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Oct. 24, 2019

Local Market Report October 2019

 

STRONG MARKET: Year to date, our three county area has seen a growth in sales volume of 19.2% versus the same period in 2018. This has been fueled by four factors:

 

  • Historically low interest rates,
  • A strong economy allowing more people to purchase second homes
  • Growth in sales of higher priced homes
  • increased popularity and awareness of the High Country Area

 

Overall unit sales growth is +7.0%

 

PRICING: Median sales price across the area has increased by a healthy 6.1% in 2019 to $248,000. Average sales price has been driven up by 11.3% to $317,310, primarily due to strong sales in the higher-end market.

 

Pricing in our main three towns of Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk has increased more significantly, by 10.3% to $320,000, with an average price of $400,270 year to date.



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INVENTORY AND TIME ON MARKET: In general our market is experiencing a slight tightening of inventory. Number of new listings to date has grown, but not as much as unit sales growth. Certain segments such as log homes with views and student condos are tighter.

 

The tightening of inventory is evidenced by the lowest levels of time on market on record with a median of 86 days and 142 days on average. This number includes time under contract. Being primarily a second home and resort market, we have slightly longer days on market than in larger cities where there is large industry and required relocations. 

 

LUXURY MARKET ($750K+): Our luxury market is experiencing significant growth, up 85.1% in sales volume and + 65.5% in unit volume year to date. This has been great news for sellers. For buyers, this market presents excellent opportunity for several reasons:

 

  • Inventory is still very high in this segment. While 96 homes have sold through the end of September, there are still 274 on the market. The homes that are selling are those where the seller is willing to price more competitively.
  • Time on market is longer at 165 median days and 225 average days on market.
  • Most sellers of higher end homes have more invested in the home than the market value. Additionally, it is far less expensive to buy an existing home than the to build overall, particularly in this higher end segment. This creates value for the buyer.



CONTACT US If you would like detailed market data for a specific town or neighborhood in our area, please let us know! 828-406-0828, Leslie@easonteam.comwww.MountainHomesNC.com

 

*Data is for the three county area of Ashe, Avery and Watauga Counties


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Sept. 25, 2019

High Country Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

The High Country is the perfect place for fall festivities! Check out a few of our favorite pumpkin patches, corn mazes and farms to explore on a crisp fall day.

 

 

Harvest Farm

Valle Crucis

Pick a pumpkin, take a hay ride, and get lost in the 7 acre corn maze at Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Located next to Original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, Harvest Farm is open September - October Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bring your own flashlight and explore the Flashlight Maze, open at dusk on Saturday, October 19th and October 26th. 

New River Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Deep Gap
Get lost in the maze, stroll along the New River and enjoy the beautiful fall colors and cool mountain air at the historic Brown Family Farm. Enjoy a tram ride around the farm and pick your perfect pumpkin from an array of varieties.

Ashe County Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
West Jefferson
The Ashe County Corn Maze has quickly become a fall family tradition! Take on the 5 acre corn maze and pick your own pumpkin right off the vine from the pumpkin lot. There's also additional activities for all ages, including Knockerball, corn hole, face painting and more. You can also enjoy concessions and live music. The Ashe County Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is open September 27th - October 27th.

Apple Hill Farm
Banner Elk
This working alpaca farm offers public tours that allow you to get up close with their alpacas, llamas, goats and donkeys! Tours are offered daily at 2pm and Saturdays at 11 am and 2 pm through mid October.

 

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Sept. 11, 2019

High Country Fall Events

Fall is upon us here in the NC High Country! Known for our spectacular fall colors, we also offer lots of fun activities and festivals. Check out some of our favorite fall events! 

Ghost Train

September 20th - October 26th, 2019
Tweetsie Railroad

Head to Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock for frightfully entertaining Halloween attractions, including a chilly journey through the night on the Ghost Train. It's safe, scary fun for the whole family!

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival

October 5th, 2019
Downtown Wilkesboro 

On the first Saturday of October, the streets of Downtown North Wilkesboro will be filled with arts, crafts, food concessions, music stages, and of course- apples! The festival is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. 

Leaf Lookers Hayride

October 5th, 2019 12pm
Beech Mountain Rec Center

Bring the whole family to Buckeye Recreation Center in Beech Mountain for the annual Leaf Lookers Hayride! Make apple cider, enjoy games and Fall oriented activities and a great hayride through the trees. 

