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FOOD & DRINK Best Burger / place to take your parents Come Back Shack Jackie Park and Camryn Collier | @jackiempark | News Editor and Senior A&C Reporter Established in Boone, Come Back Shack has burgers to satisfy for days. If your parents are in town and you want to show off some local flavor, there is nothing better than a tasty meal at Come Back Shack. Styles range from Purist Style to Porky styles, for sandwiches, and the rest of the menu has a little bit of everything. Come Back Shack uses 100% chuck hand-pattied burgers, and includes the option for a “Local Burger:” a burger from a sustainable Watauga County farm. However, the tastiness doesn’t end there. Come Back Shack also offers grilled chicken, ahi tuna, veggie burgers and more for your sandwich. For a side, Come Back Shack offers

fries, chips, cole slaw or a pretzel to go along with your hunk of protein. To pair with its savory sandwiches, Come Back Shack offers hand-spun milkshakes topped with thick whipped cream. On the other hand, the menu also features salads on a base of organic greens. Come Back Shack is located on Blowing Rock Road and is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Come Back Shack offers an atmosphere emphasized by the name. As you and your family drive down U.S. Highway 321, Come Back Shack looks exactly like a rustic little shack. Come Back Shack is guaranteed to leave the whole family with full tummies and satisfied smiles.

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Best Sandwich - Our Daily Bread

Best Pizza - Carolina Pizza Co.

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Cameron Stuart | @cameronlstuart | News Reporter Carolina Pizza Co. has something for everyone with its wide range of menu options, including sandwiches, burgers, salads, calzones and many different types of pizzas. Carolina Pizza Co. offers customized pizzas available in 10, 14 and 16-inch sizes. Sandwiches, burgers and pizzas have creative, and locally-focused names such as The Apple-Achian Sandwich, The Rock Burger and the Carolina Mountaineer Pizza. The mac and cheese and salad dressings are all homemade and all salads

prepared fresh to order. Customers who dine in can choose between indoor seating, where local bands sometimes play a few sets and an outdoor area that looks out onto King Street. The location on King Street is one of three locations within the Carolinas. The family-owned business was founded in 2008 on Lake Hartwell, South Carolina, and the second store opened in Walhalla, South Carolina in 2013, according to its Facebook page.

Nora Smith Located on King Street, Our Daily Bread provides Boone with locally-sourced, affordable and great-tasting food options. The restaurant uses locally sourced food to “strive to make the best comfort food along King Street,” according to its website. Our Daily Bread’s menu boasts a unique variety of sandwiches, including vegetarian and vegan options, salads, and desserts. From the Smoked Ham and Brie Croissant to the vegetarian Fresh Basil Press, there is a sandwich for every appetite. Salads range from a simple tossed salad to more creative blends, such as the Strawberry or Goat Cheese Salad and the Apple Wal-


nut Salad. Desserts include chocolate torte, cakes, cheesecakes, magic bars and pumpkin slices. Founded in 1984, the space was originally home to A&P Grocery and a doctor’s office. The owners keep a piece of that history alive with the hardwood floors and wood beams across the ceiling. The design choices create a nice atmosphere in the building. The exposed brick, dimmed lights and plants throughout the inside of the restaurant create a nice ambiance and pleasing dining experience for people of all ages.

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FOOD & DRINK Best Breakfast - Melanie's Emily Broyles | @em_broyles | Associate News Editor Melanie’s became known for its great food, conversation and atmosphere since its start in 1991, according to its website. Melanie’s uses locally grown produce in the kitchen whenever possible and is vegetarian and vegan-friendly. “Melanie’s is one of my favorite breakfast places in Boone,” said Madeline Tice, freshman psychology major. “The atmosphere is very inviting due to the homey decor and the friendliness of the staff. Not to mention, the food is great.” Melanie’s provides a variety of breakfast

dishes that usually include two local farm eggs served with home fries or grits, and homemade toast served with grape jelly or apple butter. Tempeh, special egg dishes and omelets, quiches and homemade biscuits from Stick Boy Bread Co. are also available. Variations of french toast, pancakes and waffles are offered as well. Sides include bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy and fruit. Organic drinks, such as hot tea, freshsqueezed carrot juice and unfiltered apple juice are also available.

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Best Wings / Best Karaoke - Ale House

Best Barbecue - Woodlands

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Everybody loves wings, and River Street Ale House serves the best. Ale House features 16 different sauce choices for its wings, and they can be bought in increments of eight, 12, 16, 24, 48 and 96. Starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, their wings are 45 cents each. “I love Ale House’s wings. You won’t find me anywhere else on a Thursday night,” junior geology major Sean Hurd said. “I would suggest that you go with the hot. It is by far the best flavor.” You can wash them down with a large se-

lection of drinks and catch many forms of entertainment on Ale House’s TVs. The wings come with ranch or blue cheese, and your choice of carrots or celery. The best karaoke in Boone is also found at Ale House. Every Friday night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., their dance floor is turned into every karaoke singer’s dream. The DJ plays any song requested, and the rest is up to you. The colored lights are shining and the place is packed, so bring your friends.

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Woodlands Barbeque Restaurant, located on U.S. Highway 321 Bypass in Blowing Rock, is family-oriented with a rustic atmosphere, according to its website. Live music is performed every night by High Country artists, usually in the bar lounge. Besides the dine-in service for customers, Woodlands also caters barbecue, chicken, ribs and more. Customers can customize their own barbecue plate with a variety of sides like cole

slaw, green beans and fried okra. Homestyle Mexican chili, tacos and burritos are also available, as well as pork and chicken sandwiches. There are also salad plates that are vegan and vegetarian-friendly. Potato skins, onion rings and mozzarella sticks are found in the appetizers section of the menu. With the many food options at Woodlands, dessert options include ice cream, apple sticks and more.


