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  • Apple Hill Farm Christmas Celebration Will Be Held November 17- December 10

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    November 6, 2017. The Apple Hill Farm, in Banner Elk, will hold mini tours of the farm every 30 minutes between 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 17 to December 10. This tour is a guided walking tour of the farm and is generally 45 minutes.  We have live animals on the property. In order to see all of the animals, customers must purchase a tour. / Read more…



  • Holiday Events in West Jefferson: Parade, Choose and Cut Christmas Trees, Christmas Light up the Town, and More!

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    November 6, 2017. West Jefferson, North Carolina, located in Ashe County,  is known for its Southern small town charm.  West Jefferson is the perfect place to purchase your Christmas Tree, to watch a small town parade, to shop at a holiday farmers market, shop at local retail stores, to watch the performance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, to spend some of your Saturday with Santa, and so much more.  Below is your guide of 2017 Holiday events happening in Ashe County. By Kate Herman – Photos by Matt Powell / Read more…



  • The Schaefer Center Presents Us The Duo; Singing/Songwriting Couple Perform Nov. 17

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    November 6, 2017. BOONE— The “The Schaefer Center Presents…” performance series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, continues its 2017-18 season with a performance by Us The Duo, comprised of singing/songwriting couple Michael and Carissa Alvarado, on Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Appalachian faculty/staff and retired faculty/staff and $10 for students. For more information, call the Schaefer Center Box Office at 800-841-ARTS (2787) or 828-262-4046, or visit http://theschaefercenter.org/. / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Offers ‘Secret Season’ Passes From November 1 Through April 30

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    November 3, 2017. The turn of the calendar signals a new season on Grandfather Mountain — and the return of a bargain allowing unlimited access to the park for six months. The Secret Season Pass allows passholders unlimited access to the mountain Nov. 1, 2017, through April 30, 2018, for $32 plus tax for adults — less than the price of two regular tickets. A child’s Secret Season pass (ages 4 to 12) is $18 plus tax. A group pass, good for up to six people traveling in the same vehicle, sells for $90 plus tax and pays for itself on the first visit. / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Hosts a Beary Scary Halloween Oct. 28

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    October 20, 2017. At Grandfather Mountain, Halloween isn’t scary. It’s Beary Scary. The Linville, N.C., nature preserve and attraction has mountains of tricks and treats in store for its annual Halloween festival, A Beary Scary Halloween, returning Saturday, Oct. 28. The special day features a spooky selection of nature programs, Halloween-themed crafts, a costume contest, animal enrichments and trick-or-treating through the park’s environmental wildlife habitats. All activities are included with the price of admission, and kids in costume get in for half-price.> / Read more…



  • 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 / Read more…



  • AMB’s Curse of Wendigo Sucess, Live Bands, Refreshments, and More! At Horn in the West

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    July. 26, 2017. Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s We Can So You Can Foundation’s Curse of Wendigo has been a huge success! Besides have food trucks, and AMB refreshments, there will be a live band on Friday and Saturday. The Adam Church Band is playing Friday, and Alexa Rose will play on Saturday. The Curse of Wendigo’s Shauna Godwin says, “ The first weekend of the event was great! We had more in attendance than we expected. We expect this weekend to be even busier due to Friday the 13th.” Buy your tickets before the event sells out!
    Tickets are available for Fridays and Saturdays in October only. By Kate Herman – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Resort; Just Over a Week Away!

    October 6, 2017.Sugar Mountain Resort, North Carolina. Thursday, October 5, 2017 – Barrels and barrels of fun will be rolling during Sugar Mountain Resort’s Oktoberfest. The 27th annual celebration takes place October 14 & 15 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. / Read more…



  • 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 / Read more…



  • Sept 16 Boone Clean-Up Day will Kickoff the Statewide Litter Sweep

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    July. 26, 2017. The High Country is known for caring about the environment through sustainability, recycling, and removing waste. As a community, the Town of Boone Public Works Center invites all to participate in the Boone Clean-Up Day, which will be held on September 16. Volunteers may come by the Town of Boone Public Works Center from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., if they would like an assigned location to clean. The assigned locations will be inside the town city limits. Gloves and bags will be provided, along with a free curbside trash pickup. By Kate Herman – Photos by Town of Boone Public Works Center / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce Holds 15th Annual Mile High Kite Festival on Saturday, Sunday

