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A Local's Perspective on Boone

Emily

A Local's Perspective on Boone

Local Food Favorites
Downtown local favorite, great food and close to the Airbnb
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Our Daily Bread
627 West King Street
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Downtown local favorite, great food and close to the Airbnb
Downtown Pub, close to the Airbnb, great food.
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Ransom
747 W King St
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Downtown Pub, close to the Airbnb, great food.
Downtown on Howard's Street, great sushi and close by.
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CoBo Sushi Bistro & Bar
161 West Howard Street
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Downtown on Howard's Street, great sushi and close by.
Great food and a local favorite
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Coyote Kitchen
200 Southgate Drive
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Great food and a local favorite
Quick and delicious, high-end fast food
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Come Back Shack
1521 Blowing Rock Road
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Quick and delicious, high-end fast food
Great breakfast food served all day, downtown so close to the Airbnb
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Melanie's
664 West King Street
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Great breakfast food served all day, downtown so close to the Airbnb
Fine Dining only a few minutes from the Airbnb
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Vidalia
831 West King Street
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Fine Dining only a few minutes from the Airbnb
Greta Bakery, only a few minutes from the Airbnb
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Stick Boy Bread Company
345 Hardin Street
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Greta Bakery, only a few minutes from the Airbnb
Great fine dining, but also the best burger in town.
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Joy Bistro
115 New Market Centre
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Great fine dining, but also the best burger in town.
Amazing Pub food, a local favorite.
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The Cardinal
1711 NC-105
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Amazing Pub food, a local favorite.
Great sandwiches and smoothies, a local favorite for sure.
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Stick Boy Kitchen
211 Boone Heights Drive
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Great sandwiches and smoothies, a local favorite for sure.
Amazing scratch-made donuts and coffee drinks
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Local Lion
791 Blowing Rock Road
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Amazing scratch-made donuts and coffee drinks
Great coffee shop downtown so close to the Airbnb.
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Espresso News
267 West Howard Street
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Great coffee shop downtown so close to the Airbnb.
Information on the Local areas
Valle Crucis is an area of the High Country whose name comes from the Latin for “Vale of the Cross,” a reference to a valley in the area where three streams converge to form a shape similar to an archbishop’s cross. Valle Crucis is North Carolina’s first Rural Historic District. You will not find Valle Crucis as an address in the High Country unless you have a PO Box at the Original Mast Store. Most properties in this area have a Banner Elk or Vilas Address…but don’t be confused- Valle Crucis is more than just “an Area”. Here you can enjoy unique places to stay, curated art collections, fishing, tubing, and playing in the Watauga River, as well as historic destinations like the Original Mast General Store. Located only 8 miles from Boone, Valle Crucis draws folks from all over to its pastoral settings and old-time feel. You can also enjoy activities like hiking, horseback riding, shopping, and choose & cut trees. The Valle Crucis Community Park is home to Music in the Valle, where music is played every Friday evening from May through September. In the fall is the Valle Crucis Fair, which draws more than 10,000 people each year and raises money for local charities. Valle Crucis is also home to The Original Mast General Store. Built in 1883, The Original Mast Store location features mercantile items that you may remember from your grandma’s house like jams and jellies, real maple syrup, stoneground cornmeal, comfortable rocking chairs, sturdy hiking boots, comfortable casual shoes. Valle Crucis is filled to the brim with beautiful settings for weddings and is home to a retreat center as well as The Apple Barn which is known for throwing some pretty amazing contra dances. The Mast Farm Inn, The Taylor House, and The Inn at Little Pond Farm are just three of the many amazing Bed and Breakfasts in the area. You can also stop in and eat at Over Yonder, a restaurant that prides itself on serving Appalachian cuisine, located in the former homestead of the Taylor Family, one of the founding families of Valle Crucis. It is hard to believe that so much can be found in such a small space but that is what draws so many from all over and has for years. I believe this wonderful valley will continue to carve itself out as a “must-see” destination in Western North Carolina.
