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Explore the North Carolina High Country

Alpen Acres Motel in Blowing Rock, NC is the perfect place to stay if you plan to visit the High Country area of the North Carolina Mountains. We are centrally located to all of the local attractions including being within 1/4 mile of the Blue Ridge Parkway and less 2 miles from the entrance of Appalachian Ski Mountain.

Alpen Acres Motel is…

  • just 2 miles to ski slopes.
  • close enough to hear Tweetsie’s whistle!
  • 1 mile to a Tanger Outlet Shopping Center.
  • close to downtown Blowing Rock, without the hustle.
  • just up the Blue Ridge Parkway from Grandfather Mountain.
  • within 10 minutes of Appalachian State University.
  • a perfect stay for motorcyclists.

Alpen Acres is also a proud member of the following organizations, each of which will offer plenty of information and links to more Blue Ridge Mountain area attractions.

High Country Area Photo Gallery

High Country Area Links

Below are links for many of the area’s most popular attractions, events, and services.

Antiques and Collectibles

Possum Hollow Antiques
Furniture and accessories for every room. Possum Hollow Rd, across from Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway, Blowing Rock. (828) 295-3502

Staffordshire Antiques
English antiques and pine reproduction furniture. 8599 Hwy 105 S, Foscoe. (828) 963-4274

Arts & Heritage

An Appalachian Summer Festival
A first class arts festival presented by Appalachian State University – month of July.

Art in the Park
Annual art and craft show in Blowing Rock Park – one Saturday each month May through October. (828) 295-7851

Ashe County Frescoes
Tiny white clapboard chapels house some of the most important fresco art in America. Artist Ben Long painted several biblical scenes in two churches; one in Glendale Springs and one in Beaver Creek. No admission. (336) 982-3076

Barter Theatre
The State Theatre of Virginia is located in the historic and charming town of nearby, Abingdon. Some of their alumni include Patricia Neal, Ernest Borgnine, and Gregory Peck. They offer dramas, comedies, musicals, and more all year round!

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Celebrating the rich heritage of our mountains.

Blue Ridge Dinner Theater
Combining good food and good entertainment, the Blue Ridge Dinner Theater strives to offer name-brand and local entertainment to the High Country.

Cheap Joe's Art Stuff
World-renowned art supplier, artist, and author.

Crossnore Weavers & Gallery
A working museum.

Horn in the West
A seasonal outdoor drama about Daniel Boone. Mid June till mid August.

Lees-McRae Performing Arts & Summer Theatre
Theatre in the beautiful mountain village of Banner Elk.

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

MerleFest
A huge Americana music celebration.

Moses Cone Memorial Park / Parkway Craft Center
Historic Cone Manor House and 25 miles of gently graded horse, hiking, and cross-country skiing trails at milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. » Bass Lake – Picturesque setting for walking. Located on the lower level and approached by car from Hwy 221.

Mountain Home Music
Appalachian traditional musicians, dancers, storytellers and poets.

MusicFest at Sugar Grove
In appreciation of Doc Watson, bluegrass musicians gather and perform in this annual event. Doc & Merle Watson Museum open – July.

Penland School of Crafts
A national center for craft education which covers many forms of the arts. Also includes a craft gallery.

Performing Arts Series
A variety of dance, music and theatre comprise this series, presented at Appalachian State University – October to April.

Singing on the Mountain
This will be the 83rd day long gathering of top southern gospel groups at Grandfather Mountain – June.

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

Turchin Center for Visual Arts
The largest visual arts center in northwestern North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia. Located in downtown Boone.

Watauga Arts Council
Gallery exhibits and gift shop for many local artists in Boone.

Attractions & Events

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 Winterfest
A spectacular winter event – January.

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.

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.

Grandfather Mountain
Park with wildlife reserve and mile high swinging bridge.

Hickory Ridge Living History Museum
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.

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

Mystery Hill / Appalachian Heritage Museum
Incredible scientific illusions / cultural museum.

Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest
Take a break from all the activities and enjoy the spectacular fall colors from the chair lift – October.

The Blowing Rock
Overhanging the Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below is North Carolina's oldest travel attraction.

The Blue Ridge Parkway
A scenic federal park with fantastic views and miles of hiking trails (just one fourth mile from Alpen Acres).

The Greater Foscoe Mining Company
A gem mining adventure in Foscoe.

The Orchard at Altapass
Mountain grown apples, jams and jellies, authentic mountain music, arts, gifts, and much more.

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!

Virtual Blue Ridge
The premier online source for information, photos, and maps of the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding areas.

Wooly Worm Festival
Come join in the fun at the 30th annual festival in Banner Elk – October.

Bicycling & Motorcycling

Beech Mountain Biking
Come enjoy a scenic 50 mile ride on Beech Mountain's road trails. No matter your experience, we have the ride for you.

Biking the Country Roads of Watauga
This guide book helps you discover our mountain roads at your leisure.

Blood, Sweat & Gears
The name says it all! Come join 1200 riders and take up the challenge of the mountain roads that make up the 100 mile route. Proceeds benefit the Watauga County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Blue Ridge Bicycle Club
They bring together a community of mountain and road cyclists, who work together to provide opportunities for safer and more enjoyable recreational cycling in Western North Carolina.

