The High Country offers four complete seasons with cool summers, glorious colorful falls, ski resorts, challenging mountain golf courses, and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. The quality of life here can be energetic, culturally rich, or simply tranquil depending on what you seek. Activities range from hiking, golf, shopping, and top rated dining. The rich mountain heritage and culture is enhanced by a vibrant fine and performing arts community that offers a wide variety of events and festivals. Browse through our blog to learn more about local happenings!
Here are just a few accolades for our area:
• Forbes named us one of the BEST places to retire in 2018. Check us out on the list here.
• Blowing Rock named prettiest small town in NC, prettiest winter town, and one of the nicest main streets in the US.
• Boone voted #2 top place to retire 2012 by US News and World RBoone (home to Appalachian State University) voted one of America's best college towns.
• Boone in the final 8 for best towns 2015 in Outside Magazine contest.
Located in the Northwest corner of North Carolina, the High Country is home to the highest elevations in the Eastern United States. The best ranked small towns in North Carolina are located here, the towns and villages include Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, Valle Crucis, West Jefferson, and Linville.
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