FOOD & DRINK Best Mexican-Inspired Cuisine Dos Amigos

Best Asian-Inspired Cuisine Saebing

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Olivia Bouzigard | @oliviabouzi | News Reporter

Dos Amigos serves lunch and dinner and the attire is casual, making it a great place to go. “Dos Amigos is known for its great service, hospitality and atmosphere for all to enjoy with friends and family,” according to the Dos Amigos website. Located in New Market Center, Dos Amigos has something for all ages. Drinks for adults and a kids menu for the children. Some of its specials include Chori Pollo for $8.50, Dos Amigos Cheese Steak for $6, Tacos Al Carbon for $8.99 and Las Comadres for $9.99. Monday through Saturday, lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. After that, dinner is served until 10 p.m.

Located on King Street, Saebing offers Asian, Thai and Vietnamese food. Saebing has a variety of sushi rolls, including the King Street Roll. The dishes include Vietnamese-inspired dishes such as pho and pork rice. The menu also includes Thai dishes like pad thai and red curry. Saebing is known for its BYOB option, where customers can bring their own alcoholic beverages to enjoy with their meals. Sabeing is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Best Grocery Store - Publix Hayley Canal | @TheAppalachian | News Reporter Since arriving in Boone in 2017, Publix has won Best of Boone two years in a row. The Florida headquartered supermarket, located off U.S. Highway 321 and Postal Street, established a loyal base of shoppers. Publix features an in-house bakery, butcher, produce area and seafood counter. However, the supermarket distinguishes its identity through its “company wide commitment” to sustainability. “Green isn’t just our color. It’s our commitment,” according to its sustainability website. Apron’s Recipes is another unique program founded by Publix.


Apron’s Recipes features an online recipe book, along with in-store cooking classes at several locations. For shoppers in need of a quick lunch, Publix offers Pub Subs, customized sandwiches available for order in store or online. The bread for the sandwiches is baked fresh daily. Several specialized soups, like the lobster bisque and chicken noodle soup, are prepared each day as well. The supermarket hires employees as young as 14 years old with altered hours. With such a young starting age, Publix offers many teenagers their first job experience.

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FOOD & DRINK Best Dessert - Macado's Landree Person | @TheAppalachian | A&C Reporter

Best Produce - Watauga County Farmers' Market Anna Muckenfuss | @MuckenfussAnna | Video Editor Located in Boone’s Town Square since 1974, the Watauga County Farmers’ Market has a wide selection of locally grown products, from fresh meat, dairy and eggs to gorgeous flowers and herbs. The Farmers’ Market also includes a variety of local artisanal bakers who offer fresh baked goods like cinnamon rolls, gluten-free cupcakes, fruit croissants, breads, pies and more. The Farmers’ Market

features the Farm to Flame Food Truck, which uses local ingredients in its wood-fired pizzas. The Farmers’ Market is open from May to October every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. Hours change to 9 a.m. until noon in November. The Farmers’ Market opens for the 2019 season on May 4. Free parking isin the Horn in the West lot and the Daniel Boone Gardens lot.

Courtesy of Macado's Macado’s dessert menu is a crowd favorite for anyone with a sweet tooth. Whether you are a chocolate fiend or prefer vanilla, its dessert menu is sure to make your mouth water. The menu includes three sections: dessert specialties, ice cream and cookies. All of the dessert options are reasonably priced and come with enough to share. Their famous jumbo cinnamon roll fills the air with the sweet smell of icing and is a show-stopper. Their milkshakes come in three flavors along with five kinds of cookies. If you want to go all out, try the Madison Mud Pie, a “fudge brownie covered in chocolate chip cookie ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream and Oreo crumbs.” Stop by Macado’s, but come hungry to try the dessert voted best in Boone.

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Best Off-Campus Coffee Shop - Hatchet Coffee Jackie Park | @jackiempark | News Editor

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Hatchet Coffee is known for its delicious coffee blends and unique seasonal treats. Located on Den Mark Drive off of Bamboo Road, Hatchet is tucked away into its own cozy space across from Center 45 Climbing. The all-white walls and long community tables are almost distinctively Hatchet’s from the get-go, but the decor would not matter without its bitter companion: the coffee. Hatchet offers the

typical drip coffees and lattes, but its seasonal menus set it apart from the rest. One current spring offering, Rose Garden, features “Local Tisane infused Blue Ridge honey, esspresso., milk, rose petal and bee pollen garnish,” according to Hatchet’s website. So go ahead, order the crazy-sounding drink, sit down on a cozy couch and enjoy.


FOOD & DRINK Best Brewery Appalachian Mountain Brewery Anna Muckenfuss | @MuckenfussAnna | Video Editor Located at 163 Boone Creek Drive near Boone Mall, Appalachian Mountain Brewery features a tasting room with outdoor seating and a 120-foot-long outdoor bar. AMB brewers use a sustainable brewing process called grain exchange to divert grain from ending up in landfills and help local farmers make ends meet. App State students can get involved at AMB through the Fermentation Sciences program, which sponsors internships and collaborations to promote the craft beer movement. AMB believes ecology and the environment are important to people in the High Country, according to its website. For environmental consciousness, AMB uses solar panels to provide electricity for the tasting room and Farm to Flame food truck. A covered bike barn is located in the tasting room to support a sustainable lifestyle for customers.

