Watauga County Tourism Development Authority Articles http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/ Recent Articles - Press Releases Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:42:44 GMT VOTE FOR THE APPALACHIAN THEATRE http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/vote-for-the-appalachian-theatre/743/ Video Contest Could Generate $25K ContributionBOONE, NC - A video produced by the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, Inc. (ATHC) is in the running for a $25,000 award from First Horizon Foundation, the charitable foundation of Capital Bank and First Tennessee Bank, as part of their "25 Years of Giving" video contest. The competition celebrates the Foundation's 25th anniversary of supporting the communities in which they are based. For the past quarter-century, the foundation has distributed more than $80 million to meet community needs. The video contest ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/vote-for-the-appalachian-theatre/743/ Animal Enrichment Day Aug. 1 at Grandfather Mountain http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/animal-enrichment-day-aug-1-at-grandfather-mountain/741/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 30, 2018Animal Enrichment Day Aug. 1 at Grandfather MountainGrandfather Mountain celebrates its furry and feathered inhabitants this Wednesday, Aug. 1, for the park's annual Animal Enrichment Day.The special day promises a schedule full of fun and educational activities, all about the residents of the Linville, N.C., nature park's environmental wildlife habitats.Specifically, the day highlights animal enrichment and its importance in caring for the animals that call Grandfather Mountain home.An enrichment is a special treat, new toy or ... Tue, 31 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/animal-enrichment-day-aug-1-at-grandfather-mountain/741/ Appalachian Theatre of the High Country announces final phase of renovations http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/appalachian-theatre-of-the-high-country-announces-final-phase-of-renovations-/740/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2018RENOVATION WORK LAUNCHED WITH VANNOY AT THE HELM; Construction Company Takes Centerstage at Appalachian TheatreBOONE, NC - The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, Inc. (ATHC) announced at their board meeting today that all the necessary building permits have been issued by the Town of Boone for the final phase of renovations to the historic venue. Board chair John Cooper reported that Vannoy Construction Company has been selected as the general contractor for the project. Vannoy begins work next Monday, July 30, and ... Tue, 31 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/appalachian-theatre-of-the-high-country-announces-final-phase-of-renovations-/740/ Watauga County's town of Blowing Rock named one of the best for adventure http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/watauga-county-s-town-of-blowing-rock-named-one-of-the-best-for-adventure/736/ BLOWING ROCK - The tiny mountain town has been a retreat for visitors since the Civil War. Today, Blowing Rock's proximity to Pisgah National Forest, its abundant opportunities for fishing, hiking, bouldering, and cycling, as well as its shops and restaurants, inspired readers of USA Today to vote the nominee into the Top 10 Best Small Towns for Adventure.The newspaper wrote, "Those looking for a mountain escape have been coming to Blowing Rock since the 1880s [the opening date of the Watauga Hotel]. Today, this North Carolina village sits directly on the Blue ... Thu, 24 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/watauga-county-s-town-of-blowing-rock-named-one-of-the-best-for-adventure/736/ 34th Season of An Appalachian Summer Festival Announced http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/34th-season-of-an-appalachian-summer-festival-announced/734/ Kristin Chenoweth, Rhiannon Giddens, I’m With Her, Kool & the Gang and more! Thu, 03 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/34th-season-of-an-appalachian-summer-festival-announced/734/ TUBING TIPS AND CHECKLIST http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/tubing-tips-and-checklist/732/ River tubing is one of the coolest and most relaxing ways to spend a summer afternoon! Wed, 02 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/tubing-tips-and-checklist/732/ Top 17 FREE Independence Day Festivities in the Boone Area http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/top-17-free-independence-day-festivities-in-the-boone-area/739/ Top 17 FREE Independence Day Festivities in the Boone AreaPrintable .pdf version attached below! Source: www.ExploreBoone.com/things-to-do/eventsWednesday, July 49:45 am • Watauga County Veterans' Memorial Dedication, 567 W. King Street.11 am • Boone Parade with Grand Marshals, Jerry and Margaret Moore, followed by watermelon and refreshments with the Mayor at the Jones House, 604 W. King Street.11 am • Todd Liberty Foot Parade and King Bees Concert, 3977 Railroad Grade Road (choose parade costumes! 