High Country Association of REALTORS News

Home of one of the best seats for autumn color

The High Country has its first chilly snap of the season this weekend. Temperatures barely escaped the 50s Friday and Saturday. Throw in a slight breeze and drizzle, and it felt down right Fall-like! It was just a brief cool buzz, as Mother Nature hit her snooze button for a few more days of 60s.

The alarm clock will eventually win though. It will soon be Fall. The Charlotte Observer is prepared, offering its readers the best spots in the Carolinas to enjoy the season shift. No surprise the High Country made the list; Specifically, Blowing Rock.

NC Mountain fall colorSee & do: A vacation destination for over a century, Blowing Rock is both comfy and cosmopolitan. There's great shopping and dining; area resorts include the famed Chetola, Crestwood Inn and Hound Ears Club. The town is minutes from the BRP and its Moses Cone Memorial Park ( www.blueridgeparkway.org). The 3,500-acre spread was once a tycoon/philanthropist's estate. It has 25 miles of trails suitable for hiking, horseback riding and carriages. The Cone family mansion nowadays houses the Parkway Craft Center, where the Southern Highland Craft Guild shows and sells handmade crafts by regional artists.

Prime weekend: Oct. 1 is the last Art in the Park arts/crafts show of the year at American Legion Park; the grand opening of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is also Oct. 1.

The village itself brags online about its color. For the past several autumns its website has featured a photo of the day. Cause when you have great color, it's almost mandatory to show it off.