Lovill House Inn

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Lovill House Inn is situated in North Carolina’s High Country, a beautiful region perfect for adventurers and vacationers alike. There are countless attractions and things to do in the nearby towns of Boone and Blowing Rock. The High Country is a four-season vacation destination. Hiking, biking, fishing, white water rafting, snow skiing, canoeing, climbing, zip-lining, horseback riding, golfing, and other outdoor activities abound. The area features premier areas of tourism including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, Tweetsie Railroad, Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, the Virginia Creeper, New River, and Lake Watauga. Shopping, antiques, galleries, and beautiful scenery can be found in Boone, as well as in nearby Blowing Rock, Valle Crucis, and Banner Elk. Boone is home to Appalachian State University (ASU), fine dining, and is the county seat for Watauga County.

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Appalachian State University

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Appalachian State University (ASU) is located approximately one mile from the Lovill House Inn. ASU is within easy walking distance for our guests to attend sporting and cultural events, or to visit some of its 19,000 students.

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Founded in 1899 as a finishing school, Appalachian State University is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Edward Francis Lovill, who built Lovill House Inn, is considered to be instrumental in the early college’s founding, and served as President of the Trustees for the college from 1903 until his death in 1925. In fact, papers establishing Appalachian as a teacher’s college were drafted in the downstairs parlor (Bristol room) of the Lovill House Inn.

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Grandfather Mountain & Park

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On Grandfather Mountain, the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains, one can easily spend the day viewing the mountain’s diverse wildlife, the most breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the exhilarating Mile High Swinging Bridge.

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Only 35 minutes from the Lovill House Inn off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain is home to inspirational views, over 50 types of endangered plant and animal species, and the thrilling Mile High Bridge located a mile above sea level. Visitors can enjoy activities such as picnicking and hiking year-round, weather permitting. Located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 305.

The Blue Ridge Parkway, a long curving highway surrounded by hills covered with fall foliage in the early afternoon.

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Located 15 minutes from the Lovill House Inn, “America’s Favorite Drive” beckons with some of the best views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The North Carolina portion of the Parkway extends from Milepost 217 to Milepost 340, and is called the Highlands portion of the Parkway.

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Some of the frequently visited stops on our portion of the Parkway include Milepost 291.9 Blowing Rock, 294 Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, 297 Julian Price Memorial Park, 304 Linn Cove Viaduct, 305 Grandfather Mountain & Park, 316 Linville Falls, 317 Linville Caverns, and 331 Museum of NC Minerals. Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular units of the National Park System.

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Linville Falls

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Located less than an hour from the Lovill House Inn, Linville Falls is an incredible series of dramatic waterfalls that drop into a deep gorge. These are must-see falls.

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Linville Falls is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 316. Although there are numerous falls to see in the area, these are considered a must-see attraction. Five trails with vantage points allow viewing from the base of the falls, source, and the series of falls.

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Village of Blowing Rock & the Blowing Rock

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One of the only towns located directly on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 291.7, Blowing Rock offers visitors sweeping vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains and storybook village charm. Located 17 minutes from the Lovill House Inn.

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Often called “the Crown of the Blue Ridge,” the village of Blowing Rock offers much to see and do. Easy access to unique shopping, the Glen Mary falls, cultural events, dining, and family fun like Tweetsie Railroad and Appalachian Ski Mountain.

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Mast General Store

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Located in nearby rural Valle Crucis less than 15 minutes from the Lovill House Inn is one of the nation’s finest Old Time Stores.  This is the place Charles Kuralt called a “destination.”

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The trip to the Mast General Store in the Valle Crucis rural historical district is made on one of the most scenic drives in North Carolina, Highway 194, a North Carolina top ten scenic byway. The drive is a destination unto itself. You will see plenty of items at the Mast General Store that you haven’t seen since you were last at your grandparents’ home. For example, they feature over 500 old-fashioned candy favorites!

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Linville Caverns

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One of the premier caves for touring on the East Coast. Located deep beneath Humpback Mountain, the caverns 1 hour and 10 minutes from the inn at Milepost 317.

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Exploring the caverns is like seeing inside a mountain. This is North Carolina’s only show cave. Offering half-hour tours into a natural limestone cavern featuring stalactite and stalagmite formations and an underground stream.

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Mountain Resorts

These resorts are open all four seasons with skiing, hiking, tubing, ice skating, snowboarding, zip-lining, biking, golf, and natural attractions with great scenic views. Located from 15 to 30 minutes from the Lovill House Inn.

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  • Beech Mountain – Beech Mountain is the highest town east of the Mississippi. Summer temperatures rarely exceed 75 degrees F. Wonderful drives between the inn and these mountain resorts reward the traveler with much to do and scenic drives.
  • Sugar Mountain – This resort offers year round recreation from skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, biking, hiking, lift-rides, and special events.
  • Hawksnest Snow Tubing Park – This is the largest snow tubing park on the East coast for beginners and advanced tubers with over 30 lanes spanning from 400 to 1000 feet long.
  • Hawksnest Zipline – This zipline has the best views with four mega ziplines with four miles of zipline riding with speeds up to 50 mph and heights over 200 feet.
  • Appalachian Ski Mountain – This ski area got its start back in 1968 making it the second oldest ski area in North Carolina. With twelve slopes, two terrain parks, one double chairlift, two quad chairlifts, two conveyor lifts, one handle-pull lift, and a base lodge with over 46,000 square feet, you have many opportunities for fun and adventure.
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Moses H. Cone Memorial Park & Trails

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Nicknamed “the poor man’s Biltmore,” this 23-room Colonial Revival mansion retreat is situated on 200 acres with over 25 miles of carriage trails through natural woods to offer a hiking extravaganza. Located 17 minutes from the Lovill House Inn off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 294.

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This historic home was built as the summer getaway for Moses and Bertha Cone between 1890 into the early 1900’s. There is a commanding view from the house of two man-made lakes, acres of apple trees, and the valley that encompasses the village of Blowing Rock. The Southern denim king left a wonderful legacy for the general public to relax and enjoy.

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Rocky Knob Park

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Located 15 minutes from the Lovill House Inn, Rocky Knob is a 185 acre Watauga County park located just east of Boone off of NC 421S. It offers over nine miles of trails for mountain bikes (including four different skill areas).

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Rocky Knob is best suited for experienced mountain bikers, and offers some of the most beautiful, unique, destination-quality mountain terrain biking around.

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