10 am)7 pm • Boone 4th of July Celebration and ... Thu, 28 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/top-17-free-independence-day-festivities-in-the-boone-area/739/ Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Hosts a Roundtable of North Carolina Clay Artists http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/blowing-rock-art-history-museum-hosts-a-roundtable-of-north-carolina-clay-artists/738/ On Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 6 p.m. the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) is hosting a roundtable with four North Carolina clay artists, Leah Leitson, Bob Meier, and Eric Serritella and Kathy Triplett. Their styles range from traditional and functional to modern and abstract. Their combined work evokes the possibility of the range of expression one medium can hold, drawing inspiration from classic forms, nature and the edges of imagination. The panel members will share insight into their creative process and influences through a series of questions ... Wed, 30 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/blowing-rock-art-history-museum-hosts-a-roundtable-of-north-carolina-clay-artists/738/ Mary Miller Opens Second Abode Home Location in North Carolina Mountains http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/mary-miller-opens-second-abode-home-location-in-north-carolina-mountains/737/ For Immediate Release - CHARLOTTE, NC - Mary Miller, the creative force behind Mary Tobias Miller Interior Design, is thrilled to announce the opening of her second retail showroom, a b o d e h o m e. Located in the foothills of the Carolina Mountains, the store will celebrate its grand opening Memorial Day weekend. Since the inception of her celebrated firm in 1986, Miller relocated from New York City to Charlotte, NC, and opened a b o d e h o m e's first location in Charlotte's historic Dilworth area in 2008. Its second location, located just two hours ... Wed, 30 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/mary-miller-opens-second-abode-home-location-in-north-carolina-mountains/737/ The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble: Grandfather Mountain guided walks celebrate rhododendron blooms http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/-the-remarkable-rhododendron-ramble-grandfather-mountain-guided-walks-celebrate-rhododendron-blooms/735/ Few plants signify "summer" in the mountains quite like the vivid pink Catawba rhododendron, and Grandfather Mountain is center stage for the spectacular annual show. Wed, 23 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/-the-remarkable-rhododendron-ramble-grandfather-mountain-guided-walks-celebrate-rhododendron-blooms/735/ BOONE SUMMER INCLUDES CULTURAL AND MUSICAL EVENTS FOR ALL AGES http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-summer-includes-cultural-and-musical-events-for-all-ages/733/ Spend the summer enjoying music in the mountains Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-summer-includes-cultural-and-musical-events-for-all-ages/733/ BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA’S TROUT FISHING SEASON KICKS OFF IN MARCH http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-north-carolina-s-trout-fishing-season-kicks-off-in-march/730/ Select Outfitters Offering Discount on Guided Fly Fishing Trips During the Month of March Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-north-carolina-s-trout-fishing-season-kicks-off-in-march/730/ Kick Off The Holiday Season With A Boone Adventure http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/kick-off-the-holiday-season-with-a-boone-adventure/729/ Choose and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree and Stay & Explore Family-Friendly Holiday Festivities Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/kick-off-the-holiday-season-with-a-boone-adventure/729/ BOONE SUMMER INCLUDES CULTURAL AND MUSICAL EVENTS FOR ALL AGES http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-summer-includes-cultural-and-musical-events-for-all-ages/731/ Spend the summer enjoying music in the mountains Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/boone-summer-includes-cultural-and-musical-events-for-all-ages/731/ North Carolina's Largest Snowsports Resort, Sugar Mountain, Builds New Summit Express Chairlift http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/north-carolina-s-largest-snowsports-resort-sugar-mountain-builds-new-summit-express-chairlift/728/ Sugar Mountain Resort will officially unveil the Summit Express on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Snow, rain or sun the 10:00 am grand opening celebration will be open to the public. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/north-carolina-s-largest-snowsports-resort-sugar-mountain-builds-new-summit-express-chairlift/728/ Charlottean Wins Grandfather Mountain Winter Weather Contest http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/charlottean-wins-grandfather-mountain-winter-weather-contest/727/ Rudolf Grau of Charlotte has won the 2014-15 Winter Weather Contest at Grandfather Mountain... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/charlottean-wins-grandfather-mountain-winter-weather-contest/727/ Ski and Board Midweek in the Boone Area! http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/ski-and-board-midweek-in-the-boone-area-/723/ Uncrowded skiing and boarding are as easy as taking a few midweek vacation days! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/ski-and-board-midweek-in-the-boone-area-/723/ There's Great Winter Hiking in the NC High Country http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/there-s-great-winter-hiking-in-the-nc-high-country/722/ Boone Area winter hiking can be a short walk through last fall's leaves—or a deep-snow trek on the Appalachian Trail. Serious snow fanatics often find significant snow on the highest peaks. If you want that—or just an atmospheric, easy-to-walk in dusting of the white stuff—check out our Nordic ski report for the latest on natural snow conditions. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/there-s-great-winter-hiking-in-the-nc-high-country/722/ Volunteers are Making the Elk Knob Trail a Reality http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/volunteers-are-making-the-elk-knob-trail-a-reality-/721/ Volunteers are building a trail to the summit of Elk Knob State Park—and you can help finish it during summer 2011. Call the park to volunteer at 828-297-7261. Be among the High Country locals and visitors who are stepping up to ensure the world-class character of outdoor recreation in the Boone Area. Story by Corinne Saunders Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/volunteers-are-making-the-elk-knob-trail-a-reality-/721/ You Can Help Build Boone Area Trails! http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/you-can-help-build-boone-area-trails-/720/ The Boone Area is leading a national trend to volunteer trail building—and you don't have to live here to help! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/you-can-help-build-boone-area-trails-/720/ Roan Mountain in Winter: Nordic Nirvana in the South http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/roan-mountain-in-winter-nordic-nirvana-in-the-south/719/ Roan Mountain is one of Eastern America's most scenic summits and a destination for winter outdoor adventure on Nordic skis or snowshoes. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/roan-mountain-in-winter-nordic-nirvana-in-the-south/719/ About Horn in the West http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/about-horn-in-the-west/711/ Story of the Show: "Horn in the West," the nation's oldest Revolutionary War drama, brings to life the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone and the hardy mountain settlers in their struggle to preserve their freedom during the turbulent years of the War for Independence. The drama highlights those settlers who came to the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking freedom and escape from British tyranny. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/about-horn-in-the-west/711/ Hickory Ridge Living History Museum http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/hickory-ridge-living-history-museum/705/  Overview The Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is located in Daniel Boone Park on Horn in the West Drive in Boone. Staffed with interpreters in period clothing, the 18th century homestead gives visitors a glimpse into the past and a feeling for the daily lives of early mountain settlers including how they lived, and what constituted a 'typical' mountain homestead. Tatum CabinBuilt before 1785, Tatum is the oldest structure at Hickory Ridge. Markings in lower logs indicate it had a split log floor, and therefore was possibly a fort or trading post. It ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/hickory-ridge-living-history-museum/705/ Enjoy Four Miles of Zipping Adventure with Hawksnest http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/enjoy-four-miles-of-zipping-adventure-with-hawksnest/709/ SEVEN DEVILS, N.C. – Twenty zip lines. Four mega zips. Four miles of cable. Two swinging bridges. The numbers add up to one big family adventure at Hawksnest Zipline. Located at a lofty mountain perch in Seven Devils – roughly halfway between Boone and Banner Elk – Hawksnest offers zip line fun 12 months a year, even in the snow. Zipping enthusiasts age five and up enjoy the exhilaration of gliding over valleys with expansive views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as threading through forest canopy. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/enjoy-four-miles-of-zipping-adventure-with-hawksnest/709/ A Place All to Itself: Valle Crucis, NC’s Valley of the Cross http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/a-place-all-to-itself-valle-crucis-nc-s-valley-of-the-cross/717/ VALLE CRUCIS, N.C. – Sometimes in this new millennium it’s nice to come across a place where things move a bit slower; a place where folks still conduct business with a handshake and a smile. The quaint mountain community of Valle Crucis is one such place. Located about five miles west of Boone, Valle Crucis is a rural farming community that received its unusual name in the 1840s when Episcopalian bishop Levi Ives looked down upon the valley and saw gently-flowing streams forming the shape of a cross. He called it Valle Crucis, which is Latin for “Vale of the Cross.” Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/a-place-all-to-itself-valle-crucis-nc-s-valley-of-the-cross/717/