Tweetsie Railroad and Gravity Adventures – Blowing Rock Family Fun

fun things to do in Blowing Rock NC

When you and your visiting grandkids are looking for things to do in Blowing Rock, for a little fun and entertainment no matter your age, Tweetsie Railroad should be top on your list! Located at 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane on Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, this family-oriented park has a long and cherished history in the mountain towns of North Carolina, stretching all the way back to 1957.  No wonder for decades Tweetsie Railroad had been a popular destination for those with mountain view cottages.  Who doesn’t love an old-fashioned theme park?

Tweetsie Railroad operates two historic steam locomotives, the No. 12 Tweetsie and the No. 190 Yukon Queen; both were brought back into top working condition by skilled engineer, Frank Coffey. Locomotive No. 12 was built in 1917 and is famous for being the last surviving narrow-gauge steam locomotive of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad. From 1919-1940, Tweetsie operated from Johnson City, Tennessee to Boone, North Carolina.  The Tweetsie Railroad theme park opened with the Tweetsie as its sole locomotive ride in 1957.  The Yukon Queen was built in 1943 and came to the park in 1960 from Alaska’s White Pass & Yukon Railway.  It’s amazing to think you can still enjoy a wild west train ride on the No. 12 or 190–a three-mile adventure through the mountain towns of North Carolina!

And there’s so much more to do at Tweetsie! Experience the scenic aerial view of the park  on the chair lift to Miner’s Mountain for a nostalgic day of face painting, gold panning, gem mining, and amusement rides– a carousel, a Ferris wheel, free fall, tilt-a-whirl, twister, a mouse mine train, as well as boats and planes to “pilot.”  Arcade and country fair games await alongside a playground for those energetic little ones who need a day out from their mountain view cottages.

For the animal lovers in your life, who travel from the mountain towns of North Carolina, the Deer Park Zoo is sure to please with nearly a hundred different creatures.  Bring your camera for some amazing animal photo opportunities–African pygmy goats; European fallow deer; Nubian goats; emus; llamas, burros, miniature horses, micro mini donkeys; Olde English babydoll Southdown sheeps; and yellow bellied and red eared slider turtles.  Capture your grandchildren as they fall in love with these sweet creatures.

With all this activity, your family’s appetite will be at an all-time high.  Thank goodness Tweetsie has so many delectable eateries—Miner’s Diner has pizza, hot dogs, nachos, soft pretzels, popcorn, snacks and soft drinks—a paradise for all the kids in your life; Mountain Ice Cream offers sweets for your sweets—shaved snowballs, milkshakes, cotton candy and soft drinks and Dippin’ Dots—the ice cream of the future!  Other mouth-watering options–Cowboy Cantina;  the Funnel Factory; Fudge Works; Feed & Seed for indoor and outdoor dining; Tweetsie Palace; Sparky’s Southwestern & Barbecue for real NC barbecue and Tex Mex; and Arcades Refreshment Wagon. Make sure you arrive hungry!

For those in your family who enjoy a little retail therapy, there are plenty of shopping options at Tweetsie. Miner’s Mountain is where you can stop in at the quaint company store and gem mine store for souvenirs, rocks, toys, plush animals, apparel film, jewelry, and gem-panning kits; Tweetsie Junction boasts the Junction Store for etched glass and custom signs; Jamie Leigh’s Photo Parlor is the place to dress up in vintage clothing for that unique keepsake photo; the Sign and Glass Shop can create a custom sign to suit your taste; Western Mercantile will fulfill all your apparel needs, and be sure to visit Happy Trails Toy Shop and the General Store for all your needs and indulgences.

Here’s a few upcoming events:

• August 27th-October 28th, open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as Labor Day Monday, September 4th, 9am-6pm• September 21-22, 28-29, October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20,  26-27, open for Ghost Train, 7:30-11:30 pm—advance tickets required—“It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. And take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train—if you dare!”

Don’t forget to check Tweetsie’s calendar for a list of seasonal shows.

