Explore the many scenic wonders and attractions of our region. The following suggestions can help you plan your visit!
Plan for several days - there is so much to see and do! Be sure to ask us for advice or assistance with reservations and attractions in the area.
Victorian Inn is 5 mins from the Blue Ridge Parkway for all of you outdoor and picnic enthusiasts!
The High Gravity Adventure
Boone / Appalachian State University (only 10 mins away)!
Come and discover for yourself the “Prettiest Town in North Carolina."
Explore the many Walking or Hiking Trails (hundreds of miles of trails):
Bass Lake -1.5mi
Julian Price Lake -2.9mi (take a picnic, rent a kayak or canoe): https://www.pricelakeboatrentals.com/
Spend the day exploring Linville Caverns and Linville Falls trails to see the waterfalls comprised of Spring rain and melting snow. Hike Wilson Creek while in the area.
Spend the afternoon at the Linville Falls Winery listening to music and enjoying fabulous wine in a picturesque mountain setting,
Spend a day exploring Grandfather Mountain and Grandfather Winery (17mi from the Inn along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.)
Bring your road or mountain bike (Appalachian & Parkway routes; Benson Hollow, 18 Mile Ride or Buckeye Trail).
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 in April, so expect to experience all four seasons and pack accordingly. Spring 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!
Art in the Park - Kicking off a later Saturday in May and running through early October, this nationally known event has attracted thousands for the fine art and handcrafted treasures produced by over 100 juried artisans and crafts masters since 1962. While you're here, enjoy the Blowing Rock Gallery Stroll on Friday evening!
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 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.
Other Spring activities:
Attend a play or concert by local groups such as the Blowing Rock Stage Company in Banner Elk.
Call one of the many local golf courses for a tee-time & take advantage of some excellent terrain.
Pack a picnic and enjoy one of Blowing
Rock's numerous outdoor spaces.
July and August bring hotter days but the temperatures doesn't often reach past the 80's. 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. Weekdays offer quiet options! Days are warm, ideal for picnics, hikes and canoeing while nights are cool (bring your sweater)!
After Labor Day the roads are quieter and scenic drives are even more pleasant. Early to mid-September is definitely a favorite time to visit. Though the temperatures are cooler and the crowds are gone.
Art in the Park ~ Second Saturday of May 23rd and running through October3rd, this nationally known event has attracted thousands for the fine art and handcrafted treasures produced by over 100 juried artisans and crafts masters since 1962.
Blowing Rock Farmers Market is a local favorite and occurs every Thursday through October.
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 - idyllic America!
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.
Grandfather Mountain is a nonprofit attraction and a North Carolina State Park near Linville NC. At 5,946 feet it is the highest peak on the eastern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Call ahead to make a reservation.
Wineries are Open and truly a delight! Grandfather Winery 11mi 22min
Banner Elk Winery 21mi 36min
Linville Winery 27mi 40min
(most offer music and serve snacks).
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games ~ Experience the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans; events include - traditional dancing, piping, drumming, athletic achievement, music and Gaelic culture. An 50+ year tradition!
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 festival.
Temperatures are variable by late September and the days are often cool to 70 degrees. The leaves are starting to turn by the end of September and you'll see spectacular colors. Foliage season really peaks into the second week in October, the busiest time of the year. Please book in advance!
With warmer days and cooler nights, bring layers! Mid November sees the start of the winter season and the cheer of approaching holidays!
Choose & Cut Christmas Trees - Kicking off Thanksgiving Weekend, Visit a Tree Farm for Old~Fashioned Fun! The Tree Farms offer Hay Rides, Hot Chocolate, refreshments and viewing farm animals.
Wooly Worm Festival - The world famous Wooly Worm festival in Banner Elk, draws thousands of visitors to the mountains during the peak fall leaf season. Join in the fun and excitement and race 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 winning worm is used to predict the winter season weather for the mountain region (Banner Elk NC 35 min).
Christmas in the Village - Christmas In The Park & Lighting of The Village! A wonderful way to start the Holiday Season and step into a Norman Rockwell painting as you explore the wonders of the Village decorated as a winter wonderland. Music, games, Santa, Christmas parade, Festival of Lights and special presentations from the Ensemble Stage.
Shop for holiday gifts at local boutiques, galleries and outlets in the High Country.
Holiday Stroll Event in December Christmas Concert in the Gazebo, Christmas Variety Show by the Ensemble Stage, Specials in our shops from 5~7pm
Art In The Park through October
Concert in the Park Series -
Free concerts in the Gazebo in the park set the mood for a small street festival.
Other Fall Activities
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.
Take a scenic drive.
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 terribly cold yet but some days may be below freezing. Temperatures in the 50s are also possible!
January is our coldest month with short but generally sunny days. It's a great month for skiing!
February brings warmer days and our heaviest snowfalls providing great conditions for all winter sports enthusiasts.
March is fun - snow may still be around but the days get longer and warmer (most ski resorts close at the end of March).
Winterfest - Join the Village as we celebrate the annual Blowing Rock WinterFest! Wine Tasting, 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. Blowing Rock Winterfest has been selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for the month of January!
Other Winter Activities-
Go Skiing, SnowBoarding, or Tubing at one of our local resorts here in Blowing Rock or Banner Elk.
Appalachian Ski Mountain -https://www.appskimtn.com/
Hawksnest Snow Tubing
Sugar Mountain - http://www.skisugar.com/
Beech Mountain - https://www.beechmountainresort.com/
Visit the Historic Mast General Store.
Hang out in front of the fire with a movie or good book and hot chocolate.
Cross Country Ski on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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