Top things to do in High Country

Top Choice American in Blowing Rock

Bistro Roca

This cozy, lodge-like bistro, in a Prohibition-era building just off Main St, serves upscale New American cuisine – lobster or pork-belly mac and cheese, kicked-up habanero burgers, mountain-trout banh mi sandwiches…
Waterfall in High Country

Linville Falls

For a wonderful short hike, head up the hour-long Erwin’s View Trail to spectacular Linville Falls. This moderate 1.6-mile round-trip offers great close-up views of the Linville River as it sweeps over two separate …
Arts & Crafts in Blowing Rock

Parkway Craft Center

The Parkway Craft Center, where the Southern Highland Craft Guild sells superb crafts, is housed in a 1901 Colonial Revival mansion that’s directly accessible from the parkway and also holds a small museum. The form…
Sports & Outdoors in High Country

Original Mast General Store

The first of the many Mast general stores that dot the High Country, this rambling clapboard building still sells many of the same products that it did back in 1883. As well as bacon, axes and hard candy, though, yo…
Performing Arts in Boone

Appalachian Summer Festival

This prestigious month-long arts showcase, staged by Boone's Appalachian State University, uses venues all over campus, and centers on the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Originally rooted in classical musi…
Mountain in High Country

Grandfather Mountain

The highest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Grandfather Mountain, looms north of the parkway 20 miles southwest of Blowing Rock. As a visitor destination, it’s famous for the Mile High Swinging Bridge, the centerpiece …
Mine in Boone

Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

If you’re traveling with kids or are a wannabe prospector yourself, stop 3 miles west of Boone to pan for semiprecious stones. Several gem-mining spots are located near the parkway, but this is a smaller operation, …
Cafe in Boone

Melanie's Food Fantasy

Students and hippie types gather at this farm-to-fork favorite – out on the patio, for much of the year – to gobble serious breakfast dishes (scrambles, eggs Benedict, omelets, pancakes) with a side of home fries. L…
Latin American in Boone

Wild Craft Eatery

Colorful, quirky downtown cafe, with an outdoor deck on King St, and an emphasis on local ingredients. There’s a definite Latin flavor to the menu, with tacos and tamales aplenty, but they also offer Thai noodles an…
Seafood in Blowing Rock

Savannah’s Oyster House

Get over the weirdness of finding a Low Country seafood place in the High Country – let alone the giant shark hanging in the stairwell – and there’s much to like about this little cottage restaurant. There's the oys…