Fall Black Light Mine Tours

October 5th - October 19th (Saturdays)
Emerald Village, Little Switzerland, NC

Emerald Village offers night-time underground mine tours that unlock vibrant hidden colors that can be seen only under ultraviolet light. The brilliant coatings in the Bon-Ami Mine are largely deposits of Hyalite Opal, a true form of opal found in the area. Under the black light, these coatings glow a vivid lime green. The effect, underground at night, is stunning! Check out this unique experience on one of the first three Saturdays of October.

Todd New River Fall Festival

October 12th, 2019 9am-5pm
Cook Memorial Park in Todd, NC

The Todd New River Fall Festival features live music, raffle drawings, crafts, food and fun all day with children's activities and face painting!

Oktoberfest

October 12th - October 13th, 2019
Sugar Mountain Resort, NC

Enjoy beautiful Fall foliage, cool mountain temperatures and a weekend full of festival activities! Oktoberfest features fun for the whole family, including arts and crafts, live music, food and drinks, and a costume contest!

The Valle Country Fair

October 19th
Valle Crucis Conference Center Grounds

Valle Crucis is one of the most picturesque valleys in the North Carolina mountains at the peak of the Fall color season. The Valle Country Fair is an authentic harvest-season community celebration, featuring hand-made crafts, home-cooked food and mountain music. 

Woolly Worm Festival

October 19th and 20th
Banner Elk, NC

Since 1978 the residents Banner Elk, the village nestled between the Carolina's largest ski resorts, have celebrated the coming of the snow season with a Woolly Worm Festival. Every third weekend in October is set aside to honor a woolly worm race that will predict the severity of the coming winter. The festival also features crafts, food vendors, live entertainment and much more. 

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

October 26th
Blowing Rock, NC

Halloween fun for the whole family that's free and open to the public! Head to downtown Blowing Rock for creepy crafts, air walks in Memorial Park, games and a fun house at the recreation center and hay rides through Blowing Rock. The Monster March parade will be at 5:45 and trick-or-treating will start at 6pm, followed by a costume contest.

Boone Boo!

October 30th
The Jones House

Every Halloween, the Town of Boone hosts this popular family event in downtown Boone for kids of all ages. Games, arts and crafts are offered at the Watauga Public Library. A spooky tour of the Jones House features tricks and treats around every corner. Trick-or-treating with downtown merchants will be from 5:00 - 6:00 PM. Don't miss this afternoon filled with fun in downtown Boone!

 

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Sept. 9, 2019

High Country Fall Color

As the High Country segues from summer to fall, vibrant autumnal colors start to sweep through the mountains. The High Country of North Carolina offers beautiful fall foliage and one of the longest autumn color seasons in the country. We’ve put together a guide to help you track the foliage peak times, along with a few of our favorite leaf peeping destinations.

 

Peak Color Forecast

The Blue Ridge Mountains offer prime fall colors for more than a month. Leaf color predictions are based on elevation. Fall colors begin at the highest elevations in early October and work  their way down to the lower elevations in early November. Below is a list and a map that highlights the best places to see the fall color week by week.


Last Week of September- 6,000 Elevation (Mt Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain)

1st Week of October- 5,000 Elevation (Beech Mountain, Rough Ridge Trail MP 302.9)

2nd Week of October- 4,000 Elevation (Banner Elk, Jumpingoff Rocks Trail MP 260.3) 

3rd Week of October- 3,000 Elevation (Boone, Blowing Rock, West Jefferson, Price Lake)

4th Week of October- 2,000 Elevation (Wilkesboro, Stone Mountain State Park, Yadkin Valley Overlook MP 289.8)

 

 

ASU Fall Color Guy

Use this helpful resource to check out the weekly fall color reports, written by Appalachian State University’s Department of Biology.

 

Favorite Places for Fall Color

Take a drive, a relaxing walk or a hike to some of our favorite destinations, offering some of the best views of the gorgeous fall scenery.

 

Price Lake

Price Lake is a popular Parkway destination that offers hiking, fishing, canoeing and picnicking. The lake is exceptionally beautiful during the fall when the vibrant colors are reflected on the lake.

