directly into came a windmill city once the New River Light & Boone’s MOD-1 stood again thanks to funding Power electrical grid. on Howard’s Knob from provided by ASU stuWhat’s more, the turbine dents, as well as the foreproject was proposed, de1979 to 1983. sight and dedication of signed and installed in 16 the ASU administration months. and the student-led ASU Renewable EnAccolades for the project have come in ergy Initiative (ASU REI). from all over the nation, and in NovemThe 100-kilowatt turbine—a North- ber, ASU REI received the 2009 Student wind 100—is located near the Broyhill Organization of the Year award from the Inn on the ASU campus and is the larg- N.C. Sustainable Energy Association. est wind turbine in the state. The turvisitor’s guide Winter 2009

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Shopping

1st Tracks Boone.

Supplying winter sports enthusiasts with all their needs, 1st Tracks is located conveniently between all three local ski resorts. With a wide variety of clothing, accessories and equipment, you are sure to find all that you could possibly want for your winter sport enjoyment.

n 828-264-7368. www.1sttracks.com. See ad on page 13

ANTIQUES ON HOWARD BOONE. This premier antique dealer has a 6,000-square foot showroom with thirty dealer spaces filled with jewelry, toys, coins, consignment, furniture, glassware and vintage clothing. n 828-262-1957. www. antiquesonhoward.com. See ad on page 47

ART WALK BOONE. ArtWalk is Boone’s largest and most popular art and gift gallery, with three floors of over 300 local, regional and national artists. Art and craft lovers are sure to fall in love with ArtWalk’s inspiring collection of merchandise. ArtWalk is located in Downtown Boone at 611 W. King Street. Open Mon-Sat 10-6pm and Sun 115pm. New artists are always welcome. For more info please email artwalkboone@ yahoo.com. n 828-264-9998. www. artwalkboone.com. See ad on page 44

BAYOU General Store BANNER ELK. Browse eclectic! Find locally made items, rustic furniture, cookbooks, Texas AND Louisiana gourmet. OVER 60 hot sauces and Ashe County Cheeses. Wines include selections from North Carolina wineries as well as other unique offerings. Beer lovers are invited to Mix Their Own Pack from over

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100 American craft and import beers.

n 828-898-8953. See ad on page 25

BOONE MALL BOONE. Boone Mall, Shopping With Style. We are the only climate controlled shopping complex in the region. A comfortable, convenient place to shop with over 30 stores & kiosks to choose from. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12:305:30pm. n 828-264-7826. See ad on page 43

CABIN FEVER BLOWING ROCK. Cabin Fever boasts the High Country’s largest selection of accessories and décor for mountain homes. Bear, moose and fishing motifs adorn everything from bath accessories, pillows and linens to dinnerware, lamps and wall décor. Cabin Fever features a complete line of furnishings for every room in your cabin or mountain retreat. n 828-295-0520. www. thecabinfeversite.com. See ad on page 45

DJ GROOVES ENTERTAINMENT BOONE. This family owned disc jockey and lighting service has been helping clients create fun and memorable events for over 10 years. Pricing packages are available to fit any budget! n 828-264 -6351. w w w. d j g r o o v e s e n t e r t a i n m e n t . c o m . See ad on page 46

FINE HOME BUILDERS Boone. A licensed and insured contractor, we offer all phases of residential renovations, additions and new construction. Customer satisfaction is our priority. We provide free estimates, fair pricing and quality craftsmanship. n 828964-1994. www.finehomebuilders-nc.com. See ad on page 57


Visit us for your gifts and rustic furniture needs. www.wolfcreektraders.com

10543 Hwy 105 South Banner Elk, NC 28604 828-963-6800 Located at Green Mansions Village between Foscoe and Seven Devils • Open year round 7 days a week.