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Valle Crucis
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Valle Crucis is an area of the High Country whose name comes from the Latin for “Vale of the Cross,” a reference to a valley in the area where three streams converge to form a shape similar to an archbishop’s cross. Valle Crucis is North Carolina’s first Rural Historic District. You will not find Valle Crucis as an address in the High Country unless you have a PO Box at the Original Mast Store. Most properties in this area have a Banner Elk or Vilas Address…but don’t be confused- Valle Crucis is more than just “an Area”. Here you can enjoy unique places to stay, curated art collections, fishing, tubing, and playing in the Watauga River, as well as historic destinations like the Original Mast General Store. Located only 8 miles from Boone, Valle Crucis draws folks from all over to its pastoral settings and old-time feel. You can also enjoy activities like hiking, horseback riding, shopping, and choose & cut trees. The Valle Crucis Community Park is home to Music in the Valle, where music is played every Friday evening from May through September. In the fall is the Valle Crucis Fair, which draws more than 10,000 people each year and raises money for local charities. Valle Crucis is also home to The Original Mast General Store. Built in 1883, The Original Mast Store location features mercantile items that you may remember from your grandma’s house like jams and jellies, real maple syrup, stoneground cornmeal, comfortable rocking chairs, sturdy hiking boots, comfortable casual shoes. Valle Crucis is filled to the brim with beautiful settings for weddings and is home to a retreat center as well as The Apple Barn which is known for throwing some pretty amazing contra dances. The Mast Farm Inn, The Taylor House, and The Inn at Little Pond Farm are just three of the many amazing Bed and Breakfasts in the area. You can also stop in and eat at Over Yonder, a restaurant that prides itself on serving Appalachian cuisine, located in the former homestead of the Taylor Family, one of the founding families of Valle Crucis. It is hard to believe that so much can be found in such a small space but that is what draws so many from all over and has for years. I believe this wonderful valley will continue to carve itself out as a “must-see” destination in Western North Carolina.
Banner Elk is a beautiful town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the North Carolina High Country. Banner Elk is full of culture and adventure and with an elevation downtown of 3700’, you can enjoy cool summers and snow-filled winters! From awesome art galleries to amazing ski mountains you can enjoy it all in this town. Two of the areas ski mountains are located near Banner Elk, so winter adventures are in full swing. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing in the winter and awesome concerts, hiking, paddling, and mountain biking in the warmer months. If you rather come to Banner Elk to relax, they have you covered with a wide variety of restaurants, shops, spas, and wineries/ breweries. You cannot visit Banner Elk without a trip to visit Grandfather Mountain. Come see the mile-high swinging bridge, otters, bears, and panthers. Hike the trails or enter to be in the extremely challenging run up the mountain called “The Bear”! In the fall enjoy the beautifully colored leaves and visit the famous Wooly Worm Festival that happens every year in October. Whatever type of adventure you seek, Banner Elk has it all!
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Banner Elk
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Banner Elk is a beautiful town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the North Carolina High Country. Banner Elk is full of culture and adventure and with an elevation downtown of 3700’, you can enjoy cool summers and snow-filled winters! From awesome art galleries to amazing ski mountains you can enjoy it all in this town. Two of the areas ski mountains are located near Banner Elk, so winter adventures are in full swing. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing in the winter and awesome concerts, hiking, paddling, and mountain biking in the warmer months. If you rather come to Banner Elk to relax, they have you covered with a wide variety of restaurants, shops, spas, and wineries/ breweries. You cannot visit Banner Elk without a trip to visit Grandfather Mountain. Come see the mile-high swinging bridge, otters, bears, and panthers. Hike the trails or enter to be in the extremely challenging run up the mountain called “The Bear”! In the fall enjoy the beautifully colored leaves and visit the famous Wooly Worm Festival that happens every year in October. Whatever type of adventure you seek, Banner Elk has it all!
