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National parks magazine focuses on High Country area

The April 2013 issue of National Parks Traveler has a three-page look at the High Country of North Carolina, focusing on the Blue Ridge Parkway experience as it runs through the Boone area.

National Parks Traveler magazine April 2013 coverThe High Country’s strong suit of miles of scenic rural backroads, some of them official state scenic byways, compliment the Parkway and permit loop trips. One side attraction, the village of Valle Crucis, claims the Mast General Store (circa 1880). Charles Kuralt declared it was “America’s premier country store.” Nearby, the Mast Farm Inn is a “Historic Hotel of America” noted for gourmet country fare.

Local gourmet food and luxe lodging are a Boone area trend, and they extend to spa hotels. One of them, Westglow, was named by Travel & Leisure magazine as a top destination spa. Factor in tours and tastings at award-winning local wineries and the sensual side of life has its place in the High Country.

Shopping, skiing, hiking or biking, you will have an appetite and the Boone area’s diverse dining rivals sophisticated urban options “off the mountain.” Many of these restaurants serve traditional High Country fare, like locally-sourced vegetables, fruit, trout, herbs, even pasta, and grass-fed Watauga beef.

The article also lists what it refers to as "Five Overlooked Boone Area Attractions." It includes a wine tour, waterfall walks, a Doc Watson statue, paddling Price Lake, and great state parks. Among the later is the new Rocky Knob park, "a gradual trail to one of the best views in the North Carolina mountains."

Consider them "Five More Reasons It's Great To Call The High Country Home."