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  • Mile of Flowers Returns in June!

    On Friday, June 28, the Blowing Rock Garden Club will host its  sixth bi-annual Mile of Flowers, giving participants a chance to explore several public and private gardens in downtown Blowing Rock.  The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Memorial Park Gazebo and end at 4 p.m. In addition to the garden tours, […]
  • BR Historical Society Helps Cone Restoration

    On April 3rd, the Blowing Rock Historical Society (BRHS) presented the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation with a $3500 check for restoration projects at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.  This donation was from the proceeds of BRHS’s 2018 Artists in Residence (AiR) program. In presenting the check, President Rita White and AiR Chair Tom O’Brien […]
  • Savor Blowing Rock- Now on Main Street!

    For the first time ever, Blowing Rock’s quaint Main Street will host the main tasting event for the upcoming Savor Blowing Rock on May 2-5, 2019. Previously known as the Grand Tasting, the revamped Saturday event is called Vintner’s Village and will feature wine and food pairings right along the central thoroughfare! “We are incredibly […]
  • 40th Annual Trout Derby on April 6!

    The 40th annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby will take place in Blowing Rock on Saturday, April 6, from sunrise to 4:00pm.  No entry fees are required and no pre-registration is necessary. This event has celebrated the opening of trout season for four decades now, encouraging families to get out together to enjoy the outdoors and […]
  • National Recognition for Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show

    For the second consecutive year, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show (BRCHS) has been chosen as one of the top ten hunter-jumper shows in the nation.  Being selected for this honor automatically positions Blowing Rock as a nominee for the National Hunter Show of the Year for 2019.   BRCHS is the only horse show in the Southeast to […]
  • New Fun at This Year’s WinterFest!

    Each time the annual WinterFest Polar Plunge rolls around, the wacky costumes are always a big highlight. The most elaborate or ridiculous just might get awarded the Golden Plunger. At the 2019 edition of Blowing Rock WinterFest, on Thursday, January 24 through Sunday, January 27, everyone is invited to enjoy more friendly competition at the […]
  • 19th Annual Blue Ridge Conservancy 5K

    The 19th Annual Blue Ridge Conservancy 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run takes place here on Saturday, September 22. The event, formerly known as the Mayview Madness 5K, still traverses the Mayview neighborhood in Blowing Rock. The 5K run, sponsored by Stick Boy Bread Company, starts at 8:00 a.m. adjacent to the American Legion Hall and […]
  • Blowing Rock Music Festival Back for 5th Year

    Edited September 13: Please note that due to the impending threat of Hurricane Florence and concern for safety, the 2018 Blowing Rock Music Festival has been RESCHEDULED for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7th. The Blowing Rock Music Festival once again welcomes a variety of artists to the event stage at the Blowing Rock Attraction in Blowing Rock, […]
  • Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Enters 4th Decade

    After celebrating its 30th anniversary last year, the Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort begins a fourth decade of summer centerpiece events in 2018. This year’s Symphony by the Lake will take place Friday, July 27th. The theme, Colors of the Mountains, will be reflected in the musical selections as well as the décor […]
  • Blowing Rock One of USA TODAY’s Best Small Towns for Adventure

    For the second year in a row, readers of USA TODAY have voted Blowing Rock one of its 10 Best…this time in the category of Small Towns for Adventure. In 2017, Blowing Rock was third on the list of Best Southern Small Towns and this year it finished eighth in the nationwide adventure competition.  Other […]
  • WNC Oasis Shriners Return to Blowing Rock June 1, 2

    “Kiss The Camel” Challenge Adds Intrigue to the Membership Drive The WNC Oasis Shriners are bringing their Spring Ceremonial, induction of new members and parade to the town on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. The Shriners Parade will take place along Main Street starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday. “We’re excited to have […]
  • Summer Season Attractions & Events

    There are many places you can go to shop, dine, enjoy music and the arts, and experience lively events and attractions. Similarly, there are places where you can commune quietly with nature, hike, fish, zipline, rock climb, canoe or horseback ride. But there are very few places where you can do all of that within […]
  • 2018 Art in the Park Focuses on Quality & Variety

    In its 56th year, Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park is renewing its commitment to the highest quality of offerings, variety and diversity of artistic media. The monthly Saturday event, which runs from May through October, returns for a third year to Park Avenue, close to Main Street and downtown Blowing Rock’s unique shops and […]
  • Fresh Fun at SAVOR Blowing Rock

    Savor Blowing Rock will take place Thursday, May 3 through Sunday, May 6 this year. Organizers say that moving the four-day event from its previous April slot ensures the transition to spring-like weather in the High Country is complete. “This year, Savor will offer a very interactive experience for guests. Events will offer the opportunity […]
  • Blowing Rock Rated One of America’s 25 Best Small Towns by Expedia

