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Blue Ridge & gReat Smoky mountainS

Elkin Festival Features

Gourd-geous Array of Pumpkins

Bedford is for Art & Music Lovers

Adventure like a “trailsetter”

Scenic Byway

Drives for Peeping Leaf Season in the Boone Area



Explore Virginia’s Blue Ridge on hundreds of miles of trails and be rewarded with adventure, fun, stunning views and even refreshment. As America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital, we have award-winning singletrack options for all skill levels. We also have hiking trails, including the famous Appalachian Trail, and blueways and water trails for paddling and tubing. All around the Roanoke Valley, you’ll nd fascinating museums, interesting attractions and allaround family fun. For a truly unique experience, check out the Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers Trail that links together craft breweries, wineries and distilleries.



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Welcome to the Mountains!

Thank you for making your vacation an All-American experience in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain area. Your vacation dollars go further on U.S. soil and by spending time in the mountains, you not only benefit communities and businesses in your own back yard, but avoid flight delays and exchange rates. Now more than ever, Americans are looking for ways to stretch their dollars, spend time with family and friends, reconnect to the wonders of the natural world, and, if only for a moment, take a breath of fresh air.

Cover image courtesy of taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Roanoke, VA.

If you are a past reader, you may recognize the cover photo from a couple years back. I liked it so well and got so many comments on it that we elected to use it again.

Enjoy your stay!

Bedford is for Art and Music Lovers!

Fall is here and the mountains are calling! If visiting the Peaks of Otter, be sure to make the short ten-minute trek into the Town of Bedford. As you arrive in historic downtown, you can’t miss the big pink building - the Bower Center for the Arts. The Center serves as an art gallery, performance and event venue, educational facility, and has become a cultural and entertainment destination! Also part of the Bedford Artisan Trail, the Bower Center presents live performances each month as well as hosts exhibitions and classes

throughout the year. It is also home to several resident artists. The Center is conveniently located within walking distance to several restaurants, unique shopping, Wharton Garden, Beale’s Brewery, and the Bedford Museum.

Each September, the Bower Center hosts the annual “Bedford’s Finest Fare”, a familyfriendly street festival featuring the area’s finest in culinary, arts, and music. This year the event takes place on Sunday, September 9th, 3- 9 p.m. Advance tickets are available or purchase at the gate.

Bower Center for the Arts is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (extended hours during special events). Find out more at

Every visit to Bedford should include a stop at the Bedford Area Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Road. The Welcome Center is open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and offers free Wi-Fi, gift shop, firefighter exhibit, RV hook-ups, electric car charging station, and more. Contact the Welcome Center at (540) 587-5681 or go to


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he area’s scenic backroads offer an escape from the hustle-bustle of interstate traffic and a glimpse at unique attractions along the way. Local farms offer a cornucopia of authentic activities as fields become blanketed with the orange of pumpkins. Festivals and events are frequent this time of year and focus on music, crafts, and even spooky activities. Music can be found at many locations in Downtown Wytheville including the Bolling Wilson Hotel. One of the most beautiful settings to enjoy music in the autumn is the stage at Big Walker Lookout. Every weekend

is a musical one at this mountain top location with a variety of local musicians, artisans and authors each Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget that there’s always uplifting musical entertainment on the stage of Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre. From September 6 to October 28, the fall production will be “Country Roads.” This original revue blends the stars of past and present with toe-tapping songs and dance numbers to entertain audiences of all ages.

Recreational enthusiasts might want to check out Crystal Springs Recreation Area for the exhilarating hiking opportunities and breath-taking views. There’s plenty of flora and fauna for those young ones in your family to enjoy.

For more info

Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, toll-free at 1-877-3478307, or visit Wytheville, Virginia…There’s Only One. a visit to Wytheville, Virginia, part of your fall getaway plans for a relaxing adventure with the backdrop of autumn beauty.

From Vibrant-Hued Leaves to Holiday Lights, Pigeon Forge Brightens This Fall, Winter

As summer begins to wind down and the weather begins to cool, the Smoky Mountains transform right before your eyes. The depths of greenery slowly turn to orange, red and yellow hues creating a beautiful backdrop to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Peak leaf-peeping season arrives in October, but there are many reasons to plan a visit this fall and winter to the family-friendly vacation destination.