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    Aug. 28, 2017. Many will agree that one of their favorite childhood memories involves flying a kite. The Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce invites you and your family to come be a kid again at the 15th Annual Mile High Kite Festival that will be held over Labor Day Weekend on September 2-3. The festival will be located in the Kite Field, which is right across the street from the Beech Mountain Town Hall and is adjacent to the Brick Oven Pizzeria. By Kate Herman / Read more…



  • The High Country Welcomes the 10th Annual Beer Fest on Saturday – Plenty of Tickets Still Available

    Aug. 23, 2017. The High Country celebrates the Tenth Annual Beer Fest at the High Country Fairgrounds on Saturday August 26, 2017 from 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. By Kate Herman / Read more…



  • New Work by Acclaimed American Artist William Dunlap Featured by The Art Cellar Gallery

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    July 26, 2017.On August 13 from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk will feature the work of William Dunlap for their “Cocktails and Tall Tales” event. Dunlap is a former professor of Appalachian State University, and is a well-known acclaimed American Artist. / Read more…



  • 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 / Read more…



  • Yes Makes Second Stop of Yestival Tour at Holmes Convocation Center Saturday, August 5

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    July 18, 2017. Prog powerhouse of the ’70s Yes will make the second stop of its summer “Yestival” tour at Appalachian State University’s Holmes Convocation Center on Saturday, August 5 this year. Joining the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will be internationally-famous Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy. The English-born band, which broke through to fans on both sides of the Atlantic with classics “Roundabout” and “I’ve Seen All Good People,” among others, will perform hits from the band’s golden years, ranging from Yes’ beginnings in 1968 through the 1978 release of Tormato. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



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

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    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 / Read more…



  • 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 / Read more…



  • SATURDAY Todd Summer Concert Series July – August, Catch Melissa Reaves July 15

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    July 13, 2017. If you haven’t had the time to make the short drive out to Todd for some great tunes this summer, you’re not too late! Although High Country veteran string outfit Amantha Mill and duo Wayne Henderson and Helen White have already taken the stage at downtown Todd’s Cook Park this year, the latter half of the summer will offer music lovers of the area a chance to see both new and familiar faces at the popular outdoor music series. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of Melissa Reaves / Read more…



  • 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 / Read more…



  • 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 / Read more…



  • 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 / Read more…



  • Old Hampton Store’s Ramp Fest 2017 to Feature Live Music, Local Cuisine Saturday, May 13

    May. 4, 2017. High Country lovers of music, native cuisine and local craft beer, wine and cocktails should mark their calendars for next Saturday, May 13 when the Old Hampton Store in Linville will kick off Ramp Festival 2017. The festival will feature live music from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and local dishes and drinks, many of which are inspired by the famous plant of Appalachian folklore.
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  • David Holt and the Lightning Bolts Return to Tweetsie For Two Shows Saturday, May 27

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    May 11, 2017. The four-time Grammy award-winning group David Holt and the Lightning Bolts will be performing live at Tweetsie Railroad on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Come enjoy the group’s all-American sound at one (or both!) of the shows at noon and 3:00 p.m. David Holt and the Lighting Bolts provide entertainment for the whole family by performing authentic mountain music and sharing humorous stories. / Read more…



  • USA TODAY Names Blowing Rock Third in List of 10 Best Southern Small Towns

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    May 11, 2017. Blowing Rock recently added another accolade to its already impressive kudos list when readers of USA TODAY voted the Town to the newspaper’s 2017 Ten Best list of Southern Small Towns. Travel experts picked a list of 20 small towns from which to choose and readers voted Blowing Rock third. / Read more…



  • A Potter’s Story: Artisan Caron Baker Wike Comes to the Mountaintop for Healing

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    May 9, 2017. Can you recall what first attracted you to the mountains of North Carolina? For generations, community staples like Appalachian State University, Grandfather Mountain and Tweetsie Railroad have welcomed visitors in search of education, adventure, family entertainment and nowadays healing. Thanks to The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s new post-acute care center in Blowing Rock, NC visitors have started planning what is referred to as “Medical Tourism” trips to the High Country. Caron Baker Wike is one such visitor. Photo Courtesy of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System / Read more…