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Discover... Shopping GREEN MOTHER GOODS BOONE. Green Mother Goods carries ecofriendly, local and global fair-trade products you can feel good about purchasing! The store offers a wide variety of items, so stop in today and browse the gorgeous selection of organic cotton, hemp and bamboo clothing, beautiful jewelry, stainless steel water bottles, baby essentials, art and handcrafts from the High Country. n 828262-3525. www.greenmothergoods.com. See ad on page 40

HAIRCUT 101 BOONE. For 20 years, the talented and historically good-looking staff at Haircut 101 has remained an appreciated force in the High Country. Haircut 101 uses only top of the line products. n 828-262-3324. www.haircut101.com. See ad on page 45

INCREDIBLE TOY COMPANY BLOWING ROCK. Want to know where can you go to feel like a kid again? The Incredible Toy Company, of course! Specializing in educational and creative toys for ages infant to adult, The Incredible Toy Company has employees who are friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help you find the perfect toy. The store 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 43

LUCKY PENNY BOONE. Lucky Penny is an affordable boutique with new arrivals daily! For the gals – lots of dresses, denim, shoes and jewelry. For the guys – awesome graphic tees and rad sunglasses. Be unique. Shop Lucky Penny. n 828-264-0302. www.luckypennyboone. com. See ad on this page

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NO TWO CURLS ARE ALIKE

MAST GENERAL STORE BOONE & VALLE CRUCIS. The Mast General Store in historic Valle Crucis is listed on the National 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 828-262-0000 Boone. 828-963-6511 Valle Crucis. www. mastgeneralstore.com. See ad on page 5

MODERN TOYOTA Boone. Family owned and operated since 1933, Modern Automotive is proud to welome our newest store, Modern Toyota of Boone. High Country customers can expect the same great customer service and everyday low prices on which Modern has built its reputation. n 828-264-1491.

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THE PET PLACE BOONE. The Pet Place is the High Country’s complete source for all pet needs. It is the only pet store in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties that sells animals, but the store does not have dogs or cats in the hope that more people will adopt. The store carries pet toys; bedding; grocery supplies; foods for birds, dogs, cats and reptiles; treats; cages; aquariums; bird feeders; travel accessories and more. n 828-268-1510. www.petplaceboone.com. See ad on page 46

PLANET TAN BOONE. In only 20 minutes, Planet Tan will help you achieve that perfectly bronzed tan with just the push of a button. The friendly, educated staff is ready to share their tanning knowledge to help you achieve a healthy glow without sacrificing adventure time. n 828-262-5721. See ad on page 52

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Discover... Shopping PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS BOONE. This “neighborhood sporting goods store offers new and quality sports and fitness equipment.” Play It Again Sports sells, buys and trades new and used equipment and gear, offering you and your family name-brand merchandise at affordable prices. n 828-264-8955. www.

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SNOW TOYS BANNER ELK. Snow Toys offers the latest in men’s, ladies’ and children’s ski and snowboard rental equipment and snow sport accessories. n 828-898-4199. www. snowtoysnc.com. See ad on page 3

Trading Post

VILAS VILLAGE TRADING POST VILAS. Located in the historic Vilas Grocery & Hardware, the Vilas Village Trading Post offers its visitors a unique shopping experience. You’ll find everything from antiques, home furniture, truck accessories to vintage collectibles. Everyone will find something to delight them. n 828297-2622. www.vilasvillagetradingpost. com. See ad on this page

WOLF CREEK TRADERS BOONE. After living the High Country life, you’ll want to take a piece of it back home with you. Wolf Creek Traders carries everything desirable in rustic home décor. Custom log furniture, antler chandeliers, rustic kitchen and bath fixtures and hundreds of High Country works of art are mementos of the mountains you’ll want to keep close by. n 828-963-6800. www.

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Galleries

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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 over 300 local, regional and nationally recognized artisans. Step inside and see why the Carlton 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.

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linville gallery banner elk. The Linville Gallery carries unique traditional and contemporary fine arts in the mediums of painting, drawing, glass, ceramic and wood arts. The gallery features nationally recognized artists such as master fresco painter Ben Long, Dennis Sheehan and a host of other remarkable talents. n 828-898-8405. www. linvillegallery.com See ad on page 49

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The Blue Ridge Parkway

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his winter, take advantage of the 469mile stretch known as the Blue Ridge Mountains. Of those 469 miles, 108 make up the High Country with 33 hiking trails, four major lakes and ponds, three pristine waterfalls and more than 40 scenic overlooks. Use the mileposts for easy navigation. Have your camera ready, and discover a different perspective during this snowy season. Here are a few of our favorites just to get you started. Visitors take advantage of a warm winter day to hike Rough Ridge

