Blowing Rock, North Carolina is a quaint village located in the Blue Ride Mountains where the majestic beauty of mother nature meets the adventurous spirit of loving communities.
Born from the hard work of entrepreneurs and the generosity of philanthropists, Blowing Rock has stories to tell and treasures to find. Family-friendly destinations and sophisticated locations offer visitors the best of both worlds.
1. Tweetsie Railroad
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Tweetsie Railroad is a Wild West theme park where guests catch a ride on a train being pulled by an old-fashioned steam locomotive. This 3-mile scenic mountain adventure in North Carolina has excitement the whole family will enjoy. Tweetsie Railroad is a great family destination with 14 carnival-style rides and a variety of live entertainment. Musicals and magic shows delight audiences of all ages. Can-can dancers take the stage with old westerns playing on the screen between performances and the Country Clogging Jamboree mixes it up with high-energy Appalachian dancing. The final stop while visiting Tweetsie Railroad is Deer Park Zoo with yellow-bellied turtles, emus, and micro-mini donkeys to name a few.
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 800-526-5740
2. Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
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Moses H. Cone Memorial Park was the country home of prosperous entrepreneur Moses Cone. This 3500 acreage offers 25-miles of picturesque trails winding through lush white pine forest and open fields. The highlight of this massive property is the 13,000 square foot, 20-room mansion, Flat Top Manor where guests can take in the lavish and luxury of the Gilded Age. Painted a brilliant white, this architectural work of art stands bold against the rich green pine forest backdrop. Popular activities at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park include hiking, horseback riding and fishing the stocked lakes for bass and trout.
Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 294, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605, Phone: 828-295-3782
3. The Blowing Rock
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The Blowing Rock of the Blue Ridge Mountains was created under crushing pressure over 250 million years ago when the mountain range formed. Years of erosion exposed the now visible formation known as The Blowing Rock. The stripping feature of Blowing Rock occurred when the rock minerals aligned during the heat and pressure all those millions of years ago. The legendary love story of a Chickasaw maiden and a Cherokee brave tells the tale of how the Blowing Rock got its name. The heart-stopping views along the 1200 foot-long path overlooking the valley below will leave visitors speechless.
432 The Rock Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28645, Phone: 828-295-7111
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4. Julian Price Memorial Park
Julian Price Memorial Park is 4200 acres of rolling landscape at the base of Grandfather Mountain. When combined with the neighboring Moses H. Cone Memorial Park these two parks are the largest area on Blue Ridge Parkway to be developed for public recreation. Activities at Julian Price Memorial Park range from family picnics along the Parkway to catching fish while boating on Price Lake. Hikers and mountain bike riders can enjoy a 13.5-mile trail that travels along the Parkway from Price Lake to Beacon Heights. Camping under the stars gives nature lovers the chance to immerse themselves in the wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains. More Day Trips in NC
Milepost 297 Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 828-963-5911
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5. Flat Top Manor
Flat Top Manor was constructed by Moses H. Cone and his wife Bertha beginning in 1899 and was completed in 1901. The lavish home was inspired by the Biltmore Estate of George Vanderbilt in nearby Asheville, North Carolina. Moses’ love of nature and passion for farming moved him to plant a forest of white pines, hemlock hedges, orchards, gardens, and raise livestock. Flat Top Manor is free to the public with guided tours of the second floor provided by the park rangers. On the first floor, visitors will find the Craft Center managed by the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild, the National Park Service Information Station, and a bookstore.
6570 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
6. Appalachian Ski Mountain
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Appalachian Ski Mountain was originally established in the winter of 1962 as Blowing Rock Ski Lodge. In 1968, it was bought by a group of investors and became Appalachian Ski Mountain. Over the years it has grown and expanded to the 12 ski slopes with two terrain parks and a 46,000 square-foot lodge at the mountain’s base. Amenities at the smoke-free Bavarian-style lodge include tv and game rooms to entertain the kids, a 200’ observation deck for spectacular views of the slopes, and a spacious restaurant for fine dining. The Alpine Ski Shop and The Appalachian Gift Shop carry high-quality ski equipment, accessories, souvenirs, and gifts. More NC Getaways
940 Ski Mountain Rd, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 828-295-7828
7. Blowing Rock Brewery
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Blowing Rock Brewery opened its doors in 2013 after five long years of research and development to create the finest mountain craft-beer in the area. An explosion of support from locals assured Jeff Walker and Todd Rice their hard work had paid off. Along with the brewery, Jeff and Todd opened Blowing Rock Ale House and Inn that provides guests lodging, fine dining, and a micro-brewery packed into one experience. Guest rooms offer unique charm with elegant furnishings, spa-like private baths, and dazzling hardwood floors. The restaurant serves a menu of mountain-inspired artisan dishes prepared by skilled chefs. Appetizers like Crispy Duck Legs and entrees of Carolina Bison Burger are sure to tantalize the most curious palate.
