The beautiful mountain town of Boone makes an excellent base for exploring the North Carolina High Country. Outdoor activities, stunning views, great dining and the friendliest locals make it a pleasure to visit. In winter, skiing and snow experiences are popular, while balmy summers welcome holidaymakers looking for a sunny place to enjoy the great outdoors. Spring and autumn put on impressive shows of beauty, too, making any season a good reason to book a trip.
The History of Boone
Boone was given its name in 1894 after the explorer Daniel Boone who loved to take hunting trips in the area. Before that, it was simply known as Councill’s Store after the local post office. It’s still there with its original mailboxes and on the National Register of Historic Places.
What To See And Do In Boone and the North Carolina High Country
Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway for gorgeous scenery that will have you pulling over to the side of the road for photos often. The High Country has the highest elevations in the state, so the views are dramatic.
Take a stroll along King Street to the Jones House Cultural Center for a map of the historic downtown Boone walking tour. The 1.3-mile loop will take you past an old jail that is now a restaurant, the courthouse, the Daniel Boone monument and many other interesting landmarks.
The campus of Appalachian State sits on 500 acres and has beautiful gardens and historic buildings. The buzz of the students is part of what gives Boone its lively atmosphere.
Blowing Rock National Park is home to a massive cliff that hangs over Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below. Besides seeing the iconic rock, you are rewarded with an epic hike with gorgeous scenery. There are many hikes in the area for all fitness levels.
Head to Beech and Sugar Mountain in winter and hit the slopes for some high-quality skiing, snowboarding and other wintery adventures. During other seasons the hiking and biking trails lead to incredible views of the North Carolina mountains and fishing and bird watching for more peaceful times.
Where To Stay In Boone and the North Carolina High Country
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation in Boone and the surrounding areas. Cozy hotels, luxury resorts and cool camping are some of your options.
The Horton Hotel is a boutique stay in the Boone downtown and has a funky rooftop bar and cocktail parlor. Or stay in a lake view lodge in the mountains at Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock. Rustic meets luxury with their rooms that are thoughtfully decorated and very comfortable. Even more rural is the Appalachian A-Frame on Airbnb. The hot tub, modern design and luxurious amenities beg a long stay. Glamping Unplugged is another option for living the high life in nature. Stay in the eco-friendly dome tent with nature all around.
Where To Eat In Boone and the North Carolina High Country
You will never get hungry in Boone with so many excellent dining options with hearty, healthy menus full of dishes made with local ingredients.
Lunch or dinner at Wild Craft Eatery is a treat with a focus on organic foods complimented by local and international beer, wine and spirits. Proper is the place for homestyle Southern cooking made with manners. Bistro Roca Antlers Bar in Blowing Rock is another winner for dinner, with everything from Mac and cheese to burgers to wood-fired pizzas in a casual and cozy atmosphere. The Local and Artisanal Restaurant should also be squeezed in for a meal or two.
Are you suddenly dreaming of a trip to Boone and the North Carolina High Country?
See our favorite musts, our top five lists, the perfect weekend itinerary, our social media resources, and photo gallery below!
HIGH COUNTRY MUSTS
Fun for the entire family! Tweetsie is one of our all time favorite NC High Country activities. You have to take the family to enjoy all the rides, trains, and events!
Blue Ridge Mountain Club
The Blowing Rock community Blue Ridge Mountain Club is North Carolina mountain luxury at its best with homes and views that are literally unmatched.
One of our favorite Airbnbs in the entire Carolians, the Appalachian A Frame is perfectly nestled in the Blue Ridge just outside of Boone NC near the Watauga River.
TOP FIVE PICKS
Where To Stay
- Horton Hotel
- The Mast Farm Inn
- Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock
- Appalachian A-Frame
- Enchanting A Frame
What To Eat
- Wild Craft Eatery
- Dan’l Boone Inn
- Over Yonder
- Bistro Roca in Blowing Rock
Grab A Drink
- The Horton Lounge & Rooftop Bar
- The Town Tavern
- Six Pence Pub
- Booneshine Brewing
- Lost Province Brewing Co.
- Tanger Outlets
- Antiques Main
- The Cabin Store
- Common Good Co.
Things To Do
- Tweetsie Rail Road
- Mystery Hill
- Annie Cannon Gardens
- Hawksnest Zip-line
- Jones House Cultural Center
- Appalachian Ski Mtn.
Arts & Culture
- Horn In The WestFolk Art Center
- Appalachian Theatre Of The High Country
- Jones House Cultural Center
- Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
- Turchin Center For The Visual Arts
Spas & Wellness
- The Spa At Chetola Resort
- Art of Living Spiritual Retreat Center
- The Spa At Eseeola Lodge
- Westglow Resort & Spa
- Crestwood Resort & Spa
- The Blue Ridge Parkway
- The Blowing Rock
- Grandfather Mountain
- Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park
- Tubing the New River
— Click To Read Posts —
THE PERFECT WEEKEND IN BOONE ITINERARY
- Stay in downtown Boone at Horton Hotel
- Take a stroll downtown and through the campus at the adjacent Appalachian State University
- Grab supper at The Local or Wild Craft Eatery
- Get dessert at Appalachian Cookie Co.
- End the evening back at the hotel at the rooftop bar.
- Wake up early for sunrise at Thunder Hill
- Breakfast at Sunny Rock Eggs and Things
- Head to The Blowing Rock to see some of the best views in the area
- Head to downtown Blowing Rock to explore downtown
- Have lunch at Storie Street Grill
- Enjoy an afternoon at Chetola. He can enjoy the Chetola Sporting Reserve and she can enjoy The Spa at Chetola
- Savor an early dinner at the bar at Bistro Roca
- If possible, head to the Appalachian Theatre for a live show
- Grab coffee and breakfast snacks at Hatchet Coffee
- Hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway and head south hitting all the stops: Price Lake, Rough Ridge, and end at Grandfather Mountain
- Visit the mile-high-swinging bridge
- Head back through Blowing Rock on your way out of town to enjoy some deliciousness at The Speckled Trout