Cascades Trail – Milepost 271.9 The Cascades Trail is a self-guided interpretive trail with twenty interpretive plaques, labeling tree species of the Blue Ridge. Leaving the parking lot, the trail turns from paved to gravel and from there follows the crest of a cliff. The trail is a 1.2-mile loop with Cascade Falls being the halfway point. Moderate

Thunder Hill Overlook – MILEPOST 290.3 You’ve never witnessed the power and intensity of Mother Nature until you’ve watched a thunderstorm from Thunder Hill Overlook. One of the most visited overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Thunder Hill affords visitors one of the best long-range views of the North Carolina Piedmont, as well as views of 50

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incoming storms that produce lightning shows beyond compare. The overlook is humble in size—it contains a parking area and a short trail through a pasture— but big on vistas, so grab the family, take a short stop at Thunder Hill and (for this one time only) pray for rain! Easy

Moses Cone Manor – Milepost 294.6 Named after the post-Civil War textile entrepreneur, conservationist and philanthropist, Moses Cone, this Victorian mansion exemplifies the resort home tradition in the High Country. During summer months, the estate is open as an arts and crafts center. The network of trails that crisscross the 3,500-acre Moses Cone Park is open year round. All trails are easy grade and great for larger groups with children. Easy to moderate.


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Price Lake (milepost 297.2) Photo by Randy Johnson

Moses Cone Trail System – MILEPOST 294 Named after the textile entrepreneur and conservationist known as “the Denim King,” Moses H. Cone Memorial Park features expansive views and a 13,000-square-foot, 20-room mansion, which was Cone’s original residence when built in 1901 and now houses the Parkway Craft Center in the summer. Surrounding the mansion—called Flat Top Manor—are 25 miles of carriage trails carved through white pines, hemlocks and an orchard of 10,000 apple trees. The trails are open to the public for horseback riding, walking, hiking and running. Perhaps the most

well known of the trails is the Tower Trail, which leads to the tower that Cone built to gain a 360-degree of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At the halfway point of the Tower Trail, a short side trail—the Graveyard Trail—runs to the Cone Graveyard, where Cone, his wife Bertha and her sisters Clementine and Sophie Lindau are buried. Easy

Boone Fork Trail – Milepost 296.4 At 4.9 miles, the Boone Fork Trail is longer than most and slightly strenuous. During the wintertime, it is one of the most beautiful hikes in the area with several stream crossings mixed with snow-topped rocks and foliage. Strenuous

Price Lake – Milepost 297.2

Linn Cove Viaduct (milepost 304.4)

The Price Lake Trail is ideal for larger groups or those looking for something a little less strenuous. The 2.4-mile loop around the Price Lake is suitable for hikers of any level. Views of Grandfather Mountain can be seen from the trail, which runs primarily along the lake’s shore. Easy to Moderate visitor’s guide Winter 2009

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The Blue Ridge Parkway in 1987 by way of unique engineering and specially designed materials. For no other reason than to marvel at the engineering feat, the Viaduct is a must stop along the parkway.

Wilson Creek Overlook– Milepost 302 High above the waters of Wilson Creek, which originates on Grandfather Mountain, this overlook is the perfect opportunity to witness the High Country first-hand. On perfectly clear days, visitors have reported sighting the Charlotte skyline.

Beacon Heights via Tanawha Trail – Milepost 305.2 Beacon Heights is a mere 0.7 miles round trip that leads to a south-facing dome where Mt. Mitchell and Linville Gorge are visible. From the parking lot, walk across SR 1513, which parallels the Parkway. Enter the woods where the sign says TANAWHA TRAIL BEACON HEIGHTS 0.2. The path forks at Tanawha and Mountains-to-Sea Trails. Follow trail signs marked Beacon Heights Trail to the right. moderate

Rough Ridge via Tanawha Trail– Milepost 302.8 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 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 leads to boardwalks with 360-degree views of the High Country. Moderate to Strenuous

Flatrock Self-guiding Loop Trail – Milepost 308.3

Linn Cove Viaduct – Milepost 304.4 As the final piece of the parkway, the Viaduct was built from the “top down”

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Flatrock Trail is a self-guided tour of local tree species and rock names with twenty interpretive signs. The trail is only a short distance to Flat Rock, where, on a clear day, views are extensive. Moderate


Hikers get a bird’s eye view of Grandfather’s foothills from the popular Rough Ridge trail. Look for the hikers on the wooden walkway on the rocky ridgeline in the foreground of this picture.

