Blowing Rock, N.C.

Spruce Pine Potters Market Invitational

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Any North Carolina business that could spur a tourist visit will be considered for the listing, which could include potteries, events, specialty activities, etc. Read more


North Carolina mountain town ranked one of the best small towns for adventure. Read more



National Park Service

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park top lists for popularity, according to the National Park System. Read more


Going gets rough


It’s not uncommon to find church, or at least sanctuary, in the mountains. On a Sunday morning hike early last spring, I also came face to face—or foot to slippery rock, in this case—with a trail of metaphors for new parenthood. Read more


Away up there

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Southern Appalachia’s latest crop of guest retreats deepen the experience of some of the region’s most popular destinations—from the glitz of Dollywood and Biltmore Estate to the rugged allure of Pisgah National Forest and Lookout Mountain. Read more

Glidewell's Restaurant

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

A walk down Main Street in Blowing Rock is an exercise in pleasant distraction. Though only three square miles, the town is home to more than 100 shops, about two dozen restaurants, and nearly 20 hotels and inns. Read more

Iago Gallery

Nicole Wilhelm photos

The unassuming Main Street entrance to Iago art gallery in downtown Blowing Rock belies its true nature. Perhaps that’s why its original owners went for the Shakespearean reference as a namesake. Read more


Tweetsie Railroad engine

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A smartly dressed Tweetsie Railroad conductor doffs his hat to the ladies waiting in line. Friendly cowboys help visitors on board passenger trains standing ready to start their journey. Read more