Glen Burney trail to see the waterfalls since the trailhead is very convenient to downtown. They were not disappointed.
Woodlands Barbeque, a local favorite.
Moses Cone Memorial Park and its Flat Top Manor, pictured above, and to Julian Price Memorial Park, where I used to camp in my youth. Both are convenient to Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Meadowbrook Inn, which has an indoor pool and hot tub. The kids enjoyed these facilities immensely, and we grown-ups took advantage of them, too. Except for Mom, who is allergic to water.