Daniel Boone Scout Trail – Milepost 299.9 Ascending about 2,000 feet in 3 miles, the Daniel Boone Scout Trail runs from the Tanawha Trail to the summit of Calloway Peak, which, at 5,964 feet, stands as the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. Extraordinary views, including one of Price Park and one of the Linn Cove Viaduct, punctuate the trail, which intersects the Cragway Trail about halfway up, at Flat Rock View. In-place ladders and cables help hikers negotiate the steep sections right before Calloway Peak. Although permits are no longer needed to hike on Grandfather, self-registration is required to hike the Daniel Boone Scout Trail. To self-register, fill-out a form at the Self-Registration Box at the head of the Tanawha trailhead. Strenuous

Grandfather Trail to Calloway Peak – Milepost 305.1 At 5,964 feet, Calloway Peak is the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is part of Grandfather Mountain, which has

several other high altitude peaks, including MacRae Peak (5,939 ft.). Calloway can be accessed via multiple trails, but the Grandfather Mountain Trail, for its boulder formations and beautiful evergreen forests, remains a favorite. Additionally, the Grandfather Trail is only a short distance from the Parkway. Travel south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Highway 221 intersection at milepost 305, then take 221 South for 1 mile to the entrance of Grandfather Mountain. The Grandfather Trail begins at the highest parking lot, opposite the Linville Peak Visitor Center. Strenuous.

Mt. Mitchell – Milepost 355.3 Mt. Mitchell is the tallest mountain peak east of the Mississippi River. As such, it deserves a place on every High Country traveler’s itinerary, especially because it is located in Mt. Mitchell State Park – North Carolina’s first state park. The only motorized access point is at milepost 355.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the summit can be reached by three separate trails. Moderate to Strenuous

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Appalachian Trail near Hump Mtn. Photo by Randy Johnson

more Winter Hikes

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inter hiking is perhaps the best-kept secret of the High Country. With the leafless trees and snowy landscapes, a cold winter hike offers challenges and rewards not found during the summer months. The entire forest reveals itself as if a curtain has been pulled, and you are able to see for miles deep, observe interesting mountain geography and delight in winter fun. Read on to learn about ideal winter hikes. Bass Lake is one of the two lakes the “Denim King” Moses Cone constructed on his 3,500-acre property and stocked with fish, at the advice of his friend and fellow conservationist Gifford Pinchot. Bass Lake offers an easy-to-walk, scenic loop featuring views not only of the lake, but also of Cone’s striking Flat Top Manor, which sits on a nearby hill. To get to Bass Lake, follow Highway 221 South from Blowing Rock for less than a mile, and a small parking lot is on the right side of the road.

Boone Greenway Trail The Boone Greenway Trail offers a hiking/jogging/biking option that allows a quick, scenic getaway without leaving town. The easy trail, several miles long, connects the new Watauga High School, the Boone Wastewater Treatment Plant, Watauga County Parks and Recreation parking lots and passes under Highway 321 to Pride Drive. The Boone Greenway Trail can be 54

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Bass Lake

Walking Path around Bass Lake. Photo by Ken Ketchie

accessed from several different areas, but the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Complex offers the most parking. From Deerfield Road, turn onto State Farm Road and then make a right onto Hunting Hills Lane. From the Highway 105 Extension, turn onto State Farm Road and make a left onto Hunting Hills Lane. For those who want a quick walk, a separate parking lot off Deerfield Road allows access to a 0.4-mile loop, and this parking lot can also be the starting point for walking further on the trail.


Elk Knob State Park Slightly less than 10 miles from Boone, Elk Knob State Park boasts the second highest peak in Watauga County and the newest trail in the High Country, which leads up to Elk Knob’s 5,520foot summit. The trail is not completely finished, and hikers must follow a steep, rocky road for the final stretch. The expansive views from the summit include Grandfather Mountain and Mt. Mitchell to the south and Mt. Jefferson, Pilot Mountain, Mt. Rogers (the highest peak in Virginia) and other peaks to the northeast. Picnic facilities are located at the base of Elk Knob. From Boone, follow Highway 194 for less than four miles, make a left onto meat Camp Road and drive 5.5 miles before turning right into the park.

