Watauga County Tourism Development Authority Articles http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/ Recent Articles - Press Releases Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:13:21 GMT Synchronous fireflies found on Grandfather Mountain http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/synchronous-fireflies-found-on-grandfather-mountain/748/ Grandfather Mountain Stewardship FoundationP.O. Box 129, Linville, N.C. 28646Contact: Frank Ruggiero | frank@grandfather.com | 828-733-2013FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 28, 2019Synchronous fireflies found on Grandfather MountainLINVILLE, N.C.-The discovery of a special type of firefly on Grandfather Mountain has experts aglow with excitement.The nonprofit nature park in Linville, N.C., is officially home to Photinus carolinus, the only species of firefly in North America whose individuals can synchronize their lighting display, meaning they can flash in ... Wed, 28 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/synchronous-fireflies-found-on-grandfather-mountain/748/ Grandfather Mountain hosts free environmental educator workshops http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/grandfather-mountain-hosts-free-environmental-educator-workshops/746/ Grandfather Mountain invites educators to take advantage of its classroom in the clouds - for free.In 2019, the nonprofit nature park in Linville, N.C., will again offer a series of free environmental educator certification programs."This is an opportunity to learn and have fun, while earning your certification as an environmental educator in North Carolina," said Amy Renfranz, director of education for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the park.Grandfather is offering credits for Criteria I, II and ... Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/grandfather-mountain-hosts-free-environmental-educator-workshops/746/ Sky Valley Zip Tours Kicks Off 2019 Season on April 5th with Course Improvements http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/sky-valley-zip-tours-kicks-off-2019-season-on-april-5th-with-course-improvements/745/ Since 2012, Sky Valley Zip Tours has been delighting High Country visitors with unforgettable mountain zip line adventures. Easily accessible from Boone and Blowing Rock, but located deep in the woods down a gravel road, the attraction offers a variety of tours to satisfy all ages and levels of thrill-seekers. Each of these experiences begins with an ATV ride and Ground School training with expert Zip Rangers:• Daytime Canopy Tour - This 3-hour tour covers 10 zip lines (including the famous Big Mama), over a mile of cable, elevations up to 300 feet, a cliff jump, ... Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/sky-valley-zip-tours-kicks-off-2019-season-on-april-5th-with-course-improvements/745/ 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 15 Independence Day Festivities in the Boone Area http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/top-15-independence-day-festivities-in-the-boone-area/747/  Thursday, July 411 am • Boone Parade, followed by watermelon, cake, and refreshments with the Mayor at the Jones House, 604 W. King Street.11 am • Liberty Foot Parade and King Bees Concert, 3977 Railroad Grade Rd., Todd (choose costumes or banners! 10am)7 pm • Boone 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks (9:30), with music provided by DJ Carl, local food and snack vendors. Please bring a chair or blanket. Location: Clawson-Burnley Park, 355 Hunting Hills Lane (just off State Farm Rd.)7 pm • Grass and Brass: featuring the Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys and the ... Wed, 26 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/top-15-independence-day-festivities-in-the-boone-area/747/ New Groomers, New Snow-Making Machines, New Rental Equipment & Larger Sports Shop at Sugar Mountain http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/new-groomers-new-snow-making-machines-new-rental-equipment-larger-sports-shop-at-sugar-mountain/744/ Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, North Carolina, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - This season skiers and snowboarders will be excited about a slew of improvements, upgrades, and additions awaiting their arrival at Sugar Mountain Resort. Three new Kassbohrer groomers, two 600's and one 600 winch, replace the older ones. Five new automated snow-making machines, four SMI and one Techno Alpin, add to an already massive arsenal. Water storage capacity for snow-making is enlarged by thirty-percent. New Head rental skis and boots replace twenty-percent of the fleet, and ... Tue, 16 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.exploreboone.com/articles/view/new-groomers-new-snow-making-machines-new-rental-equipment-larger-sports-shop-at-sugar-mountain/744/ 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/ 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/