The Town of Beech Mountain is located a few miles from Banner Elk in Western North Carolina at an elevation of over 5000’. This ski town has become much more than that in recent years. Beech Mountain offers something for everyone year-round. In summer, adventure seekers flock to the Emerald Outback at Beech Mountain, a trail park that features more than eight miles of gorgeous trails near the top of the mountain. Hiking, mountain biking, and trail running are prevalent in the Emerald Outback, as well as on several other miles of in-town trails maintained by the parks & recreation department. Downhill mountain biking trails, complete with lift service, are available during the warmer months at Beech Mountain Resort. Also enjoy hiking to waterfalls, 100-mile mountain vistas, and taking in a round of mini-golf in mild temperatures that average in the low to mid-70s. The town's Buckeye Rec center offers activities to include indoor & outdoor tennis, volleyball, and a state-of-the-art playground. There’s also a modern fitness center and indoor basketball. The Buckeye Recreation Area also features an official NC Birding Trail, home to nearly 130 species throughout the four seasons. Check out the Land of Oz during your next trip to Beech Mountain. This enchanted old theme park – which operated from 1970-1980 – is now available for personal tours, birthday parties, and private functions from June through October. Options include exclusive tours of Dorothy’s house, leisurely strolls along the 44,000-brick yellow brick road, and picnic lunches at the Fountain of Youth and the Judy Garland Memorial Overlook. If golf is your game, the manicured fairways of Beech Mountain Club provide some of the most spectacular scenery in Western North Carolina. Golfers can see four states from this ridge-top layout. Fly anglers enjoy finding hidden trout streams across the mountain, while recreational fishing is available at Buckeye Lake and Coffey Lake, both of which are stocked annually. Coffey Lake also has a paved 1/8-mile trail around the lake that’s ideal for walking and jogging. In winter, Beech’s high elevation and average annual snowfall of 84.6 inches create a snowy wonderland Beech Mountain Resort. Beech Mountain Resort, at 5,506 feet in elevation, is the highest ski area east of the Rocky Mountains. It has a nice variance of open trails that accommodate all levels of skiers, a high-speed detachable quad chairlift, and a modern terrain park with its own surface lift, lighting system, and regularly updated features that cater to snowboarders and freestyle skiers. The resort is also home to something truly unique at the top of the mountain as you exit the chairlift, a round sky bar! Named “5,506” after the mountain’s signature elevation, the sky bar provides indoor food and beverage service, along with a 2,700-square-foot deck outside for relaxing with friends and even doing yoga. The sky bar complex includes heated restrooms, several picnic tables and a Bald Guy Brew mini coffee shop.
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Beech Mountain
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The Town of Beech Mountain is located a few miles from Banner Elk in Western North Carolina at an elevation of over 5000’. This ski town has become much more than that in recent years. Beech Mountain offers something for everyone year-round. In summer, adventure seekers flock to the Emerald Outback at Beech Mountain, a trail park that features more than eight miles of gorgeous trails near the top of the mountain. Hiking, mountain biking, and trail running are prevalent in the Emerald Outback, as well as on several other miles of in-town trails maintained by the parks & recreation department. Downhill mountain biking trails, complete with lift service, are available during the warmer months at Beech Mountain Resort. Also enjoy hiking to waterfalls, 100-mile mountain vistas, and taking in a round of mini-golf in mild temperatures that average in the low to mid-70s. The town's Buckeye Rec center offers activities to include indoor & outdoor tennis, volleyball, and a state-of-the-art playground. There’s also a modern fitness center and indoor basketball. The Buckeye Recreation Area also features an official NC Birding Trail, home to nearly 130 species throughout the four seasons. Check out the Land of Oz during your next trip to Beech Mountain. This enchanted old theme park – which operated from 1970-1980 – is now available for personal tours, birthday parties, and private functions from June through October. Options include exclusive tours of Dorothy’s house, leisurely strolls along the 44,000-brick yellow brick road, and picnic lunches at the Fountain of Youth and the Judy Garland Memorial Overlook. If golf is your game, the manicured fairways of Beech Mountain Club provide some of the most spectacular scenery in Western North Carolina. Golfers can see four states from this ridge-top layout. Fly anglers enjoy finding hidden trout streams across the mountain, while recreational fishing is available at Buckeye Lake and Coffey Lake, both of which are stocked annually. Coffey Lake also has a paved 1/8-mile trail around the lake that’s ideal for walking and jogging. In winter, Beech’s high elevation and average annual snowfall of 84.6 inches create a snowy wonderland Beech Mountain Resort. Beech Mountain Resort, at 5,506 feet in elevation, is the highest ski area east of the Rocky Mountains. It has a nice variance of open trails that accommodate all levels of skiers, a high-speed detachable quad chairlift, and a modern terrain park with its own surface lift, lighting system, and regularly updated features that cater to snowboarders and freestyle skiers. The resort is also home to something truly unique at the top of the mountain as you exit the chairlift, a round sky bar! Named “5,506” after the mountain’s signature elevation, the sky bar provides indoor food and beverage service, along with a 2,700-square-foot deck outside for relaxing with friends and even doing yoga. The sky bar complex includes heated restrooms, several picnic tables and a Bald Guy Brew mini coffee shop.
