Learn about all kinds of local happenings, news, and events in Boone, NC and surrounding areas. We’re excited to keep you in the know.

Appalachian Theatre opens its doors in downtown Boone, NC!

I’ve got a few blogging goals. Okay, I’ll be honest, I’ve got a lot of blogging goals. What I’m most excited about right now though, is making time each month to share some info about different small businesses in our community. This…

Best Fall Festivals in the NC mountains!

The high country is home to a variety of colorful fall festivals. Each year we look forward to two special events: the Valle Country Fair and the Woolly Worm Festival. The hard part is choosing which festival to attend! Both fall festivals happen…

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…

Rooftop yoga in downtown Boone

This week we're excited to feature a blog post by Kelsi Butler, the owner of Wilderness Yoga Company. We are thrilled about partnering with Kelsi to offer unique yoga experiences, including rooftop yoga in downtown Boone here at The Horton Hotel…

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…

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…

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…