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Adventure Awaits Hit the Trails in the High Country

Indie Dining in the High Country Local Restaurants Serving Delicious Farm-To-Table Fare

Sips & Trips of the High Country Wine, Brews & Spirits of the Mountains

Outdoor Leisure

Rest and Relax While Experiencing These High Country Activities


Explore These Charming Mountain Towns

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The High Country Visitors Guide

High Country Visitors Guide 2017–2018 INSIDE Outdoor Adventures


5 Outdoor Leisure

22 Uniquely High Country

6 Welcome

23 Shopping

8 Hiking in the High Country

24 Home Buying in the High Country

9 High Thrill in the High Country

25 Calendar of Events

12 Gem Mining

26 Indie Dining in the High Country

12 Upstaging the Mountains

28 From the Streams of North Carolina


29 Sips and Trips

13 Blowing Rock

30 Menus

15 Boone

32 Map

19 Banner Elk 20 West Jefferson

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IN THE HIGH COUNTRY High Country’s awe-inspiring scenery, challenging terrain and abundant wildlife ensures hiking is one of the best ways to experience the area. Whether you’re taking the kids out for a bit of fresh air and an escape into nature or getting in touch with your inner thrill-seeker, there are hiking trails for visitors of all categories. Here are some top trails in a range of lengths and difficulties—all located right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read about High Country's trails on page 8.

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outdoor Leisure Rest and Relax While Experiencing These High Country Activities


inter, summer, fall, spring—there’s never a dull season in the High Country. Exciting outdoor attractions and activities ensure every visitor has a fun and enriching vacation, ripe with stories to tell and memories to cherish. Most attractions in the High Country are centered around the spectacular scenery, dynamic outdoor landscape and rich Appalachian heritage. Whether you’re on a fishing excursion or enjoying the beauty of a nature hike, you’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy this leisurely way of life. Of course, the beautiful view of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains is one of the top attractions and a wonderful sight as you sit back, relax and enjoy your vacation.

Fly Fishing

Large rivers and small streams provide challenging and abundant fishing in the High Country. Stocked and wild trout, musky and smallmouth bass are the most prevalent fish, and guides can take anglers of all levels to the perfect fishing spots. Trips are entertaining and scenic with the purest, most untouched nature around. Nearby are the finest tailwater fisheries in the Southeast. Local outfitters offer wade and float trips. Keep up-to-date on catch and release regulations, and purchase your fishing license in advance at

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Annual Festivals

The High Country is known for spectacular views and a culture that embraces heritage and nature. Area festivals speak to this and are celebrated year after year with pride. The annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, located at MacRae Meadows, transports attenders to Scotland. From July 6–9, the four-day festival features tartan plaids, bagpipe bands, an open-air market with goods like Scottish meat pies and items of Highland heritage, Celtic rock bands and Scottish athletes competing in events such as a Scottish fiddling competition, Highland wrestling and more. Children will enjoy an activities tent, field games and many other attractions. To learn more, visit

Horseback Riding

Enjoy the scenery aboard a trusty companion—a sturdy horse. Many area stables offer trail rides through countrysides you wouldn’t otherwise come across. Experienced guides offer instruction for riders of all levels. Take in the views of the valley surrounded by beautiful blue mountains.


Golfing is North Carolina’s state pastime—but mountain golfing is a whole new way to play. Spectacular views, cool weather and difficult challenges will suit every golfer’s taste and level. No matter where you tee off, this will be a golfing experience like no other.

Art Browsing

Numerous art galleries and museums are found in the High Country, displaying unique, local art. These locations preserve the history and heritage of the mountains. Strolling through them will not only give you a sense of ease, but will capture your creative eye as you witness contemporary and traditional art, glass, print, sculptures, photography and locally crafted treasures. Local art festivals thrive in the mountains of the High Country, celebrating the mountain culture, music, arts and crafts. 

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vacation in the High Country is more than just a trip, it’s an experience you’ll never forget! High Country living includes scenic mountaintop views, quaint city streets, raging rivers and cozy resorts. In one location, you will find adventure sports, a unique arts scene, shopping galore, unforgettable views and hospitality like nowhere else. The variety of activities from Blowing Rock to Boone ensures there’s never a dull season in the High Country. The region is ripe with things to do and see from spring through winter. Throughout every season, you’ll never have to look hard to find excellent restaurants and bars, impressive galleries and homey shops. Mountain laurel and rhododendron start to bloom—greens and pinks frame the mountain vistas, and the outdoors seems to come to life. Spring has come to the High Country. It’s a great time to hike the mountain trails and take in the scenery in this glorious transition. Also, as the snow melts, area rapids are at their fastest. Adventure-seekers should plan a whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking excursion. Spring also marks the re-opening of area attractions and a great time to take advantage of all the biking opportunities available both on the mountains and the countryside. Visitors and residents are excited to be outdoors in the rising temperatures, i W whether it is for shopping nn Ly y b and gallery hopping or o t Pho rock climbing and kayaking. It marks the beginning of a season of food, music and art festivals with Savor Blowing Rock and MerleFest in April. A mountain getaway helps you escape the heat of summer, where the temperatures are refreshingly cool, providing the perfect opportunity for numerous outdoor activities. Enjoy a strenuous hike or a relaxing float down the New River on an inner tube. Summer evenings are cool, non6 |

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humid and most importantly, mosquitoe-free, so you can actually enjoy the outdoors in a stroll downtown or with a glass of wine on your deck. In the summer, all attractions are in full swing, including the famed Horn in the West outdoor drama. Festivities and arts run the gamut, from An Appalachian Summer Festival to the popular Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. As summer turns to autumn, the scenery begins to change in a stunning display of vivid beauty. The varying levels of elevation prolong leaf changing through October, making fall the most picturesque time to visit the High Country. The cool air and spectacular views provide an exquisite backdrop for experiencing the outdoors. When the leaves brighten to orange, the communities brighten up as well with numerous fall festivals and events. Appreciate the colorful kites against the mountain background at the Mile High Kite Festival at Beech Mountain. There are also apple festivals, Oktoberfest celebrations, country and craft fairs and even a Woolly Worm Festival, in which a worm race predicts the winter weather. While winter is generally the quieter season, the slopes are busy as ever with skiers and snowboarders taking advantage of fresh powder. The High Country is known as the ski capital of the South. Not only does it have the highest average elevation in the eastern United States, but it also has excellent ski resorts all within 30 minutes of each other. Natural snow combined with modern snowmaking machinery ensures 120 days of snow, from Thanksgiving through March. If you’re here in the winter, don’t leave without picking out and cutting down your very own Christmas tree. Dozens of tree farms carrying White Pines and Fraser Firs (the “Cadillac of Christmas Trees”) dot the mountains of the High Country, making it one of the country’s top tree producers. The Choose & Cut events and festivities run annually from the day after Thanksgiving through mid-December. Many farms also offer hot chocolate or cider, holiday cookies, local crafts and children’s activities. Make a family tradition by picking your own tree—and don’t worry; you don’t have to cut it down yourself if you don’t want to.


