A guide to fall in the Haut Pays – Les Appalaches

With the leaves changing and sweaters back in fashion, fall in Boone is just around the corner. In October, explore all that the High Country has to offer.

Autumn festivals:

Pre-match the ski season with the 31st Annual Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest. Browse vendor items and ski equipment while listening to live music. Don’t forget your best pair of lederhosen as the event also hosts a Bavarian costume competition.

The festival will take place October 9-10 at 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive.

Experience the best of Grandfather Mountain’s peak leaf colors at Fall colors hike. Twenty-minute guided walks will be organized for participants from October 3-11 at 2050 Blowing Rock Highway. Reservations for park access can be purchased on the Grandfather Mountain website. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life for rolling views over farmland to Fair of the Pays de la Vallée. Hosted in Valle Crucis, this annual fair mimics the roots of the Appalachians, from plugging to bluegrass, home-made apple cider, and regional artists.

The fair will take place on October 16 at 122 Skiles Way from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $ 10 per vehicle.

Not far from Valle Crucis, Banner Elk will also be hosting a festival from October 16 to 17. Woolly worm festival will host its 44th annual event in the historic Banner Elk Elementary at 185 Azalea Circle.

Witness the High Country version of Groundhog Day as the woolly bear caterpillars compete in races for the honor of predicting the upcoming winter forecast.

The cost of admission is $ 6 for adults, $ 4 for children 6 to 12 years old, and admission is free for children under 5.

Halloween Parties:

Spice up this Halloween by entering the holiday season with a myriad of local events and festivities.

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival will take place on October 30 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join in the costumed entertainment at Memorial Park. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. The festival is located at 1036 Main Street.

For late night fun, Tweetsie will host ghost Train rides until October 30. Stop by on Friday or Saturday night. Ticket prices can be found on the Tweetsie website.

Get more than one use of your Halloween costume by attending the Seventh Annual The Hunger and Health Coalition Masked ball. The event will take place on October 29 at The Mill at Rock Creek 3306 Highway 194 N. Tickets start at $ 40. This event is organized for adults only.

Family fun with pets included for App State’s Scary duke 5k, 10k and costumed walk. This event will take place on October 16 in the Peacock parking lot. Free activities for children will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Both races will start at 9 a.m. Registration is open on the App State website.

Fall products:

Harvest time has arrived and with it the promise of vibrant blooming mums and colorful ranges of squash. Explore the High Country’s roadside markets and stalls for the best harvests of the season.

Nestled between the flowery hills of Daniel Boone Gardens and the shady cabins of Horn of the West is a plethora of local produce and produce. Watauga Farmers Market will soon be speckled with seasonal oranges and yellows. Stock up on pumpkins, squash, baked goods and wildflowers. The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 591 Horn in W Drive.

Take a short trip to Deep Gap to experience the vast corn maze and vast pumpkin patch of New River Corn Maze. Located between the New River and the historic Brown Family Farm, the location is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to night and Sunday from 1 p.m. to night. The farm is located 660 Laurel Gap Ridge Road.

The mustard seed market celebrates 30 years of greenhouse products and garden equipment. Browse a range of plants, decorations and seasonal products while supporting a local business. Visit of the market from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday at 5589 US-321.

Pass J&M Produce for more seasonal produce as well as canned fruits and vegetables for the coming winter, while enjoying the festive decor of this rustic roadside stand. Find this stop at 117 Shore Drive. The stand is open from 10 a.m. at 18 o’clock

Fall menu checklist:

Fall isn’t complete without a hot cup of fresh apple cider and pumpkin-flavored pastries. Explore local Boone kitchens and bakeries serving seasonal produce this fall.

Visit Stick Boy Bakery for fall specials like apple-skull pumpkin seeds, pumpkin-cinnamon chip bun, shaker squash and more. Visit stickboybread.com for a bakery schedule.

Follow the spicy pumpkin scents in Appalachia Cookie Co., or have the tasty scents delivered straight to your door. Their Seasonal Pumpkin Spice Cookie was featured in Asheville’s Western North Carolina magazine.

Head to King Street for Hole Lotta Donuts. Celebrate the end of apple season with their Apple Cider Cake Donut.

Discover the classic taste of Blue Deer Cookies with a twist from their seasonal fall menu. Apple pie and pumpkin pie ice cream are just a few of the flavors that will be available.

Visit Talia Espresso for a myriad of fall themed drinks. From pumpkin white mocha to salted caramel pumpkin iced latte, there are enough options to keep everyone happy.

A crispy morning boone calls bagels from Boone Bagelry. Stop by to try their seasonal pumpkin cream cheese.

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