Retire in Blowing Rock, NC

Livability Score
48
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Eat Crow

Very nice people, very good food. Great choices with a British tilt, superb deserts baked on site, eat in or take home a whole cake/pie/tart etc....

2. Rustique

Stunning new find. Redecorated since a change 2 yrs ago. Attentive wait staff. Great wine list. (And an impressive reserve list). Had a chopped salad but...

3. F.A.R.M. Cafe

What brought us here was the "One World Everybody Eats" idea. The People are great, friendly with an eye for service. We were here on Stews-day (Tuesday)...

4. The Gamekeeper

We had a great dinner here! Fantastic service and delicious food. We loved the atmosphere. The decor was super homey and cozy.

5. Our Daily Bread

Had a delicious and stacked club sandwich. Also enjoyed the ghost pepper chicken soup which wasn't as spicy as the name would imply. Very good and quick...

Golf
1. Rock Barn Country Club & Spa

This review is for the golf only. These 2 courses are my favorite in the area. The only thing that keeps me away is the drive or I would play here more...

2. Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club

Outstanding golf course! The design is awesome and fair. I don't hit the ball very far, so I played the "senior" tees and found the course challenging...

3. Buck Creek Campgrounds and Golf Driving Range

We REALLY had a great time at Buck Creek Campgrounds! Unfortunately Dan said that they aren't getting as much business as a "driving range" but the wide...

4. Olde Beau Golf Club

Wonderful place! Just beautiful. Gorgeous golf course. You'll have to try the Chiefs special carrot cake, delicious!

5. Guilties

Atmosphere is terrific. Food can be a bit inconsistent if you don't order right. Example, first time we had fries there we loved them. They were cooked...

Active
1. Sky Valley Zip Tours

This was one of the nicest zipline adventure I've been on. However when combined with the beauty of this place, this definitely places this tour above and...

2. Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zip Line

During a short trip to Tennessee for work I had the opportunity to take advantage of going to Hawksnest. I've never been zip lining but I do like adrenaline...

3. Grandfather Mountain

I arrived here at 8:30AM in a Saturday and that was a GREAT call. This place was getting packed when I rolled out around 11. The fee is $20 or $18 if...

4. Julian Price Lake Park

Let's get something out of the way first - it's not Julian Price Lake Park (hopefully Yelp will perform the name change I requested), it's Julian Price...

5. Edge of the World

For a family friendly, intro to rafting experience, this ROCKS! My kids thoroughly enjoyed it and have asked to go rafting again. The guides are all-in...

Arts
1. Grandfather Vineyard

Could not have been happier with our visit to this little hidden gem on Sunday, October 2. As someone who has been fortunate enough to travel and still...

2. Boone Saloon

A hidden gem in Boone! Great menu for a small bar. Definitely not your typical bar food. I had rice and beans with grilled chicken and it was excellent....

3. Banner Elk Winery & Villa

Their wine wasn't as delicious as I was hoping, but it still deserves 4 stars since the ambiance was fantastic, the service was stellar, and they have new...

4. The Local

This was our first time at The Local but definitely not our last. We arrived just before their regular menu was available. They were still serving brunch so...

5. Rivercross Made in USA

Wonderful handmade upscale art and crafts shop! this is high end but worth. This is the place to find something unique and beautiful from pottery,...

Shopping
1. The Original Mast General Store

OMG I love this store! Such an eclectic variety of merchandise. They have everything from penny candy(not that it's a penny anymore) to menswear and ladies...

2. Docs Rocks Gem Mine

I'm not sure what more I could want. Affordable, different, friendly staff. I sifted through a small bucket for $12 and found a handful of stones. 2 rose...

3. Mast General Store Old Boone Mercantile

The manager Jenn from the upstairs portion of the store was very hospitable and helpful. She went above and beyond excellent customer service. She really...

4. Take Heart

What a sweet store. Unlike majority of what's on the main strip, Take Heart sells branded items that are thoughtful and nicely merchandised. Lollia, Rifle...

5. Neaco

Cool! Hippest place in Blowing Rock! One of my Favorites! GREAT Gifts and Gag-Gifts! ART! FRED! Genuine Fred! Like a PaperSkyscraper in the...

Health
1. FastMed Urgent Care

The staff is great, very friendly. I wish this place was quicker, but I always seem to need them on holiday weekends. My biggest pet peeve is a brochure in...

2. The Spa at Eseeola Lodge

I had a deep tissue massage specifically geared towards my golf swing. George actually went through a lot of physical therapy beforehand to loosen up my...

3. Shear Shakti

This review is for my first visit to Shear Shakti, where I saw the wonderful and talented Josh. I came away very impressed! I haven't had a proper haircut...

4. Blowing Rock Hospital

During a recent visit to the beautiful town of Blowing Rock, I suffered a minor eye abrasion that was uncomfortable enough to warrant a visit to the Blowing...

5. Watauga Medical Center

My son came to the ER in severe abdominal pain. He ended up having to have an appendectomy. The entire experience was fantastic. Dr Fisher in the ER was...

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