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Blowing Rock North Carolina Vacations Guide

Blowing Rock NC Vacations Guide

Prettiest Small Town in North Carolina

Voted the ‘Prettiest Small Town in North Carolina’, and a ‘Favorite Southern Destination’, Blowing Rock, North Carolina is located in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains at 3,700’ elevation, a just few miles south of Boone NC off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 292.

Welcome to Blowing Rock NC

Downtown Blowing Rock NC, has two stop lights, a post office, two banks, three small downtown churches, community library, city hall, police and fire station, about two dozen inns, gift shops and unique restaurants, ranging from coffee shops to fine dining restaurants. The Memorial Park is at the center of town. The 97 acre historic Chetola Resort borders the Blowing Rock’s north side at the headwaters of The New River, one of the few rivers in the world that flows north.

Blowing Rock’s main industry is tourism, making Blowing Rock, North Carolina one of the ‘Best Places for North Carolina Vacations’. Blowing Rock’s summer population soars from about 1,400 locals, who rough it out during winter, to over 9,000 from May through October. The last two weeks of October are the businest tourist season with all of the Fall Leaf Lookers. Winter brings downhill skiers to Appalachian Ski Mountain.

Mayview Manor Blowing Rock
Old Mayview Manor

Facts About Blowing Rock NC

The Blowing Rock is North Carolina’s oldest travel atrraction since the 1800’s. It’s the only place in the world where snow falls upside down – Ripley’s-Believe-It-Or-Not.

• In 1924, The Mayview Manor (Photo: Right) started a gun club directed by sharp shooting legend Annie Oakley, who was 63 years old at the time.

• The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is the country’s oldest continuous outdoor horse show in America, since 1923.

• Author Margaret Mitchell stayed at The Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock NC while writing “Gone With The Wind”.

• Author Tom Robbins was born in Blowing Rock NC in 1936. Tom recounts some of his early memories of Blowing Rock in his book, Wild Ducks Flying Backward.

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Jan Karon Mitford Days Blowing Rock NC
Jan Karon at Mitford Days

Is Blowing Rock Really Mitford?

Author and former Blowing Rock NC resident, Jan Karon based her Mitford Book Series on the Village of Blowing Rock NC with some of the local characters and landmarks, including local churches and restaurants. Blowing Rock NC hosted “Mitford Days” and was joined by Author Jan Karon for a fun filled week long celebration including a town parade. Memorial Park was transformed into a small town fairgrounds.

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Blowing Rock NC Lodging

Blowing Rock NC offers many unique Places To Stay In Blowing Rock, including a wide variety of Blowing Rock Lodging and Accommodations, such as vacation rentals, resorts and condo rentals, hotels, hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, country inns, cottage rentals, log cabin rentals and cabin rentals.

Blowing Rock NC Attractions

Blowing Rock NC Attractions

Don’t pass The Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park, located on U.S. Highway 321 between Blowing Rock and Boone NC, is one of the area’s most popular summer vacation attractions, featuring a 3 mile loop narrow gauge steam engine and amusement park.

The Blowing Rock Memorial Park downtown at the corner of Main Street and Sunset is a great place to sit and enjoy an ice cream cone from Kilwins or let the children play, on a warm summer’s afternoon. The free Sunday Concerts in the Park and Friday Night Concerts at Ragged Gardens Inn are big summer attractions in Blowing Rock NC.

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Blowing Rock NC Mountain Vacations

Explore Blowing Rock NC Vacations to check out the Blowing Rock Weather before Planning Your Trip to Blowing Rock NC. Find Things To Do, Places To See, Places to Shop, Places To Eat and Places To Stay in the Blowing Rock NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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