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    • Blowing Rock WinterFest 2017

      The 19th edition of WinterFest in Blowing Rock, from Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, January 29, will include more events and activities than ever before, from daytime to dusk and beyond. And, as always, it’s about contrast. On the warm

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    • The Charlie Ellis Jazz Trio

      Charlie Ellis has been bringing the gift of jazz to Blowing Rock for decades. From venues like the Jazz Parlor to P.B. Scotts, and now at the historic Green Park Inn, performances by Mr. Ellis and the Charlie Ellis Trio

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    • Blowing Rock’s Favorite Things

      Tired of Christmas Shopping Online Or At the Mall? Think About Choosing From Among Blowing Rock’s Favorite Things There’s nothing quite like the twinkle and warmth of North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town when it’s decked out for Christmas, and with

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    • Thanksgiving Through Christmas Events

      Seasonal Celebrations Ongoing in North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town  There’s a lot going on in Blowing Rock, North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town, between Thanksgiving and Christmas: It’s a fun, festive and family-friendly holiday destination. The Norman Rockwell-esque downtown sparkles with

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    • Fall Classic Cycling Race 2016

      The Blowing Rock Fall Classic bike ride returns to the High Country on Saturday, September 24, joined by the Blue Ridge Ascent on Sunday, September 25. The two days of riding sets up an entire weekend of cycling on some

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    • Third Blowing Rock Music Festival music festival

      The Blowing Rock Music Festival returns for a third year to The Blowing Rock in Blowing Rock on Saturday, September 17. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the music runs continuously from noon until sunset, with fireworks to follow (weather

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    • Mayview Madness 5K on Labor Day Weekend

      The 17th Annual Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run takes place here on Saturday, September 3, right in the heart of a fun- and activity-filled Labor Day weekend. The 5k run starts at 8:30 a.m. adjacent to

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    • Experience “Elizabeth Bradford: Time + Terrain” at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

      The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) is excited to announce the opening of “Elizabeth Bradford: Time + Terrain”, curated by Carla Hanzal. The exhibition will be on view from August 13 to November 19, 2016, with an opening

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    • Art and Antiques Show Adds to Blowing Rock’s Summer Allure

      The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) presents its tenth annual Blowing Rock Art and Antiques Show Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31. This year’s event will include more than 5,000 square feet of show space with antique

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    • Beguiling Blowing Rock Beckons With High Season Activities

      The months of May through September in North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town sparkle with events and activities as sure to please travelers as are the mild daytime temperatures and cool nights. Surrounded by the multifaceted natural beauty of the High

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    • Blowing Rock Restaurant Week 2016 village cafe

      Eighteen of Blowing Rock’s best restaurants will be offering a variety of promotions during Blowing Rock Restaurant Week, Monday, May 16 through Sunday, May 22. Features at the eateries are varied and will include multi-course menus, discounts, and dishes made especially

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    • Art in the Park Moves to Downtown

      After four successful years at the American Legion parking deck, the 2016 Art in the Park series moves across Memorial Park to Park Avenue near Main Street, where visitors will have all the shopping and dining attractions of Blowing Rock

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    • Beautiful Blowing Rock Brews a Bountiful Beer Month

      April is Beer Month in North Carolina, where more than 145 craft breweries dot the landscape from Manteo to Murphy. But if you’re going to indulge, why not do so in North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town, where Beer Month activities

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    • Savor Food, Libations, & Spring in Blowing Rock

      Liked the Wine & Food Festival? You’ll Love SAVOR Blowing Rock! After ten years of steady growth and incremental enhancements, organizers of the spring culinary and libations festival in North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town have decided to kick it up another notch,

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    • Catch Me If You Can!

      37th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby returns for fishing fun Saturday, April 2 The 37th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby will take place in and around North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town on Saturday, April 2, from sunrise to 4:00 p.m. First-place winners

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    • Blowing Rock’s WinterFest 2016: More Fire, More Ice

      WinterFest in Blowing Rock has always been about giving visitors reasons to celebrate rather than hibernate a month after the holidays end. And its always been about fire and ice, in their many forms: bonfires, chili cook-offs, s’mores and warm

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    • Holidays 2015 in Blowing Rock

      It’s hard to imagine a more scenic, idyllic or festive holiday destination than Blowing Rock. The beauty of the Western North Carolina High Country, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, winter sports…an event-filled calendar from Thanksgiving through Christmas…choose-and-cut Christmas trees, bonfires, musical events, parades,

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    • Green Park Inn Wins Award of Excellence

