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For grandeur, breathtaking mountain views and natural history, it’s hard to beat the Blowing Rock tourist attraction, located near the Watauga County/Caldwell County line just south of Blowing Rock.

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Whether it’s art and history or drawing or even concerts, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will have a little something for everyone this summer.

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Nothing says summer in the High Country like the friendly yet forceful train whistle blasting out its notice at Tweetsie Railroad. You can hear the whistle from Boone to Blowing Rock, from Valle Crucis to Triplett, all summer long.

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Renovating a space that is over 90 years old isn’t easy. But that’s what Fulton and Denise Lovin have been doing the last several months in what will become the Horton Hotel in downtown Boone.

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No matter who you are, when you’re in the High Country, winter has something in store for you.

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ELK PARK — It’s a tragic story that’s been told far too many times in Avery County. A visitor to Elk River Falls arrives for a day of fun and swimming at one of the area’s most majestic waterfalls, and leaves in an ambulance, a helicopter or, worse yet, a body bag.

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Welcome to your High Country autumn! Sure, there’s leaf-looking, but it’s much more than that. A trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains is a veritable getaway, an escape to nature that area residents are lucky enough to call home. The towns and communities that make up the High Country are diverse…

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BLOWING ROCK — The town of Blowing Rock has been awarded $2 million from the Eastern Federal Lands Access Program to construct a 1.3-mile segment of the Middle Fork Greenway across town and National Park Service property.

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ZIONVILLE — The skies of Watauga County will be dotted with hang gliders and paragliders for a week as the Tater Hill Open returns for its 12th year.

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For almost 30 years, between 1934 and 1972, the Ashe County fresco churches were without a rector and subject to declining infrastructure according to Doug Worsham, co-chairman of the Fresco Docent Outreach.

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George Gershwin’s famous lyrics, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” set a laid back tone for the season. Similarly, the Music on the Lawn series at the Inn at Ragged Gardens in Blowing Rock creates a relaxed atmosphere for the beginning of summer weekends.

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Craft demonstrations by members of Southern Highland Craft Guild will take place on the front porch of Flat Top Manor on the Cone Manor Estate. The demonstrations are free and open to the public.

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There are many, many reasons while Milepost 294 is among the most popular destinations on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. First and foremost is Flat Top Manor, also known as Moses Cone Manor, the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone.

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There are milestones and then there are milestones. Tweetsie Railroad is celebrating two very significant birthdays this year: the 60th anniversary of North Carolina’s first theme park and the centennial of Tweetsie’s engine #12.

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Welcome to your High Country vacation! But it’s more than that. A trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains is a veritable getaway, an escape to nature that area residents are lucky enough to call home. The towns and communities that make up the High Country are diverse and quaint, vibrant and pictur…

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Baseball is a summer tradition in America. Culturally speaking, this summer the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum has all its bases covered.

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NEWLAND — For those who haven’t paid a visit to the Avery County Historical Museum lately, the month of May has seen some impressive changes at the site as the museum has rolled out two exciting new exhibits on military history and tourism in Avery County. Visiting with Museum Chair Tense Ba…

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Spend any time at all on the High Country’s mountain roads, and it soon becomes apparent that driving during snow season calls for caution, patience and extra time.

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Fresh morning dew, early birds catching worms and groups of four teeing up for a relaxing 18 holes on the links — welcome to golfing in the High Country of North Carolina.

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There may be music festivals with bigger acts than the annual Blowing Rock Music Festival, but there are none with a better view.

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While many of the High Country’s music offerings are curtailed by the coming winter, the best mountain music has to offer can still be heard — no matter the temperature — at Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music concert series.

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Imagine a world where the laws of gravity have been repealed. Balls roll uphill. Water flows wherever it will. And short people are all of a sudden as tall as their taller friends.

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No matter who you are, fall in the High Country has something for you.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The town of West Jefferson will be getting a burst of Christmas spirit this month as new decorations are going up and traditional events are being held.

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Nothing says nighttime in the mountains in the fall like a trip to Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train and Halloween Festival.

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If there ever was a town that loved Christmas, it is Blowing Rock. The village loves Christmas so much that it can hardly wait for Thanksgiving to be over before it starts celebrating it.

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During the week of April 29, 2015, highly skilled sawyers from across the Blue Ridge Parkway will meet in Blowing Rock and conduct intensive vista restoration work near Milepost 300 near Grandfather Mountain. The project is sponsored by FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway as part of their Park…

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With a thriving arts district and Christmas trees galore, West Jefferson makes its mark on the High Country as a destination for locals, as well as visitors.

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