Places to Shop and Other Activities for Ashe County and the Surrounding Area

Museums Other Activites Shopping


Museum of Ashe County History: The Museum is located in the 1904 Ashe County Courthouse at 301 East Main St, Jefferson NC. An introduction to Ashe County, The Veterans Honor, The “Virginia Creeper” Railroad Room, The story of the 1904 Courthouse, and The Ashe County Sports Hall of Home and Family Life in 1904, and Early Industries.

Mountain Farm Life Museum: Located at 527 Ashe Park Rd, Jefferson, NC 28640. Limited hours so call 336-982-2401

Ashe County Museum of History: The Courthouse building is the Museum’s exhibit No. 1. Historic architects, restoration specialists,contractors and volunteers have worked for more than seven years restoring this elegant Victorian lady to her 1904 beauty. For more information go to or call 336-846-1904

Appalachian Heritage Museum: 175 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. Phone: 828-264-2792 Description: Historic home built in 1903 for founders of Appalachian State University. Museum has Native American artifacts. Mystery Hill Admission charges must be paid before visiting this museum.

The Frank T. Williams Railroad Museum: PO Box 388, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. Phone: 1-800-526-5741 Description: Located at Tweetsie Railroad on Hwy 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock. Named after a former employee of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina railroad, the museum has artifacts from the original trains and Tweetsie’s early years. Tweetsie Railroad admission charge must be paid before visiting this museum.

Land Of Oz: Emerald Mountain, 266 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mtn, NC 28604 Phone: 828-387-2000 Description: 400 acre area where you'll find The Coolest Summers and The Whitest Winters. This Mile-High perch boasts Miles and Miles of Views. In winter, walk to Ski Beech's slopes. In summer, visit the private Land of Oz a truly magical place. In spring and fall, enjoy the quiet and colorful change of seasons.

Hickory Ridge Homestead: 591 Horn In The West Drive, Boone NC 28607. Phone: 828-264-2120 Description: Eighteenth century living history museum highlighting the daily lives of our mountain ancestors. Donations accepted for admission.

Black Cat Station: Black Cat Station is a model railroad layout, with five tracks and up to ten trains running at once. Black Cat Station is a project of the Yadkin Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. Black Cat Station will be open to the public on the second Saturday of each month. For further information Phone: 336-838-6747

Wilkes Art Gallery: 913 C Street, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659. Phone: 336-667-2841 Description: Regional Art Museum. No Admission

Other Activities

Ashe Civic Center: Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Ashe Civic Center encourages citizens young and old to be involved together in the community and to nurture heritage and traditions. Phone: 336-246-4483

Ashe County Cheese, Inc: North Carolina’s only cheese factory, free tour, founded in 1930; open daily 8:30AM-5:00PM, Monday through Saturday, located in West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-246-2501

Ashe County Farmers Market: Produce, nursery plants, jellies, cakes, breads, handmade items and more, all home grown and handmade. Saturdays 8:00am - 1:00pm (April 12-December 13) this will include at least three special Holiday events. Back Street of Downtown West Jefferson. Phone: 336-877-4141

Blue Ridge Parkway: One of America’s most scenic drives with 469 toll free miles of awesome natural beauty. The most visited national park with spectacular views and vistas as you drive along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For more information you can write the Blue Ridge Parkway Association at PO Box 453 Asheville, NC 28802

Blue Ridge Dinner Theater: Former owners of Greenfield Restaurant, these owners had a dream of opening a venue that would combine good food and good entertainment. They strive to offer the Dinner Theater environment with a unique High County feel that would draw crowds over and over again. Located on Hwy 16 just South of Glendale Springs, minutes from Blue Ridge Parkway. Phone: 336-246-2900

Cardinal Lanes Bowling: Bowling & family fun center including: Sports lounge, billiards, arcade games, snack bar,clean facilities, moonlight bowling, youth leagues and summer & fall leagues. Phone: 336-846-7077 or 336-846-7077

