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A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other, a slow-paced and relaxing drive on two-lane roads revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. Protecting a diversity of plants and animals, the Parkway meanders for 469 miles, just over half of which is in...more
You can go to the Half-Hippie produce farm and get a tour of the homestead (built in 1836!), pet baby bunnies, pick whatever veggies that are seasonally available, and peruse crafts that the owners have personally made in their wood shop. It is really easy access (about 10 minutes from Boone) and the owners are very friendly.more
Tweetsie Railroad is a Wild West Theme Park. No big roller coasters here - but it makes for a fun family day. Take the Tweetsie Railroad - with its Wild West show - around the park. Ride the Free Fall, Tornado, Tilt-a-Whirl, Ferris Wheel, etc. There are lots of rides for smaller children as well (boats, merry-go-round, etc.). Take the chair lift up...more
This is a must go attraction for families. Mystery Hill turned out to be a great edutainment center. However, the most amusing piece was the ”Crooked House”. There was something very mysterious about this house. We experienced such a magnetic pull that my husband and I really felt dizzy. I could not even enter the house. My son played with the ball...more
This is the 2nd attraction covered within Mystery Hill Entrance Tickets. We went to the neighbouring Appalachian Heritage Museum after visiting the Mystery Hill. The Dougherty House, which was built in 1903 by brothers D.D. and B.B. Dougherty, the founders of Appalachian State University, houses the Museum on the 1st floor. It was the first home in...more
Check out the website below for links to all of the NC ski mountains. The ones that are near enough to use Boone as a hub are, Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Appalachian Ski Mountain. Believe it or not, I have never been downhill skiing but after my adventures in cross-country skiing up in Grafton, NY I can tell you it's on the list of things...more
165 Highway 105 Extension, Boone, North Carolina, 28607, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
1943 Blowing Rock Road, Hwy 321 South, Boone, North Carolina, 28607, United States
Good for: Families
1184 State Route 105, Boone, North Carolina, 28607, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Cha da Thai is a very nice restaurant with a good selection of "real" Thai dishes. The dishes are available in 5 degrees of hotness ranging from very mild to Thai hot! On the menu are Appetizers, Soups, Thai Salads, Dinner Dishes, Specialities, Grill, Curries, Rice Noodles/Fried Rice, and Dessert selections. A special Lunch menu is served Mon-Fri...more
Mike's is a casual family restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu has several types of fish dishes and fish sandwiches - grouper, crab cakes, shrimp, whitefish, flounder, etc. served fried, grilled, or teriyaki'd. I had the Calabash shrimp, which was good. The portion was huge - enough for two. Good sides available including baked sweet...more
Even though Sagebrush is billed as a Steakhouse (and I have enjoyed many of their steaks!), they have alot of good choices on their menu. It has outlasted other steakhouses in Boone and can get very crowded.Good starter choices include Sagebrush Sliders, Cheese Fries, and Wings. Love their Cheeseburgers and, of course, Steaks. Also on the menu:...more
This is a favorite mainstay on campus that's been around only a few years. They have several pool tables, three dartboards, some arcade games, a restaurant area that serves food through most of the day and a second bar area, outdoor porch seating area and a space for live music. A great place to come chill and relax with locals and students. nonemore
It's a fairly nice atmosphere, there's a stage and pool tables and some old arcade games. Smoking is not allowed before 10 or 11, (can't remember exactly) so if you smoke beware, and if you don't enjoy the atmosphere for eating. None really, this is Boone, be laid back.more
I would say car is the best bet.
We took Highway 403 and QEW all the way to Fort Eerie. Crossed the Peace Bridge and entered Buffalo, USA. From Buffalo, we took I-90 West and then I-79 south all the way to Pittsburgh. We stayed in a motel in northern suburbs of the city. In the morning, we headed to Tanger Outlet Mall at exit 41 of I-79 (washington, PA). The Mall is beautifully designed with a hilly and forested background. It reminded us of Lee Outlet Mall in Berkshires, MA (photo # 1).
We continued south on I-79 toward Morgantown and made an exit on US 19 south at exit 57 toward Beckley. This turned out to be a road through smaller cities and towns of West Virginia, where we encountered traffic signals also. The reason for our selecting this road was to catch I-77 south at Bluefield. I-79 meets with I-77, but that is a long loop that we wanted to avoid in favour of smaller cities and towns.
From I-77 we took US 21 South at Wytheville, which went through a small strectch of the western-most part of Virginia before becoming US 221. US 21 and 221 are single lane roads that meander through heavily forested hilly countryside. There are so many twists and turns that driving became quite strenuous. Also, it was raining all the time.
US 221 took us all the way into Boone and remained a destination of our continuous exploration for 7 days.
