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Throughout the year, Boone celebrates with community observances and events.

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Welcome to Boone, our hometown A

s mayor of the town of Boone, it is my pleasure to welcome and thank you for choosing our beautiful town as your vacation spot or home. I hope you have the opportunity to take advantage of our many unique restaurants and shopping, as well as the seasonal activities.

In January 2012, Boone was ranked fourth in Forbes’ article, “America’s Fastest-Growing Small Towns,” and Velos News’ Ultimate Ride Guide named Boone as one of the Top 9 North American hotspots for cycling. Tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains, be sure to venture into our vibrant downtown area, stop by the famous Mast General Store for sweets from the Candy Barrel, explore the Daniel Boone Native Gardens and catch an App State football game. You’ll quickly see just how friendly everyone here can be. Whether you’re getting some fresh air and exercise on our Greenway Trail, or even just relaxing somewhere quiet, enjoying our one-of-a-kind mountain views, we hope you will see why so many people visit our great town and never want to leave. On behalf of the town of Boone, we welcome you and hope you enjoy your visit.

Sincerely, Loretta Clawson mayor

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A statue of Daniel Boone and his hunting dogs can be found on the Appalachian State University campus, and viewed from Rivers Street by motorists and pedestrians. The monument was presented to the community in 1999 during ASU’s centennial year. Side photo is of the builder of a monument marking where Boone is believed to have camped in town. The monument, rebuilt today, is also located off Rivers Street and near where the Boone statue is situated. FILE PHOTOS


Pioneers carve out a place we call home



ncorporated in 1872, the town of Boone was named for the legendary pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone. Boone is believed to have roamed the area on hunting expeditions and stayed at a cabin here, and the nearby community of Meat Camp hearkens back to those activities. “They definitely had a presence in this area,” said Michelle Ligon, who shares the area’s history as chairwoman of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association. It’s hard to travel in Boone without seeing signs of the frontiersman’s legacy. The local high school mascot is the Pioneer, and Appalachian State University athletes call themselves Mountaineers. Boone’s nephew, Jesse Boone, lived in a log cabin in the vicinity of what is today Price Park, and logs from that cabin were used in the construction of the Squire Boone cabin, a replica structure set on the grounds of the Daniel Boone

Native Gardens. Adjacent to the native gardens, the pioneer’s past is celebrated each year with “Horn in the West,” one of the state’s oldest continually running outdoor dramas. A lot has changed since Daniel Boone walked these hills and valleys, but residents still pride themselves on embodying his outdoor spirit and resilience. Today, those residents number about 17,000 in Boone, which is the county seat of Watauga County. The downtown area of Boone has thrived even as it aged. Many of the buildings built there in the late 1800s and early 1900s have since been refurbished and hold vibrant businesses still today. The Daniel Boone Hotel, once listed on the National Register of Historic Places, stood as a King Street landmark from 1925 until the late 1970s, when it was demolished. Other sites with historical significance that are still standing include Boone Drug, Mast General Store, Dan’l Boone Inn, the Jones House and the Boone Post Office.

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The Daniel Boone Hotel on King Street in downtown Boone once greeted the many visitors to the area.


This is a 1928 look at the town of Boone. Area residents celebrate Watauga’s centennial in 1949.

Homes with detailed woodwork dotted the landscape in the early years of the town.

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It won’t be long before the golds, yellows, browns and reds of the mountains will turn shades of white.

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Seasons offer something for everyone


BY SHERRIE NORRIS here’s an old saying around Boone that if you don’t like the weather, just hang around for five minutes and it will

change. Longtime residents can attest to the fact that Boone weather usually doesn’t stay the same for long periods of time. At just 3,300 feet in elevation — the highest elevation of any town with a population of more than 10,000 east of the Mississippi River — Boone is known as the “perfect place” to not only live, but to visit. Many people who come for a visit decide to stay forever. Among their top reasons for moving here include the distinction between each seasons — and the climate, in general. It’s rarely too hot, although it can be too cold, but for most people, it’s just right. With summer temperatures averaging in the mid- to high-70s, Boone has

Fall brings with it the annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk which features worm races to determine a winner to help predict the coming winter. become a destination for many reasons — from weddings to outdoor festivals and

sporting opportunities, including golfing, swimming, fishing, mountain biking,

canoeing, rafting and rock climbing. The comfortable months between April and November find the roads leading to Boone filled with cars representing many states, and in particular, Florida, with many retirees escaping the heat of the deep South for the comfortable clime of Boone. A little rain with moderating temperatures is often expected, and welcomed, in the spring and again in the fall. Nature usually provides its own spectacular fireworks display with occasional storms set off by short-lived humidity during the heat of summer. Autumn brings with it an amazing foliage presentation of color, with “leaflookers” crowding the scenic roadways in and near Boone, and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Historically known for winter snows that have inched up to several feet at a time, Boone is also a prime spot for skiers and snowboarders, with an average temperature of about 40 degrees. Whatever the weather, Boone is a great place to be at any time of the year.

