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Blowing Rock North Carolina is a small mountain village located at the 4,000-foot level in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the western part of the state. Established as a mountain resort in 1889, the village of Blowing Rock has been a haven for visitors ever since. The town sits astride the Eastern Continental Divide and is the only full service community on the Blue Ridge Parkway and is centrally located near many attractions. The town of Blowing Rock offers cool mountain temperatures, lush forests, sparkling streams and waterfalls, and warm, southern hospitality. The permanent population of the town is just 1,300, but thousands of tourists visit each season. For decades, the town has been a popular “get-away” resort area due to its fabulous scenery and outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, biking, winter skiing and ice skating. Blowing Rock is also home to several private and public golf courses. Each season in Blowing Rock is captivating; snow capped mountain peaks in the wintertime, the wildflowers of spring, lush green forests of summer, and the dazzling hues of red, yellow and orange of fall. Main Street is lined with interesting antique stores, gardens, cafes, and unique shops with handmade items by local artisans. The fresh aroma of handmade fudge, watching artisans at work – it’s all a part of the Blowing Rock experience. You’ll find enough to keep you busy for days. Although Blowing Rock has a slow, gentle lifestyle, it also has plenty of exciting outdoor activities if you like more action. Seventeen ski resorts are located just outside Blowing Rock and miles of hiking trails meander through the forests. Bear, deer and other wildlife roam the countryside, and the Tweetsie Railroad is a tradition for many families who come back to enjoy it time and time again.

The nearby resort towns of Boone and Banner Elk also offer many attractions, recreational and cultural activities. The Blue Ridge Parkway, which winds through 469 miles of the southern Appalachians, is a scenic way to visit all the places you want to see in the Blowing Rock area. Numerous lookout points with incredible views are found along the Parkway. Cultural opportunities in Blowing Rock include professional summer stock theater, Concerts in the Park on Sunday evenings, and Art in the Park (a series of juried arts & crafts shows.) In recent years, a series of books by author, Jan Karon, have been based on the town of Blowing Rock. Mitford, North Carolina, is the name of the small mountain town at the center of Karon's bestselling novels about rector Father Tim and the heartwarming cast of characters surrounding him. The Village of Blowing Rock has beautiful bed & breakfast inns, hotels and cabins. Restaurants range from home-style biscuits and gravy to fresh trout to multi-course continental feasts. Blowing Rock is also famous for its shopping - antiques, designer boutiques, local crafts, elegant accessories and more offer the shopper a wide range of shopping delights.


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