When you’re entertaining friends and family, there’s nothing better than being the perfect tour guide.  From Tweetsie Railroad you can zip right on over to Gravity Adventures at 215 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC.  The two parks even share a parking lot.  There could be no better neighbors when you’re looking for things to do in Blowing Rock.  High Gravity Adventures has been providing thrills in the outdoors to folks who in the mountain towns of North Carolina since 1992.

The NYT listed Gravity Adventures as one of “20 Family-Friendly Travel Ideas to Get You Going.”  The team of instructors are professional and place safety above all else.This fall Gravity Adventures is open weekends and reservations are recommended.  Observation deck and green spaces are perfect for photo opportunities.  Go Pros are permitted off the ground.  Be sure to wear comfortable and active wear clothing—pants or longer shorts, as well as closed-toe shoes.  Drinks and snacks are available for purchase or you can bring in your own picnic meal.  For your friends and family who want to remain on the ground, they can watch for free from the observation deck.  Children four and up can explore the course solo as long as an adult is at the park.  Children 7-10 need an adult to journey into more demanding courses, and children 11 and up can explore these courses on their own.

Adventure Options:

• Zip Line Tour—A tour through the tree tops with multiple zip lines, a sky bridge over a lush valley, and a 70 foot free fall for those who dare!  This is a two-hour adventure where you can sit back and enjoy the experience and let the guides do the work.

• Aerial Adventure Park—This Blue Ridge Course has over 75 aerial elements with various levels of difficulty.

• Giant Swing—the “icing on the cake” with a 45-foot high swing to make you feel like a kid again!

• The Ultimate Adventure—can last up to six hours beginning with a 2-hour zip line tour, and a 70-foot free-fall, followed by 3 hours of exploration of 75-plus aerial elements; end with the giant swing!

Don’t forget to subscribe for local deals via text message when you’re looking for things to do in Blowing Rock.  You’ll be the among the first to find out about great offers and discounts.

When your part of the community who enjoys the good life at The Coves Mountain River Club, waking up every morning in your mountain view cottages, or the larger cabins you had built to accommodate your children and grandchildren, you need no reminders of the beauty and simplicity of your life.  Just step outside your door and the incredible landscape will surround you.   Sip your coffee while you gaze at the Blue Ridge Mountains, and then take a short drive and you’ll find yourself with amazing adventures to choose from—whether it’s a nostalgic old-fashioned day at Tweetsie Railroad, or an exhilarating day at Gravity Adventures.  The Coves makes this all possible.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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Exciting Day Adventures All Around The Coves

things to do in Blowing Rock NC

Those of us who live in the mountain towns in North Carolina understand the simple beauty of exploring the wilderness—whether taking advantage of a scenic hike enhanced by blowing rock elevation, rushing down one of the many fast-flowing rivers, or searching for a hidden waterfall…these are just a few of the obvious reasons Blowing Rock real estate is increasingly popular. 

There’s nothing that rivals a little natural adrenal rush in the great outdoors.  No matter what gets your heart beating fast or provides you will a little jolt—white water rafting, mountain biking, caving, or zip lines—this region in western NC is where you will find it all.  No wonder National Geographic Adventurer named NC as #1 Vacation with a Splash!

Here are a few top outdoor adventure outfits to suit your adrenaline fancy:

• High Mountain Expeditions–located in Banner Elk, Boone, and Asheville NC

For more than 25 years, this popular outfit has been committed to safety; professional guides with CPR, First Aid, Swift Water Rescue, food handling and Leave No Trace to tend to the needs of your entire family.  Word of mouth and top quality are what makes HME so successful in the mountain towns in North Carolina.  What’s your pleasure—river or creek rafting, tubing, hiking or caving through tunnels and underground rivers?  HME has it all! For a slower pace, the HME New River tubing outpost is located only minutes from Boone, North Carolina.

