How to get the most out of your MerleFest experience: tips from the staff of the Horton Hotel

MerleFest is one of our area’s most anticipated spring events, and people travel from all over the country to experience this festival. MerleFest takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College, in Wilkesboro, NC. It is a four day event…

Boutique Hotels in North Carolina

The word “boutique” is thrown around a lot these days, especially in the world of hospitality. However, most experts can agree on several key factors that set boutique hotels apart from other lodging options. We are excited to share what…

3 Winter Skincare Tips

How to take care of your skin when you travel! We know a thing or two about cold winter weather here in Boone, North Carolina. To be honest, I really enjoy our cold winters. I love bundling up, getting cozy by a fire, and taking long winter…

Blowing Rock Winterfest

As they say in Blowing Rock: don’t hibernate, celebrate! There are many reasons why we love Blowing Rock, NC. It’s a foodie’s dream, from fine dining to quick gourmet bites. They even have a wonderful little spice and tea shop on Main…

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,…

Appalachian Ski Mountain | One of many ways to ring in the New Year in the high country!

Earlier this month, winter storm Diego had everyone excited. There was so much snow on the ground! Appalachian State University students were actually able to snowboard and ski on campus. So many great videos surfaced, but this was one of our…

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…

Get the most out of Small Business Saturday in downtown Boone

Black Friday: for many people those two words conjure up chaotic images of retail mayhem in big box stores and shopping malls alike. It can get crazy out there this time of year! How ironic is it that Black Friday falls right after Thanksgiving,…

Boone NC's first boutique hotel welcomes new Director

On a sunny and abnormally warm fall afternoon, I pull our new Director of Hotel Operations, Andrea Morton, out of the office and onto a bench outside of our building. The summer flew by, and as we move into fall it seems like there’s a critical…
fall events in the High Country

Fall events in the High Country, farmer's insights, and Harvest Moon facts for October

October means harvest month in Boone, NC! At the Horton Hotel, we plan to use as many local products as we can to honor the farmers in our region. It's quite simple in the end: good local food comes from good local people. To give you an idea…