Best New Business - Blue Deer Cookies Garrett Wold | @G_Dub1000 | Sports Reporter In May 2018, Blue Deer Cookies opened its doors to provide a new, creative dessert option to the people of Boone. Operating out of a newly restored camper, Blue Deer’s vintage and hometown feel gives customers a relaxed setting to try one of its freshly baked cookies or a scoop of Homeland Creamery ice cream. You can customize your own ice cream sandwich, paired with a cold glass of milk or refreshing lemonade. Blue Deer’s flavors rotate seasonally and the desserts are priced affordably. Right off of U.S. Highway 321, Blue Deer is decorated with picnic tables and strings of lights

that give it a comforting summertime vibe. It is a perfect place for families or friends to gather and share a delicious treat. Blue Deer also offers a catering service with different prices depending on the size and timeliness of the event, making it a perfect option for an afternoon treat or a gathering. While Blue Deer has only been in business for a short time, the friendly staff, delicious products and hometown setting has made it a popular choice in the High Country. It is more than deserving of this year’s Best New Business.

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Best Vegetarian/Vegan Menu Coyote Kitchen Olivia Bouzigard | @oliviabouzi | News Reporter

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Coyote Kitchen’s menu caters to vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free diets. It serves a variety of Southwest, Caribbean and soul that pleases all appetites. Antibiotic and hormone-free meat is served in dishes along with eco-friendly fish. Coyote Kitchen offers boats,

which are personal casserole dishes or bowls with different meats and veggies. Coyote Kitchen is located near Walmart at 200 Southgate Drive. It is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

FOOD & DRINK Best Drink/Weekly Deals - TApp Room

Anna Dollar and Erin O’Neill | @Anna_Carrr & @erinoneill | News Reporters TApp Room is located across from the Holmes Convocation Center and is run by Kevin Pearce, general manager, and Bryan Sollecito, bar manager. They have partnered together to “make sure students, alumni, locals, and anyoneelse-who-wants-to-visit gets the best service, food and beverage possible,” according to the TApp Room website. The TApp Room has 12 beers on tap, including domestic, imported and craft beers. On Monday, there are $3 NC bottles and cans, $4 Red Snappers and $2 Bud Light bottles. On Tuesday, there are $2 Bud bottles and $4 Kamikazis. On Wednesday, there are $2 Coronas, $4 margaritas, $1 off of tequila and $4 Purple Cacti. On Thursday, there are $2 Miller Lite bottles, $3 Hoegarden bottles, $3 house vodka drinks and $4 Washington Apples. On Friday, there are $2 Coors Light bottles, $3 house whiskey/ bourbon drinks and $4 royal flushes. On Saturday, there are $3 Sweetwater 420/Blue bottles, $3 house rum drinks and $4 Yosef shots. Finally,

on Sunday, there are Budweiser Draft—pitchers for $2 or $7, $3 import/microbrew bottles and $4 blueberry pancake shots. TApp Room is sure to have a special that will satisfy any craving. After three and a half years of having the same specials, TApp Room decided to mix up their deals on a day-to-day basis. With deals ranging from its beloved Wednesday night $2 chicken or barbecue soft tacos to burgers, its popular pork tacos, 50 cent chicken wings and more, there are plenty of delicious options. On its website, TApp Room lists food specials for most days as “something good and cheap,” but the specials specifics are found on its Facebook page. It goes without saying that TApp Room is one of the most popular spots in Boone for students and locals alike. The bar provides students with a place to decompress and enjoy good food, good company and regional live music acts on weekends.

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Best Food Truck - El Tacorriendo Erin O’Neill | @erinmoneill | News Reporter Every Tuesday and Wednesday, the popular El Tacorriendo food truck rolls up to Howard Street and serves authentic Mexican street food. Located between Espresso News and Footsloggers, El Tacorriendo provides patrons with a variety of delicious choices, including authentic Mexican-style tacos, tortas, quesadillas, burritos and churros. The food truck is also the home of the well-known arroz con pollo wraps. El Tacorriendo has an active social media presence and regularly announces specials. These deals include the

ACP Wrap Special, Tacos de Alambre and Fajita Nachos. The menu also boasts several vegetarian options including tacos, quesadillas and burritos. Owners Alejandro and Ashley Leon started El Tacorriendo in Lenoir in 2016. The food truck travels between Boone and Lenoir, and gives Western North Carolina a chance to partake in the deliciousness. El Tacorriendo is open yearround, so customers can enjoy authentic Mexican food no matter the season.

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ENTERTAINMENT Best Atmosphere - Tie: The Local and Espresso News Christina Beals | @christinalala_ | A&C Editor The Local Located on Howard Street next to Cha Da Thai, The Local is a bar and restaurant that depicts itself as a “vision of a Boone family who wanted to create space where family and friends can come to relax and have fun,” according to its website. The Local lives up to its name by choosing “local first” whenever possible through menu items made from local ingredients and featuring local artists in its artist-collaborative gallery. The Local also features 20 taps that include beer from different regional breweries. The Local offers lunch, brunch and dinner with a variety of gluten-free and vegan options and its cocktails are perfect on a warm summer day. Described by online reviews as a “fun Saturday night waiting to happen,” The Local is committed to encouraging the community to choose local first while cultivating a fun community for its guests.

Espresso News Espresso News is a showroom-turned coffeehouse on Howard Street that gives a cozy environment to local coffee drinkers. The two-story coffee shop features an outside seating area for sunny days and a seating area on the top floor with a view of Howard Street. Baristas roast their coffee beans with the intention to maximize the beans’ primary flavors. In order to have complete control over the flavor, baristas roast small batches at a time. Incorporating coffee flavors from Kenya, Tanzania and Mexico, Espresso News serves coffee and sells their beans by the pound. Espresso News places food that complements its coffee in high regard, and believes the food accompanying the coffee can enhance or destroy the overall flavor. Whether you are visiting Espresso News for a study break or a coffee break, this coffeehouse pays close attention to every brew to provide optimum flavor in every cup.

