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Susan’s Sunflower Suite Guidebook

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Susan’s Sunflower Suite Guidebook

City/town information
Boone, NC sits atop the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was named for the Explorer Daniel Boone and features many nods to the pioneer past, such as the live action drama, "Horn in the West". Boone is also home to Appalachian State University, many wonderful shops and restaurants, and plenty of nature. https://www.exploreboone.com https://www.nctripping.com/things-to-do-in-boone/
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Boone
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Boone, NC sits atop the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was named for the Explorer Daniel Boone and features many nods to the pioneer past, such as the live action drama, "Horn in the West". Boone is also home to Appalachian State University, many wonderful shops and restaurants, and plenty of nature. https://www.exploreboone.com https://www.nctripping.com/things-to-do-in-boone/
Blowing Rock, NC is about 15 miles (20 minutes by car) from the suite. It is famous for its namesake, The Blowing Rock. This geological formation full of folklore was named "the only place in the world where snow falls upside down" by Ripley's-Believe-It-Or-Not. The town sits alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway and is home to charming homes, shops, and restaurants. https://blowingrock.com/
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Blowing Rock
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Blowing Rock, NC is about 15 miles (20 minutes by car) from the suite. It is famous for its namesake, The Blowing Rock. This geological formation full of folklore was named "the only place in the world where snow falls upside down" by Ripley's-Believe-It-Or-Not. The town sits alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway and is home to charming homes, shops, and restaurants. https://blowingrock.com/
Banner Elk is a charming mountain town west of Boone (about 45 minutes away by car) that features a famous winery, Grandfather Mountain, breweries (Try Flat Top Brewery!), ski resorts and even shops and art galleries. https://www.bannerelk.com/
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Banner Elk
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Banner Elk is a charming mountain town west of Boone (about 45 minutes away by car) that features a famous winery, Grandfather Mountain, breweries (Try Flat Top Brewery!), ski resorts and even shops and art galleries. https://www.bannerelk.com/
Todd is a nearby river town (15-20 minutes by car) that is a great place to go for kayaking, tubing, or fishing. It is beautiful natural area that is also home to Elk Knob State Park, which has miles of hiking trails. A beautiful rural drive, walk, or bike trip is Railroad Grade Rd, that runs along the New River. Stop in at Todd Island Park for a picnic. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g49603-Activities-Todd_North_Carolina.html
Todd
Todd is a nearby river town (15-20 minutes by car) that is a great place to go for kayaking, tubing, or fishing. It is beautiful natural area that is also home to Elk Knob State Park, which has miles of hiking trails. A beautiful rural drive, walk, or bike trip is Railroad Grade Rd, that runs along the New River. Stop in at Todd Island Park for a picnic. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g49603-Activities-Todd_North_Carolina.html
Jefferson is a charming nearby small town in Ashe County (20-30 minutes away by car). It is home to Mt. Jefferson, the New River, and quaint shops and restaurants. https://www.townofjefferson.org/
Jefferson
Jefferson is a charming nearby small town in Ashe County (20-30 minutes away by car). It is home to Mt. Jefferson, the New River, and quaint shops and restaurants. https://www.townofjefferson.org/
West Jefferson is a nearby small town in Ashe County (about 25 minutes away by car) that is home to the famous Ashe County Cheese, farmers markets, art galleries, and local shops. https://visitwestjefferson.org/
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West Jefferson
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West Jefferson is a nearby small town in Ashe County (about 25 minutes away by car) that is home to the famous Ashe County Cheese, farmers markets, art galleries, and local shops. https://visitwestjefferson.org/
Foscoe is a tiny little town that has the best views of Grandfather mountain (It’s about 30 minutes away by car.) You can also find interesting shops, art galleries, fishing, and other watersports on the Watauga River. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g1173607-Foscoe_North_Carolina-Vacations.html
Foscoe
Foscoe is a tiny little town that has the best views of Grandfather mountain (It’s about 30 minutes away by car.) You can also find interesting shops, art galleries, fishing, and other watersports on the Watauga River. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g1173607-Foscoe_North_Carolina-Vacations.html
Sightseeing
This delightful garden is small and walkable near downtown Blowing Rock. I always take a few minutes to stroll through here when visiting. It is also near one of my favorite restaurants, Bistro Roca.
Annie Cannon Gardens
229 Laurel Lane
This delightful garden is small and walkable near downtown Blowing Rock. I always take a few minutes to stroll through here when visiting. It is also near one of my favorite restaurants, Bistro Roca.
