'Energy of the mountains mixes with exuberance of campus'
August 24, 2011, 8:29am
That's how knoxnews.com describes downtown Boone, a small stretch of King Street which sees it fair share of traffic, both vehicle and pedestrian. Any given day the sidewalks are as packed as the roadway, as people browse, shop, grab a bite to eat or just enjoy the day.
Tucked tightly between the ASU campus and the mountains, downtown Boone is compact and easy to maneuver on foot. However, parking may be a problem, a concern prompting local business to validate parking tickets.
Inside the Shoppes at Farmer's Hardware you will find the old bins used to store the nails, screws and bolts of years past. Now, there are a hundred booths stretched out on three floors and the old Watauga County Bank. If the" Shoppes" aren't enough to satisfy your tastes, down the street you'll find Loretta's Vendetta, a retro furniture store, as well as Anna Banana's consignment store and the Bead Box.
Along King Street the newly opened Mellow Mushroom remains a big draw, but you'll also find small cafés, a pub or two and Macado's, known for incredible sandwiches and larger-than-life cinnamon rolls. Take a walk to the Custard Depot for a tasty frozen treat.
The story continues in that vein, before mentioning the wider world just outside town.
Linville Falls and the adjoining Linville Gorge provide more opportunities to explore the natural wonders that abound in the High Country. The popular falls are just a short hike from the Falls Visitors Center. This is one of the most popular spots along the Blue Ridge Parkway and a must-see if you are in the area.
The area around Boone provides numerous ways to enjoy the outdoors and more. While summers are a great time to visit, the area also boasts several ski resorts, truly making the High Country a year-round destination.
And a great place to call home.