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ENTERTAINMENT Best Place for a First Date - Blue Ridge Parkway

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Best Live Music Venue - Boone Saloon Georgia Privott | @TheAppalachian | A&C Reporter Known for its tasty Taco Tuesday and craft beers, Boone Saloon, located on King Street, has a rustic feel with jukeboxes, pool tables and a game room. Boone Saloon is proud of its comfortable environment where quality service and food are admired, according to its website. The bar was voted Best Live Music Venue due to its platform stage that can fit a full band. The bar

typically hosts live music two nights a week and is restricted to those 21 years old and older after 10 p.m., according to its website. Boone Saloon hosts all kinds of music, including rock, country, hip-hop, reggae and bluegrass. For musicians interested in performing at Boone Saloon, the restaurant encourages artists to email them about booking a show.

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Best Local Band/Performer Electric Jelly Funk Christine Dudley | @chridud | Associate A&C Editor

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Best Trivia Night - Galileo's Christina Beals | @Christinalala_ | A&C Editor Located on West King Street, Galileo’s is a bar unique for its food made with local ingredients, $2 Taco Tuesdays and trivia nights every Wednesday and Thursday. Galileo’s has a bottom floor with pool tables and dart boards and an outside patio wrapped with string lights. For those who like a beer with their trivia night,

many on tap are locally made, including their Elk Knob Amber and Booneshine Hatchet. With topics ranging from “Spongebob Squarepants” to “Parks and Recreation,” trivia nights are perfect for enjoying a Ron Swanson burger and testing your TV show knowledge.

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You can’t help but dance when you hear the groovy beats of Electric Jelly Funk. Made up of eight App State students, EJF frequents local bars and restaurants with originals and covers of legends like Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind & Fire, and James Brown. Its sound fuses old and new tones with funk, jazz, rock and Motown styles. The members’ main goal is to make their audience happy through their music, while providing a fun and safe environment to forget any worldly troubles, according to its website. Four members make up the band’s rhythm section: Matt Guard on keyboard, Owen Myers on guitar, Will Whitehurst on drums and Jacob Smith on bass and vocals. EJF released its first EP, “Get It Right,” April 5 with five songs. “Period Point Blank” and “Get It Right” are jams. The band released its first album, “Room 300,” in 2017, with hits like “Chatter Box,” “Fat 51” and “Saxy Layers.” You can listen to EJF on Spotify and SoundCloud, but to get the full experience you’ve got to see them live.


SERVICE Best Tattoo Parlor - Speakeasy Tattoo Co. Hayley Canal | @TheAppalachian | News Reporter

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Speakeasy Tattoo Co. won Best Tattoo Parlor for the second year in a row. The parlor sits off King Street across from the Boone Fire Department. With its location in the heart of town and resident artists accustomed to walk-ins, Speakeasy is accessible for any spur of the moment tattoos. For those who plan ahead, the company offers consultation services. Customers are encouraged to provide a photo or drawing of the tattoo idea they’re considering. Resident artists have lined the walls of the parlor with designs for undecided customers to peruse.

Best Tattoo artist - Cutty Bage Brooks Maynard | @Brooks Maynard | Former Sports Editor The 2019 winner of Best Tattoo Artist is Cutty Bage of Hollow Moon Tattoo. Bage started her tattoo career as an apprentice in Albuquerque, New Mexico and also spent time in Richmond, Virginia before settling in Boone. Bage was an artist at Speakeasy Tattoo Co. on King Street for a number of years before opening her own studio, Hollow Moon Tattoo, in late 2017. Bage has also done guest spots at various shops in and around Boone, including Ghost Monkey Tattoo. “I really like a couple different styles, like

Currently, artists Alex Henderson, Logan Issacson, Mark Matthijs and Dave Hood tattoo at Speakeasy. Henderson specializes in Japanese Irezumi and American traditional style. Isaacson focuses on custom tattoos, as well as walk-in tattoos with Matthijs. Hood “enjoys all styles of tattooing,” according to the company’s website. Speakeasy Tattoo Co. also offers cover-ups for previous tattoos. These designs can take faded stick-and-pokes to new heights or redeem old regrets.

Best Haircut Place - Haircut 101 Mericlaire Williams | @TheAppalachian | A&C Reporter

neo-traditional with solid bold line work and solid color fills – kind of comic book style,” Bage said. “I also like black work, or dot work or tattoos that look like they’re etched in wood.” Bage’s Instagram account, @cuttybage, showcases a large number of floral, portrait-style and animal-based pieces. She has also done several famous characters, including portraits of Fox Mulder from the TV show ‘The X-Files’ and Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series. Hollow Moon Tattoo is located on Den Mac Drive off of Brook Hollow Road in Boone.

Christina Beals When looking for a fresh hairstyle or hair coloring, Haircut 101 can offer what you need. It offers an array of services including haircuts, makeup, hair removal and all the latest coloring techniques. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., located on Depot Street, behind King Street. The hairdressers provide a fun, upbeat environment with the knowledge to give their customers the best services in Boone. Education is a

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key part of the culture, according to the Haircut 101 website, and the staff always stays up-to-date with the latest trends and techniques in hair. The creative and inviting atmosphere is credited to the talented stylists, who take pride in their craft. Their services provide long-term effectiveness that makes it well worth the price. Start booking your appointments now to receive the best hair services in town.

RECREATION Best Lookout/View - Howard's Knob

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Best Fishing Spot - Price Lake

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RECREATION Best Ski Mountain - App Ski Garrett Wold | @G_Dub1000 | Sports Reporter

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Operating a ski area in the mountains of North Carolina is no easy task. Weather, a lack of natural snow and inconsistent temperatures can make snow conditions a nightmare. The Moretz family started Appalachian Ski Mountain in 1962, the second oldest ski area in the state and the oldest in northwestern N.C. With a state-of-the-art snow making system, 12 slopes, two terrain parks, two quad chair lifts, a double chair lift and two conveyor lifts, App Ski provides Boone with seasons full of winter sports action. Located 13 minutes from campus, App Ski works with App State to provide skiing

and snowboarding classes as physical education credits and discounted lift tickets for App State students. The mountain also provides plenty of part-time job opportunities from gift shop employees to lift operators. You don’t have to be a skier to work at App Ski. For those that don’t ski or snowboard and want to learn how, French Swiss Ski College is located at the base of the mountain and can teach riders of any age how to carve down the mountain. App Ski has become a staple of the area and is easily Boone’s best ski mountain.

