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July 12, 2017

Great Hikes in the NC High Country

The High Country is home to some of the best hikes on the east coast.  Many trails can be accessed from the Blue Ridge parkway, where the scenery is unparalleled.  Take a short hike around Price Lake, or enjoy an overnight camping trip in the Linville Gorge.  There is a hike for almost everyone, from novice to expert.  Below are a few of the most popular hikes that are located in the High Country.

Bass Lake Hike - A classic, handicapped-accessible hike around Bass Lake, with views of Moses Cone Manor.  This short .8 mile loop can be extended. By walking up to Moses Cone Manor and taking other side routes.

beacon heightsBeacon Heights - Beacon Heights is famed for its spectacular long-range views of Table Rock, Hawksbill, Grandmother Mountain, and Grandfather Mountain.  A short hike through the woods leads you to a large quartz rock outcrop.  It feels like your on the edge of the world.  Very popular spot to view sunrises and sunsets.

Beech Mountain Hikes - Beech Mountain has over 30 miles of town maintained hiking trails in the Highest Town on the East Coast. Take an easy stroll through in-town woods with the family, or test yourself on longer trails that leads to waterfalls and scenic vistas.  You’ll see wildlife, waterfalls, picturesque lakes, and panoramas showcasing the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina.

Elk Knob State Park - Elk Knob is one of a handful of geologically unique amphibolite peaks that rise north of Boone. Great hiking and great views are the draw. Bring a picnic, for the summit, or the picnic area. The stunted, wildly wind-gnarled summit covering of beech and other northern hardwood trees permit views in many directions.

Glen Burney Falls - Take the Glen Burney Trail from the quaint village streets of Blowing Rock and you suddenly find yourself in amidst waterfalls of remarkable beauty.  Easily accessible from downtown Blowing Rock.

Grandfather Mountain State Park - There are easy lower elevation hikes on this famous mountain, but the serious hikers choose Grandfather Mountain for the rugged, alpine-like scenery on the high peaks.  One of the most popular trails, the Profile Trail, awards hikers with varied terrain and unique rock outcrops.  

Linville FallsLinville Falls - A variety of easy to moderately strenous hikes lead to views of Linville Falls, the Blue Ridge Parkway's biggest cascade.  Enjoy several differing vantage points of this 90 foot waterfall.

Linville Gorge - As one of the deepest gorges on the East Coast, the Linville Gorge is considered to be the "Grand Canyon of the East".  Hikes lead you to the summits of Hawksbill and Table Rock, as well as down to the river.  With 40 miles of hiking trails, there is always something new to see.

Price Lake & Julian Price Park - Price Lake is a memorable lakeshore walk around a High Country "golden pond." Many hikes leave from Price Lake Campground -easily one of the premier places on the Parkway to set up a tent.

Roan Mountain / Appalachian Trail - At over 6,000 feet in elevation, Roan Mountain is home to the largest natural rhododenron gardens in the world.  The Appalachian Trail passes over Roan Mountain, and is easily accessible at Carver's Gap.  In winter, deep snow piles up for cross country skiing and snowshoeing

rough ridgeRough Ridge - A very popular well maintained trail follows up Grandfather Mountain to spectacular views of the Linn Cove Viaduct and Blue Ridge Parkway.  Enjoy some sunshine on one of the many rock outcrops.  Continue on the Tanawha Trail all the way to the Viaduct for a longer hike.

Research shows that hiking can make you healthier and happier.  Time in the outdoors is also a great activity for children.  Those lucky to call the High Country home have great opportunities to explore the outdoors.  Looking to move to the High Country, or purchase a vacation home?  Click here to search for properties near all of the great hikes that we have to offer.

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June 21, 2017

High Country Events & Happenings - Summer 2017

There is always an abundance of events in the NC High Country.  Here is a sampling of things to enjoy living in the area.  

Click on each title to learn more about each event.

Singing on the Mountain, Linville - June 26

The "Singing" is a day-long gathering held outdoors in MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Music begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day, with a break around 1 p.m. for the sermon. Many families bring lawn chairs and picnics and make a day of seeing old friends and enjoying performances by top Southern gospel groups.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Linville - July 6-9

The 62nd Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and gathering of the Scottish clans feature Scottish athletes, dances, bagpipe parades, Celtic music and food and craft vendors.  The games are held at the base of Grandfather Mountain in Linville, North Carolina.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are filled with competition in heavy-weight Scottish athletic events; highland dancing competition; bagpipe band parades; piping, drumming and harp competitions; sheep herding demonstrations by Scottish border collies and concerts featuring a wide variety of Celtic music. 

