Welcome to the Village of 
Blowing Rock,
 
North Carolina.
  

Incorporated as a town in 1889, our tiny community has a permanent population of only 1,500, but the summer population swells to around 10,000. Our elevation of 3600-4000' affords us cool temperatures, refreshing breezes, clear streams, lush hardwood forests, and magnificent mountain vistas around every turn. Long a refuge for Southerners from summer's sweltering heat and humidity, Blowing Rock has been famous as a mountain resort community for more than 150 years. In recent years, Blowing Rock and the High Country have expanded their "season" with varied activities all year 'round. We were recently named "North Carolina's Prettiest Town" by travel writers.

Blowing Rock boasts wonderful five-star restaurants, but we also serve up some of the best barbecue in North Carolina (and this state takes its barbecue very seriously). On a hot summer day, there's nothing quite like strolling Main Street with a homemade ice cream cone or people-watching in the park.

We have fabulous outdoor activities; hiking, fishing, horseback riding, golf, biking, whitewater rafting, skiing and ice skating.  For golf, besides the private Blowing Rock Country Club and other near-by private clubs and courses, there are a variety of public courses at Boone, West Jefferson, Newland, Lenoir, and Mountain City.  The Moses Cone Park, in Blowing Rock, boasts 27 miles of gentle trails, most accessible to horses as well as pedestrians, and three small lakes.  On rainy days you can visit the Linville Caverns or browse the area's many art, antique, and craft galleries.  Our shopping is unparalleled, with unique gift shops, an upscale outlet mall, clothing shops both elegant and funky, and one-of-a-kind hand-made items from local artisans.  Near-by Boone is home of Appalachian State University, part of the University of North Carolina system, and provides cultural and educational opportunities, as well as convenient shopping, allowing us to maintain our "village" atmosphere.

The area is host to several festivals and special events - Blowing Rock's Art in the Park (a juried art show that is held once a month during the summer season), The Firefly Festival in Boone, the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (the largest gathering of the Scottish clans in North America), the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show (a top-rated show for Hunters, Jumpers, and Saddlebred horses), and an Appalachian Summer at Appalachian State University (a summer-long offering of music, dance, lectures, workshops, and art) all offer fun things to do.  ASU is the summer home of the Canon Music Camp, with concerts throughout the season, including a Pops concert at Chetola Lake in Blowing Rock.  Blowing Rock offers free concerts in the park every Sunday (weather permitting), running the gamut from Bluegrass to Steel Drum to Bagpipe music.  Theater is alive and well in the High Country, with the renowned Blowing Rock Stage Ensemble Company delighting local audiences, not to mention performances at near-by Lees McRae College, ASU, and the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia (worth an occasional excursion!).

The new Blowing Rock Art and History Museum opened its doors in late 2011 and is now offering a variety of art and history exhibits and instructive and fun activities. At near-by Edgewood Cottage, local "Artists in Residence" invite visitors to explore local art in a very personal way, thanks to the very active Blowing Rock Historical Society.

In the winter, the ski slopes sponsor several ski races, including national title pre-qualifiers. In  January, Blowing Rock's "Winterfest" includes the "Polar Plunge" into icy Chetola Lake. In April, the Blue Ridge Food and Wine Festival is a delectable weekend.

Though many prefer to make Blowing Rock their "get away from it all" place, some are choosing to make our area their permanent home, so that they may live, work, and raise their children in a less pressurized atmosphere.  Our schools are consistently rated among the top five in the state, the crime rate is low, and people are friendly.  Our medical facilities are remarkable for such a small community.

Blowing Rock is only two hours away from two International airports; only one hour away from a commuter airport, and there are facilities for smaller craft in Boone and Banner Elk. Several Interstate Highways are nearby, and our two-lane access roads allow you time to unwind and enjoy the scenery as you climb the mountain.

Blowing Rock Properties is proud to have been offering friendly, professional service since 1991, and I have been an active broker in this area since 1972. As a experienced team member, I will be happy to help with all your real estate needs. We offer homes, condominiums, lots, acreage, commercial and investment properties, and we have a busy vacation rental department. Whether you visit for a day or come to stay, stop by our office. We’re in the pretty stone building right across the street from the Park on the corner of Sunset Drive at 1059 Main Street.