Apple Hill Farm in the Press

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Video of Apple Hill Farm

Avery County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month

March 2021

Tar Heel Traveler: Finding Peace During a Pandemic

June 2020

Tar Heel Traveler: Alpacas part of warm, loving Watauga County family

May 2017

QC Life: Zoom with the Alpacas at Apple Hill Farm

May 2020

Fox 8 Project Pet: Apple Hill Farm

May 2020

KW Mountain Elevation Realty: Things to do in the High Country Ep 10

December 2019

Apple Hill Farm on North Carolina Weekend

August 2017


Apple Hill Farm on ESPSN

Sunbelt Conference Championship Football Game

December 2018

Print & Web media about Apple Hill Farm

In North Carolina’s High Country, soaring scenery and simple pleasures

Washington Post – August 2021

“High in the hills, I find a working alpaca farm that offers public tours. I park along a fence by the animals, and Apple Hill Farm owner Lee Rankin guides me to a shaded spot where two sparky farm dogs yap and circle our shins.”

“People are still hungry for getting back to the basics,” Rankin said. “Everyone who comes here doesn’t want to go home.”

Local Press:

• The 10 best things to do in Banner Elk

Blue Ridge Mountain Travel Guide, August 2021

• In North Carolina’s High Country, soaring scenery and simple pleasures

Washington Post, July 2021

• Apple Hill Farm Finalist for Small Farmer of the Year

Mountain Times: February 20, 2021

• High Country Valentine’s Day COVID-19 Guide

The Appalachian: February 12, 2021

• NC Tripping: Apple Hill Farm

NC Tripping: December 14, 2020

• Families enjoy tours of Apple Hill Farm

Watauga Democrat: November 24, 2020

• Fine Art and Master Crafts Festival returns to Sugar Mountain

Mountain Times; August 20, 2020

• Tours of local farms offer unique educational experiences

Watauga Democrat: June 24, 2020

•Apple Hill Farm Spreads Alpaca Love

NC Field and Family, August 2019

• Fundraiser for the local fire victims and sale of cards

Published Monday, August 22, 2016

Other Press:

• These weekend getaways offer the best of North Carolina

Fayetteville Observer; December 16, 2020

• Agritourism farms open, taking precautions

Bladen Journal; October 13, 2020

• These 7 Spots are Perfect for North Carolina Animal Lovers

Narcity; November 29, 2019

• A visit to this alpaca farm and store in North Carolina is just the sweet experience you need

Only in Your State: December 12, 2018

• People Fall in Love with Banner Elk

Greensboro News & Record;

• Banner Elk Escape

Winston-Salem Monthly; Published

• Best-Kept Secrets: Meet the Animals

News & Observer; September 4, 2016

Carolina Mountain Life Magazine

Spring 2014 Edition

Audio & Podcasts of Apple Hill Farm

Productive Flourishing Podcast: December 14, 2017

Agritourism is booming right now, as people more and more are trying to find ways to unplug from their tech-driven lives, create memories with their families and come back to the land (quite literally). Lee Rankin explains this and more on the podcast!

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