Drive just 10 minutes south of Boone and you’ll find yourself in the small town of Blowing Rock. Named after one of the state’s most famous attractions, The Blowing Rock. The Blowing Rock is a cliff formation that sits 3,000 feet above Johns River Gorge. From here you can see the prominent Grandfather Mountain 14 miles away. Due to a flume formed within the rocky walls of the Gorge, a fairly constant northwest wind can force light objects thrown over the cliff to return again. The most common legend of The Rock involves a man leaping off a cliff only to be sent by the strong wind back into the arms of his love. (While it is highly ill-advised to try anything of that nature!) Blowing Rock is only three square miles, but has a lot to offer outdoors enthusiasts, foodies, shoppers, and more. Blowing Rock is close to whitewater rafting, hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway, horseback riding, rock climbing, ziplining, and fishing. Even hike to a waterfall right from Main Street in Downtown Blowing Rock. Main street offers wonderful shops, restaurants, and lots of cultural opportunities with the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Blowing Rock is also home to the first theme park in the state, Tweetsie Railroad. Tweetsie is a wild west themed amusement park with rides, a petting zoo, shows, and a real steam train. Tweetsie is open all summer, fall and through the holidays with a Christmas Train Ride. For those heading to the Blowing Rock area to fish, you will be in luck! The Head Waters of the New River starts in Blowing Rock! You can even head to Price Lake, Trout Lake, and Bass Lake—all off the Blue Ridge Parkway that passes through Blowing Rock! Kids love to fish in the stocked Broyhill Lake. Lots to do for all ages!
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Blowing Rock
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Drive just 10 minutes south of Boone and you’ll find yourself in the small town of Blowing Rock. Named after one of the state’s most famous attractions, The Blowing Rock. The Blowing Rock is a cliff formation that sits 3,000 feet above Johns River Gorge. From here you can see the prominent Grandfather Mountain 14 miles away. Due to a flume formed within the rocky walls of the Gorge, a fairly constant northwest wind can force light objects thrown over the cliff to return again. The most common legend of The Rock involves a man leaping off a cliff only to be sent by the strong wind back into the arms of his love. (While it is highly ill-advised to try anything of that nature!) Blowing Rock is only three square miles, but has a lot to offer outdoors enthusiasts, foodies, shoppers, and more. Blowing Rock is close to whitewater rafting, hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway, horseback riding, rock climbing, ziplining, and fishing. Even hike to a waterfall right from Main Street in Downtown Blowing Rock. Main street offers wonderful shops, restaurants, and lots of cultural opportunities with the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Blowing Rock is also home to the first theme park in the state, Tweetsie Railroad. Tweetsie is a wild west themed amusement park with rides, a petting zoo, shows, and a real steam train. Tweetsie is open all summer, fall and through the holidays with a Christmas Train Ride. For those heading to the Blowing Rock area to fish, you will be in luck! The Head Waters of the New River starts in Blowing Rock! You can even head to Price Lake, Trout Lake, and Bass Lake—all off the Blue Ridge Parkway that passes through Blowing Rock! Kids love to fish in the stocked Broyhill Lake. Lots to do for all ages!
Established in 1915, West Jefferson is a historic small town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. West Jefferson’s downtown area may be best known for its Arts District. Numerous art galleries and studios featuring local and regional artists’ work can be found here. West Jefferson is the site of 15 murals that create a walking tour throughout downtown. The murals were designed and painted by local artists reflecting the area’s history and unique mountain character. Another attraction in West Jefferson is the Fresco paintings by world-famous artist Benjamin F. Long IV. These life-size Fresco paintings are exquisite and will surely take your breath away. Ashe County Cheese is located in West Jefferson. Established in 1939, this cheese company is the oldest cheese plant in the Carolina’s and offers visitors a chance to watch cheese being made. West Jefferson is full of outdoor adventures. With the New River running through- there are lots of opportunities to fish, tube, kayak, and more! The backdrop to West Jefferson, at elevations well over 4,000’, is scenic Mount Jefferson. Beginning as a state park in 1956, Mount Jefferson is appealing for all ages because it features several walking/hiking trails, overlooks, picnic areas, and interactive workshops. Mount Jefferson, now a State Natural Area, contains many unique and diverse trees, shrubs, and wildflowers as well as many interesting and unique plants giving the mountain a national natural landmark designation from the National Park Service. West Jefferson is in Ashe County, NC- one of the largest producers of Christmas Trees anywhere! Ashe County Ashe County has approximately 12,000 acres of Christmas trees in production amounting to approximately 20 million trees. It’s a great experience to go to one of the local farms during the Holiday Season to choose and cut your family tree.
