Spend Your 4th of July in the High Country

 

The spirit of America is alive and well in the mountains of North Carolina

 

Come experience July 4th in the mountains! Welcome to the High Country.

Come experience July 4th in the mountains! Welcome to the High Country.

 

Throughout the High Country, from Blowing Rock to Banner Elk, communities are pulling out all the stops to celebrate our nation’s independence. If you’re planning a visit to these locations this Fourth of July, here are some amazing events you and your family will love. Parades, activities for kids, live music and, of course, incredible fireworks. So come down to the High Country for the July 4th Weekend.

 

Banner Elk

 

The Banner Elk Chamber’s 4th of July Parade

WHEN: Monday, July 4, starting at 11 a.m.

WHERE:

PARADE: Main Street to Tate-Evans Park, Banner Elk, NC

PARTY IN THE PARK: Tate- Evans Park • 210 Park Avenue, Banner Elk, NC

PHONE: 828-898-8395

WEBSITE

Join in on this fun parade! Dress up your car, your bike, or even your pet. After, head down to Tate-Evans Park for food, fun and duck races.

 

Beech Mountain

 

47th Annual Roasting of the Hog

WHEN: Saturday, July 2, starting at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Beech Mountain Ski Resort • 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC

PHONE: 828-387-9283

WEBSITE

This ticketed dinner will serve up some amazing BBQ plus all the fixins. And once darkness creeps over the mountain, get ready for some amazing fireworks.

 

Blowing Rock

 

Fireworks over treesJuly 4th Celebration

WHEN: Saturday–Sunday, July 2–3

WHERE:

PARADE & WEEKEND EVENTS: Downtown Blowing Rock, NC

FIREWORKS: Blowing Rock Country Club • 200 Country Club Drive, Blowing Rock, NC (Saturday, starting at 9 p.m.)

WEBSITE

A weekend chock full of fun and the spirit of America. The morning kicks off with games and activities for young and old. Then at 2 p.m., come witness the annual Independence Day Parade. Listen to amazing music all afternoon. Then on Saturday at 9 p.m., head down to the country club for beautiful fireworks. Festivities continue the next day.

 

Bluegrass & Brass: A Fourth of July Dazzle

WHEN: Monday, July 4, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Blowing Rock School Auditorium • 130 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC

WEBSITE

Get into the spirit of patriotism with an amazing concert. Two musical styles will be featured—bluegrass and brass. Here anthems and your favorite national songs, as wells as some mountain music favorites.

 

July 4th Fireworks at Tweetsie Railroad

WHEN: Monday, July 4, Fireworks at 9 p.m.

WHERE: Tweetsie Railroad • 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC

WEBSITE

Get your tickets to Tweetsie Railroad so that you can enjoy the most spectacular fireworks in the High Country!

 

Boone

 

The Burning in Effigy of King George III

WHEN: Saturday, July 2, starting at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hickory Ridge Living History Museum• 591 Horn in the West Drive, Boone, NC

WEBSITE

See how Independence Day was celebrated in the late 18th century. This event is as fun as it is educational. Traditional black powder rifles will fire 13 volleys for the 13 original colonies, there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence and then a dummy representing King George III will be burned in effigy.

 

Downtown Boone July 4th Parade

WHEN & WHERE:

PARADE: Saturday, July 4, starting at 11 a.m.; King Street, Downtown Boone, NC

FESTIVITIES & FIREWORKS: Saturday, July 4, starting at 7 p.m.; Clawson-Burnley Park • Off Hunting Hills Lane, Boone, NC

PHONE: 828-268-6280

WEBSITE

This annual event has been delighting young and old every Fourth of July. The parade ends with a time of cake and refreshment. Then the fun starts back up with more fun and finally fireworks!

 

You and your kids will love experience these charming small-town parades. Photo Credit.

You and your kids will love experience these charming small-town parades. Photo Credit.

 

 

Highlight: Blowing Rock Restaurant Week 2016

 

Photo Credit: blowingrock.com

Photo Credit: blowingrock.com

A week of the best eats in the High Country for a fraction of the cost!