Best Hiking Trail - Beacon Heights Christine Dudley | @Chridud | Associate A&C Editor If you’re looking for a gorgeous view of the sunrise or sunset, Beacon Heights is the perfect spot. To experience the stunning long-range views, drive about 40 minutes down the Blue Ridge Parkway, park your car at Milepost 305.2 and hike the short Beacon Heights Trail. The trailhead crosses a small road and then heads immediately upwards, ascending a total of 1400 feet. Be prepared with decent shoes and good quads. The trail forks to the left

at the Tanawha Trail and is the starting point of this 13mile trail to Price Park. Continuing to the right leads you to the top of Beacon Heights. At the 4,220-foot peak, the two open expanses of bare quartzite rock are separated by a small patch of woods. Beacon Heights is famous for its spectacular views of Table Rock, Hawksbill, Grandmother Mountain and Grandfather Mountain.

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Best Swimming Hole Trash Can Falls

Best Place to Bike - The Greenway Georgia Privott | @TheAppalachian | A&C Reporter

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When the weather gets warm during syllabus week or just before spring finals, students flock to the various waterfalls surrounding Boone to cool off or de-stress in the chilly water. Trash Can Falls, officially called Laurel Creek Falls, is one of Boone’s favorites. The scenic 11-mile drive west from Boone toward Valle Crucis along Highway 321 following the Watauga River provides an appropriate build-up to the 15-foot falls located about 400 feet off the highway. Whether it’s jumping from a 10-foot rock into an 8-foot-deep pool at the base or swimming in the calm eddy to the side, Trash Can is one of the best and most accessible experiences you can have in Boone. With plenty of sunny rocks to lay out on, Trash Can is both relaxing and exhilarating. Trash Can is a must visit for anyone looking to make the most out of their time in Boone.

Paola Bula Blanco The Greenway Trail is located off of State Farm Road and is perfect for walks, runs and bike rides. The trail crosses the South Fork of the New River through open meadows and lush forests. Along the path, a historic ruin of a hydroelectric station can be found, along with benches, picnic tables and shelters. Bikers, rollerbladers

and dogs can enjoy the flat 4 mile trail, which includes paved and unpaved gravel for off-roaders. The fully accessible trail also welcomes wheelchairs and strollers to admire the beauty of Boone. There are many access points to the greenway, and a gravel parking lot and restrooms near the recreation complex.

SHOPPING Best Thrift Store - Anna Bananas Mericlaire Williams | @TheAppalachian | A&C Reporter Small budgets are a perfect match for Boone’s best thrift store, Anna Banana’s. It has a wide range of trendy recycled clothes for men and women. The store offers people a way to resell old clothes and give them a new life. Located on King Street, just a short walk from campus, you can find the best clothes at the best price. Consignment day is Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when Anna Banana’s invites people to bring in up to 15 items to consign. Anna Banana’s offers 40% of the total resale amount in cash or store credit to the seller.

Anna Banana’s is prideful in its knowledge of local and international fashion trends and its ability to meet the demands of students’ fashion needs. Its Instagram page keeps its customers up-to-date with all its latest clothes, from plaid skirts to white maxi dresses. Anna Banana’s works with its customers, offering a 10% discount for a quick dance at check out. Its fun and friendly environment with its ability to offer the best prices has earned it the title of Best Thrift Store in Boone.

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Best Bookstore - Foggy Pine Books Tommy Mozier I @TheAppalachian I Opinion Editor

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In the age of Amazon and one-click checkout, Foggy Pine Books on King Street aims to fill the necessary role of a passionate and involved independent bookseller in Boone. Owned by App State alumna Mary Ruthless, Foggy Pine strives to support local artists and writers while also selling national bestsellers. Customers can find books in all genres: histories, science fictions and fantasies, contemporary fiction, biographies and autobiographies, and of course, the classics. Can’t find the book you want in store? Foggy Pine will place a special order for you for

10% off. Each month, Foggy Pine chooses a book to feature for its book club. On the final Saturday of every month, members are invited to discuss the book at Foggy Pine with free wine and snacks provided. Feeling more like a home than a bookstore with reading couches surrounding a fireplace, Foggy Pine instantly relaxes anyone who walks in. While in the store, you may get a chance to pet one of the cats that roam around inside. Go in, stay a while and support a local business.

Best Place to Buy App Gear - Mountaineer Mania Silas Albright | @silasalbright | Sports Editor Mountaineer Mania combines a huge selection of App State gear of all shapes and sizes with low prices. The store is located on King Street and has kept Mountaineer fans decked out in black and gold since 1981. The store offers nearly anything an App State fan could want, from classic T-shirts and hoodies to sweatpants and winter clothing. Mountaineer Mania also has a large selection of decorative items like

stickers and license plates for fans who have enough App State clothing. The store offers a wide selection, and its prices are hard to beat. T-shirts start at $11.95, long-sleeved shirts start at $15.95 and sweatshirts start at $24.95. Mountaineer Mania is a stop that should be on any new student’s list to get their collection of App State gear started. It’s also the best place to purchase Mountaineer gear for friends and family. Nora Smith


CAMPUS Hidden Gem - Durham Park

Best Place to Study - Belk Library Nora Smith | @noraagracee | Former Editor-in-Chief

Zack Antrum | @zantrum17 | Sports Reporter Located across from the Holmes Convocation Center and next to the Bob Light Rivers Street Courts, students often find themselves enjoying their day at Durham Park. You can find many people walking along Boone Creek, having lunch under the gazebo or simply sitting outside in the sun. Because campus Wi-Fi reaches the park, it is also a great place to catch up on homework. Boone is often the host of

a lot of rain, and on occasion, students float down the creek on air mattresses. A lesser known fact about the park is that it is the former location of the baseball stadium. Many soon-to-be graduates enjoy taking pictures around this area. If you’re looking for a place to spend a nice afternoon without the crowd Sanford Mall can have, Durham Park is the place to be.

