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Beech Mountain Resort Celebrates a Half Century as the Highest Slopes in East


Oct. 19, 2017. A milestone occurs this winter in the North Carolina mountains. Beech Mountain Resort marks 50 years of skiing on the highest elevation slopes in eastern America. The resort had a new vision for Southern skiing when it debuted in the winter of 1967-68. It was the only North Carolina resort built around an alpine village, and remains that way today.

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Zerbini Family Circus Comes to Boone Wednesday October 18, 6 p.m.

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October 17, 2017. On Wednesday, October 18, the Zerbini Family Circus will be coming to Boone. They will perform at the High Country Fairgrounds, which is located at 748 Roby Green Road. Adult tickets cost $15.00. Kids ages twelve and under are free, with the purchase of an adult ticket. Additional kids tickets cost $10.00 per kids.There is a limit of two free tickets for kids ages twelve and under, per adult ticket. Tickets are available online or at the door. There will be one showing only. The show starts at 6:00 p.m. By Kate Herman – Photos by Zerbini Family Circus

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Introducing Kristi, of RockFoodies and ‘Chef’s Table’ – Oct. 25: Vidalia

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Oct. 10, 2017 Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Kristi and I am a food writer and author of the blog, triadfoodies.com and the new rockfoodies.com.
My family and I just moved to the beautiful High Country. We’ve been here exactly 5 weeks. With the exception of four wonderful years at App State, I’ve lived my entire life in the Triad. Over the summer, my husband and I decided to follow our heart and dreams and move to this area.

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The Haunted Horn: The Curse of Wendigo and Daniel Boo Starts This Weekend

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July. 26, 2017. Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s We Can So You Can Foundation presents the Curse of Wendigo every Friday and Saturday in October. The event is located at the Horn in the West’s Daniel Boone Amphitheater. There are two events offered: The Kid Friendly Trail/Daniel Boo and the Haunted Trail.The Kid Friendly Trail/Daniel Boo is open from 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. The Haunted Trail is open from 8:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. By Kate Herman – Photos by Appalachian Mountain Brewery

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Art of Oil Relocation: New Location Grand Opening Thursday October 5 From 4:00 to 7:00

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October 3, 2017. On Thursday The Art of Oil will host their new location grand reopening from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m, and is being provided by the Boone and Blowing Rock Chambers of Commerce. The company was formerly located on King Street, and is now located in the Shops at Shadowline. There will be beer, wine, and tastings of over 60 different oil oils, balsamic vinegars, gourmet foods and other gift items. There will be live music, pricing specials, and double stamps on frequent buyer cards. By Kate Herman – Photos by Tammie Jolly

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The Haunted Horn: The Curse of Wendigo and Daniel Boo Starts This Weekend

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October 6, 2017. Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s We Can So You Can Foundation presents the Curse of Wendigo every Friday and Saturday in October. The event is located at the Horn in the West’s Daniel Boone Amphitheater. There are two events offered: The Kid Friendly Trail/Daniel Boo and the Haunted Trail.The Kid Friendly Trail/Daniel Boo is open from 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. The Haunted Trail is open from 8:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. By Kate Herman – Photos by Appalachian Mountain Brewery

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Rustik by Underwood Open House and Ribbon Cutting Event was Held September 6

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July. 26, 2017. On Wednesday September 6, The Avery Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting and open house event for Rustik by Underwood from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. Complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers were provided. Toni Gualt won the raffle prize. Rustik by Underwood is located at 65 Orchard lane, Banner Elk N.C. By Kate Herman – Photos by Ken Ketchie

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Peabody’s Introduces Exclusive Collaborative Craft Beer Series: Cocktail and Blendiculous

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July. 26, 2017. Peabody’s has collaborated with craft brewers from all over the country in order to produce Peabody’s line of beers: The Blendiculous and the Cocktail series. Offered exclusively at Peabody’s, these beers combine the brewer’s recipe with ideas from Peabody’s.  Peabody’s serves as a pioneer and granddaddy of collaborative beers with various breweries. By Kate Herman – Photos by Ken Ketchie

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ECRS Honored for 3rd Year as Inc. 5000 Company

Aug. 17, 2017. Inc.magazine has released its 36th annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Western North Carolina-based retail technology firm, ECRS, joins this impressive list for the third consecutive year.

