High Country Association of REALTORS News

Staying cool in the High Country

The sizzling summer of 2011 continued this weekend. And more eyes turned to the High Country for relief. Early last week a Charlotte TV station ventured northwest to brag on the region's comparatively comfortable mid-day temperatures. Friday another Queen City station followed suit.

Swimming in Watauga RiverDenise Broaerman said she came to Grandfather Mountain from her home in Morganton with her grandchildren for one reason: to escape the heat.

“It (was) 70 when we came up and it’s in the 90s down below,” she said. ...

Miles away, in Blowing Rock, the hot weather off the mountain has been good for business at the Blowing Rock Market.

“They talk about the heat difference, for sure,” Jordan Conner said. “We had some folks here from Charlotte and South Carolina, and they say it's incredible, the heat difference.”

For the record, it was a still pretty hot weekend here. The mercury maxed out at 86 both Saturday and Sunday, after hitting a cool 82 Friday. The historical average temperature for those three days? 81 degrees.

With the heat wave comes a need for real waves. One family found a Boone secret in which to cool off, the Hebron Rock Colony.