 

Event Details:

The Gamekeeper Restaurant's famous bread pudding. Available for restaurant week.  Photo Credit: blowingrock.com

The Gamekeeper Restaurant’s famous bread pudding. Available for restaurant week.
Photo Credit: blowingrock.com

Blowing Rock Restaurant Week

When: May 16–22, 2016

Where: 18 locations throughout Blowing Rock

Contact: 828-295-7851 or 828-295-4636

Website

The High Country in North Carolina has some of the best eats around. Quality examples of down-home, southern cooking, but with a variety of influences inventive flavors that keep foodies happy and coming back for more.

Restaurant Week in Blowing Rock is the perfect opportunity to hit up amazing, and sometimes pricey, restaurants and not break the bank. Eighteen restaurants in the Blowing Rock area are participating this year. You can try one or you can try them all! Reservations during Restaurant Week are always suggested.

 

Restaurant Highlights:

There are 18 restaurants to choose from, but here are some notable selections you can check out.

 

Canyons Restaurant

Highway 321, 8960 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock, NC • 828-295-7661 • RW Link

Restaurant Week Special: $10.95/ lunch; $15.95/dinner

Canyons Historic Restaurant and Bar has the best view in Blowing Rock. But don’t get distracted, the food is out of this world! And for restaurant week, they are highlighting a local ingredient, NC Mountain Trout. The specials will change daily, so be sure to come more than once! Each meal will also offer special NC Beer Pairings, creating the perfect meal.

 

The Gamekeeper

3005 Shull’s Mill Road, Blowing Rock, NC • 828-963-7400 • RW Link

Restaurant Week Special: $30 for a 3 course meal

This local favorite is offering a three course meal! Come to the stone cottage at the end of a curvy road, and you will find the Gamekeeper Restaurant & Bar. Serving up vegetarian options with flair. And also offering some of the strangest game meat you’ll find anywhere. Stick to the reliable trout dish, or adventure into the unknown with charred ostrich meatloaf. CLICK HERE to read more about The Gamekeeper.

 

Mellow Mushroom Pizza

946 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC • 828-295-3399 • RW Link

This is not your mama’s pizza place. For Restaurant Week, this groovy eatery is offering special prices on some of their favorite menu items.

 

Photo Credit: blowingrock.com

Photo Credit: blowingrock.com

 

SNAPSHOT: The Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar

Most people plan their special occasions with care, choosing the perfect location. A special night out should have great atmosphere, amazing service and superb food. If you’re in Blowing Rock, in the High Country of North Carolina, you never have to wonder where this special restaurant is. The answer is always the Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar.

A seemingly rustic cabin but fine dining within. Photo Credit: Gamekeeper

A seemingly rustic cabin but fine dining within.
Photo Credit: Gamekeeper

 

A vacation to the High Country is for those with a sense of adventure. You may be thinking that down-home, southern food is the only type of dining you’ll be doing. But the Gamekeeper is the perfect combination of rustic game cuisine and fine dining. Driving up the curvy, rural road that leads to the restaurant, you may start to question what kind of fine dining experience could possibly be this far off the beaten path. But that’s just a part of the adventure!

But the real adventure at Gamekeeper is opening the menu and realizing that the name of the represents the menu choices. Game meat is the specialty and highlight.

 

Gamekeeper – The Vegetarian Restaurant That Wasn’t to Be

Photo Credit: Gamekeeper

Photo Credit: Gamekeeper

Ken Gordon and his wife Wendy are the ones who have made Gamekeeper a go-to location for the best of High Country cuisine. But believe it or not, Gamekeeper was not their original dream. From the day they were married, the Gordons knew they would someday open a restaurant. But their original concept was a vegetarian diner.

Then they discovered a little restaurant with an interesting name. When purchasing the property, the landlord encouraged them to keep the name, because Gamekeeper was already established in the community. But the Gordons were terrified that people would be scared of eating “game” meat, and wouldn’t come.

But keeping the name was the best thing they could have done. They became known as the place to get game. This forces them to keep game meat on the menu, and sets them apart from other restaurants.

 

The Menu — Crazy, Wild and Wonderful

A dish with wild boar. Photo Credit: Gamekeeper

A dish with wild boar.
Photo Credit: Gamekeeper

The meals offered at the Gamekeeper are everything you could want from a mountain vacation. Fifty percent of the menu is game meat. Meats most people have never tried, like boar, buffalo, rabbit, ostrich, emu, elk, venison and more! And all meat is either locally sourced or indigenous to the region. But you may ask, ostrich and emu, indigenous…? These are sourced from a local farm that raises these animals.

