Spring Has Sprung

As winter melts into spring, the High Country comes alive with lush greens and vibrant colors. Spring showers provide our lakes and streams with peak conditions for waterfalls, rafting, and kayaking. Trout season begins in April and if you’re lucky enough to find a secret spot along the riverbanks, you could spend the whole day taking in the therapeutic powers of being in nature.

If you’re thinking of scheduling a spring break trip with us, we’ve got some great suggestions on how to spend your days.

Farmers Markets
Looking to buy some local produce or native flowers? The High Country is home to several local farmers markets and produce stands.

Watauga County Farmers Market:
591 Horn in the West Drive, Boone
Open Saturdays in April – November from 8-1PM

Blowing Rock Fresh Market
Park Avenue, Blowing Rock
Open Thursdays May 19 – Sep 29 from 3-6PM

Avery County Farmers Market
Old Banner Elk School, Banner Elk
Open Thursdays in May – October from 4-7PM

Beech Mountain Farmers Market
Beech Mountain Public Parking Lot
Open on the 1st Friday of every month in June – October from 2-6PM

Kid-Friendly Activities
Looking for some fun activities to keep the kiddos (or the young at heart) entertained? We’ve got some great options that range from fun to super fun!

Memorial Park in Downtown Blowing Rock
High Gravity Adventures
Sky Valley Zip Tours
Tweetsie Railroad (now open for the season with 3 new rides)
Rocky Knob Park
Valle Crucis Park
WIlderness Run Alpine Coaster and Adventure Course

Rainy Day Activities:
Mystery Hill
Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine
Watauga Rec Center Pool (open to the public for a nominal fee)
Children’s Playhouse (great for younger kids)

Water Adventures
Spring is a great time of year to explore waterfalls, kayak, or fish.

Price Lake Boat Rentals
Wahoo’s Adventures
River and Earth Adventures
The Speckled Trout Outfitters
Linville Falls
Crabtree Falls
Glen Burney Falls

Outdoor Music and Festivals
For music lovers, the High Country is home to several festivals – or you can usually find live music on the weekends at several popular venues.

April 27 – 30 (tickets required)

High Country Jazz Festival
Boone and Blowing Rock
June 9 – 11

Boonerang Music and Arts Festival
June 15 – 17

Popular Best-Bets For Weekend Music:
Grandfather Winery
Banner Elk Winery
Linville Falls Winery
Appalachian Mountain Brewery
Booneshine Brewing

Just looking to relax and soak in mother nature? One of the best ways we’ve found to truly enjoy the beauty of spring in the High Country is a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Find a spot to pull off to enjoy a picnic, explore small towns and general stores, learn about the history of the Appalachian Mountains, or simply catch a snooze in a sunny spot on our grounds. Whether you choose a week of adventure or a week of relaxation, we hope you enjoy your stay with us in our slice of heaven.

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