It doesn't really matter a whole lot. They're all so close together. Blowing Rock is a little smaller and a little more touristy. Boone is home to Appalachian State University so has a bit of a college town feel. Banner Elk is also smaller and a wee bit further away from the other two, but the travel distance is negligible in my opinion. If you find accommodations that you really like in any of the towns I think it would be fine. I'd probably go with Boone or Blowing Rock myself, but Banner Elk is lovely too. I'll throw Valle Crucis into the mix, too. We always love the Mast Farm Inn. http://www.themastfarminn.com/
We have enjoyed Blowing Rock very much- usually stay at the Holiday Inn Express, which has a good free breakfast...
But my *dream* is to stay in Valle Crucis :)
(maybe one day when we're not spending all our money on college tuition ;)
Be sure to go to Valle Crucis to the Mast General Store (the original and first store) and enjoy a grape nehi on the back porch swing =D
<3 <3 <3 this area!
Enjoy your trip!
Thanks so much! It's sometimes overwhelming with all the choices.
We're definitely going to the Mast General Store and I'll enjoy a nehi, but maybe not grape - smile! I'm hoping they also have old fashioned candies!
I looked at the Mast Farm Inn site and it looks lovely. Since it's my son and I traveling, we'll probably choose somewhere more like the Holiday Inn Express but it sure was fun looking at rooms at Mast Farm.
I'm also wondering about breakfast/lunch/dinner options. Guess I should do a different post for that!!!!
The Mast General store also has an Annex in Valle Crucis- with TONS of old fashioned candy- you will love it! :)
Candy is on the ground floor and up the stairs you will find old time toys...
Davy Crockett hats, Gumby and Pokey, cap guns, so, so much more...
There are many inns in the area, if you want the feel of a B & B. As mentioned, the Holiday Inn Express is there also.
There are so many restaurants in the area. What are you looking for and I will make some suggestions.