The historic village of Blowing Rock sits astride the Eastern Continental Divide at a cool 4,000 foot elevation. It is the only full service community on the Blue Ridge Parkway and is centrally located to all the attractions. The Town of Blowing Rock is a four season destination with plenty of local festivals, attractions year-round, not to mention seasonal activites like skiing, swimming, biking, fishing, hiking, shopping and just relaxing with the Blue Ridge Mountains as your daily backdrop.
Some popular links to some of our local favorites can be found below.
Grandfather Mountain
Blue Ridge Parkway History
Bicycling the Blue Ridge Parkway, mile by mile bike info
Blowing Rock Weather
Top Ten North Carolina Towns to Retire to
The Orchard at Altapass – Great family day of fun at a 104 year old Apple Orchard just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 328.
High Country Attractions – Everything to see and do in the High Country + Area Restaurants
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Westglow Spa – World famous Blowing Rock Spa
Moses Cone Park
The Blowing Rocket– For local Blowing Rock News
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Cultural opportunities include a professional summer stock theatre (the Blowing Rock Stage Co.) an indoor drama Horn in the West (in nearby Boone), Concerts in the Park on Sunday evenings, Art in the Park (a series of six juried Arts and Crafts shows on Saturday from May to October in the Town Park), and An Appalachian Summer program. Annual Music Festivals are abundant in and around Blowing Rock, classical to jazz to blue grass. Find children's concerts at the Blowing Rock American Legion Hall, afternoon and evening concerts at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church and jazz concerts at Appalachian Ski Mtn. There is always a parade or festival taking place in the High Country!
Mitford Days in Blowing Rock - Is Blowing Rock Mitford? We here in Blowing Rock consider it to be Mitford because Jan Karon lived here when she was inspired to write At Home in Mitford and other books in the series. If you love Jan's books as much as we do, you won't want to miss being a part of Mitford Days in Blowing Rock, a week long celebration of the Mitford books. Events include afternoon tea with Jan Karon and characters from the books, guided Mitford trolley tours and much more.
Recreational activities include abundant streams and lakes for canoeing and fishing as well as riding trails, golf courses, campgrounds, hiking, picnic areas, and an excellent nearby ski facility.
The Village of Blowing Rock has beautiful bed and breakfasts, hotels and vacation rentals.
Restaurant choices range from homestyle biscuits and gravy to trout served five ways to multi-course continental feasts. Blowing Rock Shopping [hyper all 3 words - ] is justifiably famous. Antiques, designer boutiques, local crafts, elegant accessories, Oriental rugs, woven coverlets, etc. offer the shopper a wide range of delights. We hope you will enjoy our lovely area and come back again and again.
Weather records are from the official U.S. Weather Bureau Reporting Station located at the 5,300 foot level of Grandfather Mountain. Averages are based on a 25 year period through 1988. Temperatures: Record Low -32 January 1985 Record High +83 August 1983 Earliest below freezing date: September 14, 1964 Latest below freezing date: June 3, 1956 Biggest drop in temperature in one day: 60 degrees +48 January 2, 1979 to -12 January 3, 1979 Winds: Highest wind 173 mph April 16, 1988 #winds measured exceeding 60 mph per year: 22.4 #winds measured exceeding 100 mph per year: 3.7 Rainfall: Most rain in one month: 20.1" September 1979 Most consecutive days with rain: 18 Most consecutive days without rain: 23 Snowfall: Earliest measurable snow: September 29, 1967 Latest measurable snow: May 27, 1961 Deepest snow in 24 hours: 26"