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Every season has something exciting to offer, so go ahead and experience them all. Be sure to come back to the High Country for the changing leaves, the summer festivals, the skiing or some intense white-water rafting. Take the family, your friends or that special someone for an unforgettable trip to the mountains. Enjoy your stay! 


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in the High Country MILEPOST 217.5 Cumberland Knob Trail: Great for stretching your legs after a long car ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hike, picnic or just enjoy the thousandacre park where Parkway construction began. Site of the northernmost visitor center in North Carolina. 0.5 mi.; Easy 230.1 Little Glade Millpons: Looking for the ultimate spot to unwind without having to hike very far? Little Glade Millpons is less than half a mile long and features a delightful pond near an old turbine mill, creating a scenic view that’s too beautiful even for words. The water is smooth as glass, and a picnic area completes the scene and makes for a perfect place to stop for lunch. 0.4 mi.; Easy

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238.5–244.7 Doughton Park: Site of the Brinegar Cabin, built in 1880 and inhabited until the 1930s. The restored cabin sits on 7,000 acres of land, with 30 miles of hiking trails. Popular activities include trout fishing, hiking and cross country skiing. Also a great place to spot wildlife. 30+ mi.; Varied Difficulty 271.9 The Cascades Trail: This turnaround trail will lead through some of the most scenic views in the High Country. Follow this easy-access path to the beautiful Cascades waterfalls. 0.5 mi.; Moderate 293 Moses Cone Manor and Memorial Park: Tour the summer home of textile magnate Moses Cone, also known as the Denim King. Today, the manor is home to the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, with quality crafts and art for sale and on display. Many hiking and horse trails to explore. 295 Julian Price Park: Park for camping, fishing, hiking and more. The once retreat of an insurance executive also features an amphitheater, lake and grills. Take the Green Knob Trail to see wildflowers, deer and birds. 2.5 mi.; Easy 828.266.0401

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302.4 Tanawha Trail: You don’t have to travel to lands afar to get the experience of a tropical forest. Lush with many different types of greenery and surrounded by nature’s peaceful woodland creatures, Tanawha Trail is a treat for the senses with some of the best views around and the sound of the fall of Bonoe Fork in the background. 3.2 mi.; Moderate 304.4 The Linn Cove Viaduct: The most photographed section on the Parkway and the last piece constructed, the Linn Cove Viaduct is known as an engineering marvel due to its litheness in winding around the mountains. Check out the visitors’ center, and hike down for a view of the complicated yet scenic bridge. 0.16 mi.; Easy 306 Grandfather Mountain Overlook: Find the best views of the mountain here and see if you think the mountain resembles a hawk. (Its Cherokee name is “Tanawa,” meaning hawk.) Many trails of varied difficulty. 308.2 Flat Rock Trail: This brisk 30-minute round trip trail to Flat Rock is ideal for hikers

of any level and is highly recommended for its fantastic views. Below is Linville Valley and towering high above are mountain peaks including Roan, Hump, Grandfather and more. Pack a lunch in your knapsack, because this is a view you’ll want to savor for a while. 0.6 mi.; Easy 316.4 Linville Falls/Gorge Trails: A visitors’ center and trails that lead to the overlook for two falls and the gorge. The lower falls plunge 80 feet into Linville Gorge, the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi River. The rugged area is great for hiking, camping, climbing and more. Linville Falls Trail: 0.8 mi.; Moderate. Linville Gorge Trail: 0.5; Strenuous 320.8 Chestoa View Trail: Any time of year is suitable to hike this gorgeous trail, but the fall proves to be the most popular since the valley is covered with leaves that change a rainbow of hues during this season. Enjoy fantastic views and stop for a picnic at one of the tables available for a meal outdoors. 0.6 mi.; Easy 339.5 Crabtree Falls Loop Trail: Marking the last stretch of the Parkway through the Blue Ridge Mountains, this hike is made for the more experienced hiker. Remember that while it may be a calm hike down, this loop will be a steep climb back uphill! 2.6 mi.; Strenuous 

HIKING SAFETY TIPS Use a map. Always know the quickest and safest route back to civilization. Wear sturdy, worn-in boots or shoes able to handle rocky, uneven and slippery surfaces. Bring a daypack with food, water, firstaid supplies, rain gear, extra clothing, cell phone, compass and flashlight. Stay alert for changing weather patterns. Keep kids in the middle of the group. Read any regulations for the area you are hiking. Bring a loud whistle for emergency situations. Don’t attempt a hiking trail that is too strenuous for you. If you don’t exercise regularly, an intermediate or advanced trail could be dangerous for your health and leave you stranded midway. Hike with at least one companion.


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lot of people look to the High Country as a place to relax and unwind, and it’s certainly an ideal location for kicking back. However, others are born with a yearning for adventure, and it’s these people who look to the High Country as a place to go wild and really let the adrenaline pump through their veins. Whatever you choose to call them—thrill seekers, adrenaline junkies or just plain dare devils— these people seek out a different kind of excursion when they come here. If you’re one of these folks who enjoy living on the edge, pushing the boundaries and laughing in the face of fear, we dare you to explore the High Country in an extremely different way during your visit. Zip lining is a way thrill-seekers can get their adrenaline racing as well as get a workout! It’s an adventure that takes you on a journey through the air as you glide across cable wires to your destination. Harnesses are provided for your ultimate safety. Hawksnest Zip Lines offer the longest North Carolina zip lines and the best zip line canopy tour in the state. They currently have 20 zip lines that create over 4 miles of courses with some lines zipping adventurers from 30 to over 200 feet off the ground at speeds of 25–45 mph! Come to Hawksnest to experience the biggest and best—

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with the most spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Experience a true canopy tour and zip line adventure with Sky Valley Zip Tours! With over a mile of cable and elevations up to 300 feet, the course features 10 zip lines, cliff jumping, a swinging bridge, waterfalls and countless views—you have an experience you won’t soon forget. The course is located on 140 acres of pristine environment on which you will get to observe and enjoy diverse flora and fauna, some of which are only found in this region. Those who seek adventure by getting their feet off the ground will also enjoy the experience of a high ropes/adventure course. Navigating through fun and challenging elements made of nets, ropes and cables makes the final ride down the zip line or giant pendulum swing a breathtaking thrill that took a little effort to achieve! Rock Dimensions Climbing &