The meats are roasted in a wood fire grill that uses cherry and apple wood. This adds a distinct flavor that works perfectly with the game. They also make sure that all food is seasonably appropriate.

Photo Credit: Gamekeeper

Photo Credit: Gamekeeper

But the Gordons always return to their roots—or root vegetables, to be more precise. Their desire is to keep deliciously cooked vegetables front and center. Most restaurants serve two or three as sad little side dishes. But if you order the vegetable plate, expect to receive over 50 nuts, leaves, roots or flowers that can be foraged in season, paired perfectly with a delectable sauce.

Don’t forget to order Wendy’s Bread Pudding. Since its inception it has risen as the dish the Gamekeeper is most known for. She got so sick of making it, it was pulled from the menu for a short time. There was such a public outcry for it that it is now back permanently. Maybe the whole bottle of Jim Bean is the secret?

 

The Main Specialty — Fun, Laughter & A Great Time

Even though the Gamekeeper definitely operated at a high, fine dining level, when you are there it feels like one big party. The amazing servers and staff treat you like a friend, whether you are a visitor or a local. There is always lots of laughter and an amazing ambience. By the time you leave, you will feel like a member of the family, because the Gordons know that it’s less about the food and more about the people.

Wendy Gordon with a diner. Photo Credit: Gamekeeper

Wendy Gordon with a diner.
Photo Credit: Gamekeeper

 

Some Things to Look Forward to…

•Every Friday in May: enjoy $5 glasses of wine.

•May 16–22: Blowing Rock Restaurant Week 2016

•June 8: 16th Annual Wine & Beer Auction (this supports the Blue Ridge Conservancy which seeks to maintain the beautiful mountain region)

Gamekeeper Catering, make your event unforgettable

 

 

Contact Information

The Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar

3005 Shull’s Mill Road, Blowing Rock, NC

828-963-7400

Website

 

 


 

 

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SNAPSHOT: Recess Skate & Snow in Boone

 

Photo Credit: Drew Fuller

Photo Credit: Drew Fuller

 

The High Country in North Carolina is beautiful all year round! From Blowing Rock to Boone, a trip to the to this region is filled with the wonder and beauty of creation. Not to mention the small-town, friendly atmosphere. But something special happens when winter comes along. The mountains of the High Country are blanketed with snow, ready and waiting for adventure.

Recess Skate & Snow, in Boone, North Carolina, has everything you need from top brands to get you out on the mountain and having a great time. Whether you are renting snowboards, purchasing your first board or buying your fourth. They also know that riders can’t just wait for winter to come along. That’s why they are open all year round, selling a variety of products like skateboards, footwear and apparel.

Photo Credit: Drew Fuller

Photo Credit: Drew Fuller

 

What sets Recess apart?

Recess is a rider owned and driven store. That means they know what skateboarders and snowboarders are looking for. Before Recess, there was a void in the High Country for a year round store that catered to everyday riders or first timers.

They don’t just talk about skateboarding or snowboarding, they know these activities firsthand! Their whole staff actively participates in these on a regular basis. So when they recommend a product, they’re not just trying to make a sale, they want customers to receive the best possible service and put them into the right product that will work best for them. Knowledge is key. The best way to know how a product works is to use it. This is what sets their staff apart.

But it’s not just riders they want to help. Anyone interested in snowboarding and skateboarding is welcome. They help customers on all levels, whether local or visitor.

 

What are the products at Recess?

Since Recess is rider owned and driven, the staff loves skateboarding and snowboarding. This type of personal involvement makes them care about the brands they carry. They want to get customers to feel like they have come to the right place for quality goods. They pride themselves on carrying only brands that they are willing to stand behind.

Recess carries recognizable top brands that you may not be able to find anywhere else in the High Country: Vans, Capita, Nike SB, Rome, Union and more! They also carry a lot of smaller, up-and-coming brands that you can’t find at your everyday retail store. They love introducing customers to cool brands they haven’t even heard of.

