Tour inside a mountain
At the southern gateway to western NC’s High Country region, Linville Caverns are the only active caverns in the state open to the public. Discovered in the 1800s during a fishing expedition, Linville Caverns is still home to native trout in an underground stream.
Tours are $9 for adults, $7 for children. Remember your jacket! It can get drippy in the caverns, and the temp hovers around 52 degrees.
When it comes to spa escapes, Blowing Rock is the place for both solo indulgence or romantic couples’ packages.
The Spa at Chetola is conveniently located right in town. In addition to the standard massages, relaxation treatments, and facial services, there’s also a hair and nail salon on site. The spa also has some great daycation deals. Massages start at $95 a la carte.
Another option is The Spa at Crestwood, offering spa treatments, dining, views, and seclusion. The inn is located about four miles outside of Blowing Rock. Massages start at $85 a la carte.
Really want to splurge? A few miles from downtown Blowing Rock, Westglow Resort & Spa is one of the top-rated spas in the country. Set upon a ridge in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it offers stunning vistas of the area. Get a full-day pass to take advantage of all resort facilities, a guided hike, and lunch. Massages start at $130 a la carte.
Be a Craft Connoisseur
The Carolina High Country is steeped in a tradition of homegrown excellence. Enjoy local crafts and trades firsthand at the Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor, where you can reserve a free tour during May-Oct. weekends and watch demonstrations on the covered porch during the summer months.
And that’s just a start. Here are a few more favorite Blowing Rock artisan activities:
- Watch fudge being made daily at Kilwin’s.
- High Country Candles provides candle-making demonstrations.
- Art in the Park happens monthly in the summer, on Park Avenue in Downtown Blowing Rock
Hit the Box Office
Enjoy the local talent and intensity of theater at the Ensemble Stage in Banner Elk, Lees McRae Summer Theatre in Banner Elk, or the Performing Arts Series at Appalachian State University in Boone. Past performances include My Way, a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, War of the Worlds, Christmas in Blowing Rock, In the Heights. The shows change each season but the quality remains the same.