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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…

Happy howlidays: here’s why you should book a dog friendly hotel room!

Naughty or nice? Even if Fido made the naughty list, don’t leave him behind. Let’s face it, our pups really are part of the family, and the holidays just aren’t the same without man’s best friend. Whether you’re planning on traveling…

A quick guide to holiday shopping in Boone & Blowing Rock 

Looking for the perfect gift? Well, look no further. Downtown Boone and the neighboring village of Blowing Rock, NC have you covered. Both towns are full of unique boutiques offering special handpicked and even handmade items. You’re sure…

Romantic pre-holiday getaway: 5 ways to make your trip extra special!

Thanksgiving is Thursday, and I just can’t believe it. It’s like time ceases to exist from Halloween through the end of year. It flies by so quickly! I love the holidays, but they can be a bit stressful sometimes. I’m a huge advocate of…

4 great cocktails for entertaining on Thanksgiving

The holidays are right around the corner. Chances are you’ve started to plan a thing or two. Whether you’re hosting family at your place, or planning on traveling to be with family and friends, we bet you’ll end up wanting a drink (or…

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…

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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