    One thousand Americans selected and polled by travel booking web site Expedia have rated Blowing Rock one of the 25 best small towns in the country. Expedia reviewed the feedback and pinpointed the most frequently mentioned favorite towns to visit. Blowing Rock ranked 16 of the 25 towns, which included Cape Cod, Lake Tahoe and […]
  • Mountainaire Inn and Log Cabins Rated #1 Best Bargain Hotel in US

    TripAdvisor, which calls itself the world’s largest travel site, recently named Blowing Rock’s Mountainaire Inn and Log Cabins #1 in its list of 25 Best Bargain Hotels in the U.S., and ranked it #4 in the world in the same category in its 2018 Travelers’ Choice awards. Only two properties in the U.S. were in […]
  • Polar Plunge to Honor Longtime Plunger Dick Hearn

    The Polar Plunge into Chetola Lake will be the frozen centerpiece of the 20th annual WinterFest in Blowing Rock, which begins on Thursday, January 25. The Plunge will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 27. Joan Hearn will be the Polar Plunge Queen, and her husband, Dick, who recently passed away, will be […]
  • WinterFest Turns 20

      The 20th edition of WinterFest heats up the High Country town from Thursday, January 25 through Sunday, January 28. Daily events include WinterFeast (with a dessert after party) on Thursday; the WinterFashion show at lunchtime on Friday; the Polar Plunge, Chili Challenge, Wine Tasting and Auction, ice carving demonstrations, and kids’ activities on Saturday; […]
  • Festive Events Abound in Blowing Rock During the Holiday Season

    If you visit Blowing Rock between Thanksgiving and New Years, you’ll find great natural beauty, a Norman Rockwell-esque downtown decorated and lighted for the season, unique shops and restaurants, and numerous holiday-themed events filling the calendar. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Blowing Rock on Thanksgiving day, you’ll find several restaurants and eateries […]
  • Fall Color is a Walkable Seasonal Amenity in Blowing Rock

    Nature’s Autumn Display is Within Easy Distance of Main Street The professional fall color prognosticators are predicting an average season upcoming in Western North Carolina. But there’s nothing average about fall color in, around and within short travel distance of Blowing Rock. The elevation differences and biodiversity on display nearby offer viewing experiences that make […]
  • Blowing Rock Hosts 18th Mayview Madness

    The 18th Annual Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run takes place here on Saturday, September 30, The 5k run starts at 8:30 a.m. adjacent to the American Legion Hall and finishes in front of Bistro Roca restaurant, where post-race snacks will be provided and awards presented.  The 1-Mile Fun Run presented by […]
  • The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge is One of America’s 100 Most Scenic

    Restaurant reservation service OpenTable recently named The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge one of its 100 Most Scenic in America. The restaurant made the list for the first time this year and is one of six named in North Carolina. The state had the second most in the nation, behind only California. The list of 100 […]
  • Blowing Rock Music Fest Returns September 16

    The musically-eclectic Blowing Rock Music Fest returns for a fourth year to the Blowing Rock Attraction in Blowing Rock on Saturday, September 16. Kristyl Harris, the Music Fest coordinator, said, “This year’s Fest features a bunch of new regional talent, with performers that create some great fresh sounds while sticking to the roots of Appalachia. I’m really excited about Abby […]
  • Westglow Voted Travel+Leisure’s 2017 Top Domestic Destination Spa

    The readers of Travel+Leisure magazine have voted Westglow Resort & Spa here the number one destination spa in the United States. In the category, magazine readers rated properties on their accommodations and facilities, treatments, service, food, and overall value, and Westglow came out on top in the numerical rankings. Other top ten destination spas are in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Arizona, […]
  • 11th Annual Art & Antiques Show

    The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) presents its 11th annual Blowing Rock Art & Antiques Show Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30. The show, which was started in 2006, has grown to be the Museum’s largest event, bringing in dealers from all over the region. Lee Carol Giduz, BRHAM Director said, “This is a […]
  • Award-winning Blowing Rock is a Cool Summertime Town

    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 […]
  • Made in the Mountains- A Quilt Event

    Roey’s Quilts and The Mountain Thread Company invite you to join them in celebrating the launch of the Blowing Rock Quilt Cooperative – a local network of fiber artisans with a goal to promote fresh approaches to traditional quilt artistry.  Join them at a free launch party and at the Made in the Mountains Quilt […]
  • Blowing Rock One of USA TODAY’s 10 Best Southern Small Towns

    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. “We’re honored to be recognized by the travel […]
  • Art in the Park in Downtown Blowing Rock

    For 55 years, Art in the Park has graced a monthly Saturday from May through October in North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town. The festival is in its second year on Park Avenue, an ideal location that intersects the town’s Main Street, allowing easy access to all of downtown Blowing Rock’s unique shops and restaurants. 2017 […]
  • There’s Even More to SAVOR in Blowing Rock

    SAVOR Blowing Rock returns to North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town from Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23. The2017 edition of SAVOR Blowing Rock includes an expanded range of seminars and events that feature regional culture, music, craft beers from local breweries and across the state, beverage tastings and dinners that showcase the town’s culinary artistry. […]

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