Destination the NC Mountains!!! Depart RCH at 10 a.m. Text 828-446-0434 with you name if you need a ride or if you are willing to drive.
Lunch in Blowing Rock at The Town Tavern Restaurant - 11:30 a.m. Browse downtown Blowing Rock Depart Blowing Rock for Valle Crucis - 2:30 Activities in Valle Crucis – Mast General Store peruse the store and rock on the porch, community park next door, walking and benches to sit and chat. Valle Crucis
Home of the Original Mast General Store Offering historic, rural charm, Valle Crucis was first settled over 200 years ago. The community itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as North Carolina’s first rural national historic district. Valle Crucis modern history really began with a visit to the valley by a New York botanist in 1840.
So enchanted was he by the luxurious natural beauty of the area that he stopped in Raleigh on his way home and met with Episcopal Archbishop Levi Silliman Ives to share his impressions. Bishop Ives had been searching for a location to establish a mountain mission, and in July 1842, he made his first trip to the region. Upon seeing three creeks intersecting to form a cross , he named the area Valle Crucis, Latin for Vale of the Cross.
DIRECTIONS VALLE CRUCIS FROM BOONE Take Highway 105 South toward Banner Elk. About 3 miles out of town (5 miles from the intersection of 321 and 105), turn right onto Broadstone Road. There is a traffic light at the intersection, as well as the Ham Shoppe deli and signs for Valle Crucis. Go 2.8 miles on Broadstone Road, and our driveway is on the right just before the Mast Store Annex’s parking lot. Depart for RCH – 5 p.m.