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Boone

In 1884, a noted travel writer visited Boone, even then, "a centre of interest," in the mountains. When he left, he wrote, "There is nothing special to be said about Boone. We were anxious to reach it, we were glad to leave it."

Welcome to the Hub of the High Country 

What a difference a few years makes. Northerner Margaret Morley visited in 1913 and wrote, "That first visit to Boone!" with its "pretty snuggle of houses running along a single street," where the surroundings look "for all the world like a summer meadow in the New England hills."

Boone had gone from the dismal site of a famous Civil War skirmish (100 years ago in 2015) to renown for its cool summer climate. From the beginnings of Appalachian State University in 1899, Boone has become an educational center. Noted for athletic as well as academic distinctions, ASU is one of the most sought after campuses in the University of North Carolina system. But Boone is more than a "cool" college town. It has emerged as the hub of commerce in the North Carolina High Country. Check out our Boone Area Buyer's Guide.

The main street, King Street, still offers the nostalgic feel of small town America. Its 1930s, recently restored post office is a classic, complete with a Depression-era Works Progress Administration painting of Daniel Boone. A statue of iconic mountain musician and local favorite Arthel "Doc" Watson picks a guitar on a bench in downtown, as he once did on his way to fame in the early 1960s. Diverse businesses, great restaurantsshops and boutiques line the streets of and the buildings of Appalachian State provide a modern backdrop for this mountain town. One of those is the Turchin Center for the Performing Arts, a museum space at the heart of the town's first Friday Art Crawls where galleries and local artists and exhibitions take center stage. In its 30 years, ASU's Appalachian Summer Festival has become a landmark cultural event for summer residents and locals alike.

Nationally significant travel attractions draw visitors from around the country, among them Grandfather MountainTweetsie Railroad, and the long-popular, mid-summer heritage drama Horn in the West. Boone and surrounding communities wrap those offerings in world-class outdoor recreation, on the trails, rocky summits, whitewater streams and rivers that provide some of the most spectacular natural settings in Eastern America. The Blue Ridge Parkway anchors those offerings as the most popular unit of the national park system.

All of those distinctions reflect a vibrant community where the focus is decidedly on local arts and agriculture, the latter sampled from April to November at the Watauga County Farmer's Market-and of course, local eateries, even hip food trucks and local breweries. Modern conveniences include the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, a landmark medical network that provides comprehensive services for the entire region. Boone's free AppalCart bus system is another plus, one reason why Forbes magazine recently named it a top place to retire.

Boone's High Country environment is elevated by nature, but it's renowned for a four-season recreational lifestyle that fits its status as the kingpin of Eastern America's highest mountains.

Featured Events

Jun 24

Singing on the Mountain

6/24/18
The all-day gospel sing and fellowship returns to MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain for its 94th year. A dozen top… more
Jul 04

Boone 4th of July Parade

7/4/18
The Downtown Boone annual 4th of July parade travels east on King Street, starting at the intersection with Poplar… more
Jul 04

Fireworks Extravaganza

7/4/18
Enjoy the most spectacular fireworks show in the High Country! It's one of the most popular events in the mountains.… more
Jul 07

Kool & the Gang

7/7/18
Kool & the Gang have influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle… more
Jul 12

63rd Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

7/12/18 – 7/15/18
Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting make… more
Jul 15

Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring

7/15/18
Under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, the Eastern Festival Orchestra returns to the festival for an… more
Jul 18

Hayes School of Music Faculty Recital:

7/18/18
The Hayes School of Music Faculty presents a program that explores chamber music that ranges in style from the iconic… more
Jul 20

North Carolina Black Repertory Company

7/20/18
Showtimes at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Written and Directed by Jackie Alexander The North Carolina Black… more
Jul 21

K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs

7/21/18 – 7/29/18
These incredible dogs have delighted audiences nationwide at half-time shows and on television. First-come,… more
Jul 21

The Hot Sardines

7/21/18
"One of the best jazz bands in New York today" (Forbes) makes its debut at Schaefer Center where they… more
Jul 24

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show -

7/24/18 – 7/29/18
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is among the oldest continually operating horse shows in America, held on grounds… more
Jul 26

Rhiannon Giddens

7/26/18
Singer-Songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder and front woman of the Grammy award-winning string band Carolina… more
Jul 27

Ashe County Bluegrass & Old Time

7/27/18 – 7/28/18
This annual convention brings top notch musicians and enthusiastic audiences together for two days of traditional… more
Jul 28

Complexions Contemporary Ballet: "From

7/28/18
Combining technical precision, power and passion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet transcends tradition in a… more
Jul 30

Live eTown Radio Show Taping

7/30/18
This special event is co-hosted by Appalachian State University's Energy Summit and An Applachian Summer Festival… more
Aug 04

Kristin Chenoweth

8/4/18
Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth makes her debut on the Schaefer Center stage to… more
Featured Events
815 W. King Street, Suite 10
Boone, NC 28607
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