Photo Credit: Drew Fuller

Photo Credit: Drew Fuller

Some of things you’ll find at recess are:

•boards
•boots
•outerwear
•winter accessories (gloves, goggles, beanies, etc.)
•apparel for men and women
•accessories (hats, sunglasses, belts, etc.)
•footwear
•so much more!

 

Recess loves being a part of the High Country community. As they say, “The High Country is definitely one of the best parts of North Carolina you can be in!” Because of that, rather than just being another retail store, they try to stay involved. To be a part of what’s going on. Whether it’s welcoming guests to their on-site skate ramp, hosting snowboard and skateboard events, or even just being on a first name basis with their customers.

If you’re ever in the High Country during the winter, be sure to check out their biggest event of the year—wRECklESS RAIL JAM at Beech Mtn. CLICK HERE to check it out.

Recess is about community—the rider community and the High country community.

 

 

Contact Information:

Photo Credit: Drew Fuller

Photo Credit: Drew Fuller

Recess Skate and Snow

1158 Highway 105, Boone, NC

828-355-9013

Website

 

 


 

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SNAPSHOT: Doe Ridge Pottery in Boone, NC

 

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Doe Ridge Pottery has been a presence in the High Country of North Carolina for 40 years. 40 years of bringing beauty, art and whimsy to the people of Boone, NC and the visitors who are fortunate enough to visit. Located on King Street, the storefront has drawn people through its doors since it opened in 1988. Doe Ridge works to bring High Country art to popular attention.

Pottery has historically been an important part of North Carolina culture. Not only did it improve life in the mountains in a practical, utilitarian way, but it also brought fun and beauty into the home. Doe Ridge strives to continue this amazing tradition in its pottery.

 

History of Doe Ridge Pottery

 

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Photo Credit: Doe Ridge Pottery

Doe Ridge is the signature name of owner and master potter Bob Meier. After a tour of duty with the Marine Corps, Meier attended Appalachian State University studying in the Tech Department. It was there that he stumbled into pottery making. He discovered a natural talent for throwing and creating beautiful pottery. He never looked back!

Since then, he’s been a teacher to many sharing his craft and artistry. He has given instruction to artists and those who just want to try their hand at pottery. From elementary aged students to adults, he has taught at locations throughout the High Country.

The Doe Ridge Pottery store opened its doors on King Street in 1988, and is now one of the oldest storefronts in the area. They sell pieces by 18 local potters, including Meier. They also have a working studio as part of their shop where visitors can see how and where their pottery is made.

 

High Country Pottery: Beauty, Practicality & Whimsy

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Photo Credit: Doe Ridge Pottery

 

If you are looking for a gift or item that represents your trip to the High Country, look no further. The pottery at Doe Ridge draws from local flora, fauna and vistas so typical to this region for inspiration. There is a strong connection to the grassroots of local work and local craft.

At Doe Ridge you can find whimsical pieces that kids will love, fine art for collectors and functional pieces to use in your home. Every piece, from the practical to the precious, is handmade. Egg separators, lamps, humorous face jugs and hand carved art—every item is vivid with local flavor.

So welcome to Doe Ridge Pottery! Come support local art and artists in the High Country! You will feel immediately welcomed and at home. You’ll also find items that you can treasure for years to come.

And while there, be sure to ask Bob Meier how he’s doing, and wait for his usual reply, “Fine as frog hair!”

 

Contact Information:

Snapshot- potteryDoe Ridge Pottery

585 West King Street
Boone, NC

WEBSITE

 

 

 


 

The High Country has so much to do and see! CLICK HERE to read more, and get SNAPSHOTS of other area businesses.

 

 

SNAPSHOT: High Country

 

Banner Elk to Boone,
Blowing Rock to North Wilkesboro

A trip to the High Country will be an unforgettable experience!

 

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Imagine majestic mountaintops, small-town hospitality, running rivers and a vacation that includes all of the above. Actually, stop imagining and start planning a vacation to North Carolina’s High Country! In this one place you will find extreme sports that test your spirit of adventure, vistas of grandeur  and southern hospitality from area businesses and locals.

 

There are tons of activities in the High Country

 

Great hiking year-round. Shopping at local businesses for goods distinctive to this region. There are excellent bars and restaurants with food you’ll only find here. And each season holds its own highlight!