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The Appalachian State University campus sits in the heart of Boone.


Education intertwined in Boone’s past and future

Watauga County Schools students study together for upcoming assignments and tests.



t’s hard to imagine the town of Boone without its educational roots. In 1899, brothers Blanford B. Doughterty and Dauphin D. Dougherty founded Watauga Academy in Boone based on their desire to educate teachers. The school changed in 1929 into a four-year degree institution called Appalachian State Teachers College. The college underwent transformation between 1955 and 1969 under president William H. Plemmons, who took it from a college with a singular focus to a regional university. In 1967, Appalachian State University was born. The university now enrolls about 17,000 students and offers more than 150 degree programs. ASU is one of 16 college campuses in the University of North Carolina system. While still known for producing excellent educators, the school also has set itself apart in recent years in a variety of fields. In 2011, a team from the college gained worldwide attention through the Solar Decathlon, a competition that tasks teams with planning, constructing and operating a solar-powered house. Of course, you can’t talk long about ASU without hearing about its athletic prowess, which includes three consecutive football CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

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The new Watauga High School serves 1,465 students in ninth- through 12th-grades.


national championships in NCAA Division I. The Mountaineers were featured on the front page of Sports Illustrated after a stunning upset win against Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2007. The focus on education trickles down to the K-12 level, where the majority of local families are served by Watauga County Schools. The school system includes eight K-8 schools — no middle schools — and a single high school, Watauga High School. The former high school building closed in 2010 to give way for an expansive new high school. Historically, Watauga County has enjoyed strong student performance and high teaching standards, competing in the top tier of school systems statewide. In fact, Watauga County teacher Darcy Grimes currently serves as the 2012-13 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Her peers also excel in educating students, with about a quarter of teachers and administrators certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Watauga County Schools currently serves more than 4,500 students. Boone is also home to Two Rivers Community School, a public charter school


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Recreation aplenty

The High Country is host to the annual Blood, Sweat and Gears bike ride, which is a major fundraiser for the Watauga-Avery chapter of the American Red Cross. FILE PHOTOS

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hen it comes to athletics and recreation, Boone is one of the most unique places in North Carolina. Upon arrival to Boone, the recreational opportunities are obvious. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide plenty of places to hike, mountain climb, go cycling or river rafting. And, that’s only for the summer months. The winter months offer a time when people in the region can enjoy some of the best CONTINUED ON PAGE 11

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Numerous opportunities exist for adults and youngsters to take part in running events, such as the Mayview Madness 5K in Blowing Rock.

SPORTS APLENTY FOR ALL FROM PAGE 10 downhill skiing in the Appalachian Mountain Range. Appalachian Ski Mountain is located just 15 minutes from downtown Boone. It is home to the French-Swiss Ski School, and offers several trails for beginners to experts. Appalachian Ski Mountain, which also has an outdoor skating rink, is located just off U.S. 321 south of Boone. There are other resorts that are located just west of Boone, including Sugar Mountain Ski Area and Beech Mountain Ski Resort. Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zip Line is also located just off N.C. 105 in Seven Devils. There are also several places to rent ski equipment either in or around Boone. The ski resorts also rent skis, boots and poles to customers. Boone also has a bowling ally located in the city limits, and a roller skating rink is located west of town on U.S. 421 Traditional athletics are also common in Boone. Local residents enjoy what the Watauga Parks and Recreation Departments offer, such as Little League and Junior League baseball, and recreational softball, soccer and volleyball opportunities.

Most of the games are played at Optimist Park or at the Industrial Fields located near the Parks and Recreation offices off State Farm Road. The director of the Watauga Parks and Recreation is Steve Poulos. The contact number is (828) 264-9511. The number to the swim complex is (828) 264-0270. Boone is home to the High Country Soccer Association, which has teams that play throughout the western half of North Carolina. The High Country is also host to the annual Blood, Sweat and Gears bike ride, which is the major fundraiser for the Watauga-Avery chapter of the American Red Cross. Boone resident Reid Beloni finished first in the bike ride last year. The ride consists of a 100-mile course that is open to 750 cyclists from across the country. A 50-mile ride consisting of 500 riders was opened to keep up with the demand for riders to take part. Registration for the next ride opens at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 1. The fee for both rides is $65. For more information, go to www. There is no registration on race day. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13

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If you prefer watching sports rather than participating, Appalachian State University and Watauga High School have seasonal events which draws crowds. Above is a home football game at Appalachian State University. PHOTO BY STEVE BEHR


Watauga’s public school system offers traditional sports for its middle school and high school students. The middle schools offer football and volleyball in the fall, and basketball in the spring. Watauga High School is a member of the Northwestern 4-A/3-A Conference, and offers numerous sports opportunities. The Pioneers have fall teams of football, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross-country, girls’ golf, girls’ tennis and boys’ soccer. Watauga’s winter sports include boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling and boys’ and girls’ swimming. Spring is when things are busiest at Watauga High. The athletic department offers baseball, softball, girls’ soccer, boys’ tennis, boys’ and girls’ track and field and both boys’ and