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West Jefferson
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Established in 1915, West Jefferson is a historic small town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. West Jefferson’s downtown area may be best known for its Arts District. Numerous art galleries and studios featuring local and regional artists’ work can be found here. West Jefferson is the site of 15 murals that create a walking tour throughout downtown. The murals were designed and painted by local artists reflecting the area’s history and unique mountain character. Another attraction in West Jefferson is the Fresco paintings by world-famous artist Benjamin F. Long IV. These life-size Fresco paintings are exquisite and will surely take your breath away. Ashe County Cheese is located in West Jefferson. Established in 1939, this cheese company is the oldest cheese plant in the Carolina’s and offers visitors a chance to watch cheese being made. West Jefferson is full of outdoor adventures. With the New River running through- there are lots of opportunities to fish, tube, kayak, and more! The backdrop to West Jefferson, at elevations well over 4,000’, is scenic Mount Jefferson. Beginning as a state park in 1956, Mount Jefferson is appealing for all ages because it features several walking/hiking trails, overlooks, picnic areas, and interactive workshops. Mount Jefferson, now a State Natural Area, contains many unique and diverse trees, shrubs, and wildflowers as well as many interesting and unique plants giving the mountain a national natural landmark designation from the National Park Service. West Jefferson is in Ashe County, NC- one of the largest producers of Christmas Trees anywhere! Ashe County Ashe County has approximately 12,000 acres of Christmas trees in production amounting to approximately 20 million trees. It’s a great experience to go to one of the local farms during the Holiday Season to choose and cut your family tree.
Todd, NC, straddling the county line of Watauga and Ashe Counties in the NC mountains, lies at about 3000’ elevation. Todd is a 12-mile drive to Boone heading south or 10 miles to West Jefferson to the north. So close to town, yet you’ll feel like you’re away from it all while enjoying plenty of outdoor activities like tubing, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and biking during the warmer months. In the cooler months enjoy some beautiful snow, perhaps a mountain hike, wood fire, and hot toddy. Located at the headwaters of the ancient New River, Todd is located on a gentle stretch of the river offering recreational fun for all ages. Rent tubes or kayaks from one of the local outdoor expedition companies in Todd for a day trip or a short float down the river. River Girl Fishing Company, located in the historic train depot in downtown Todd, offers fly fishing lessons, guided trips, equipment sales, kayak, and tube rentals, as well as bike rentals. From downtown Todd, you can bike 11 miles each way along the flat Todd Railroad Grade Road, once a part of the tracks of the Virginia-Carolina Railroad (Virginia Creeper Trail). Famously known as part of the course known as the Blood, Sweat and Gears race. If a 22-mile ride is not for you, stop about 4 miles down and grab lunch at the Riverside Restaurant! Rather run it out? The New River Marathon, an official Boston Marathon qualifying race, runs along the banks of the historic New River in Todd. Over 17 miles offers pastoral views of the River, Christmas tree farms and horse, and cattle farms. For the miles that wind away from the New River Valley, the course offers a few hills, rolling country roads, and “the most beautiful race venue ever!” Todd is also home to the Green Valley Community Park offering a picnic shelter, playground, playing fields, hiking trails, and canoe/kayak ramp, and a new .28-mile walking track right on the banks of the New River! It’s a great place for the family to spend a day on the water. Open from dawn till dusk. Todd hosts many opportunities to take in local and national music acts including their Community Summer Concerts. The free, family-friendly concerts are held in Cook Memorial Park in historic downtown Todd. Todd has hosted musicians from Doc Watson and the Kruger Brothers to local acts like Wayne Henderson and friends, King Bees, Lucky Strikes, and Amantha Mill. The Todd New River Festival, held in October, offers all-day entertainment including music, storytelling, bluegrass jams, puppet shows, vendors, and of course barbeque. Go from the free music in the park to kicking up your heels at a monthly community dance! Todd Mercantile in downtown Todd hosts Contra’s, Reels, Squares, Waltzes, and a little bit of flat-footing. No experience necessary, the caller runs through all the steps before each dance. Bring the family! Todd Mercantile offers handcrafted art, gifts, and other merchandise made in the Appalachian Mountains, many by local artists. It’s also been noted that visitors come from near and far to sample the famous cinnamon rolls from the bakery, not to mention its’ bread, pies, cakes, cupcakes, scones, cookies, and more! The next stop is the historic Todd General Store. Established in 1914, The Todd General Store (originally Cook Brothers General Store) was built by Walter and Monroe Cook in anticipation of the arrival of the Virginia Creeper railroad. After being closed for the past few years, Todd General Store re-opened in July of 2019, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike! Part General Store, part deli and ice cream, part local