Christmas In July: A timely celebration of arts, crafts, music, Christmas trees and tradition in July!! Located on the Main St in Downtown West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-246-5855

Heritage Homestead Goat Farm: Come see how Goat cheese is made. Heritage Homestead produces farmstead goat cheese. For more information call 336-982-4753

New River Winery : The New River Winery, located in Lansing, North Carolina on Big Horse Creek, offers its red, white and fruit wines for tasting and sale at Bohemia Gallery in West Jefferson. Phone: 336-384-1213

Todd General Store: Recapture a time when life was simple and genuine. Meet the mountain folks and listen to tales of the railroad days when Todd was the largest town in Ashe and Watauga Counties.

The Church Of the Frescos- West Jefferson: The exquisite, luminous life-size Blue Ridge frescoes created by world-famous fresco artist Benjamin F. Long, which include: Mary Great with Child, John the Baptist, and Mystery of Faith, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, West Jefferson, NC

The Church Of the Frescos- Glendale Springs : The exquisite, luminous life-size Blue Ridge frescoes created by world-famous fresco artist Benjamin F. Long, which include: The Last Supper, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Glendale Springs, NC.

The Church Of the Frescos- Wilkesboro: The exquisite, luminous life-size Blue Ridge frescoes created by world-famous fresco artist Benjamin F. Long, which include: St. Paul's Conversion and St. Paul Writing His Epistles, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro, NC.

Appalachian Challenge Guide Service: Outdoor fun for the entire family. Rafting, caving, climbing, rappelling or hiking. We can help you plan your perfect outdoor adventure. Toll Free 888-844-RAFT.

The Blowing Rock: An immense cliff 4000 feet above sea level, overhanging Johns River Gorge 3000 feet below. Views, trails and more, located on Hwy 321 South, Blowing Rock, NC. Phone: 828-295-7111

Blowing Rock Stage Company: The Blowing Rock Stage Company is a professional theatrical company presenting live comedians and musicals throughout the summer and during the holidays at the Blowing Rock Arts Center located on Sunset Dr. Phone: 828-295-9627

Blue Ridge Soap Shed: The Soap Shed makes 50 plus fragrances of “old fashioned” handcrafted soap bars and glycerin loaves. Soap made on the premises daily. Workshops, herbal garden, mountain crafts, soap Shoppe. Seasonal, seven days, FREE. Phone: 828-765-6001

Blue Ridge Discovery Center: Blue Ridge Discovery Center inspires creativity, discovery and critical thinking through the interest-driven and hands on activities focused on the Blue Ridge Mountains. View our calendar of activities:

Center 45 Climbing & Fitness: Check out our indoor climbing center. 200 Den Mac Dr, Boone, NC 28607. Phone: 828-386-1550

Daniel Boone Native Gardens: Daniel Boone Native Gardens features a collection of North Carolina native plant material in an informal landscape design, for education and preservation. See the Wrought Iron Gates made by Daniel Boone VI, a direct descendant of the great pioneer, Daniel Boone. Located at 651 Horn in the West Dr, Boone, NC. Phone: 828-264-6390 -Seasonal operation.

Echos Of The Blue Ridge: Tour Company specializing in birding and natural history tours of the High Country and state of North Carolina. Group bookings and step on services available. Phone: 828-265-0198

Grandfather Mountain: Drive to the top, enjoy the nature museum, natural wildlife habitats, picnic areas, hiking trails, and cross the mile-high swinging bride, located 17 miles south of Boone and Blowing Rock, US 221 and Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 305, Linville, NC. Toll Free 800-468-7325

High Gravity Adventures: For the adventurous persons of all ages. Get harnessed and begin your climbing adventure here with us. You will love this aerial climbing adventure course and want to come back. 215 Tweetsie Railroad Rd, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. Phone: 828-386-6222;

High Mountain Expeditions: Whitewater rafting, funyaking, mountain bike tours and rentals, caving and hiking. Offering the highest quality wilderness trips available. An entire fleet of self-bailing rafts and funyaks, state-of-the-art equipment and gear, comfortable, well-maintained vehicles, gourmet meals and professional guides. Fun for all ages and abilities. Toll Free: 800-262-9036

Horn In The West: Stage plays reliving the struggles of the early mountain settlers. Hickory Ridge Homestead – demonstrations of eighteenth century mountain life. Daniel Boone Native Gardens – a display of mountain flora, dedicated to the preservation of Earth’s treasures. All located together in Boone, NC. Open mid-June through mid-August. Phone: 828-264-2120.