      Blowing Rock, North Carolina’s Green Park Inn was awarded the Best Small Hotel for 2015 by the Historic Hotels of America Organization at their Annual Meeting held in October held in French Lick, Indiana. Historic Hotels of America is a selective group

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    • Forecast Expert Sees “best leaf color season in recent memory”

      Kathy Matthews, an associate professor of biology at Western Carolina University, specializes in plants systematics and makes annual predictions about regional fall color. Recently she was quoted in the Asheville Cirizen-Times, saying, “This fall could be one of the best

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    • Blowing Rock Hosts Debut Fall Classic Bike Ride September 26

      For many years, late September was the time when cyclists from all over the Southeast made their way to Western North Carolina for the Bridge to Bridge ride from Lenoir to the top of Grandfather Mountain. Bridge to Bridge is

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    • 16th Annual Mayview Madness 5k Set for Saturday, Sep. 19

      The 2014 running of the Stick Boy Mayview Madness drew more than 320 preregistered runners, ages 3 to 84, including more than 60 under 13. This year’s event takes place here on Saturday, September 19 on a course that winds

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    • Visit North Carolina brings TRAC to Blowing Rock

      Visit North Carolina’s Tourism Resource Assistance Center (TRAC), a community-based training program designed to help small tourism-related businesses, will be held Thursday, August 27th from 10 am – 2 pm at the Blowing Rock American Legion Building, 333 Wallingford Street,

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    • Ninth BRAHM Art and Antiques Show Expands Offerings

      The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) presents its ninth annual Art and Antiques Show Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2. This year’s event will be the biggest and most wide-ranging yet, with vendors from eight states offering

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    • May To October: Three Glorious Seasons in Blowing Rock

      Late spring, summer and early fall in Blowing Rock are a slow, sensuous, sine wave of moderate temperature fluctuations and gradually changing natural beauty. North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town is in the heart of this High Country environment, and visitor-centered

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    • Restaurant Week Blowing in Rock Confirmed for June 1-7

      Some of Blowing Rock’s best dining venues will be showcasing special lunch and dinner menus during Restaurant Week, Monday, June 1 through Sunday, June 7. To date, ten restaurants have signed on to the program, offering up to three-course meals

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    • Town Wins Two Blue Ridge Country “Best of Parkway 2015” Awards

      Blowing Rock has been honored with two Blue Ridge Country Magazine “Best of Parkway 2015” Awards. The Town won the Platinum Award for Best Small Town and the Gold Award for Best Retirement Town. “Our readers are obviously taken with

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    • 2015 Art in the Park Features NC Artists

      Art in the Park, which takes place one Saturday a month May through October, has announced featured artists from across North Carolina in its 2015 edition. Dates and artists are as follows: May 9: Joseph Falzone, glass, Asheville June 13:

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    • Tapping Beer-Town Roots for April

      Blowing Rock has a full schedule of beer-related events and promotions during NC Beer Month in April, all part of the state-wide initiative to highlight the local craft brew industry. New events for 2015 include the Blowing Rock Brewing Bivouac

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    • Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival Marks a Decade

      Citywide events and festivals come and go. New ones pop up regularly, while existing others abruptly disappear…even from places where people want to visit regularly. So if an event flourishes for a decade, it means that the organizers are always

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    • 36th Annual Trout Derby!

      The 36th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby will take place in and around North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town on Saturday, April 4, from sunrise to 4:30 p.m. First-place winners will receive trophies in five divisions: Men, Women, Girls (12-14) Boys

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    • Four Things To Do in Blowing Rock Right Now

      Wintertime in Blowing Rock is usually clear, crisp…and sometimes cold…in the 30s and 40s (consult your favorite weather web site for details). But cold weather doesn’t mean uninviting; several activities have a special attraction for visitors in winter (not to

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    • Blowing Rock Offers a Warm Welcome for Holiday Visitors

      Shopping and dining in Blowing Rock is always one of the main attractions in one of “America’ Prettiest Winter Towns.” And for the holiday season, local shopkeepers and restaurateurs have added special incentives to visit, shop and dine. Blowing Rock

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    • WinterFest 2015 Tempts Travelers: “Don’t Hibernate. Celebrate!”