Adventure Guides offers high ropes/adventure course excursions for people ready for a new and exciting experience with an “airy” dimension! Not a fan of the air? Experience the water in an action-packed way with whitewater rafting. Wahoo’s Adventures is celebrating its 39th anniversary as the area’s oldest and finest whitewater rafting company, voted twice as “Outfitter of the Year” by the Professional Paddlesports Association, and they’re nationally acclaimed for safety, cuisine and award-winning service. Experience a truly extreme whitewater adventure on Wilson Creek Gorge, a 2.5-mile run that features Class V Rapids, A+ scenery and the obvious “wow” factor. The boiling hydraulics and powerful rapids will give both seasonal rafters as well as first timers the experience of a lifetime. Ranging from 10-foot waterfalls to an 18foot stair step drop, this whitewater trip is a must for all you adrenaline junkies. Wahoo’s also offers other extreme activities such as funyaking, the ideal choice for older children who love riding in these self-bailing rafts, or regular kayaking, an adrenaline adventure for the whole family. River and Earth Adventures also offer superb rafting, kayaking and tubing adventures. You’ll love seeing water soaring down the pool and rapidstudded rivers of Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, Asheville and Boone. If you’re afraid of heights, take heed to these next two activities! Rock climbing is popular at indoor climbing walls or on actual mountains or cliffs. Rock Dimensions Climbing Guides has all of the equipment, permits and experienced guides certified through the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA) to get even complete novices out on the rocks!



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Experienced climbers can also benefit from gear rentals or the knowledge of a local guide who knows the area. However, once you’ve reached the top of the mountain, the fun doesn’t stop there. Rappelling is a rock climbing technique where you descend from high points of cliffs and mountains. Typically, a climber will make their way up a mountain and then rappel down, enjoying the rigorous activity from start to finish. The dangerous thrill of maneuvering down a mountain while tied to a rope and harness is sure to leave you breathless and satisfied. Rappelling can be a hard task that takes skill, but once you’ve got it, you’ve got it. It’s an exciting way to get over being afraid of heights because what goes up must rappel down! High Country is the perfect place to give spelunking, also known as caving, a try. Grab your hard hats to discover an underground world as you journey through caves and explore an atmosphere that has withstood the hands of time. Spelunking typically entails climbing, crawling and maneuvering your way into spaces and openings. Head to River and Earth Adventures for an exciting caving adventure; they’re the only outfitter in the country that has actual geologists on staff to tell you all about cave formations and local geology. Maybe there’s something about dirt and earth hitting your mountain bike that really gets your wheels spinning. Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park in Boone is the best place for exhilarating trails. Since the park’s opening in 2011, new trails and skill areas are being added each season—enough to keep up with even the most daring athletes’ interest. Whether you like cross country biking, trail riding, slopestyle or dirt jumping, mountain biking forces riders to enhance their sense of self-reliance like no other sport! Feel the clean air fill your lungs as you ride and jump down a mountain at speeds others only wish they were brave enough to try. 

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o something Revolutionary this summer at the High Country’s longest running cultural attraction! Each summer for 66 years the outdoor drama Horn in the West has put guests in the midst of the American Revolution. This summer we invite you to spend an evening under the stars at this historic professional theatrical

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production. At Horn in the West you will hear the gunfire, experience the passion, feel the struggle for freedom and live the history! The story of Horn in the West recounts events of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution through fictional characters as well as historical ones, such as Daniel Boone, Judge Richard Henderson, Dragging Canoe and Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, Nancy Ward. Dr. Geoffrey Stuart, a prominent British physician, struggles between his allegiance to the Crown and his loyalty to fellow colonists. His biggest conflict arises when his own son, Jack, aligns with their neighbors to join the Regulator Movement. Even as Nancy Ward of the Cherokee establishes friendly terms with the settlers, Dragging Canoe wages war while backed by the British. The story culminates in the Battle of King’s Mountain, where a major turning point in the Revolution occurred—October 7, 1780. The Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is open Tuesday–Sunday, April–November, with tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and during the pre-show hours, 5:30-8 p.m., when reenactors demonstrate life ways of the 18th-century Appalachians. On Saturday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m., Hickory Ridge commemorates Independence Day through a burning effigy of King George III, 13 toasts to 13 colonies and a 13 gun salute. See The 2017 season runs from June 23 to August 5 nightly, except Mondays. For tickets, visit or call 828-264-2120. VIP packages are available. All seats reserved. Have Dinner with Dan’l, a reservations-only picnic buffet catered onsite by Dan’l Boone Inn, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, weekly. Receive 10 percent off regular admission with coupon. 

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nown as the Gem Capital of North America, North Carolina— Western North Carolina in particular—is chock full of sparkling gemstones just waiting to be snatched up by discerning miners. Aquamarine, rubies, emeralds and garnet gems are just a few of nearly 60 different rock types that can be discovered among these rocky cliffs—but don’t expect to have to work too hard for your treasure. The High Country is home to a multitude of gem mines, all offering an exciting and family-friendly experience that doesn’t require you to get your hands too dirty. Many gem mines offer buckets of all sizes and prices, usually with the guarantee of discovering a shimmering sparkler in the end. And remember, the largest buckets are known to carry the biggest gems, so choose wisely! Once you’ve chosen your bucket, head on down to the flume line, a long stretch of enclosed water reminiscent of the shallow streams used by miners of the past. Scoop up a healthy helping of mine ore from the bucket, pour it out on the sifting screen, and rinse in the flume. Itching to show off your new High Country treasures? Most gem mines are one-stop shops, offering a full range of services once your baubles have been discovered. Experts will reveal the types of stones you’ve found, and many times you can get your gems cut and made into jewelry by experienced gem cutters. When you’re looking to learn more about gem mining, local museums offer educational mining programs. Geologists on staff are equipped to answer all of your questions when it comes to gem mining in the High Country. If you happen to be visiting July 30– Aug. 6, make the trip to Spruce Pine, where they host the annual Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show. At the event, people of all ages learn more about gems and the long history of gem mining in the area as they hear from dealers from around the world. Whether you’re panning for jewels for yourself or discovering hidden treasures with the family, the High Country’s gem mining is an exciting adventure that all ages can enjoy. Happy hunting! 


