IMG_3321smEveryone who’s been to Blowing Rock knows about the Norman Rockwell-esque ambiance of Main Street, with its walkable streetscape and unique shops and restaurants. Earlier this year, expert panelists from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC) honored it with a Great Places in North Carolina award as the best Main Street in the mountains.

Now, like tendrils growing from a beautiful vine, the abutting Sunset Drive and Morris Street are blooming with shopping and dining venues that must be seen and experienced…and the upcoming holidays are the perfect time to do that, as businesses and restaurants show off their most festive holiday spirit.

On Sunset, visitors will find The New Public House, serving small-plate or tapas style food, and the Ale House brew pub, both of which also offer accommodations, and both of which opened this year. Also new on Sunset: Handtiques, featuring merchandise handmade in the USA, many with repurposed materials. On Morris, visitors will find Provence et d’Ailleurs, a shop specializing in items crafted in France, and Gaines Kiker Silversmith, a hand-wrought silver jewelry studio.

Events and activities abound during the holiday period from Thanksgiving to New Years. Highlights include Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town, Christmas Parade, holiday-themed music and staged radio dramas. Dates and details can be found at the “Events” tab above.

Choose-and-cut Christmas trees are available nearby, and shoppers can cut trees themselves or select one to have cut and baled. Many tree farms also offer hayrides, Christmas shops, wreaths and more.

Blowing Rock is only two hours from Charlotte and Greensboro, three hours from Knoxville, 3.5 hours from Raleigh, five hours from Atlanta and six hours from Charleston.

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. (November 2013)

For information:          Tracy Brown, Executive Director

Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority

                                    828.295.4636 tbrown@visitblowingrock.com