The equipment at HME is up-to-date with safety in mind.  You will travel in style in their vehicles as you journey to the trail heads or river.  And, if you want to enjoy amazing culinary fare alongside your outdoor adventure, HME will not disappoint.  Their menu is chock full  of fresh and natural selections—meats, cheeses, breads, locally-grown produce and scrumptious homemade sweets.  This is a family friendly operation, with children from three to nine years of age permitted to take part in the adventures, and the menu will satisfy even the youngest and pickiest eaters.

• Edge of the World—located at 394 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Edge of the World is convenient to Asheville and Boone and is the place to have your whitewater, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and rappelling adventures!  This is a family-owned and operated tour company that’s been providing adventures to families for nearly four decades.  You will get the best value at Edge of the World, since they encourage free re-runs!  You get to re-run the rapids as many times as you want.  What’s more–they prepare home-cooked meals from April’s kitchen–fried chicken, honey-basted biscuits, trail mix and dessert alongside freshly-squeezed lemonade to quench your thirst.  Vegetarian menus are also available.  It’s obvious why TripAdvisor gave a 5-star rating to Edge of the World and the 2016, 2017, 2018 Excellence Award.

The most popular adventures made possible by blowing rock elevation and Edge of the World—white water rafting–$74—down the scenic Watauga River. “We’ve got everything covered from gear to professional whitewater guides to photos of your family to a real home cooked lunch, straight from April’s kitchen.”  And don’t forget rock climbing and rappelling–$129—to quicken your pulse.

• Northwest NC MTB Alliance, part of SORBA, the largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the southeastern US.

The commitment of this organization makes it possible to bike in the mountains and foothills of northwest North Carolina by promoting land access, preserving trails, as well as developing new ones.  No wonder the mountain communities of Boone, Hickory, Lenoir, Marion, Morganton, and Wilkesboro are so grateful.  Due to their hard work, we have more public lands and trails in this region than most places in the southeast.

Some of their amazing trails to explore:

–Grandfather District of Pisgah National Forest—over 192,000 acres—popular riding areas include Wilson Creek, Boone Fork, Woods Mountain and Old Fort.

–Kerr Scott Trails—a rollercoaster trail that runs between the Brushy Mountains and the Blue Ridge, historically tied to Daniel Boone, the Overmountain Men and moonshiners.

–Lake Hickory Trails (Hickory Springs Loop, Broyhill Trail, Skills Park and Rock n’ Road Pump Track) “With some punchy climbs and great views of the lake, you’ll earn your post ride beers!”  These trails are perfect for getting your heart rate up and keeping you on your toes both after work and on weekends.

–Lake James State Park—Tindo Loops, West Wimba Loop, East Wimba Loop.

–Riverbend Park—450 acres along Catawba River with 8 miles of trails.

–Rocky Knob Park—185-acre park with 9 miles of trail—some of the most scenic and unique sights and terrain; this park lives up to its name with scree, boulders and slabs of rock!

–Zacks Fork Mountain Bike Trail in Lenoir, only five minutes from Highway 321—perfect for all levels.

If soaring through the refreshing air of North Carolina is your thrill, zip line adventures abound.  This an exciting way to see the High Country. Zip lines are also known as eco tours since they allow folks to observe nature without harming flora, fauna or the wildlife. Here’s just a few zip lining outfits to put on your summer and fall list while you’re visiting the area looking for Blowing Rock real estate:

  • Hawksnest Ziplines; 2058 Skyland Drive; Seven Devils, NC 28604; 20 zip lines, 4 mega zips, 2 over 2000 feet, 2 over 1500 feet; 4 miles of zip line with heights over 200 ft and speeds up to 50mph.  This is the place to zip over trees, lakes and creeks while surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Relax on the spacious observation deck when your feet are back on the ground.
  • Sky Valley Zip Tours; 634 Sky Ranch Road, Blowing Rock, NC; 10 zip lines, cliff jump, swing bridge, 140 acres with a waterfall; max of 10 with 2 trained Zip Rangers take you on a 3-hour adventure; moonlit zip lining new this summer!
  • High Gravity Adventures Zip Line and Aerial Park; 215 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605; 75 ft. Blue Ridge Course tower with 70 plus elements, including climbing stations and rappelling stations; ninja ground course, 3-person giant swing, 2-hour zip line tour with a 70 ft. free fall.

