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Stay fit when you travel: 3 of our favorite fall trail running spots

There’s a reason why so many races are held in the fall. It’s the best time of year for running! Although we don’t really have that many fall races in the high country, October and November are perfect trail running months. In fact, I’d…

Don’t go chasing waterfalls...

...well, here in North Carolina we beg to differ! Waterfalls are some of nature’s most beautiful phenomenons. No two falls are alike, and in these North Carolina mountains we’ve certainly got our fair share of breathtaking falls. You don’t…

Souvenir shopping: tips for choosing a meaningful memento

Headed to the mountains for a summer vacation? Chances are you’ll find yourself exploring downtown Boone, popping in and out of our unique shops and boutiques. Whether it’s for you or a loved one, rest assured that you can find the perfect…

Health benefits of taking a vacation before the holidays

Now that Halloween is over, the rest of the year always seems to fly by. We’ve officially entered the holiday season. Well, that’s debatable, but it’s safe to say you’ll start seeing festive decorations from November 1st through the…

Travel tips: plan your perfect mountain getaway

Planning a trip can be stressful. When I travel, I find myself wanting to squeeze in as much as possible. There’s just so much exploring to do...and I want to do it all! Let’s be realistic, that’s not always possible. So how do you make…

This one’s for the dogs: tales of the pups who’ve stolen our hearts

At the Horton Hotel, we love dogs. All dogs. Shelter dogs, purebred dogs, rescue dogs, both large and small dogs. We welcome them all! Dogs traveling with their humans even have their own entire floor at the Horton Hotel. They get their own…

Cider in Appalachia | A cultural tradition

“Hard cider, which has persevered through tough times, is intrinsically Appalachian and something we should embrace and invest in,” states the Charleston Gazette. When I stumbled onto this article after casually googling “cider making…

National Tequila Day: celebrate the Horton way! 

Wednesday was National Tequila Day! In honor of one of our favorite beverages, we sat down with Hunter, our Director of Food and Beverage, and asked him to share all of his tequila secrets. Well, okay, not all of his secrets… but you get the…

Street eats: check out these food trucks the next time you’re in Boone!

Over the past couple of years, the Boone street food scene has grown immensely. For such a small mountain town, we’ve got some solid options when it comes to dining a la truck. I practically live for my lunch break on the days of week when…

Appalachian Theatre opens its doors in downtown Boone, NC!

I’ve got a few blogging goals. Okay, I’ll be honest, I’ve got a lot of blogging goals. What I’m most excited about right now though, is making time each month to share some info about different small businesses in our community. This…

Best Fall Festivals in the NC mountains!

The high country is home to a variety of colorful fall festivals. Each year we look forward to two special events: the Valle Country Fair and the Woolly Worm Festival. The hard part is choosing which festival to attend! Both fall festivals happen…

How to get the most out of your MerleFest experience: tips from the staff of the Horton Hotel

MerleFest is one of our area’s most anticipated spring events, and people travel from all over the country to experience this festival. MerleFest takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College, in Wilkesboro, NC. It is a four day event…

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