Groupon: Top Reasons to Stay at Hillwinds Inn
Located in the artsy mountain town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Hillwinds Inn is within walking distance of the restaurants, boutiques, and galleries of Main Street.
Traditional guest rooms are done up in country-style decor and feature 30-inch flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and coffeemakers.
Each morning, staff lay out a complimentary continental breakfast at the Swedenborg Lodge.
Enjoy the bottle of wine included with this getaway in front of the fireplaces in the main lodge.
Downtown, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum features permanent exhibits of glass art and North Carolina pottery. There's also a temporary exhibit of works by outsider artist Wiili Armstrong, "the High Country's Van Gogh."
Blowing Rock, North Carolina: Scenic Hikes and Skiing in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Blowing Rock is located on the edge of the 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest in northwestern North Carolina. The town, named for a rock formation, is a home base for outdoor recreation in the [Blue Ridge Mountains]. Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, a historic estate on 3,600 acres of forests and meadows, has 26 miles of carriage roads designated for walking and horseback riding. To see the sights from a car, head to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic motorway through the Appalachians.
Aside from the parkway, there's plenty to do year-round here, from whitewater rafting and fly-fishing in the summer to cross-country and downhill skiing in the cooler months. Appalachian Ski Mountain is nearby, just 3 miles from Hillwinds Inn, and about 25 miles northwest of Blowing Rock is Beech Mountain Resort, a popular ski spot with 15 trails for all skill levels. According to Fodor’s, it's
the highest ski area in the eastern United States, at 5,500 feet above sea level.
Back in town, Blowing Rock’s Main Street is lined with antique shops, boutiques, and upscale bistros. Bargain hunters might want to stop by Tanger Outlets, home to Banana Republic, Loft, and Polo Ralph Lauren outlet stores.
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