 

Springtime

HCCreek SnapshotMany businesses re-open after a winter hiatus! Look around, and the countryside comes to life with rhododendron and mountain laurel. What a perfect time to take advantage of great biking opportunities and hiking as everything is bursting forth with color. This is also the best time for adventurers to go whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Melting snow makes rapids the fastest they’ll be all year.

 

Summertime

In the mountains, one can find a respite from the scorching heat of summer by enjoying the high altitude cool. Or simmer down with a relaxing tube ride down the New River. Sit outside on your deck, and take in the beauty of the mountains or the uninhibited view of the stars. Summer events are fun, exciting and happening for the entire season.

 

Autumn

A mountain autumn is not to be missed! If you’ve never seen a mountainside speckled with vivid colors of changing leaves, then this is a must for your bucket list. The colors, in red, orange and yellow, are so vivid, it feels other worldly. There are also tons of fall events to celebrate the region’s culture and heritage—apple picking, Oktoberfest, craft fairs and more!

 

Winter

Winter in the mountains is generally quiet. But before many places close for the season, they go out with a bang at Christmastime. Tons of festivals run from the end of Thanksgiving through New Year’s! You can even choose and cut your own Christmas tree. And once the snow begins to fall, the High Country becomes the ski capital of the South. Skiers, snowboarders and tubers hit the slopes for family friendly fun!

 

It doesn’t matter when you come, from Blowing Rock to Boone, your family will love your High Country vacation!

 

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A huge part of what makes the High Country so great are the people you will meet, especially at area businesses.

To get you prepared for your visit to the High Country, we will be providing SNAPSHOTS of the local businesses. Come meet the people and places that make the High Country a great place to visit.

 

Local Business Snapshots:

Doe Ridge Pottery in Boone, NC

Recess Skate & Snow in Boone, NC

The Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar

 

 

Experience the Blue Ridge at Grandfather Mountain State Park

 

Grandfather Mountain is the gem of the High Country.

Grandfather Mountain is the gem of the High Country.

 

Grandfather Mountain is situated in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As the highest peak in this chain, the beauty of the North Carolina High Country comes alive as you take in the wonder of countless trees, rocky terrain and rustic wildlife. This is a must see spot when visiting the High Country. And there is so much to do!

 

Plan Ahead

Hours

Depends on the time of year, but generally the park closes around sunset.
Ticket Sales end one hour before the park closes

Admission

Adults (13+): $20

Seniors (60+): $18

Children (4-12): $9

Children under 4: FREE

***You can visit Grandfather Mountain State Park for FREE is you use trails on N.C. 1065 or the Blue Ridge Parkway.

What to Wear

It depends on the time of year. The park can be 8–10 degrees cooler. It may be wise to bring a light jacket, even in the summer. In the winter, dress very warmly. Avoid slick soled shoes.

 

What is There to Do?

•High altitude views

•Beautiful flora and fauna

•The popular Mile High Swinging Bridge

•Native Habitats, you can see: black bears, cougars, bald eagles and more!

•Amazing hiking opportunities ranging from nature walks to rugged, backcountry trails

•Picnic areas

•Educational programs

•Activities, events & programs

•Watch local artisan at the Woodcarvers Workshop

 

April 2016: Dollar Days

If you are a resident or employee in a local county (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga & Wilkes), entrance to Grandfather Mountain is only $3/person throughout the month of April. Proof of residency/employment required.

 

Contact Information

Grandfather Mountain

2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC Off of US 221

828-733-2608

Website

 

 

Get Artsy in the High Country: The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

 

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is a gem of art and culture in the High Country. Photo Credit: tcva.org

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is a gem of art and culture in the High Country.
Photo Credit: tcva.org

Located at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts serves a gateway to the art world. Because it is the largest facility of its kind in the region, visitors and residents alike come, free of charge, to experience both new and historical artwork. The Turchin Center seeks to be a place of beauty, but also a place where one’s world view is challenged by impactful pieces. Not only can you see the works of internationally known artists, but you will also see the distinct work of Appalachian artists, artwork that defines the region and culture of the High Country in North Carolina.

Make the Turchin Center a part of your High Country vacation, and add a touch of beauty and education into your time.

