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Recently I had the pleasure of happening upon a lovely boutique hotel in downtown Boone, NC called The Horton Hotel. After an amazing stay and experience I wanted to be sure to share all about this hidden gem in the most amazing walkable location. We end up in Blowing Rock and Boone quite often these days. With COVID19 and the world of travel a little smaller, it’s a quick and easy getaway for those in the Charlotte region. The mountain towns offer small town charm but also lots of nature to get into if that’s more your thing. We opened a new location of the Crafted Mercantile Boutique at Antiques Main in Blowing Rock, so finding a home away from home was pertinent.

The super cushy bed and luscious linens at The Horton feel like home away from home, especially with the complimentary breakfast they offer each morning.

Located in the heart of the shopping and restaurant district downtown area adjacent to Appalachian State University campus, you couldn’t find a more convenient place to make an enjoyable stay if you’re in Boone. We were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go, with lots of choices for things to do, meals and shopping of course! If in the area a visit to the town of Blowing Rock next door is also highly recommended. Especially if you are a foodie. Restaurants like Bistro Roca and Twigs are always a solid choice.

Lamb Chops at Twigs, soooo good!

After a fun day of a little work and a lot of shopping, we were greeted with warm smiles and conversation upon entry at The Horton. The quaint yet well appointed lobby is the perfect blend of modern & vintage charm. Just inside there is a mini boutique where you can take home many of the items you’ll come to love during your stay as well as some local artisan goods. From the plush Horton embellished robes to the handcrafted local chocolate by CW Chocolate… which you should for sure try. Not only because it’s delish but also because it supports global water projects. Each bar equals water for one person for one year! But my favorite were the sheepskin fluffy rugs your feet land upon bedside each night and morning. You can take your own home in a plethora of colors. Can you tell I love shopping?!

The Horton Boutique is such a delightful surprise around the corner of the main desk.
CW Chocolate is actually good for you & does good by supporting global water projects.

There are so many amenities you can get at locally owned and operated boutique hotels and The Horton is certainly no exception. There is a menu of goodies given at check in that include several complimentary items but some interesting add ons like a nightcap or bourbon to custom aromatherapy, which was what I opted for. It was such a nice touch and goes as another check on the list of a luxury hotel.

At check in you’re given a code and that’s how you access your door lock, no keys! I loved this as I always find digging for that room key to be such a hassle. But let’s get into it and talk about this fabulous room I had the pleasure of sleeping in. It was a yummy blend of the mountains and modern with plenty of handcrafted artisan accents. There was live edge gorgeous lumber at every turn. This was paired with slate tile for the floor and in the bathroom.

The live edge cut wood benches upon entry were not only beautiful but super useful to store items during my stay.

I also loved the walk in shower with rain waterfall style shower head. So enjoyable! And the Beekman body and hair care alongside some locally crafted body lotion was a high end touch you come to expect at the best hotels. The towels were thick and comfy, and we had plenty so no need to call down for more. After a shower it was so lovely to slip on the perfect robe. It wasn’t too heavy or hot. I slipped it on like the little girl from ‘Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears’ story and decided it was just right for me!

It’s hard to debate the most important part of any stay at a hotel is the bed. The Horton delivered with a superb mattress complete with soft high thread count linens and my personal favorite, extra fluffy pillows. There is storage neatly available bedside and drawers underneath in this particular room. But the sheepskin rugs I mentioned earlier are pictured below. It was such an amazing little extra touch, I had to order one to recreate this experience beside my bed at home. And in case you’re wondering I found out they clean and comb them out between stays. And you won’t find them in the pet friendly rooms, instead they use washable rugs for those locations. It is so refreshing to see owners and operators who walk the extra mile with personal touches and thoughtful practices like at The Horton Hotel.

Another one is a kind feature at this hotel is the Rooftop Bar. It’s the only rooftop option in the area and gives you a beautiful birds eye view with yummy beverages and tapas selections. It was the perfect precursor to dinner.

Charcuterie and a yummy Blackberry & Gin beverage. Super refreshing on a summer day.
A view from the front side of the Horton Rooftop.

Downstairs you’ll find the super hip and beautifully decorated inside bar area. In the Lobby Lounge you can see with the mix of bar, table and lounge seating it feels like the past meets the present with the trendy yet memorable vibe oozing from every thoughtfully selected piece of furniture and decor. More custom woodworking and finishes left me impressed and ready to belly up to the bar for a beverage, hopefully soon you can #meetmeatthehorton bar! But until then, The Horton Lobby Lounge & Rooftop Bar has several safe ways you can enjoy your favorite cocktails and yummies with social distancing and room service.

I stole this pic from their website because I didn’t have a great shot of the Lobby Lounge. It is so cool you just have to see it in person to do the experience justice.

So if you’re planning a trip to App State, want to get away to the mountains, or simply find yourself in the area for business, I highly recommend considering this truly special location. It’s Five stars all the way in my book. If you love to travel and stay at the unique places, just remember all these folks in the hospitality industry are depending on the 50% of business they are allowed to do. Let’s show them the love by patronizing when able and tipping big so our beloved small businesses can make it through this challenging time! To plan your visit to The Horton Hotel click here

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