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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…

5 great places to get a massage in Boone NC

Au revoir 2018. You were good to us. We made so much progress on the Horton Hotel and Rooftop Lounge. Last night, when the clock struck midnight, we were elated to ring in the new year: 2019 is here! A new year comes with resolutions, self reflection,…

A quick guide to hitting the slopes in the High Country

It definitely feels a lot like winter! Or should we say looks a lot like winter? Over the weekend winter storm Diego dropped nearly two feet of snow on the high country in less than 24 hours. I think we actually managed to break a few winter…

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…

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…

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…

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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