Blowing Rock has all the makings of a classic “Hallmark movie”: captivating views, a cozy main street, and hospitality with no limits. While its small-town charm is admirable, don’t be deceived, Blowing Rock has a big personality. Located just a few minutes from the BRMC gates, this town is a hidden gem nestled into the hills of the high country.
Southern Living named Blowing Rock “The Perfect Mountain Town Escape”, a fitting title as this postcard-perfect setting provides a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This quaint mountain town brings the old-world charm of small-town markets to life—offering the ultimate shopping experience with an array of locally-owned shops, unique artisans, and one-of-a-kind treasures. Here, a look through the windows of local shops will include everything from local pottery to unique art collections and beautiful antiques.
A quaint mountain town with rich Appalachian culture, Blowing Rock is home to a unique culinary experience, featuring a wide variety of restaurants that serve everything from traditional options to world-class seasonal dishes. Enjoy a nice sandwich or salad option for lunch at the local deli. Pop into a local coffee shop for a cup of joe and a pastry. Make a reservation at one of the upscale restaurants offering southern cuisine for dinner. Share a few craft and seasonal beers on tap at the local pub. The culinary offerings of Blowing Rock are just as diverse as the people who call this place home.
An ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts, Blowing Rock has several opportunities to explore the surrounding mountains. Grandfather Mountain offers several trail options for experienced hikers and a mile-high swinging bridge for those looking to enjoy views in a more unique (and less strenuous) way. Even if a hike is not on your to-do list, the beautiful views can be observed from just about anywhere.
With its quaint family-run shops, picturesque and historic downtown, award-winning restaurants, and romantic setting, Blowing Rock blends the best of small town America with sophisticated touches. Just a few short minutes outside the gates of BRMC, this town provides the perfect place to escape for the day.