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Voted Best Small Town in NC in The Best Small Town in Every Southern State by readers of Southern Living, March 2024

Blue Ridge Outdoors’ 2024 Best of the Blue Ridge Award Winners: Best Kid-Friendly Adventure- Sky Valley Zip Tours; Best Lodging- Chetola Resort, January 2024

Restaurant at Gideon Ridge Inn named a 2024 James Beard Award Semifinalist in Outstanding Restaurant category, January 2024

Voted Best Mountain Getaway AND Best Downtown in NC by followers of NC Tripping, December 2023

Named Coziest Winter Town in NC in 110 Coziest Winter Towns in America For a Magical Getaway by New York Travel Guides, December 2023

Voted Top Tiny Town for Adventure by readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, November 2023

Named Most Romantic Small Town in NC in 140 Most Romantic Small Towns in America by New York Travel Guides, October 2023

Restaurant at Gideon Ridge named #2 Top Date Night Restaurant and #3 Best Fine Dining Restaurant in US in Trip Advisor’s Best of the Best Travelers Choice Awards, September 2023

Named Best Mountain Town in South’s Best Places to Retire by Southern Living Magazine, September 2023

Voted Best Walkable Town, Best Main-Street Local Shopping Town & more by readers of Blue Ridge Country Magazine, July 2023.

Voted Best Small Town in NC in 50 Best Small Towns in the South by readers of Southern Living, April 2023

Restaurant at Gideon Ridge named #1 Top Date Night Restaurant and #2 Best Fine Dining Restaurant in US in Trip Advisor’s Best of the Best Travelers Choice Awards in 2022

One of The South’s 10 Best Mountain Towns by readers of Southern Living in 2022

Voted One of 15 Friendliest Small Towns in the US by readers of Travel Awaits in 2021

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum named Finest Museum by readers of Carolina Country in 2020

One of The South’s 10 Best Mountain Towns by readers of Southern Living in 2020

One of 10Best Small Towns for Adventure in USA Today’s 10 Best poll in 2019

Named Best Small Town in NC by readers of Southern Living in 2018

Voted Best Main Street-Local Shopping by readers of Blue Ridge Country Magazine in 2018

Rated One of America’s 25 Best Small Towns by Expedia in 2018

One of 10Best Small Towns for Adventure in USA Today’s 10Best poll in 2018

Mountainaire Inn and Log Cabins Rated #1 Best Bargain Hotel in US by TripAdvisor;
TripAdvisor Also Ranks Mountainaire #4 in the World, 2018

Gamekeeper Restaurant one of Open Table’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, 2018

Westglow Resort & Spa voted among Travel+Leisure’s 2018 Top 10 Domestic Destination Spas

Voted 3rd of 10Best Southern Small Towns by USA Today’s 10Best poll in 2017

Gideon Ridge one of Open Table’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America in 2017

Westglow Resort & Spa Voted Travel+Leisure’s 2017 Top Domestic Destination Spa

Named Happiest Town in the Blue Ridge by readers of Blue Ridge Magazine in 2016

Named a Top Destination on the Rise by Trip Advisor in 2015

Voted among Best Small Towns, Best Retirement Towns by Readers of Blue Ridge Country Magazine in 2015

Green Park Inn named Best Small Hotel by the Historic Hotels of America Organization in 2015

Named among Best Main Streets, Best Shopping, and Best Arts Towns by readers of Blue Ridge Country in 2014

Listed among Best Motorcycle Trips in USA Today in 2014.

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show designated a Heritage Competition by US Equestrian Federation in 2014.

Blowing Rock’s WinterFest chosen as a Top Pick event by AAA Magazine in 2014.

Main Street Blowing Rock named a “Great Place in NC” by American Planning Association-NC in 2013.



Blowing Rock in the Media

Polar Bear Plunge attracts record number of plungers in Blowing Rock (video), WBTV Charlotte, January 2024

Weekend Getaway: Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Southbound Magazine, January 2024

Year of the Trail: Find Scenic Winter Hiking in Blowing Rock, The Laurel of Asheville, December 2023

The 50 Best Small Towns to Visit for Christmas, HGTV, December 2023

This Is The Best Scenic Mountain Town to Retire in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Travel, November 2023