 

Grandfather Mountain

This iconic destination offers stunning views, especially during the fall season. Along with the incredible views, you can also take a walk on the mile high swinging bridge, visit the zoo and explore the hiking trails. You can also check out their daily photos of Fall color

 

 

Rough Ridge Overlook

This popular uphill hike offers some of the best long range views of the Blue Ridge Parkway, including views of the nearby Linn Cove Viaduct, Grandfather Mountain and Linville Gorge. 


 

Linn Cove Viaduct

Take a drive on this engineering marvel that hugs the face of Grandfather Mountain and enjoy the brilliant fall color. 

 

Linville Falls

Linville Falls offers gorgeous waterfalls and stunning views, with multiple overlooks and views of the 45-foot tall waterfall. 

 


 

Fall is the most beautiful time of year in the NC High Country and the perfect time to visit!

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Aug. 20, 2019

High Country Beer Fest

The 12th Annual High Country Beer Fest is THIS Saturday!

 

This Saturday, hundreds will pour into High Country Fairgrounds for a bustling mountain festival unlike all others. For the 12th year in a row, the High Country Beer Fest will showcase unique and favorite brews from near and far, while benefiting student research and local nonprofits, and teaching beer-lovers about the fermentation process.

 

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What to Expect:

 

Beer

This year, North Carolina breweries from Boone, Asheville, Charlotte, Winston Salem, and many towns in between will be represented. California, Colorado, Texas, and Florida brewers also make an appearance. In total, 64 breweries will be in attendance of this year’s much-anticipated festival. Don’t just drink the beer, learn about how it’s made, too! This year’s festival will feature seminars on fermentation, a critical process in producing the alcoholic part of your favorite tasty brew!

 

Food

You won’t leave hungry - with over 15 food vendors, you’ll have every opportunity to satiate your salty and sweet cravings. Chow down on a Wild Game Burger from local favorite, The Cardinal Burger Wagon, or indulge in an ice-cream- best-cookie-you’ve-ever-eaten sandwich from Blue Deer Cookie (I recommend the double chocolate cookie with lemon crunch ice cream!). Don’t forget to purchase your pretzel necklace - salty, stylish, and good for the community - as proceeds go to local nonprofits! 

 

Entertainment

In between sipping brews from across the country and indulging in tasty bites, kick back and enjoy festive live music, featuring local Americana singer-songwriter Shay Martin Lovette, rock-n-roll band Naked Gods, and the alt/country group Crenshaw Pentecostal. There will also be a slew of lawn games to enjoy, including favorites like cornhole and darts. 

 

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About

The High Country Beer Fest began in 2007, when local homebrewers and a few Chemistry professors at Appalachian State University sought to encourage the growing craft-beer movement in Boone while fostering inclusive community. Proceeds from the festival fund research grants for Fermentation Science students at Appalachian State University and support local nonprofits. A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit F.A.R.M cafe, a pay-what-you-can restaurant that has served the Boone community since 2011.

 

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online, or at Peabody’s in Boone (without the online fees!). Get in an hour early and enjoy shorter lines with the VIP Experience for $80. General tickets are also a pretty sweet deal, at only $40. 

 

 

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May 14, 2019

Summer Events in the High Country

MUSIC!!  OUTDOORS!!  FUN!!!

We are never in a shortage of things to do here in the High Country of NC.  In addition to the events below there are Farmer's Markets, Hikes, Spas and More.  If you are planning a visit, we at the Leslie Eason Real Estate Team are happy to give you a view of the Real Estate Market while you are here.

 

4th of July Events:

 

Boone 4th of July Parade
July 4

The annual Downtown Boone 4th of July Parade will travel east on King Street, starting at the intersection with Poplar Grove Extension and ending at Legends. Following the parade, the Town of Boone continues the celebration with free cookies and refreshments on the lawn of the Jones House.

 


 

Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie
July 4
Enjoy one of the most popular summer events in the mountains. Head to Tweetsie Railroad for a spectacular fireworks show, starting at 9:30pm.

 

Blowing Rock 4th of July Weekend

July 5 - July 7

Join the Town of Blowing Rock for their annual festival and small-town parade! Enjoy festivities all weekend long, including free entertainment, music and games. The parade will be Saturday at 2pm.