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he quaint streets of Blowing Rock are storybook sweet. Adorable shops, upscale restaurants, art galleries and antique stores are all tucked into the small mountain village. Tree-lined streets and sweeping mountain views give the small town an alluring, almost magical feel. And with easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock is also centrally located to all the best outdoor adventures and attractions that the High Country has to offer. In fact, in 2008, Blowing Rock was named a “Favorite Southern Destination” by the readers of Southern Living. Chartered and incorporated in 1889, Blowing Rock has been a tourist destination for more than 120 years. The clean mountain air attracted visitors from across the South from the mid-1880s on, and Native Americans had long called the area home before the settlers

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arrived. Today, there are nearly 1,500 full-time residents in Blowing Rock; in the summer, the population jumps to nearly 8,000. Blowing Rock’s storybook streets have even been emulated in some popular fiction. Renowned author Jan Karon lived in the small town while she wrote the At Home in Mitford series, and most believe that the town “Mitford” was inspired by Blowing Rock. Exploring the outdoors is one of the primary reasons people come to Blowing Rock. The exquisite nature surrounding the small town beckons visitors to explore. Start at North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction and the town’s namesake, The Blowing Rock, which is actually an odd-shaped rock on a peak with extraordinary views. At the site of the rock, you can learn how Blowing Rock got its name and enjoy a scenic view from the observation tower. If you’re visiting in the winter, Appalachian Ski Mountain is conveniently nearby. As the High Country’s first ski area, the resort is a seasoned pro at keeping skiers and snowboarders entertained. With 11 slopes, three terrain parks, rentals, a ski school, shops,

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daycare, meeting rooms and an observation deck, Appalachian Ski Mountain is one of the most popular ski mountains in the region. Blowing Rock is also a place where both kids and adults can find happiness. Besides the outdoor adventures, there are several attractions for the whole family. Mystery Hill, open yearround, offers a mix of science, optical illusion and natural phenomena. Both the Appalachian Heritage Museum and Native American Artifacts Museum are also on-site, so you can have fun while learning about the rich history of the area. A long-lived family tradition in Blowing Rock, Tweetsie Railroad, is also nearby and offers old-fashioned amusements and a nostalgic atmosphere. Take a ride on the 3-mile steam-powered train through the mountains and enjoy live entertainment. Last, but definitely not least, spend some time at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum celebrating the rich heritage of the mountains. The museum will host its annual Arts & Antiques Show, July 28–30. Vendors from across the East Coast will bring a variety of items. Be sure to check out the home furnishings stores—the handmade furniture and unique High Country style is worth a long look. 

Since 1923, the Blowing Rock See our $1 OFF regular adult admission coupon on Charity Horse Show has thrilled and delighted audiences. This “Highlight of Blowing Rock’s Summer Season” is a tradition that’s not to be missed. The three-week event includes two divisions—the Saddlebred and the Hunter & Jumper Division. See the glitz and glam of flashy show horses during the Saddlebred classes. Fans root and shout for their favorites from the stands. At the Hunter & Jumper classes, the finest equestrians and their mounts are put through their paces. Elaborate courses allow the contenders to show off their fine jumping and riding abilities. Come for a day, or come all three weeks, it’s a show like no other!


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landmarks representing the state of North Carolina and its unique history. The “Daniel Boone and his Hunting Dogs” statue located on campus depicts the companionship of Daniel Boone and his hunting dogs during their travels through Appalachia. The sculpture was built on the spot that is believed to have been Boone’s campsite. The story goes that Boone never traveled anywhere without his two dogs. Also on campus is the Bell Tower that stands tall and has been a part of the campus’ history since the very beginning. The arts truly abound in Boone. A stroll downtown will reveal several galleries and craft shops featuring local artists inspired by the beauty of the region. Hit the downtown galleries and shops on the Downtown Boone Art Crawl,


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or stop by the renowned Turchin Center for Visual Arts on the ASU campus. Besides the arts, there are dozens of unique locally owned shops selling everything from clothing to antiques, western wear to pet products. Find a random selection of just about everything at Mast General Store. The historic shop originated in nearby Valle Crucis, but the Boone location is just as quaint. Of course, shopping is probably the second most popular activity, right behind anything outdoors. Boone has the highest elevation of any town its size east of the Mississippi, which makes its climate more temperate than other parts of the state. The summers are cooler and provide the perfect environment to explore the area’s natural beauty. Perhaps that is why Boone was recognized as the




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On October 8, be sure to come out to the Hickory Ridge Museum for a day celebrating Appalachian heritage. Living history demonstrations will include traditional artistry such as quilt making, storytelling and musicians playing such instruments as the banjo and dulcimer. This free event will also include vendors, crafters, children’s activities, food and more!


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eople come to Banner Elk for a variety of reasons—to enjoy the beautiful mountain vistas, to get a breath of fresh air, to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere—and to choose their very own Christmas tree. Perhaps one of the best aspects about Banner Elk is that it’s always a great time to visit. With four distinct seasons, the area offers something for every time of year. Spring has been known to attract many visitors who come to get a glimpse of the gorgeous blossoms, and summer is ripe with outdoor activities, including golfing, hiking, horseback riding, rafting and fishing, to name a few. The area is particularly popular among cycling enthusiasts because of the many trails ideal for mountain biking. Of course fall is popular for the rainbow of leaves that transform the mountaintop trees, and winter is when some of the best sports come into play, particularly skiing at the neighboring Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain. Experience 19th century history in Banner

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Elk and the High Country at the home of Samuel Henry Banner, one of Banner Elk’s original settlers. Wander back in time through the re-created household of the 1870–80s. The museum hosts daily guided tours mid-June through mid-October by volunteer docents who will introduce you to life in the 1800s. Even though the town is small, it’s bursting with local culture. Lees-McRae College is a century-old institution in the heart of Banner Elk that provides a great cultural resource for the area. The school’s popular summer theater program has been offering visitors and locals top-notch productions for more than 20 years. One of the High Country’s most beloved natural landmarks, Grandfather Mountain, is just down the road from Banner Elk in Linville. Grandfather Mountain has dozens of hiking trails, a mile-high swinging bridge, wildlife habitats and a conservation museum. Be sure to check out the view from the top—it is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain chain. 

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s the most densely populated part of Ashe County (with a whopping 1,300 people), West Jefferson is a quaint town with art galleries, plenty of shops and an old-time atmosphere reminiscent of the 1950s. Originally a major stop on the Northwestern Railroad, West Jefferson is now a quiet town popular with tourists and vacationers seeking a mountain escape. The community is very focused on arts and crafts, and the natural beauty of the surrounding area definitely serves as inspiration. Rolling hills, peaceful rivers and miles and miles of trees surround the small, yet vibrant downtown. One of the most popular attractions is the only cheese making plant in North Carolina; Ashe County Cheese has a viewing room where you can see cheese being made. Visit the gift shop where more than 20 varieties of cheese as well as homemade fudge and fresh cheese curd are available to take home. Walking through town, you’ll notice several murals, art galleries and shops with locally made crafts. Particularly notable attractions for arts appreciators are the Churches of the Frescoes—three churches in the area featuring full-wall paintings by the world-renowned artist Ben Long. The stunning paintings are part of a longer trail of churches that extends farther east into North Carolina. Whether you are simply interested in a great round of golf or looking for a golf course

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home or site, Mountain Aire Golf Club offers an 18-hole public course and real estate opportunities. With practice facilities, lessons to improve your game and a golf pro shop, you are sure to have a great day and magnificent views on this moderate length course that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels. Of course, venturing through the outdoors is the most popular activity in and around West Jefferson. Explore what is believed to be one of the oldest rivers in North America—the New River. Slow waters, fertile banks and wildflowers make New River State Park ideal for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, camping and hiking in the beautiful outdoor sanctuary. A long day’s hike along the New River, followed by a leisurely stroll through West Jefferson’s quaint downtown, could possibly be the quintessential High Country day. 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY FESTIVAL Forget the fireworks; bring on the fa la las! The most famous event in town is the Christmas in July Festival. This huge mountain festival allows visitors to get their holiday shopping done— without having to sip hot cocoa to warm up! Guests will shop, dine and browse all sorts of Christmas goods and decorations. Featuring live music, crafts from local artisans, food and a great family atmosphere, it is one of the High Country’s most highly attended events. Best of all— proceeds from the festival benefit local charities. Forgo the fireworks this year, and let the Christmas spirit ring!