Appalachian Summer Festival, Boone - Month of July

Presented by Appalachian State University's Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this renowned annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. 

Christmas in July, West Jefferson- July 1

The festival features many Christmas crafts, a tree baling competition...and a chance to visit with Santa Claus. Some people say it is never too early to start your Christmas shopping!  This festival truly has something for everyone.   You can do a little early Christmas shopping,  listen to some great local mountain music, eat festival food (including the BEST homemade ice cream!) or grab something fresh from the farmers market.  There is plenty to entertain kids, including street performers, a giant puppet parade and children's activities.

Town of Boone 4th of July Celebrations - July 4

The July 4th Celebrations in Boone are always a good time and plenty of summer fun. The parade will travel down King Street in Downtown Boone and will conclude at Poplar Grove Extension. Take a spot on King Street to watch the parade go by and then check out the evening festivities at Clawson/Burnley Park off of Hunting Hills Lane starting at 7:00 pm with family activities and fireworks by Zambelli at 9:30 pm.

Symphony by the Lake, Blowing Rock - July 28

Experience a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, at what many consider to be the 'event of the year'. Take your seat on the grass by Chetola Lake, under the evening sky. Bring a picnic to enjoy with friends and family, or purchase meals from caterers at the event. The performance ends with a spectacular fireworks show.

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show - August 1-6

The 92nd annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country- a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923! Enjoy the Saddlebred, Hunter-Jumper I, and Hunter-Jumper II division shows each year. View the spectacle and excitement of amateur and high-performance competitors. The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is a US Equestrian Federation Heritage Competition.

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June 21, 2017

NC High Country Market Real Estate Update - June 2017

Sales remain strong

After last year’s record-breaking volume, our NC Mountain market remains strong with a 9.3% volume gain, driven by modest price increases.

GROWTH AREAS:

  • Blowing Rock continues to be the standout town in this area, with a 36% increase in homes sold and an even larger increase in volume from sales at higher price points.
  • The luxury market (homes $750K and above) is off to a stronger start in the first half of the year and is a driver of market growth.  There continues to be a huge inventory in the luxury segment, making this area attractive for high end buyers.
  • There has been a surprising uptick in Condo sales in 2017, with the number of condos sold increasing by 34.5%. Currently there is very little inventory of student condos around the Appalachian State University area.

 

INVENTORY:  

As a primarily second home/resort area without large industry, we are not facing the chronic inventory shortages seen throughout most US markets. This gives buyers a little ‘breathing room’ in making plans to visit homes.  However, homes in key desirable segments (e.g. mountain homes with big views under $450K) are moving quickly, sometimes with multiple offers. 

From a seller’s standpoint, pricing right from the beginning is key to having your home considered by increasingly savvy buyers. Because there is a larger inventory, having a compelling listing with excellent photography showing off all attributes of the home is very important. Buyers want to fully understand the home through the listing before they visit.

Contact Leslie Eason, leason@boone.net to learn more about the NC High Country Real Estate Market

Posted in Real Estate Update
June 13, 2017

High Country Family Friendly Attractions

High Country FOCUS: Family Friendly Attractions

The High Country is one of the most family friendly areas in North Carolina, with people flocking to the area 4 seasons a year to enjoy time with loved ones. Whether you're visiting with children, or are a child at heart, these great area attractions will provide great memories for years to come. Click on the titles for more information.

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Experience art and discover history at BRAHM. Located in downtown Blowing Rock, the Museum features year-round exhibits, cultural programs, art, workshops, lectures and is home to the annual Art Antiques Show. Current exhibitions are Romantic Spirits, 19th century paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection; The Sculptor's Voice; and The Picture Man, photographs by Paul Buchanan.

Grandfather Mountain

Anyone who visits Grandfather Mountain discovers a place that inspires awe through natural wonders. You'll never experience the same mountain twice: today you might come face-to-face with an owl, another day you may see rare wildflowers in bloom. There's nowhere else on Earth that you can enjoy such a variety of mountain life in one amazing place.

