Explore the high country with us! Read on to learn about our favorite things do and see in Boone, NC and surrounding areas. This section of our blog covers everything from outdoor activities, to local shopping, and more. We hope you enjoy. Got a great idea for a blog post? Share it with us!

Stay fit when you travel: 3 of our favorite fall trail running spots

There’s a reason why so many races are held in the fall. It’s the best time of year for running! Although we don’t really have that many fall races in the high country, October and November are perfect trail running months. In fact, I’d…

Don’t go chasing waterfalls...

...well, here in North Carolina we beg to differ! Waterfalls are some of nature’s most beautiful phenomenons. No two falls are alike, and in these North Carolina mountains we’ve certainly got our fair share of breathtaking falls. You don’t…

Souvenir shopping: tips for choosing a meaningful memento

Headed to the mountains for a summer vacation? Chances are you’ll find yourself exploring downtown Boone, popping in and out of our unique shops and boutiques. Whether it’s for you or a loved one, rest assured that you can find the perfect…

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…

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…
history of the horton hotel

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…
fall colors boone nc

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…