musician gathering hole, the Todd General Store is now open Thursdays through Saturdays and is a great place to take in a bit of nostalgia. One of only five authentic general stores remaining in North Carolina, the Todd General Store is in Todd’s Historic District which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Todd, with its rich history, outdoor recreation, music, arts, and a sense of community is a delightful place to visit and a wonderful place to live. New River Fun Facts: It is thought to be the second oldest river in the world, after the Nile. It is one of only three rivers in the world that flows north. The South Fork of the New River starts in Blowing Rock, meanders through Boone and Todd, flows north into Virginia, comes back into North Carolina, and then back into Virginia two more times. From there, it continues to West Virginia meeting up with the Kanawha River which turns into the Ohio River, meets with the Mississippi River, and empties into the Gulf of Mexico!
Todd
Todd, NC, straddling the county line of Watauga and Ashe Counties in the NC mountains, lies at about 3000’ elevation. Todd is a 12-mile drive to Boone heading south or 10 miles to West Jefferson to the north. So close to town, yet you’ll feel like you’re away from it all while enjoying plenty of outdoor activities like tubing, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and biking during the warmer months. In the cooler months enjoy some beautiful snow, perhaps a mountain hike, wood fire, and hot toddy. Located at the headwaters of the ancient New River, Todd is located on a gentle stretch of the river offering recreational fun for all ages. Rent tubes or kayaks from one of the local outdoor expedition companies in Todd for a day trip or a short float down the river. River Girl Fishing Company, located in the historic train depot in downtown Todd, offers fly fishing lessons, guided trips, equipment sales, kayak, and tube rentals, as well as bike rentals. From downtown Todd, you can bike 11 miles each way along the flat Todd Railroad Grade Road, once a part of the tracks of the Virginia-Carolina Railroad (Virginia Creeper Trail). Famously known as part of the course known as the Blood, Sweat and Gears race. If a 22-mile ride is not for you, stop about 4 miles down and grab lunch at the Riverside Restaurant! Rather run it out? The New River Marathon, an official Boston Marathon qualifying race, runs along the banks of the historic New River in Todd. Over 17 miles offers pastoral views of the River, Christmas tree farms and horse, and cattle farms. For the miles that wind away from the New River Valley, the course offers a few hills, rolling country roads, and “the most beautiful race venue ever!” Todd is also home to the Green Valley Community Park offering a picnic shelter, playground, playing fields, hiking trails, and canoe/kayak ramp, and a new .28-mile walking track right on the banks of the New River! It’s a great place for the family to spend a day on the water. Open from dawn till dusk. Todd hosts many opportunities to take in local and national music acts including their Community Summer Concerts. The free, family-friendly concerts are held in Cook Memorial Park in historic downtown Todd. Todd has hosted musicians from Doc Watson and the Kruger Brothers to local acts like Wayne Henderson and friends, King Bees, Lucky Strikes, and Amantha Mill. The Todd New River Festival, held in October, offers all-day entertainment including music, storytelling, bluegrass jams, puppet shows, vendors, and of course barbeque. Go from the free music in the park to kicking up your heels at a monthly community dance! Todd Mercantile in downtown Todd hosts Contra’s, Reels, Squares, Waltzes, and a little bit of flat-footing. No experience necessary, the caller runs through all the steps before each dance. Bring the family! Todd Mercantile offers handcrafted art, gifts, and other merchandise made in the Appalachian Mountains, many by local artists. It’s also been noted that visitors come from near and far to sample the famous cinnamon rolls from the bakery, not to mention its’ bread, pies, cakes, cupcakes, scones, cookies, and more! The next stop is the historic Todd General Store. Established in 1914, The Todd General Store (originally Cook Brothers General Store) was built by Walter and Monroe Cook in anticipation of the arrival of the Virginia Creeper railroad. After being closed for the past few years, Todd General Store re-opened in July of 2019, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike! Part General Store, part deli and ice cream, part local musician gathering hole, the Todd General Store is now open Thursdays through Saturdays and is a great place to take in a bit of nostalgia. One of only five authentic general stores remaining in North Carolina, the Todd General Store is in Todd’s Historic District which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Todd, with its rich history, outdoor recreation, music, arts, and a sense of community is a delightful place to visit and a wonderful place to live. New River Fun Facts: It is thought to be the second oldest river in the world, after the Nile. It is one of only three rivers in the world that flows north. The South Fork of the New River starts in Blowing Rock, meanders through Boone and Todd, flows north into Virginia, comes back into North Carolina, and then back into Virginia two more times. From there, it continues to West Virginia meeting up with the Kanawha River which turns into the Ohio River, meets with the Mississippi River, and empties into the Gulf of Mexico!
