By Jesse Wood
June 14, 2013. Our 2013 summer “Visitor Guide” is hot of the press, and we encourage all of you locals you to pick up a few copies for out-of-town guests, relatives and other friends visiting the High Country this summer.
The 112-page, full-color guide features local anglers spilling some of the High Country’s best fishing secrets and introduces you to the bourgeoning winemaking and brewing industries that span Boone, Blowing Rock, Newland, Plumtree, Banner Elk and Valle Crucis.
Not much of a drinker and don’t fish? Our guide is packed with more than things than you or your guests could possibly do while staying in the beloved High Country.
From a plethora of outdoor concerts and mountain bike opportunities to gem mining and ziplining, the opportunities the High Country offer is endless.
Learn about each regional mile marker and historic spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Learn about all of the watering holes and waterfalls that locals have been soaking in for ages – and how to get there, too. Follow the maps for a scenic drive along backroads and highways that take you to different corners of the area, all of which have their own story to tell.
Perhaps the best part of the guide, though, is the detailed listing of restaurants and shops. Get the run down of many of our area’s finest boutiques and eateries and what to do while nearby. Whether you happen to be at Sugar Mountain, Linville, Blowing Rock, Newland, Boone, Beech Mountain, Valle Crucis, Todd or Banner Elk, throw this travel-friendly guide in your purse or backpocket to pull out at a moment’s notice.
It’s also filled with intriguing stories and personalities. For example, meet the Wiseman Family in our section highlighting local breweries and wineries. Jack Wiseman’s family has operated one of the oldest and most successful Christmas tree farms, yet it also owns a 10-acre vineyard. Wiseman has been making wine for more than 60 years, and if you out near Newland, stop by and say, “Hi.”
He’ll have a story to tell.
So go ahead. Pick up a few copies to hand out to your summer guests, visitors to the area who want to explore all the High Country offers.