 

Special Exhibits for 2016

Wisteria by Julia Barello Photo Credit: tcva.org

Wisteria by Julia Barello
Photo Credit: tcva.org

2016 brings some very original exhibits to the Turchin Center—exhibits that thrill, haunt and educate. Come see Strange Gardens by Julia Barello, an instillation of flora created from MRI and x-ray film. Or come see the 13th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Contest, a glimpse into the culture of Appalachia. There is also the hauntingly beautiful The Waterworks by Jennifer Hecker, which shows the loveliness of water, but also the showcases the fact that it is a limited resource.

Click here to learn more about their insightful and evocative exhibits.

 

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
423 West King Street, Boone, NC • (828) 262-3017 • Website
Cost: Free

 

Other Visual Art Centers in the High Country…

 Blowing Rock Art and History Museum
159 Chestnut Street, Blowing Rock, NC • (828) 295-9099 • Website
Cost: $7/adults; $4/children

 Come see internationally renowned artwork next to the finest examples of Blue Ridge art, pottery and blown glass.

 Taupe Gallery
315a Tenth Street, North Wilkesboro, NC • (336) 990-0148 • Website
Cost: Free

Authentic Appalachian art pieces by regional and national artists. Come browse their collection of jewelry, paintings and pottery. And if you see something you love, purchase it!

Wilkes Art Gallery
913 C Street, North Wilkesboro, NC • (336) 667-2841 • Website
Cost: Free

With educational art studios alongside 3500 square feet of exhibition space, the Wilkes Art Gallery gives you a chance to experience the art or make the art yourself!

 

 

Rustic Shopping in the High Country

 

The High Country is the Perfect Place to Find Rustic Elegant Décor

 

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One of my favorite shows on HGTV is Fixer Upper. Joanna, my home improvement guru, has a style that mixes a little bit of country with a refinement that’s associated with modern décor. This new trend that is emerging all over style guides, Pinterest and Instagram is called Rustic Elegance. Usually rustic décor is known for its simplicity and rough textured appearance, but the elegant aspect brings a sophistication to the rusticated look. Think natural wood mixed with sparkly chandeliers. Rough stone combined with modern, clean detailing. Rustic elegance embraces vintage or antique furniture and décor but combines it with the sleek design ideals of modernism.

Elegant details are not hard to find. Most home and furniture stores have nods to this style. But the rustic element is a little trickier. Unless you live in a rural area, you may not be able to find decorations to fit this theme. Lucky for you, if you visit the High Country in North Carolina, there are tons of stores where you can find the perfect pieces to fit your new Rustic Elegant style. From the local artists who produce beautiful pottery and glassware, to the antique stores filled with vintage wood furniture. You will find that perfect piece for your home in the High Country. Be sure to make these shops apart of your High Country vacation plans.

 

 

Home Décor Shops

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The High Country is full of quaint local stores that have furniture, tchotchkes and decorations that will add a touch of country to any living space. At Mast General Store, there is a wide selection of items— cast iron décor, vintage style kitchen items, hand woven rugs, well-crafted, wood furniture and even handmade pottery. Cabin Fever also has a little bit of everything. You can find countrified lighting, beautiful, rustic furniture, quilts and other bedding and small details like iron hardware.

But maybe you’re in the market for rustic art pieces, like pottery, prints, glassware and one of a kind pieces. The High Country has many stores where you can find beautiful conversation pieces for your home. Doe Ridge Pottery not only sells incredible, handcrafted pottery, but also unique stoneware and house goods that will remind you of this little neck of North Carolina. At Taupe Gallery, see the best of blue ridge artistry. Prints, jewelry and stunning pottery are just a few of things on offer.

Cabin Fever
915 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC • (828) 295-0520 • Website

Doe Ridge Pottery
585 West King Street, Boone, NC • (828) 264-1127 • Website

Mast General Store
630 West King Street, Boone, NC • (828) 262-0000 • Website
Highway 194, Valle Crucis, NC • (828) 963-6511 • Website

Taupe Gallery
315a Tenth Street, North Wilkesboro, NC • (336) 990-0148 • Website

 

Antique Shopping

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An antique store speaks about the region in which it’s located. Coastal states reflect the ocean and the history of early colonialism. Western states proudly display their pioneer spirit. In the High Country, the antique stores you encounter will speak of rustic design details, and the beauty of the natural surroundings—mountains, trees and wildlife. There are tons of places you can go, and each store will have its own character and it’s hard to say what will be in stock. But what you are sure to find is unique vintage furniture, historical items that will add character to your space and things that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world because they are distinct to the High Country!

