Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina is the quaint town of Boone. When you want to escape the city and return to nature, this mountain community welcomes you and your family with a plethora of activities, such as hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and biking. Carry your camera with you wherever you roam so you’re always ready to take a photo of the next stunning view.

You and your family could settle into a mountain cottage with a back deck overlooking a valley or a log cabin with a hot tub out back. Here are a few communities in the area that offer the best Boone vacation rentals and mountain experience.

1. Boone, North Carolina

Boone doubles as a mountain and small college town since its home to Appalachian State College. With young, hip locals, there is plenty of unique shopping and dining opportunities. Many of the local bars offer live music in the evenings if you want an evening out with your spouse. Take the entire family to the local outdoor museum to see a presentation on the life of Daniel Boone called the Horn in the West.

2. Elk Banner, North Carolina

Enjoy the breathtaking views as you make your way west along the 105 to the town of Elk Banner. You can select a trendy condo in the downtown area or look outside of town to find a rustic cabin as your vacation rental. When you arrive in the winter time, make the short trip to one of the two ski resorts, Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain, for some snow sports. A short-drive a way is the Linville Caverns for exploring a hidden world.

3. Beech Mountain, North Carolina

If you’re a snow bunny, then choose a rustic cabin or log home in Beech Mountain for easy access to the town’s ski resort. Beech Mountain Ski Resort offers skiing lessons for beginners or to brush up on your skills. You can even try your hand at snowboarding. This ski resort offers multiple slopes with varying skill levels to ensure everyone in your family has a great time.

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4. Sugar Mountain, North Carolina

Wake up each morning surrounded by mountains and enjoy your first cup of coffee on the wrap around deck of your mountain retreat. When the snow flies, visitors, and locals alike flock to the town’s ski resort. In addition to snow skiing, the resort offers an outdoor ice skating rink and a dedicated area for snow tubing if you want something a little different.

5. Seven Devils, North Carolina

Southwest of Boone sits the devilish mountain town by the name of Seven Devils but you’ll find your time there super angelic. From friendly locals to comfortable and spacious vacation rentals, this town provides you with everything a mountain vacation should be. Spend your day’s hiking, biking, and fishing in local streams. All year long, take a chance and try something new at Hawksnest Zipline, where you zoom through the air taking in the beauty of the mountain around you.

6. Linville, North Caroline

Nature lovers flock to Linville to make it a home base with its proximity to Cherokee National Forest and Pisgah National Forest. Spend your day’s hiking, biking, horseback riding, and exploring the natural world around you. Grandfather Mountain offers more than 12 miles of hiking trails for you to explore in a day along with a mile long swinging bridge to show how courageous you are.

7. Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Just a few minutes from Boone is the small community of Blowing Rock, where the locals welcome you with a smile and a glass of sweet tea. From here, you can enjoy all the great outdoor activities, including hiking, cross country skiing, rock climbing and fishing. Hop in the car and spend a day at Tweetsie Railroad. This Wild West themed amusement park gives you the chance to take an authentic train ride through the mountains.

8. Sugar Grove, North Carolina

Drive a few minutes northwest of Boone to the town of Sugar Grove. You can find a mountain side cabin with a fireplace to chase the chill away each morning in this local area. Hop in the car, take a ride on the Blue Mountain Parkway and stretch your legs at mile marker 271.9 with its one-mile loop that overlooks an amazing waterfall.

9. Valle Crucis, North Carolina

A few minutes west of Boone, you can spend your entire vacation free from crowds and relax together at a vacation rental in Valle Crucis. Explore the local area on foot, horseback, or bike while you soak up the local culture and charm. When you’re ready to rejoin the world, pan for gold at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine.

10. Elk Valley, North Carolina

Situated southwest of Boone, the community of Elk Valley is a quieter version of the town of Elk Banner. In this area, a small family can find a modest cabin while a family reunion group can rent a luxury home with room for everyone because this area offers something for everyone. While exploring the local area, check out Flat Top Brewing Company for the secrets of making craft beer. You can even buy a case to take back home with you.

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