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

Boone

(Including nearby Deep Gap & Foscoe)

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In the mountains near Boone NC

Original Mast General Store, Valle Crucis NC  In Boone NC  King Street, downtown Boone NC  Appalachain State University sign  In Boone NC

Boone, North Carolina

Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the northeast section of the mountains, Boone, incorporated in 1872,  is a destination in very much the same way Asheville is. Consistently ranked as one of the “Best Small Towns in America,” Boone is a bustling town and the center of tourism and commerce for Watauga County and the region. With a population of over 17,000, the city is home to Appalachian State University, which adds a distinctive college atmosphere to the already vibrant, outdoors oriented mountain city, Boone is located in the “Heart of the High Country" and has a wide array of stores, restaurants, galleries and things to do. It is even known as the “Firefly Capital of America!” Named for Daniel Boone, the frontiersman who hunted in the area from 1760 to 1769, this tourist oriented mountain city has much to offer the visitor.

   Boone also has the highest elevation of any town of its size east of the Mississippi River and because of that, on average, the city receives over 34" of snowfall a year, far more than most other cities in North Carolina. In 2005, Boone was recognized by travel journalists as the ultimate outdoor adventure destination in the Southeast, even in North America. Along with Durango, Colorado, Bend, Oregon and North Vancouver, British Columbia, Boone was selected as one of four multi-sport vacation destinations in North America, featured in an article in the May 2005 issue of Adventure Sports Magazine. In the winter, one of the major draws to Boone are the many ski and snowboarding resorts in the area. These include Appalachian Ski Mountain, Sugar Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain Resort  and Hawksnest Tubing Park.
      Nearby major mountain attractions include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, Pisgah National Forest, Horn in the West and Tweetsie Railroad. Boone also has one of North Carolina's most progressive public school systems. All eight K-8 schools are ranked as Schools of Excellence, a claim to fame no other public school district in the state can match.

 

Resources
City Website: Boone
: Town Offices, 567 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-268-6200
Location:
Northern Mountains, 2 hours east of Asheville
County: Watauga County:
County Offices, 842 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-265-8000
Elevation & Population:
3,500 feet, 15,000+
Visitor/Welcome Center: North Carolina High Country Host & Visitor Information Center
, 1700 Blowing Rock Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-1299
City Chamber of Commerce:
Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 870 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-2225
County Chamber of Commerce: Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 208 Howard Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-2225
Newspaper: The Watauga Democrat 474 Industrial Park Drive, Boone NC 28607; 828-262-0282
                    The Mountain Times PO Box 1815, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-6397
Movie Theatres: Regal Boone Cinema, 7 210 New Market Street Center, Boone NC 28607;
828-262-3330
High School: Watauga High School, 300 Go Pioneers Drive, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-2407
Colleges and Universities:

      
 Appalachian State University, ASU Box 32004, Boone NC 28608  828-262-2000
        Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute
, 372 Community College Drive, Boone NC 28607; 828-263-5370
Hospitals: 
Watauga Medical Center, 336 Deerfield Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-262-4100
Area Major Festivals: Boone Heritiage Festival (Sept),Appalachian Summer Festival (July)
Area Natural Attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, Pisgah National Forest
Area Cultural Attractions: Hickory Ridge Homestead, Horn in the WestMast General Store, Turchin Center for Visual Arts, Tweetsie Railroad



Real Estate


Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Fine Dining
Beef 'O Brady's: (American) 276-G Watauga Village Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-265-8585
The Local: (American) 179 Howard Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-266-2179
The Gamekeeper Restaurant: (Southern-Gourmet) 3005 Shulls Mill Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-963-7400
Vidalia: (Eclectic American) 831 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-263-9176

Casual & Family Dining
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
: (American) 2036 Blowing Rock Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-262-1136
Daniel Boone Inn: (American Family Style) 130 Hardin Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-8657
Galileo's: (American) 1087 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-355-9591
Golden Corral: (Western) 187 Watauga Village Drive; Boone NC 28607; 828-264-9909
Mountain House Restaurant: (American) 1601 Blowing Rock Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-4680
Pepper's Restaurant: (American) 240 Shadowline Drive #4, Boone NC 28607; 828-262-1250
Sagebrush Steakhouse: (Western) 1111 Highway 105 South, Boone NC 28607; 828-265-4488
The Peddler Steak House: (American) 1972 Blowing Rock Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-4433