For inevitable all-nighters, group projects and research papers, the Belk Library is the best place to study. The library offers four study floors and special collections on the fourth floor. The first and second floors are best for group projects, or for people who don’t mind quiet conversations. The third floor is silent study, and is best for students who need absolute quiet for productivity. Each floor also has study rooms that students can reserve online. Schoolwork can feel overwhelming at times, the library offers resources to help students. The University Writing Center is located on the second floor of the library and offers free, one-on-one

assistance with writing. From research papers to grant proposals to creative writing, the UWC staff can help with rough drafts, final editing, or just brainstorming ideas and research methods. The bottom floor of the library is home to a digital media studio, including audio and video editing software, and the Inspire Maker Lab, which gives students the opportunity to experiment with 3D printing, sewing, robotics and more. Belk Library is the best place to study and the best place for students to find the resources they need to complete personal and academic projects.

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Best Professor - Jeff Goodman Jackie Park | @jackiempark | News Editor Not many professors are seen on Snapchat stories standing on their head drinking water or standing on a dumpster wearing a chicken mask, but Jeff Goodman is an exception. The senior lecturer in media studies and science education programs has taught at App State since 1993, but the years have not dulled his excitement for teaching. Laying on the floor of the Reich College of Education, Goodman can be seen flicking a slinky around and teaching students about sound


waves. In his “About Me” powerpoint, Goodman shared several of the things that matter most to him like a garden he tends to with friends, making large-scale physics presentations in the woods to share with kids and the home he built with his wife. Goodman also serves on the Technology Advisory Committee for App State and teaches science, media arts and technology with several organizations including the Duke Talent Identification Program.

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CAMPUS Best Fitness Class - Twerk N' Tone Jackie Park | @jackiempark | News Editor Looking for a way to amp up your dance moves or just have fun? Twerk N Tone, currently taught by energetic and self-love inspiring Zhane “Zee” Anderson, will sure get you moving. Expect anywhere from a slow Beyonce jam to a trap remix to go along with your never-ending dance routines. Twerk N Tone is a new class started by Zee and was “inspired by the desire to create self love for all App bodies,” according to App State’s Group Fitness descriptions. In spring 2019, Twerk N Tone was every Tuesday in Quinn Recreation Center from 9:30 to 10:15 p.m.

Best landmark - The Rock Silas Albright | @silasalbright | Sports Editor The Rock is one of the most recognizable and famous game day photo-ops for App State students and fans. Just outside Kidd Brewer Stadium, The Rock is exactly what it sounds like: a gigantic rock with a plaque reading “The Rock.” It’s in a central location of the concourse, and many fans walk past it on their way into the stadium. It also serves as a physical representation of the stadium itself, which has earned the nickname, “The Rock.”

Best Club - APPS Nora Smith | @noraagracee | Former Editor-in-Chief Campus activities would be few and far between without the Appalachian Popular Programming Society. APPS is one of the largest organizations on campus with about 180 members and seven councils. Best known for the work of its Main Stage council, APPS brings popular artists to Holmes Convocation Center and Legends for a low price. In 2019, Saba and Kesha took the main stage. APPS also puts on many of App State’s traditional events like AppalFest and the Fiddler’s Convention. During festivals in the fall and spring, students can

create “make-and-takes,” which range from potting your own succulents to making your own neon fanny pack. Beyond fun and festivities, APPS’ Cultural Awareness and Student Engagement council aims to educate students and promote inclusion. Events like Culture, Not Costume, encourage dialogue among students and engage them in cultural discussions long after the events are over. From Homecoming to weekly films in IG Greer, campus wouldn’t be the same without the events and programs APPS puts on almost every day of the academic year.

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Best campus side - East Side Sydney Spann | @spannooo | Former Visual Managing Editor

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With Rivers Street separating the two sides of campus, both the east and west sides of campus offer a variety of activities to students roaming around in between classes. East Campus contains Roess Dining Hall, the largest of the three dining areas on campus. Right above the hill from Roess is Sanford Mall, Belk Library and the Plemmons Student Union. The only two coffee shops on campus are located within the library and union. On a nice day, it can be hard for a student or Boone resident to snag a grassy spot on Sanford Mall.

Most dorms on East Campus are more updated or larger than West Campus dorms. Those dorms include Summit Hall and Cone Hall, which are located in the most central part of campus. Construction near Stadium Lot will make dorms on the east side of campus a quieter choice for incoming freshmen and other returning students. Other gems of East Campus include Durham Park, Legends, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and a lonely checkerboard behind Founders Hall just waiting for someone to use it.


CAMPUS Best Elective - Rock History

Best PE Class Yoga

Franklin Bogle | @TheAppalachian | Sports Reporter Voted best elective course at App State in 2019, History of Rock is an adventure beginning in the 1940s leading to the present day about the history of one of the most popular genres of music. Students learn about solo acts and groups, U.S. artists, and artists from all over the world. Rock History, as it’s known to students, is part of the Revolutions: Social and Political elective theme and offers students an insight into the effect music has on society and culture. App State students voted this the Best Elective due to both the knowledge and entertainment gained from this course. “I took this course in the fall and it was a pure joy,” junior communications major Mason Stewart said. “There is nothing better than having to listen to The Beatles or Chuck Berry for your homework. You just can’t beat that.” If you need an elective for next year, look no further than this course because you don’t get voted Best Elective if you don’t rock.