High Gravity Adventures

High Gravity Adventures is an aerial adventure park with a high ropes course, a Three-Person Giant Swing, and in summer 2017 a zip line canopy tour with a 70 ft free-fall.  The aerial courses (one geared towards younger children and one geared towards adults and young adults) have over 75 aerial elements that guests will climb, balance, and swing through from heights of 15 to 50 feet. 

Linville Caverns

NC's only show caverns. Entertaining and informative guided tours take visitors along a level walk to see "inside" Humpback Mountain. Affordable family fun that features amazing mineral color, unique formations, an underground stream with native trout, the "Bottomless Pool" and a peek into total darkness.

Tweetsie Railroad

Even in today's high-tech world, there's still a place for old-fashioned fun. As the Carolinas' original family theme park, Tweetsie Railroad is a unique attraction that allows children and families to explore their imaginations and a whole lot more. Tweetsie has amusement rides for all ages and live entertainment throughout the park. And of course, hop aboard our historic steam locomotive for a fun-filled 3-mile Wild West journey through the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Blowing Rock

The Blowing Rock is an immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level, overhanging Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below. The phenomenon is so called because the rocky walls of the gorge form a flume through which the northwest wind sweeps with such force that it returns light objects cast over the void. The current of air flowing upward from The Rock prompted the Ripley's "Believe-It-Or-Not" cartoon about "the only place in the world where snow falls upside down." Visible from "The Rock" down the gorge to the southwest are Hawksbill Mountain and Table Rock. 

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May 31, 2017

201 Rocky Glen Ln Blowing Rock NC 28605

Gorgeous GREEN Built Luxury Home in Beautiful Blowing Rock, NC

 

201 Rocky Glen Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Price: $749,000

MLS Number: 200878

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3 Full/ 1 Half

Square Footage: 2,408 Sq. Ft.

Lot Size:  .62 Acres

Year Built: 2008

Energy Star 5 star plus rated home, built to exceed the highest standards. This lovely home sits in a delightful small enclave in the town of Blowing Rock on a beautiful flat lot. The home exudes mountain comfort, with a two story stone fireplace, open design and flow from the living to kitchen to den to sunroom. Three fireplaces grace this home: living room, den and master bedroom.

Comfort is enhanced with efficient radiant water floor heating through the first floor with water radiant baseboards in the second floor. There are additionally two heat pumps. R factor is increased with spray foam insulation. High ceilings and natural light throughout. Large master with inviting bath is on the first floor with its own patio and hot tub outside. Upstairs is a large loft area and two bedrooms with their own baths, as well as lots of storage.

Outside is a rocking chair front porch, gorgeous large gazebo, enclosed garden patio with raised beds. There is more! The oversized 2 car garage has a huge 624 s.f. area above just waiting to be finished. Large circular drive with plenty of parking.  Visit today to see what premium construction is all about.

This amazing home is located in Blowing Rock, NC, voted one of the prettiest small towns in America.  Near great High Country attractions, including Appalachian State University, Tweetsie Railroad, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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May 22, 2017

285 Fox Cove S, Boone, NC 28607

Remarkable Log Home Centrally Located in the High Country of NC

285 Fox Cove South, Boone, NC 28607

Price: $425,000

MLS Number: 200667

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3 Full/ 1 Half

Square Footage: 2,059 Sq. Ft.

Lot Size:  1.3 Acres

684 sq. ft. Living area above garage

Year Built: 1994

Remarkable log home in a beautiful open wooded setting, centrally located in Foscoe. This home offers far more than the square footage indicates. This newly painted impeccably maintained home features an open design with a 2 story living room and a kitchen made for cooking.

Large inviting master on the main floor opening to a deck. Large covered front and side porch plus an incredible living/entertaining space between the home and the garage, complete with a high roofed covered hot tub area. Look out into the 'cathedral,' a lovely stand of trees on the property providing a wonderful setting for relaxing.

Not included in the square foot total is an almost 700 s.f. living area with full bath above the garage, previously used as an in law apartment. This living area has an efficient split mini HVAC unit. Full fiber optics run to the home for internet and TV services. Short term rentals are permitted and this would make an excellent rental property. Plenty of parking. Come and enjoy this special property today!

Home is centrally located near Golf, Dining, Appalachian State University, Fly-fishing, and many other area attractions. Centrally located near Boone and Blowing Rock, NC.