30+ Wonderful Things to Do in NC in November, NC Tripping, October 2023

How To Spend a Weekend in Blowing Rock, NC, Thriller Mom, September 2023

The 9 Best Mountain Towns to See Fall Foliage, Outside Magazine, September 2023

Blue Ridge Breeze, Southern Lady Magazine, September 2023

Top 10 Inspiring Blowing Rock Hikes, Phoenyx Travels, August 2023

Adventures in the NC Mountains, Escape From Paradise & Montauk Sun, August 2023

The Blowing Rock Legend: A Tale of Love, Loss, & Magic, Phoenyx Travels, August 2023

Up ‘n Adam: Tweetsie Railroad (video), WCCB News Rising, July 2023

This Tiny Southern Town Hosts One of the Oldest Horse Shows in the Country, Garden & Gun, July 2023

Made Right Here (video), North Carolina Weekend, May 2023

12 Best Places to Travel in August, Travel & Leisure, April 2023

Plant Joy photo essay, Our State Magazine, April 2023

8 Cutest Small Towns in NC, World Atlas, March 2023

Hometown Series: Blowing Rock, Queen City News, March 2023
Growth in Blowing Rock (video)
Family of Potters Call Blowing Rock Home
Blowing Rock Business Instrumental to Appalachian Music Scene
Blowing Rock’s Communal Prayer Tree

NC Ski Resorts: The Ultimate Guide to a Perfect Weekend Ski Trip, Conde Nast Traveler, January 2023

10 Most Amazing Christmas Towns in NC, Trips to Discover, December 2022

Don’t Miss These Perfect Christmas Towns in North Carolina, The Travel, November 2022

11 Most Beautiful Mountain Towns in North Carolina, Trips to Discover, November 2022

The 9 Best Road Trips in the U.S. to See Fall Foliage, Best Life, September 2022

The 8 Most Charming Towns in the U.S. for a Fall Getaway, MSN, August 2022

23 Best Outlet Malls in the United States, Vacation Idea, August 2022

12 Adorable North Carolina Mountain Towns You Should Visit, The Travel, August 2022

Natural Beauty in Blowing Rock, Our State Magazine (sponsored), August 2022

Sip & Stay at Hellbender Bed & Beverage, Our State Magazine, August 2022

25 Best Lakes in North Carolina, Vacation Idea, June 2022

The Blowing Rock: A Love Story, Our State Magazine (cover story), March 2022

The 7 Most Picturesque Small Towns In NC, World Atlas, February 2022

Artistic Appalachia: 5 Shops to Explore in Blowing Rock, Our State Magazine (sponsored), February 2022

Festival Gets Extra Wintry in Blowing Rock, Spectrum News, February 2022

The 15 Best Things to Do in Blowing Rock NC, Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide, January 2022

9 Festive North Carolina Towns Perfect To Visit During Christmas, Travel Awaits, December 2021

The Cozy Shop: Cabin Fever in Blowing Rock, Our State Magazine, October 2021

Blue Ridge Parkway Offers Colorful Vistas, Associated Press, October 2021

Hotels That Go All Out for the Holidays, Luxury Travel Magazine, October 2021

12 Best Small Towns in North Carolina, Travel + Leisure, October 2021

13 Scenic Fall Foliage Trips That Aren’t in New England, Conde Nast Traveler, September 2021

5 Things to Do in Blowing Rock, NC, Girl on the Go, September 2021

6 Best Places in North Carolina to Go Leaf Peeping in Fall, Trips to Discover, August 2021

8 Grown-Up North Carolina Field Trips, Our State Magazine, August 2021

High Country Haven, South Park Magazine, July 2021

15 Best Running Trails in America, Men’s Journal, June 2021

Mystery Hill & More (video), Pangani Tribe, June 2021

The 15 Most Charming Towns in North Carolina, Pure Wow, June 2021

Easter in North Carolina, Our State Magazine, April 2021

29 Cool Things To Do This Spring in Charlotte, Axios Charlotte, March 2021

11 Top-rated Romantic Getaways in North Carolina, Planet Ware, March 2021

Rock Steady, Journal & Topics,  March 2021

5 Best Ski Resorts in NC, Travel Awaits, February 2021

Blowing Rock, North Carolina: Best of the Blue Ridge, Leisure Group Travel, January 2021

Touring Blowing Rock, NC (video), Pangani Tribe, January 2021

Families Enjoy Winter Wonderland in Blowing Rock, WBTV Charlotte, January 2021

Snow Means Sledding for Families in Blowing Rock, Fox 46 Charlotte, January 2021

Find a Sweet Retreat in Blowing Rock, WNC Magazine, Winter 2021

Our Readers Favorite Quaint Towns of 2020 You Can Visit in 2021, Travel Awaits, December 2020

