Have you ever used the Hamptons and Blowing Rock in the same sentence? If you haven’t before, you will find more people are starting to. With Haute Living naming Blowing Rock, North Carolina as No. 2 in its top ten places for a second home, just behind the Hamptons, and Southern Living deeming Blowing Rock a favorite mountain destination, it seems people are converting from occasional visitors or regular vacationers to residents in North Carolina’s High Country.
And what better time of year to experience this relatively undiscovered gem than at peak leaf season this October.
The Crown of the Blue Ridge
Blowing Rock, also known as the “Crown of the Blue Ridge”, is located right off the Blue Ridge Parkway (America’s Favorite Scenic Drive) in the heart of the High Country. Families from across the country have made Blowing Rock a well-known mountaintop destination since the mid-eighteenth century. Reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, the town of Blowing Rock is overflowing with small-town charm, picturesque shops, eateries and galleries. Blowing Rock offers plenty of adventurous activities as well. From golf to horseback riding, whitewater rafting to canoeing, hiking, biking, rock climbing and fishing, there is something to fit all types of outdoor enthusiasts. If skiing is more up your alley then Blowing Rock is the place for you. It is the home to Appalachian Ski Mountain, a premier ski resort in North Carolina. Blowing Rock and the immediate surrounding area are also home to many popular spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway including Price Lake, Moses Cone Manor, Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Mountain State Park, Linville Falls and more.
The Ultimate Adventure Destination
Less than ten minutes’ drive from Blowing Rock is its sister city, Boone, North Carolina. Young at heart, Boone is home to Appalachian State University, an excellent and progressive institution in the UNC system; Appalachian Regional Medical Center, the healthcare leader in the High Country; King Street, the eclectic offering of boutique restaurants and shopping; and an abundance of convenience commercial restaurants and retail stores, just like you have come to expect in your home town. Boone gives off a youthful energy representative of a college town. It’s been deemed by Norm Crampton as one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America” and one of the “50 Top Adventure Towns” by National Geographic Adventure. Travel journalists have also recognized Boone as an “ultimate outdoor adventure destination”. Boone has become a destination in its own right for those seeking natural beauty and outdoor recreation across all four seasons.
Luxury living on high at Blue Ridge Mountain Club
The Blue Ridge Mountain Club is the newest, and most luxurious private, gated community on the rise in North Carolina’s High Country. Founded in 2008, it spans more than 6,200 acres and offers a sanctuary of picturesque mountaintop living amid the highest ridgelines in the High Country at the crossroads of Blowing Rock’s charm and Boone’s conveniences. The community has show stopping, panoramic views stretching to Charlotte that give residents the feeling of literally living on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
At Blue Ridge Mountain Club, leave the SUV in park and, instead, enjoy getting around via ATV/UTV or by foot along multiple creek and ridgeline hikes within the community. The newest trail, the “Nickajack”, circumnavigates the heart of the community known as Watson Gap Village. If hiking, fly fishing or skeet shooting is your speed, opportunities abound, both on property around Elk, Dugger and Laurel Creeks, or in the new Sporting Club which is under construction, or in the surrounding area with expert guides. Custom-built homes and cottages are now available, and – this winter – condominiums will be unveiled in the Watson Gap Village.
Blue Ridge Mountain Club is proof that luxury living and mountain charm not only co-exist, but are thriving.
Photo Credit “Blue Ridge Mountain Club – (c) Brian Gomsak Photography