 

 

Annual Summer Events:

 

Christmas in July

July 6

Visit historic downtown West Jefferson in beautiful Ashe County for their annual Christmas in July Festival. Enjoy arts and craft vendors, live music, great food, street performers and more!

 

 

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

July 11 - July 14th

The 64th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games will be held at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain. Over one hundred Scottish clans and societies sponsor this celebration of Scottish dance, music and athletics.

 

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show

July 23rd - July 28th
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is among the oldest continually operating shows in America, held on grounds inside Moses Cone Memorial Park. Other show dates include July 31 - August 4.

 


 

Symphony by the Lake at Chetola

July 26

The social event of the season is Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. This year's theme is "A Journey of Imagination." Enjoy a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge landscape. Take your seat on the grass by Chetola Lake. Gates open at 5:30 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm. Bring a picnic or savor a catered meal. The grand finale will include fireworks. Click Here to Purchase Tickets

 

 

Ongoing Events:

Grandfather by Night
June 7 - July 26th
Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own naturalist guide! Watch the sunset and experience the mountain as never before! This unique event will be available weekly on Fridays from June through July 26th.

Journey with Dorothy
Select dates in June and July at Beech Mountain's Land Of Oz
Skip down the yellow brick road with Dorothy as your guide during this one-of-a-kind experience! Part of Beech Mountain's Family Fun Month, the Land of Oz offers these special tours June 6th and 7th, June 13th and 14th, June 20th and 21st, June 26th and 28th, and July 5th.

Music in the Valle Series: Valle Crucis
Now - September 26
The Park’s annual concert series kicks off on May 24th. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy regional and local musicians at Valle Crucis Park. Local eats will also be available via a food truck on site.

Concerts in the Park: Blowing Rock
Now - October 5th
This Spring and Summer, enjoy free concerts in downtown Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park. Each concert is family friendly with music ranging from blues and country to pop and rock. All concerts begin at 4pm. Concert dates are: May 25, June 16, July 13, August 10, September 7 and October 5.


Art in the Park: Blowing Rock
Now - October 5
Art in the Park in Blowing Rock will kick off on May 25th. Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, photography, painting and more.

 

Summer Outdoor Concerts on the Jones House Lawn: Boone
Now through August
Enjoy summer concerts on the Jones House Lawn every Friday at 5pm from June through August. Concerts are free and open to the public- just bring a blanket or a lawn chair.

 

Todd Summer Music Series
Starting June 15

Todd Community Preservation Organization presents their 2019 Summer Music Series at Cook Memorial Park. The series will start on June 15th and last through August 10th. The concerts are held on Saturday evenings from 6-8pm. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

 

Movies in the Park: Blowing Rock
Starting June 27

Outdoor movies in Memorial Park on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. Featuring family friendly films that start at dusk (usually around 8:30pm). All movies are on Thursday evenings and are free admission. Just bring a lawn chair and some snacks.

 

 

 

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April 30, 2019

SAVOR Blowing Rock 2019--THIS WEEKEND

Savor Blowing Rock is known as one of the High Country's premier wine and food festivals. The annual celebration of food and drinks is returning to Blowing Rock, and will be held Thursday, May 2nd through Sunday, May 5th.

 

 

The 2019 edition of SAVOR Blowing Rock includes an expanded range of demonstrations, seminars, live music, visual art, and a multitude of events.

Head to North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town for this four day celebration of wine, craft beer, fine cuisine and entertainment. The festival will feature lectures, art classes, cooking classes, karaoke and even a 5k!

The festival features events for everyone! Kick off the weekend with TASTE: A restaurant showcase

 

TASTE! Is a culinary compilation showcasing some of the most loved restaurants of Blowing Rock and the High Country. This year, this event will take place at Chetola Resort. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Chetola Lake with small-plate sized portions of Blowing Rock’s signature dishes. Participating restaurants include Storie Street Grille, Best Cellar, Bistro Roca, the Restaurant at Gideon Ridge, and many more! You can also enjoy live music by Strictly Clean & Decent.

 

 

On Friday, May 3rd, the festival feature events including seminars, wine tastings, Music on the Lawn and more. Friday evening’s events include A Taste of France with Rowland’s Restaurant and the Andrew Murray Wine Dinner at Vidalia.