FROM PAGE 11 girls’ lacrosse, Boone is also home to Appalachian State, which has a Division I athletic program that is a member of the Southern Conference. Appalachian State is primarily known for its football team, which has won three national Football Championship Subdivision championships, 11 Southern Conference championships and currently has nine former players on NFL rosters. Appalachian State plays its football games at Kidd Brewer Stadium, which underwent a major renovation that ended in 2008. The stadium, which was first constructed in 1962 under the name of Conrad Stadium, is celebrating its 50th year as home to the Mountaineers. The George M. Holmes Convocation Center is the home of the

Mountaineers’ men’s and women’s basketball teams. The women’s team, coached by Darcie Vincent, reached the third round of the Women’s NIT in 2012. Appalachian State’s men’s team reached the NCAA Tournament in 2000. Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium is the home of Appalachian State’s baseball team, which made the NCAA regional tournament in 2012 for the first time since 1986. Appalachian State’s men’s and women’s soccer teams play at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex, which is also the home to many recreational soccer games. The phone number to the Appalachian State athletics ticket office is (828) 262-2079. Tickets can also be purchased at the Holmes Center or online at

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Downtown vendors are often set up along main street in downtown Boone selling their specialty PHOTO BY CHARLIE PRICE wares.

Shoppers can kick up their heels in these custom cowboy boots featuring the ASU insignia. The boots can be found at Watsonatta PHOTO BY CHARLIE PRICE Western World in downtown Boone.

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A shopper visits ArtWalk, a gift and art gallery, in downtown Boone.


Shopper’s paradise BY SHERRIE NORRIS


hether you’re looking for a hometown label or those from nationally recognized chain stores, Boone can provide it all. This quaint mountain town offers a shopping experience as diverse as those found in much larger cities. Boone is known for its smal-town charm, accentuated by an eclectic grouping of specialty shops, boutiques and a historic general mercantile. The town also boasts the presence of an indoor mall, complete with department stores, wedding and formal wear shops, and those focusing on electronics, shoes, sporting goods and more. Looking for the large-scale retail chain stores? You will find at least four of those in Boone, too. Whether you’re searching for designer fashions or work clothes, a new refrigerator, a bed, a car, a pet or a manu-

factured home, Boone will most likely have what you want and need. You don’t have to drive far to find new- or used-furniture stores, toy stores, antique and music shops, places to purchase your art and craft supplies, fresh-baked goods, flower bouquets, bikes, jewelry, auto part and medication. How about those cowboy boots, snow chains, art and home décor, lawn mowers, building or plumbing supplies? Boone has it all. Love browsing through gently used clothing and collectibles? Consignment, thrift stores and galleries are abundant in Boone. From early spring through late autumn, homegrown fruits, vegetables and handmade crafts are staples at the farmers’ market. Need a Christmas tree, plants or ornamental shrubs? They’re just a hillside away. Whether it’s a nostalgic, window-shopping stroll down King Street that you long for or a quick run into a corner drugstore that you need, Boone will prove to be the perfect shopping stop for you and our family.

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On stage Stars of the Sea Studios will present ‘Dragons of the Mountains’ Oct. 27 and 28 at Appalachian State University.


Boone is a hub for entertainment


oone and Appalachian State University have served as a powerful incubator for the performing arts for decades. Whether its theater, dance or live music you’re looking for, Boone’s got something for everyone.

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Appalachian State University in Boone is a great resource for finding live music, theater and dance performances. This year, Farthing Auditorium is being renovated and will open at the beginning of An Appalachian Summer Festival in July 2013 as the new Schaefer Center for the Arts. Until then, expect ASU to show some creativity when it comes to putting on shows. Look for acts to take the stage at small arenas such as I.G. Greer Theatre to the cavernous

behemoth that is the Holmes Convocation Center. Star of the Sea Studios presents “Dragons of the Mountains” at ASU’s Broyhill Events Center on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28. The show starts at 8 p.m. each evening and tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children and students. This original theater work utilizes exquisite puppets, masks, poetry and song, video, photography and live music to weave story and place in a mythical Appalachian landscape. The North Carolina Dance Festival returns to Boone for three nights of exciting modern dance. The event takes place ASU’s Valborg Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through SaturCONTINUED ON PAGE 19

Ali Fruit is among Appalachian State University dance students performing in the North Carolina Dance Festival on PHOTO BY STEVE CLARK campus Oct. 25-27.

