In the Boonies - West Jefferson
This post is the first of a series outlining the different areas within the vicinity of Boone, NC.
West Jefferson is a little town about 30 minutes north of Boone, through mountain farmlands and rustic hills. The distance makes some people balk, but the richness of this tiny arts mecca overrides the inconvenience.
I’ve lived in Boone for 10 years, and I love to escape to West Jefferson for the day to enjoy the food, the sunshine, the art, and the antiques. It’s the perfect place to go on the hunt for something truly unique, while also being able to hear the birds and your own footsteps as you walk around town. I’ve often felt like it looks from the outside like your average po-dunk country town, but it couldn’t be more far from the truth. You’ll find delicious food at Havana Cafe (a true Cuban experience on Backstreet, literally the backside of the main street), a thriving farmers market on the weekends, and artists populating every block. There are hiking stores to supply your ventures into the nearby trails of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and antique stores with reasonably priced treasures.
Want to learn a new skill? Visit the Florence Art School for weekly classes and workshops in both folk and fine arts. Too rainy to traipse through the shops? Stop by the Parkway Theater for a $6 movie and some cheap popcorn. Craving a delicious cup of coffee? Bohemia hosts a huge menu of local favorites, as well as a super fun kids menu.
The real estate in West Jefferson is absolutely gorgeous, and the prices are just as beautiful. Would it be worth the extra 30 minute drive to Walmart? That’s up to you, but take a look at some properties before you make your decision.
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