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Discover the Distinctive Shops of the High Country

Shopping in the High Country

In the High Country, you’ll find it’s easy to shop a century-old general  store and chic new boutique in the same trip. From the vibrant downtown shops of Boone to antiques in Blowing Rock and beyond, a getaway in the High Country is not complete without a keepsake from your travels.

Apparel for All
Get designer looks for less at the Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock. Or, buy local at one of the many stylish shops in the region. Strolling down Main Street in Blowing Rock, you’re sure to find boutiques offering a distinctive style for any generation. Don’t let the mountain setting fool you; upscale men’s and women’s fashion flourishes in this region. For more eclectic shopping, head to Boone. There, you’ll find anything from traditional western wear like fur coats, boots and belts, to outdoor apparel perfect for hiking or skiing.

A shimmering piece of handmade jewelry can make a great souvenir or gift from your vacation in the High Country. You or someone you love will surely treasure a one-of-a-kind accessory from one of the many local jewelers. While silver and gemstones are the most popular, there’s no shortage of traditional, vintage and contemporary jewelry designs as well.

Home Décor
North Carolina is well-known for its woodwork. There are several home décor and furniture stores that will give your home the rustic-feel of the High Country once you leave. Find an amazing selection of dressers, tables, chairs, bed frames and more that were handcrafted from unique woods. Create a personal rustic elegance by purchasing bedding, dinnerware, wall décor, lamps and ceramics with a mountain motif.

Arts & Crafts
The natural and scenic beauty of the High Country has inspired local artists and craftsmen. They share their works of art with shoppers through local arts and crafts shops and public markets. Save the date for Art in the Park, the Blowing Rock Art and Antiques show, Crafts on the Green, and the Fine Arts and Master Crafts Festival. These free events are a great opportunity to browse hundreds of local vendors, specializing in woodwork, jewelry, weaving, pottery, glass painting and more.

Sip & Savor Shops

What’s better than a tasty treat you can share with family and friends once you return from your vacation in the High Country? Stop by an area farmer’s market on Saturday and purchase the freshest vegetables, meats and cheeses, as well as gourmet baked goods from local farmers and food artisans.

Drop into a local wine or spirits shop and sip a glass of red or a cold beer while you browse the selection. Several wine shops have tasting events throughout the week. Stop by and immerse yourself in these award-winning libations. The friendly staff will be able to suggest an assortment of cheese and chocolates that will pair perfectly with your new purchase. Read More

Uniquely High Country

There are numerous shops providing unique, specialty items that you won’t find anywhere else. Here are a few examples of unique items found in The High Country, from furniture to clothes, pottery to jewelry. Take your time to visit with the craftsmen and gallery owners and make memories out of finding a piece of The High Country to call your own.

doe ridge pottery vase

Doe Ridge Pottery
585 W. King Street, Boone 
Tall Leaf Vase $290, carved by Bob Meier. 19 inches tall
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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
4416 NC Hwy. 105 S. Boone
828-963-GEMS (4367) and 
2422 Hwy. 321 S. Boone
Gem-Mining, Jewelry, and Gifts.
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Golden Cockerel
1651 NC Hwy 194 N, Boone • 828-297-4653
Russian Gifts Fit For A Czar. Lighthouses At Night West Quoddy, ME; Marblehead, OH; Cape May, NJ; Cape Lookout, NC; Tybee Island, GA; Bodie Island, NC; and Sandy Hook, NJ
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Incredible Toy Company
3411 HWY 321 South, Blowing Rock
Specializing in Family Games and Toys from Birth To Adult.
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