This is a nice stop on the parkway with views of Grandfather Mountain. It's also close to the iconic viaduct bridge. The lake has trails around it, boat rentals, and picnic areas. https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/poi/julian-price-memorial-park/
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Julian Price Memorial Park
Milepost 297 Blue Ridge Parkway
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This is a nice stop on the parkway with views of Grandfather Mountain. It's also close to the iconic viaduct bridge. The lake has trails around it, boat rentals, and picnic areas. https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/poi/julian-price-memorial-park/
This grand old mansion is a must-stop on the Parkway at milepost 294. You can tour the house, visit the gift shop, or just wander the grounds. There is a trail that connects it to Bass Lake, as well. You can take a horse and carriage ride on the miles of carriage trails with Carriage Run Carriage Service. https://carriageruncarriageservice.com https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/moses-h-cone-memorial-park-mp-294.htm
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Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
1026 Blue Ridge Parkway
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This grand old mansion is a must-stop on the Parkway at milepost 294. You can tour the house, visit the gift shop, or just wander the grounds. There is a trail that connects it to Bass Lake, as well. You can take a horse and carriage ride on the miles of carriage trails with Carriage Run Carriage Service. https://carriageruncarriageservice.com https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/moses-h-cone-memorial-park-mp-294.htm
This is the closest access point to the Blue Ridge Parkway from the guest suite. You absolutely must drive the Blue Ridge Parkway while visiting! Even just a short drive will provide gorgeous views.
Brown Farm Road
This is the closest access point to the Blue Ridge Parkway from the guest suite. You absolutely must drive the Blue Ridge Parkway while visiting! Even just a short drive will provide gorgeous views.
This is the iconic rock that the town is named for. Open 9-5 daily. www.theblowingrock.com
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The Blowing Rock
432 The Rock Road
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This is the iconic rock that the town is named for. Open 9-5 daily. www.theblowingrock.com
Neighborhoods
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs from Virginia to southern North Carolina and is one of the most scenic and iconic routes of the east coast. Take your time and stop at view points, waysides, and breathe in deep the scenery. Make sure you cross the viaduct bridge, it's an engineering marvel with breathtaking scenery. But be careful, it's a National Park, so speeding is enforced and can result in a hefty fine! https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs from Virginia to southern North Carolina and is one of the most scenic and iconic routes of the east coast. Take your time and stop at view points, waysides, and breathe in deep the scenery. Make sure you cross the viaduct bridge, it's an engineering marvel with breathtaking scenery. But be careful, it's a National Park, so speeding is enforced and can result in a hefty fine! https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
ASU is located in the heart of Boone. It adds a nice young vibe to the town. Visit the Turchin Center Art Museum, Smith Gallery, Looking Glass Gallery, Rosen Sculpture Garden, Schaefer Performing Arts Center, or you may even be able to get into one of the specialized libraries. Events include lecture series and guest speakers, and a Boone summertime favorite: An Appalachian Summer Festival. https://www.appstate.edu/
University Hall
400 University Hall Drive
ASU is located in the heart of Boone. It adds a nice young vibe to the town. Visit the Turchin Center Art Museum, Smith Gallery, Looking Glass Gallery, Rosen Sculpture Garden, Schaefer Performing Arts Center, or you may even be able to get into one of the specialized libraries. Events include lecture series and guest speakers, and a Boone summertime favorite: An Appalachian Summer Festival. https://www.appstate.edu/
Grandfather Mountain is an iconic landmark and features a privately owned park with animals and a mile high swinging bridge (a must-do) that is one of the best attractions in the area. The area also has tons of hiking trails, a winery, and a golf club. https://grandfather.com/
Grandfather
Grandfather Mountain is an iconic landmark and features a privately owned park with animals and a mile high swinging bridge (a must-do) that is one of the best attractions in the area. The area also has tons of hiking trails, a winery, and a golf club. https://grandfather.com/
New River is a great place for boating, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, or fishing. It's gentle, but swift enough to be fun. There are lots of watersports companies that offer rentals, the most popular is Wahoo's. They often have Groupon discounts. https://www.ncparks.gov/new-river-state-park/home
New River State Park Road
New River is a great place for boating, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, or fishing. It's gentle, but swift enough to be fun. There are lots of watersports companies that offer rentals, the most popular is Wahoo's. They often have Groupon discounts. https://www.ncparks.gov/new-river-state-park/home
Grocery & Food Scene
This is the closest grocery store the the guest suite.
Food Lion
1864 Old US 421 South
This is the closest grocery store the the guest suite.
The is the local's favorite for natural and organic groceries.
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Earth Fare
178 West King Street
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The is the local's favorite for natural and organic groceries.
