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The History of the Horton Hotel: a story of pioneers who followed their entrepreneurial spirit

The Horton Hotel is located in a historic building in downtown Boone, North Carolina. The building was constructed in the 1920s by Henry Walter Horton, and in earlier days the building notably served as both a Studebaker dealership and a Spainhours…
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Fall in love with autumn: this is when you can expect fall colors in Boone NC

There's no denying it anymore! After a beautiful, long summer it's time to get ready for fall. We are thankful for such distinctive seasons up here in the mountains and can't wait for the leaves to turn fiery red and warm orange. However, the…
hotels near Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain: all our insider's tips to elevate your visit

Are you planning a trip to Grandfather Mountain? We've listed everything you need to know to make the best of your visit: hikes near Grandfather Mountain, the best BBQ place on the way, and more. So when you're there, you can simply focus on…

Boutique Hotels in North Carolina

The word “boutique” is thrown around a lot these days, especially in the world of hospitality. However, most experts can agree on several key factors that set boutique hotels apart from other lodging options. We are excited to share what…

3 Winter Skincare Tips

How to take care of your skin when you travel! We know a thing or two about cold winter weather here in Boone, North Carolina. To be honest, I really enjoy our cold winters. I love bundling up, getting cozy by a fire, and taking long winter…

The Horton Hotel: a refreshing option for those who love Downtown Boone

This post is written by our guest-blogger, James Milner, president and owner of Appalachian Commercial Real Estate.  Some of you may know that I am in an office hallway with the team from The Horton Hotel & Rooftop Lounge. As an entrepreneur…

But first, coffee | cozy up in one of many great coffee shops in Boone NC

Yesterday’s wind chill was brutal. I found myself walking down King Street towards the Horton Hotel with tears rolling down my cheeks, as gust after icy gust of wind whipped loose strands of hair around my face. Naturally my gloves went missing…

Easy holiday baking | a few sweet tips and tricks from Hunter

Christmas is right around the corner. With less than a week left until the big holiday, we can practically hear the sleigh bells ringing. There’s a lively energy in the air, you feel it when you walk down the street in downtown Boone. With…

Thanksgiving-inspired Cocktails and Appetizers

‘Tis the season for gratitude! Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we’ve been thinking about all the things we’re thankful for at the Horton Hotel & Rooftop Lounge. Truth be told, there’s a lot to be grateful for, but we’re…

Appalachian Ski Mountain | One of many ways to ring in the New Year in the high country!

Earlier this month, winter storm Diego had everyone excited. There was so much snow on the ground! Appalachian State University students were actually able to snowboard and ski on campus. So many great videos surfaced, but this was one of our…

Get the most out of Small Business Saturday in downtown Boone

Black Friday: for many people those two words conjure up chaotic images of retail mayhem in big box stores and shopping malls alike. It can get crazy out there this time of year! How ironic is it that Black Friday falls right after Thanksgiving,…

Boone NC's first boutique hotel welcomes new Director

On a sunny and abnormally warm fall afternoon, I pull our new Director of Hotel Operations, Andrea Morton, out of the office and onto a bench outside of our building. The summer flew by, and as we move into fall it seems like there’s a critical…

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