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On Thursday, Nov. 1, ASU’s Performing Arts Series presents “Connecting Crossroads” with Daniel Bernard Roumain and Laurelyn Dossett. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Valborg Theatre. Beginning as an inspirational musical journey through our state, the music and experiences that have been born from this two-year collaboration between composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, North Carolina singer and songwriter Laurelyn Dossett and arts presenters across North Carolina has been nothing short of groundbreaking. Last January, the artists travelled from the mountains to the coast, seeking stories to inspire a new collection of musical works that reflect the people and places of North Carolina. Roumain is renowned for seamlessly blending funk, rock, hip-hop and classical music. Dossett brings the sound of Southern folk music to this project. This fall, the two musicians return to each of the host communities to share the music inspired by the state’s unique character and cultural traditions. Musical events in Boone (Nov. 1) and West Jefferson (Nov. 2) will be preceded by a week of residency work in Watauga and Ashe counties, in partnership with the Ashe County Arts Council. On Saturday, Nov. 10, ASU brings the Butoh Dance Theatre to Boone.

Appalachian State University dance student Becca Jones will perform with the North Carolina PHOTO BY STEVE CLARK Dance Festival on campus Oct. 25-27.


day, Oct. 25-27. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students and children. The event will showcase eight professional dance companies, along with two student choreographed pieces and one faculty work. Appalachian is NCDF’s second stop on its five-city 2012 tour. Performances feature festival founder Jan Van Dyke, along with other nationally acclaimed dance artists for a three-night celebration of statewide talent. Originating at UNC-Greensboro in 1991 as a part of the North Carolina Dance Project, the NCDF strives to expose different parts of the state to dance performances and creates a vibrant community of dancers and choreographers.

The play “Middletown” by Will Eno is a humorous look at life and death and the struggle to get through the day without killing yourself. Mary Swanson just moved to Middletown. About to have her first child, she is eager to enjoy the neighborly bonds a small town promises. But life in Middletown is complicated: neighbors are near strangers and moments of connection are fleeting. “Middletown” is a playful, poignant portrait of a town with two lives, one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious. “Middletown” is presented at I.G. Greer Theatre Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 and Nov. 7 through Nov. 11, with performances each evening at 7:30 and additional Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students.

Page 19 The internationally acclaimed dance troupe will perform in Valborg Theater at 7:30 p.m. Butoh guest artist Paul Ibey will present his original Butoh Dance Theatre piece, “Korrat” (Harvest). Butoh is an avant-garde dance theater form that originated in Japan after World War II. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. This performance is made possible with support from the ASU Office of Cultural Affairs. The Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble will take place Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 14-17. Performances are each evening at 7:30 at Valborg Theatre, and tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. This annual fall concert features faculty and student work. ASU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present the annual New Play Festival Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 at I.G. Greer Studio. The New Play Festival presents an opportunity for students to shine as it features several one-act plays that are written, produced, performed and directed by Appalachian students with minimal faculty support. The festival is hosted by Appalachian’s theater club Playcrafters, an active voice in Appalachian theater since 1933. Performances are each evening at 7:30.

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Visit for awhile, won’t you? Entertainment flourishes in downtown Boone with offerings at the Jones House Community Center, from street musicians and at the various nighttime gathering places. A tribute to Watauga County’s legendary Doc Watson is in the center of downtown, right off King Street. The statue draws many to stop and sit awhile, or to reflect on the music Watson shared with so many. PHOTO BY CHARLIE PRICE

Calendar: Upcoming events in and around Boone FROM STAFF REPORTS


ur hometown is a busy town, with events and activities that keep calendars full and residents active. Here are some highlights and goings-on that’ll help wrap up 2012.

Oct. 23 READING: by poet and essayist C.S. Giscombe will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Table Rock Room, second floor of the Plemmons Union at Appalachian State University in Boone. For more information, visit www.visitingwriters.

Oct. 26 ‘DRAGONS IN THE MOUNTAIN’: a theatrical production will be presented at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Broyhill Events Center, 755 Bodenheimer Drive, Boone. This original theater work produced by Star of the Seas Studios utilizes exquisite puppets, masks, poetry and song, video, photography and live music to create a layered tableau, weaving story and place in a mythical Appalachian landscape. For more information, visit

Oct. 29 HAUNTED HORN GHOST TRAIL: will be held at 9 p.m. Oct. 29-31. The Southern Appalachian Historical Association and the ASU Teaching Fellows present the event on the grounds of Horn in the West and Hickory Ridge Living History Museum in Boone. For more information, call (828)

264-2120. Oct. 31 BOO BOONE HALLOWEEN EVENT: Ghosts, ghouls and goblins hit the streets of downtown Boone for the 12th annual Downtown Boo! on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The fun begins at 4 p.m. at the Watauga County Library with crafts and activities for youngsters. At 4:30 p.m., from the library will be a parade for children to the Jones House Community Center, followed by trick-or-treating with the merchants in downtown Boone until 6 p.m. For more information, visit the following www. Nov. 1 CONNECTING CROSSROADS IN NORTH CAROLINA: a musical program inspired by the state will feature Daniel Bernard Roumain and Laurelyn Dossett. The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Valborg Theatre, 408 Howard St., Boone. For more information, visit http://pas. Nov. 2 DOWNTOWN BOONE ART CRAWL: begins at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in downtown Boone. Stroll to galleries, listen to music, meet the artists and enjoy a meal with friends. For more information, visit Nov. 10 MOUNTAINEER HOME FOOTBALL GAME: is at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Kidd Brewer Stadium at Appalachian State University,