Check out these local antique stores:

Banner Elk Consignment Cottage
414 Shawneehaw Avenue, Banner Elk, NC • (828) 898-5733 • Website

Carolina Treasures on Main
515 Main Street, North Wilkesboro, NC • (336) 990-0361 • Website

Key City Antiques
502 Main Street, North Wilkesboro, NC • (336) 990-0711 • Website

Wilkes Country Corner
306 10th Street, North Wilkesboro, NC • (336) 990-0296 • Website

 

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Spend Your Winter Outdoors in the High Country

 

A winter vacation in the High Country will be an experience for the whole family.

A winter vacation in the High Country will be an experience for the whole family.

Most people feel the need to wrap a warm blanket around themselves during the winter months and stay indoors until the first buds of spring appear. But imagine sitting in a ski lift on a crisp and clear winter day. With a couple skis strapped on or a snowboard, the butterflies and excitement fill you as you raise to the top of the hill. Then you’re dropped off. You look down, take a deep breath, and off you go. There’s nothing that says winter fun than winter sports. If this appeals to you, then a winter holiday in the High Country is where you want to be.

North Carolina’s High Country has some of the best snow slopes on the east coast. And when mother nature doesn’t give enough of the white stuff, most outdoor locations have snowmakers. Even experienced winter sportsmen come out for the thrill of Appalachian snow sports. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert, there will be something for you in the High Country.

So slap on your winter coat and boots, and head to the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.

 

Here are some of the most popular winter sports…

 

Skiing/Snowboarding

Hit the hills! Take on the ancient sport of skiing. Or try out the youthful sport, snowboarding. The High Country has bunny hills for beginners and even a double black diamond slope for the adventurous expert. There are three resorts where one can experience the thrill of racing downhill on the snow.

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Beech Mountain Resort

Sugar Mountain Resort

Ice Skating

When winter comes, the ice beckons. There is something peaceful about sliding across the ice and feeling all your troubles glide away. Though indoor ice skating rinks are fine for the warmer months, nothing compares to skating surrounded by the beauty of nature. All three ski resorts offer outdoor skating rinks in addition to their slopes.

 

Snow TubingSnow Tubing

Snow Tubing is fun for all ages, whether you need a smooth lane for the kids or an exciting one for the adventurous. The High Country has the largest tubing park on the East Coast! Hawksnest Snow Tubing has over 30 lanes of frigid fun.

 

Snowshoeing

Want to enjoy a peaceful walk on a snowy mountain trail? Beech Mountain, NC has made it easy by offering snowshoe rentals. Don’t let a little snow stop you from experiencing a beautiful nature walk.

Sledding

Want an outdoor adventure with the family, but don’t have the funds for a ski trip? The town of Beech Mountain is opening up a town sledding hill for free! And on February 6, 2016, come out to the hill for a Snowman Building Contest.

 

Cross Country Skiing

Also called Nordic Skiing, this sport is easy to learn and an exhilarating experience! Glide across the peaks and soak in this winter wonderland. The High Country has a number of trails and shops that can get you set up. Click HERE for more information.

 

Ice Climbing 2Ice Climbing

When those stunning Appalachian waterfalls freeze it creates the perfect conditions for an extreme winter sport, ice climbing! Let the High Country experts train you. Click HERE for more information.

 

Winter Sports Locations in the High Country

 

Appalachian Ski Mountain
940 Ski Mountain Road
Blowing Rock, NC
(828) 295-7828

 

Beech Mountain Resort
1007 Beech Mountain Parkway
Beech Mountain, NC
(828) 387-2011

 

Hawksnest Snow Tubing
2058 Skyland Drive
Seven Devils, NC
(828) 963-6561

 

Sugar Mountain Resort
1009 Sugar Mountain Drive
Sugar Mountain, NC
1-800-SUGAR-MT

 

Watch this video to learn more about winter sports in the High Country…

http://www.visitnc.com/video/winter-sports-in-the-high-country