Here's a beautiful view of the end of a foggy sunrise on a brisk November morning. This photograph was taken on King Street in downtown Boone, North Carolina. I took this picture on Friday, December 1, which was the day of the Christmas Tree lighting in Boone. The streets were filled with people, both residents and visitors, as well as numerous vendors. The atmosphere was very festive and cheery. King Street is always very crowded, but the area was even more packed for the Christmas Tree lighting. In the photograph, there is a horse-drawn carriage with a family in the back. This image reflects aspects of a time gone by. The growing modernity of the Appalachian region, specifically Boone, is evident in the cars lining the street, the condos looming in the background, and the construction truck driving in the opposite direction of the carriage. The construction truck represents the growing industrialization and shift away from rural in the region. This clash of old and new is still an ongoing battle in Appalachia. It is interesting that the carriage is heading in the direction of Highway 421, which represents a more modern region, while the construction truck is driving towards Highway 321, which reflects a much more agrarian landscape. Although there is an ongoing battle for the future of Appalachia, the two sides (old and new) are coexisting fairly well thus far. #appalachianechoes This decaying barn just off NC 105 shows the stereotype of Appalachia as a poverty-stricken region of America. The barn that has been deteriorated and weathered over the years embodies what many people think of when they think of Appalachia, an area of people and structures, like the barn
that have been weathered over the years by poverty. #appalachianechoes These are the steps that I walk up when I catch the bus. The steps are about 3 times the length of what is shown in the picture. I live in a valley that is often warmer than the rest of Boone. So when I go to catch the bus I have to hike some long steps. When it's summer or spring the stair look like this. They are completely alive, and it almost looks like the vines are holding together these very old steps. Its metaphorical of AppalachianEchoes because the nature is what connects us to the Appalachian identity. And the natural vines are what connect through the stairs. I find them so beautiful and I like the long walk up to the bus. Jack Groce Stadium, former home of the Watauga High School Pioneers, still oozes Appalachia pride even though it has lost its status as a regularly-used sports venue. In 2010, the Old Watauga High School’s last class was honored after more than 50 years at the site. The school building itself, along with other auxiliary buildings, were demolished, but the tennis courts, baseball field, and parking lots still remain, albeit overgrown with weeds and marred with trash and graffiti. The new Watauga High School was erected off of U.S. Highway 421 and serves as the only high school in the county. The old abandoned stadium, a #hiddentreasure, is in poor shape but is still hauntingly beautiful as the mountains around them begin to take on their autumn hues. #appalachianechoes
#watauga #oldwataugahighschool #appalachia #mountains 5 acres of corn maze! This picture I like a lot because of the tones, and the evidence that global warming has not stolen the snowy charm from Boone yet. I also think this picture could be a christmas card image. A snowy houses tucked away in the hills I think is a stereotypical image of Appalachia. So some images of Appalachia defy the negative stereotypes, some perpetuate negative stereotypes, but this one reinforces the positive silent beauty that is found on a snowy day. #AppalachianEchoes This photograph is very different than the other images that I chose. It was taken at an Appalachian State football game in Boone, North Carolina. Unlike the other photographs, which were taken in more secluded, rural areas, this one was taken at possibly the busiest time for the town of Boone—a football game. This photograph also represents different elements of the region. Whether App State's football team admits it or not, they represent a much larger community than just Appalachian State. They also represent much of the Appalachian region (at least Watauga and its surrounding counties). Appalachian State's mascot, the mountaineer, reflects this close relationship between the school and the region. The pride that students and alumni of Appalachian State have for their school mirrors the pride that the Appalachian people have for their region. In many of its games, App's football team is the underdog. This underdog persona reflects much of the region's history. Even if there is not much to celebrate in the region, the success of the football team can always be revered. #appalachianechoes Stormy Day
Something most people think about when they think about the mountains of Appalachia is the harsh weather it is known for. In this instance there is a lot of truth in this popular stereotype. This picture was taken on Rivers Street pointing towards King Street. On this particular day Boone experienced the worst flooding I had seen since I have been here. However, this narrative excludes that for most of the time the weather is quite nice.
#appalachianechoes This is an overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway called Yadkin Valley, the elevation at 3,830 feet. There are many overlooks visitors can see passing through Blue Ridge Parkway. This one just stood out the most to me, it is breathtaking, some would agree. Views like this are what Appalchia is known for and people come from many places to go hiking, in this case drive to see the view. This is an essential part of Appalachia culture and it is also a big tourist attraction for many parts of Appalachia. There's nothing like golfing on top of a mountain! What a beautiful day for it too. Chapell Wilson Hall - Now home to the Departments of Sociology and Theater & Dance at Appalachian State University. The building served as the local Watauga High School until 1965 and once housed the college radio station. The name of the building is often misspelled as Chapel instead of Chapell Wilson Hall.
#appalachianechoes This picture depicts a Watauga High School concession stand with the baseball field in the background. I went to Watauga High School because I thought it was a symbol of one of Appalachia’s most cared for traits – family. Family ties and family traditions run deep within the Appalachia community. The importance of family can be shown through this picture in the sense that Watauga has payed respects to player #14, Bobby Wellborn. This type of respect is shown within a tight knit community that acts as a second family. The importance and respect for family is seen through this picture because no one will ever wear the number 14 while playing baseball at Watauga High School.