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App State’s yoga classes benefit students mentally and physically. Students learn a variety of poses from experienced instructors that help with balance, flexibility, stability and more. Students are also taught a variety of breathing, relaxation and meditation exercises. In comparison to other classes, the course load is not rigorous, with most of the work outside of the class writing reflection journals.

Best Building Leon Levine Health Sciences Moss Brennan | @mosbren | Editor-in-Chief Located near the Watauga Medical Center, Leon Levin Hall of Health Sciences is one of the newest buildings on App State’s campus. Opened in fall 2018, LLHS houses the Beaver College of Health Sciences, which enrolls nearly 3,500 students. The 203,000-squarefoot building features an open space filled with natural light as you walk in the main entrance. LLHS also has a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute of Health and Human Services Interprofessional Health Clinic that offers several clinical services for patients such as a communication disorders clinic, music therapy, a social work clinic and a psychology clinic. The building is App State’s first major building off campus. App State’s board of trustees named LLHS after The Leon Levine Foundation of Charlotte, which donated a $5 million grant to App State.

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CAMPUS Best Bathroom - Library

Best On-Campus Coffee Shop Crossroads

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The library bathrooms offer just about everything anyone would want in a bathroom. They are quiet, spacious and clean, giving students a reliable option whenever they need it. They are consistent on every floor, each offering a top-of-the-line experience for users with the granite countertops and automatically flushing toilets. The library bathrooms also offer eco-friendly toilets that save water and automatic towel dispensers­—two elite features that make the library bathrooms even better.

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From about 9 a.m. to noon, you can expect a line out the door at Crossroads Coffee House. A favorite place for many to work and socialize during the day, Crossroads is one of the most recognizable places on App State’s campus. In addition to daily brews, Americanos, cappuccinos, lattes and mochas, Crossroads has several creative specialty drinks like the “Grasshopper,” a latte with mocha and peppermint. Want something cooler? Check out the smoothie menu and its fruit, protein and yogurt options. If you’re hungry, Crossroads has fresh-baked pastries delivered from local bakeries and restaurants. The daily crowd makes getting a table difficult, but once you get a seat, the ambiance and atmosphere keeps you coming back. Many students spend hours working and socializing in the dim light with ever-changing music playlists either at tables with friends or on cushioned chairs. With jazz nights and occasional other live performances, Crossroads does more than just serve coffee. At times, it’s an all-immersive experience.

Best on campus meal - Central Zack Antrum | @zantrum17 | Sports Reporter

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Every day, hundreds of students go to of Roess Dining Hall for meals. Commonly known as “Central,” it is one of the biggest social spots on campus. The dining hall operates on an á la carte system or declining balance on students’ meal plans. Sanford Commons on the lower level and Rivers Street Cafe on the upper level offer unique food selections. Sanford Commons is the home of Mountaineer Grill, the Sub Shop and Chick-Fil-A. River Street Cafe offers fire-baked pizza, made-toorder pasta and a burrito shop, which is home to the popular breakfast burrito.

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CAMPUS Best Sorority - Alpha Omicron Pi Nora Smith | @noraagracee| Former Editor-in-Chief

Alpha Omicron Pi’s Sigma Gamma chapter was founded 10 years ago at App State with the motto “Inspire Ambition.” Since then, the sorority has grown into 2019’s Best PHC Sorority. The sorority hosts an annual philanthropy dinner to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation, its national philanthropy. The “Smoke Out Arthritis” barbecue dinner, was also the first minimum waste dinner by using compostable plates, napkins, cups and utensils. The sorority’s emphasis on environmentalism continued when it created a sustainabil-

ity chair for the App State Greek community. AOΠ’s local philanthropy is the High Country Caregiver Foundation, an organization that aims to reduce stress and depression for child caregivers and improve their quality of life. Throughout the year, sisters watch over children who were not raised in traditional households and provide snacks, play games and create crafts. AOΠ has also won the Greek Week can donation competition for four years in a row and hosts the Can Slam annually to benefit food pantries.

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Best Fraternity - Delta Sigma Phi Rachel Greenland | @TheAppalachian | Managing Editor

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Brothers of the Iota Lambda chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity seek to live their lives based on their mantra: “Better men, better lives.” Since being chartered on App State’s campus in August of 2015, the brothers have sought to share their passion for values-based leadership and service. Led by President Matt Burr, junior exercise science major, the chapter collectively earned over

630 service hours in the 2018-19 academic year. Many of these hours come from helping their national philanthropy, the American Red Cross, host blood drives on campus. Last fall, the chapter raised $3,300 at its annual bubble soccer tournament. That money went toward their local philanthropy, Hunter’s Heroes, and the National PKU Alliance.

Best NPHC Organization Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Rachel Greenland | @TheAppalachian | Managing Editor The Omicron Kappa chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was chartered on App State’s campus Dec. 11, 1987, with 13 members and was the first black Greek-letter organization both nationally and on App State’s campus. The sorority’s mission is “to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of ‘Service to All Mankind,’” according to its website.


Led by President Kaitlyn Chesney, senior pre-law major, the chapter’s “Service to All Mankind” is recognized through its over 250 service hours in the 2018-19 academic year and their five Program Targets of Service—HBCU for Life: A Call to Action, Women’s Healthcare and Wellness, Building Your Economic Legacy, The Arts and Global Impact. Some of the programs the chapter has hosted include breast cancer screenings, a free kickboxing class, a “Money Moves” program and an open mic night to memorialize the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement.

