Boone, North Carolina

A Day in Boone

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Recognized as an Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Destination in the Southeast

With its mountain flair, Boone is affectionately known as the “Heart of the High Country.”

Home to Appalachian State University, named one of the top 15 public universities in the South since 1986, Boone benefits year-round from the college’s dynamic student population, exciting events, state-of-the-art performances and overall youthful energy. The quaint downtown has an exciting atmosphere with art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and antique shops dotting the scenic streets and modern hotels and shopping areas close by.

On the Appalachian State University campus, you will find several historical landmarks representing the state of North Carolina and its unique history. The “Daniel Boone and his Hunting Dogs” statue, located on campus, depicts the companionship of Daniel Boone and his hunting dogs during their travels through Appalachia. The sculpture was built on the spot that is believed to have been Boone’s campsite. The story goes that Boone never traveled anywhere without his two dogs. Also on campus is the Bell Tower that stands tall and has been a part of the campus’ history since the very beginning.

Boone is so much more than a mountain college town. From adrenaline-pumping mountain sports to festivals and art galleries, Boone is where thrill seekers and leisure lovers gather for the perfect getaway year-round.

Boone Art Scene

The arts truly abound in Boone. A stroll downtown reveals galleries and craft shops featuring local artists inspired by the beauty of the region. Hit the downtown galleries and shops on the Frist Friday Art Crawl, or stop by the renowned Turchin Center for Visual Arts on the ASU campus.

Shopping in Boone

Besides the arts, there are dozens of unique locally owned shops selling everything from clothing to antiques, western wear to pet products. Find a random selection of just about everything at Mast General Store. The historic shop originated in nearby Valle Crucis, but the Boone location is just as quaint.

It’s easy to browse a century-old country store and modern outlet mall in the same day. Be sure to visit a farmer’s market to support local agriculture. From cozy coffee shops and bookstores to cutting edge outdoor sports shops, a day of retail therapy in Boone is sure to make for a memorable day.

Outdoor Activities in Boone

Of course, shopping is probably the second most popular activity, right behind anything outdoors. Boone has the highest elevation of any town its size east of the Mississippi, which makes its climate more temperate than other parts of the state. The summers are cooler and provide the perfect environment to explore the area’s natural beauty. Perhaps that is why Boone was recognized as the ultimate outdoor adventure destination in the Southeast by Adventure Sports Magazine. With several nearby ski mountains, hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, mountain streams ideal for fly fishing, golf courses and the incredible Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone is the ultimate outdoor getaway.

A day spent in Boone could entail hiking, shopping, taking in a theater performance, browsing art galleries or learning about local history. No matter how your day in Boone begins, it can end at one of the many cozy restaurants in the downtown area and beyond, and it will certainly offer an enjoyable look into one of the most scenic areas in the country.

Dining in Boone

Boone’s classic resort town and eye-catching setting have been enticing vacationers for decades. Along with adventure, food is another key part of that appeal. Indulge in down home family-style fare, modern mountain cuisine and game, as well as barbecue and fine dining. Several area restaurants also showcase locally-grown produce, cheese, meat, wine and more. No matter what your taste or budget may be, there are plenty of award-winning restaurants offer a delicious menu—breakfast, lunch or dinner. Get a taste of Boone’s finest fare through area farms, markets, restaurants, festivals, wineries and breweries.

Year-Round Excitement in Boone

The cool spring temperatures, mild summers, vibrant falls and snowy winters guarantee an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages and interests. Enjoy downtown Boone’s nostalgic feel of the town’s early days as the architecture and environment serve as a modern backdrop for this popular mountain playground.

Celebrate Boone with these Events

Independence Day Celebrations at Hickory Ridge Museum

On July 1, get transported back in time to celebrate Independence Day in the style of the 1780s and ’90s at the Hickory Ridge Museum in Boone. There will be a special reading of the Declaration of Independence, with members of the audience participating. The day culminates with the annual burning of King George III’s effigy. Then toast this special day with apple cider, reminiscent of the Toasts of Halifax in 1789.

Boone Heritage Festival

On October 8, be sure to come out to the Hickory Ridge Museum for a day celebrating Appalachian heritage. Living history demonstrations will include traditional artistry such as quilt making, storytelling and musicians playing such instruments as the banjo and dulcimer. This free event will also include vendors, crafters, children’s activities, food and more!

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