Boone. It’s ASU vs. Furman, and it’s Black Saturday. Nov. 17 WINEXPO: (Peabody’s 34th anniversary Charity Wine Tasting Event) will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street in Boone. There will be hundreds of wines to taste, food from the area’s finest restaurants and live music. Tickets are being sold at Peabody’s in Boone. For more information, visit Nov. 22 SECOND ANNUAL HIGH COUNTRY TURKEY TROT: will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Boone Greenway Trail, Hunting Hills Lane (Watauga Parks and Recreation lot), Boone. The timed 5K run will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with casual walkers, with runners and joggers starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $25 for adults and teens and $10 for children 12 and younger. Every preregistered participant will receive a commemorative long sleeve T-shirt. All ages are welcome; it’s family, children and pet friendly. Register online at All participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable items for donation as well. Nov. 24 MOUNTAIN HOME MUSIC: A Celtic Christmas concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone. Anne Lough from Asheville plays the mountain and hammer dulcimer, the autoharp and the guitar. She

and some of her MHM friends will play Celtic folk songs, Christmas classics and old-time. Admission. For more information, call (828) 964-3392. Dec. 1 MOUNTAIN HOME MUSIC: An Appalachian Christmas concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone. Mountain Home Music closes its season each year with a free Christmas concert. In place of admission, a collection is taken and 100 percent of the proceeds go the Santa’s Toy Box and the Hospitality House. Featured will be The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys’ Scott Freeman, Steve Lewis, Josh Scott and David Johnson, plus Mary Greene, Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, and the Mountain Laurels. For more information, call (828) 964-3392. BOONE CHRISTMAS PARADE: will be held beginning at 11 a.m. Dec. 1. Join Santa Claus and all your friends and neighbors on King Street in downtown Boone for the parade. For more information, visit index.cfm/news-and-events/downtownboone-events. Dec. 7 DOWNTOWN BOONE ART CRAWL: begins at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in downtown Boone. Stroll to galleries, listen to music, meet the artists, and enjoy a meal with friends. For more information, visit the following html.

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ollege town culture, a small town atmosphere, Appalachian traditions, abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, eclectic dining and fantastic weather — all reasons to consider settling down in Boone. The High Country real estate market continues to rebound, with sales hitting a three-year high in August 2012, according to the High Country Association of Realtors. There were 133 Realtor-assisted sales that month, the most since 133 were sold in August 2009. The total value was $31.4 million, the second straight month sales surpassed $30 million. The High Country hasn’t had backto-back $30 million months since July and August 2009, according to the High County Multiple Listing Service. The median price of a home sold was $195,300, which indicates buyers’ market conditions continue. “Summer is traditionally a strong buying season with an additional market influx in the fall,” said Laurie Phillips, execu-

tive officer of High Country Association of Realtors. “With low interest rates and a solid inventory, we are seeing more buyers looking to invest in the High Country.” Dating back to March, High Country Realtors have reported sales of more than 100 for every month but one. Since May there have been 475 listings sold, the most in a four-month span since 514 were sold from July to October 2008. Sales are also speeding up. The average time a sold listing spent on the market in August 2012 was 213 days, the shortest such time span in more than a year. According to the National Association of Realtors, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage has been below 4 percent all year. Sales of previously occupied homes jumped 10 percent in July from a year earlier, while sales of newly built homes increased 25 percent in the same period. “From a buyer’s standpoint, it’s probably one of the best investments you can make,” said Nena Alsaker, president of High Country Association of Realtors.

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Restaurants in the High Country


F The Dan’l Boone Inn serves up home cooking family style.


or its small-town atmosphere, Boone is all about variety. This is made all the more evident with one simple question: “Where should we eat?” From down-home country cooking at the Dan’l Boone Inn to well-spiced curries at Cha Da Thai to chicken parm with a side of jazz at Joe’s Jazzed Up, Boone has your palette covered. Dan Meyer, president of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, puts it best. “Something for everyone,” he said, “and second to none. But, of course, like others who call the High Country home, we are a little prejudiced.”

Downtown The downtown Boone experience isn’t complete without a stop at one of the district’s celebrated eateries, all within walking distance and all uniquely delectable.

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828-262-1836 2408 HWY. 105, BOONE, NC

Amalfi’s 957 Rivers St. (828) 386-1137 Sitting on the border of downtown Boone is the area’s newest Italian eatery, Amalfi’s. Its Italian owners take diners on a “food tour” of Italy, featuring rotating specials from 20 different Italian regions, allowing repeat visitors the chance to try a new locale and culinary adventure from week to week.

