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Things to Do in Blowing Rock, NC

Travelers have been visiting the "Crown of the Blue Ridge" since the 1800s to enjoy the rejuvenating mountain air, local crafts, and signature small-town charm. Many locals and out-of-towners choose and cut their Christmas trees right on the mountain, and the fall's changing leaves fill the entire town and its surrounding mountains with beautiful, vibrant color. Unique festivals run from spring to fall, and the streets are lined with boutiques featuring local art and one-of-a-kind souvenirs.


Places to Visit

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.

Located on the buzzing King street in Boone, the Mast General store is a historical treasure! Established in 1883, the Mast General Store offers a variety of products from outdoor gear to barrels full of candy to souvenirs for loved ones. Upon visiting, you will find that it is easy to spend a few hours looking through all the "finds" in this two-level wonder.
Visit the fascinating Linville Caverns while lodging in the Blowing Rock area. The geologic wonder that is the Linville Caverns caverns will impress all ages. Enjoy the unique experience of being "inside of a mountain."

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.

Visit North Carolina's oldest travel attraction since 1933. Short scenic walks include 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; Weekends only January—March open weekends, weather permitting

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

Ask our front desk about reduced rates we can offer for this one-of-a-kind 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. Please call ahead to verify operating hours and rates, or visit our website for more information.
A one-of-a-kind experience, featuring three museums with activities for all ages and loads of history!
Visit BRAHM, The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum during your stay in Blowing Rock. Enjoy learning about the history and heritage of the Appalachian mountains while basking in the gorgeous and unique exhibits.
Enjoy 469 miles of gorgeous views from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. Lots of stops along the way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
With 20+ famous brand name stores, such as J.Crew and Polo Ralph Lauren, you could easily spend hours shopping here for you and yours!