The 29th Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration will light up the streets of Pigeon Forge from November 2018 through February 2019. With over five

Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

million lights on display, visitors can attend the kick-off event on November 6 for an exciting evening of entertainment and free trolley tours of the light displays. Available at www. MyPigeonForge. com for the remainder of Winterfest, a downloadable map will provide a self-guided Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights throughout town.

In addition, several theaters along the Parkway have special edition holiday-themed shows to help you get into the spirit of the season. Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede transforms the arena into a holiday wonderland featuring twinkling lights and a 60-foot-tall tree. A multi-milliondollar production, Christmas at Smoky Mountain Opry boasts the largest living Nativity scene in the area in addition to beautiful choreography and aerial effects.

The Island at Pigeon Forge adorns over 40,000 ornaments, 5,000 feet of garland and half a million lights while roving carolers fill the air with music. One not-tobe-missed stop, The Incredible Christmas Place is the South’s largest permanent Christmas retailer (43,000 square feet!) and is a one-stop shop for all things Christmas.

Additional information about Winterfest is available at www. Winterfest. To plan your visit to Pigeon Forge, visit, where F.P.I.S., the east coast’s premier brochure distributor, brings you an online virtual brochure display. This site allows users to access brochures by city or region before leaving home or while traveling. With links to attractions websites & social media platforms we are delivering the power of brochures to the internet. Scan this QR code to download this app: HIDDEN GEMS RV SERVICES ASHEVILLE, NC Located just off I-40 exit #44 at 120 Highland Center Blvd. 30+ years RV repair experience. Contact: or (828) 553-7111
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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock is known for its spectacular 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge, six unique hiking trails with varying levels pf difficulty, a 404-foot waterfall, wildlife programs and guided rock climbing opportunities.

The 535-million-year-old monolith, Chimney Rock, is the centerpiece of the Park, and is accessible by taking a 26-story elevator ride inside the mountain in just 32 seconds or by climbing the 494-step Outcroppings trail affectionately coined the “Ultimate Stairmaster.”

Bird lovers will converge on the Park for the 10th Annual Flock to the Rock, the region’s premier fall migration birding event on Saturday, Sept. 15. Guests can take an expertled bird walk and see live Birds of Prey programs

From mid-October to early November, visitors can savor our

legendary fall color display as well as sign up for a special guided night hike in October and one about the ecology of Chimney Rock in November. If you’re looking for a whole new perspective, book a rock climbing lesson in advance with Fox Mountain Guides. No experience is necessary, and all the equipment you’ll need will be supplied. After a visit to the Park, grab a salad, sandwich or scratch-made dessert at the Old Rock Café, located right next to the Park’s entrance gate overlooking the Rocky Broad River and the Rocky Broad RiverWalk in Chimney Rock Village

The Park is located only 25 miles southeast of Asheville, N.C. off the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 384.7. Open 8:30am7pm daily; Ticket Plaza closes 1 ½ hours before Park. Visit or call (800) 277-9611.

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18TH Annual Skyland Apple Butter Celebration

Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 10am-5pm

Skyland (mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive)

Cole Slaw, Baked Apples, Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Apple Fritters à la Mode, Apple Cobbler à la Mode, Apple Turnovers, Apple Strudel, and Hot and Cold Apple Cider. Wine and hard cider tasting, pony rides, children’s crafts, and live entertainment are also featured throughout the day!

Wine & Cider Tasting Whisky-Wine Excursion

Mondays, Apr 23 - Nov 2

Visit the Copper Fox Distillery, Desert Rose Winery, and Rappahannock Cellars while enjoying guided narration about the park and region. A picnicstyle lunch is included.

Come to Skyland as the staff sets up the copper kettles and stokes up the fire for a day of apple boiling. Watch the process, give the kettle a stir, try a delicious sample, and take home some fresh-from-the-kettle jars of apple butter!

Their chefs will be creating a great menu of items such as Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich with Apple Spiced BBQ Sauce, Hotdog with Apple Relish, Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers, Smoked Pepper Chili Cornbread,

Stay at Skyland (mile 41.7 & 42.5) for convenient, in-park lodging closest to the activities! Or, there’s also Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51) not too far down Skyline Drive. But, book now, because rooms fill fast!

Departure Time: 10:30 a.m.

Return Time: 4:15 p.m.