Life at The Coves allows folks to grab a little excitement while also tending to their wellbeing and fitness. There’s just no better combination. The weather of the mountain towns in North Carolina, partly due to the Blowing Rock elevation, allows these exciting adventures to happen in both the summer and winter seasons. Locals love basking in the sunshine, breathing in that fresh clean air, and in the warmer seasons, paddling, swimming, and fishing in the most perfect and inviting water. 

While you’re exploring Blowing Rock real estate, be sure to put The Coves first on your list—you will find there’s no need to search any further. Share an adventure or two with friends and family, a little white water rafting on a crystal clear river that winds through the granite mountains,  or zip high over the pristine wilderness.

The Coves is more than a neighborhood. It’s a community of friends who appreciate the grandeur of its location in the foothills. Here families play together and care for one another in the good old fashioned way.

1.87 acre homesites begin in the high $30’s.

If you’ve wanted a sense of belonging, you will find it and more at The Coves Mountain River Club.

Come visit! Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

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Blue Ridge Mountains Music Coming Labor Day Weekend

Bluegrass festivals in Western North Carolina

What we know as fiddling dates back to the eighteenth century in the British Isles, where the baroque violin and popular folk melodies came together to create an entirely new type of instrumental tune.  When people emigrated to settle in the Appalachians region of the United States, they brought their music with them.  And today’s folk fiddlers continue the tradition, composing and performing thousands of tunes that pay homage to those early models.

Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, fiddling was an important part of many events, including barn raisings, husking bees, weddings, shivarees, weddings, wakes and other functions.  And, of course, most of the community would turn out for each week’s Saturday night dance, an iconic feature of the rural South.

Today, the list of things to do in Blowing Rock NC, and other local communities includes opportunities to hear local and traveling artists play those old and new fiddle tunes that stir the spirit and get the toes a-tappin’.  And there’s no better time to do it than Labor Day Weekend, when the annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention comes to Lenoir and the music echoes through the mountains.

It’s three days of competition, performances and workshops, managed for the last fifteen years on a volunteer basis by a sub-committee of the Caldwell County Arts Council.  They’re committed to promoting our cultural heritage in a way that provides wholesome family activities and protects our community values.

The Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention is a non-profit event with low admission fees, and all funds beyond those necessary to ensure its continuation go to youth scholarships and music programs that preserve traditional bluegrass music, dance and instrument-making activities.

Historic Happy Valley is the popular name for the North Carolina mountain real estate comprising the Upper Yadkin River Valley in Caldwell and Wilkes counties, a fertile area that’s been cultivated since the 18th century.  Many farmers in the Valley today are descendants of these early families, and a significant amount of land bordering the river is still used for grazing cattle and cultivating corn and hay. 

Some residents continue occupations that are holdovers from earlier generations, such as training and working draft animals, cultivating “heritage” vegetables and fruits, and building old-style pole and log barns and outbuildings. In addition to its music traditions, Historic Happy Valley is home to quilters, woodworkers and other craft artists, painters, and storytellers. The Valley is also the location of 13 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including The Patterson School Historic District, which is one of only two rural historic districts in North Carolina.

Families who own mountain homes near Asheville have myriad opportunities to immerse themselves in our area’s rich history.  In fact, for many that’s one of the main things that brought them here to live. 

We at The Coves Mountain River Club know the value of having so much of our heritage nearby to study and enjoy.  Whether it’s looking for things to do in Blowing Rock NC or exploring mountain trails or enjoying our wonderful parks and waterways, you’re always aware and respectful of the fact that thousands of earlier settlers walked the same paths and called the Blue Ridge foothills home.  

Quality North Carolina mountain real estate developments such as our respect the land and its heritage, while offering all of the features, amenities and comforts of modern life.