 

On Saturday, May 4th, the seventh annual Corkscrew and Brew 5K will combine running with beer and wine! The 5k begins at 9am at Chetola Resort. Saturday is also full of other great events, including the Reserve Wine Tasting at the Inn at Ragged Gardens, Vintner’s Village Grand Wine Tasting on Main Street, and more!

 

On Sunday, May 5th, wrap up the celebration with Gospel, Grits and Gravy. Enjoy a down-home southern breakfast featuring live music, biscuits, grits, various artisanal meats, and gravy! This year’s featured musical guest will be Glenn Bolick and Family.

 

Tickets are now available for all of the events. Grab yours fast, before they sell out! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

 

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April 9, 2019

High Country Resorts and Spas

Resorts and Spas in the High Country

The High Country is home to acclaimed resorts and spas that have received national and international awards and recognition. Treat yourself to a  luxurious mountain experience with a visit to one of our lovely resorts.

 

The Art of Living Retreat Center

USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Health and Wellness Resort in America in August 2016.

Perched high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Art of Living Retreat Center and Ayurvedic Spa offers Art of Living Courses and hosts programs taught by spiritual leaders and organizations from across the globe. Individuals are also welcome to go enjoy good company, open space, and peace and quiet. Art of Living Retreat Center offers guided meditation, yoga, philosophy workshops, expert spa treatments, nature walks, group celebrations and ceremonies, and much more. With its uniquely tranquil architecture and beautiful scenery, this is a great place to escape everyday life.


Chetola Resort and Spa

The Spa features a Mission motif with furnishings and décor by Bob Timberlake, Charleston Forge and local artists. The spa offers five treatment rooms (one for couples), a relaxation room, a nail treatment area, and the Swan Bar with complimentary teas and coffees. The Spa features a wide variety of services including massage therapies, facials, nail treatments, cosmetic applications and a hair boutique. Whether you are visiting the resort or you live in the area, Chetola’s goal is to assure you of a wonderfully memorable and exhilarating spa experience.

 

 

The Inn at Crestwood

Located just off the Blueridge Parkway, Crestwood Resort and Spa offers a modern experience with traditional values. This lovely resort has lots to offer like a spa, an excellent restaurant The Table at Crestwood, and the Dawg Star Bar. Crestwood is a great place to book a stay or simply visit in your free time.

 

 

 

Hound Ears Club

Not only is Hound Ears a Luxury Resort, it is also a residential community located on 750 acres, including private homes, tennis courts, 18- hole golf course, heated pool, clubhouse, and restaurant. Hound Ears Resort is a four-star resort with nearly 30 guest rooms- not including the many homes and condos available to rent, with available golf and tennis packages. Located between Boone and Banner Elk, Hound Ears Club is a beautiful property with an excellent view of Grandfather Mountain.

 

The Inn at Yonahlossee

This natural resort is just outside of the town of Blowing Rock and is perfect for family gatherings and couples celebrations. It offers cottages, lodge rooms, condos, townhomes, and private housing. With accommodations like indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a 25-yard indoor swimming pool, two fitness centers and a sauna, there is plenty to do at this mountain resort. Home to one of the best restaurants in the High Country, Game Keeper (4 star), you don’t want to miss out on this resort.

 

Westglow Resort and Spa

Westglow has earned numerous accolades including Travel & Leisure Destination Spa, Conde Nest Traveler, and Spa Finder.

 

At Westglow, you may do as much or as little as you like, but you will find it difficult to do anything but relax. The historic manor house and grounds create an atmosphere of comfort and elegance, where the friendly and expert staff will help you unwind from the worries of the world.If you are looking for a private getaway for leisure, recreation, and/or relaxation, Westglow Resort and Spa is the place for you.  The experienced staff can actively assist their guests with anything related to health-diets, physical activity, and emotional well-being. Located just outside of Blowing Rock, Westglow is a beautiful area to decompress.

 


Willow Valley Resort

Willow Valley Resort has 15 cabins and over 40 condominiums for guests, providing ample space for any group. Amenities include three tennis courts, a year round indoor pool, and a nine hole par-3 golf course. Willow Valley is conveniently  located 10 miles from Blowing Rock, Valle Crucis, Banner Elk, and Boone. No matter the occasion, Willow Valley is central to the most populous towns in the High Country. Book a visit and check out what the High Country of North Carolina has to offer.