Linville Gorge/Falls 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 1.6-mile Erwin’s View Trail, which begins at the Visitor Center. To get to the Linville Gorge Visitor Center, take Hwy 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 Hwy 183. Then turn left onto SR 1238 or Kistler Memorial Highway. Trailheads are marked by parking areas on the left.

Profile Trail – Grandfather Mountain Spectacular views and challenging terrain. The trail to the top is three miles long, rising more than 2,000 feet in elevation. The first mile is fairly easy but becomes more challenging quickly. The profile trail requires a permit, which can be purchased for $5 at the Grandfather Mountain offices or at several area outfitters and gas stations. To reach the Profile Trail entrance, take Highway 105 south from Boone. Parking is on the left, just past Foscoe.

Stone Mountain State Park With more than 14,000 acres of protected land, Stone Mountain State Park trails vary from moderate to strenuous, and lead to several park 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 Hwy 21 South to Roaring Gap. The park entrance located off of SR 1002, seven miles south of Roaring Gap.

BEECH MTN TRAIL SYSTEM

Profile Trail on Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Randy Johnson

After all that skiing on Beech, you’ll need to take a moment to stretch those tight leg muscles. Beech Mountain offers more than 20 miles of trails for novice to advanced hikers. Check out Upper Pond Creek Trail, a local favorite and an easy one-miler; Wild Iris Loop Trail, a moderate 1.6mile loop that is great for cross-country skiing; or Grassy Gap Creek Trail, an easy to moderate historical two-mile hike. For more info, contact Town of Beech at 828-387-4236. visitor’s guide Winter 2009

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take a drive

NORTH CAROLINA’S DESIGNATED SCENIC ROADWAYS As you make your way to the High Country this winter, don’t stop driving. Across our state the NCDOT has designated 48 Scenic By-Ways for their allure, culture and mystery. The High Country has three of these Scenic By-Ways and they give you the opportunity to really cover some ground. Along these byways, you’ll find park attractions, small mountain towns and historic landmarks. Try to make frequent stops and wander off the beaten path to really catch a glimpse of what is truly Appalachian beauty. See for miles into the forest. Watch the flow of roadside streams and rivers. These roads set the stage for welcoming one of the most breath-taking times of year: winter.

SEE OUR ROADMAP ON PAGES 22 & 23 OF THIS GUIDE Highway 194 from Vilas to Elk Park

Highways 194 & 88: From Boone to Laurel Springs

Highway 221 from Blowing Rock to Linville

Length: 17 miles

Length: 18 miles Watauga & Ashe Counties It starts in Boone at the New Market Shopping Ctn. 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, hop back on 194 for 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.

Length: 18 miles Watauga & Avery Counties

Watauga & Avery Counties

Begin drive 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. Eventually, you’ll arrive in Banner Elk, home of LeesMcRae College. Then, continue your drive along the winding road to Elk Park site of the 60 foot Elk Park Waterfall. 56

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Take Hwy 221 south from Blowing Rock, after the Parkway turnoff, you’ll pass 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. Finally, after seeing another Parkway entrance, you’ll arrive at Grandfather Mountain. The byway ends in Linville at the intersection of Hwys. 221 and 105.


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Ever Been A Snow Artist?

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Whiter Winter Predicted for 2009-10 The 50-year average annual snowfall for Boone is 41.2 inches, but Dr. Ray Russell of RaysWeather. com predicts that snowfall over the 2009-10 winter will total 45 inches in Boone, 50 inches in Banner Elk and 90 inches in Beech Mountain. His prediction puts expected snowfall this winter at 110 percent of the 50-year average and 155 percent of the 10-year average—pretty good odds for planning a snowman-making afternoon in the High Country!

hey do exist! Yep, now that you have ascended into the High Country, you’ve finally arrived in one of those seemingly mythical places where it snows enough every winter to build a real snowman! Forget about just dreaming of becoming a real snow artist and carve out an afternoon with the family bundled up making memories in a snowcovered field this season— you’ll find that snowmen do exist! And don’t forget to make a snow angel while you’re at it—they exist too!