Black Cat Burrito 127 South Depot St. (828) 263-9511 www.blackcatburrito. com In some circles, black cats mean bad luck. In Boone, Black Cat means good burritos. For more than a decade, this downtown Boone favorite has crafted flavorful homemade burritos for the masses. But the menu doesn’t stop there. Expect nachos, enchiladas, salads and a full bar to complement anyone’s craving. Boone Bagelry 516 W. King St. (828) 262-5585 www.boonebagelry. com Established in 1988, Boone Bagelry gives new meaning to the term, “Wake and bake.” Although it specializes in bagels (including the legendary “Bagelicious” breakfast sandwich), the local and ever-popular downtown diner serves a variety of breakfast items all day long, while also taking time to please the lunch crowd with freshmade sandwiches. Boone Drug at King Street 202 W. King St. (828) 264-9231 Although the fountain at Boone Drug Downtown has faded into history, Boone Drug at King Street is keeping a piece of the legend alive. Boone Drug at King Street, located right next to Earth Fare, first opened in 1966, and it still offers a full-service pharmacy, over-the-counter health-

care items, a bountiful gift selection and, of course, a soda fountain and grill reminiscent of the time of its opening.

Boone Saloon 489 West King Street (828) 264-1811 Located in the heart of downtown Boone, the Boone Saloon is host to some of the area’s premier musical acts. It’s also host to a bountiful menu with plenty of fan favorites. Need more info? Just say “Taco Tuesday.” Café Portofino 970 Rivers Street (828) 264-7772 Savory sandwiches, creatively crafted pasta, homemade pizza and bountiful appetizers served in flower pots can mean only one thing: Café Portofino. The restaurant, along with its ever-popular Tap Room bar, is situated in a century-old building that once served as a maintenance station for the historic Tweetsie Railroad. Capone’s Pizza and Bar 454B West King St. (828) 265-1886

www.caponesboone. com Voted the High Country’s favorite purveyor of pizza, Capone’s offers prime pies at criminally affordable prices, along with a variety of draft and bottled beers to wash it down.


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Karen Khan hands an order to a customer at Saks Grill, which not only offers dine-in service in a diner atmosphere, but also a drive-through for patrons in a hurry.



Cha Da Thai 161 Howard St. (828) 268-0434 Those seeking an authentic taste of Thai needn’t look any further than Howard Street, where Cha Dha Thai offers a vast menu of Thai food favorites and daily specials. Char 179 Howard Street (828) 266-2179 Food, drinks, art and fun are the cornerstones of Char in downtown Boone. The restaurant prides itself on upscale casual dining in a cosmopolitan atmosphere, along with a diverse, wellstocked bar that complements its late-night fare. F.A.R.M. Café 617 W. King St. (828) 386-1000 There’s food, and then there’s

farm fresh food. And then there’s F.A.R.M. fresh food. In the latter, the letters stand for “Feed All Regardless of Means,” the mission of the newly minted F.A.R.M. Café in downtown Boone, located in the space that formerly housed the legendary downtown Boone Drug fountain. F.A.R.M. Café is a non-profit, pay-what-you-can community restaurant that offers fresh items daily, produced from local sources. Galileo’s Bar and Café 1087 W. King St. (828) 865-9591 Galileo was known for looking up, but his namesake restaurant in Boone is known for keeping prices down, offering a variety of sandwiches, affordable drinks and gourmet coffee and desserts. The café and bar aims for the stars with a variety of nightly goings-on, including trivia, karaoke and more.

Hot Diggity Dog 454 West King Street (828) 264-6886 Student-owned and run, Hot Diggity Dog lives up to its name, offering a deliciously unusual assortment of hot dogs throughout the day and into the wee hours. Hob Nob Farm Café 506 W. King St. (828) 262-5000 Hob Nob Farm Café’s menu is a celebration of ethnic diversity, specializing in flavors that span the globe, but made with local ingredients. Hob Nob’s meals include seasonal produce from the restaurant owners’ organic farm, aptly called the Hob Nob Farm, as well as from other local organic farmers. All meats, from beef to seafood, are 100 percent hormone- and antibiotic-free, while its beans, rices, flours and juices are as organic as can be.

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Low 267 Howard St. (828) 264-8850 One of Boone’s newest, Low goes above and beyond when it comes to fresh desserts. Nestled above the ever-popular Espresso News, Low offers a laid-back, lounge atmosphere for those enjoying a piece of pie, a glass of wine or a combination of the two.

dinary pizza? Mellow out at the Mellow Mushroom in downtown Boone. Having recently moved from Rivers Street to the corner of King and Water streets, the pizza-bakers specialize in variety, serving specialty pies galore, subs aplenty and savory salads. An expansive, fully stocked bar with myriad brews on tap helps with the mellow-down process.

Macado’s 539 W. King St. (828) 264-1375 A King Street staple, Macado’s serves more sandwiches and drinks than can feasibly fit on a menu. Nonetheless, Macado’s offers this full menu till 2 a.m., and the tavern is a popular spot to quench those late night munchies and have a few while you’re at it.

