In the northwestern corner of North Carolina, there's a truly unique region known as The High Country. With "lost" coves, hidden hollers and the infamous Brown Mountain Lights, there are hidden secrets all over the region! So when you're done exploring the great outdoors, take a culinary adventure through the region's many restaurants. With traditional Southern comfort food, wild game and mouth-watering barbecue, you'll have no problem getting your strength up for the next hike. Head into towns like Boone or Banner Elk and hang out at the campus hot spots for burgers and beers. For something a bit finer, check out the towns of Blowing Rock and Valle Crucis for well-executed, exciting cuisine from the leading chefs in the area.