From the unmatched, far-reaching views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the quaint storybook mountain village, Blowing Rock, North Carolina is truly deserving of the title: "Crown of the Blue Ridge." In fact, Blowing Rock frequently makes the list of the "best small towns" or "prettiest towns" in the country by publications like USA Today, Southern Living Magazine, Insider, and Travel+Leisure.
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Dining & Shopping in Blowing Rock
From gourmet restaurants to charming boutiques, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Blowing Rock. Shop for everything you need at the Shoppes on the Parkway, Shops at The Martin House, or at Southmarke. And after shopping enjoy the endless options of food in Blowing Rock to meet whatever you are craving. Visit The Best Cellar and enjoy high-end dining and an extensive wine list while in a log cabin atmosphere. Or explore the tastes of Mediterranean French cuisine at Cafe Violette!
Special Events in Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock is home to a number of annual festivals and events including Art in the Park, a monthly summertime (May-Oct) event on Park Avenue in downtown Blowing Rock; the Independence Day festival and parade; Blowing Rock Winterfest in January; Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town festivities, including a Holiday Parade; the Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort; and the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show which has been a tradition for over 80 years. It is the longest continuously run horse show in the United States.
Things to do in Blowing Rock
Some of the town's attractions include: Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, the vast outdoor recreation opportunities including miles of trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, preserved country estate with a hilltop mansion once owned by denim magnate, Moses Cone. In town there is a trail from Annie Cannon Gardens leading to Glen Burney and Glen Marie waterfalls a short but steep hike that is very popular during the summer months.
Housing in Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock has a mix of single-family homes, condos, townhomes, mountain-view homes, and larger estates. No matter what you are looking for in a home, you can likely find it here! There is also a good mix of owning and renting in the town with about one-third of properties being rentals.
Demographics of Blowing Rock
As of 2020 there were about 1,149 people living in Blowing Rock. The median age of residents is 63 years old and the racial makeup of the town is 96.3% White, 1.65% Multiracial, 1.4% Native American or Alaskan Native, and 0.6% Black or African American. And the median household income for Blowing Rock is $83,000.
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