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  • 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. […]
  • 38th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby

    The 38th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby will take place in and around North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town on Saturday, April 1, from sunrise to 4:00 p.m.  No entry fees are required and no pre-registration is necessary. There is plenty of free parking available only a short distance from Broyhill Lake, which will be stocked […]
  • Blowing Rock WinterFest 2017

    The 19th edition of WinterFest in Blowing Rock, from Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, January 29, will include more events and activities than ever before, from daytime to dusk and beyond. And, as always, it’s about contrast. On the warm side, chili cook-offs, carousing canines at the WinterPaws dog show, comfort food, and the inner […]
  • The Charlie Ellis Jazz Trio

    Charlie Ellis has been bringing the gift of jazz to Blowing Rock for decades. From venues like the Jazz Parlor to P.B. Scotts, and now at the historic Green Park Inn, performances by Mr. Ellis and the Charlie Ellis Trio are always memorable. Ellis is a great solo performer, though many have experienced his work […]
  • Blowing Rock’s Favorite Things

    Tired of Christmas Shopping Online Or At the Mall? Think About Choosing From Among Blowing Rock’s Favorite Things There’s nothing quite like the twinkle and warmth of North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town when it’s decked out for Christmas, and with Blowing Rock’s Favorite Things festive promotion now underway, you can get virtually everything for under […]
  • Thanksgiving Through Christmas Events

    Seasonal Celebrations Ongoing in North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town  There’s a lot going on in Blowing Rock, North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town, between Thanksgiving and Christmas: It’s a fun, festive and family-friendly holiday destination. The Norman Rockwell-esque downtown sparkles with thousands of holiday lights, eclectic shops emit a welcoming glow and visitors smile warmly in […]
  • Fall Classic Cycling Race 2016

    The Blowing Rock Fall Classic bike ride returns to the High Country on Saturday, September 24, joined by the Blue Ridge Ascent on Sunday, September 25. The two days of riding sets up an entire weekend of cycling on some of the region’s most scenic routes at one of the best times of the year, […]
  • Third Blowing Rock Music Festival

    The Blowing Rock Music Festival returns for a third year to The Blowing Rock in Blowing Rock on Saturday, September 17. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the music runs continuously from noon until sunset, with fireworks to follow (weather permitting). Tickets are $30 in advance ($40 for advance reserve seating) and $40 on festival […]
  • Mayview Madness 5K on Labor Day Weekend

    The 17th Annual Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run takes place here on Saturday, September 3, right in the heart of a fun- and activity-filled Labor Day weekend. 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 […]
  • Experience “Elizabeth Bradford: Time + Terrain” at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

    The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) is excited to announce the opening of “Elizabeth Bradford: Time + Terrain”, curated by Carla Hanzal. The exhibition will be on view from August 13 to November 19, 2016, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 1st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Museum. The […]
  • Art and Antiques Show Adds to Blowing Rock’s Summer Allure

    The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) presents its tenth annual Blowing Rock Art and Antiques Show Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31. This year’s event will include more than 5,000 square feet of show space with antique dealers along the east coast offering furnishings, porcelain, jewelry, silver, art and more. For a […]
  • Beguiling Blowing Rock Beckons With High Season Activities

    The months of May through September in North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town sparkle with events and activities as sure to please travelers as are the mild daytime temperatures and cool nights. Surrounded by the multifaceted natural beauty of the High Country, Blowing Rock welcomes day-trippers and overnight visitors from hotter climes to its picturesque Main […]
  • Art in the Park Moves to Downtown

    After four successful years at the American Legion parking deck, the 2016 Art in the Park series moves across Memorial Park to Park Avenue near Main Street, where visitors will have all the shopping and dining attractions of Blowing Rock even closer at hand.   This year’s Saturday dates are May 7, June 11, July […]
  • Beautiful Blowing Rock Brews a Bountiful Beer Month

    April is Beer Month in North Carolina, where more than 145 craft breweries dot the landscape from Manteo to Murphy. But if you’re going to indulge, why not do so in North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town, where Beer Month activities take place virtually every day? Throughout April, local restaurants will feature North Carolina beers in […]
  • Savor Food, Libations, & Spring in Blowing Rock

    Liked the Wine & Food Festival? You’ll Love SAVOR Blowing Rock! After ten years of steady growth and incremental enhancements, organizers of the spring culinary and libations festival in North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town have decided to kick it up another notch, renaming the event and adding even more to its appeal. Produced by the Blowing Rock Chamber of […]
  • Catch Me If You Can!

    37th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby returns for fishing fun Saturday, April 2 The 37th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby will take place in and around North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town on Saturday, April 2, from sunrise to 4:00 p.m. First-place winners will receive fishing trophies in five divisions: Men, Women, Girls (12-14) Boys (12- 14) and Small […]
  • Blowing Rock’s WinterFest 2016: More Fire, More Ice

    WinterFest in Blowing Rock has always been about giving visitors reasons to celebrate rather than hibernate a month after the holidays end. And its always been about fire and ice, in their many forms: bonfires, chili cook-offs, s’mores and warm hospitality, contrasted by the icy Polar Plunge into Lake Chetola, ice carving demonstrations, skiing and […]
  • Holidays 2015 in Blowing Rock

    It’s hard to imagine a more scenic, idyllic or festive holiday destination than Blowing Rock. The beauty of the Western North Carolina High Country, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, winter sports…an event-filled calendar from Thanksgiving through Christmas…choose-and-cut Christmas trees, bonfires, musical events, parades, downtown strolls and eclectic shopping… and a wide array of accommodations, from full-service resorts to award-winning […]
  • Green Park Inn Wins Award of Excellence

    Blowing Rock, North Carolina’s Green Park Inn was awarded the Best Small Hotel for 2015 by the Historic Hotels of America Organization at their Annual Meeting held in October held in French Lick, Indiana. Historic Hotels of America is a selective group of over 275 historic American hotels, all listed on the National Historic Register, and admitted based […]
  • Forecast Expert Sees “best leaf color season in recent memory”

    Kathy Matthews, an associate professor of biology at Western Carolina University, specializes in plants systematics and makes annual predictions about regional fall color. Recently she was quoted in the Asheville Cirizen-Times, saying, “This fall could be one of the best leaf seasons in Western North Carolina in recent memory. Three words explain it ~ unusually […]
  • Blowing Rock Hosts Debut Fall Classic Bike Ride September 26

    For many years, late September was the time when cyclists from all over the Southeast made their way to Western North Carolina for the Bridge to Bridge ride from Lenoir to the top of Grandfather Mountain. Bridge to Bridge is no more…however, this year there’s a new ride that promises to bring riders back to […]
  • 16th Annual Mayview Madness 5k Set for Saturday, Sep. 19

    The 2014 running of the Stick Boy Mayview Madness drew more than 320 preregistered runners, ages 3 to 84, including more than 60 under 13. This year’s event takes place here on Saturday, September 19 on a course that winds through the historic Mayview neighborhood, with magnificent views along the route. With average race day […]
  • Visit North Carolina brings TRAC to Blowing Rock

    Visit North Carolina’s Tourism Resource Assistance Center (TRAC), a community-based training program designed to help small tourism-related businesses, will be held Thursday, August 27th from 10 am – 2 pm at the Blowing Rock American Legion Building, 333 Wallingford Street, in Blowing Rock. TRAC offers the chance to talk one-on-one with program managers. Tourism-related businesses […]

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