Blowing Rock recently added another accolade to its already impressive kudos list, when readers of USA TODAY voted the Town to the newspaper’s 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. Of all the candidates and winners, Blowing Rock is sure to be the coolest of the 20 during the High Season. And the weather will also be mild, with average highs in the low to mid-70s in June, July and August. Blowing Rock is a great place to visit during the summer months, with natural beauty of the High Country surrounding many family-friendly activities and attractions nearby, including hiking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, Tweetsie Railroad, Grandfather Mountain and High Gravity Adventures. Many of these attractions have extended summer hours.
In Blowing Rock itself, there are many free festivals, music events and movies throughout the summer, highlighted by the once-monthly Saturday Art in the Park on May 20, June 10, July 15, August 13, September 9 and October 7. For details, visit blowingrock.com/events.
Smack-dab in the middle of it all is Showcase Weekend (an unofficial title) July 28-30, a three-day period that epitomizes the diversity and attractiveness of Blowing Rock in mid-summer. The Art & History Museum’s Art & Antique Show, the Blowing Rock Horse Show (Hunter Jumper), The Symphony by the Lake at Chetola and the Tour of Homes all take place on that Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information on any of these events, visit blowingrockmusem.org; blowingrockhorses.com; symphonybythelake.com; stmaryofthehills.org.
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.
For information: Tracy Brown, Executive Director, Blowing Rock TDA