While you’re touring mountain homes near Asheville, we invite you to come to Lenoir and let us show you around our property.  We’re situated on five miles of beautiful Johns River waterfront near Wilson Creek and Pisgah National Forest. Our amenities include a mountaintop lodge with an infinity-view swimming pool, award winning hiking trails, two community gardens and more.

Call us now at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit!

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Blowing Rock NC Scores Again – Top Southern Towns

Top North Carolina Southern Towns

It’s that time of year again!  Southern Living’s yearly survey to discover the top southern towns in the United States is out, and it’s no surprise that Blowing Rock has made the list as one of best mountain towns in North Carolina. Who doesn’t adore checking out what makes life in the south “down” right delightful? Tried and true recipes, garden and home ideas, as well as our much-loved culture–are all brought to life in the pages of illustrious publications like Southern Living. 

Folks who participate in this yearly survey event understand all the essential elements necessary to create a charming and sought-after town—“a thriving downtown with locally-owned restaurants, shops and galleries; a touch of the artsy; loads of character; friendly locals; and, of course, a beautiful location.”

These are the very reasons so many have chosen Blowing Rock real estate.  Down south we adore the preservation of traditions, and the warmth that comes from a close-knit community  that we can share our day to day life with in the mountain towns in North Carolina.

These favorite towns don’t need to be over-sized to be vibrant and inspiring. What they may lack in size they make up for in charm that has its roots deeply planted in historic preservation, breath-taking scenery, and plenty of shops, galleries and unbelievably delicious and diverse cuisine.

As Blowing Rock real estate proves and Southern Living stated so well, “These Main Street towns evoke the best of what we are as a culture. They’re places with a beating heart, where tradition is the lifeblood, and neighbors gather on front porches for a glass of sweet tea.”

The locals know why there’s so much to love about Blowing Rock, named for its unique rock formation that attracts visitors all year long who come to experience the wind currents that blow vertically. It’s quite a sight to drop a handkerchief and have it return to you as you’re perched high at blowing rock elevation of 1,500 feet above the scenic Johns River gorge. For those of you who appreciate a good photo op for Instagram, this is the spot to snap away.  Capture the Blue Ridge Mountains at their best.

The town itself is located at the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is just a little over three miles. Due to the blowing rock elevation, the climate can’t be beat. Those who enjoy life in the mountain towns of North Carolina have a strong appreciation for the cooler summer temperatures. Who can complain about summer days that don’t creep above 80 degrees? Rainfall is moderate, and winters deliver snow for those who wouldn’t consider passing up a season of skiing and cold weather recreation—of course knowing they have their cozy home at The Coves awaiting them when the sun sets beyond the white-capped mountains.

The Coves Mountain River Club is a natural draw for those exploring Blowing Rock real estate due to its proximity—just under a half an hour!  Those who have settled comfortably into their Coves mountain homes drive the scenic route often to take advantage of the blowing rock elevation, the gorgeous views, and the perks of a nearby mountain town where a slow and relaxed pace is just how it goes. 

When a unique gift is in order, the upscale boutiques won’t disappoint.  And don’t forget–there are attractions to suit your entire family, from the Tweetsie Railroad Park, to the Green Park Inn, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Moses Cone Memorial Park, trails to Glen Burney and Glen Marie waterfalls, 25 miles of equestrian trails, and plenty of popular festivals throughout the year to usher in every season with celebration and endless fun.

Come and see for yourself why this enchanting region was chosen for this year’s Top Southern Towns.  Plan an idyllic getaway and experience some warm Southern hospitality in Blowing Rock. 

Residents at The Coves are not surprised by the recognition. It is already one of their favorite day trips in the High Country. If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine.

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February Family Fun at Appalachian Ski Mountain

things to do in Blowing Rock NC winter time

Are you ready for four days of non-stop fun in the High Country? Residents at The Coves are and here’s what’s on the horizon. Appalachian Ski Mountain is hosting its annual President’s Day Weekend event. Enjoy midnight skiing, fireworks, slope-side snacks, ticket deals, and more. Bring your family, put on your skis, and get ready to make the most out of this extended holiday weekend. Below are some of the best Blowing Rock NC activities designed to make your President’s Day weekend the best one yet.

