Working Title Farm is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains five hundred feet above Boone, North Carolina on the back side of Howard’s Knob. In three years the main house went from what Shari referred to as “the white box of whiteness” to a cozy cabin covered in spruce walls with vaulted ceilings and huge windows that overlook the surrounding mountains and hollers. The woods are filled with hardwoods. Red oaks, yellow poplars, sugar maples, and black birch trees cover the land that sits between an upper road bordered with blue spruce and the lower road that leads to Doe Creek, heard from the open windows of the cabins in the summer running over rocks, forming ice cycles on the rocks in winter. Guest quarters sit just behind the main cabin with plans to add more places for the many visiting artists that come to the mountain to create. Two fire pits, five separate outdoor vignettes provide privacy and settings for songwriters to co-write. Working Title Farm is constantly improving, becoming what it needs to provide the most comfort and inspiration.
Boone’s downtown is filled with independently owned shops and restaurants. Lost Province is the “official hangout” for Working Title Farmers. Patrons are often treated to surprise performances when our musicians and singers leave their pizza and craft beer long enough to sing a hit or join the band for a few songs. Mast General Store has everything from old fashion candy in barrels to Patagonia jackets and cast iron skillets. Foggy Pine Books, our home bookstore, is the place for all Working Title Farm literary events and appearances and a perfect place to sit by a fireplace and read a book.
Appalachian State University calls Boone home. More than 19,000 students are enrolled at “App” adding to the festive atmosphere. Boone is a college football town. The Mountaineers hold a 4-0 record for Bowl Games and pack Kidd Brewer Stadium for all home games.
Drive less than an hour from Working Title Farm to visit Linville Falls, a unique twin set of falls that drop 45 feet into the gorge named for the Linville river that cut its way through the mountain to form one of the most breathtaking places on earth where you’ll recognize scenes from Last of the Mohicans filmed throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains from Chimney Rock to Watauga County.
Grandfather Mountain, the highest point of the eastern part of the Blue Ridge, is a series of peaks that form the profile of an old man with a beard lying on his back looking at the sky. A wildlife habitat provides a home for injured animals; otters, elk, bald eagles, bears, mountain lions, owls, and deer that can’t survive on their own in the wild. The road up Grandfather can be seen in another film as Forrest Gump runs on the switchback curves that lead to the mile high bridge.