If you are going to the High Country, the hubs for lodging and dining are Boone, Blowing Rock, and Banner Elk. You’ll also find that the rates for most accommodations are less expensive on weekdays. There are many excellent dining opportunities, but I’ve just listed some of my favorites. I also try to list restaurants that won’t overload your Visa. If money is no object, there are many fine dining establishments, especially in Blowing Rock. Below I listed the lodging first, followed by the dining for each community.
Boone has all the major motel franchises, so I haven’t really listed any specific locations in Boone except one because it just opened on January 10.
Located next to Wal-Mart, 200 Southgate Drive, this restaurant bills its food as “Southwest and Caribbean Soul Food.”
Located at the corner of King and Depot streets, Melanie’s serves breakfasts with an eclectic assortment of egg dishes and pancakes.
Its history is described in the Valle Crucis Tour. It’s now a B&B and restaurant.
Its history is described in the Valle Crucis Tour. It’s now a B&B.
Its history is described in the Valle Crucis Tour. It now houses a restaurant and gift shop.
This mom-and-pop motel might be off the major radar. It’s located near the communities of Linville and Newland.
(no website). Located on U.S. 221 near N.C. 181 in a building that used to house a Tastee Freez. Diners find themselves pleasantly surprised by the sandwiches, pasta, pizza, calzones, beer, and wine.
Another locally owned motel that doesn’t make all the tourist guides but provides good value. It’s located in Foscoe, near the turnoff to Valle Crucis.
These two inns are located next to each other and are run by the same company. Beech Alpen Inn and Top of the Beech .
Located in the Village Shops, this restaurant bills itself as “a touch of Italy in the mountains.”
(no website but reviews are online). Located on N.C. 184 in the shopping center with the Food Lion, this spot can be deceptive because you don’t expect good food.
Hillwinds Inn. Located on the corner of Ransom Street, 315 Sunset Drive
Ridgeway Inn. Located near the intersection of U.S. 321 and U.S. 221
Village Inn. Located on the corner of Sunset Drive and U.S. 321 Bypass.
Located near The Blowing Rock
If you were a student at Appalachian State sometime from the 1960s to the 1980s, you’ll probably remember this location as Antlers Bar. The wood-fired pizzas are terrific, and the artistic photographs of patrons' pets hanging on the walls of the bar are a must-see.
Located on the corner of Main and Storie Streets. For a great meal at a reasonable price, Storie Street Grille can’t be beat.
870 Main Street. Knight’s has been the place where the locals dine for decades.
Resources for a trip to Hot Springs:
The best place to start
This is the place to get information about partaking of the hot mineral springs. They are open year-round. Here you can book spa treatments, a luxury suite with a private tub; cabins, campsite or RV sites
Luxury lodging, casual fine dining, evening weddings
One-bedroom cottages, some with kitchenettes
Good link to all restaurants in Hot Springs, complete with photos
Restaurant and tavern with inn above, located in historic downtown building
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