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!

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…
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…

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.…