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Guidebook for Boone

Ellen

Guidebook for Boone

Food Scene
The food is delicious and carefully sourced, and they have something on the menu to please everyone.
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Coyote Kitchen
200 Southgate Drive
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The food is delicious and carefully sourced, and they have something on the menu to please everyone.
A friendly place with an excellent selection of breakfast items. It's not far from our house, but plan to get there early, or expect a wait.
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Sunrise Grill
1675 NC-105
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A friendly place with an excellent selection of breakfast items. It's not far from our house, but plan to get there early, or expect a wait.
The Boone Mellow Mushroom is also a fun place with good food.
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Mellow Mushroom
805 West King Street
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The Boone Mellow Mushroom is also a fun place with good food.
A special place for celebrating.
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Bistro Roca
143 Wonderland Trail
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A special place for celebrating.
A fun place with good food.
Mellow Mushroom Blowing Rock
946 Main St
A fun place with good food.
Drinks & Nightlife
Great food, locally sourced. I like the emphasis on the craft brew, and it's close to our house!
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The Cardinal
1711 NC-105
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Great food, locally sourced. I like the emphasis on the craft brew, and it's close to our house!
Arts & Culture
The music is authentic mountain music. For more information, see joneshouse.org.
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Jones House Cultural and Community Center
604 W King St
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The music is authentic mountain music. For more information, see joneshouse.org.
Don't miss the Appalachian State University Summer Music Festival (appsummer.org) - the performances are top tier - nor the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, a dynamic space which will surprise you with cutting-edge ideas. It includes an outdoor sculpture garden. (tcva.appstate.edu)
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Appalachian State University
287 Rivers Street
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Don't miss the Appalachian State University Summer Music Festival (appsummer.org) - the performances are top tier - nor the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, a dynamic space which will surprise you with cutting-edge ideas. It includes an outdoor sculpture garden. (tcva.appstate.edu)
An outdoor drama, this play affords a great look back at local history. More information is at horninthewest.com
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Horn in the West Drive
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An outdoor drama, this play affords a great look back at local history. More information is at horninthewest.com
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum features North Carolina art and history, and more. There are concerts, scholar- breakfast lectures, talks by authors, an art and antiques show, and a "plein air" painting event for artists. Sign up for some of these events in advance. The museum offers free parking. More information is at blowingrockmuseum.org.
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Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
159 Chestnut St
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The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum features North Carolina art and history, and more. There are concerts, scholar- breakfast lectures, talks by authors, an art and antiques show, and a "plein air" painting event for artists. Sign up for some of these events in advance. The museum offers free parking. More information is at blowingrockmuseum.org.
Shopping
You can support local craftspeople and at the same time find something a little different for your home or your friends. For more information, see southernhighlandguild.org/shops-and-fairs/moses-cone-manor.
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Moses Cone Manor
294 Golden Ridge Rd
You can support local craftspeople and at the same time find something a little different for your home or your friends. For more information, see southernhighlandguild.org/shops-and-fairs/moses-cone-manor.
Parks & Nature
Sims Pond is located in the Julian Price Memorial Park. The fishing is best in spring, fall, or winter when the water temperatures are between 45 - 65. For a map, see nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/julian-price-trails. For fishing license purchase, fishing rules, and fishing regulations, see ncwildlife.org.
Sims Pond
Sims Pond is located in the Julian Price Memorial Park. The fishing is best in spring, fall, or winter when the water temperatures are between 45 - 65. For a map, see nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/julian-price-trails. For fishing license purchase, fishing rules, and fishing regulations, see ncwildlife.org.
If you have a day to spend on the Grandfather, you will never forget it! Hiking the trails or camping requires a permit. For more information, see ncparks.gov/grandfather-mountain-state-park.
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Grandfather Mountain
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If you have a day to spend on the Grandfather, you will never forget it! Hiking the trails or camping requires a permit. For more information, see ncparks.gov/grandfather-mountain-state-park.
The park is close enough to our house that you can go for a hike and still accomplish your plans for the day. (There is also an access point to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in this area.) The closest parking from our house is on Shull's Mill Road. Refer to map at nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/moses-cone-trails.
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Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
1026 Blue Ridge Parkway
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The park is close enough to our house that you can go for a hike and still accomplish your plans for the day. (There is also an access point to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in this area.) The closest parking from our house is on Shull's Mill Road. Refer to map at nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/moses-cone-trails.
The Julian Price Memorial Park at milepost 297 of the Parkway encompasses a wide variety of beautiful scenery and hiking. The park consists of 4,200 acres ranging in elevation from 3,400 feet to nearly 4,000 feet. See nps.gov/blri/plan-your-visit/julian-price-trails for good descriptions of the trails. You can also link up to the Tanawha Trail from Julian Price park. The Tanawha Trail parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway on the Grandfather Mountain. (See nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/tanawha-trail.)
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Julian Price Memorial Park
Milepost 297 Blue Ridge Parkway
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The Julian Price Memorial Park at milepost 297 of the Parkway encompasses a wide variety of beautiful scenery and hiking. The park consists of 4,200 acres ranging in elevation from 3,400 feet to nearly 4,000 feet. See nps.gov/blri/plan-your-visit/julian-price-trails for good descriptions of the trails. You can also link up to the Tanawha Trail from Julian Price park. The Tanawha Trail parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway on the Grandfather Mountain. (See nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/tanawha-trail.)
If you are looking for a fully accessible trail which is flat and mostly paved, the Town of Boone Greenway Trail is only 5 miles from our house. This scenic trail takes you along the south fork of the New River and through fields and forests, or select one of the two easy loops if you have less time. For directions, search "The Greenway Trail Boone NC" from Maps.Google.com.
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The Greenway Trail
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If you are looking for a fully accessible trail which is flat and mostly paved, the Town of Boone Greenway Trail is only 5 miles from our house. This scenic trail takes you along the south fork of the New River and through fields and forests, or select one of the two easy loops if you have less time. For directions, search "The Greenway Trail Boone NC" from Maps.Google.com.
There is a fun, easy, one-mile hike around Bass Lake, or just bring your folding chairs to enjoy the view from the parking lot. Park at Moses Cone Park off US Hwy 221. For more driving details, you can search "Bass Lake, Blowing Rock, NC 28605" at Maps.Google.com.
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Bass Lake Trail
1 Bass Lake Dr
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There is a fun, easy, one-mile hike around Bass Lake, or just bring your folding chairs to enjoy the view from the parking lot. Park at Moses Cone Park off US Hwy 221. For more driving details, you can search "Bass Lake, Blowing Rock, NC 28605" at Maps.Google.com.
Essentials
Only five minutes away from our home.
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Ingles Markets Inc.
2575 North Carolina 105
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Only five minutes away from our home.
Everything Else
The original Mast General Store is located in Valle Crucis, along the Mission Crossing Scenic Byway. It is an easy drive from Boone. Whether you are shopping for something frivolous like wax lips and fang teeth or for a seriously good winter mountain shirt, you can find it at the Mast and enjoy the trip back in time, too.
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Valle Crucis
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The original Mast General Store is located in Valle Crucis, along the Mission Crossing Scenic Byway. It is an easy drive from Boone. Whether you are shopping for something frivolous like wax lips and fang teeth or for a seriously good winter mountain shirt, you can find it at the Mast and enjoy the trip back in time, too.