While we encourage rocking
on the front porch, bird watching, reading, and snoozing as your primary
activity, there is much to do and see within easy driving distance.
High Country hills truly are alive with sound of music from Blue Grass through Jazz to Baroque. There are free outdoor concerts every summer weekend in Boone and Todd plus many other outdoor musical events. Appalachian State University's Summer Festival stages a stunning variety of outstanding performances in July. The Beautiful St. Mary of Hills Church is the setting for Blowing Rock's outstanding Summer Music Series. For a toe-tapping good time there's the Doc Watson Music Fest in Sugar Grove and don't overlook the offerings at the local night spots.
Arts, Crafts and Museums
There are 400 artists living and practicing in the area and Boone is home to 14 art galleries and several museums.
The new Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and Appalachian Culture Museum shouldn't be missed.
The Cone Manor gift shop is another place to see and shop for outstanding crafts that include wood carvings, ceramics, metal and textiles.
Rock's monthly Art in the Park events provide a venue for local artists and
craftspeople as does the craft shop at Moses Cone Mansion.
Ashe County's Frescos are famous and worth a trip.
Spectator activities include professional productions at Blowing Rock
Stage, the Horne in the West Pageant
as well as Lees
McRae College Summer Theater and Ashe County Little Theater
The great outdoors
Hardier souls who like to walk and hike, are invited to trot up and down the hills in our front and back yards -- but seriously folks, we recommend the hiking trails at Moses Cone Manor and Julian Price Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway, New River State Park and Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area in Ashe County. Glen Burney Trail in Blowing Rock leads to three water falls. Further out, there are Linville Falls and Linville Caverns and of course, Grandfather Mountain.
For an experience that is both fun and heartwarming, visit the Watauga County Humane Society Animal Shelter and take a homeless dog for a walk along Boone’s Greenway Trail.
Other ways to enjoy the High Country outdoors include horseback riding, canoeing and inner-tubing on the New River, boating at Price Lake, great golfing and trout fishing.
For those who enjoy shopping, there are beaucoup boutiques in the quaint Farmer's Hardware Emporium downtown in old Boone where you'll also find many art and craft galleries, antique shops, and unique eateries.
The original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis and the Mast Mercantile in Boone are both favorites.
Nearby Blowing Rock, made famous by Jan Karon’s Mitford books and at one time known as the Charleston Riviera, is home of much to enjoy including many trendy shops and some fine restaurants.
For outlet fans, there are the Shoppes on Parkway six miles from Boone on highway 321.
The shops at Banner Elk and Lees McCrae college are about twenty-five miles away.
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