Just up the mountain, about 20 minutes from Blowing Rock, is Boone – a town named for the famous explorer, Daniel Boone. And the Dan’l Boone Inn, a family-style restaurant that has been serving home-cooked meals for over 50 years, will be serving up a Thanksgiving feast for visitors. The Red Tail Mountain Golf Course & Resort and The Gamekeeper restaurant are also offering Thanksgiving meals. Once you’re full from all of that eating, you can hike Grandfather Mountain, take a walk on the Daniel Boone Heritage Trail or go skiing on the Appalachian Ski Mountain. Then if all that exercise leaves you feeling thirsty, make sure to check out one of the area’s many craft breweries like the Appalachian Mountain Brewery, the Lost Province Brewing Company or the Booneshine Brewing Company.
Where to Stay: Boone has tons of cabin rentals to pick from, but The Horton Hotel offers a solid option right in the heart of the city. Set on a bustling street surrounded by top restaurants and shops, the trendy boutique hotel has chic rooms, a cocktail lounge, and rooftop bar with a fire pit.