Friday 2/16:

·      Midnight Blast Ski Session – Appalachian Ski Mountain has the only late night skiing in High Country! From 5 pm – Midnight, enjoy skiing under a gorgeous backdrop of stars and constellations. This particular event is not exclusive to President’s Day Weekend, and is available every weekend until the season ends on March 25th.

Saturday 2/17:

·      Grill on the Hill – Take a break from skiing to refuel with burgers, hot dogs, and more delicious food right there on the slopes! Food will be served from 11 am – 3 pm.

·      Special Family Skate Session – Ski for just $15 from 5 pm – 6:30 pm!

·      Midnight Blast Session – Ski from 5 pm – Midnight!

·      Moonlight Ice Skate Session – Grab your friends or family and skate under the stars from 9:30 – 11:30 pm.

·      Midnight Fireworks – Enjoy a beautiful fireworks show over the mountains by The Famous Zambelli of Zambelli Fireworks, a family-run fireworks company that is known for creating stunning displays and memorable experiences.

Sunday 2/18

·      Grill on the Hill – Take a break from skiing to refuel with burgers, hot dogs, and more delicious food right there on the slopes! Food will be served from 11 am – 3 pm.

·      Special Family Skate Session – Ski for just $15 from 5 pm – 6:30 pm!

·      Midnight Blast Session – Ski from 5 pm – Midnight!

Monday 2/19

·      2-for-1 Ticket Special – Buy a Flex Ticket (which allows you to begin an 8-hour session as early or late as you choose), get one to use in March for free! (This also works with a Night ticket. Buy one Night ticket and get one Night to use in March for free.)

·      Free Junior Ice Skating – Any child age 12 and under (accompanied by a paid adult) can skate free from 9:30 – 11:30 am.

·      Pig Pickin’ and Fixins – Yummy BBQ-style food will be served alongside the slopes from 11 am – 3 p. Refuel and pig out.

This winter season, Appalachian Ski Mountain (940 Ski Mountain Rd, Blowing Rock, NC) is open until March 25th, with hours from 8:30 – to 10 PM Monday through Friday, and 8 to Midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Patrons can explore three terrain parks and 12 slopes. Generally, adult tickets start at $39 and Junior/Senior tickets start at $24. Unlimited Season Memberships are available.

Ice skating starts at $15 for two hours, and Watauga County residents can enjoy half-off ice skating every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Families can even turn President’s Day Weekend into a weekend getaway and stay at one of the many lodges ASM has to offer, which include three-level chalet-style homes with 180 degree mountain views. There is also a nursery available for children ages 1-4 between the hours of 8:30 am and 5 pm.

The Appalachian Ski Mountain is located in beautiful Blowing Rock, North Carolina, a charming mountain town that is rich in arts and culture. The history of Blowing Rock NC is an interesting one, as it the town gets its name from a rare rock formation that sticks out over 1,500 ft. above the Johns River gorge. The rock’s shape and size allow wind currents from the gorge to blow vertically, which causes lightweight objects to float upwards into the sky.

It’s places like Appalachian Ski Mountain that make great winter day trips for families living at The Coves Mountain River Club. Because of Lenoir’s close proximity to Blowing Rock, residents can quickly step in and out of winter fun. Blowing Rock experiences an average of 32 inches of snow per year where Lenoir rarely sees 5 inches. Mild year round Lenoir weather is one of the reasons why so many folks have chosen to live in the foothills. Great weather, small town charm and smart located between Blowing Rock, Charlotte and Asheville.

If you’re interested in learning more about local art and culture, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum provides tons of educational fun for the whole family. Parents can take their little ones to Tweetsie Railroad, a Wild West-themed park. If you like science, nature, and adventure – Mystery Hill, the famous historic site of a strange scientific happening, has it all. Blowing Rock has something for everyone. Families of all ages never run out of fun things to do in Blowing Rock NC.