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ounded in 1891, the birthplace of stockcar racing and known for its unique history, North Wilkesboro embraces the traditions of the mountains while fostering a culturally rich community. When the

Norfolk and Southern Railroads were built into Wilkes County, the charming town of North Wilkesboro was discovered and quickly developed into the “Key to the Blue Ridge” due to its numerous tourists’ amenities and close proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you are in North Wilkesboro, chances are you will participate in an exciting outdoor activity. Hike down the Dark Mountain Trail or Blue Ridge Parkway, take a day trip to the lake, or challenge yourself at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir and Dam, a haven for anglers, hikers and campers. An additional 25 miles of mountain biking trails can be found at the Warrior Creek and Dark Mountain areas. The area is also home to the Yadkin River Greenway, with eight plus miles of walking trails where wildlife, vegetation and streams are preserved. On the greenway, you will find recreation and exercise opportunities all along the west side of the Yadkin and Reddies Rivers. These rivers are also a popular destination for kayaking, canoeing, rafting and fishing—especially for trout. Visit local art spots in the Downtown district where you will find monthly exhibits at Wilkes Art and Taupe Galleries that feature local, regional and American artists. Hit up unique shops, boutiques, restaurants and visit their antique district. Enjoy amazing performances at the town’s Yadkin Valley Marketplace, home of Window World Concerts on the Deck and

the Wilkes County Farmers’ Market. Once you have indulged yourself in the arts and culture of the town, visit one of several family-owned vineyards or one of two new distilleries, Copper Barrel and Call Family, both purveyors of moonshine. Speaking of wining and dining, North Wilkesboro is home to numerous restaurants that offer fresh and local eats that will surely satisfy everyone’s appetite. From a bistro-style coffeehouse that specializes in gourmet drinks and homemade food to a wing joint with a laid-back atmosphere, the town is home to some of the best North Carolina eats there are. The town hosts a range of events throughout the year such as free outdoor concerts, a farmers’ market, annual holiday events and regular monthly antique cars shows. You’ll most certainly want to attend one of the many annual events happening in North Wilkesboro to make some unforgettable memories. With all there is to see and do in North Wilkesboro, you won’t be disappointed with your stay in this one-of-a-kind small town with big features. 

• Unique Shops • Art Galleries • Restaurants • Paddle Boarding the Yadkin River • Antiques • 7 Mile + Yadkin River Greenway • Boating and Fishing at W. Kerr Scott Lake • Canoeing • Kayaking • Mountain Bike Trails • Trout Fishing in the Reddies River

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rom the eclectic shops in downtown Boone to the designer-filled outlets in Blowing Rock, shopping in the High Country is quite the adventure. Spend a few hours, a full day or an entire week exploring our many specialty shops in each of our unique communities. You definitely won’t leave empty-handed. Step back in time at Mast General Store and stock up on a wide variety of merchandise from candy to souvenirs. Or browse through the many art galleries on the quaint streets of Boone, Blowing Rock and beyond for art in all forms by talented local artists. The High Country arts scene is huge, and there are dozens of painters, sculptors and other artists from across the area creating beautiful pieces inspired by the scenic background of mountains and forests.  North Carolina is famous for its wood furniture, and you’ll find many home décor and furniture stores with an amazing selection of unique tables, chairs, bed frames, dressers and more. Hand-carved wooden furniture and wood inlay pieces by local artisans make a unique statement in any home. There are also many other enticing home accents available at specialty stores across the region, including rugs, lamps, crafts, ceramics, accessories and loads of antiques.  If you’d rather buy for yourself than for your home, you’re also in luck in the High Country.

Find a wide array of designer clothes at the Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock, or head to the many chic and eclectic shops in Boone. Footsloggers serves the outdoor recreation community with a wide selection of clothing, outdoor gear and friendly knowledge. Rivercross Market, located right beside the Original Mast Store in historic Valle Crucis, is filled with a collection of goods handmade in America. Many local artists are a part of the

collection including woodworkers, weavers, painters and stained glass creators. From pottery and jewelry to candles and paper art, you’re sure to find perfect gifts for everyone... including yourself. There’s even a fun collection for kids! From hand-crafted pottery to stylish women’s wear, the High Country has all the makings of a top-notch shopping destination. Check out these fabulous finds from local stores, and take a little piece of the High Country back home with you. 


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eciding how you’re going to use your High Country home is the first step in choosing which type of home is right for you. The North Carolina High Country, with its crisp mountain air, breathtaking views and countless outdoor activities, offers an ideal location for first, second and even third homes. Before you begin the search for the perfect home for you and your family, you should first define your wants and needs as it pertains to home ownership. Are you looking to live here year-round? Seasonally or for weekends? Will it be used by different families at different times? Do you prefer to spend your days having outdoor adventures or puttering around the house working on a honey-do list? The

answers to questions such as these can help steer you down the right path for your High Country home. Mark Harrill is the founder and president of Echota, a second-home community in the heart of the High Country. He agrees that defining your usage up front will save you a lot of time and frustration. “Most of our owners at Echota are second-home owners looking for year-round weekend escapes with their families. They’re drawn to our maintenance-free residences, our central location to Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock, our inviting amenities and, of course, the great views all around.” 

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First Friday of Every Month: Downtown Boone Art Crawl Art showings, refreshments and live entertainment. 6 p.m. Downtown Boone. 828-268-6280. May–Oct.: Music on the Lawn at Ragged Gardens Blowing Rock’s favorite outdoor concert series. Every Friday, 5:30–8:30 p.m. The Inn at Ragged Gardens, Blowing Rock. 828-295-9703. May 20, June 10, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 7: Art in the Park Local artisans showcasing handcrafted jewelry, pottery, photography, painting and more. Park Avenue, Blowing Rock. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 828-295-7851. June–October: Gallery Crawl Art, refreshments, music and fun! Every second Friday of each month, 5–8 p.m. Downtown West Jefferson’s Art District. 336-846-ARTS. June 8–11, July 25–30, Aug. 1–6: 9th Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Features top horse competitors from around the country. 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. L.M. Tate Horse Show Grounds, Blowing Rock. 828-295-4700. June 25–Aug. 5: An Appalachian Summer Festival Featuring a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film. Appalachian State University, Boone. 828-262-4046. Sept. 22–Oct. 28: Ghost Train Fun Halloween activities for the whole family. Friday and Saturday nights, 7:30 p.m. 800-526-5740.