152 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 828-414-9254 or 828-414-9600
8. Blowing Rock Art and History Museum
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Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) is more than just a gallery full of paintings or a museum stuffed with artifacts. The BRAHM provides the community of Blowing Rock a hands-on cultural experience of learning with classes for adults and families. Guest speakers give informative lectures about both the visual and performing arts of the Blue Ridge Mountain region. Workshops are offered where participants actively engage in painting while sipping wine and socializing. Kids can get in on the action with creative art projects and crafts every Tuesday and Thursday. Blowing Rock Art and Museum also hosts a concert series during the summer featuring a range of talented musicians in a variety of styles.
159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 828-295-9099
9. Green Knob Trail
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Green Knob Trail is a short hiking trail packed with big adventures for nature enthusiasts. At just over two-miles long the various terrain includes flowering tunnels of clustered rhododendron trees, vast pasture lands, trickling creeks, and sparkling diminutive waterfalls. Green Knob Trail’s best starting point begins at Sim’s Pond overlook and takes hikers on a counter-clockwise jaunt around and through scenic mountain landscape with spellbinding views of nearby Grandfather Mountain. This trail is one of the shortest in the area but requires caution and preparedness for wet and rugged conditions, particularly at creek crossings and steep inclines. Visitors must also be aware and alert for bulls that may be grazing in the pastures. More ideas: NC Beaches
Milepost 297 Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
10. French-Swiss Ski College
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French-Swiss Ski College was created by world-famous ski instructor Jim Cottrell during the winter of 1968 at Appalachian Ski Mountain. It got its name from the popularity of the Swiss methods and French techniques that were prevalent at the time. Taking lessons from professional instructors is the recommended way to learn how to ski or snowboard rather than the old trial and error method some skiers have used. French-Swiss Ski College has programs for beginners of all ages and classes on proper technique for intermediate terrain. Spaces fill up quickly during the peak of the skiing season so reservations are highly recommended.
940 Ski Mountain Rd, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 828-295-9311
11. Camp Coffee Roasters
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Camp Coffee Roasters was born from one man’s desire to create the perfect cup of coffee. Jason “Jay Camp” Campbell spent time in Iraq during his service in the U.S. Army and now, with the help of his marvelous wife Amanda, he is serving up the finest handcrafted cups of joe. Camp means more than just great coffee, their core values of community, adventure, mindfulness, and passion are the essence of happiness and success. Located on Main Street of Blowing Rock and surrounded by the majestic mountains, Camp Coffee Roasters is the place to be for a delicious coffee and delightful conversation. More North Carolina Vacations
921 Main Street, Blowing Roc, NC 28605
12. Mystery Hill
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One thing is abundantly clear when it comes to Mystery Hill – it’s definitely a totally unique place to visit when in Blowing Rock North Carolina. Here, families will discover some crazy mysteries as well as fun indoor and outdoor adventures that the whole group can enjoy together. Home to the only natural gravitational anomaly in the state, at Mystery Hill, balls roll uphill and water flows upward! Guests can take an educational and entertaining tour of this section of the hill located in the Historic Hudson Apple Orchards. Meanwhile, guests can also check out other attractions at Mystery Hill like the Old Cider Mill Platform, the mechanical bull, Bubblerama, the Hall of Mystery, as well as ax throwing and gem mining areas. More Things to Do in NC
129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605; Phone: 828-264-2792
13. Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine and Appalachian Fossil Museum
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Budding paleontologists, fossil enthusiasts, or even dinosaur enthusiasts will love a trip to Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine and Appalachian Fossil Museum. The museum is home to the largest private collection of fossils in the entire state of North Carolina, and proudly displays fossils found from various states in the country. Additionally, the museum also has unique and rare fossils from abroad with some of the most prized fossils coming in from Mozambique and Africa. Those who are interested in learning about the work that geologists and paleontologists put into fossils can drop by the prep work display where professionals will work on stabilizing and restoring fossils. Not to be missed is either is the museum’s rare minerals and gemstones collection features aquamarine crystals from Georgia, amethysts from South Carolina, and many more.
