12 Reasons to Live in Boone, NC

Looking Back Over 2013 in the High Country

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As we look back on 2013, Boone Real Estate had a fantastic year – thank you!  We wouldn’t be in business if it wasn’t for you and we are forever grateful for our loyal clients.  As Realtors, we know you have a choice for real estate services in the High Country and we sincerely appreciate your business.  Thanks for making 2013 one to remember!

Being a Realtor in Boone and Blowing Rock, NC definitely has it perks.  For one, we get to traverse the mountains over the course of a year and get to see some incredible scenery.  We take pictures.  Sometimes it’s almost as if you don’t have a choice to take a photo.  We’re constantly on the run and day in/day out we’re outside in the elements.  We catch the pretty sunsets, see the fog lifting off the valley floors, feel morning dew between our toes, the list could go on forever.  One of my favorite things about this area is the four distinct seasons. The mountainous terrain is incredibly unique which in turn makes every piece of real estate one-of-a-kind.  You’d be amazed how much different Blowing Rock is to Bethel or Boone is to Banner Elk.  You could own a piece of property on top of a ridge with killer views or you could be down on the Watauga River in Valle Crucis.  The choice is yours.

So now, without further ado, here is a glimpse into my life as a Realtor in High Country – year 2013.  There are 12 months in a year and these are the 12 reasons you should buy a home in Boone, NC!

 

January

Wood Stove on a Cold Winter Day

Wood Stove on a Cold Winter Day

February

Big Views in Matney

Big Views in Matney

March

The One and Only, Grandfather Mountain

The One and Only, Grandfather Mountain

April

The Forsythia is the Harbinger of Spring!

The Forsythia is the Harbinger of Spring!

May

One of the Prettiest Knolls in the High Country

One of the Prettiest Knolls in the High Country

June

This turtle is lucky he got out of the road!

This turtle is lucky he got out of the road!

July

A Blanket of Clouds over Grandfather Mtn

A Blanket of Clouds over Grandfather Mtn

August

Looking over Zionville, NC

Looking over Zionville, NC

September

Bee Looking for Pollen

Bee Looking for Pollen

October

Halloween Day - How Amazing is that?

Halloween Day – How Amazing is that?

Novemeber

6AM Sunrise in Blowing Rock, NC

6AM Sunrise in Blowing Rock, NC

December

Dinah on New Years Eve

Dinah on New Years Eve

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Reviews: Top 5 Restaurants in Blowing Rock, NC

Looking for a home in the High Country has always given buyers an appetite! Buying a home in Blowing Rock should be enjoyable. Part of the fun is discussing homes over a great meal at a fine restaurant. To serve our clients, Boone Real Estate has interviewed the owner/managers and chefs of five fine-dining restaurants in Blowing Rock we consider “best-of-class.” Here you will enjoy a five-minute interview with the respective managements and chefs as they describe everything from their favorite foods to their founding philosophies. You will see two signature dishes and a dessert at each venue. Pick one or peruse them all – we’re sure you’ll find your perfect meal tonight! Thank you for enjoying this Boone Real Estate production and Bon Appétit!

Page plays Canon in D in the Clouds

A few days ago my sister was in town from Boston, MA to visit the family.  We wanted to record a song for her website but it was incredibly rainy outside.  We brainstormed for a bit and finally found the perfect venue!  This turned out to be a great video and we had a lot of fun making it.  We hope you enjoy Canon in D under the beautiful Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Top 10 Swimming Holes around Boone NC

Boone has always been a haven to escape the hot hearth that the southeast becomes in the summer time. Over the past week it’s been exceptionally warm in Boone, NC. Cool off by visiting one of the top 10 swimming holes in the high country! You’ll be amazed at the quiet, hidden, natural beauty of these hitherto undisclosed mountain marvels. Formed by the pure headwaters of the Blue Ridge, they all form pools perfect for frolicking in their cool waters. Most are accompanied by dramatic waterfalls that lend a soothing ambience to your experience as you rejuvenate your soul in nature. Perhaps an unanticipated benefit is seeing such enormous, gorgeous rocks studding the streams. We hope you enjoy this passage into the sublime brought to you by nature itself. Come revel this summer in our pristine mountains. Please feel free to leave a comment if you want to share other swimming holes around Boone, NC. These swimming holes are listed in order of proximity to Boone, closest to furthest. Have fun and be safe out there!

Hound Ears Dam (Boone Beach)

Hound Ears Dam is a popular swimming hole right outside of Boone, NC. Also known as “Boone Beach”, this popular spot is sure to bring in rowdy crowds all summer long. If you’re looking for convenience, look no further.

Hebron Rock Colony

Hebron Rock Colony is a fantastic area with personal swimming holes scattered among the Boone Fork Creek. This location is more for soaking in the natural tubs and laying out on the rocks as opposed to all out swimming.

Trash Can Falls

Trash Can Falls has been a long time favorite among Boone locals. It’s a pretty small area with a single swimming hole. If you’re the adventurous type, Trash Can Falls has a few gnarly jumps that are sure to get your adrenaline levels up.

Snake Pit

Snake Pit is right across Hwy 321 from Trash Can Falls on the Watauga River. This swimming hole is big enough to accommodate plenty of folks. Enjoy sunbathing on the big boulders while watching your friends play in the Watauga River

The New Hole

The New Hole is a popular destination on the New River. It’s mostly used as a “put-in” spot for tubing, canoeing or kayaking but it’s also a great place to swim. This section of the New River is quite deep which is why it’s a nice swimming hole.

Elk River Falls

Elk River Falls is a popular waterfall destination due to the impressive falls, short approach and easy access. There is a large pool at the bottom of the falls that makes for excellent swimming. This swimming hole is great for the entire family!

Compression Falls (Twisting Falls or Twisted Falls)

Compression Falls is a popular waterfall/swimming hole with one of the best water slides around. Think 30-40ft waterfall slide into a deep pool of refreshing mountain water. Located on the Elk River, this waterfall is a must see.

Gragg Prong

Gragg Prong is a super cool swimming hole on Lost Cove Creek. The approach is very scenic and offers multiple primitive campsite along the way. It’s definitely worth a trip to check out this natural wonder!

Harper’s Creek Falls

Harper’s Creek Falls is amazing, period. With two humongous pools, gorgeous waterfalls and awesome primitive camping, this destination is a no-brainer. Go see why it’s worth the hour drive from Boone, NC!

Steele Creek Falls

Steele Creek Falls is a bit more remote than the previous holes but it’s worth the trek. You’ll be rewarded with incredible scenery and a killer swimming hole. One look at the “kettles” and you’ll never want to leave.

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Please help keep North Carolina clean and green. If you pack it in, pack it out. If you see trash at these swimming holes please pick it up and dispose of it properly. It’s a privilege to have access to these beautiful spots and this privilege can be taken away from us. Practice leaving no trace.
Boone Real Estate assumes no liability associated with visiting these waterholes. Boone Real Estate is not responsible for personal injury during these visits, damage to personal property (including towing of vehicles), and any illegal acts committed by visitors (including littering). By viewing this webpage you agree to exempt Boone Real Estate from any liability that may arise from your visiting these swimming holes.
Every year people die from visiting waterfalls. Use extreme caution when hiking, scrambling, jumping, swimming or walking around the waterfalls. The rock and trails are usually very slippery and wet. It’s very easy to get hurt so use your best judgement when visiting these swimming holes. Be safe out there!