Blue Ridge Motorcycling
Motorcycling in the Blue Ridge Mountains. All your biking questions answered in this one spot.

International Christian Cycling Club
Their mission is to expose each cyclist to the love and grace of Jesus Christ...and unite Christian cyclists for a worldwide testimony in lifestyle, training, and sportsmanship.

Calendar of Events

Blowing Rock Chamber
Anything you want to know about the happenings in and around Blowing Rock.

High Country Host
From arts...to birding...to calendars, they know all the scoop. They hold a wealth of information pertaining to this six-county region known as "The High Country."

Real Deals Now
Check out their specials for restaurants and entertainment...plan ahead and save!

The Mountain Times Calendar
Additional events and information for our area.

Todd's Calendar
Join in with the locals at many of these events.

Fishing & Hunting

Appalachian Angler
Fly shop and guide service.

Elk Creek Outfitters
Fly fishing at its best.

Foscoe Fishing Co. and Outfitters
Fly fishing shop stop.

Grandfather Trout Farm
Fish for trout without the hassle involved in fishing on a river or stream. They supply the gear, including rod and reels, bait and towels, ice and bags, for no extra charge; you only pay for what you catch. ( 828) 963-5098

Linville Falls and Gorge
90 ft. falls with the deepest gorge east of the Grand Canyon at milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Golf

Boone Golf Club
Scenic public golf course (just 4 miles from Alpen Acres Motel).

Mountain Aire Golf Club
18 hole public course. Par 72. Great views of mountains. West Jefferson, NC.

Willow Valley Golf Course
9 hole public course. Par 3. Rolling hills and beautiful grounds, just outside Boone, NC.

Hiking & Picnicking

Julian Price Memorial Park
4,344 acres of camp grounds, picnic area, fishing, boat rentals, and trails at milepost 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Moses Cone Memorial Park / Parkway Craft Center
Historic Cone Manor House and 25 miles of gently graded horse, hiking, and cross-country skiing trails at milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. » Bass Lake – Picturesque setting for walking. Located on the lower level and approached by car from Hwy 221.

The Blue Ridge Parkway
A scenic federal park with fantastic views and miles of hiking trails (just one fourth mile from Alpen Acres).

Horseback Riding

Banner Elk Stables
Guided trail rides.

Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve
Guided trail rides through Moses Cone National Park.

Dutch Creek Trails
A delightful riding experience awaits you.

V C Farm
Riding, sleigh & carriage rides in beautiful Valle Crucis.

Outdoor Adventure

Appalachian Adventures
Enjoy the beautiful New River with canoeing, tubing, kayaking; and also bicycling. Todd, NC. (336) 877-8800

Appalachian Caverns
Enjoy the thrill and adventure as you explore the underground. All tours are led by a well trained guide. Blountville, TN. (423) 323-2337

Footsloggers Climbing Tower
Come experience the fun of climbing a 35 foot structure with over 4,000 square feet of climbing surface. In the heart of Boone.

Hawksnest Zipline
Longest zipline course on East Coast.

High Mountain Expeditions
Whitewater rafting, funyaking, canoeing, hiking, and caving. Professionally guided tours for all ages and abilities.

River & Earth Adventures
Guided adventures in many forms: water (rafting, floating, canoeing, tubing), rock climbing, hiking, and caving.

Rock Dimensions Climbing Guides
Guided rock climbing, rappelling and caving adventures, team building and challenge course programs. Climbing tower at Footsloggers in downtown Boone.

Scream Time Ziplines
Harness up for a wild adventure. First three person line.

Wahoo's Adventures
Whitewater rafting, canoeing, trout fishing, caving, 4-wheel drive and sight seeing tours, ski rentals, cross country transportation.

Zaloo's Canoes
Canoe the river amidst breathtaking scenery.

Restaurants

Blowing Rock Cuisine
An array of culinary delights await you as you visit these great restaurants...something for everyone's palate.

High Country Dining
Many of the local favorites from which to choose.

Real Deals Now
Check out their specials for restaurants and entertainment...plan ahead and save!

Shopping

Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway
Shopping bargains in the mountains; shop at 30 nationally known factory outlets. Located just one mile from Alpen Acres on Hwy 321, north of Blowing Rock. (828) 295-444

Transportation

Air Haven Limousine
Limo or trolley for those special occasions.

Weather

Weather Information for the High Country
Ray's Weather...the one the locals trust.

Winter Activities

Appalachian Ski Mountain
Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating in Blowing Rock (we're just 2 miles from the slopes!)

Beech Mountain
Skiing / snowboarding in the town of Beech Mountain.

Blue Ridge Parkway (in gated sections)
Experiencing the Parkway on foot or on cross-country skis in a blanket of snow is a grand experience during those times when the road is closed to vehicle traffic.

Hawksnest Resort
Snow tubing and zip lining in Seven Devils.

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
The carriage trails at Moses H Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway are one of the best places in the area to put on your cross-country skis or snowshoes and have a blast!

Sugar Mountain
Skiing / snowboarding in Banner Elk.