Blowing Rock, North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town, is also one of the Southeast’s coolest through the summer months. Average high monthly high temperatures for the High Country travel destination are as follows: June, 73; July, 76; August, 74; September, 69.
Adding to the cool, crisp nights and warm days are the attractions of a walkable downtown, great restaurants and shops and gorgeous surroundings. During the High Season (May through October) Blowing Rock’s calendar is filled with events and activities that enhance the experience for overnight visitors and day-trippers alike. And Blowing Rock is accessible from anywhere in the region, less than two hours from Charlotte and Greensboro, three hours from Knoxville and Raleigh and five hours from Atlanta and Charleston. A wide range of accommodations is available; visit blowingrock.com/accommodations for details.
Selected highlights of High Season are as follows:
- Art in the Park: Now in its second half-century, Art in the Park, a monthly May through October Saturday event, showcases craftspeople and artisans from all over the Southeast selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Dates are May 17, June 14, July 19, August 16, September 6 and October 4.
- Restaurant Week: New this year, Restaurant Week (May 30 – June 8) features more than a dozen of Blowing Rock’s finest eateries offering special three-course lunch and dinner menus that showcase their culinary skills at affordable price points ($15 – $30). For information and reservations, visit blowingrock.com/restaurantweek.
- Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show: In February, the Horse Show was awarded Heritage Competition designation by the United States Equestrian Federation, (USEF), joining an exclusive list of only 17 USEF-sanctioned horse shows held annually in the U.S. The 91st Annual show will take place June 5 – 8, July 22 – 27 and July 29 – August 3. For more information visit blowingrockhorses.com.
- BRAHM: At the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, the main exhibit will be Barns and Quilts: A Rural Tradition. More than 20 paintings of rural barns by noted American artist Wolf Kahn, along with deozens of regional quilts representing the best of Appalachia, will be on display.
- Artists in Residence: Edgewood Cottage on Main Street was the first home and studio of Elliott Daingerfield, and where he held his “Painting Lady” classes at the turn of the 20Th His legacy continues with a program that features local artists over eight weeks in June, July and August. Visitors will be greeted by the artists and be able to purchase their works. For more information, visit blowingrockhistoricalsociety.com/artists-in-residence.
Blowing Rock was recently named one of the Top 17 Small Cities in North Carolina by Cities Journal, which called it “…the ultimate small city.” For details of all events and activities in Blowing Rock, go to blowingrock.com or contact the Blowing Rock Visitor Center at 877.750.4636.
BLOWING ROCK N.C. (May 2014)
For information: Tracy Brown, Executive Director, Blowing Rock TDA