Join us for a Ribbon Cutting celebration
with sweet treats and champagne! Register for a chance to win a FREE home
If you haven't already RSVP'd, please call
Harrison at 828.295.7851 to let us know you'll attend!
We're Getting in Your Business!
Introducing a NEW opportunity for our
member businesses ... Business Services articles! Do you have a service
that is relevant to the times and informative to fellow Chamber members and
the community? This is your moment to shine and showcase your knowledge!
Please take a moment to review the
guidelines, then send us your article(s) for consideration.
Secure Your Space in Blowing Rock's #1
MOST REQUESTED Publication! Over 20,000 Distributed!
The Blowing Rock Visitor Information Guide
& Directory features a comprehensive list of member hotels,
attractions, restaurants, shopping, and services. These guides are
distributed through all NC Welcome Centers, handed out at trade shows,
through our lodging partners, and via the Blowing Rock Visitor Center. We
also mail a free visitor's guide to each person that calls the chamber and
Now that's targeted marketing and good
shelf life! This is a great opportunity to promote your business to
thousands of visitors.
Urge our Representatives to Support The
'Crown of the Blue Ridge'
Did you read Charles Hardin's important
op-ed in the Watauga Democrat? Here's an excerpt:
Businesses and local elected leaders from
across our region recognize that the Blue Ridge Parkway is both a treasured
resource for residents, and also a catalyst for generating economic growth
through tourism. I hope the residents of Blowing Rock, Boone and
communities throughout Western North Carolina will echo the call for
dedicated funding to restore America’s national parks and contact senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, and Rep. Virginia
Foxx to urge them to
support the National Park Service Legacy Act (S.751/HR 2584).
Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins Receives
Join us in congratulating Jim &
Deborah McDowell of Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins on being awarded a
Travelers’ Choice award from TripAdvisor! This award places them among the
top lodging accommodations in the the United States!
Winners of categories such as best
service, best value, luxury and bargain are chosen based on "remarkable
quality, service and value."
North Carolina scored ONE overall winner
on the US list with Mountainaire Inn and Log Cabins taking the TOP
SPOT for the best bargain hotel. Other winners were found in Chicago, Palm
Springs, California, and St. Augustine, Florida.
Join us in congratulating Ron Weber,
Mountain View Sound and Video on being awarded Best of Houzz 2018 - Client
Satisfaction! This professional was rated at the highest level for client
satisfaction by the Houzz community! Great job, Ron!
The rink is synthetic, so you can skate
even if we have warm weather!
Cost is $10 to skate for one hour,
includes skate rental. Tickets sold at the gate. Proceeds from WinterFest
benefit local nonprofits.
Friday, January 26th at 11 am
Fun, friends & fashion - a great way
to enjoy lunch and find out what you need in your closet! Blowing Rock
retailers join forces to bring you the finest apparel and accessories. The
newest winter and spring fashions will be featured from the area’s top
Doors open at 11:00 am with a cash bar
available. The runway opens at 11:30 am followed by lunch and a drawing for
retail gift cards!
Agonize with your favorite “Plunger”, most
in costume, while enjoying the antics and one liners of Emcee John Carter, WBTV news anchor! Judges will award the
famous “Golden Plunger” award to the best costume.
Participants begin jumping at 10 am, but
get there early for good viewing!
Plungers: Day-of registration and check-in
begins at 9 am (pre-registration
online is encouraged).
Plungers gather in the indoor pool area at 9:30 am for a safety speech,
then the party starts with the annual march to Chetola Lake.
WinterFest at BRAHM
Saturday, January 27th, 10 am - 5 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Free admission all day to the museum,
afternoon children's craft, hands-on ice carving, and two sessions of Cork
& Canvas! WinterFest 2018 is sure to offer activities to
art-lovers of all ages.
Local and regional breweries
and distilleries will be sampling their “Hops and Barley Pops” under a tent
on the lawn, along with small bites like fire-roasted brats and warm
pretzels. Outside the tent you can compete in Snowball Cornhole and
All attendees receive a commemorative
WinterFest pint glass, while supplies last.
Satiate your palate with a tasting of
excellent wines and other beverages! Tasting begins at 3 pm; auction
immediately follows at 5 pm. Register for the auction as special wines will
be only one of the many types of items on the bidding block, including trips,
festival tickets, glass wear, and much more!
Show off your four-legged best friend or
just come to see the cutest dogs around in the WinterPaws Dog Show!
Proceeds benefit the ongoing work of Watauga Humane Society, our local
non-profit serving the needs of approximately 2,000 abandoned animals each
Tickets sold at the door. $5 per adult,
The Point-in-Time Count, coordinated by
the Northwest Continuum of Care, is the annual documentation of the extent
of homelessness in our region.
“The Point-in-Time Count is an opportunity
for us to share what we see in our community as well as the trends of what
goes unseen. When this information is gathered from various service
providers such as law enforcement and schools, it gives us more
of an overview of the need in our area,” states Hospitality House executive director, Tina
Krause. Read More
National Park Service
2018 Regional Trails Workshop
Wednesday & Thursday, March 21st &
Courtyard Inn, Boone
In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary
of the National Trails System Act, the theme of the program will be based
on trail development from conception through construction. Various speakers
will address topics such as the economics of trail tourism, easements and
grant opportunities, sustainable trail design and construction, and
volunteer workforce development. We have also contracted with a consultant
to provide a half-day seminar on fundraising and board development to help
our nonprofit partners.
We will host a field-based trail
maintenance session along the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. This session
will offer participants an opportunity to get "hands-on"
experience with typical trail maintenance tasks.
Please RSVP via email by March 1st. Limited to 65 people.
Please also indicate if you will participate in the trail maintenance
portion so we can be sure to bring enough tools.