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Located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, the city of Boone is named after the famous explorer Daniel Boone, who frequently camped within the city’s limits during the 1700’s. Today, it is an eclectic city full of both adventure and relaxation. In fact, it was named as one of the ten best places to retire in the entire country by U.S.A. Today in 2012. Whether your idea of fun is climbing a mountain or visiting a spa, Boone has something you’ll love.
For the nature lovers, there’s Grandfather Mountain State Park with its many hiking trails and infamous Mile High Swinging Bridge, as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Linville Caverns – the only publicly accessible caverns in the state. Since Boone is also home to the largest concentration of ski resorts and snow tubing facilities in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions, there’s also plenty of fun to be had in the wintertime.
Learn Some History
Since Boone is named after the historic Daniel Boone, there are plenty of attractions for history buffs including the Horn in the West – an outdoor drama that tells the adventures of Daniel Boone, the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum and the Jones House Cultural and Community Center located in the middle of downtown Boone.
Have an Adventure
Adrenaline junkies will also find plenty of ways to get a thrill like the aerial adventure park, High Gravity Adventures, which offers 75 different aerial elements including a giant three-person swing, a 1,000-foot zipline and a 70-foot free fall. And if that’s not enough, there are even more ziplines to tackle at Sky Valley Zip Tours and Hawksnest Zipline.
Appreciate the Arts
Art lovers will definitely want to visit The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts since it is the largest visual art facility in Western North Carolina, as well as eastern Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia. It features art in many different mediums from local, regional and national artists. You’ll also find lots of smaller galleries scattered throughout the town.
Unwind and Relax
If you’re looking to relax and rejuvenate during your visit to the Boone area, there are several luxurious spas to choose from, including the Westglow Resort and Spa, which was named fourth among Top Destination Spas by Travel & Leisure Magazine in 2013. Here, you’ll find all the comforts of a luxury spa presented with a holistic approach to health and wellness.
Where to Eat
After a long day of exploring all the attractions of the area, you’re going to want to sit and have a nice meal and Boone has plenty of places to do just that. The Wild Craft Eatery offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes made with locally and regionally sourced meats and vegetables, while Proper, located in the historic jailhouse building in downtown Boone, serves up locally sourced Southern Cuisine. Another unique place to dine is the F.a.r.m. Café, a non-profit, “pay what you can” community kitchen.
Where to Drink
Don’t forget to top off your day with a frosty beverage at one of the area’s many craft breweries like the Booneshine Brewing Company or the Lost Province Brewing Company, a microbrewery and wood-fired gastropub located in downtown Boone.