How to Spend a Perfect Weekend in Beautiful Blowing Rock, NC, Travel Awaits, December 2020

Places You Can Go to Celebrate Christmas While Maintaining Social Distance, MarthaStewart.com, December 2020

10 North Carolina Items For Your December To-Do List, Our State Magazine, November 2020

9 Must-Try Restaurants in Blowing Rock, NC, Foodie Flash Packer, October 2020

Blowing Rock Guide, I’m Fixin’ To, September 2020

Head for the High Country: Adventure & Relaxation in the NC Mountains, Palm Beach Post, August 2020

America’s 35 Best Small Towns in the Mountains, Far & Wide, July 2020

Glen Burney Trail in Blowing Rock, NC Tripping, July 2020

The Most Beautiful Main Street in Every State, Insider, July 2020

3 Reasons to Head to Blowing Rock When We Can Travel Again, AAA Go Magazine, May 2020

Small Businesses in Blowing Rock Start Reopening, Spectrum News, May 2020

The Top 20 Blue Ridge Mountain Towns in GA & NC, Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide, February 2020

Little-Known Boone: A Blue Ridge Carolina Vacation Treasure, Forbes, January 2020

15 Best Things to Do in Blowing Rock, VacationIdeas.com, January 2020

The Best Things To Do in Blowing Rock NC, Wine and Weekends, December 2019

Here’s the Best Small Town in Every State, MSN.com Travel, November 2019

Blowing Rock: Endless Family-Friendly Fun, Little Prince Leopold, October 2019

36 Hours In Boone, N.C. (and Environs), New York Times, October 2019

20 Things to See, Do, and Eat in Blowing Rock, NC, Charlotte Agenda, October 2019

11 Mountain Girlfriend Getaways to Take This Fall, Southern Living Magazine, September 2019

Tweetsie Railroad, Carolina Weekend (video), July 2019

Blowing Rock, NC, Bill on the Road, May 2019

Carolina Meeting Resorts, Small Market Meetings Magazine, May 2019

Must Eat Blowing Rock Restaurants, NC Tripping, May 2019

Blowing Rock Prayer Garden Draws Thousands, Spectrum News (video), May 2019

Savor Blowing Rock On the Way, WBTV News (video), April 2019

Why Blowing Rock is the Perfect Mountain Town Escape, Southern Living Magazine, March 2019

Ski Season Winding Down, Long Time Instructor Honored, WBTV News (video), March 2019

Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock: Why We’ll Be Back, NC Tripping, March 2019

15 of North Carolina’s Coziest Spots to Eat & Drink, Visit NC, February 2019

Dream Destinations: 25 Places to Retire, Relocate, Relax, Our State Magazine, February 2019

A Taste of Place, Our State Magazine, February 2019

Appalachian Adventures: Need More Icy Plunging? Blowing Rock’s WinterFest is just the place for you, Bristol Herald Courier, January 2019

US Small Towns That Are Even Cuter in Winter, Fodor’s Travel, January 2019

Here’s the Best Small Town in Every US State, Business Insider Australia, December 2018

25 Best Day Trips in North Carolina , Dream Vacation Magazine, November 2018

 11 Most Charming Southern Small Towns, Trips to Discover, November 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Blowing Rock, NC, Sand Sun and Messy Buns, October 2018

NC Primer: On the Rocks, Our State Magazine, October 2018

11 of the Best Places for Foliage in and Around Georgia, Atlanta Journal Constitution, September 2018

Labor Day Marks Unofficial End of Summer, WBTV 3 News, September 2018

Fall Hiking Trails in North Carolina, NC Tripping, September 2018

Why Blowing Rock is the Perfect Mountain Town Escape, Southern Living, August 2018

Where to Eat, Play, and Stay in Blowing Rock, NC, Making Thyme for Health, July 2018

Dog-Friendly Things to Do in Blowing Rock, NC, Backroad Ramblers, July 2018

10 Hotels in NC that We Love, Travel Through Life, July 2018

A NC Roadtrip: Waynesville to Blowing Rock, Forbes Magazine, July 2018

The Sky’s the Limit in the Carolinas, Group Travel Leader, May 2018

Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop profiled on NC Weekend, April 5, 2018

Blowing Rock Travel Guide, I’m Fixin’ To, April 2018

The Must See Under-the-Radar City in Each State, The Active Times, Spring 2018

Chestnut Grille featured on NC Weekend, March 1, 2018

6 Most Charming Downtown Areas in NC, Trips to Discover, March 2018

Insight: Family & Friends, Capital at Play Magazine, February 2018