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The locals love it: a few of our favorite things about the western North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway

“The idea is to fit the Parkway into the mountains as if nature has put it there,” says Stanley Abbott, Chief Landscape Architect for the Blue Ridge Parkway. He couldn’t have said it better. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Scenic…
Boone weather

Boone weather: read what a local meteorologist has to say

Do you want to know more about Boone weather? Like what's the average temperature in the summer? When do the leaves turn in the fall? When can we expect snow in the winter? Read our quick guide and you will be a Boone weather expert in no time.…
campgrounds boone nc

The ultimate camp guide: our top 3 campgrounds near Boone NC

Venturing out with a camper or tent can give you that great sense of simplicity we often miss nowadays. You don’t have half the stuff you have at home, and guess what, you feel more complete than ever. From waking up with the birds, to stargazing…

Choose and cut Christmas tree farms in Boone NC

It’s been a cold week, but we’ve enjoyed watching the weather move through. Yesterday the sky was gray, and we watched tiny snowflakes dance through the air all day. This morning we woke up to clear blue skies and a glittery, white layer…

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…
bbq tips

6 Hot BBQ tips for beginners: it's time to fire up your inner pitmaster

It’s that time of year again, and 4th of July celebrations are right around the corner! There’s so much to do in Boone, NC and surrounding areas during the summer. From the Town of Boone 4th of July Parade on King Street (yes, there’s…
essential kitchen tools

5 essential kitchen tools our Director of Food & Beverage can't live without

If our Director of Food and Beverage, Hunter Hallmark, was stranded on a desert island, what kitchen tools would he want to have by his side?! With an extensive background in the culinary arts, he knows what tools are indispensable to make any…

Look for these gems at The Watauga County Farmers’ Market and make a perfect spring meal

Grab your summer hat, tote bag, and sunglasses! It’s time for the Watauga County Farmers’ Market! The Saturday morning event that you don’t want to miss in Boone, NC. Our Director of Food and Beverage, Hunter, routinely visits the Watauga…

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