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;; Apple Hill Alpaca Farm (Banner Elk,
NC) - Tour a working farm full of alpacas
and llamas, along with angora goats, pigs
and chickens. Learn how fiber from the
animals is woven into products sold at
the farm store. Reservations required. YR
Applehillfarmnc.com
;; Brinegar Cabin (Allegheny County, NC)
- Located near Whitehead in Allegheny
County, it's easy to find at milepost
281.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Former
homestead of Martin and Caroline Brinegar.
The cabin is open on weekends from late
May-October. Grounds open YR.
bit.ly/2YOTWQf
;; Daniel Boone Native Gardens (Boone,
NC) - Roam amid an outstanding collection
of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers in
these gardens near downtown Boone. MayOctober. danielboonenativegardens.org
;; Elk River Falls (Banner Elk, NC) - One of
the most impressive waterfalls in the North
Carolina mountains featuring large volumes
of water dropping 50 feet over a rock cliff
into a picturesque oval pool. YR bannerelk.
com/members/elk-river-falls

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The small, inviting town of Blowing Rock is home to a bounty of shops and other destinations,
including the new Hellbender Bed & Beverage.

;; Emerald Village (Spruce Pine, NC) - Sift
through buckets of rocks as you search for
beautiful gemstones. Or dig your own at
Crabtree Emerald Mine. There's also The
NC Mining Museum to explore and special
night-time black light tours at special dates
through the year. Open Through October.
emeraldvillage.com
;; Mystery Hill (Blowing Rock, NC) - Site of
a gravity vortex that's been entertaining
visitors for more than 70 years. Family-

WHAT'S NEW?

;; Hellbender Bed & Beverage (Blowing Rock, NC) - Named after
the local hellbender salamander, this new lodging option is located
in the former New Public House. Hellbender.bar

friendly complex of three buildings includes
the Hall of Mystery, Bubblerama, Native
American Artifacts Museum and more. YR
mysteryhill.com
;; The Blowing Rock (Blowing Rock, NC) -
First opened in 1933, The Blowing Rock is
North Carolina's Oldest Travel Attraction.
Find out how it was formed and the legends
associated with it while touring the grounds.
The self-guided trail takes about 15-25
minutes. YR Theblowingrock.com

;; Homeplace Beer Co. (Burnsville, NC) - Known for farm-to-pint
beers, this brewery recently moved into a renovated three-story
downtown location and added a restaurant. The open design has
mezzanines on upper floors, plus a large outdoor beer garden. YR
homeplacebeer.com

;; Stardust Cellars (N.
Wilkesboro, NC) - Nico Von
Cosmos relocated from San
Diego to pursue his dream of a
sustainable winery. The winery
Horton Hotel, Boone.
and cozy taproom serve up
unique local libations like mead
and piquette, a low-alcohol, natural wine from grape pomace. By
appointment. stardust-cellars.business.site

;; Horton Hotel and Rooftop Lounge (Boone, NC) - This is the first
downtown boutique hotel and the first rooftop bar in Boone, with
a 360-degree view of downtown. Adults and ages 12 and older are
welcome. YR thehorton.com

;; TwoBoros Brewery (Wilkesboro, NC) - Brothers Seth and Grayson
Cohn, owners of Dooley's and Mother Earth Foods, teamed up
with brewmaster Trey Church in the restored JT Ferguson building.
Serves craft beers and wood-fired pizzas. YR twoborosbrewery.com

;; LP on Main (Banner Elk, NC) - Long-standing restaurant Louisiana
Purchase has moved to a new building on Main Street. Enjoy the
same award-winning menu in a modern, airy eatery with nice views
of town. YR Louisianapurchasefoodandspirits.com

;; Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster (Banner Elk, NC) - North
Carolina's first alpine coaster offers a ride of more than a half mile
featuring circular loops, waves and several twists and turns. YR
wildernessrunalpinecoaster.com

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