      WinterFest in Blowing Rock brings together the elements of fire and ice, set in the winter beauty of one of Travel & Leisure magazine’s “prettiest winter towns.” Bonfires, toasted marshmallows, warm hospitality and the Chilly Chili Cook-off provide the fire,

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    • A Picture-esque Look at Holiday Tradition in Blowing Rock

      Blowing Rock has been named North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town, one of America’s Prettiest Winter Towns, and its Main Street has been selected a Great Place in North Carolina. Add to those accolades the cool crispness of late fall, the

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    • Prognosticator Reprognosticates: “Brilliant” Fall Color Now Possible

      After early predictions of a less-than-spectacular leaf season in the High Country, Western Carolina University Associate Professor of Biology Kathy Matthews has recently changed her mind: “The weather patterns that we have been having in Western North Carolina in recent

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    • A Bit of Fall Color Arriving Earlier Than Usual In and Around Blowing Rock

      Weekly Updates to Begin Mid-September, Dailies October 1. It’s always a tricky task to accurately predict fall color in the High Country in terms of arrival, peak and vividness of hues…but it’s safe to predict that fall color in and

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    • Photos Needed for 2015 Blowing Rock Community Calendar

      Images of Native Flora & Fauna to be Included in 2015 Edition. The Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority is issuing a photo call for images to be included in the Town’s 2015 Community Calendar. The calendar’s photo theme will be

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    • Beach Blast on the Blue Ridge Set for Saturday, Sep. 13

      On Saturday, September 13, the Blue Ridge Mountain Club will present Beach Blast on the Blue Ridge, featuring beach music by The Catalinas and the Band of Oz, with opening act Owen Campbell. Tickets are $28 in advance and $35

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    • Before the Fall: September Swings in Blowing Rock

      When the leaves begin to turn in October in the High Country of North Carolina, those in the know head for Blowing Rock, where fall color is augmented by the attractions of North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town. But truly insider

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    • 15th Annual Mayview Madness 5k Set for Saturday, Sep. 20

      The fog-shrouded 2013 running of the Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k race drew more than 360 runners, the largest in race history. This year’s event ~ the 15th annual 5k and the recently added one-mile kids fun run ~ takes

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    • Anticipating a Long, Hot Summer? Cool Off in Blowing Rock

      Blowing Rock, North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town, is also one of the Southeast’s coolest through the summer months. Average high monthly high temperatures for the High Country travel destination are as follows: June, 73; July, 76; August, 74; September, 69.

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    • WNC Shriners Return to Blowing Rock

      The WNC Shriners are making what has become an annual pilgrimage to Blowing Rock, bringing their Summer Ceremonial and attendant parade to the town May 30 through June 1. On Saturday, May 31, the traditional Shriners Parade will take place

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    • Art in the Park Returns May Through October

      Now in its second half-century, Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park, a monthly May through October Saturday event, showcases craftspeople and artisans from all over the Southeast. More than 35,000 people will attend the shows this year, choosing from handcrafted

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    • Blowing Rock Brews Local Events During NC Beer Month

      April marks the second annual NC Beer Month, featuring dozens of breweries across the state. In Blowing Rock, there will be plenty to experience throughout the month, including indulgence-worthy dining, lively bars, singular shops and eclectic galleries, beer pairings, tasting

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    • Blowing Rock Horse Show Awarded Heritage Competition Designation

      The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show has been awarded Heritage Competition designation by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The Blowing Rock show, now in its 91st year, joins an exclusive list of only 17 of the approximately 2500 USEF-sanctioned

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    • Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival Adds Tents, Events, Music

      Now in its ninth year and firmly established as one of the South’s premier culinary events, the four-day Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival offers an expanded array of events and venues while showcasing Blowing Rock’s early springtime ambiance (see

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    • Blowing Rock Trout Derby Returns 2014

      The 35th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby will take place in and around North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town on Saturday, April 5, from sunrise to 4:30 p.m. First-place winners will receive trophies in five divisions: Men, Women, Girls (12-14) Boys

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    • Polar Plunge Puts Icing on the WinterFest Cake. Literally.

      Part of 2014 WinterFest in Blowing Rock, this year’s Polar Plunge will take place in Chetola Lake at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25. If they don’t cut a hole in the ice, it will take place on Chetola Lake.

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    • Chili & Chilly WinterFest Returns to Blowing Rock

      WinterFest in Blowing Rock brings together the elements of fire and ice, set in the winter beauty of one of Travel & Leisure magazine’s “prettiest winter towns.” Bonfires, toasted marshmallows, warm hospitality and the Chili Cookoff provide the fire, while

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    • Holidays Sparkle With Seasonal Splendor

      Everyone who’s been to Blowing Rock knows about the Norman Rockwell-esque ambiance of Main Street, with its walkable streetscape and unique shops and restaurants. Earlier this year, expert panelists from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC)

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