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.
Blowing Rock Ale House & Inn
152 Sunset Dr., Blowing Rock
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.
Set on 11 wooded acres, less than a mile from downtown Boone, with six rooms. Rates from $129, including a full breakfast.
Hob Nob Farm Cafe
506 W. King St.
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.
142 S. Water St.
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.
Artisan breads, breakfast sweets (scones, sticky buns, croissants $1.99-$2.99) and coffee drinks. Fresh smoothies $4.18.
Rocky Knob Fest Weekend
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.
140 S. Depot St., No. 2
Mountain bike rentals, $60 a day.
Boone Bike and Touring
899 Blowing Rock Rd.
Mountain bike rentals, $50 a day.
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.