All Summer

Monday Night Concert Series A 50-year tradition of town sponsored concerts. Broyhill Park, Blowing Rock. 828-295-5222. Street Dances Free dancing in the street. Every Saturday night. Parking lot, Beech Mountain Town Hall. 800-468-5506. Summer Concerts Free live music on the patio. Every Saturday, 2–5 p.m. 5506 Skybar, Beech Mountain. 800-468-5506. Downhill Mountain Biking Downhill biking trails, for beginners through advanced. Beech Mountain Resort. 800-468-5506.

All Winter

Sledding Hills The sledding hill is located next to the Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center, Beech Mountain. 800-468-5506. Skiing/Boarding/Snow Tubing Join in for these fun winter activities. 800-468-5506. Snowshoe Hikes A free snowshoe tour through Beech Mountain’s beautiful Alpine Wilderness. 828-387-3003.


9–18: Day Out with Thomas 25-minute ride with a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine. Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock. 14: Animal Birthday Party Celebrate the birthdays of all the animals in the habitats with fun activities. Grandfather Mountain. 828-733-2013. 16–17: 71st Annual NC Rhododendron Festival This festival includes a pageant, street fair, duck derby and more. Downtown Bakersville. 16–18: ‘A Cool 5’ Race Weekend A total of three races providing something for all ages and abilities. Beech Mountain. 828-387-3003. 23: Horn in the West Opening Night Now celebrating its 65th anniversary, come see the High Country’s longest running cultural attraction. Daniel Boone Park, Boone. 828-264-2120. 23: Buckeye Bonfire An evening by the lake with hot dogs, s'mores, canoe rides, storytelling and a bonfire. Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria, Beech Mountain. 828-387-3003.

25: 93rd Annual Singing on the Mountain A dozen top gospel groups will perform as well as a sermon from a well-known speaker. MacRae Meadows, Grandfather Mountain. 828-733-2013.


1–4: Mile High 4th of July Banner Elk and Beech Mountain have joined forces to present this multi-day Fourth of July extravaganza. 844-824-6777. 1: 4th of July Festival and Parade Games, music and fun, plus the best small-town Main Street parade. Downtown Blowing Rock. 10 a.m. 828-295-5222. 1: 47th Annual Roasting of the Hog & Fireworks A catered BBQ meal with all the fixins, vendors, music, games for kids and a spectacular fireworks display. 800-468-5506. 1: Independence Day Celebrations at Hickory Ridge Museum Celebrate Independence Day in the style of the 1780s and '90s. Hickory Ridge Museum, Boone. 828-264-2120. 2: 4th of July Park Dance Live music and fun in the park. Memorial Park, Blowing Rock. 1 p.m. 828-295-5222. 3: Mile High Fourth of July Concert Enjoy live music and holiday fun. 6 p.m. Kite Field, Beech Mountain. 800-468-5506. 4: Downtown Boone July 4th Parade A town parade followed by cake and refreshments with the mayor. 11 a.m. Downtown Boone. 828-268-6280. 6–9: 62nd Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games A family friendly event featuring Highland Games and a gathering of Scottish clans. McRae Meadows, Grandfather Mountain. 828-733-1333. 14–16: Fine Arts & Master Crafts Festival An eclectic gathering of international and mountain artists and crafters. Downtown Banner Elk. 828-898-5605. 21–22: Quilt Fair: Barn Quilts and Beyond Quilt sales, door prizes, Viewer’s Choice contest, a silent auction and more. Westwood Elementary School, West Jefferson. 22–30: K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs Incredible dogs who have delighted audiences nationwide. Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock. 800-526-5740. 28–29: Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention A celebration and showcase of the musical talent and heritage of the High Country. 5 p.m. Ashe County Park, Jefferson. 336-846-ARTS. 28–30: The Blowing Rock Art and Antiques Show Hundreds of beautiful antiques and art pieces for exhibition and sale. Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. 828-295-9099.


5: Crafts on the Green Meet vendors from throughout the region displaying and selling art and crafts. 828-387-4838.

21: The Valle Country Fair Features delicious food, handmade crafts, mountain music and family activities. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Valle Crucis Conference Center. 828-963-4609. 21–22: 40th Annual Woolly Worm Festival A family weekend with crafts, food and a worm race. Banner Elk. 828-898-5605. 27: Town Halloween Celebration Trick-or-treating with a spooktacular party to follow. 5 p.m. Buckeye Recreation Center, Beech Mountain. 828-387-3003. 28: Halloween Festival and Monster March Trick-or-treating, scavenger hunt and the Monster March! Downtown Blowing Rock. 828-295-5222. 28: Beary Scary Halloween A day full of creepy and crawly animals, plus trick-or-treat through the habitats. Grandfather Mountain. 828-733-2013. 31: Boone Boo Games, crafts and a costume “parade” with tricks and treats. 4–6 p.m. Downtown Boone. 828-268-6280.


24: Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town Witness the Lighting of the Town with a visit from Santa. Memorial Park, Blowing Rock. 828-295-5222. 25: Holiday Market A variety of handmade goods. 10 a.m. Buckeye Recreation Center, Beech Mountain. 828-387-3003. 25: Blowing Rock Christmas Parade The annual holiday parade. Main Street, Blowing Rock. 877-750-4636. Choose and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Visit a Christmas tree farm in the mountains. Dates to be determined. Visit for more information.


9: Downtown Boone Christmas Parade Festive floats, Horn in the West performers, plus Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves. 11 a.m. King Street, Boone. 828-268-6280. 22: Beech Mountain’s Yule Log Bonfire and Hayrides Celebrate around a roaring Yule Log fire! Beech Mountain. 828-387-3003. 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration Celebrate NYE with the kids and be back home before bedtime. 6–8 p.m. Buckeye Recreation Center, Beech Mountain. 828-387-3003. 31: New Year's Eve Fireworks & Torchlight Skiing Ring in 2018 with fireworks, torchlight skiing and more. Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock. 828-295-7828.


2–3: Mile High Kite and Craft Festival An annual festival that’s fun for the whole family. Kite Field, Beech Mountain. 800-468-5506. 8–10: 24th Annual Autumn at Oz Join Dorothy and her friends in the Land of Oz. 9: Grandfather Mountain Kidfest A family-fun scavenger hunt. Grandfather Mountain. 828-733-2013. 16: The Hawk 7K A 7K with breathtaking mountain views. Hawksnest Resort, Seven Devils. 828-963-5343. 30: Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight An after-dark tour with fireside tales and nocturnal creatures. 5:30 p.m. Grandfather Mountain. 828-733-2013.


