Blowing Rock, NC

Blowing Rock NC is a small mountain community town located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Watauga and Caldwell counties of North Carolina.  Just 8 miles from Boone NC (home of Appalachian State University) it is more of an adventurous resort town offering fine dining, shopping, hiking and spectacular views of the blowing rock attraction.

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You can experience a comfortable and private cabin retreat or a lovely stay at the Village.  Enjoy a round of golf, go horseback riding, fish the streams, do some whitewater rafting, take a hike, ride your bicycle, go climbing, or stroll through the beautiful park.  Check out one of the main attractions - Appalachian Ski Mountain - one of North Carolina's best ski resorts.

The Village of Blowing Rock NC is filled with galleries, museums and tours.  Art and Artifacts is a gallery featuring paintings, sculpture, glass, fiber, pottery, and metal jewelry.  The Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery, Iago, Main Street Gallery, Rock Galleries of Fine Art, Morning Star Gallery, Gaines Kiker Silversmith, Traditions Pottery, Winterfire Craft Gallery and Brittany Edsall Fine Art are other galleries you'll enjoy visiting.  Look for the Blowing Rock Historical Society, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, or take an evening stroll with the Walking Tours of Blowing Rock.

While here, you'll certainly want to do some shopping.  Blowing Rock offers shops with items ranging from home furnishings, gifts and crafts, books, antiques, apparel, etc.  I'd recommend the Shops at the Martin House, Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway, and Southmarke.

The town sign of Blowing Rock NC.

The restaurants of Blowing Rock NC are one of America's best kept secrets.  Everything from basic food such as barbeque to fine dining in a 5-star restaurant is available.  Check out the Blowing Rock Ale House, Best Cellar, Bistro Roca, Cheeseburger Grille, Blowing Rock Market, Canyons, Mellow Mushroom, Outback Steakhouse, Kojay's Cafe & Coffee Shop, Foggy Rock Eatery & Pub, Six Pence Pub, The Town Tavern, The New Public House and more!

There are only 1,200 people living here (2012), at a comfortable summer elevation of 3,566 feet.  In fact, you're unlikely to see summer temperatures higher than about 80 F.  On the other hand, expect a healthy dose of winter weather, including near zero temperatures and heavy snow.

The Village of Blowing Rock NC gets its name from the cliffs on the mountain above and in particular a single rock formation that pokes out from top of Johns River gorge.  It is known as "the blowing rock". 

A photograph showing the actual blowing rock attraction in Blowing Rock NC.

Stand on this rock ledge on a windy day and anything you toss over may fly upwards from the strong winds.  Of course, the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are probably the most exciting part of a trip up to the rock.  Whatever you do, do leap from the rock!  Unlike the fictional story of the Cherokee Indian jumping over and floating back up to his lover, you'll most likely become a blood stain on the rocks below.

Other attractions in Blowing Rock NC include the Tweetsie Railroad theme park, a visit to the Glen Marie or Glen Burney Falls, Moses Cone Memorial Park, Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve, and the Art in the Park festival.

The land previously belonged to the native Catawba and Cherokee Indians.  But, by 1889 Blowing Rock was incorporated, and tourism sky-rocketed.  To support the influx of visitors several hotels were built, most of which still remain today.  Improvements to the town's infrastructure became a priority and streets were paved and livestock was fenced in.


 

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