Need a getaway? Here’s your guide to 3 perfect days in Boone! With rich history and humble beginnings, Boone, North Carolina holds small town charm with a rebellious, liberal flare. Only two hours from Asheville, Boone is home to Appalachian State University. The college and mountain culture creates an eclectic cocktail of art, music and food. With award winning dining and spas, and breathtaking outdoor adventures, Boone packs a big punch. We’ve narrowed it down local favorites, both on and off the beaten path.
Twenty minutes from downtown Boone is a valley with rolling pastures, 100 year old farm houses, babbling brooks and quaint views that’ll make you feel like you’re on the set for Gilmore Girls. Well, maybe more high country style with Rory mastering the art of playing spoons on the front porch of Mast General Store. You can’t help loving every bit of Valle Crucis’s charm and history. And the romance factor is hit out of the park! Bed and Breakfasts, Inns, gardens, antique general stores? Forget it! You’ll be falling in love all over again in 10 minutes flat.
Mast Farm Inn
Valle Crucis, NC
In a valley nestled between mountains, you will find The Mast Farm Inn directly along the main road running through the heart of Valle Crucis. A member of a Select Registry Country Inn, this B&B is located in the Historical District of Watauga County, housing guests since the 1800’s. Carefully detailed historic renovations and improvements have kept this Farm House updated and the hospitality is traditionally genuine and attentive to the guests and certainly very cozy. The main farm house is surrounded by updated, individually unique and rustic cabins resembling a historic North Carolina Estate. www.themastfarminn.com
Taylor House Inn
Valle Crucis, NC
Another wonderfully updated historic home turned B&B is the Taylor House Inn. The Taylor house retreat remains one of the finest in Watauga County where some of the best weddings, family reunions and retreats are held. This Inn is also surrounded by gorgeous valley views and scenery. The minute you step onto the Taylor House Inn property, the feeling brings you back in time where you will experience the historic past.
The hospitality at the Taylor House Inn are sincere, attentive and genuine so much so that you feel like you’re part of the family. Open all year round, this B&B is always bringing something new and different to your stay. They also have a new approach on the time-honored and a perfect mix of what you need to relax and above what you would expect from a B&B. Taylor House Inn
Head on down to main street Boone, other wise known as King Street where can stroll in and out of galleries, antique shops, coffee shops, book stores and specialty stores. Browsing through windows and peaking into historic venues is a traditionally unique experience that only Boone can offer.
Watauga County Farmer’s Market
Visit the Watauga County Farmer’s Market, Saturday mornings from May through November for true offerings of the High Country experience! Browse the market, where you see the week’s harvest- everything from produce to goat cheese, handcrafted art, jams, jellies, fresh baked goods and more! Bee sure to check out the Facebook page for special events, live music, and cooking demos. Watauga County’s Farmer’s Market.
Boone Artisan Market
The easiest hike with a scenic view in Watauga County is smack dab in the middle of Boone. After an afternoon of shopping, you may not be up for a hike. Don’t worry! Follow Howard’s Knob Rd all the way up to the overlook, where you’ll find parking and picnic tables. Bring some hammocks and enjoy the scenic view!
Profile Trail and Mile High Bridge
For the outdoorsy, adventurous couple plan on hiking the Profile Trail which ascends up the front side of Grandfather Mountain. Profile Trail to Calloway Peak is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Banner Elk that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Grandfather Mountain
Blue Ridge Parkway
Take a ride on the wild side and get on the Blue Ridge Parkway! Access the Parkway, which winds through Blowing Rock, with rolling hills, wildflower pastures, and grazing cattle, giving you that wide open and content feeling the mountains are so known for. Follow the Parkway to The Lynn Cove Viaduct, a breathtaking view where modern engineering meets Mother Nature. Considered one of the most complex segmented bridges in the world, the viaduct’s construction was spurred on by Hugh Morton, owner of Grandfather Mountain and passionate environmentalist. Shooting out from the landscape, cruising the viaduct’s roadway feels like you’re flying out from the mountain. It’s an incredible place to stop and overlook while enjoying a packed lunch!
For those of you who are not afraid of flying through the forest, Hawksnest Ziplining will certainly thrill you! Zip through 4 miles of luscious greenery, with heights over 200 ft. The zipline path goes is over tree, lakes and creeks with panoramic views along the way. Hawksnest Ziplining
Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar
Blowing Rock, NC
The Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar is tucked between Boone and Blowing Rock and well known for their unique, fine Southern classes. Their menu changes with the seasons, offering the freshest of humanely raised meats, local eggs, cheeses and produce. It’s the perfect combination of fine dining and comfort food. You will not be disappointed. Gamekeeper
Upscale Casual Restaurant and Wine bar located on King Street downtown Boone, Vidalia has been participating in the “Dig into Local” initiative from the NC Agricultural Department. Restaurants across the state have created menus comprised entirely of North Carolina ingredients. Serving creative American cuisine..think comfort foods with a twist! Vidalia
In the mood for tradition pub food? Boone Saloon is the perfect place to watch the game, play pool and order wings. They also have live music through the week. On Sundays, they offer their famous “Dunch,” because they open at noon. Their Crab Cake Benedict is a local favorite, along with their Bloody Mary. With new outdoor patio seating, this is a casual place to enjoy a meal in the heart of Boone. Boone Saloon
Stick Boy Bread Company
Afternoon coffee and pastry date? Stick Boy Bread Company is a long-time, local favorite! Scratch made breads, bagels, pastries, cakes, cookies and coffee! Shop their local jams and jellies, order a baguette, and take a picnic to Howard’s Knob! Stick Boy Bread Company
Wild Craft Eatery
A farm to table cafe located in downtown Boone, Wild Craft Eatery stands out. With farm fresh ingredients and a solid variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, this eatery has it all. Your dish will be sustainable, fresh, local and delicious! Wild Craft Eatery
Right off King Street, Espresso News will be good news for a solid coffee pick me up! Roasting their coffee beans on site, they serve up art worthy lattes, chocolate truffles and creative baked goods. Espresso News
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Proper offers up locally sourced, Southern cuisine, all served to you in Boone’s oldest building, the jailhouse! Lunch, dinner or Sunday Brunch, you’ll walk away with new southern cravings and want to come back! Proper
Louisiana Purchase Food and Spirits
Banner Elk, NC
Established 32 years ago, Banner Elk’s Louisiana Purchase Food and Spirits, is the area’s finest cajun and creole fare. Wine Spectator Magazine’s “Best of Award of Excellence” 1996-2016. Worth you venture for fine dining!
Melanie’s Food Fantasy
Serving up your food fantasy since 1991, Melanie’s is a local favorite that does brunch, lunch and dinner! Located in the heart of Boone with an open outdoor patio, Melanie’s offers great food, conversation and atmosphere.
The Best Cellar
Blowing Rock, NC
Establish in 1975, The Best Cellar Restaurant began as a basement kitchen on Main Street, where they served soup and sandwiches and books from their basement, hence The Best Cellar. But they’ve come a long way from those days and now stand out as one of Blowing Rock’s finest restaurants. They have a series called Music on the Lawn that runs May- October. Best Cellar