Find someone crazy enough to sleep with you in the back of a Jeep in a parking lot in 19-degree weather, they say… Well, that may not have been my therapist’s exact words, but you know.

Debra and I spent this previous weekend camping in the back of Big Green OlllO in a Boone, NC, parking lot. It was chilly; we cooked beef stroganoff, west chili bean, chili mac, and biscuits and gravy using our Jet Boil. We drove the short distance to Blowing Rock both days to hit some of the fun things you and your family can do in Blowing Rock, NC. Blowing Rock has been recognized as a top adventure town in the Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine’s thirteenth annual Top Adventure Towns contest, highlighted by over 24,000 votes from readers. Competing across four categories based on population size, Blowing Rock was chosen in the tiny town category, showcasing its exceptional outdoor adventure opportunities and unique landscapes. This accolade underscores the area’s appeal to adventure enthusiasts, alongside Boone, N.C., emphasizing the region’s rich outdoor experiences. The contest celebrates the diverse outdoor destinations in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, encouraging exploration and appreciation of these vibrant communities. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, history buff, or foodie, Blowing Rock has something special for you. Here’s your guide to making the most of your weekend in this mountain paradise.

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Top 12 [PLUS BONUS] Things to Do in Blowing Rock, NC This Weekend

  1. Downtown Historic Walking Tour: Start your adventure with a stroll through Blowing Rock’s enchanting downtown. Discover this mountain town’s rich history and vibrant culture by exploring its historic buildings and charming streets.
  2. The Blowing Rock: Visit North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction and experience the breathtaking views and the unique phenomenon that gave the town its name. The Blowing Rock offers stunning vistas of the Johns River Gorge and the surrounding peaks. We created a short video of The Blowing Rock, and the wind did not fail. Debra tried to drop a leaf over the edge, and it shot back behind us.
  3. The Glen Burney Trail: For hiking enthusiasts, the Glen Burney Trail [AllTrails] presents a moderately challenging hike that rewards you with views of beautiful waterfalls. Surprisingly, the trailhead begins near the town center, taking you on a scenic journey into the heart of the local wilderness. As you see in our hiking video, the trail takes you past Glen Burney Falls and the Upper and Lower Falls of Glen Marie Falls. It’s a quick 2.3-mile round trip but is uphill on the return.

  4. Downtown Shopping: Blowing Rock’s downtown is a shopper’s paradise, featuring many boutiques, galleries, and specialty stores. There’s something for everyone, from antiques and crafts to apparel and outdoor gear. Debra and I discovered so many little shops to venture into, including coffee, clothing, sporting goods, and outdoor stores.
  5. Ski at Appalachian Ski Mountain: This premier ski destination offers a variety of slopes catering to all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned experts. Appalachian Ski Mountain’s dedicated team, including the renowned French Swiss Ski College, provides expert lessons and guidance, making it the perfect family-friendly destination for a snowy adventure.​ Appalachian Ski Mountain Website
  6. Relax at the Spa at Chetola Resort: Experience tranquility and rejuvenation at The Spa at Chetola Resort. This sanctuary, located within the serene setting of Chetola Resort, offers a wide array of treatments designed to relax, rejuvenate, and revitalize.
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  7. Wineries: The High Country Wine Trail is a must-visit for wine lovers. Explore local wineries around Blowing Rock, savoring the taste of the mountains with every sip. Each winery offers a unique experience set against the backdrop of the stunning landscape​.
  8. Tweetsie Railroad: A family favorite, Tweetsie Railroad is an action-packed Wild West theme park featuring rides, shows, and a historic steam train. It’s a fun-filled adventure for visitors of all ages​.
  9. Outdoor Adventures: Beyond the attractions, Blowing Rock is surrounded by natural beauty, offering endless outdoor activities. From hiking and biking on the Blue Ridge Parkway to canoeing on Price Lake and zip-lining through the forests, there’s no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in nature​.
  10. Cultural Events: Blowing Rock hosts a vibrant arts scene and numerous events yearly. Check out the local calendar for concerts in the park, art exhibitions, and seasonal festivals that celebrate the unique culture and community of Blowing Rock.
  11. Pop onto the Blue Ridge Parkway: Starting your journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Blowing Rock at the 291.8 Mile Marker places you in the heart of breathtaking scenic views from Rough Ridge Lookout and the iconic Linn Cove Viaduct. The Linn Cove Viaduct, an engineering marvel, winds elegantly around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain, offering stunning views and a unique driving experience. Visit Moses Cone Memorial Park, a historical estate with miles of trails, a beautiful manor, and scenic views. I am doing my Captain Morgan pose on the front steps of the mansion.
  12. Julian Price Memorial Park: Located at mile marker 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Julian Price Memorial Park offers a variety of hiking trails suited for all levels of hikers. From the scenic Boone Fork Trail, perfect for those looking for a challenging hike with river views, to the family-friendly Price Lake Loop, ideal for a leisurely walk around the lake, the park provides numerous opportunities to explore the diverse landscapes of the North Carolina mountains. Each trail offers unique sights, from lush forests and meadows to streams and wildlife. For more detailed trail information, visit AllTrails.

BONUS ATTRACTION!!! Blowing Rock Art & History Museum: The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM), located in downtown Blowing Rock, enriches the cultural landscape by offering various exhibitions, programs, and workshops. With a focus on arts and the history of the Southern Appalachian region, BRAHM invites visitors to explore its current and upcoming exhibitions, engage with hands-on workshops for all ages, and participate in special events. It’s a vibrant center for community engagement and learning, reflecting the diverse artistic and historical heritage of the area. For more information on visiting and what’s on, check their website at blowingrockmuseum.org.

A Taste of the High Country: Blowing Rock’s Culinary Delights

Blowing Rock offers a rich dining scene [Eat and Sleep in Blowing Rock] that caters to all tastes, from casual eateries to upscale dining experiences. The Speckled Trout Restaurant and Bottle Shop stands out for its focus on local ingredients, offering a fresh take on Appalachian cuisine. Blowing Rock Brewing Co. complements the culinary landscape with its artisan brewery and Ale House, providing a cozy environment to enjoy locally crafted beers. These options represent just a taste of what Blowing Rock has to offer, ensuring that every meal is an opportunity to explore the flavors of the High Country.

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Restful Retreats: Discovering Blowing Rock’s Diverse Lodging Options

Blowing Rock offers unique lodging options catering to every preference and budget. Whether you’re looking for the elegance and full-service amenities of resorts like Chetola Resort, the historic charm of The Green Park Inn, or the cozy ambiance of cabins and rentals, you’ll find the perfect place to stay. For those seeking a more intimate experience, there are several bed and breakfasts offering personalized service. Additionally, the area boasts campgrounds for nature enthusiasts and conference centers for business retreats. Each lodging option provides guests with a distinct way to experience the natural beauty and hospitality of Blowing Rock​​.

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Planning your getaway to Blowing Rock promises a weekend filled with adventure, relaxation, and unforgettable memories. With its diverse range of activities, from scenic hikes in Julian Price Memorial Park to exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway, there’s something for everyone in this charming mountain town. After a day of adventure, check out our unique Big Foot and Kayak hoodies at 828Vibesgear.com to keep you cozy and stylish. Blowing Rock is the perfect destination for those looking to escape the ordinary and immerse themselves in the beauty of the North Carolina mountains.

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