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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…

Epic climbs and scenic views: bike the high country

It’s my favorite time of year, there’s no doubt about it. Last Friday was the summer solstice, and I spent the evening relaxing on our rooftop lounge, soaking up the light with both old and new friends alike. On my way into work on Saturday…

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…

How to arrange and care for flowers: liven up the inside of your home with fresh cut flowers

Spring flowers are popping up everywhere in the high country. Beautiful wildflowers color the mountainsides rich purple and bright yellow this time of year. When I’m out on the trail, I love looking for wild irises and red and white trillium,…

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…

Watauga County Farmers Market: celebrating local food in the high country

Spring has sprung in the high country, and even though we’ve seen our share of rain, it’s safe to say that things are finally starting to warm up. This time of year I love watching the green make its way up the mountain. As April comes to…

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…

Rooftop yoga in downtown Boone

This week we're excited to feature a blog post by Kelsi Butler, the owner of Wilderness Yoga Company. We are thrilled about partnering with Kelsi to offer unique yoga experiences, including rooftop yoga in downtown Boone here at The Horton Hotel…

Blowing Rock Winterfest

As they say in Blowing Rock: don’t hibernate, celebrate! There are many reasons why we love Blowing Rock, NC. It’s a foodie’s dream, from fine dining to quick gourmet bites. They even have a wonderful little spice and tea shop on Main…

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