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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…
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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…

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…

This one’s for the dogs: tales of the pups who’ve stolen our hearts

At the Horton Hotel, we love dogs. All dogs. Shelter dogs, purebred dogs, rescue dogs, both large and small dogs. We welcome them all! Dogs traveling with their humans even have their own entire floor at the Horton Hotel. They get their own…

How to arrange and care for flowers: liven up the inside of your home with fresh cut flowers

Spring flowers are popping up everywhere in the high country. Beautiful wildflowers color the mountainsides rich purple and bright yellow this time of year. When I’m out on the trail, I love looking for wild irises and red and white trillium,…

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…

Breweries in Boone NC

The end of winter is fast approaching, and I’m more than ready to welcome spring. Winter can be such tease here in the high country. Chances are we’ll have another snow storm or two, but we’ll also see a few pops of warm, sunny 55 degree…

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…

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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