 

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March 8, 2019

Vacation Rental Investment Properties: A Large Part of our High Country Market

Are you thinking about buying a second home, but are worried about the expenses? Many buyers decide that they would like a second home they can also rent.

Are you looking for a good Real Estate investment and do not know how to choose?

 

 

A large percentage of our buyers have the same questions and we can help to answer them and navigate the process. Some of the questions we can address are:

  • Which attributes in a home make for the best vacation rentals?
  • Which properties or neighborhoods allow vacation rentals?
  • What kind of ROI or income level can I expect or should I aim for?
  • Should I use a management company or rent it myself through VRBO? What are the pros and cons? Can you recommend management companies?
  • How do I transition rentals already in place when I purchase the property

The Leslie Eason Real Estate team has helped many buyers and sellers in this process. We can help you think through it from beginning to end. We can also let you know when a new property hits the market that would be a great choice.  

 

Even if you or your clients are in the beginning stages, we can give you some guidance as you begin the process. Please do not hesitate to reach out: Leslie@EasonTeam.com, 828-406-0828.

 

VACATION RENTAL SPOTLIGHT:

 This Side of Paris

 

 

Our clients Rina and Shan Norwood purchased a small cabin to update and put in a vacation rental program. Since Rina is one of the premier interior designers in the Charlotte area, the results were fantastic! This stylish gem typically rents for about $90 a night.

 

To see the rental listing, click here

 

To learn more about Rina Norwood, check out her website: https://www.rinanorwooddesign.com/

 

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March 5, 2019

Spring Events in the NC High Country

Even the quietest season of the year in our North Carolina Mountains is filled with activities. The changing of the Seasons is a big deal here, with the prolonged transition from snowy winter to green spring. Take a look at some of the great traditions we have in store.

Boone St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saturday. March 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Boone's second annual downtown parade! The parade will travel from the Watauga Human Services Complex to Legends at Appalachian State University. Grab a spot on King Street and enjoy the fun!

 

Meltdown Games at App Ski Mtn

March 23rd - March 24th
Head to Appalachian Ski Mtn and enjoy the classic end of the winter celebration with a full weekend of crazy events. There will be lots of snow, sun, and skin!

Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble

March 20th - March 24th
Valborg Theatre 

The annual production includes original pieces choreographed by faculty and students of Appalachian State University. 

Tweetsie Railroad Opening Day

April 5th
Tweetsie Railroad will open for the 2019 season with daytime operations beginning April 5, 2019, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The park will be open daily beginning Memorial Day weekend. Tweetsie offers fun for the whole family with rides, live entertainment, and fun activities. April 19th-April 21st, The Easter Bunny will be at Tweetsie to meet and take photos with guests.

Blowing Rock Trout Derby

April 6th, Broyhill Lake in downtown Blowing Rock
The 40th Annual Derby will begin at sunrise. Chetola Resort will present an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Demonstration at 1:00pm. The Fly Fishing Clinic will start at 2:00pm and prizes will be awarded at 4:30pm.

Murder Mystery Weekend at Green Park

April 12th - April 14th
Make your reservations for the Green Park Inn Murder Mystery Weekend. Enjoy a two night stay and a weekend of unique and entertaining adventure.

Merlefest

April 25th - April 28th
Merlefest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC. Founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson and renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. Enjoy this weekend celebration of various music, including classic country, bluegrass, folk, and many other styles. The festival will host a mix of artists on 13 stages over the course of the four day event.

   

Savor Blowing Rock

May 2nd - May 5th
A four day celebration of wine, fine cuisine and entertainment! The Savor festival showcases the greatest food, wine, craft beer and distilled spirits the Blowing Rock and High Country regions have to offer. Savor also features lectures, art classes, cooking classes, special dinners, and even live bands and karaoke. 

Art in the Park

May 25th, American Legion Grounds in Blowing Rock
Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted  jewelry, pottery, painting and more. 

Alpaca Shearing Day at Apple Hill Farm

June 1st
Apple Hill Farm shears their alpacas the first Saturday of June every year. Enjoy a sun filled day at the farm, free of charge! Shearing starts at 10am and there will also be skirting and spinning demonstrations. 

 

 

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