Tasting Fees: $7 - $10 per person, per vineyard/distillery

NOTE: Tasting fees are not included in rates and are paid by guest at time of tasting. Valid for adults only, 21 years of age or older

For more information: or 877-847-1919.

Enjoy Live Music at Mabry Mill

2018 Sunday Concert Series

Old time music, or some variation of it, is as much a part of this region as the way residents cook their food, wear their clothes, or speak to you on the street. It is an outpouring and an overflowing of the landscape, the culture, and people. The Blue Ridge Parkway may be thought of as a

connecting route between many important stories, music being one of those for certain.

All performances are free of charge, and bring chairs or blankets for seating. Concerts may be canceled in the event of lightening or other extreme weather conditions.

2018 Concert Series

Concerts 1 pm – 4 pm.

September 2: .... Southfork Ramblers

September 9: .... The Original Orchard Grass

September 16: .. Fork Mountain Ramblers

September 23: Jason Phillips and Friends

September 30: .. New River Bound

October 7: ....... Southfork Ramblers

October 14: ..... Easy Pickins

October 21: ..... Fork Mountain Ramblers

Other Demonstrations

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The Appalachian Mural Trail

New to the Appalachian Mural Trail are 4 magnificent murals located in Marion, Virginia. The featured art piece is Marion’s Musical Heritage Mural pictures tunesmiths and landmarks from the home of “The

Official Television Series of Virginia, Song of the Mountains.” This is a monthly televised bluegrass and Americana music shown live from the historic Lincoln Theater in downtown Marion. Artist Tim White is also host of “Song of the Mountains”, and was the artist for the Bristol Sessions mural in nearby Bristol Tennessee.

A popular mural, a “Giant Welcome to Marion” postcard mural, features a stylized postcard mural with local scenes, designed by Holly Thomas. “Patchwork of Marion”, Marion’s first mural, designed and also painted by local artist Holly Thomas contains stories of Marion’s community’s history woven into a quilt design. Another mural, “Mayan Mural”, is painted on the rear wall of the Lincoln Theater and represents a series of Mayan themed glyphs from the unique interior design of this restored 1929 theater.

“Here is our very first muralMarion Revolution, designed and painted by Marion native Aaron

Barr, who now lives in NYC and is an accomplished graphics designer and artist. His mother approached us, asking if her son could do a graffiti style painting, and without hesitation, I said yes. We emailed concepts, and a friend of mine joined me in whitewashing The mural is on the wall at the Farmers Market corner of Cherry & Chestnut, in the heart of downtown.

Take a moment and visit to see these mountain cultural murals, obtain location information and travel directions for your own mural trail adventure!

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Pick Apples & Make Memories along

Hendersonville’s Orchard Trail

Apple season in Hendersonville means orchards fill with families, couples, friends and school groups, beginning in early August and continuing into November.

Visitors enjoy coming to apple country for fresh fruit, but they also look forward to the memories made picking apples from the trees, watching cider being pressed and traveling the beautiful roads of Henderson County.

The Crest of the Blue Ridge Orchard Trail includes 20 orchards, farms stands and markets, so customers can create their own itineraries. Henderson County is the leading apple producer in North Carolina and the seventh-largest producer in the country. In the

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past, orchards primarily sold to wholesale buyers, but today many open their farms to visitors.

Grandad’s Apples N’ Such, a fourth generation family farm, has greatly increased its agritourism offerings. The farm grows nearly 30 varieties of apples, as well as peaches and pumpkins. After picking a bagful of fresh apples, children enjoy riding the cow train, bouncing on the jump pillow, navigating the corn maze and meeting the barnyard animals. Visitors of all ages indulge in warm apple cider doughnuts, apple turnovers and caramel apples. The barn’s back porch looks out across the Blue Ridge Mountains and is a popular spot for savoring apple treats from the seat of a rocking chair.

The stretch of U.S. Highway 64 where Grandad’s is located contains so many orchards that it now carries the nickname Apple Alley. For downtown Hendersonville shoppers, the Henderson County Curb Market overflows with apples from late summer through the fall. The curb market has been in operation since 1924, and all vendors are from Henderson County. In addition to fresh produce, customers shop for flower bouquets; handmade wreaths and dishtowels; and homemade jams, jellies and preserves.

For more information about apple season in Hendersonville and a free Crest of the Blue Ridge Orchard Trail map, go to www. or call (800) 828-4244.