President’s Day Weekend is a great time to explore the High Country and our beautiful mountain community.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit. 

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Green Park Inn – Blowing Rock Historic Landmark

Blowing Rock NC activities

Green Park Inn, located at 9239 Valley Boulevard in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is one of the few remaining “Grand Manor Hotels” in the region. This quaint inn has enjoyed a long history, first opening in 1891, and continues providing nostalgia and charm to those who are fortunate enough to stay beneath its roof.  For those who welcome discovering more about the history of Blowing Rock NC, why not book your reservations for 2018 at the second oldest resort hotel and give yourself something incredible to look forward to with friends, family, or your special someone.

This illustrious hotel has pampered many renowned artists, writers, movie stars and even presidents, who chose the High Country to luxuriate, relax and unwind.  Check this guest book:  J.D. Rockefeller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Annie Oakley and Margaret Mitchell who wrote many pages of Gone with the Wind during her stay. Old photographs, antiques and furnishings add to the collective charm.  Grab a rocking chair and sit for a spell on the inn’s front porch after you’ve spent a day packed with Blowing Rock NC activities.  There’s nothing better than a cup of coffee or a cocktail while you gaze out on the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.

For those of you who know a little about the history of Blowing Rock NC, three Lenoir businessmen were inspired to open the inn on a large plot of land known as Green Park. The original hotel had three floors of over 73,000 feet, the only post office for the area, (some of it has been preserved to this day) a restaurant and bar.  The “golf wing” was added in the late 1950s with larger accommodations and balconies.   In 1982 the hotel earned the prestige of being included on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2010 its new owners refurbished, refurnished and repaired this cherished piece of our region’s history, knowing there were a lot of folks looking for things to do in Blowing Rock NC

There are now 88 guest rooms with more coming soon.  And it’s no wonder why more rooms will be needed—considering the inn is located in such a prime spot—at the gateway of the Blue Ridge National Parkway.  Landscaping has also made the outdoors more lush and open.  Inside you’ll find a 300 person conference room along with a smaller meeting room for 50-60 people.    A fitness room awaits you when the mood strikes to get in some exercise…perhaps to burn off the delicious fare offered from the Chestnut Grille or the Divide Tavern where you are certain to love the casual mountain dining experience.

Sample the Grille’s popular wines in a warm space graced with reclaimed American Chestnut, or sip a beer or refreshing cocktail in the Tavern which straddles the Eastern Continental Divide.

A selection of some of the inn’s fare: corn bread, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, sweet tea brined fried chicken, and local trout.

Be sure to relax in the lobby on weekend evenings to the live piano while you sip your drink.

When you’re searching for things to do in Blowing Rock NC, visit the Green Park Inn’s website.  The accommodations blend the sweetness of another time with the comfort we love today—Wi-Fi, HDTV, Keurigs, and the ultimate in comfy bedding.


• Standard Room; Queen-sized bed. Comfortably-appointed and located in the “historic section.” Some rooms face the street; no mountain views available. Pet-friendly options available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis.

• Deluxe Room; Queen, King, or two Queen-sized beds. Many of these rooms located in the “historic section” with no mountain views, and some rooms face the street. May involve stairs. Pet-friendly options available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis.

• Superior Room; King or two Queen-sized beds; private balcony overlooking the yard and golf course. Adjoining rooms available upon request and availability. May involve stairs. Pet- friendly options are available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis.

• Junior Suites; King-sized bed with a Queen-sized sleeper sofa in separate sitting room. Located in the “historic section” with no mountain views. May involve stairs.

• Balcony Suites; King-sized bed with a Queen-sized sleeper sofa in separate sitting room. Balcony overlooks yard and golf course. May involve stairs.

• Victorian Suite; elegantly-appointed with a lovely open air environment and Jacuzzi tub in the room; claw foot tub in the bathroom.