Conjure an image of Appalachian housing. You think of a rustic farmhouse that has a quaint charm about it, right? Wrong. Most of these areas have been developed and consist of new apartment complexes or decently built houses from mid-20th century development. Areas of Appalachia like Boone, North Carolina and Cullowhee, North Carolina have experienced high influxes of people due to having universities there and becoming tourist destinations. In order to hold these people the towns have had to expand into small urban hubs. This picture includes what life is like for most people living in these towns and rejects the old-fashioned, 1800s housing stereotype.
#appalachianechoes I took this beautiful photo of the mountains at Caldwell Community College. The light was coming through the clouds, and it hit the mountains just right. I thought this photo was a great representation of the pure beauty of the Appalachian region. This right here is what draws people, including myself, to this area. Nature has a great way of showing the raw beauty of our Appalachian mountains. This picture also shows the exact thing people think of when they think of Appalachian. Anytime I tell someone I live in Boone, they always exclaim at how beautiful the mountains are. I can’t help but agree with them; however, it always reminds me that there is so much more to this area than the mountains. #appalachianechoes
This image I created on campus at Appalachian State University mainly because I liked the way the trees were uniformly spaced apart and obviously deliberately and decoratively planted that way by someone in a way that they thought would be the best choice to garden the campus. This image looks beyond the trees though and shows the town of Boone through scattered buildings of apartments, classes, and downtown, all falling between the trees and the mountain view. This image encapsulates Boone’s almost perfectly balanced ratio of humanity and nature, while the human elements in the image are prevalent through the buildings, they are still overpowered/being seen through nature, which is exactly how I view Boone.
#appalachianechoes Only lookout fire tower in the NC far western area (by Boone.) you can see Sugar Mountain, Grandfather Mountain and others.)
Trail was a former carriage trail and is multi use-- many horses.
#nc #hiking #firetowers One of the most common places for the new visitor to the Blue Ridge Parkway is the Flat Top Lookout Fire Tower. This is one the most spectacular lookout that a person can visit for the first time. The Fire Tower as it is called by the local was originally built to monitoring the surrounding mountain, and by its very design is crafted/ located in the perfect place to see the breath-taking valleys and mountain around it. As time went on the Fire Tower started to become less and less important as a monitoring stations, and was eventually turned into a hiking/ tourist attraction. By design/location, it would become extremely important to the local community and was the first hiking spot I had ever visited in the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The football stands at the Old Watauga High School. A place once teeming with life and celebration, is now left to rot. While visiting the site I asked myself, why hasn't this been torn down yet, why isn't anything being done with the land? This image shows a more modern view of the stereotypical pictures we see of Appalachia, like abandoned barns or run down mills. Walking through the area is what I imagine walking through an area like Cheronobyl, not a person in sight. I wonder what will become of the site in the future with App State's recent purchase of it. Hopefully the area will be renewed with life again and bring back the area to its former glory even if it won't be exactly the same. #appalachianechoes Most fast food restaurants look the same no matter where you are. However, the Wendy’s in Boone is built to look more “rustic”. Most Wendy’s are usually themed red and black while this Wendy’s is designed with more subtle colors, a grey blue and stone. This popular fast food restaurant was constructed to match its mountain region it is located in, using the stone and a nature color scheme. This image shows how a nationwide restaurant can be constructed to fit into the Appalachia theme. #appalchianechoes
This photo is a good example of the region of Appalachia. The mountains in the background stretch across the skyline, completely engulfing the region. This is a good representation of the “untouched” area of the Appalachian region. Unlike many regions of America, the area surrounding Appalachia is not dominated by skyscrapers, commercial businesses, or thousands of houses located within close proximity of each other. One of the first things people think of when talking about Appalachia are the mountains that dominate the region, and this image seems to be a good representation of the scenery that people imagine when they think about Appalachia.
#AppalachianEchoes When I was a kid, when ever I thought about Appalachian I envisioned football. To me up until the 2005 season, I feel like not of a lot of attention was out on this town. I feel like football in a way help put this place back on the map, and when I think of Appalachian football, I see rough, country kids from rural states and towns which is the staple of this part of North Carolina. The stereotype given to the players and the people of this community are given the label of being I chose to use this photo because when i think of the Appalachian community, I think of small businesses, not big companies like in larger communities. I think of family owned places and local goods stores and I get that feel from this view of King Street here in Boone. There are small stores and even some are structured in a way that represents old culture like the Mast General Store. When I go to King street, I get the feel of this tight community based stores and businesses like I picture it was like in the early establishment of this community.
This photo shows a sense of the community in Appalachia. One of the aspects that many people relate to the region of Appalachia is financial instability. The diner shown in the photo represents a place of comfort and contentment. A place that people go to socialize with friends, and forget about the hardships encountered in everyday life. The overall appearance of the building shows a diner that has a vintage look. A diner that remains in past, while the world around it evolves. I chose to frame this image in black and white to illustrate it as an image that is set back in time, while the details revel a more modern photograph.
#AppalachianEchoes Flannels are so popular in the Appalachia region, there should be a Flannel Day at Appalachian State University were every student wears a flannel shirt that day. When most people think about mountain men or lumberjacks they are usually depicted as wearing some sort of flannel. Flannels are the stereotypical dress of every mountain man. This image was taken at the Mast General store on King Street, a very popular and well-known Appalachian region store. Flannel shirts also make the list of top ten things every Appalachian student should have, because flannels are a representation of style in the Appalachian region. #appalachianechoes This photo was taken at Troy’s Diner on 105 in Boone. I love how the Diner is still looks like an old town kind of thing and serves old style diner food. It shows that Appalachia though it is evolving with things like Starbucks and other chains it will still always have an old town mountain feel. The diner is also an important piece of Appalachia because it attracts the college students and also the regular people that live here. It is the perfect example of how regular people and the college come and combine. This picture was taken on a backroad near the 105 bypass. I thought these trees were really cool and really portrayed how the Boone winter is upon us. The leaves have changed and fallen, but the trees still stand tall. As the seasons change, this tree will change with it. I grew up with having two seasons: summer and a cooler summer. When I came to the Appalachian region, I got to live all four seasons. It was such a cool opportunity for me, and these trees reminded me of it. I love that there is summer, fall, winter, and spring here. Even though these trees look sad without their leaves! #appalachianechoes