This is a great hidden gem for local cheeses. I love the cheese from their market. It's one of the largest and oldest in NC. https://www.ashecountycheese.com/
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Ashe County Cheese
106 East Main Street
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This is a great hidden gem for local cheeses. I love the cheese from their market. It's one of the largest and oldest in NC. https://www.ashecountycheese.com/
This is a great place for local food, produce, and crafts. https://www.wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org/
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Watauga County Farmers' Market
591 Horn in the West Drive
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This is a great place for local food, produce, and crafts. https://www.wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org/
This shop has great olive oils and balsamic vinegar, many are infused with flavors.
Art of Oil
819 W King St
This shop has great olive oils and balsamic vinegar, many are infused with flavors.
This is a great local wine shop that carries a really good selection of wines. They’re very helpful too.
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Peabody's Wine & Beer Merchants
1104 North Carolina 105
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This is a great local wine shop that carries a really good selection of wines. They’re very helpful too.
Shopping
This is a great place for some serious shopping! Look out for sales where you can get some great deals.
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Tanger Outlets Blowing Rock
278 Shoppes on the Parkway Road
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This is a great place for some serious shopping! Look out for sales where you can get some great deals.
This is a great local place for ski rentals and equipment. https://recessrideshop.com/
Recess Skate & Snow
1158 North Carolina 105
This is a great local place for ski rentals and equipment. https://recessrideshop.com/
Mast General Store is a must-do when in Boone. Even locals love to shop there.
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Mast General Store Boone
630 West King Street
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Mast General Store is a must-do when in Boone. Even locals love to shop there.
A great little local bookstore that hosts events and has books from local authors.
Foggy Pine Books
471 W King St
A great little local bookstore that hosts events and has books from local authors.
Snow Sports
This was the high country's first skiing resort. It offers a bunch of options, including tubing. It’s the closest to the suite at 20-25 minutes away. https://www.appskimtn.com/
Appalachian Ski Mountain Lake
This was the high country's first skiing resort. It offers a bunch of options, including tubing. It’s the closest to the suite at 20-25 minutes away. https://www.appskimtn.com/
Beech Mountain is a popular scenic ski resort that offers tubing, night skiing, and ice skating. It’s under an hour away from the suite (about 50 minutes). https://www.beechmountainresort.com/
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Beech Mountain Ski Resort
1007 Beech Mountain Parkway
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Beech Mountain is a popular scenic ski resort that offers tubing, night skiing, and ice skating. It’s under an hour away from the suite (about 50 minutes). https://www.beechmountainresort.com/
Sugar Mountain is another popular ski resort in the area that also has tubing, ice skating, and snow shoeing. It’s about 35-40 minutes from the suite. https://www.skisugar.com/
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Sugar Mountain Resort, Inc.
1009 Sugar Mountain Drive
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Sugar Mountain is another popular ski resort in the area that also has tubing, ice skating, and snow shoeing. It’s about 35-40 minutes from the suite. https://www.skisugar.com/
Hawksnest is one of my grandson's favorite places for snow tubing. It's the largest in the area. They also have really cool ziplines. It’s about 35-40 minutes from the suite.
Ski Hawksnest
Hawksnest is one of my grandson's favorite places for snow tubing. It's the largest in the area. They also have really cool ziplines. It’s about 35-40 minutes from the suite.
Wineries and Breweries
This is a local favorite for beer. It's got a great outdoor area, tasting room, and local food trucks. https://www.booneshine.beer/
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Booneshine Brewing Company
246 Wilson Dr
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This is a local favorite for beer. It's got a great outdoor area, tasting room, and local food trucks. https://www.booneshine.beer/
Linville Falls is a beautiful area in the mountains. The winery is a great place to spend the afternoon. https://www.linvillefallswinery.com/
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Linville Falls Winery
9557 Linville Falls Hwy
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Linville Falls is a beautiful area in the mountains. The winery is a great place to spend the afternoon. https://www.linvillefallswinery.com/
Grandfather winery is one of my favorite local wineries on the local wine trail. The scenery is beautiful, and it's a great way to spend an afternoon. https://www.grandfathervineyard.com/
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Grandfather Vineyard & Winery
225 Vineyard Lane
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Grandfather winery is one of my favorite local wineries on the local wine trail. The scenery is beautiful, and it's a great way to spend an afternoon. https://www.grandfathervineyard.com/
This is another great winery on the Boone area wine trail. Try their “Heirloom Blend” red wine.
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Banner Elk Winery & Villa
60 Deer Run Road
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This is another great winery on the Boone area wine trail. Try their “Heirloom Blend” red wine.
This is a mountain-country style winery on the Boone area wine trail.
Thistle Meadow Winery
102 Thistle Meadow
This is a mountain-country style winery on the Boone area wine trail.