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Blowing Rock, North Carolina Area Attractions

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Appalachian Ski Mountain Hotels Near Tweetsie Railroad
The Lake Near Grandfather Mountain Hotels

Area Attractions in Blowing Rock, NC

Our Gorgeous Hotels are just minutes from the scenic
Blue Ridge Parkway and the areas best ski resorts!

Stay in the best hotels near Grandfather Mountain, Sugar Mountain, Linville Caverns and Tweetsie Railroad when you choose one of the cabins, cottages or suites at The Village Inns of Blowing Rock.

When you choose to stay at the Village Inns of Blowing Rock, you’ll be residing in one of our hotels near Grandfather Mountain, Sugar Mountain, Linville Caverns and Tweetsie Railroad among many other amazing attractions and outdoor activities. So if you’re looking to take in the culture of Appalachia or the majestic natural beauty of Grandfather Mountain, our Boone, NC hotel rooms offer the value, amenities and convenience needed for an amazing experience in the North Carolina mountains.

The Appalachian Cultural Museum

Experience the premiere museum of the Appalachian region. The Appalachian Cultural Museum features exhibits ranging from fossils to mountain music, looms and weaving to self-portraits by mountain people. Spend an hour or an afternoon exploring Appalachian natural and cultural heritage. The Appalachian Cultural Museum is open year-round.

Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre, The State Theatre of Virginia, is located in the historic and charming town of Abingdon. Barter Theatre offers dramas, comedies, musicals, and more all year round! The theatre's alumni included Hume Cronyn, Patricia Neal, Fritz Weaver, Ernest Borgnine, Gregory Peck, and Ned Beatty. While visiting Barter, be sure to stop in The Cafe' at Barter Stage II for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

The Blowing Rock

North Carolina's oldest travel attraction since 1933. Short scenic walk includes views of Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, and Hawksbill. Also enjoy a small garden waterfall, observation tower and unique gift shops. Open daily April-December. January, February and March open weekends only, weather permitting.

The Blowing Rock Community Arts Center

The Blowing Rock Community Arts Center (BRCAC), a 25,500 square foot facility, will benefit the entire community by providing a permanent home for a multitude of arts groups in a facility in which to host live theatre, dance groups, a variety of musical performances, visual arts displays, and children's theater workshops. In addition, it will offer a gathering place for civic and cultural activities as well as a resource for local commercial interests.

The Blowing Rock Stage Company

Professional theatre June-September and special holiday productions. Enjoy comedies, musicals, classics, new works, and children's theatre. Matinees and evening performances.

Farm House, Live!

This 50 year tradition continues in spirit and song with town sponsored concerts in the Broyhill Gazebo on the Lake. e.j. & shirl's Farm House, Live! Singers return with great vigor & variety, and the "magic" of the music, always the music, that brings us all together. Also available for dinner concerts & very special occasions.

Grandfather Mountain

Be inspired by the views from the highest point in the Blue Ridge and escape to a nature sanctuary of global importance. Cross the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, photograph native wildlife in natural habitats and hike some of the South's finest alpine trails. Open all year, weather permitting in winter.

Linville Caverns

Guided tours through a natural limestone cavern featuring stalactite and stalagmite formations, underground stream and blind trout. North Carolina's only show caverns. Open year round (weekends only December, January, February).

MAST General Store

Since the 19th century, the Mast General Store has embodied and embraced a way of doing business that is becoming more difficult to find in our fast-paced world. Find everything you need for your stay at its wonderful store, right downtown Boone, NC.

Mystery Hill

It's a fascinating exploration of science, optical illusion and natural phenomena. Tour includes the Mystery House where visitors stand at a 45° angle, the Hall of Mystery, the Puzzle Room, and Bubble-Rama. Also features Appalachian Heritage Museum and the Native American Artifacts Museum with 50,000 relics. Open 7 days a week, year-round, rain or shine. To learn more visit

The Orchard at Altapass

The Orchard at Altapass is a hundred year old historic apple orchard directly on The Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Marker 328.3 near Spruce Pine, NC. A preservation project, it specializes in family entertainment and activities, featuring old time mountain apples, storytelling, hayrides, live local music on weekends, and demonstrations by local artists. Orchard made fudge, books, and naturalists activities. It hosts groups of all kinds.

Tweetsie Railroad®

Wild West family theme park featuring a three-mile, steam-powered train ride through the North Carolina mountains. Shopping, live entertainment, amusement rides and a petting zoo. Open on weekends in May (Fri.-Sun.). Open 7 days a week after Memorial Day weekend through mid-August. Mid-August through October, open weekends (Fri.-Sun.). Operating hours are 9AM to 6PM. Ghost Train Halloween Festival runs weekend evenings in October.

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