100 Shoppes on the Parkway Road, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605; Phone: 828-295-2034
14. Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage
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There’s no better place to discover and peruse the works of local artists in the county than Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage. Originally the home and studio of Elliot Daingerfield, a Blowing Rock local and popular artist, the Edgewood Cottage have historically been a gathering place for artists since it was erected in the 1890s. To this day artists continue to gather under the home’s roof as roughly 30 artists are invited annually to showcase, display, and sell their art for one week at a time. Great for art enthusiasts, collectors, curators, and even interior designers, there are always great new pieces of art in various mediums just waiting to be discovered at Artists in Residence. More ideas: Resorts in North Carolina
115 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605
15. High Gravity Adventures Zip Line and Aerial Park
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How much time does it really take to create a lifetime of memories? At High Gravity Adventures Zip Line and Aerial Park, all it takes is one day of adventure. Home to a multitude of outdoor adventures filled with zip climbs, swings, and more, High Gravity Adventure is the largest aerial adventure park between Blowing Rock and Boone. For just one admission fee, guests can experience all of the park’s activities from the three-person Giant swing, to the High-Altitude Zip Line Tour, down to the Mountain Ninja Course. The park is also home to the Blue Ridge Adventure Park, which is composed of three whopping stories of aerial obstacles that only get more complicated as climbers traverse the course. More ideas: North Carolina Islands
215 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605; Phone: 828-266-0176
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Set in an exquisite Greek Revival-style mansion and magnificent 42-acre estate dating back to 1917, Westglow Resort and Spa is an all-inclusive spa resort that offers a stylish and sophisticated getaway for discerning guests. Nestled in the folds of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, and a few miles outside the charming village of Blowing Rock, NC, Westglow is situated on a hilltop with sweeping panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and beyond.
Westglow offers elegant, full-service accommodations in The Mansion at Westglow, along with more secluded lodgings at the nearby Fleur de Lis Lodge at Westglow Village or The Lodge at Westglow Village. The award-winning spa is located at the Life Enrichment Center and features an indoor swimming pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, fitness equipment for cardiovascular and weight training, and an aerobics studio. Other upscale amenities at the resort include outdoor relaxation decks, croquet and clay tennis court, a fine-dining restaurant, and an elegant, library-style bar.
Westglow offers exceptional luxury accommodations, ranging from elegantly restored bedrooms in the historic Westglow Mansion to exclusive, more secluded lodgings in the Fleur de Lis Lodge and The Lodge at Westglow.
The Westglow Mansion features six beautifully appointed guest rooms with charming décor in soft pastel tones, period furnishings, carpeted floors and large windows with lovely garden views. Rooms have king-size beds in designer linens, en-suite tiled bathrooms with shower/bath combinations, single vanities, thick towels, bathrobes and organic bath products, and some beautiful sitting areas with fireplaces. The historic mansion also has desirable common areas including a formal dining room where breakfast is served and an elegant parlor in which to relax with a glass of wine or a good book.
Resting on the border of the beautiful Pisgah National Forest and across the street from the Westglow Mansion, the Fleur de Lis Lodge and The Lodge at Westglow offers private and secluded lodgings for guests wanting extra levels of serenity. The Fleur de Lis Lodge offers four comfortable bedrooms and two master suites with queen-size beds, three-and-a-half baths with shower/tub combinations, single vanities, thick towels, bathrobes and organic bath products, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, two decks, and a four-car garage.
The Lodge at Westglow features three stylishly decorated suites with king-size beds in designer linens, en-suite tiled bathrooms with shower/bath combinations, single vanities, thick towels, bathrobes and organic bath products, and spacious sitting areas with queen pull-out sleeper sofas and gas fireplaces.
Rowland’s Restaurant offers an exceptional dining experience with world-class culinary fare and award-winning wines in an elegance and refined atmosphere. Exuding a romantic fireside setting with breathtaking mountain views, Rowland’s features an indulgent dinner menu of new American cuisine prepared with Southern flair, including savory game meats, prime steaks, and fresh seafood. A delicious gourmet spa dinner menu is also available for health-conscious diners, and the outstanding cuisine is paired with a hand selected range of wines from around the world, including rare wines and some little-known gems from North Carolina vineyards.
Guests are treated to a delicious, healthy, and hearty gourmet breakfast every morning, which includes homemade granola, yogurt, cereals, fresh fruit, freshly baked pastries and bread and hot entrées. Freshly brewed artisan coffee, imported teas, and fruit juices are also available.
Amenities and Recreation
Amenities, facilities and guest services at the Westglow Resort and Spa include a Life Enrichment Center at The Mansion at Westglow, which features advanced fitness and therapeutic spa equipment such as an indoor swimming pool and whirlpools, steam rooms, and wet and dry saunas. Other amenities include private body treatment rooms, romantic couples massage rooms with fireplaces, fireside lounge with mountain views, a fully equipped fitness center with weight-training equipment and cardiovascular conditioning, an aerobics studio, a full-service hair and nail salon, men’s and women’s lounges with private showers and dressing areas, and a refreshing poolside café. Rowland’s Restaurant offers complimentary breakfast for guests, and exceptional dining experiences for dinner and the resort offers a guided hikes and nature walks around the property.
Weddings & Events
Westglow Resort & Spa offers a beautiful venue with modern banquet and meeting facilities, deluxe accommodations and first-class amenities for special celebrations, corporate gatherings and special events. The all-inclusive resort offers customized wedding packages for all types of parties, including catering, décor, entertainment and wedding planning teams, as well as a state-of-the-art conference facility for business meetings and conferences with multi-media technology, power point capabilities, and teleconferencing services.
224 Westglow Circle, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Phone: 828-295-4463
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