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May 16, 2017

142 Birch, Boone, NC 28607

Artful Contemporary Mountain Home 

142 Birch, Hound Ears Club

Price: $498,000

MLS Number: 200793 

Bedrooms: 3+

Bathrooms: 4 Full/ 1 Half

Square Footage: 3,544 Sq. Ft.

Lot Size:  .64 Acres

Year Built: 1974

Welcome to your newly renovated post modern space in the Mountains of NC. Enter to a dramatic yet cool great room with soaring fireplace on one side & built in entertainment center on the other. This flows smartly to the massive chefs kitchen with commercial sink, appliances & counters with coffee bar at the far end. Dining area features built-ins with wine cooler. Wide deck off dining area easily accommodates for entertaining with an outdoor cook area and motorized awning. First floor continues with a fun theater room and full bath.

Every bedroom is a full suite with bath & 2 have adjoining sitting rooms. Highlights include a freestanding soaker tub, porcelain tile, rain shower heads, huge master walk-through closet. Owners have replaced almost all fixtures, vanities, floors throughout the home. List available. Great attic & storage spaces in home.

The .64 acre double lot provides privacy, ample parking with a circular driveway, side terrace sitting area & yard. Tucked away in the gated community of Hound Ears, a renowned country club offering a variety of memberships separate from home purchase. Membership NOT required. Home offered below May 2017 appraisal of $580,000.

Near Golf, Dining, Appalachian State University, Fly-fishing. Centrally located near Boone and Blowing Rock, NC.

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May 9, 2017

Roan Mountain Rhododendron Bloom

Few plants signify “summer” in the mountains quite like the vivid pink Catawba rhododendron, and the NC High Country is center stage for the spectacular annual show.  Low elevations start to show this beautiful pink flower in May, while higher elevations with the largest natural gardens will start to show color in mid-late June.

Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival

June 1947 saw the first of the Rhododendron Festivals, conceived and carried out by the Roan Mountain Citizens Club as a two-day celebration to memorialize and perpetuate the most gorgeous display of natural beauty on the North American continent. This festival has continued uninterrupted for over sixty years.

The festival is held the third weekend of June. Originally the festival was held at the top of Roan Mountain.

In recent years the festival is held in Roan Mountain State Park, located at the foot of Roan Mountain and features handmade crafts, food, and a variety of traditional music, plus an array of old-time folkway demonstrations.

After checking out the crafts, vendors, and live music, make you way to the top of Roan Mountain state park to view the LARGEST NATURAL RHODODENDRON GARDEN IN THE WORLD.  Have your camera ready and revel in the gorgeous scenery as you walk concrete and dirt paths which wind through the gardens.

Other Native Flowers Blooming

While the Catawba rhododendron is the leading act, the mountain laurel and flame azalea are also beginning to join the procession of shrubs blooming on in the High Country. Visitors also will be able to see the white to creamy-pink flowers of the rosebay rhododendron in late June and into July.

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May 3, 2017

3760/3910 Bald Mountain Road: West Jefferson Mountain Estate

4 Bed 4 Bath Custom Home: Property Also Offered With Equestrian Facility

3910 Bald Mountain Road

Price: $1,200,000

MLS Number: 39206010 

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4 Full/ 2 Half

Square Footage: 7,906 Sq. Ft.

Lot Size:  9.3 Acres

Year Built: 2002

3760 Bald Mountain Road: Including Additional Acreage and Luxury Barn - 

Price: $1,600,000

MLS Number: 39206004

Lot Size: 23.31 Acres

Contact Leslie Eason for more information and to schedule a showing - 828-406-0828 or LEason@Boone.net.

Incredible estate on 23 park like acres with equestrian facilities. Beautiful custom home with 4 bedrooms and guest quarters on 9.3 acres AND gorgeous large barn with living area on top on 14 acres. Room for 3 families. Home main floor features huge gourmet kitchen, impressive first floor master suite, tiled sunroom, huge 2 story living room looking up to 2nd story lofted library. 

Grounds features: multiple boarded fenced pastures, orchard with fruit trees, stocked trout pond, springs, mountainside wine cellar, in ground bbq, access to trails, run in stalls, outbuildings. Two gated entrances. Views of Bluff Mountain.

The home is located in West Jefferson, just 20 miles from Boone and Appalachian State University. 

