Perched high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone delights visitors with a small-town feel, laid-back attitude, and endless outdoor activities. In whichever season you choose to visit, we trust you’ll discover your next nationally-noteworthy travel story in beautiful Boone, North Carolina.

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News & Accolades


Southern Living - June 2023

Readers of Southern Living ranked two Boone breweries as some of the best in North Carolina, with Appalachian Mountain Brewery taking 3rd place, and Booneshine Brewing Co. landing in 8th.

USA Today Readers' Choice - April 2023

In USA Today's 10 Best Wellness Resorts competition, Boone's Art of Living Retreat Center was voted #2 in the nation

Southern Living - March 2023

The editors of Southern Living included Boone in their roundup of the 50 Best Small Towns in the South. Additionally, Blowing Rock secured an impressive fifth-place ranking.

USA Today Readers' Choice - February 2023

Boone landed the No. 8 spot in USA Today's Best Small Town for Adventure contest.

Conde Nast Traveler - January 2023

Grandfather Mountain's Profile Trail ranks as one of the Top 21 Great Mountain Hikes in the U.S.



Forbes - December 2022

Rhodes Motor Lodge - Set to open in the Fall of 2023, the old Greene’s Motel (which dates to the 1950s) is being stylishly transformed into Rhode’s Motor Lodge by Loden Hospitality

USA Today Readers’ Choice - October 2022

Boone ranks in the Top 5 of Best Small Town Beer Scenes, according to readers of USA Today. 

Men's Health - August 2022

In their round-up of the 25 Best Wellness Retreats, Men's Health chose the Art of Living Retreat Center for their ever-popular silent retreat. 

The Dyrt Magazine - May 2022

Introduced in 2022, The Glampys are The Dyrt's award program which ranks the best glamping opportunities in the US. Taking the top spot of ten unique stays, the Boone Cocoon wowed the editorial team with its outstanding "Glampiness", "Instagramibility", and "Bookability."

Southern Living - March 2022

Readers of Southern Living magazine cast their votes for The South's Best Mountain Towns and Boone ranked fourth of ten mountain towns in the southern US. 

Southern Living - March 2022

In the list of 20 notable breweries across the South, Boone's very own Appalachian Mountain Brewery secured the third-place spot among The South's Best Breweries

Thrillist - January 2022

In Jenn Rice's lineup of the Most Beautiful Places to Visit in North Carolina, Downtown Boone's "hilly oasis" is among the favorites. 





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