Overseas & Exotic
Bandana's Bar B Que and Grill: (BBQ) 1475 Highway 105; Boone NC 28607; 828-265-2828
Cafe Portofino: (Eclectic -Thai, Eurasian, Italian)  970 Rivers Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-7772

Casa Rustica: (Italian-American) 1348 Highway 105 South, Boone NC 28607; 828-262-5128
Dos Amigos: (Mexican) 187 New Market Center, Boone NC 28607; 828-265-1674
Los Arcoiris: (Mexican) 168 Boone Heights Drive, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-7770
Makoto: (Japanese) 2124 Blowing Rock Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-7770
Our Daily Bread: (Vegetarian) 627 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-0173
The Coyote Kitchen: (Southwest Caribbean Soulfood) 200 Southgate Drive, Boone NC 28607; 828-265-4041


Cafes & Grills
Boone Bagelry: (Bagels) 516 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-262-5585
Red Onion Café: (Cafe -Eclectic) 227 Hardin Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-5470
Stick Boy Kitchen (Cafe) 211 Boone Heightsw Drive, Boone NC 28607; 828-265-4141
Troy's 105 Diner: (Diner) 1286 Highway 105, Boone NC 28607; 828-265-1344
Tupelos World Cafe: (Cafe-Ethnic American) 506 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-262-5000


Pizza
Capone's Pizza & Bar: (Pizza) 454 B West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-265-1886
Hungry Howie's Pizza: (Pizza) 1748 Blowing Rock Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-773-5271

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Resorts
Crestwood Resort: (Resort, Spa) 3236 Shulls Mill Road, Boone NC 28607; 877-836-5046
Willow Valley Resort (Resort) 354 Bairds Creek Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-963-6551

Bed & Breakfasts
Lovill House Inn: (B&B) 404 Old Bristol Road, Boone NC 28607; 800-849-9466

Motels
Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza (Motel) 840 East King Street, Boone, NC 28607;828-266-1100
Boone Trail Motel
: (Motel) 275 East King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-8839
Comfort Suites: (Motel) 1184 NC Highway 105, Boone NC 28607; 828-268-0099
Country Inn & Suites: (Motel) 818 East King Street, Boone NC 28607
; 828-264-4234
Hidden Valley Motel: (Motel) 8725 Highway 105 South, Boone NC 28607; 828-963-4372
Holiday Inn Express: (Motel) 1943 Blowing Rock Road, Boone NC 28607; 888-733-6867
La Quinta Inn & Suites: (Motel) 165 Highway 105 Extension; Boone NC 28607; 828-262-1234
Scottish Inn: (Motel) 782 Blowing Rock Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-2483
Sleep Inn: (Motel) 163 Highway 105 Extension; Boone NC 28607; 828-262-0020

Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Highland Hills Motel & Cabins: (Cabins) 2748 Highway 105 South, Boone NC 28607; 800-948-5276
Parkway Cabins: (Cabins) 749 Turkey Knob, Boone NC 28607; 866-679-3002

Campgrounds
Boone KOA Campground: (Campground) 123 Harmony Mountain Lane, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-7250
Honey Bear Campground: (Campground) 229 Honey Bear Campground Road, Boone NC 28607; 828-963-4586

Rental Agencies
Appalachian Management: (Property Management -House Rentals)768 West King Street, Boone NC 28607; 828-262-1571
Boone Realty & Hidden Creek Management: (Rentals)148 Realty Row, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-5267
Blue Ridge Vacation Cabins & Realty: (Rentals) 120 Honeybear Campground Road, Boone NC 28607
Holton Mountain Rentals: (Rentals) 480 Highway 105 Extension, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-3644
Foscoe Rentals: (Rentals) 133 Echota Parkway, Boone NC 28607; 800-723-7341
Winkler Organization: (Property Management -Rentals) 215 Boone Heights Drive, Suite 100, Boone NC 28607; 828-262-3431
Winkler's Creek Cabins: (Cabins) 300 Indian Springs Run, Boone NC 28607; 828-264-2863
 

 

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