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  • 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…



  • 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.
    By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • 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…



  • Learn the NAL’s Rules and Regulations Before Grizzlies’ First Home Game on Saturday, March 25

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    Mar. 14, 2017. While the addition of a team to the High Country surely has football and sports fans excited, the style of play will be very different to that of ASU’s home games at Kidd Brewer Stadium. While the NAL generally shares many of the rules established by other arena football leagues, there are a few key distinctions to be made. By Bailey Faulkner – Logo Courtesy of the High Country Grizzlies / Read more…



  • Snow Returns to the High Country Tuesday Morning, Prepare for Showers through Wednesday

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    Mar. 14, 2017. Winter is still in the air in the High Country! While the snow may have backed off in some areas in recent hours, it looks like this late winter storm isn’t quite finished. Here’s what some of the High Country’s weather experts have to say about our mid-March snow shower. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Parking Problems at Linville Gorge Wilderness Cause Headaches for Forest Officials

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    Jan. 5, 2017. The Linville Gorge Wilderness area has become so popular that rangers gave out parking tickets for the first time “in a long time” this past year, according to Grandfather District Ranger Nicholas Larson. While exact visitation numbers aren’t available, Larson said he’s noticed a clear uptick in visitation from all sorts of folks enjoying the Linville Gorge, from backpackers and climbers to hunters and anglers to tourists and leaflookers, over the past couple years. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • 2017 A Critical Year for The Appalachian Theatre

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    Jan. 4, 2017. 2017 is a critical year for The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country. While the winter months are typically a slow time for fundraising, ATHC expects public campaign activity will kick in to high gear this spring. Tax deductible contributions and pledges large and small are welcome, and ATHC is accepting gifts made in honor or in memory of a loved one. Donations for the theater restoration can be accepted at savetheapptheatre.com or by mail to PO Box 11 DTS, Boone, NC 28607. OP-ED By John Cooper and Keith Martin / Read more…



  • All Winter Resorts Open for Riding, Tubing, Ice Skating on Christmas Weekend

    Dec. 22, 2016. Unless you are heading north for the holidays, the only White Christmas in the High Country is going to take place on the ski slopes. “Fortunately for the ski areas,” RaysWeather.com noted in a forecast discussion earlier this week, “it will be just cold enough to keep snow on the slopes.” By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • 22 Slopes Open in High Country on Friday With Possibility for More To Open By Saturday

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    Dec. 16, 2016. Twenty-two slopes – and a number of freestyle terrain parks, tubing lanes and ice skating rinks – are open at ski resorts across the High Country on Friday, and that number is expected to increase by Saturday as snowmaking continues today. Here are reports from the four local resorts. By Jesse Wood | Photo by Kristian Jackson / Read more…



  • Grandfather Vineyard and Winery Labels First Appalachian High Country AVA Wine

    Dec. 13, 2016. Grandfather Vineyard and Winery slapped its first Appalachian High Country AVA label on a bottle of Seyval Blanc wine yesterday. A local achievement about 15 years in the making, the Appalachian High Country American Viticultural Area is a federal designation that legitimizes a wine grape-growing region. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Daily Fall Color Report & Photo at Grandfather

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    Oct. 11, 2016. Sunshine beams through brilliant foliage in Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows. According to Jesse Pope, executive director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, peak color will likely arrive at Grandfather Mountain and other high-elevation locales this coming weekend. Photo by Skip Sickler / Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation / Read more…



  • Sugar Mountain Resort Adds Second Pisten Bully 600 Winch Groomer To Current Fleet

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    Oct. 11, 2016. Every day, twice a day the slopes at Sugar Mountain Resort are meticulously groomed. This season the resort has added a second Pisten Bully 600 winch groomer to the current fleet. This new powerhouse groomer provides extra hold and increased safety on the mountain. / Read more…



  • Annual Animal Enrichment Day Set for Wed. August 3 at Grandfather Mountain

    July 25, 2016. How do you keep an animal entertained? You otter come find out! On Aug. 3, the Grandfather Mountain will host Animal Enrichment Day, during which guests can participate in games and activities centered on providing the habitat animals with special enrichments — treats designed to break up their routines and help keep them active and intellectually stimulated. / Read more…



  • Camping at MerleFest 2016: Don’t Miss Out on the Perfect Spot for You!

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    April 19, 2016. Spring is in the air in the High Country. That can mean only one thing — MerleFest is just around the corner. While the event is famous for the incredible musical acts that perform each year, hanging out at the various campsites around the festival can be every bit as memorable. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Tweet, Tweet! Tweetsie Railroad Will Whistle Back into the High Country on Friday, April 8

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    March 10, 2016. All Aboard! The Tweetsie Railroad historic steam engine locomotives will be pulling out of the station once again on Friday, April 8, 2016 to transport guest along a three mile Wild West adventure through the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Blowing Rock. / Read more…



  • Dollar Days are Back in April! Head to Grandfather Mountain as Spring Returns

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    March 18, 2016. Grandfather Mountain opens its gates to High Country residents, employees and their guests for only $3 each throughout April as part of “Dollar Days.” The month offers plenty to do inside the park, including the return of animal encounter sessions, the seasonal reopening of the Fudge Shop, discounts on Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours and the return of Naturalist Programs later in the month. / Read more…



  • Park Rangers Gearing Up for Annual Wildflower Walks at Grandfather Mountain State Park

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    March 10, 2016. Grandfather Mountain State Park Rangers are gearing up for the annual spring wildflower hikes! The Southern Appalachian Mountains provide for a stunning array of native wildflowers and we look forward to this time of year! Rangers would love to share this natural beauty with you: join us! / Read more…



  • Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band Brings the Funk to Beech Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 6

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    Feb. 3, 2016. Can you dig some funk on a mountain? Asheville-based funk stars Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band will lay down the grooves at Beech Mountain Resort on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Trip Advisor Names Banner Elk a Top 10 ‘Affordable Winter Hidden Gem’ in the Country

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    Jan. 2, 2016. Trip Advisor recently named a list of its best winter vacation values in the country, and the town of Banner Elk made the top 10 with an impressive rental review score. Among more than 500 online reviews from visitors to the area, Banner Elk earned a score of 4.8 out of an available 5, proving that travelers agree it’s an ideal, affordable location for a winter getaway or a winter sports adventure. Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Todd Bush. / Read more…



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