What makes a perfect getaway? Vacation? Romantic honeymoon in Mountain City near Boone, NC? Doing something memorable, enjoyable or relaxing. While the inn is in a mostly rural area with miles of forest, mountains, streams and lakes, it is also full of many fun and interesting things to do–if you choose.
Location and Convenience
Think of the inn as being in the center of a peace sign–seriously. The main roads run north, southeast and southwest from the inn and Mountain City, Tenn. Each road runs to a different state–Virginia, North Carolina and eastern Tennessee–where different activities abound.
Information on activities and enjoying the area is posted her by types, such as outdoors, shopping, wine & dine and so on. Please see the menu above, including the subgroups for OUTDOORS. There is simply too much to cover on one general webpage.
It’s easy to enjoy several full days of activities when you go in any direction….The inn is on the edge of small town Mountain City, TN, in a mountain valley in the most north and east corner of Tennessee.
- Only 25 minutes/25 miles north of Boone, NC
- 35 min. from Blowing Rock, NC
- 17 miles south of Damascus, VA
- 40 miles/45 minutes south of Abingdon, VA
- 32 miles from Elizabethton, TN
- 53 minutes from Bristol TN/VA
- About 1 hour from Johnson City and Kingsport, TN.
Land of Daniel Boone
Famed frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820) blazed a trail to the bluegrass of Kentucky in the late 1700s and spent many days in the woods near the inn, leaving his mark on the landscape and once leaving his road horse behind in what became Roan Valley (Mountain City). Today, in many places, your travels will take you in Boone’s footsteps. Due south of Mountain City, Boone, NC, is named after him. Redtail Mountain Golf Resort is in the valley he returned to time and again.
Historic Northeastern Tennessee
The area to the southwest includes a Tennessee Valley Authority dam on Watauga Lake. Boating, fishing and scenery abound near the tallest earthen dam east of the Mississippi River. At Sycamore Shoals in Elizabethton, TN, a Revolutionary-era fort has been recreated. Across the Watauga River, Rocky Mount recreates the life of the colonial governor of the short-lived State of Franklin, TN (1790s). Further down the road is Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town, today filled with storytellers, shops and history.
Southwest Virginia, the northern neighbor
Laurel Creek runs north through a crack in the mountains to Damascus, VA, home of the 34-mile rails-to-trail called The Virginia Creeper Trail. Near here, Sequoya, creator the Cherokee written language is thought to have been born. Today visitors explore the area close up by bicycle, on the curving roads via motorcycle or on hikes through the Grayson Highlands State Park headed to Mt. Rogers, Virginia’ s highest peak. Trail Days takes over Damascus, VA in May when through hikers on the Appalachian Trail gather to celebrate their hiking experiences.
Further north, theater goers enjoy The Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA, a town surveyed by Thomas Jefferson and his father in the late 1700s. Abingdon is home to a half dozen seasonal festivals, including the Virginia Highland and Plum Alley Festivals.
High Country North Carolina
“The Three B’s” –Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock, NC — are some of their state’s best-known vacation towns. They are a short 25-40 minutes southeast of the inn. Shopping, dining out, modern art museums and galleries, Appalachian State University sports and cultural events, hiking, scenic byways, fly fishing and choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms are just some of the regional activities in this area.
Getaway guest rooms at Prospect Hill Bed and Breakfast
Prospect Hill is ideal as getaway or vacation lodging because of its central location outside the hustle and bustle of some very busy towns. The inn offers more space and more amenities for the price, more privacy and quietude.
Select from five guest rooms each with their own personality–queen or king beds, whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, TV, wireless, snacks, robes, bubble bath. Breakfast is included free. Prices$109-$179 (to $235). Higher during special event weekends. The inn’s Cottage in the Woods is ideal for families with several children and anyone wishing to travel with their pet.
Buy Local Foods
Johnson County Farmers Market May-October, behind the Courthouse at 222 W. Main St., downtown Mountain City. Saturday mornings. Also Tuesday afternoons in mid-season.
Watauga Farmers Market - In operation in Boone, NC since 1974. Up to 75 vendors offer quality locally farmed produce and plants, as well as locally made crafts and edibles. Saturday mornings from May through October, and Wednesday mornings June through September. There is a special Holiday Market the Saturdays before and after Thanksgiving. All local growers only. 828-355-4918 – Horn in the West Parking Lot.