Visitor Information

Boone is the county seat of Watauga County in Western North Carolina. Appalachian State University is at the heart of this town situated in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. The spring and summer are warm and pleasant, fall brings vibrant colors and cool breezes to the mountains, and snow in winter. 

We invite you to come to Appalachian and gain the professional development hours you need and enjoy your visit in the beautiful blue ridge mountains.  

Where to Stay

The following hotels offer the state rate in Boone: Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, and Quality Inn.

The Sleep Inn Boone offers a 10% discount for AEC workshop attendees, use this link to book your room with the discount.

The Baymont Inn & Suites in Boone is offering the special rate of $63/night during the week and $89/night on the weekends for Appalachian Energy Center workshop attendees. Call 828-264-0077 to reserve a room and mention the special.

Airbnb in Boone is an alternate option.

For more hotel information in Boone, visit Kayak or

Things to Do

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You know all that stuff you like to do?  From outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, and kayaking to more relaxing endeavors like shopping, wine tasting, and being pampered at a world-class spa. We have it all and then some, right here in our easygoing, come-as-you-are mountain town. 



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Explore Boone Area Breweries

The High Country area of the NC mountains offers a growing selection of local breweries. Breweries in Boone include Appalachian Mountain BreweryBooneshine Brewing Company, and Lost Province Brewing Co..

Explore breweries beyond Boone.



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Appalachian Summer Festival

An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music festival and has developed over the years to become one of the nation's largest regional multi-arts festivals with over 26,000 people in attendance each year.



High Country Local Firstlocal first

High Country Local First is a non-profit organization that supports locally owned, independent businesses and farmers through education, promotion, and networking. This organization is a great resource for finding local businesses and resturants. 


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Jamie Russell, PhD, MEng
Interim Director

828-262-6553 (fax)

401 Academy Street
226 IG Greer Hall
ASU Box 32131
Boone, NC 28608


Workshops Contact

Janet Miller
Workshop Coordinator
Appalachian Energy Center
Appalachian State University

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