Murphy’s Restaurant and Pub 747 W. King St. (828) 264-5117 Murphy’s Restaurant and Pub may be known for its bar, which features a wide assortment of drinks and live music, but its family friendly restaurant caters to everyone, offering a vast variety of American cuisine, including its legendary cheese fries, along with gourmet pizzas.

Mellow Mushroom 805 W. King St. (828) 865-1515 www.mellowmushroom. com/boone Craving your out-of-the-or-


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Our Daily Bread 627 W. King St. (828) 264-0173 Give us this day Our Daily Bread, or as locals affectionately call it, “ODB.” This local favorite specializes in gourmet sandwiches, salads and some of the finest soups this side of the Blue Ridge. A recently added bar features plenty of brews to complement any course.

Paolucci’s Italian Bar and Grill 783 W. King St. (Marketplace at King Street) (828) 268-7525 Paolucci’s brings a taste of Italy to downtown Boone, offering comfort cuisine that’s made with fresh ingredients and prepared in modern combinations. For diners wanting to catch the big game, Paolucci’s lounge area features six big-screen TVs and three 12-foot video screens.

Proper 142 Water St. (828) 865-5000 It’s not just a clever name. Those looking for homemade Southern comfort food should look no further than Proper. Showcasing a menu that sports local ingredients, Proper specializes in homespun favorites, such as shrimp and grits, catfish fillet, meatloaf, po’boy sandwiches, chicken and waffles, salads and soups aplenty – all with a modern Southern spin. Did we mention brunch?

Trolly Stop 784 W. King St. (828) 265-2658 When it comes to hot dogs in the High Country, the Trolly Stop is right on track. Featuring specialty hot dogs unique to Boone,

the Stop is a downtown lunchtime favorite. Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar 831 W. King St. (828) 263-9176 One of this year’s recipients of a Best Dish in N.C. award, Vidalia brings the fine dining experience to King Street, offering celebrated service in an intimate atmosphere. A more-than-extensive wine list complements every meal, from braised beef short ribs to sesame coriander tuna to Sunday brunch. Wolfie’s Deli and Subs 593 W. King St. (828) 265-5600 Wolfie’s may be a small, takeout-only sandwich shop, but customers have come to expect big flavor. Serving only Board’s Head deli meats, Wolfie’ offers some of the biggest sandwiches in town, alongside quarter-pound hot dogs and smoked sausages. Sandwiches come in 32 varieties, although customers are more than welcome to design their own.

Independent Boone eateries have gone indie. It started with two locally owned restaurants, Pepper’s Restaurant & Bar and Casa Rustica Italian & American Cuisine. Respective owners John Pepper and Rick Pedroni, in early 2012, recognized the need for unity among Boone’s independent restaurants. Thus, they founded Boone Independent Restaurants, based on a model from a similar organization in Asheville. Its mission is “… to unite the independent restaurants in and around Boone, to preserve the individuality of the community served by each member establish-

ment; improve quality, service and social responsibility of each member restaurant; and ensure the longevity of our member establishments.” The group was created as a nonprofit organization, in order to facilitate community service, Pedroni said, adding, “BIR is working hard to bring the food that is grown in the High Country to your plate at your favorite independent restaurant.” For more information on the organization, visit Boone Independent Restaurants also includes eateries outside of town limits, including some in Blowing Rock and Valle Crucis. Participating Boone locations include:

Joy Bistro 115 New Market Centre (828) 265-0500

Bandana’s Bar-B-Que and Grill 1475 N.C. 105 South (828) 265-2828 www.bandanasbarbque. com

The Red Onion 227 Hardin St. (828) 264-5470

Boone Bagelry 516 W. King St. (828) 262-5585 Casa Rustica 1348 N.C. 105 (828) 262-5128 Char 179 Howard Street (828) 266-2179 Dan’l Boone Inn 130 Hardin St. (828) 264-8657

(828) 262-5400

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Makoto’s 2124 Blowing Rock Road (828) 264-7976

The Table at Crestwood 3236 Shulls Mill Road (877) 836-5046

China Wok 205 New Market Centre (828) 263-0588

Mountain Bagels 211 Boone Heights Drive (828) 264-4141

TApp Room 421 Blowing Rock Road (828) 386-1216

Coyote Kitchen 200 Southgate Drive (828) 265-4041

The Peddler Steak House 1972 Blowing Rock Road (828) 264-4433

Town Tavern 208-A Faculty St. (828) 264-2226

Cracker Barrel 1601 Blowing Rock Road (828) 264-4425

Pepper’s Restaurant & Bar 240 Shadowline Drive (828) 262-1250 www.peppers-restaurant. com

Sunrise Grill 1675 N.C. 105

And more Downtown dining and Boone Independent Restaurants are only the tip of the iceberg lettuce. Boone is teeming with eats, from local originals to popular franchises. Applebee’s 2036 Blowing Rock Road (828) 262-1136

Dos Amigos Restaurante Mexicano 187 New Market Centre (828) 265-1674 Frankie’s Pizza 246 Wilson Drive (828) 264-2074


Your complete, local source for all your pet needs in the High Country! Check our website for our weekly specials! Chec shops at shadowline • boone • 828 268 1510 sh mon-sat 10-6 & sun 1-5

The Gamekeeper 3005 Shulls Mill Road (828) 963-7400 Joe’s Italian Kitchen 190 Boone Heights Drive (828) 263-9200 www.joesitaliankitchen. com Joe’s Jazzed Up 190 Boone Heights Drive (828) 263-9200 www.joesitaliankitchen. com

We carry a full line of products & are happy to special order items we do not stock. Our goal is to provide high-quality products to our customers, helping them to keep pets healthy & happy.

