Whether you're planning to visit for some energetic activities, or prefer to spend your days in quiet enjoyment of nature's
beauty, the Victorian Inn Blowing Rock is centrally located to make for easy exploring of Boone, Appalachian State University,
Banner Elk and the historic district of Valley Crucis (home of the original Mast General Store).
Four seasons of activities makeour region the perfect getaway whatever the time of year.
North Carolina is the perfect place to get out and explore. From hitting the best North Carolina mountain bike trails to hiking in the best Boone, NC mountain hiking trails, mountain activities in and around Boone, NC abound. Take a ride or a walk on the famous North Carolina biking and hiking trails and indulge in any number of other fun mountain activities in the Blowing Rock and Boone area. We’ve uncovered the best spots for all levels of hiking and mountain biking in North Carolina.
Explore the many scenic wonders and attractions of our region. The links below and to the left will start you on your way. Guests constantly remark that they didn't plan enough time to take in everything the area has to offer. Be sure to ask us for advice or assistance with reservations and attractions in the area. We want to make your getaway a more memorable event!
Victorian Innis 5 mins from the Blue Ridge Parkway for all of you outdoor and picnic enthusiast! Appalachian Ski, the new High Gravity Adventure @ Tweetise, with Boone and Appalachian State University are only 10 mins away. Come and discover the “Prettiest Town in North Carolina” and the charm of the Victorian Inn.SPRING ACTIVITIES IN THE HIGH COUNTRY
Spring In The High Country gets to the Blue Ridge Mountains slowly. However, the weather seems to know when the ski season is over and it suddenly gets warmer. It’s April in the mountains, so expect to experience all four seasons and pack accordingly. These days are glorious with no humidity or haze to limit the views! Temperatures can run from 40 to 70. May brings long warm days and cool nights with trees and flowers coming into bloom. Memorial Day is the traditional start of the high season. June is the time to come if you want to get in before the summer crowds and get some great deals.
Seasonal Specials & Packages:
SAVOR Blowing Rock ~ Join us in Blowing Rock, April 14-17, 2016 for SAVOR Blowing Rock. Enjoy your favorite events including Grand Wine Tasting, Reserve Wine Tasting, Winemakers' Dinners, wine seminars and cooking classes, Corkscrew 5K, plus all new events as we expand to add craft beer, spirits and more. Reservation includes a bottle of wine and continental breakfast. Let us know if you need help with tickets; dinner, golf, spa reservations.
Art in the Park - Kicking off Saturday May 7th and running through October, this nationally known event has attracted thousands for the fine art and handcrafted treasures produced by over 100 juried artisans and crafts masters over the past 45 years. While you're here, enjoy the Blowing Rock Gallery Stroll on Friday evening. Schedule of Events
Merlefest - The Americana Music Celebration! MerleFest began in the spring of 1988 and has grown from two flat-bed trailers and 4,000 attendees to 13 stages with more than 81,500 festival participants. Doc & Merle Watson’s musical style and heritage have been cited many times as the primary reason why musical diversity has become a hallmark of MerleFest. The eclectic blending of style and tradition remains evident in the selection of artists who have performed at the festival.
• Hike the Linville Falls trails to see the waterfalls full with Spring rain and melting snow
• Bring your road (Appalachian & Parkway routes) or mountain bike (Benson Hollow, 18 Mile Ride
or Buckeye Trail)
• Attend a play or concert by local groups such as the Blowing Rock Stage Company.
• Walking or hiking - we've got hundreds of miles of trails - from horizontal to vertical!
• Call for a tee-time at a local Golf Course and take advantage of some excellent terrain.
SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN THE HIGH COUNTRY
July and August bring hotter days but the temperatures don't often get to 80. Mosquitoes need still ponds to breed and most of our water runs down hill - so they're simply not a problem. There is so much here to do in the summer and places can be very busy especially on weekends. For a quieter time, come during the week! Days are warm, ideal for picnics, hikes and canoeing while nights are cool (bring a sweater). After Labor Day the roads are a lot quieter making scenic drives more pleasant. Early to mid-September is definitely the best time to visit. Though the temperatures may be a little more unpredictable, the crowds are gone.
Art in the Park ~ Second Saturday of May and running through October, this nationally known event has attracted thousands for the fine art and handcrafted treasures produced by over 100 juried artisans and crafts masters over the past 45 years. While you're here, enjoy the Blowing Rock Gallery Stroll on Friday evening.
July 4th Weekend ~ Come and spend Independence Day in the mountains with a great fireworks display, activities in the park and a parade on Main Street that would do Norman Rockwell proud.
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country and has been a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923. Two weeks of Hunter/Jumper competition followed by a week of Saddlebred contests. Blowing Rock Equestrian
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games ~ Experience the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans, including many events involving traditional dancing, piping, drumming, athletic achievement, music and Gaelic culture. Celebrating their 50th anniversary.
Appalachian Summer Festival ~ An Appalachian Summer Festival, presented annually by Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, is emerging as one of the nation's most innovative and highly regarded regional, multidisciplinary arts festivals. Now entering its twenty-second season, the festival is committed to showcasing American talent, commissioning new works, and building new audiences for the fine arts. Offering world-class entertainment in a picturesque mountain setting, An Appalachian Summer Festival presents art at a higher altitude
• Take in some Theater at the Blowing Rock Stage Ensemble!
