Enjoy food and drink recipes from The Horton Hotel & Rooftop Lounge. We’ll even share some of our food and beverage director’s tips and tricks for cocktail shaking & appetizer making! Plus, we’ll offer recommendations about some of our favorite restaurants in the high country. Want to see a certain restaurant featured? Tell us!

North Carolina liquors

North Carolina liquors & why we love them.

Local first! It’s all you seem to hear these days and for good reason, too. The local first movement has grown and grown over the past decade, and in addition to eating local foods, the movement now encompasses supporting local retailers,…

Eat, drink, and be merry! | Enjoy these holiday recipes.

Here at the Horton we’ve welcomed a new food and beverage manager: Ellen Williamson. We love Ellen for so many reasons, and we especially appreciate the unique perspective that she brings to her position from years of experience working in…

4 great cocktails for entertaining on Thanksgiving

The holidays are right around the corner. Chances are you’ve started to plan a thing or two. Whether you’re hosting family at your place, or planning on traveling to be with family and friends, we bet you’ll end up wanting a drink (or…

Cider in Appalachia | A cultural tradition

“Hard cider, which has persevered through tough times, is intrinsically Appalachian and something we should embrace and invest in,” states the Charleston Gazette. When I stumbled onto this article after casually googling “cider making…

National Tequila Day: celebrate the Horton way! 

Wednesday was National Tequila Day! In honor of one of our favorite beverages, we sat down with Hunter, our Director of Food and Beverage, and asked him to share all of his tequila secrets. Well, okay, not all of his secrets… but you get the…

Street eats: check out these food trucks the next time you’re in Boone!

Over the past couple of years, the Boone street food scene has grown immensely. For such a small mountain town, we’ve got some solid options when it comes to dining a la truck. I practically live for my lunch break on the days of week when…

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…

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…