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Calendar of Events December 2009 4 Downtown Boone Art Crawl, downtown galleries and businesses, 828262-4532 5-6

48th Anniversary Weekend, Appalachian Ski Mountain, $5 day session lift tickets, 828-295-7828

5 Holiday Farmers’ Market, Ashe County Farmers’ Market, Backstreet, West Jefferson, 336-877-4141 5-6

The Christmas Concert, Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, 828-898-8709

6 Valle Crucis Fireside Tour, Valle Crucis, 828-963-6511

9 National Winter Trails Day, guided snowshoe tours, Sugar Mountain Resort, 828-898-4521 10 Edge of the World: Big Air Competition, Ski Beech, Beech Mountain, 828-387-2011 10

Blowing Rock Jazz Society January Jam, Meadowbrook Inn, Blowing Rock, 828-295-4300

12 Septuagenarian (70& older) Party, Sugar Mountain Resort. A party to recognize Sugar’s “Senior Citizen Skiers” 828-898-4521 22 NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players: The Pirates of Penzance, Farthing Auditorium, ASU, 828-262-4046

11-13 Adult Preseason Ski Clinic, Sugar Mountain Resort, 828-898-4521

23 Hip-Hop Rail Jam & After Party featuring Slick Rick, Beech Mountain Resort

12 Holiday Farmers’ Market, Ashe County Farmers’ Market, Backstreet, West Jefferson, 336-877-4141

23-24 Winterfest, Ski Beech at Beech Mountain, Includes Bathing Beauty Contest and popular Cardboard Box Derby. Call 1-800438-2093 for details

12 Downtown Boone Christmas Parade, King Street, 828-262-4532 12-13 The Nutcracker Ballet, Farthing Auditorium, ASU, 828-265-4111 12-13 SugarFest, Sugar Mountain Resort, 828-898-4521 17 Holiday Fresh Market, Wallingford Street, downtown Blowing Rock, 828-295-7851 18-19 Ensemble Stage Company Presents Christmas in Blowing Rock, 828-406-2884 25 Christmas Day Ice Skating, Appalachian Ski Mountain, 828-295-7828 25 Christmas Day Tubing Sessions, Hawksnest, Seven Devils, 828-963-6561 26-27 USSA Holiday Slalom and Giant Slalom Competition, Sugar Mountain Resort, for licensed USSA racers only. Early registration is required. 828-898-4521 27-28 Horse and Carriage Rides, Chetola Resort, Blowing Rock, 828-295-5500 29

Bonfire and Hayrides, Beech Mountain Town Hall, 828-387-9283

31 New Year’s Eve Bash and Fireworks, Ski Beech, Beech Mountain, reservations at 828-387-2011 31 New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, Appalachian Ski Mountain, 828-295-7828 31 New Year’s Celebration, Sugar Mountain Resort, reservations at 828-898-4521 ext. 233

January 2010 3 Shred for the Cup Slopestyle, Appalachian Ski Mountain, 828-295-7828 60

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MLK Commemoration featuring Nikki Giovanni, Farthing Auditorium, ASU, 828-262-6252

28-31 Winterfest, downtown Blowing Rock, Includes the chili cook-off, Polar Plunge at Chetola Lake, ice carving and more! Call 800-295-7851 for more information. 30 Coffee House Talent Night, West Jefferson Methodist Church Hensley Hall, 336-846-2787 31

USSA Giant Slalom Competition, Sugar Mountain Resort, 828-898-4521

31 Edge of the World: Slopestyle, Ski Beech, Beech Mountain, 828-387-2011

February 2010 6 Appalachian Philharmonia, Ashe Civic Center, West Jefferson, 336-846-2787 12 APPropos! Vocal Ensemble, Ashe Civic Center, West Jefferson, 336-846-2787 12 Valentine’s with Todd Wright & Friends, Rosen Concert Hall, ASU, 828-262-3020 14 Edge of the World: Presidents Rail Jam, Ski Beech, Beech Mountain, 828-387-2011 20 Lily Tomlin, Farthing Auditorium, ASU, 828-262-4046 20 Shred for the Cup Big Air, Appalachian Ski Mountain, 828-295-7828 21 Sugar Bear’s Birthday Celebration, Sugar Mountain Resort, 828-898-4521 24-28 ASU Theatre: Prelude to a Kiss, Valborg Theatre, ASU, 828-262-3028


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