The pride of the Appalachian region is Appalachian State University, originally built as a teaching college for the members of this region. When I think of Appalachian I think of football and enjoying the games, with the chilly weather reminding you that you are in the mountains. The Rock is a well-known location for any Mountaineer football fan located at one of the highest points on campus. The football games bring in a variety of fans young and old. These games bring students, future students, and alumni all together to cheer on a classic American sport. #appalachianechoes
This picture was taken on the road near the law enforcement storage unit. I thought it was a really interesting interpretation of Appalachia because you don’t normal think of trash when you think of the mountains. However, I tend to see trash and litter frequently left around. This is someone’s house or storage shed, but there are old appliances and trash just laying around. I think it really contrasts with the pictures of the beautiful mountains and shows how no place on this earth is perfect. There can be trash mixed in with beauty. #appalachianechoes
Boone is a college town. The population is nearly doubles when school is in session. What makes Boone what it is, is the people that the university attracts. Without the university Boone would still be a small town in the mountains that barely has a population. It is important to know that the university was for the people that lived in the mountains but it has evolved into a place that students all over the country want to come and learn out of. The sunset over the campus is a perfect reason why people come to Boone. It is a beautiful town that loves nature. Concerts
The music of Appalachia is often thought of being full of banjos and lyrics that have been passed down generation to generation. If you walk downtown in some cities of the Appalachian region you will find an extensive amount posters for various concerts. These regional bands don’t just play classic country put out by their ancestors. They play everything from classic rock and roll to very modern heavy metal. For example the very first concert I went to here was put on by Rainbow Kitten Surprise, an indie/alternative rock band. Music is an integral part of Appalachian life, but not in the way most people think.
#appalachianechoes Openness describes Appalachia in one word. It is beautiful and the changing seasons bring different scenic views. People from big cities don’t understand the peacefulness and quietness of the outdoors. One thing I admire about this region is how most people are all friendly and act like a community whereas in the city everybody is independent. The whole town supports the University, Appalachian State. During game days, the whole town is dressed in Black and Yellow to support the Neers. Starting around nine a.m. during football Saturday, I can hear the stadium roaring its music to begin the excitement. When I walk outside, families and friends are tailgating in the parking lots, grass, and alongside the towns streets. That’s what I love about my school and this region; the small-town vibe.
#appalachianechoes A very popular form of leisure is relaxing in an eno. Eno’s are a brand of hammocks that can practically be hung anywhere. All across the Appalachian region eno’s can be found. The come in many different colors and sizes and are very easy to set up. Eno’s are typically hung in the trees so for hikers and outdoorsman, eno’s are very convenient when you need a rest. Eno’s in my opinion are a representation of Appalachian culture. Culture is not the past but the present. Culture is made up by the currents trends and an Appalachian trend is the eno. #appalachianechoes In Watauga County there are so many kids who do not have a lot of support or adult figures to look up to. The Western Youth Network is a place for those kids to have a mentor to help them with their homework and keep them on the right track. A program like this shows to love of the community that so many people mightn't know about.
#appalachianechoes It is more common in the US today to run a business out of your home. However, in smaller towns, such as Boone, it is nothing new. In the neighborhood of Junaluska many people are running businesses out of their homes. They might not be able to afford to pay rent out of a business location.
#appalachianechoes Growing up in Boone, NC I would drive by this house all the time to visit my friend and always want to go inside and see what it looked like. There’s a stereotype of country folk that they like to keep their Christmas decorations up all year long. They still haven’t removed their decorations.
#appalachianechoes Many, Many years ago the theater of downtown Boone, NC on King street used to look just like this. As the years passed there were damages, repairs and abandonment. At one point a dollar movie theater moved in, but eventually had to shut down. The town of Boone has a movement to restore the downtown area to what it originally used to look like while still preserving the buildings that have now.
#appalachianechoes Right up the street from the Western Youth Network there is this old abandoned house. I happen to know the owners of this house. It was my friend’s grandfathers house that he had built for his daughter. After he passed several years ago his wife didn’t have the ability or the funds to maintain the house. There are so many ruined houses in the mountains because of the inability to pay for the repairs.
#appalachianechoes In the Junaluska Neighborhood it is evident that the folks living here do not have a lot of money. Most of the houses are not well kept; some are even abandoned. While the church of this community is nothing fancy it is the base and support of many of these people’s lives.
#appalachianechoes Snowy hike with a friend and a dog make for a memorable day Old steam train at the Tweetsie Railroad tourist attraction in November, 1966.
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Free self parking
Free WiFi
Indoor pool
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Situated in Boone, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Boone Mall and Magic Mountain Mini Golf and Arcade. Daniel Boone Native Gardens and Horn in the West are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Features

This smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café, and a snack bar/deli are onsite.

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All 95 rooms provide free WiFi and free wired Internet, Smart TVs with cable channels, and conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers. For a bit of entertainment, TVs come with Netflix, and guests will also find premium bedding and free weekday newspapers.

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In addition to an indoor pool, Courtyard Boone provides a spa tub and a fitness center. Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant, a coffee shop/café, and a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wired and wireless Internet access.

This 3-star property offers access to a business center and a meeting room. This Boone hotel also offers tour/ticket assistance, a picnic area, and coffee/tea in a common area. Onsite self parking is complimentary.

Courtyard Boone is a smoke-free property.

  • Picnic area 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Indoor pool 
  • Business center 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Restaurant 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free self parking 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Concierge services 
  • Snack bar/deli 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 95 
  • One meeting room 
  • Number of floors - 4 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

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  • Indoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Snack bar/deli  
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  • Refrigerator  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Languages Spoken

  • English


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Television 
  • Smart TV 
  • Netflix 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired Internet 

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Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available for a surcharge.

The Bistro - This restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Nearby Things to Do

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

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Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at noon


Check-out time is noon

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Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 4 children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.


  • Pets not allowed

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  • Breakfast fee: between USD 2.00 and USD 11.00 for adults, USD 2.00 and USD 8.00 for children (approximately)
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