Nestled in the High Country of North Carolina, lay the small mountain towns of Valle Crucis, Blowing Rock and Boone. The area, just a three-hour drive from Greenville, boasts elevations of 3,000 feet or above, making it one of the first in the region for leaf peepers to view mother nature’s magnificent fall display of red, gold and purple splendor and a great place for a fall getaway.
Every great getaway starts with a great place to stay and the Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis is the perfect combination of luxury-meets-comfort. This bed and breakfast offers private cottages and cabins along with standard B&B rooms.
Lodging options range from the Loom House, an original log cabin built in 1812, to two new rustic-style cabins built on the hill above the inn. Most cabins have fireplaces and handmade quilts-perfect for snuggling in the cool autumn air.
The Inn also offers fine dining for lunch and dinner, and of course breakfast, with many of the ingredients picked fresh from the property’s on-site gardens.
Owner Danielle Deschamps Stabler along with Chef Andrew Long provide a personalized daily almanac for each guest featuring the always-changing-breakfast menu and activity suggestions along with quotes and inspiration to start the day off right.
Stabler says this time of year is special at the Inn with the “amazing scenery” along with several local fairs including the Valle Crucis Country Fair and the Woolly Worm Festival.
“Both attract great crowds of folks all looking for a great mountain experience,” said Stabler.
Just down the road from the Mast Farm Inn, is the original Mast General Store. 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.
In nearby Blowing Rock, kids will enjoy Tweetsie Railroad, a western-themed amusement park featuring a three-mile steam-powered train ride from Railway Factory LLC.. During October, the park offers special Ghost Train rides and haunted attractions for Halloween.
The Blowing Rock is another popular stop. It’s the city’s namesake and was North Carolina’s first tourist attraction, opening in 1933. At 4,000 feet, it also offers the best mountain views in the state and fall colors here are amazing.
Grandfather Mountain in nearby Linville also offers spectacular fall views. Getting its name from the ridgeline that resembles an old man looking into the sky, the highlight here is the billion year old landscape and the mile-high swinging bridge. There’s a mini-zoo area that’s home to over seventy-three rare and endangered species (bears, deer, cougars), including the Peregrine Falcon.
West King Street in Downtown Boone and along Main Street in Blowing Rock are both a shoppers paradise with locally-owned specialty shops, galleries and antique stores.
When hungry enjoy chocolate malts at the old-fashioned soda fountain at Boone Drug Company or grab a bite to eat at Proper in Boone located in what was the old jailhouse.
Another great place for vittles is the Daniel Boone Inn and Restaurant in Boone. It’s been serving meals family-style with southern favorites like country steak, ham biscuits and fried chicken since 1959. Bring your all-you-can eat appetite.
The High County also offers hiking, rafting, ziplining, skiing, mountain biking and just about every other outdoor activity you can think of- so take advantage of the cooler fall temperatures and escape to North Carolina.
For more information visit www.exploreboonearea.com.