Discover the Best of Boone and Beyond: Your Ultimate Summer Guide to High Country Adventures

Welcome to Boone, North Carolina – a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, music lovers, and foodies alike. Whether you’re here for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, the High Country offers a plethora of activities to make your visit unforgettable. As a guest or visitor at The Horton Hotel, you’re perfectly positioned to explore everything this vibrant region has to offer. Here’s your ultimate guide to making the most of your time in Boone and the surrounding areas.

Music and Entertainment

Music in the Valle
Kick off your Friday evenings with live music at Valle Crucis Park starting at 5pm. Enjoy a relaxing evening in a picturesque setting, perfect for a picnic with family and friends.

Music on the Lawn
Head over to Blowing Rock for another fantastic Friday evening music session on the lawn, also starting at 5pm. It’s a great way to unwind and enjoy the local talent.

Music at the Jones House
Right here in Boone, every Friday evening at 5pm, the Jones House offers live music. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the local music scene.

Appalachian Theatre
For more structured shows, check out the Appalachian Theatre’s website for a schedule of upcoming performances and events. There’s always something exciting happening.

Beech Mountain Concerts
Take a scenic lift ride to the top of Beech Mountain for concerts with a view. Check their website for the latest concert schedules and enjoy the breathtaking vistas.

Day Trip to Asheville
For a slightly longer adventure, head to Asheville. Known for its breweries and vibrant music scene, Asheville is worth the drive for a day filled with great beer and live performances.

Outdoor Activities

Try your hand at fishing with the Foscoe Fishing Company. It’s a peaceful way to spend a day surrounded by nature.

Hiking and Swimming
Boone is a paradise for hikers. Here are some trails you won’t want to miss:

  • Boone Fork Trail/Price Lake: Enjoy a scenic loop around Price Lake with opportunities for swimming and picnicking.
  • Tanawha Trail to Rough Ridge: A moderate to strenuous hike offering stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Grandfather Trail to Calloway Peak: A challenging trail leading to one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge, with breathtaking vistas.
  • Beacon Heights via Tanawha Trail: A moderate hike with rewarding views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Sugar Mountain Lift Ride to the Peak: Take a leisurely lift ride to the summit for panoramic views and hiking opportunities.
  • Elk River Falls: A short hike leading to a majestic waterfall, perfect for a refreshing swim.
  • Harper Creek Falls: A scenic trail that ends at a beautiful waterfall with swimming holes.
  • Hebron Rock Colony: An adventurous hike to a series of cascades and swimming spots among boulders.
  • Thunder Mountain: A lesser-known trail offering solitude and scenic beauty.
  • Profile Trail – Grandfather Mountain: A strenuous hike with stunning views and diverse flora.
  • Stone Mountain State Park: Features a variety of trails, including a loop that passes by a massive granite dome and waterfalls.
  • Upper Creek Falls: A hike to a multi-tiered waterfall with natural swimming pools.
  • Compression/Twisted Falls: A challenging hike to a series of dramatic waterfalls.
  • Rough Ridge: A moderate hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway with sweeping views.
  • Linville Falls/Gorge: A popular destination with multiple trails offering views of the impressive Linville Falls and the gorge below.

Explore the Virginia Creeper Trail or challenge yourself at Beech Mountain for some exhilarating biking adventures.

Pitch your tent at Price Lake for a serene camping experience surrounded by nature’s beauty.

Fruit Picking
June is blueberry picking season! Enjoy a fun day out picking fresh blueberries at local farms.

Canoe the scenic New River or paddle around Price Lake for a relaxing water adventure.

Tee off at Boone Golf Club or Sugar Mountain Golf Club, both offering stunning views and challenging courses.


Watch the High Country’s professional soccer team, Appalachian FC, and enjoy an incredible and energizing vibe. 

Food and Drink

Wineries and Breweries

  • Appalachian Mountain Brewery: Enjoy a wide selection of craft beers and ciders in a relaxed setting.
  • Banner Elk Winery: Sip on award-winning wines while taking in the beautiful vineyard views.
  • Beech Mountain Brewery: A cozy brewery offering locally crafted beers and a friendly atmosphere.
  • Blowing Rock Ale House and Inn: A charming spot featuring a variety of ales and hearty pub fare.
  • Grandfather Vineyards: Experience wine tasting by the river with stunning mountain views.
  • Linville Falls Winery: A picturesque winery offering tastings of locally produced wines.

Coffee Shops
Grab your caffeine fix at one of these local favorites:

  • Bald Guy Brew on 421: A local coffee shop known for its ethically sourced beans and cozy atmosphere.
  • Hatchet Coffee: Popular for its artisanal coffee and laid-back vibe.
  • Espresso News: A staple in Boone for freshly brewed coffee and a warm ambiance.
  • Local Lion: Famous for its coffee and freshly made donuts.

Boone boasts a diverse culinary scene. Here are some top picks:

  • Banner Elk Cafe: Offers a diverse menu in a casual, welcoming setting.
  • Pedalin’ Pig: Renowned for its delicious BBQ and Southern hospitality.
  • The Best Cellar: A fine dining restaurant with an extensive wine list and gourmet dishes.
  • Speckled Trout Cafe: Known for its fresh, locally sourced trout and Southern cuisine.
  • Gamekeeper: Offers a unique dining experience with exotic meats and an upscale rustic atmosphere.
  • Bella’s Italian: A cozy spot serving traditional Italian dishes with a modern twist.
  • Basil’s Fresh Pasta and Deli: Famous for its homemade pasta and Italian specialties.
  • CoBo Sushi Bistro and Bar: A trendy sushi spot with creative rolls and a lively atmosphere.
  • Melanie’s: A beloved breakfast and brunch spot with a focus on local ingredients.
  • Wild Craft Eatery: Features eclectic, globally inspired dishes made with local ingredients.
  • Stick Boy Kitchen: Known for its delicious baked goods and hearty breakfast options.
  • The TApp Room/Lilies: A casual bar and eatery offering a great selection of beers and pub fare.
  • Vidalia’s: Offers contemporary American cuisine with Southern influences.
  • Joy Bistro: A cozy bistro offering French-inspired dishes and fine wines.
  • Black Cat: A funky spot known for its burritos and eclectic menu.
  • Casa Rustica: An Italian restaurant featuring classic dishes and a cozy ambiance.
  • Proper: Specializes in Southern comfort food with a modern twist.
  • Dan’l Boone Inn: A historic restaurant offering hearty, family-style Southern meals.
  • Over Yonder: Features farm-to-table Southern cuisine in a historic farmhouse setting.

Local Markets

Watauga County Farmers Market
Visit the Watauga County Farmers Market for fresh, local produce and artisanal goods. It’s the perfect place to experience the local flavor and support local farmers.

Boone and the surrounding High Country offer an array of activities and experiences that cater to all interests. Whether you’re here for the music, outdoor adventures, or the delicious food and drink, there’s something for everyone. As you explore, make The Horton Hotel your home base, where comfort and convenience meet Southern hospitality. Enjoy your stay and all the wonders Boone has to offer!

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