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Thanksgiving in the High Country offers all the classic holiday feels your heart could desire: cool air, fall colors, beautiful views, a caring community, and holiday food worth dreaming about. We want to make sure this Thanksgiving is something special for you and your loved ones. We are thankful for this community and hope you will enjoy some of the amazing things this area has to offer. 

Bring Something to the Table:

Whether you are hosting your own Thanksgiving meal or joining family or friends for their feast, these local businesses offer something special to enhance your experience.

Smoked Turkey
Call to schedule: 828-395-3651
Let Woodlands take care of cooking your turkey. This local BBQ restaurant will smoke your turkey.  Just bring them your turkey and they will charge you a per pound rate. Not open on the actual day so need to schedule beforehand

Stick Boy Bread Company
Breads and Pies
Stick Boy Bread Company, our local bakery, has rolled out a lovely menu of seasonal breads and desserts that will save you loads of time over having to bake them yourself and be a crowd pleaser. Click on their link to view their Thanksgiving specials.

Appalachia Cookie Co.
Gourmet Cookies
Their delicious cookies make the perfect addition to any dessert table.  Their November flavors have included bourbon pecan and blueberry white chocolate oatmeal, white Russian, and pumpkin. Stop by to get an assortment of cookies that will please all types of palates.

What better gift to bring than delicious beer from a local brewer? Pick up some cans of their newly released Hatchet Coffee porter (so smooth) or the Palate Painter, or Booneshine IPA. You can always get a growler of any of the beers they are brewing or a bottle of wine from Basils.

Erick’s Wine and Cheese
Wine, Cheese or Gifts
Don’t forget the wine! Erick’s Wine and Cheese suggests a French wine,  Beaujolais, because it is light that goes well with poultry. Want more options? They are a full service wine and cheese shop with top notch service in helping you select the perfect bottle, cheese or gift basket to go along with your Thanksgiving celebration. If you live in Boone, it is worth a short drive (only 12 miles) to visit them off of 105 in Banner Elk! Students stop by to get a gift to bring home for the parents to show your gratitude, they have all sorts of affordable options!

No-Fuss Thanksgiving Day Meal:

If you are visiting the High Country for the holiday or just don’t feel like cooking, these local restaurants are staying open to help you celebrate.

Dan’l Boone Inn
Open: Thanksgiving Day, 11am-9pm
Price: 19.85 each
Call: (828) 264-8657
Walk-ins welcome, Reservations required for parties of 15 or more
They will open up additional dining space upstairs in order to accommodate the Thanksgiving crowds.
They will substitute turkey for fried chicken and cranberry relish for coleslaw.They will also offer stuffing, dressing and pumpkin pie. Open the whole weekend.

Red Tail, Vistas Land, and Sea
Open: Thanksgiving Day, 11 am -2:30 pm
Price: 29.99
Reservations required: 423-727-7600
They will offer a traditional Thanksgiving buffet. Expect all your favorites, turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more. They will take reservations until they meet capacity.They are filling up quickly so make your reservation today if you want to experience a traditional Thanksgiving meal that will knock your socks off.

Table at Crestwood
Open: Thanksgiving Day, 12 pm – 7pm
Price: $55 for adults. $25 for kids 10 and younger
Call: Reservations Required (828) 963-6646
Enjoy a southern inspired Thanksgiving Buffet in an unforgettable atmosphere. Enjoy the highest quality food and beverages, while admiring one of the most spectacular views in North Carolina’s High Country. Before or after you meal enjoy cocktails in their bar or outdoor sitting area.

Shatley Springs Inn and Restaurant-
Open:Thanksgiving Day 7 am to 9 pm
Call: Reservations Required 336-982-2336
Enjoy their traditional “Family style” Thanksgiving dinner that includes turkey, stuffing and their famous buttermilk biscuits along with a variety of vegetables and homemade desserts. Shatley Springs food has become as famous as the healing qualities of the spring water. Shatley Springs is located in a quiet, rustic atmosphere with ten comfortable cottages bordering a fishing pond.

Winners Circle:
Open: Thanksgiving Day, 11:30-3
Call: Reservations Required: 336-246-4499
Enjoy a Traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, stuffing and all the fixin’s. Count on some delicious Thanksgiving desserts.

Spread the Love:

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our many blessings and share time with family and friends. It also offers the opportunity to open our hearts and lives in new and generous ways. Here is an awesome opportunity for you to spread some love and give back in a fun way.

Turkey Trot 5k:
Benefits: Hospitality House of Boone
Where:Boone Greenway Trail at the Clawson-Burnley Park entrance
When: Thanksgiving, 9 am
Cost: Adults: $30 and Kids: $10
Help provide food, shelter and life-changing services to individuals and families living in need by participating in the 5th annual High Country Turkey Trot 5k. 100 percent of the proceeds of this race go to the Hospitality House of Boone. Everyone is welcome to participate, including families with children, strollers and pets on a leash. Pre-registration, available online at HCTurkeyTrot.org. For sponsorship information and questions email Carter at todd@hosphouse.org or call 828.264.1237 x107.

Once you’ve filled up on turkey and sweet potato pie you can welcome Christmas by going to Christmas in the Park or visiting a Christmas Tree farm to pick out a tree.


We wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Big thanks for unsplash.com and the following photographers:

Patrick Fore, Monika Grabkowska, Jennifer Pallian, Gabriel Garcia Marengo, Brigitte Tohm, Nils Stahl, and Roman Kraft.

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