Attractions & Events in Blowing Rock and The High Country:
» Amish Shopping Village at Chadi Farms – Handmade Amish quilts, toys, buggy rides, and more. Octoberfest – October
» The Blowing Rock – Overhanging the Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below is North Carolina's oldest travel attraction.
» Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show – One of the oldest horse shows in America, dating back over 80 years, is held at the L.M. Tate Show Grounds in Blowing Rock – June, July, Aug. (828) 295-3071
» Blowing Rock Trout Derby – Bring the children for a fun-filled "let's go fishing" weekend. Age categories and prizes. April. No charge. (828) 295-7851
» Blowing Rock Winterfest – A spectacular winter event – January.
» The Blue Ridge Parkway or Virtual Blue Ridge Parkway – A scenic federal park with fantastic views (just one fourth mile from Alpen Acres).
» Blue Ridge Wine Festival – An annual food and wine event in the heart of Blowing Rock – April.
» Christmas in July – Christmas festival celebrating music, Christmas trees, and hand made items. Held in West Jefferson.
» Daniel Boone Native Gardens – Unique native planting maintained by the Garden Club of North Carolina. On the grounds of Horn in The West in the heart of Boone.
» Doc's Rocks Gem Mine – A fun place for the whole family.
» Emerald Village – A community of gem, mineral and mining attractions, and underground is the NC Mining Museum.
» Foggy Mountain Gem Mine – Look for gems in Boone.
» Fun 'N Wheels – Action center for family fun – go carts, game room, and lots more! 2788 Hwy 105 S, Boone, NC 28607. (828) 262-3780
» Grandfather Mountain – Park with wildlife reserve and mile high swinging bridge.
» The Greater Foscoe Mining Company – A gem mining adventure in Foscoe.
» Hickory Ridge Homestead – A village representative of an 18th century mountain homestead, on the grounds of Horn in the West. Open June - August, daily except Mondays.
» Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans – A premier Scottish cultural event at Grandfather Mountain – July.
» Land of Oz – Experience the magic as you walk the Yellow Brick Road to meet Dorothy and all the other favorites from the Land of Oz – Beech Mountain.
» Linville Caverns – Experience the majesty of North Carolina's only show caverns.
» Magic Mountain Mini Golf – A challenging and fun-filled course set on a mountainside in Boone. (828) 265-4653
» Mast General Store / Old Boone Mercantile – Valle Crucis and Boone. Est. 1883, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Main store carries eclectic array of items for the home and has one of the best shoe stores in the High Country. The Annex has casual clothing and The Candy Barrel has hundreds of candies by the pound. Live music most weekends. Recommended by Charles Kuralt.
» Mystery Hill / Appalachian Heritage Museum – Incredible scientific illusions / cultural museum.
» The Orchard at Altapass – Mountain grown apples, jams and jellies, authentic mountain music, arts, gifts, and much more.
» Roan Mountain Natural Rhododendron Garden – Bakersville, NC. At 6,315 ft., Roan Mountain is the South's snowiest peak. It is a crossing point for the Appalachian Trail, and home of the world's largest natural rhododendron garden. The Red Catawba rhododendron bloom mid June through early July. (828) 682-3303
» Speedway in Lights – Christmas and the holiday season come to life in millions of lights. Come and experience it as you drive on the banks of "The World's Fastest Half-Mile." Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN – November through January
» Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest – Take a break from all the activities and enjoy the spectacular fall colors from the chair lift – October.
» Todd General Store – Est. 1914. Experience a look at the past, listen to Bluegrass, Storytelling, and treat yourself to some "Old Time Candy." 3866 Railroad Grade Road, Todd, NC 28684. (336) 877-1067
» Tweetsie Railroad – A wild west family theme park (just 2 miles from Alpen Acres Motel). We sell discounted tickets to Tweetsie. Opens April. Also don't miss Thomas the Tank Engine and Dora the Explorer and of course, the famous Halloween Ghost Train!
» Wooly Worm Festival – Come join in the fun at the 30th annual festival in Banner Elk – October.