Images Spa: Enjoy a relaxing time at a day spa. 1104 Oak Grove Church Road, Millers Creek, NC 28651. Phone: 336-667-8141

Linville Caverns: North Carolina’s only cavern, located on Hwy 221 between Linville and Marion, 4 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Open June 1 through Labor Day 9:00AM-6:00PM, April, May, September, October 9:00AM-5:00PM, November, March 9:00AM-4:30 PM, December, January, February weekends only. Phone: 828-756-4171.

Magic Mountain Mini Golf & Gem Mine: A challenging and fun-filled course set on a mountainside amidst the beauty of nature and waterfalls. Mine for your own gems in NC enriched ore. All equipment provided. Phone: 828-265-4653

Merlefest: Merlefest Music Festival is held last weekend (Thursday-Sunday) in April of every year on the campus at Wilkes Community College. 10 stages, crafts, commercial and food vendors and contests.

Moses Cone Estate: 25 miles of guided trails on the Moses Cone Estate, located off Hwy 221 South in Blowing Rock on Laurel Lane. Open May-November 9AM-5PM. Group rates available, reservations required for all riding, no children under 9. Phone: 828-295-7847.

Mystery Hill: Scenic optical illusions and natural phenomena. Located on Hwy 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock. Open all year long. Summer: Monday-Saturday 8:00AM-8:00PM, Sunday 1:00PM-6:00PM winter: Monday-Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 1:00PM-5:00PM. Phone: 828-264-2792.

Old Orchard Creek Blueberry Farm: Blueberries are available from mid-June to mid-August. Please check this site or contact us for specific opening and closing dates. If you would like your blueberries ready-picked, call ahead to reserve as ready-picked berries sell out quickly. Local delivery is available. Old Orchard Creek Farms and Cottage: 410 Swansie Shepherd Rd, Lansing, NC 28643. Phone: 336-384-2774

Orchard At Altapass: Historic Orchard At Altapass (founded in 1907) on Orchard Rd Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 328.4. Open late May to early November. Fresh baked goods, homemade fudge, ice cream, sundries, crafts made locally, tours, hay rides, history, tall tales, live local music, craft demonstrations and fresh apples in season. Phone: 828-765-9531

Parkway Craft Center: Located at Moses Cone Manor, on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 294. For nearly 50 years, the Southern Highland Craft Guild has showcased here, the best crafts from a nine state region. Weaving, basketry, pottery, woodcarving, glass and metal work. Open 9:00AM-6:00PM May – October and 9:00AM-4:00PM, other months, call to verify. Phone 828-295-7938

Saloon Studios:  This is not just any saloon. This is an 1860’s-style saloon complete with authentic western artifacts, and even the bar stools are saddles.  Most importantly, this saloon doubles as a live performance stage & recording venue with state-of-the-art recording equipment, technology, & sound engineering, presenting music legends & rock’n roll hall of famers.  Phone: 336-877-2374 

Tweetsie Railroad: Wild West Theme Park, authentic steam engine train ride, fair rides, petting zoo and shows. Located between Boone and Blowing Rock on Hwy 321. Toll Free 800-526-5740

Westglow Spa: A secluded luxury spa located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 224 Westglow Cir, 2845 US Hwy 221 S., Blowing Rock, NC 28605. Phone: 828-295-4463


1st Tracks: Boone's most complete ski shop is equipped with skis, skates and snowboards and ready to serve you in sales, service and rentals. Located on Hwy 105 South. Phone: 828-264-7368

Antiques On Main: Wide assortment of antiques. Located at 842 South Jefferson Avenue West Jefferson, NC 28694. Phone: 336-846-1231