14–15: Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest Bavarian culture with music and dancing, food and beverages and more. 10 a.m. Sugar Mountain Resort. 828-898-4521.

Held third Saturdays of the month May-October 6pm–10pm at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace in downtown North Wilkesboro. Shows are free, rain or shine.


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In The High Country

By Cheryl Westbrook, Gamekeeper Restaurant Photo courtesy of Gamekeeper Restaurant


he High Country’s independent restaurants serve up delicious, locally sourced food, with a side of community service and personal attention. Dining at local, independent restaurants just feels good. It’s beyond the taste of fresh morsels made by folks down the road. These places create a subtle feeling of unity—combining sustenance, support, fellowship and yes, love.

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The High Country boasts a variety of indie restaurants, giving food lovers plenty of choices—from wild-game to scrumptious breakfast fare, home-style to organic and vegan, BBQ to bakeries, just to name a few! The close-knit locals have even created a community kitchen, F.A.R.M. Café, where anybody can eat regardless of their means. Thirsty? There’s nothing quite like a local brew to give visitors a taste of the region’s flavor. Many indie restaurants support local breweries by carrying craft-brewed beers, authentically created next door. Fresh ingredients are often garnered from nearby sources. This can mean a forager who drops in with freshly picked shiitakes or succulent blueberries. Or it could mean tender broccoli stems from the farmers market or a farmers’ cooperative, such as New Appalachia. Diners can enjoy creative, farm-to-table menu fG am items, encouraging ek eep er R and supporting the e s t au rant growth of nearby farms. What makes the region so unique is the abundance of locally owned, like-minded restaurants. Each has its own special take on the “love local” modus operandi, but all are united to move this motto forward as a defining element of High Country dining. Boone Independent Restaurants is a High Country organization supported by about 40 members. Working together, they promote their individual o

187 New Market CeNter • BooNe, NC 28607 • 828-265-1674 • www.dosaMigosBooNe.CoM 528 BlowiNg roCk Blvd • leNoir, NC 28645 • 828-726-3180 • See our 10% off coupon on page 34

REAL FOOD REAL GOOD RIGHT NOW Gourmet Specialty Pizzas Salads, Hot Subs, Pasta and Turnovers Great Selection Of Domestic & Imported Beers

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businesses with collaborative marketing of the area’s indie restaurants. Their annual “Small Plate Crawl” gives diners an opportunity to get a taste, both literally and figuratively, of what dining local means. This philosophy of supporting local extends beyond food sources. Philanthropy is key among these local restaurants. There is a history of giving back to the community through gifts and time. It is not uncommon to find a restaurant sponsoring a benefit for a local nonprofit or someone who has suffered a misfortune. Diners would have no trouble attending such events as often as once a week! Giving back to the community doesn’t just mean monetary donations. Staff and owners alike give time to various causes in the area. These events are opportunities to celebrate what is best about this region—the coming together of like-minded souls for the benefit

of those not so fortunate and the chance to feed body and spirit. One of the most popular community events is the Blue Ridge Conservancy’s Wine & Beer Tasting & Auction. This annual affair, hosted by the Gamekeeper Restaurant, is a collaboration of local businesses and volunteers, including indie restaurants, breweries, event planners, florists and artisans, all working together to help the Conservancy protect Western NC’s land and water resources. It is a fun occasion where friends gather to celebrate the beginning of summer and the High Country’s generous spirit. This spirit is what makes High Country’s independent restaurants so unique. Good food and good beverage touched by community partners and served by neighbors, creates full bellies and a warm hearts. 

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Catching Mountain Trout in the High Country

Use mild flavored oils: Best fats include butter, hydrogenated shortening, peanut or corn oils. Hot and quick: Trout fried at a low temperature absorbs too much fat. The best temperature is 325 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t overcook: Trout should be moist and fork-tender. Trout is done when it flakes easily when probed with a fork.


he trout has been mythicized and immortalized by innumerable writers, outdoor sports editors and most fly-fishing storytellers. There are those who believe the only way to enjoy the gastronomical pleasures of trout is to pull one fresh from a mountain stream, clean it immediately and cook it in a hot skillet over an open fire. Another image many hold is one of elegance—a table beautifully dressed, an impeccable waiter serving a magnificent “gourmet” dish such as Trout Amandine, Trout Grand Mariner or Trout Provencal. The broad range of these two scenes—from mountain stream to gourmet restaurant—illustrates the uniqueness of trout, its versatility and its adaptability. A recent report revealed that Americans are eating 22 percent more fish and seafood today than they did ten years ago. And why? Fish and seafood have been described as “the quintessential lowfat, low-sodium food,” thereby appealing to our nation’s increasing concern about health and nutrition. It’s a wonderful source of protein

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Trout don’t need to be scaled: Removal of the tiny scales also removes the thin coats of natural jelly around the scales that allows the trout to be breaded without using any type of liquid.

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and low in calories. Organizations such as the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association suggest that eating fish and other lean meats is an excellent way to lower fat intake. Trout is naturally low in sodium and calories. It also has high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to lower blood triglycerides and cholesterol levels, reduce risk of death from coronary and cardiovascular disease, reduce blood pressure and relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.  —John M. Aydlett, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


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Sips and trips Of The High Country

Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries in North Carolina’s High Country Give You a Taste of Mountain Character


he personality of the High Country is infused in every aspect of life here, and it’s no different with the wines, brews and spirits produced in this region. Maybe it’s the rich mountain soil, creating high quality varietals and grains. Or maybe it’s the rebel mountain spirit. Whatever the reason, your visit to the High Country should include a visit to one of these incredible locations.

HIGH COUNTRY WINERIES With wineries marked by stunning mountain views and unforgettable vintages, wines of the High Country will take you on a delightful adventure for your palate. Banner Elk Winery 60 Deer Run Lane Banner Elk, NC 28604 828-898-9090 Grandfather Vineyard & Winery 225 Vineyard Lane • Banner Elk, NC 28604 828-963-2400 • Linville Falls Winery 9557 Linville Falls Highway Linville Falls, NC 28657 828-765-1400 • Watauga Lake Winery 6952 Big Dry Run Road • Butler, TN 37640 423-768-0345 •


Local breweries are popping up all over the High Country. With the recent craft beer movement, these local businesses are committed to producing high quality brews and giving back to the local community. Appalachian Mountain Brewery 163 Boone Creek Drive • Boone, NC 28607 828-263-1111 Lost Province Brewing Co 130 N Depot Street Boone, NC 28607 828-265-3506 Booneshine Brewing Company 246 Wilson Drive Boone, NC 28607 828-263-4305

Call Family Distillers 1611 Industrial Drive Wilkesboro, NC 28697 336-990-0708 • Copper Barrel Distillery 508 Main Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 262-6500 • 

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Blowing Rock Brewing Company 152 Sunset Drive Blowing Rock, NC 28605 828-414-9600


High Country spirits have a long and colorful history. During prohibition and beyond, this region was known as the “moonshine capital of the world.” That’s because law enforcement had a hard time shutting down the moonshine activity that was rampant in the area. For many local families, moonshining was a way of life and their only source of income.