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Rick Pedroni and family invite area residents and visitors to take part in a grand Italian traditional affair at Casa Rustica Italian restaurant, 1348 Hwy. 105 South, Boone.

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BITE INTO BOONE FROM PAGE 25 Golden Corral 187 Watauga Village Drive (828) 264-9909 Hilltop Drive-In 2530 U.S. 421 (828) 297-2621 Hokkaido 276 Watauga Village Drive (828) 263-0350 Hunan Chinese Restaurant 214 Southgate Drive (828) 262-0555 Klondike Café 441 Blowing Rock Road (828) 264-9988 Los Arcoiris Mexican Restaurant 168 Boone Heights Drive (828) 264-7770 Mary’s Kitchen 486 George Wilson Road (828) 264-1920 Mike’s Inland Seafood 174 Jefferson Road (828) 262-5605 Mint Indian Cuisine 203 Boone Heights Drive (828) 386-1441 Mountain House 139 New Market Centre (828) 264-4680 Mr. Original’s 2698 N.C. 105 (828) 268-9899 www.mroriginalgyros. com New China Buffet 1200 Blowing Rock Road (828) 262-0088

Parthenon Café 455 Blowing Rock Road (828) 263-0900 Pizza Hut 1461 Blowing Rock Road (828) 264-2401 Primo’s 1180 Blowing Rock Road (Boone Mall) (828) 355-9800 www.boonepizzapasta. com Ruby Tuesday 1822 Blowing Rock Road (828) 268-9810 Sagebrush 1111 N.C. 105 (828) 265-4488 Saks Grill/Pennywise 450 E. King St. (828) 264-3098 Sakura 273 Boone Heights Drive (828) 265-2355 Sidewalk Café 125 New Market Centre (828) 264-1592 Taqueria El Paso 2693 N.C. 105 (828) 264-6754 Troy’s 105 Diner 1286 N.C. 105 (828) 265-1344 Tucker’s Café 1180 Blowing Rock Road (Boone Mall) (828) 264-8510

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS American Legion Post 130 Appalachian Chorale Appalachian Women’s Fund Book Bunch Club Boone Area Cyclists Boone Area Lions Club Boone Optimist Club Boone Running Club Boone Service League Boone Sunrise Rotary Club Civil Air Patrol Daughters of the American Revolution Daniel Boone Chapter Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90 High Country Torch Club High Country Women’s Fund High Country Writers Kiwanis Club of Boone

Loyal Order of Moose 1805 Rotary Club of Boone Toastmasters Club VegBoone Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7031 Watauga Book Brewers Watauga Community Band Watauga Gun Club NONPROFITS American Red Cross (Watauga chapter) Appalachian Voices Children’s Council Community Care Clinic Habitat for Humanity High Country Homebuilders Association High Country Recreation High Country United Way

Hope Pregnancy Resource Center Hospitality House (homeless shelter and soup kitchen) Hunger and Health Coalition Mountain Alliance OASIS, Inc. (women’s shelter) Resort Area Ministries Samaritan’s Purse Southern Appalachian Historical Association Watauga County Arts Council Watauga County Pathways Watauga County Project on Aging Watauga Humane Society Watauga Opportunities Western Youth Network W.A.M.Y. Community Action

PLACES OF WORSHIP IN BOONE All Things Possible Church Alliance Bible Fellowship Baha’i Worship Service Bibleway Baptist Boone Unitarian Universalist Boone United Methodist Boone First Church of the Nazarene Boone Friends (Quaker) Boone Mennonite Brethren Brookside Presbyterian Centering Prayer Group Central Assembly of God Christ the King Anglican Christian Fellowship

Christ’s Church United of Boone Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Cornerstone Summit CrossPoint Community Church Deerfield United Methodist Faith Baptist Church First Baptist Church of Boone First Presbyterian Greenway Baptist High Country United Church of Christ Hope Christian Fellowship Living Water Christian Fellowship Mount Vernon Baptist Oak Grove Baptist Church

Perkinsville Baptist Church Poplar Grove Baptist Church New Life Fellowship Seventh-day Adventist Church Saints Peter and Paul Church Eastern Orthodox Son’s Light Ministries St. Elizabeth of the Hills Catholic St. Luke’s Episcopal Temple of the High Country theHeart Westview Baptist Church Young Life High Country

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