Boone is Bursting with Summer Fun

Located in the North Carolina High Country, at 3,333 feet, Boone, North Carolina offers a cool summer retreat (summer highs average 75 degrees) while the rest of the South is sweltering during the dog days of summer.

Dan'l Boone Inn              Named after Daniel Boone, the legendary hunter who maintained a hunting camp in the area, several attractions in the area play homage to the famous explorer. Boone is also home to Appalachian State University, giving the town a college ambiance along with the cultural and community education activities that come with a large university. The University’s An Appalachian Summer Festival brings a six-week concert series, featuring such national acts as Lyle Lovett, The Band Perry and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

The summer also brings the Horn in the West Outdoor Drama, one of the nation’s oldest (2013 marks its 62nd consecutive season) revolutionary war dramas, depicting pioneers as they sought freedom from British tyranny. The adjacent Hickory Ridge Living History Museum features several log cabins and onsite interpreters are on hand to answer questions about what life was Horn In The West like in the eighteenth century.

Boone is an outdoor lover’s paradise with activities such as zip-lining, kayaking, river tubing, hiking and fishing, trying yourself in archery with the best crossbow, etc. River Girl Fishing Company in nearby Todd, can not only hook you up with an inner tube and take you on a leisurely float down the New River, but here you can also meet Petunia, their family pig and resident oinker.  The newly opened Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park provides Petunia at River Girlmountain bikers with two separate trails, Rocky Branch Trail, a 1.6 mile loop and Lower Knob Trail, a 1.0 mile loop with another 5 miles of trails expected in the future. Several hiking trails are along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail traverses through the area.

Adrenaline seekers have plenty to keep them busy. At Sky Valley Zip Tours, thrill seekers can traverse ten zip-lines, jump off a cliff and a walk across a 120-foot wobbly rope bridge on the 140-acre property. Big Momma, as one zip-line is nicknamed, is 300 feet above the ground and reaches speed up to forty miles an hour.Ziplining at SkyValley

Don’t worry; there is plenty for the kids to do too with nearby Tweetsie Railroad, a western-themed amusement park featuring a three-mile steam-powered train ride.  In nearby Blowing Rock, Grandfather Mountain has a mile-high swinging bridge and mini-zoo and Linville Caverns, offers daily tours through the stalagmites and stalactites.

West King Street in Downtown Boone is a shopping paradise with specialty shops, galleries and antique stores. You can enjoy chocolate malts at the old-fashioned soda fountain at Boone Drug Company or stop in at Mast General Store, located in the Old Boone Mercantile building, offering everything from “cradles to graves”. It’s a popular spot to pick-up local-made goods and candy snatched from the barrel and sold by the pound.

Restaurants in the area offer out of the ordinary dining experiences.  Proper, located on Water Street is a traditional, meat-and-three, home-cooking restaurant, located in what was the old jailhouse. The Daniel Boone Inn and Restaurant has been serving meals family-style with southern favorites like country steak, ham biscuits and fried chicken since 1959.

When it’s time to rest your head after a long fun-filled day, Boone has a variety of lodging options ranging from the usual chain hotels and motels to the nearby, five-star Mast Farm Inn. If you need more space, the Yonahlossee Resort offers rental cabins with anywhere from one to five bedrooms.

So when you’ve had enough of the summer heat, head up to Boone and see for yourself why Boone is bursting with summer fun for the whole family.

Eat:

Proper
142 S. Water Street
Boone, NC 28607
828-865-5000
www.propermeal.com

 

Play:

Grandfather Mountain
US 221 and Blue Ridge Parkway
Linville, NC 28646
1-800-468-7325
www.grandfather.com

 

Sky Valley Zip Tours
Winklers Creek Road
Blowing Rock, NC
855-475-9947
www.boonezip.com

 

Horn in the West and Hickory Ridge Museum
591 Horn in the West Drive
Boone, NC 28607
828-264-2120
www.HornintheWest.com

 

Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
828-264-9061
www.tweetsie.com

 

River Girl Fishing Company
4041 Railroad Grade Road
Todd, NC 28684
336-877-3099
www.rivergirlfishing.com

 

About the Author

Sherry Jackson’s love of travel came at a young age. Her family would load up the car on the weekend, pick a destination and set off to explore. She has traversed thru jungles, snorkeled the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and wandered the streets of Paris, always searching for her next adventure. Her articles have been featured in a variety of outlets including USA Today, Blue Ridge Country, Foothills Spotlight Magazine, Jetsetter, Bootsnall, Gadling, Yahoo, CityRoom, The Simpsonville Sentinel and countless other print and online publications. She owns and maintains four websites (www.seethesouth.com , www.dragonflyventures.com, dvtravels.net and www.rulesforeveryday.com). Sherry is a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). Her work can be viewed at www.dragonflyventures.com.

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