The High Country is filled with many distinctive gift shops and general stores that highlight aspects of the culture in this magnificent section of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With popular ski slopes and winter festivals drawing folks in from literally all over the world, the general stores an…
Even though Western North Carolina exists in the Southern section of the United States, it is called the “High Country” for a reason. The Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk region is nestled among the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River.
The place of the general store is an iconic stalwart of small-town communities. Prior to the advent of the “big-box” stores so prevalent today, the general store was a cornerstone to the local consumer. Carrying a wide range of merchandise, the small structures served as a community hangout …
BLOWING ROCK — The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock will hold its fifth annual Rotary Charity Auction on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the American Legion Hall, located at 333 Wallingford St., in downtown Blowing Rock.
Arts and crafts have also remained an important part of the economic development of the High Country communities with towns and counties benefiting from the gifts and talents of our artisans and craftsmen.
Farmers Markets play an important role in the communities of the High Country. Providing our local farmers and artisans a place to showcase and sell the food they grow and the art they create, the local farmers markets have grown to become popular community hubs during the summer.
The general stores scattered throughout the area are a one-stop location for all family needs, whether it is seasonal home décor, outdoor gear or something to keep the family’s belly full while searching for neat treasures unique to the High Country.
VALLE CRUCIS — The Valle Crucis Community Park will hold its 32nd annual benefit auction Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Apple Barn at the Valle Crucis Conference Center.
Looking for gifts for your friends and family this holiday season? The Harvest House Performing Arts venue is hosting the Holiday Artisan Market on Black Friday.
Places like DeWoolfson Down, Tatum Galleries and Blowing Rock Furniture Gallery add to the charm of the area’s small mountain towns and complement the tradition of simple living for which the High Country is known.
Allen and Susan Curtis got into the business of selling produce about four years ago when they opened up shop on the corner of State Farm Road and N.C. 105 in Boone.
Every year in late January, folks in the mountains have to fight off an epidemic of cabin fever. It is exactly at that point of the winter when Blowing Rock presents the cure: WinterFest!
Consumers who plan to skip the crowds by shopping online need to take steps to protect their money and their personal information, Attorney General Roy Cooper urged. “Shopping online can help you avoid the crowds but it isn’t without risks,” Cooper warned. “Use caution when you shop online …
Doe Ridge Pottery, an authentic working studio and gallery, has been a well-known feature of Watauga County since 1978, establishing its Retail Gallery in 1988.
Karen Walker, owner of Black Bear Books in the Boone Mall, was 15 minutes away from closing the final chapter in her lifetime dream of running a bookstore — a place where she had reminisced with customers about her favorite titles and authors since purchasing it in 2009.
Visitors to Blowing Rock’s popular Art in the Park, a juried arts and crafts show that occurs one Saturday monthly from May until October, will have the rare opportunity to participate in a self-guided tour of selected village homes that are offered for sale. Several local real estate compan…
According to the High Country Association of Realtors, interest in the local real estate market cooled last month, with Realtor-assisted sales hitting a 15-month low. Meanwhile, inventory surged.