Art Of Oil: Olive oil & balsamic vinegar tasting rooms. Local foods and gifts for all occasions. Phone: 336-846-4411

Artware: Local art gallery where you can create your own artwork by painting pottery. 7955-B Valley Blvd. Blowing Rock, NC 28605. Phone: 828-295-0040

Backstreet Beads: We offer a wide variety of loose beads featuring natural gemstones with greater than 250 varieties which vary at times. We also offer handcrafted gifts such as necklaces, bracelets & earrings. West Jefferson. Phone: 336-877-7686

Bob Timberlake Gallery at Blowing Rock: The gallery showcases bob's artwork, personal memorabilia, home furnishings and accessories. Toll Free 800-776-0822.

Bolick Family Pottery & Traditions Pottery: Produce handmade pottery in traditional shapes such as face jugs, Rebekah pitchers, candlesticks, mugs, bowls, and teapots. Pottery Studio Number: 828-295-5099.

Black Bear Books: Featuring lectures and book signings from popular authors. Gifts, maps, and special orders too. On Hwy 321 in Boone. Phone: 828-264-4636

Buffalo Creek Weavers: 1700's and 1800's patterns, throws, coverlets, bags etc. Located at 154 Warrensville School Rd Warrensville, NC. Phone: 336-384-2632

Catchlight Gallery: Photography gallery dedicated to representing some of the most talented photographers in NC. 118 N Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-846-1551

Carolina Country Wines: 7 N Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-846-4848

Cheap Joe's Art Stuff: All your favorite and brand new fine art supplies and craft supplies at discount prices. Shop the finest quality artist paints, brushes, canvas, easels, drawing supplies, watercolors, oils, acrylics and tons more! Boone, NC. Phone: 828-262-0793

Crossroads Harley Davidson: Providing motor clothes, collectibles, parts and accessories, new and used bike sales with financing and factory-trained technicians in the service department. Off Hwy 421 in Wilkesboro. Phone: 336-667-9158

DeWoolfson's Fine Linens: Featuring goose down pillows and comforters, and European linens including Italian cotton, Lechlade cotton blankets and flannels from Lancashire. Located on Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock. Open 10-6 Monday through Saturday and Noon-5 on Sunday. Telephone- 828-295-0504

Fred's General Mercantile: Featuring outdoors apparel, unique gifts, toys, food, kitchen gadgets, auto supplies, tools and much more. Located on Beech Mountain Parkway. 501 Beech Mtn Parway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604. Phone: 828-387-4838;

Farmers Ski Shop: Located in downtown Boone at 140 Depot St, Boone, NC. Phone: 828-264-4565

Greenhouse Crafts Shop: Specializing in fine local and regional crafts, as well as a large selection of acoustic tapes and CD's, books, herb plants, collectables, cards and jewelry. Located in Glendale Springs. 248 J.W.Luke Rd, Glendale Springs, NC. Phone: 336-982-2618

Incredible Toy Company: Specializing in toys for the older child including science and nature, books, puzzles, toys and games. Located between Boone and Tweetsie Railroad. 3411 Hwy. 321 S. Blowing Rock, NC. Phone: 828-264-1422

Lady Bug: 402 E Main St Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-846-2159

Libby's: "We've got the look" Clothing Boutique. Located at 205B Shamrock Square, Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-246-9551

Little Red Chair: Consignment store with household goods from traditional furniture to eclectic one-of-a-kind pieces and original art - 12 S Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-977-2924

Love For The Mountains Store: Home Decorations & Gift Store - Jewelry by Vintage Locket. 16 N Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-846-7600.