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CAMPUS Best Freshman Residence Hall - Cone Hall Mariah Reneau | @reneau2 | Former A&C Editor

As one of the most conveniently placed residence halls, located next to the Plemmons Student Union, Cone Hall is this year’s Best Freshman Residence Hall. Cone has eight co-ed floors and each has a private lounge separated from the rest of the floor by a wall of windows. After renovations in 2010, Cone received Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Gold Certification, making it another building on campus focused on sustainability, according to the University Housing website. Each floor is equipped with five bathrooms, two bathrooms for each gender and one gender-neutral bathroom. Cone also has air conditioning, which man residence halls do not have. This fact becomes glaringly obvious in August and

September, when you can tell who lives in which hall depending on how sweaty they look when they get to class. With the pingpong table, kitchen, laundry room and lounge with couches and flat screen TVs, Cone has a multitude of resources for residents to feel at home in their first year of college. Cone also has a study lounge located on the far right side of the main floor, with a wall-length whiteboard, a large table and many chairs for group study sessions. The top floors of Cone are home to freshman Honors College students, who are required to live there unless part of the Watauga Residential College. There are also several Residential Learning Communities in Cone.

Best Dorm/Upperclassmen Dorm Summit Hall Mickey Hutchings | @hickeymutchings | Visual Managing Editor

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Compared to other dorms on campus, it’s no wonder why Summit Residence Hall is considered the best. Located on East Campus, Summit is next to the Plemmons Student Union and central to many academic buildings. Due to its prime location, Summit also has great views. From the upper floors of the building, students have panoramic scenes of the mountains, the bell tower and Sanford Mall from their rooms. Summit’s rooms are designed suite style with a bathroom connecting two dorm rooms. Sharing a bathroom among four people rather than an entire hall is a bonus to living in Summit. Housing for Summit is prioritized for

honors students, who get first pick of which room they want. The rest of the rooms are usually assigned to upperclassmen who apply to live on campus. Summit is particularly ideal for honors students and upperclassmen because of its array of study spaces, including study areas with floor-to-ceiling windows on each floor, and the Fireside Lounge on the first floor, which has its own TV and fireplace. Residents can easily socialize with others in common areas or escape to privacy in their rooms or study lounges. Summit is prime real estate on App State’s campus, and if you’re lucky enough, you might secure your own room in the hall as an upperclassman.


HOUSING Best Place to Live Alone The Standard Christina Beals | @Christinalala_ | A&C Editor Located less than a mile from campus on Blowing Rock Road, The Standard is a housing complex that prides itself in its vibrant environment and various floor plans. The floor plans include studio and one, two, three and four-bedroom options. The Standard applies its “modern living” motto to each room: “the embodiment of times past with times here and now.” Along with large bedrooms and personal laundry rooms, residents are offered amenities like a modern clubhouse with pool tables and flatscreen TVs, a fitness center, a luxury pool and a computer lounge. For those who enjoy modern living but want to live alone, The Standard features its Fraser, Maple and Buckeye studio floor plans and 1-bedroom Alder and Hickory plans.

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Best place to live with roommates and Best Pet-Friendly Complex - The Cottages Silas Albright and Logan Berg | @silasalbright and @theAppalachian | Sports Editor and Former Video Editor Offering community-oriented housing with dorm-style living amenities, The Cottages of Boone aims to please its residents. It offers one, three, four and five bedroom options. Each resident gets their own room, bathroom and walk-in closet, solving the problem of wanting roommates and personal space. Each resident gets a parking space, and the AppalCart has three stops spread out on the property, with buses coming every 20 minutes. One of the biggest draws to living at the Cottages is the variety of amenities offered to residents. There is a 24-hour clubhouse with TVs, computers, a pool table, pingpong table, shuffleboard ta-

ble and a printer. There is also an outdoor pool and hot tub with a great view of the mountains. The Cottages also offers a fitness center, sauna, steam room and tanning beds for its residents. As the Cottages so simply put it in its online pet policy, “Your pets are welcome at The Cottages of Boone!” With a walkable design, inter-connected living space near App State’s campus and on an AppalCart route, there’s enough roaming space to keep any four-legged friend happy. Whether it’s in your room during a study session or its by the Cottages’ outside firepits, your pets can be alongside the journey with you.

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HOUSING Best Housing Complex Mountaineer Village Daisy Tucker | @TheAppalachian | A&C Reporter

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Best Rental Company The Winkler Organization

For students looking for a lifestyle of convenience and comfort, look no further than Mountaineer Village, Boone’s premier student apartments. Located just over 2 miles from App State, Mountaineer Village provides the perfect location for students commuting to campus. There are also many grocery stores and restaurants located near the complex. Besides its location, living at Mountaineer Village comes with many other benefits. All residents of the complex are guaranteed their own personal bath-

room, in-home washer and dryer, and high-speed internet access. The complex also offers many amenities to its tenants. Some of these amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a basketball/volleyball court, a swimming pool and a clubhouse with free Starbucks Coffee. Mountaineer Village also prides itself as pet friendly, so with a coverage fee and a small fee added to their rent, students can live worry-free with their furry friend. The complex even has an onsite dog park.

Camryn Collier | @TheAppalachian | A&C Senior Reporter Since 1983, The Winkler Organization has stood out in the High Country for its high quality service and units. With a priority to rent out to App State and Caldwell Community College students, this rental organization has over 20 rental options available. Its properties range from townhouses, full houses, and 1-4 bedroom apartments. According to The Winkler Organization website, 91% of its residents are satisfied with their experience. Most of Winkler’s properties have ame-

nities including parking, cable, internet, air conditioning and more. Winkler also offers other benefits including housekeeping and discounts to many local businesses, like Stick Boy Bread Co., Noble Kava, The Local, TApp Room, Red Onion and more. The application process for the Winkler Organization takes about five minutes online. If you need a place to stay while you get your education in the High Country, check The Winkler Organization out.

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