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Ashe County Cheese

106 E. Main St., West Jefferson, NC 28694 336-246-2501 • The Ashe County Cheese viewing room is open year-round at no charge. Watch the fascinating process of cheese making from our viewing area (check cheese making schedule) and visit our cheese and gift shop. We sell over 20 varieties of original Ashe County Cheese as well as our own country butter, homemade fudge and everyone’s favorite, fresh cheese curd.

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Mast General Store

Highway 194, Historic Valle Crucis • 828-963-6511 • The Original Mast General Store, established in 1883, is situated along the Mission Crossing Scenic Byway (Highway 194) in North Carolina’s first rural historic district. Just 2/10s mile down the road is the Mast Store Annex (est. 1909), which was once a competing general store. Don’t miss the Mast Store in Downtown Boone, a turn-of-the-century department store located on King Street. Open daily. 1396 Fairway Ridge Dr., West Jefferson NC 28694 336-877-4716 • Located in West Jefferson and nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge, Mountain Aire is an established, public course offering 18 holes of wellmaintained fairways, complimented by the natural, rugged beauty of the Appalachians. Located just 30 minutes from Boone and lessons available.

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River and Earth Adventures

2050 Blowing Rock Hwy., Linville, Off of US 221 828-733-2013 and 800-468-7325 • Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge and a nature preserve of global importance. Take a heart-pounding walk across the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, photograph bears, otters and other wildlife in natural habitats and hike some of the South’s best trails. Also features a nature museum, nature movies, restaurant, gift shops and picnic areas. One mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305. Open year-round, weather permitting.

Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline

2058 Skyland Dr., Seven Devils NC 28604 828-963-6561 • and Hawksnest currently has 20 zip lines including four mega zips, two over 2,000 feet long and two over 1,500 feet long. With four miles of zip line riding with heights over 200 feet and speeds up to 50 mph. Zip lines are over trees, through trees, over lakes and creeks with panoramic views on almost every ride. Children ages 5 & up can participate. Don’t miss the 30 lane Snow Tubing Park with four different areas to snow tube in the winter.

High Gravity Adventures

215 Tweetsie Railroad Ln., Blowing Rock, NC 28605 828-386-6222 • Get harnessed up and climb through 75 different aerial challenges ranging from 15–50 feet off the ground. Ages 4 and up are invited into the air with us. Whether you are a seasoned adventurer or in need of an introduction to the vertical world, High Gravity Adventures is where you belong.

High Mountain Expeditions

Boone • 1-866-411-RAFT and 828-355-9797 • Offering whitewater, kayaking, tubing, caving, and rock climbing adventures. Outdoor adventures are available to suit any skill level with a commitment to safety and fun. Whether it’s the thrill of whitewater rafting and rock climbing, or the relaxation of a slow tube ride and scenic hike, there is something for everyone.

Rock Dimensions

139 S. Depot St., Boone, NC 28607 828-265-3544 • Explore your vertical world! Trips are instructional, family friendly and fun! Try out rock climbing and rappelling with experienced guides certified through the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA). Rock Dimensions holds a permit for guiding in local areas of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah N.F. Half-day and full day trips; no experience necessary. The Footsloggers Climbing Tower in downtown Boone is a great place to start, with opportunities for all ages and abilities. The Discovery Course is our high ropes/challenge course adventure in Blowing Rock. Or follow us into TN for an excursion underground in a natural limestone cave!

Sky Valley Zip Tours

634 Sky Ranch Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 1-855-475-9947 • Experience a true canopy tour and zip line adventure with Sky Valley Zip Tours! With over a mile of cable and elevations up to 300 feet, the course features 10 zip lines, cliff jumping, a 120 foot-long swinging bridge, waterfalls and countless views later—you have an experience you won’t soon forget. The course is located on 140 acres of pristine environment.

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Sugar Creek Mining Company

3045 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604 828.898.GEMS • Do you want to experience the thrill of prospecting for your very own North Carolina Gemstones? Then join the fun at Sugar Creek Gem Mine, where we guarantee you will find both precious and semi-precious North Carolina gemstones. We consider our Sugar Creek Gem Mine staff to be among the best in the industry. Our staff members are historians, jewelers, comedians, geologists, silversmiths, gemologists, and yet remain the single most complimented component of our organization.

Boone and Banner Elk • 828-266-RAFT (7238) High Mountain Expeditions—White water rafting NC with over 30 years of experience! Guiding adventurous travelers to some of the world’s most spectacular places, High Mountain Expeditions has crafted what we consider to be the best adventures in the world. We are experts in Nolichucky River Rafting, Watauga River Rafting, Wilson Creek Rafting, New River Tubing, Hiking and Caving. High Mountain Expeditions offers adventures for all ages and every skill level.

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Horn in the West

Boone • 1-800-444-RAFT, 828-262-5774 • “Wahoo’s Adventures two time outfitter of the year”, as named by the professional Paddlesports Association offering Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing, Inner Tubing and Caving Adventures. We offer all levels of canoeing and instruction. Tours are geared toward the first-timer and intermediate paddlers

Daniel Boone Amphitheater, 591 Horn in the West Dr., Boone 828-264-2120 • This famous outdoor production has been a High Country tradition since the 1950s. The play tells the story of Daniel Boone and the rugged mountain settlers of the late 18th century who fought for American independence.

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Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock 828-295-9099

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111 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 828-265-4499 • Locally owned education based business focused on teaching the public about geology of the Appalachian Mountains. We set you up at the flume and show you how to sift through the dirt to reveal the gemstones. 4416 NC Hwy. 105 South, Boone, NC. 28607 828-963-4367 • (online store) A great mining adventure for families and groups of all sizes and ages. We offer buckets of the finest gem ore from the best gem mines in the world. Each bucket contains genuine rough gems. We guarantee a gem find every time. Our knowledgeable staff will help you identify what stones you find and can cut and polish your gem finds and make them into attractive jewelry especially for you.

A donation of any amount grants admission to the museum from 10 am to 7 pm on Thursdays. Expires 5/31/2018.

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432 The Rock Road, Blowing Rock, NC 828-295-7111 • North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction since 1933. Learn more about this legend and how this immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level overhanging the Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below got its name. Offering special events and musical entertainment.

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