While returning, we stayed overnight at a beautiful motel in Morgantown, West Virginia, home of the University of West Virginia and paid another visit to Tanger Outlet Mall in Pittsburgh.
Quite a fine selection of imported and domestic wines and beers, keg deals, and even occasional wine tastings. This place holds many memories of nights when we just felt like staying in and drinking, so we'd come here and choose a good bottle of wine or two and return to the apartment, not having to think about a designated driver for the evening....more
Best deals at Tanger Outlets at Blowing Rock:---------------------------------------------------------We were impressed by the prices at Tanger Outlet Mall of Washington, PA. So we decided to do some shopping in this mall in Blowing Rock too. Needless to mention, some of the best deals were to be had here in many branded stores. We shopped for...more
Department stores in the Boone Mall include Belk, JC Penney, Old Navy, Sears, and TJ Maxx. Other stores include Hallmark, Claires, GameStop, a bookstore, a shoe store, a sports store, etc. There is a total of about 40 stores on one level. Stop for lunch at Panera Bread and Restuarant or stop for an ice cream. Open Monday -Saturday 10 a.m.-9:00 p.m....more
All over the North Carolina Mountains it has become tradition for outsiders to visit during the months of October and November to view the fantastic fall foliage in action (nice alliteration there, huh?). Brilliant vibrant colors from fiery red to orange and yellow. If you're a local you're thinking, whatever! The place really gets swamped with tourists, traffic, especially around the ASU campus it can be hectic and in Blowing rock as well. And these are the same colors we see back home when the seasons change but there's just something about the smell and the sights up here in the high country that make it that much nicer. I don't know. This is my future sister in law's hands holding the reddest leaf we could find. And yes, it was cold enough for gloves in October.
It's not communicated well in the listing nor do the agents mention it-the property does not have air conditioning installed in the home, it only has heat. The open windows don't deter the landscaping company from doing their thing at 8:00 a.m. so beware if you like sleeping in. If we had not called the agent when materials were delivered by the...more
The High Country is beautiful. The only warning I will like to give is to keep eyes open on the narrow, winding country roads, which for the most part are single lane too. So many picturesque sights along the road can easily divert a driver’s focus. Besides, it seems to be the Motor bikers’ haven. They are there by the hundreds. One should take...more
If you're walking around campus and you need to cross Rivers St. for any reason, it's a good idea to wait for a signal or take one of the tunnels underneath. A few years ago, there was a rash of students getting hit by cars. Rivers St. is the second main artery through downtown Boone and campus, and, being wider than King St., is more heavily...more
It's only a tourist trap because everyone wants to go here and it's not all it's cracked up to be. So I hear. You'll wait for a long time if you go during the leaf season when all the tourists are here. I'd try some of the many other eccentric and unique restaurants on the main strip. To name a few, Angelica, The Black Cat, The Boone Saloon, The...more
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Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest additions to North Carolina's state park system and as such it is not well known and in an interim state of development. From Boone, head north on NC-194 about four miles, then turn left on Meat Camp Road. Go about 5.5 miles and the park will be on the right. Keep a close eye out as the entrance is not well...more
Mount Jefferson is a state natural area with a few miles of hiking trails north of Boone. It is not well known, and as such, provides a nice hiking spot without the crowds of more popular locations. From Boone, take US-421 east, then take US-221 north past NC-163 in West Jefferson and turn right into the park. Mount Jefferson is a state natural...more
Mile Post 316.4We drove to Linville Falls Visitor Center, which hosts about 350,000 visitors annually. Linville Falls is reportedly the most beautiful fall along the Blue Ridge area. The Ranger at the Center told us to follow the track to Erwins View Trail that will take us to four overlooks and that is exactly what we did. The 1-mile long uphill...more
The High Country offers great opportunities for rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. As reported under 'Things to do' tips, we had a 5-hour long fun canoeing and kayaking in New River, which is a slow moving river and is documented to be 2nd oldest river of the world. The river is shallow and does not pose any threat.
Equipment: You can rent canoes and kayaks from many outfitters.
Wahoo's Adventure in Boone has been voted two-time"outfitter of the year" by Professional Paddlesports Association. You can choose from a lazy canoe, kayak or tubing trips or going to other end of the spectrum, an extreme rafting adventure (828-262-5774)
I will definitely recommend Grandfather Mountain. No words can capture the beauty and splendour of this UN's listed Biosphere Reserve. We spent 1 full day here - from 9 am to 8 pm. I have built many off the path tips on this destination and the reason is that I would like to encourage more VTers and their friends to plan a visit here.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory has to be a day devoted to shopping in Boone and its many unique picturesque communities - Blowing Rock, Linville, Valle Crucis, etc.