Blue Ridge Country, a magazine dedicated to exploring the mountains of the South, has named three towns less than fifty miles from the foothills of North Carolina as happiest mountain towns.
Asheville and Boone both came in first in the happiest large and medium sized town categories. Blowing Rock came in second in the small town race. Congratulations to each town! Don’t worry, each one will be given lots of attention with its own post so this will be presented as a series.
Sculpture in front to the Blowing Rock Library
Town park at Blowing Rock
Playground at the park
Being a mountain girl, I spent the majority of my youth traipsing around all three of them and even lived in Boone at Appalachian State during a few summers in my high school years and Blowing Rock while I was in college. Don’t laugh but I was a singing waitress at The Farm House. Sadly, it is no longer there. It was torn down to make way for high end homes with fabulous mountain views.
Blowing Rock, originally home to the Cherokee and Catawba Native American Tribes, was settled by Scots-Irish pioneers. During the Civil War it became a refuge for families looking to get out of the way of sometimes fierce guerrilla warfare being waged in the NC Mountains.
Later, it became a favored retreat for the well-to-do who enjoyed its cool summer temperatures and beautiful mountain views.
View from the front of Moses Cone Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway
The town is still quaint with a lively main street, wonderful restaurants, fun shops to visit, and a lovely town park.
Scene outside of Windwood Antiques in downtown Blowing Rock
Beautiful cooper display in Windwood Antiques
Blowing Rock also hosts a number of fun events throughout the year.
Drive by shot of movies in the park
Movies in the park are presented on a large blowup screen Thursday evenings starting in late June until the first part of August. The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show takes place in late July if you like jumping events. There’s even a weekly farmer’s market.
Beautiful flowers at the farmer’s market
If shopping is your sport they’ve got you covered. The shopping is fantastic with Tanger Outlets just on the outside of town.
There is recreation for everybody including golf, horseback riding, hiking, skiing in winter, fishing and numerous parks. Several local wineries are just minutes away.
The Blowing Rock Museum
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum
Art and history buffs will enjoy the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum where the visual arts and our rich mountain heritage are celebrated.
View of the Moses Cone Estate
The Blue Ridge Parkway is just a short drive down the road with places to visit such as The Moses Cone Estate and Price’s Park. All favorites haunts from my youth.
Looking toward town from the Moses Cone Estate
Lastly, Blowing Rock has some of the most spectacular views in the Blue Ridge. If you’re up this way put this happy mountain town on your list and come for a visit!
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