January 27, 2020

5 Things We Love About The NC High Country

There are many reasons to love the NC High Country; whether it be the scenery, community, or events- there is something for everyone. At Vincent Properties, the NC High Country is our driving passion for why we work in real estate. Since February is all about sharing the love, our agents thought they’d share their reason for loving the NC High Country.


A Tight-Knit, Giving Community-Jay Vincent

Jay Vincent enjoys the High Country because it is a caring and involved community, describing it as “Small town USA, you know the people and they know you.” Jay is part of several different organizations in the community, such as the Western Youth Network (WYN), The Hunger Coalition, and the Watauga Humane Society. Jay particularly loves the work conducted by the Western Youth Network, which strives to positively impact at-risk youth in Watauga County. Their mission statement “is to transform our High Country community by nurturing and empowering our children so that they live HEALTHY, ENGAGED and FULFILLED LIVES.” By providing mentoring, after school, summer camp, and high school success/college training programs, WYN has helped raise our community for over 30 years.

At Vincent Properties, we not only love to help people but also animals. Jay and our office sponsor animals through the Watauga County Humane Society often!

Never to Cool for School -Josh Honeycutt

When he isn’t working diligently as an NC Realtor® Josh Honeycutt is the Watauga High School soccer coach. His favorite thing about the High Country is our school system. Watauga County has an excellent school system, they are ranked in the Top 10 School Districts in North Carolina by Niche. The Watauga County School District was named an Accomplished District by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standard. If you are looking to raise kids in the High Country, our school systems should exceed your expectations. With great accomplishments, comes great opportunities! For instance, Blowing Rock Chamber of commerce provided funds to Blowing Rock Elementary School for a 3D printer. The 3D printer club has become an outstanding program for students. They even took home second place at the Annual Digital Design Manufacturing Competition. For more information on the 3D Printer Club, check out the article on the Watauga Democrat.

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NC High Country- It’s Adventure time, Kiddos- Lindsay Pinckney 

Since having her second child, Lindsay Pinckney’s favorite thing about The High Country is the family fun activities. Her favorite place, or really, her eldest son’s favorite place is Tweetsie Railroad. This is a local amusement park that opened in 1957 and has since become a staple of the High Country. The western-themed amusement park boasts fun activities for the whole family, such as Diamond Lil Can-Can Dancers, magic shows, gem mining, a petting zoo, arcade, wide selection of rides, and the famous Wild West Adventure train ride. The High Country is packed full of adventures for kids (or the young at heart), Mystery Hill is best known for their Gravity Vortex! This is a room that defies the laws of gravity. No matter how hard you try to stand up straight you will be standing at a 45-degree angle. In the warmer months, Lindsey enjoys bringing her kids to play at the Blowing Rock or Valle Crusis Park. These are just some of the many attractions in The High Country, click here to see our Pinterest board filled more fun attractions for kids of all ages!


That’s my JAM- Frankie Lancaster

Our agent Frankie Lancaster’s favorite thing about The High Country is the music. In the High Country, you can find many exceptional bands,  both local and touring musicians. Frankie likes to attend the various free summer concert series held in the local parks. Throughout one weekend, there are dozens of shows being offered at Blowing Rock Park, The Best Cellar, Valle Crucis Park, and The Jones House. Many restaurants in the area have music weekly which is perfect in the colder months. As a graduate of the Miriam Canon Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, Frankie also likes to see the many inspirational artists that visit the ASU Schaefer Center. This cultural arts center has hosts many National and International musicians, bands, and other arts groups. Check out their upcoming calendar by clicking here.

Take a Hike in the NC High Country- Kelli Burleson

As a dedicated outdoor lover, our agent Kelli Burleson and her pup Hutch’s favorite thing about the area is the beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains- from hiking trails, cruising Watauga Lake, or just visiting the many national parks for a picnic. Kelli’s favorite place to be is on the Blue Ridge Parkway, checking out her favorite trails such as Rough Ridge, Linville Falls, Moses Cone, Watauga Lake, and the Boone Fork Trail. If you are looking for exceptional views from an easy hike Rough Ridge is perfect for you, despite its name. The hike is less than a mile and offers views of Grandfather Mountain and the Linn Cove Viaduct. Looking for scenery with water? Linville Falls is just one of the many waterfalls in our area. The NC High Country such gorgeous views and hiking for hikers of all skill levels. To see more of Kelli’s adventures, click here to follow her Instagram page!

Kelli Hiking in the NC High Country

Seems like there is something for everyone in the NC High Country. Do you have a reason to love our area, or perhaps you are aching for a reason to explore? Come visit and fall in love, ’tis the season! Once you are hooked by cupid’s arrow, one of Vincent Properties award winning agents will be happy help you fall in love with a High Country Home !

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