• Winterfest; January 25-29, 2018; includes two nights and tickets to the Grand Wine Tasting held on Saturday, January 27 from 3pm – 5pm.

–Standard Room – $135/night

–Deluxe Room – $144/night

–Superior Room – $169.50/night

–King Suite – $203.50 / night

• Couples Getaway; enjoy premium beer or wine delivered to your room; soothing Swedish or deep tissue massage.

• Mid-Week Getaway; complimentary wine tasting.

Whatever the season, when you’re searching for things to do in Blowing Rock NC, remember the Green Park Inn has many year-long package specials, as well as many seasonal packages—Murder Mystery Weekend and Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Package are just two that are popular with people who adore Blowing Rock NC activities.  Weddings, family reunions, and all sorts of celebrations can also be enjoyed here.

No wonder guests write such glowing reviews:  “What a nostalgic experience to stay in this historical Inn during a snowy, picturesque weekend! We met one of the owners who made us feel like we were family, and the rest of the staff was friendly and helpful. The place has been restored to a point where you can still ‘feel’ like you are in the historical era, but still enjoy all the modern luxuries and amenities,” and “Beautiful piece of history! We loved our weekend stay at this quaint hotel. Staff was polite and attentive. The history, photos, antiques, creaking, crooked floors just add to the charm of this 126 year old inn. We loved every aspect from the wallpaper, quilts, the rocking chair porch, the stairs and even the water pipes from the ceilings.”

Call 828-414-9230 for more information or to make your reservations.

Adding to the history of Blowing Rock NC is the Bollinger-Hartley House, Gragg House,  Flat Top Estate, and the Vardell Family Cottages.  Blowing Rock sits on the crest of the Blue Ridge in Watauga and Caldwell Counties.  The town has an elevation of 3,500 to 3,600 feet above sea level which provides cooler summers and colder winters than we experience at The Coves’ more temperate climate.   

Folks who have already chosen The Coves as their home know it’s a pleasant excursion to Blowing Rock, to take in some of the awesome sights.  A rock formation extends above the Johns River gorge, and Glen Burney and Glen Marie Falls are also legendary sights for those who want to experience Blowing Rock NC activities. Don’t forget the Tweetsie Railroad theme park with its authentic steam engine that will take you on a three-mile scenic ride.  Mystery Hill and the Moon and Irene Mullins Arrowhead Collection boasts over 52,000 arrowheads, and the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum should not be missed.  Moses Cone Memorial Park provides forests and trails to stride through, or if you prefer horseback, Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve offers 25 miles of trails.

There are many community events in Blowing Rock too–Art In The Park runs May-October, the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival happens in April; the Fourth of July festival and parade; Blowing Rock Winterfest takes place in November, followed by Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town, a Holiday Parade or the Charity Horse Show– a tradition for 84 years.

If you have not yet visited The Coves, or the gorgeous region of Western North Carolina that so many have chosen, stop by and see some of the stunning mountain homes.  For example, the home on Oakcrest Lane is Craftsman-style on over seven acres with views of Grandfather Mountain, Brown Mountain and Table Rock right outside your door. The design of this home is spacious, with three generous bedrooms, three and a half baths, an office, great rooms, porches and a hot tub that gaze upon the mountains.  If you tend to accumulate a lot of belongings, the storage closets will suit your needs in the home’s temperature-controlled floored attic.  Stretch your legs in the Pisgah National Forest or paddle in Wilson Creek which are directly across the road.  What are you waiting for?

Or how about Waterfall Lane, another Craftsman-style home on 2.25 acres also with inspiring views of Grandfather Mountain, Brown Mountain and Table Rock.  This gem is designed with three spacious bedrooms, two and a half baths and an office. Great rooms, porches, and of course the hot tub provide you with glorious mountain views. You won’t be longing for more storage, and the temperature- controlled floored attic and whole house generator are the perfect additions.  What more could you desire with Pisgah National Forest and Wilson Creek just across the way.

Be sure to visit The Coves and see all the other inspiring possibilities that await you include day excursions to the Green Park Inn.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit!

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