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Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock has been a famous travel destination since the late 1800s when lowland Carolinians first started summering in the cool of the North Carolina High Country. With the opening of guest houses and hotels, including the classic, 1892 Green Park Inn that still tempts travelers with its "grande dame" status, the name "Blowing Rock" became synonymous with sophistication and scenic splendor. From "North Carolina's first travel attraction," the rocky crag of The Blowing Rock, views still stretch to Grandfather Mountain and Mount Mitchell.

The "Crown of the Blue Ridge"-

More Than a Century of Mountain HospitalityRail travel easily reached Lenoir, where stage coaches quickly ascended a top-notch turnpike to "The Crown of the Blue Ridge." Cars eventually climbed the grade, and the "noted resort," as one early travel writer called it, became a Blue Ridge Parkway town noted for the expansive forests, meadows, hiking and horseback trails of Julian Price and Moses Cone Memorial Parks. The stroll around colorful Bass Lake in Moses Cone Park is a Blowing Rock ritual. The Blowing Rock Charity Horseshow is the nation's longest running event of its kind.

"The Rock" today is known for the award-winning quaintness of its downtown-it's often called one of North Carolina's most scenic villages. There's diverse and distinctive shopping-and specialty shops galore. Whether you are searching for crafts, jewelry, clothing, or collectibles, there is a shop on Main or nearby in Blowing Rock that will interest you. And when it's time to head to Boone, Blowing Rock's Shoppes on the Parkway is a comprehensive outlet mall. Check out the Boone Area Buyer's Guide for more.

Great downtown dining and lodging still invite a leisurely evening stroll-or a hike. The Glen Burney Trail leaves directly from downtown and explores a wild gorge. It's still a draw from the early days-be sure to bring a picnic. Check out our trail guide. Not up for that? Stroll around the town's lake, try the municipal swimming pool, or just sit in the breezy park on Main Street and watch the world go by.

Summer theater, monthly Art in the Park shows (May to October), and the exhibits of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum are all part of the appeal of one of the High Country's choicest spots to revel in the cool and beauty of the Blue Ridge.

Featured Events

Jun 21

Doc Watson Day Celebration

6/21/19
The Jones House and the Town of Boone celebrate Doc Watson Day with a free concert dedicated to his memory. Every… more
Jun 21

Horn In The West outdoor drama

6/21/19 – 8/10/19
Horn In The West is our nation's longest-running Revolutionary War outdoor drama. The play brings to life the story of… more
Jun 23

Singing on the Mountain

6/23/19
The all-day gospel sing and fellowship returns to MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain for its 95th year!! A six top… more
Jun 29

Annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln

6/29/19
This annual event is always slated for the last Saturday in June, 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Entertainment: Live music… more
Jun 29

Ben Folds and the Winston-Salem Symphony

6/29/19
Pianist, singer-songwriter and North Carolina native Ben Folds opens the 35th anniversary season of An Appalachian… more
Jul 04

Boone 4th of July Parade

7/4/19
The Downtown Boone annual 4th of July parade travels east on King Street, starting at the intersection with Poplar… more
Jul 04

Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie

7/4/19
Enjoy the most spectacular fireworks show in the High Country! It's one of the most popular Summer events in the… more
Jul 11

63rd Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

7/11/19 – 7/14/19
Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting make… more
Jul 12

Pilobolus

7/12/19
Pilobolus maintains its own singular style, evolving interplay with shapeshifting, shadowplay and other explorations,… more
Jul 13

Patti LaBelle

7/13/19
Multi Grammy Award-winning superstar singer and actress Patti LaBelle is widely regarded as the queen of rock and soul… more
Jul 19

Chris Botti

7/19/19
Multi Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti returns to the festival for a dazzling evening of… more
Jul 20

Lily Tomlin

7/20/19
Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, returns to the festival for an unforgettable night of smart humor… more
Jul 23

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show -

7/23/19 – 7/28/19
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is among the oldest continually operating horse shows in America, held on the L.… more
Jul 26

Ashe County Bluegrass & Old Time

7/26/19 – 7/27/19
This annual convention brings top notch musicians and enthusiastic audiences together for two days of traditional… more
Aug 01

Punch Brothers

8/1/19
Punch Brothers are the quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam… more
Aug 03

The Temptations

8/3/19
For more than fiftyyears, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular musi with a series of smash hits and… more
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