Local Area Guide
Local Area Guide
Explore the natural setting and take in scenic views and enchanted mountain paths. When you choose one of our lovely inns, you’ll find you’re in the middle of everything the area has to offer. As the closest hotel to the Blue Ridge Parkway, we are your gateway to everything.
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.
Don't miss this gripping outdoor drama. Since 1952, performers have reenacted scenes from the life of Daniel Boone and the fight for American independence in a beautiful outdoor theater. Guests can enjoy dinner and a thrilling show during these exciting scenes.
Moses Cone memorial park and manor preserves the country estate of Moses Cone, Gilded Age textile entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist. Tour the manor and grounds, and make sure to visit the Parkway Craft Center, where hundreds of regional artists gather to create handmade crafts.
This park contains more than 4,300 acres of land, plus a small lake. There is so much room for activities you can spend all day here hiking, fishing, camping, and canoeing. They also offer guided walks and evening campfire programs, so there is something for everyone at this beautiful park.
Snaking around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain, this engineering marvel is a sight to behold! Made from concrete, this 1,243-foot segmental bridge offers breath-taking views of the beauty of North Carolina. Read all about the construction of the viaduct at the Linn Cove Visitor Center.
No trip to the area is complete without a visit to beautiful Linville Falls. This spectacular three-tiered waterfall plunges into Linville Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians. One of the most popular waterfalls in the blue ridge Mountains, Linville Falls will take your breath away.
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, an 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 (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.
Professional theatre June-September and special holiday productions. Enjoy comedies, musicals, classics, new works, and children's theatre. Matinees and evening performances.
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.