Boone is a quaint mountain town nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. It is home to Appalachian State University and its championship football program. Adjacent to the university you will find a vibrant downtown full of shops, galleries, local restaurants, rooftop bars, boutique hotels, the historic Appalachian Theater, wonderful shopping, the 828 Real Estate office, and other small businesses. The first Friday of every month the Downtown Boone Development Association hosts a first Friday event. In the warmer months, there is even live music on the lawn of the Historic Jones house. We are situated at 3333 feet in elevation, hence our motto – “Live it Up” in downtown Boone! Other attractions in and around Boone include Horn in the West, an outdoor drama about the life of frontiersman Daniel Boone. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs all through the High Country. Access to some of the best hikes, rivers, waterfalls and views around! Enjoy cool summers and see snow in winter! There is no lack of art and culture in Boone. The Appalachian Theatre downtown hosts live music, theatre, comedy, dance, and more. The Schaffer Center on the ASU campus brings in many shows including a wonderful lineup for Appalachian Summer Festival.
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Boone
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Boone is a quaint mountain town nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. It is home to Appalachian State University and its championship football program. Adjacent to the university you will find a vibrant downtown full of shops, galleries, local restaurants, rooftop bars, boutique hotels, the historic Appalachian Theater, wonderful shopping, the 828 Real Estate office, and other small businesses. The first Friday of every month the Downtown Boone Development Association hosts a first Friday event. In the warmer months, there is even live music on the lawn of the Historic Jones house. We are situated at 3333 feet in elevation, hence our motto – “Live it Up” in downtown Boone! Other attractions in and around Boone include Horn in the West, an outdoor drama about the life of frontiersman Daniel Boone. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs all through the High Country. Access to some of the best hikes, rivers, waterfalls and views around! Enjoy cool summers and see snow in winter! There is no lack of art and culture in Boone. The Appalachian Theatre downtown hosts live music, theatre, comedy, dance, and more. The Schaffer Center on the ASU campus brings in many shows including a wonderful lineup for Appalachian Summer Festival.
Sugar Mountain, NC is nestled in the middle of the High Country located at the eastern end of Avery County and surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains. Sugar Mountain is filled with flowing and gurgling streams, abundant with native greenery, and gorgeous mountain views. Whether you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle or looking to get away from the humdrum, Sugar Mountain offers a peaceful and serene getaway, blessed with incredible natural beauty as well as offering year-round activities. In winter enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and ice skating at Sugar Mountain Resort. In the summer months enjoy scenic chairlift rides, golf, tennis, and awesome mountain biking in the mild summer temps! Oh and let’s not forget the fall! Enjoy watching the leaves turn incredible colors and join us for the annual Oktoberfest event!
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Sugar Mountain
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Sugar Mountain, NC is nestled in the middle of the High Country located at the eastern end of Avery County and surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains. Sugar Mountain is filled with flowing and gurgling streams, abundant with native greenery, and gorgeous mountain views. Whether you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle or looking to get away from the humdrum, Sugar Mountain offers a peaceful and serene getaway, blessed with incredible natural beauty as well as offering year-round activities. In winter enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and ice skating at Sugar Mountain Resort. In the summer months enjoy scenic chairlift rides, golf, tennis, and awesome mountain biking in the mild summer temps! Oh and let’s not forget the fall! Enjoy watching the leaves turn incredible colors and join us for the annual Oktoberfest event!