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!

COVID-19 Travel Advisory

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We are making every effort possible to keep our guests informed during these unforeseen circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19). Our highest priority is the wellbeing of our guests, our community, and our staff. As of Thursday, March…

COVID-19 Statement

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Dear Patrons, I wanted this message to be all about exploring the high country, the area I have grown to love and the places I believe are special, but it turns out I need to be patient and save those tidbits for another time. We are all…

The Horton Hotel presents: a brief history of the speakeasy

The onset of 2020 has me thinking about the infamous speakeasies of the roaring ‘20s. There’s just something about the glitz and glam of that era that leave me with such a nostalgic feeling. I mean just to be there, right?! When we were…
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…