High in the Blue Ridge Mountains atop the Eastern Continental Divide at 4,000 feet, rests the village of Blowing Rock. More than 100 years ago the village was the summer destination of the affluent and the artistic, seeking relief from the summer heat of the flatlands. Today, as a year-round destination, Blowing Rock still has that air of gracious living and attracts visitors from across the country to enjoy each distinct season in its own special way. Summer brings outdoor art festivals, music, Appalachian museums,the historic sites of the Blowing Rock and Tweetsie Railroads Old West theme park. In winter, skiers have access to four major ski areas within a few miles, Fall brings the parade of leaves and is a favorite time to hike the ancient Indian trails of the area. Cultural events are plentiful. Everything from Neil Simon to Shakespeare are presented year-round by the Blowing Rock Stage Company and ASU’s continuing performing arts series.
Visiting the area often changes to residency as visitors are reluctant to leave the peaceful energy of the mountains. They quickly discover that it’s also a great place to raise a family. Blowing Rock Elementary school is one of the finest in the area and the consolidated High School is consistently ranked as one of the best in the state.
Visit the Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority website for more information about the area.
Historic Boone is just minutes away and is the home of Appalachian State University and has been named one of the “Best Small Towns in America.” The University provides many cultural and educational opportunities including Appalachian Summer Festival, one of the most popular events in the area, offering the finest performing artists, music, theater and art. Outdoor concerts and juried art shows are prevalent throughout the year, golfers enjoy several public courses, and nature lovers hike the many trails, canoe, white water raft and explore ancient caves.
There is something for everyone in the High Country but at the end of the day, just sitting back and marveling at the grandeur nature has created in this special place is the greatest reward of being here.
Visit the Boone Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information about the area.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System:
Providing Quality Healthcare services in the High Country
Watauga Medical Center, located in Boone, is a 117-bed acute care hospital offering a full spectrum of healthcare services to include:
- Acute Care
- Emergency Care
- Laboratory and Imaging Center
- Interventional Cardiovascular Labs
- Sleep Lab
- Outpatient Behavioral Health
- Comprehensive Cancer Center offering both Medical and Radiation Oncology
- Breast Center of ARHS offering 3-D Digital Mammography, breast ultrasound and stereotactic breast biopsy.
- Wellness Center offering a full-service workout facilities with Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
- The Rehabilitation Center housing outpatient rehabilitation services to include physical, occupational and speech therapy, with access to a therapy pool.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System also offers rehabilitation and long term care at Blowing Rock Rehabilitation and Davant Extended Care Center, a 72-bed Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility located on Chestnut Street in Blowing Rock. In the summer of 2016, The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge, located in Blowing Rock and contiguous to Firethorn, will open as a 112-bed post-acute care facility offering short and long term rehabilitation, long term care, and assisted living. This new healthcare facility will replace Blowing Rock Rehabilitation & Davant Extended Care Center.
Appalachian Regional Medical Associates (ARMA) is the practice management group of the healthcare system and operates medical practices offering the following specialties: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Ob/Gyn, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Urology, Urgent Care and Oncology.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation serves the community by promoting and facilitating philanthropy on behalf of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System and its affiliates. The Foundation accomplishes its function through various efforts including, but not limited to, major and planned giving solicitation, special events and annual fund drives.
For more information about Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, please visit www.apprhs.org.