Martha Mae’s Emporium: Antiques, vintage finds, repurposed items and home decor. 204 S Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-846-3800

Mast General Store: An old general store listed in the National Register of Historical Places. Retail and mail order. Open year round. Hours at the historic store NC-194, Valle Crucis, NC 28691: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm OR located: West King Street, Boone, NC. Call or check online for updated location business hours: 828-963-6511

Mountain Outfitters: Providing you with outdoor clothing, shoes, camping & hiking gear. We sell Columbia, Woolrich, North Face, Danner, Merrell, Burt's Bees and Native eyewear. Specialize in Ashe County T-shirts, sweatshirts & caps. Located in downtown West Jefferson. 14 S Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-246-9133

Mo's Boots: 02 N. Jefferson Ave., West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-846-2668

Northwest Trading Post: Gift shop also known as Sally Mae's on the Parkway helps to keep alive crafts that are now almost a thing of the past. Closed November-April. Located at Milepost 259. 414 Trading Post Rd. Glendale Springs, NC. Phone: 336-982-2543 OR

Old Boone Mercantile: An old general store listed in the National Register of Historical Places. The Boone location of Mast General Store. Retail and Mail order. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 1pm-6pm. West King Street, Boone, NC. Phone: 828-262-0000

Parkway Craft Center: Southern Highland Craft Guild features crafts from a nine state region including weaving, basketry, pottery, woodcarving, glass and metal work. Located at the Moses Cone Mansion at Milepost 294. 667 Service Rd, Blowing Rock, NC. Phone: 828-295-7938

Pretty n' Pearls: Beautiful locally owned boutique and special events store offering prom dresses, wedding dresses, tuxedo rentals, and more! 12A South Jefferson Avenue, West Jefferson, NC. 28694, USA. Phone: 336-846-LOVE (5683) or 336.877.0364.

Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe : All natural, all local meats and produce. 106 N Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-466-4790

Scott Harris Guitar Shop: 109 N. Jefferson Ave. West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-846-1204

Ski Country Sports: Featuring ski equipment and apparel for sale and rent. 3149 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC. Phone: 828-898-9786

Tanger Shoppe's On The Parkway: Outlet stores featuring something for everyone. Clothing, shoes, housewares, Christmas items and more. Located off Hwy 321 in Blowing Rock, NC. Phone: 828-295-4444

The Cabin Store: The cabin store is the ultimate expression in mountain décor. It's more than furniture-it's a lifestyle. Create your own Rustic elegance by choosing furnishings & accessories from the largest showroom in the High Country. 1101 S. Jefferson Ave. West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-264-5647

Todd General Store: Established in 1914, Todd General Store features early 1900's memorabilia as well as crafts, country foods, teas, spices, baked goods, a deli and old time candy shop. Located off Hwy 194 in Todd, just 11 miles North of Boone. Summer Hours: Monday through Saturday: 7am-7pm, Sunday 12:30pm-5pm. Winter Hours: Monday through Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday12:30pm-5:00pm. 3866 Todd Railroad Grade Rd, Todd, NC. Phone: 336-877-1067

Todd Mercantile: 3899 Todd Railroad Grade Rd Todd, NC. Phone: 336-877-5401

The Honey Hole: A locally owned beekeeping supply store - supplies & products. 6 N Third Ave, West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-846-2337.

The Nest At Birchwood: From home decor to jewelry, our aesthetic is contemporary with a natural flare. 19 E Ashe St, West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 336-977-5624. 

Tractor Supply Co: 630 South Main St. Jefferson, NC Phone: 336-219-0246

Twin Creeks / Southern Market: An eclectic blend of antique, vintage and new farmhouse style furniture and home decor. 505 S Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson, NC. Phone: 910-358-3452 

Wilcox Emporium: A historic 60,000 square foot renovated warehouse featuring more than 180 vendors. Four retain Shoppe's, a food court and the only brewpub in the area. Featuring crafts, antiques, collectables, home furnishings and food. Located on Howard Street. 161 Howard St Boone, NC. Phone: 828-262-1221

Wildcat Flea Market: Indoors flea market featuring antiques, collectables, coins, giftware, dolls, Depression glass, china, furniture quilts and much more. Also featuring Auction Barn open every Sat at 7PM. Located on Hwy 421/221, 8 miles East of Boone. 5762 Old 421 S, Deep Gap, NC. Phone: 606-224-3720