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 point! Read on for some interesting facts and to get […]

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 a close, we’re excited about welcoming the warmer, […]

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 weather here and there. With the changing of the […]

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 earlier that morning, so I felt more gratitude than usual for the cup […]

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 storefronts decorated and holiday lights twinkling, it really is the most […]

Thanksgiving-inspired Cocktails and Appetizers

‘Tis the season for gratitude! Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we’ve been thinking about all the things we’re thankful for at the Horton Hotel & Rooftop Lounge. Truth be told, there’s a lot to be grateful for, but we’re most thankful for our dedicated team. Where would we be without one another?! From […]

3 easy summer cocktails that will make you forget about your go-to rosé

easy summer cocktails

Imagine relaxing on the rooftop at the hotel, sipping cocktails, enjoying the sunset, and watching the mountains change color against the backdrop of Appalachian State University’s beautiful campus. Maybe you spent the entire day out on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or maybe you spent it exploring shops and restaurants in downtown Boone or neighboring Blowing […]

6 Hot BBQ tips for beginners: it’s time to fire up your inner pitmaster

bbq tips

It’s that time of year again, and 4th of July celebrations are right around the corner! There’s so much to do in Boone, NC and surrounding areas during the summer. From the Town of Boone 4th of July Parade on King Street (yes, there’s watermelon!), to the Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie, to the Annual Beech […]