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Peabody’s Beer and Wine to Greet High Country Beer Fest with a Week of Tastings August 22 – 25

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Aug. 3, 2017. If you’re a beer or wine lover of the High Country and you haven’t stopped by Peabody’s for one of its weekly tastings, you’re truly missing out. But there’s never been a better time to make your first visit — or return as a Peabody’s regular — than this August. In addition to holding tastings each Tuesday and Saturday this month, Peabody’s Beer & Wine Merchants is gearing up for a week-long series of tastings in celebration of this year’s High Country Beer Fest, which is set for Saturday, August 26 at the High Country Fairgrounds. By Bailey Faulkner

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Stonewalls Owners Scott Garland and Tim Heschke Celebrate a Year of Updates at a Local Favorite


July 26, 2017. The High Country is filled with staple restaurants that keep visitors and locals coming back year after year. One of those High Country-famous restaurants is Banner Elk’s Stonewalls, which is about to reach its one-year anniversary since Scott Garland and Tim Heschke took over operations last year. Garland, like many who grew up in the area, decided to return to the High Country after 20 years of traveling the country and working in some of the most well-respected positions in the food industry. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie

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Resort Real Estate & Rentals Reaches 35 Years as a Family Business in the High Country

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July 27, 2017. It isn’t hard to see that the High Country has grown significantly over the last few decades. New businesses open, buildings are constructed and visitors from around the country make the trip up the mountain each year, but few have seen the High Country evolve quite like “Lil” Jack Anderson and his family at Banner Elk’s Resort Real Estate & Rentals, which just reached its 35th anniversary this May. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie

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Village Jewelers Opens Second Location, Celebration in Blowing Rock Planned for Saturday


July 19, 2017. Village Jewelers of Boone held a ribbon cutting for its second location in Blowing Rock on Wednesday morning. Located next to Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery, Village Jewelers will host a celebration on Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. “We’ll have a big celebration, give away a lot of prizes, and hopefully do a little business,” said Charlie Travis, owner of Village Jewelers, adding that there will be special discounts and refreshments, too.

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Grandview Restaurant to Reach 40 Year Mark on July 2, Hold Week-Long Anniversary Celebration

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June 28, 2017. When Greg and Debbie Cairns moved to the High Country in the mid-1970s, Foscoe was still largely off the beaten path. If you wanted to stop and grab a bite to eat or warm up with a cup of coffee, you would have had to drive miles to reach the nearest restaurant or diner. But Debbie’s father Don had an idea to fix that. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos courtesy of Debbie Cairns and Ken Ketchie

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Proper in Downtown Boone Offers the High Country Unique, Casual Wine and Dine Wednesdays

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June 26, 2017. It’s common knowledge that the High Country loves its craft beers. While everyone can agree that’s a great thing, those who favor wine may feel left out. That’s why Angela Kelly at Proper in downtown Boone set out to host Wine and Dine Wednesdays each week. “I feel like this area is so craft-beer-driven, and that’s great too — I do enjoy craft beers — but I feel like wine is ignored a little. People are intimidated by it maybe, and I don’t want them to be,” said Angela, owner of Proper. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie

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Animal Emergency and Pet Care Clinic of the High Celebrates Expansion of Vet Services in Boone


June 14, 2017. On Tuesday afternoon, Debi and David Linzey celebrated the grand opening of the Pet Care Clinic of the High Country and their expansion of veterinarian services on N.C. 105 in Boone. Staff, officials and board members with the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and community members attended the ceremony yesterday. Vet staff gave visitors a tour of the new facility. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie

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Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar to Hold F.A.R.M. Cafe Wine Dinner Fundraiser Monday, June 19

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June 1, 2017. Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar will offer the High Country a perfect opportunity to enjoy fine dining and wine while helping a great local cause on Monday, June 19. The Boone-favorite “upscale casual restaurant” is holding a dinner and fundraiser in support of its King Street neighbor F.A.R.M. Cafe, a non-profit restaurant that feeds its diners on a “pay-what-you-can” basis. By Bailey Faulkner

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Inaugural High Country Toast Celebrates Local Food, Drink and Attractions June 23-24

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June 6, 2017. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and Boone Sunrise Rotary Club have teamed up to host a two-day celebration of the High Country’s most popular restaurants and businesses. The inaugural High Country Toast, a “local showcase of food, drink, and attractions that will entertain visitors and locals alike,” is slated for Friday, June 23 at the Jones House in downtown Boone and Saturday, June 24 at Appalachian Ski Mountain. By Bailey Faulkner

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Mast General Store of Boone and Valle Crucis to Host Land Trust Day this Saturday, June 3

June 1, 2017. On Saturday, June 3, the Mast Stores in Boone and Valle Crucis will welcome the Blue Ridge Conservancy (Valle Crucis) and the New River Conservancy (Boone) to the stores in celebration of Land Trust Day. Volunteers will answer questions about the organizations, and will offer information about the benefits of protecting land. Mast will donate 20% of the day’s sales to support conservation efforts.

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Grand Opening at The Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop Receives Warm Welcome

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May 23, 2017. The wait is over! The Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop opened its doors yesterday after months of major renovations and rebranding. Breaking with the past to now house both a restaurant and bottle shop, The Speckled Trout is moving forward with new leadership from brothers William and Eric Brinker and their wives Erica and Emily along with General Manager and “lover of liquids” Foster Ramsey and “all-star” chef Scott Smith. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie

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