If you go: Boone, N.C.

October 3, 2013
IF YOU GO
GETTING THERE

Boone is about 415 miles from Washington. Take Interstate 66 west to I-81 south to I-77 south toward Charlotte. Take exit 73B to merge onto US-421 north toward Boone. Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park will be on your left a couple of miles before town.

WHERE TO STAY

Blowing Rock Ale House & Inn

152 Sunset Dr., Blowing Rock

828-414-9254

www.blowingrockalehouseandinn.com

A new property a little outside Boone, with eight guest rooms and a full pub. Rooms from $125.

Lovill House Inn

404 Old Bristol Rd.

800-849-9466

www.lovillhouseinn.com

Set on 11 wooded acres, less than a mile from downtown Boone, with six rooms. Rates from $129, including a full breakfast.

WHERE TO EAT

Hob Nob Farm Cafe

506 W. King St.

828-262-5000

hobnobfarmcafe.com

Worldly foods sourced from local farms. Ocracoke fish sandwich with vegan tartar $7.95; Thai burger made from local beef, $7.95 for a quarter-pounder.

Proper

142 S. Water St.

828-865-5000

www.propermeal.com

Comfort food for cold Boone winters. Plates (meatloaf, pulled pork, fried chicken, tomato pie) come with two sides and biscuit or cornbread, $8.95.

Stick Boy Bread Co.

345 Hardin St.

828-268-9900

www.stickboybread.com

Artisan breads, breakfast sweets (scones, sticky buns, croissants $1.99-$2.99) and coffee drinks. Fresh smoothies $4.18.

WHERE TO RIDE

Rocky Knob Fest Weekend

rockyknob.wordpress.com

Oct. 11-12. Friday: 5 p.m. pump track jam under lights; Saturday: IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Santa Cruz bike demo/testing, BBQ, raffle, guided rides.

Magic Cycles

140 S. Depot St., No. 2

828-265-2211

www.magiccycles.com

Mountain bike rentals, $60 a day.

Boone Bike and Touring

899 Blowing Rock Rd.

828-262-5750

www.boonebike.com

Mountain bike rentals, $50 a day.

Boone Greenway

www.townofboone.net

For cyclists who prefer flat surfaces. The trail explores the backcountry watershed; it’s gravel or paved, so good for families, strollers, wheelchairs, cyclists and runners.

INFORMATION

www.exploreboonearea.com

www.booneareacyclists.com

M.D.G.K.

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