The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Blowing Rock

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Blowing Rock, North Carolina

The Blowing Rock   In the mountains near Blowing Rock NC   The Blowing Rock, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas      In Blowing Rock NC

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

The quaint upscale resort village of Blowing Rock NC sits aside the Eastern Continental Divide in the Northern Mountains of Western North Carolina and is centrally located to most of the major area attractions. There is a professional summer stock theatre (the Blowing Rock Stage Company), wonderful festivals, Art in the Park and the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival, and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, including skiing at  Appalachian Ski Mountain. Its rich history stretches back to the 1500s, when the great explorer Desoto supposedly looked for gold in the area. The town is named after its main attraction, The Blowing Rock, cliff walls that  form a flume through which the north-west wind sweeps with such force that it returns light objects cast over the cliff.
     Another of Blowing Rock's main attractions is the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. The park, once a 3,500 acre estate, was donated by Moses H. Cone and now includes 26 miles of horse and carriage trails, which are also used for hiking, cross-country skiing and a deer park, with fishing in Bass Lake.

 

Resources
City Website:  Blowing Rock
: Town Offices, 1036 Main Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-95-5200
Facebook: Blowing Rock 1, Blowing Rock 2, High Country
Location:
Northern Mountains, 2 hours west of Asheville
County:
Watauga County: County Offices, 814 West King Street, Suite 205, Boone NC 28607; 828-265-8000

Elevation & Population:
4,000 feet, 1,500+
Visitor/Welcome Center: Blowing Rock Visitor Center,
7738 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock, NC 28605;  877-750-4636
City Chamber of Commerce: Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, 7738 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-7851
Newspaper: The Blowing Rocket, 452-1 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-7522
Movie Theatres: (Nearest) Regal Boone Cinema 7: 210 New Market Street Centre, Boone NC 28607; 828-262-3330
High School: Watauga High School, 300 Go Pioneers Drive, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-2407
Colleges and Universities:
None
Hospitals: Blowing Rock Hospital
, 418 Chestnut Drive, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-3136
Area Major Festivals: Art in the Park (Monthly: May -October)  Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival (April)
Area Natural Attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns, Linville Gorge, Moses H Cone Memorial Park,  Pisgah National Forest, The Blowing Rock
Area Cultural Attractions: Appalachian Heritage Museum, Appalachian Ski Mountain,
Mariam & Robert Hayes Performing Arts Center,  Mystery Hill, Orchard at Altapass, Tweetsie Railroad 


Real Estate
 

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Fine Dining
Best Cellar
: (American) The Inn at Ragged Garden, 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-3466
Bistro Roca: (American Bistro) 143 Wonderland Trail, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-4008
Canyons: (American-Eclectic) 8960 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-7661
Rowland's Restaurant: (American) Westglow Resort & Spa, 224 Westglow Circle, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 800-562-0807
The Manor House Restaurant at Chetola Resort: (Regional-Continental) Chetola Resort, 185 Chetola Lake Drive, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 800-243-8652
Twigs Restaurant: (Continental) 7956 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-5050

Overseas & Exotic
Papa Joe's Italian-American Restaurant: (Italian-American) 8062 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-3239
Woodlands Barbecue: (BBQ) 8304 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-3651

Cafes & Grills
Franks-N-More: (Hot Dogs) 1179 South Main Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-8869
Kojay's Cafe of Blowing Rock: (Cafe) 1132 Main Street, Suite 2, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-0015
Pat's Almost Famous Cheeseburgers Grille: (Burgers) 310 Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-0211

Six Pence Pub: (American-English Pub Fare) 1121 Main Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-3155
Village Cafe: (Cafe) Main Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-3769
Speckled Trout Cafe & Oyster Bar: (American) 922 Main Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-9819
Storie Street Grille: (American Bistro-Mediterranean) 1167 Main Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-7075

Pizza

Mellow Mushroom: (Pizza) 155 Sunset Road, Blowing Rock NC 28605;  828-295-3399

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Resorts
Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock: (Resort Inn) 185 Chetola Lake Drive, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 800-243-8652
Hound Ears Club: (Resort) 328 Shull's Mill Road, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-963-4321
Yonahlossee Resort: (Resort) Shulls Mill Road, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 800-962-1986
Westglow Resort & Spa: (Resort) 2845 US Highway 221 South, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 800-562-0807


Hotels, Inns & Lodges
Alpine Village Inn: (Village Inn) 297 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock NC 286705; 828-295-7206
Azalea Garden Inn: (Village Inn) 793 North Main Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-3272
Cliff Dwellers Inn: (County Inn) 116 Lakeview Terrace, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 800-322-7380
Gideon Ridge Inn: (County Inn) 202 Gideon Ridge Road, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-3644
Hemlock Inn: (Village Inn) 134 Morris Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-7987
Meadowbrook Inn: (Hotel) 711 Main Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-4300
Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins: (Village Inn) 827 North Main Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-7991
The Inn at Ragged Gardens: (Country Inn) 203 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-9703

Bed & Breakfasts
Blowing Rock Victorian Inn: (B&B) 242 Ransom Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-0034
Springhaven Inn: (B&B) Main Street & Johns River Road, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-6967
Sweet Season B&B: (B&B) 249 Bass Lake Road, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 800-692-3772

Motels
Alpen Acres Motel: (Motel) 318 Old US Highway 321, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 888-297-7981
Blowing Rock Inn & Villas: (Motel & Villas) 788 North Main Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-7921
Blowing Rock Lodge: (Motel) 197 Old Highway 321, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 800-606-9160
Boxwood Lodge: (Motel) 637 Main Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-9984
The Homestead Inn: (Motel) 153 Morris Street, Blowing Rock 28605; 828-295-9559

Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Hounds Ears Club: (Luxury Home & Condos Rental) 328 Shull's Mill Road, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-963-4321
Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins: (Cabins) 827 North Main Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-7991
Swiss Mountain Village: (Cabins) 2324 Flat Top Road, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 888-785-1188

Campgrounds
Buffalo Camp RV Park: (RV Park) 151 Harding Drive, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-295-7518

Rental Agencies
At Your Wits End Vacation Rentals: (Rentals) 189 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-264-3535
Blowing Rock Resort Rentals: (Rentals) 232 Ransom Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 866-800-9899
Blue Ridge Mountain Rentals, LLC: (Rentals) 8100-3 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 800-237-7975
Foscoe Rentals: (Rentals) 133 Echota Parkway, Boone NC 28607; 800-723-7341
Home Away Blowing Rock Vacation Rentals: (Rentals) Blowing Rock NC 28605; 866-771-3010
Hound Ears Club: (Home/Condos Rentals) 328 Shull's Mill Road, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 828-963-4321
Jenkins Rentals: (Rentals) 452 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock NC 28605; 800-438-7803
 

 

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