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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…
things to do in boone nc

Looking for things to do in Boone NC? Find your perfect day!

There are a lot of things to do in Boone NC, and everyone has their own favorite activities. We asked some of our friends to describe their perfect Saturday, and we decided to share 4 of our favorite combinations below. So wake up to a perfect…
Lavender House

Valle Crucis Lavender House: don't miss this magical place during your stay at the Horton Hotel

It's one of our favorite places to visit for a relaxing afternoon: the Lavender House in Valle Crucis. Conveniently located across from Valle Crucis Mast General Store, the Lavender House is a magical place. Because who isn't enchanted by the…

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…

Boone Wedding Guide: hotels, reception venues, and everything you need for planning a high country wedding!

Yes, I do! ...want to read these insider's tips for a high country wedding! Are you planning a high country wedding? Make sure you don't miss out on these high country wedding tips, in which wedding planner Elizabeth Hempfling shares her…

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…
brunch in boone

The Horton Hotel Team serves you 4 great places for brunch in Boone and Blowing Rock

Do you ever wake up on Sunday morning craving a late breakfast? Perhaps you’re dreaming of sweet pastries and coffee, followed by eggs benedict… maybe even a bloody mary. Wait, this has a name… it's called brunch! Finding a good brunch…

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…
fall events in the High Country

Fall events in the High Country, farmer's insights, and Harvest Moon facts for October

October means harvest month in Boone, NC! At the Horton Hotel, we plan to use as many local products as we can to honor the farmers in our region. It's quite simple in the end: good local food comes from good local people. To give you an idea…

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