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 of snow – just enough to be pretty! There’s a chill lingering in the air, and it’s got us thinking about how Christmas is right around the corner. Did you know that North Carolina is ranked second in the United States for live Christmas tree production?! So, what are you waiting for? Bundle up and head to the mountains, you’ll find plenty of choose & cut Christmas tree farms in Boone NC.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree…
The tradition of bringing a real tree home for the holidays dates all the way back to the early 1500s. Of course, a Christmas tree of the 1500s would look drastically different than one of the 2000s. Back then, trees were commonly decorated with roses and -can you believe it- apples! In the 1800s the Christmas tree tradition finally made its way to the United States, and historians claim it was introduced by German settlers. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that it became the norm for people to decorate their trees with glass balls and ornaments. Today there are approximately 25-30 million trees produced and sold in the United States.
…how lovely are thy branches! How were you grown, anyway?
The fraser fir is arguably the best type of Christmas tree out there, and they’re actually native to the Southern Appalachian region. Watauga County is perfectly suited for growing fraser firs because of the high elevation and climate. In our area farmers continuously plant seedings every year, which helps offset the carbon footprint of their farms. Every single Christmas tree farm in Watauga County is family owned, and each farm truly offers a unique tree-picking experience. Whether you’re looking for hot cocoa, spiced apple cider, that perfect handcrafted ornament, Santa Claus himself, or a hayride up the mountain, you can find it all in Watauga county.
Where can I find choose and cut Christmas Tree Farms in Boone NC?
There are so many great tree farms in and around Boone, NC. We wanted to make sure to link back to this great source because it’s one of the best maps we’ve seen. We also wanted to include a few Christmas tree farms that are located closest to the Horton…you know, just to make your holiday planning a little easier for next year! Don’t forget to check out that map, though. Driving to a farm a little further out can be a beautiful, scenic experience.
Walker Farm Choose & Cut is located roughly 5 minutes from the Horton Hotel and Rooftop Lounge. They sell both trees and wreaths, and they are open from Thanksgiving through December, 7 days a week.
C & J Christmas Trees is located roughly 9 minutes from the Horton Hotel and Rooftop Lounge. They were selected as “farm family of the year” for 2018! They offer both trees and wreaths.
Poplar Grove Choose & Cut is located roughly 10 minutes from the Horton Hotel and Rooftop Lounge, right near the Boonies Country Store. In addition to trees they offer wreaths, garland, and hand-poured soy candles.
Circle C Tree Farms is located roughly 11 minutes from the Horton Hotel and Rooftop Lounge. December 9th is their last day of the season, so make your plans now!
It’s a bit of a drive, but we highly recommend it: Cornett Deal Christmas Tree Farm. It’s located roughly 30 minutes away from the Horton Hotel and Rooftop Lounge. They’ve won numerous awards for “best of the best” tree farms in Watauga County.
Choose to stay at the Horton when you come up to cut your tree!
We’ll certainly be offering some special holiday packages. Hopefully you’ll choose to stay with us when you come up to cut your tree. Because who wouldn’t want to come back to the hotel, sip a hot toddy on the rooftop, and cozy up with loved ones next to the fire-sphere? After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Looking for a family friendly lodging option? Our sister business White Fence Farm Rentals, offers three vacation rental homes. Two of these homes are located in the heart of downtown Boone, NC and the other is in Trade, TN. Click here to learn more!