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April 9, 2017

NC High Country FOCUS: Wine & Local Food Scene

The High Country, including Boone and Blowing Rock, has a flourishing food and wine scene, with exquisite restaurants, farm to table options, and great wineries and breweries to explore.

Kick off the season with the Savor Wine and Food Festival in Blowing Rock April 20-23, 2017.  Enjoy wine tastings, seminars, cooking classes, pairing dinners and entertainment! Grand Tasting event downtown, plus satellite tents for more fun around town.

Area Wineries

Recently recognized as one of North Carolina's American Viticulture Areas, the High Country is specifically known for its topography and climate, producing grapes unique to the High Country.  The three main area wineries are Grandfather Vineyards, Banner Elk Winery, and Linville Falls Winery.  All have unique offering of wines produced from grapes in the area.  Most are open daily in the afternoon for tastings and tours in the summer on weekends.  Click on the titles for more information.

Banner Elk Winery

in Banner Elk features some of the highest vineyards in the Eastern United States. The vineyards are located on Beech Mountain, which dominates the lovely view from the winery and Inn. Banner Elk Winery is the first commercial winery built in the area, debuting in 2006. 

Grandfather Vineyards

Take a seat and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rushing water. The tasting room has a lovely rustic charm, with friendly folks ready to tell you about the unique wines produced at the winery. Enjoy wines like "Terraced Gold" and "Big Boulder Red" on the spacious patio or by the water's edge.

Linville Falls Winery

Family owned and operated, the winery is an elegant attraction that's easy to find right off Highway 221 in Linville. Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon are the staple grapes, and blueberries and raspberries are also produced on the 40 acre farm.

Local Restaurants & Farm to Table

Soon, visitors to the High Country will have a local food map guide to help them make culinary decisions throughout the area.  

Neck of the Woods, a seven-county interactive and print map of local food, brew, and farm-to-table options, is in the final stages of development.  The website,  www.neckofthewoodsnc.com, already lists culinary businesses such as craft breweries, distilleries, farm tours, you-pick farms, farm-to-table dining, farmers markets, vineyards and wineries.  

Artisanal

Artisanal means "hand crafted." All recipes are made from scratch and all food prepared in-house. Chef Bill Greene, an Avery County native, made his way back home after cooking in famous restaurants like LeCirque in NY. Dine in rustic elegance. The main room overlooking the open kitchen or creekside on our beautiful terrace or in the rustic lounge. Reserve the wine room/private dining for your next social event. Open May 1st-Nov 1st.

Over Yonder

Over Yonder is the latest initiative by the owners of the award-winning historic Mast Farm Inn and Chef Andrew Long, now also a partner at The Mast Farm Inn. Chef Andrew Long has for years created a following of enthusiastic diners in The High Country, Over Yonder is a new restaurant that tells the story of historic Appalachian cuisine in a picturesque setting atop the rolling hills and peaks of Valle Crucis, across from the Original Mast General Store.

Rowlands at Westglow

Experience world-class culinary fare in a historic mansion, where the elegance of fine dining can be rediscovered amid gracious hospitality and the comfort of home. Mountain views and romantic fireside dining create a magical setting where you can enjoy the flavors of new American cuisine prepared with a flare of Southern sensibility. Rowland's features an indulgent dinner menu with an array of eclectic dishes including fresh seafood, prime steaks and savory game meats. There is also a delicious gourmet spa dinner menu for the health conscious. On the wine list, you will find bottles from all over the world, including rare wines and some little-known gems from North Carolina vineyards. Find out why Katherine Stefan of Charlotte Taste Magazine writes "no trip to Blowing Rock is complete for foodies" without a meal at Rowland's.Open nightly to the public for dinner.

The Gamekeeper

Located between Boone and Blowing Rock NC, the Gamekeeper is well known for interesting and delicious interpretations of Southern classics. The menu changes seasonally blending the traditional with the exotic, satisfying both meat and veggie lovers. Quality and care is evident in all we produce. The freshest of local ingredients and humanely farm raised meats are served.  A AAA 4 Diamond restaurant, Gamekeeper has been named one of the 50 Best Steakhouses in America on MSN Lifestyle's website. 

This is just a sampling of the many restaurant and food that the High Country has to offer.  For more information, visit the Boone area tourism agency by clicking here.

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