• Spend a day exploring Grandfather Mountain
• Rent a canoe or kayak for the day
• Bring your road or mountain bike and check out these rides! Benson Hollow, 18 Mile Ride or Buckeye Trail Appalachian & Parkway routes
• Take a picnic to The Blowing Rock
• Spend the day exploring Linville Caverns and Linville Falls! Wilson Creek
FALL ACTIVITIES IN THE HIGH COUNTRY
Temperatures are variable by late September and it can be rainy and cool one day, only to be followed by an 70F day the next. The leaves are starting to turn by the middle of September and you'll see color appearing consistently around the area. Foliage season really peaks into the second week in October, the busiest weekend of the year. Everything is busy so if you're planning on leaf-peeping that weekend, book well in advance. With warmer days and cooler nights, bring layers! Mid November sees the start of the winter season and the run up to the holidays!
Art In The Park through October
Music On The Lawn
Get in a last round or two of Golf at reduced rates
• Look for end of season bargains in our many antique stores
• Get out into the countryside along one of the many scenic drives - itineraries available
• Shop for holiday gifts at local boutiques, galleries and outlets in the High Country
Seasonal Specials & Packages:
Art in the Park -
The final two shows, the second Saturday in September and October, this nationally known event has attracted thousands for the fine art and handcrafted treasures produced by over 100 judged artisans and crafts masters over the past 45 years. While you're here, enjoy the Blowing Rock Gallery Stroll on Friday evening. Schedule of Events
Sunday Concert in the Park Series -
Free concerts in the Gazebo in the park set the mood for a small street festival.
Wooly Worm Festival - The world famous Wooly Worm festival Banner Elk, draws thousands of visitors to the mountains of North Carolina during the peak fall leaf season. Join in the fun and excitement of racing your own worm for a chance of winning the $1,000 First Place award on Saturday and the $500 First Place winning worm prize on Sunday. The ultimate goal of winning the big races on Saturday is that the winning worm is used to predict the winter season weather for the mountain region.
Christmas In The Park & Lighting of The Village! A wonderful way to start the Holiday Season - November 28 Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Village, Music, games Santa, Christmas parade @ 11am, Festival of Lights and special presentations from the Ensemble Stage.
Choose & Cut Christmas Trees - Kicking off Thanksgiving Weekend Visit a Tree Farm for Old~Fashioned Fun! Call for Special Lodging Package includes Voucher for Christmas tree. The Tree Farms offer Hay Rides, Hot Chocolate, refreshments, to farm animals. visit Watauga Christmas Tree association..
Christmas in the Village - This Norman Rockwell town seems to have leap off the pages of the old Saturday Evening Post as you explore the wonders of the Village decorated as a winter wonderland. Holiday Stroll Event December 11th, Christmas Concert in the Gazebo, Christmas Variety Show by the Ensemble Stage, Specials in our shops from 5~7pm Humane Society Luminaries and Stuffed Stockings to benefit the the HS and more... Browse the unique shops to find that one of a kind gift. Learn more Here
An Appalachian Christmas Concert December 5 Grace Lutheran Church, Boone www.mountainhomemusic.com
WINTER ACTIVITIES IN THE HIGH COUNTRY
Winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains begins just after Thanksgiving and with any luck, we will shortly have some snow! In December, the weather isn't really cold yet but expect some days below freezing. On the other hand, temperatures in the 50s are not unknown.January is our coldest month with short but generally sunny days. If you're hardy, this can be a great month for skiing. February brings warmer days and our heaviest snowfalls providing great conditions for all winter sports enthusiasts. March is fun - enough snow to keep us going till the end of the month and longer warmer days in which to enjoy the outdoors. Most ski resorts close at the end of March.
Winterfest - Join the Village as we celebrate the fun side of winter with the 18th annual Blowing Rock WinterFest! Wine Tasting and Auction, Ice Craving, Polar Plunge, Chilly Cook~Off, Bonfire In the Park, WinterFeast, Cocoa and Canvas, WinterPaws Dog Show, Appalachian Ski Event Winter Fashion Show, & Silent Auction and Raffle. Blowing Rock Winterfest has been selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for the month of January.
Seasonal Specials & Packages:
Skiing and Snow Tubing - Two night packages which will save you money on lift-tickets.
New Year's Eve - Two night packages including dinner reservations and champagne. Events TBO
Valentine's Day - Everything you could want to spoil your loved one. Two nights accommodation Chocolate covered Strawberries,Wine, champagne or sparkling juice, Couples luxurious bath basket add $80 to reservation
• Go Skiing, SnowBoarding, or Tubing at one of our local resorts here in Blowing Rock or Banner Elk
Appalachian Ski Mountain - More Info
Hawksnest Snow Tubing - More Info
Sugar Mountain - More Info
Beech Mountain - More Info
• Visit the Historic Mast General Store
• Hang out in front of the fire with a movie or good book and cup of hot chocolate
• Cross Country Ski on the Blue Ridge Parkway