  • High Country Grizzlies to Take on Georgia Firebirds in Rematch at Home this Sunday, May 7

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    May. 4, 2017. The High Country Grizzlies (2-3) will return to the Den at the Holmes Convocation Center this Sunday, May 7 to take on the Georgia Firebirds (2-4) in a reprise of the Grizzlies’ season and franchise opener. The Grizzlies and Firebirds squared off on March 18 in Albany when the Grizzlies asserted themselves with a 62-29 victory over the second-year Georgia team. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Nationally-Renowned Folk Musician John McCutcheon Comes to the Jones House May 20

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    Apr. 27, 2017. The Jones House will continue its star-studded indoor concert series on Saturday, May 20 with nationally-renowned folk musician John McCutcheon. McCutcheon, also highly respected as a storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, will perform at the Jones House in support of his latest album, Trolling for Dreams. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo by Irene Young / Read more…



  • BRAHM Hosts “History of Tweetsie Railroad” Exhibit in Celebration of No. 12’s 100th Birthday

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    Apr. 25, 2017. In celebration of a landmark year for the region, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) is offering a unique opportunity to learn about one of the most transformative forces in the history of the High Country: the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad now lovingly known by visitors and locals as the Tweetsie Railroad. No. 12, the famous original engine nicknamed “Tweetsie” after its signature steam whistle call, will turn 100 years old this year, and BRAHM wants to commemorate the event by taking guests on a trip back through the 100 years that have changed and shaped the High Country. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum / Read more…



  • Ashe County Outdoor Recreation Summit Held at Arts Council on Thursday, May 4

    April 13, 2017. Ashe County and the Town of West Jefferson with support from Destination by Design and High Country Pathways will be holding the first annual Ashe Outdoor Recreation Summit on Thursday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m. / Read more…



  • Grizzlies Fall Short with 68-21 Loss to Jacksonville Sharks, Look to Bye Week Next Week

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    Apr. 11, 2017. Heading into Sunday with a huge win against the Dayton Wolfpack the previous weekend, the High Country Grizzlies came up short against the undefeated Jacksonville Sharks, conceding the game with a 68-21 loss to the Florida team. The Sharks, seen in the preseason as the frontrunners in the league, asserted their dominance over the Grizzlies, not allowing the High Country team to score until former ASU standout and Grizzlies receiver Malachi Jones completed a 15-yard passing touchdown with 12:45 left in the third quarter. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Debbie Carter / Read more…



  • 38th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby Day Draws Most Participants in Derby’s History

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    Apr. 4, 2017. Blowing Rock celebrated the beginning of warmer weather in the High Country on Saturday with the 38th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby Day at Broyhill Lake. Like each year, the family event drew kids and their parents from the High Country and beyond as they competed for various prizes based on their catches for the day. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos Courtesy of Lonnie Webster / Read more…



  • MerleFest Announces Saturday Late Night Entertainment Plans with Mipso and Others

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    March 23, 2017. America’s top roots music festival MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 27-30, 2017, is pleased to announce the return of two well-known, innovative Saturday night events for late night festival revelers. / Read more…



  • Fifth Annual Boone Birding Festival to Celebrate High Country Spring Migration on Saturday, April 8

    Mar. 21, 2017. With winter on its way out and spring beginning to take over, the High Country is beginning to see and hear the unique birdlife that draws many tourists and outdoors lovers to the area. Fans of the High Country’s avian populations should mark their calendars for Saturday, April 8 when the Fifth Annual Boone Birding Festival is set to take place at the Valle Crucis Community Park. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Capone’s Pizza Plans Move to New Market Centre After Years of Success on West King Street

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    Mar. 16, 2017. A new era is dawning for one of Boone’s most beloved restaurants and hangouts. West King Street staple Capone’s Pizza is beginning preparations for an upcoming and eagerly-awaited move to the New Market Centre off East King Street and US 421 in Boone. The restaurant hopes to complete the move sometime in mid-May. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • CarRentals.com Names Boone to Its List of the 25 Best Small Towns in the Country

    Mar. 16, 2017. While it may not come as a shock to residents and frequent visitors of the High Country, CarRentals.com, part of Expedia, Inc., recently named Boone to its list of “25 Best Small Towns in the Country.” The site used several factors to arrive at the final list, which includes small towns from all around the country. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



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