Pearson’s Falls and Glen is a natural attraction in Western North Carolina, hosting more than 20,000 visitors each year. It is located south of Hendersonville off Highway 176, between the towns of Tryon and Saluda.

This unique botanical preserve is comprised of 268 acres of rich cove forest, granite, spring-fed streams, and a moderate 1/4 mile trail to a 90 ft. waterfall and more than 350 species of rare wildflowers and plants. Mosses, lichens, shrubs, and a variety of trees reside in this Glen, which is classified as a deciduous climax forest. Pearson’s Falls is a perfect stop when visiting the area. Picnic facilities and can accommodate all types of groups and cyclists.

Pearson’s Falls is owned and maintained by The Tryon Garden Club, whose mission and purpose is to foster awareness and appreciation of the natural world by preserving, protecting and treasuring Pearson Falls.

Located at 2748 Pearson Falls Road in Saluda NC 28773. More info: or (828) 749-3031.

There are also less strenuous trails for the uninitiated. And lots of shops and galleries for people who like to walk around indoors. 800.852.9506 FALL 2018 10

Sevierville’s New Fall Driving Tour Has The Best Views Of All: Your Own

Sevierville, Tenn. - For a few glorious weeks, autumn crowns the Smoky Mountains with spectacular color. It’s a sight well worth traveling to see – especially when you take a few roads less traveled. This year, consider an alternative scenic drive with plenty of foliage along the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River in Sevierville, Tennessee.


Sevierville’s Middle Prong Fall Driving Tour winds its way through the Smoky Mountain foothills after beginning at the iconic Dolly Parton statue in historic downtown Sevierville. Those driving the tour will

enjoy stops at a Civil War battleground, swinging bridge views, stops at historic churches, and more. Sevierville also offers its English Mountain Fall Driving Tour with stops at a historic cemetery, old grist mill, and a drive through a covered bridge. Both tours can be found online at


No fall trip is complete without some hot, southern comfort food. Make a visit to Flapjack’s for their famous Sticky Bun Pancakes, then plan dinner at Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. Located on a working apple orchard the restaurant serves up fresh apple fritters

and nonalcoholic Applewood Julep with each meal. Favorite menu items include the fried chicken and the Chicken Pot Pie (which just happens to be the size of a whole pie) – delicious!


Fall leaves are the stars of the show – so why not surround yourself with them? Choose a beautifully appointed cabin with

Build your fall vacation around Sevierville’s driving tours. Peak fall foliage can typically be enjoyed from mid-October through mid-November.

great views – but still only minutes from all the fun. Hidden Mountain Resort and Oak Haven Resort are both great fall lodging options Find a complete list of Sevierville cabins at

Sept. 8th Big Foot Festival, Marion

October Mountain Glor y Quilt Show, McDowell Arts Council

Oct. 6th Marion Monsters & Mayhem, Marion

Oct. 13th 35th Annual Mountain Glor y Festival, Marion

Details and other events are online.
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Where to Find the Best View in Lynchburg, Virginia

The seven hills in Lynchburg alone create a gorgeous backdrop for the city—but they’re not the only parts of the landscape that will create an incredible view. From art deco and industrial era architecture to the James River, which borders the city, you won’t be hard pressed to find a great view in Lynchburg:

Situated on the 7th floor of The Virginian Hotel, the Skyline Bar is a rooftop bar that offers nearly a 360-degree of the city.

The open air vibe, plush lounge furniture and delicious cocktails will transport you instantly to a sense of relaxation. From the roof, you will be able to overlook the James River, the city landscape and the mountains in the background.

On the opposite side of the city is the Liberty Mountain Trail System. For more of a rustic experience, you can hike up the mountain or throughout the 65 miles of trail and emerge to a

breathtaking view of Lynchburg and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

To situate yourself right in the middle of the city, walk down to the Lower Bluffwalk where you’ll find views of the James River and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance, with the stunning architecture of Lynchburg at your back. There are plenty of eateries and the Craddock Terry Hotel to make yourself comfortable.

Plan a Visit to Lynchburg

For more help finding out where to go and what to see while you’re there, check out their itineraries, stop by the Visitor Center or look through their events calendar

The Legend of Tommy Hodges Outdoor Drama At the Cradle of Forestry

Oct 19 & 20, 2018

A mystery over time becomes a legend, and a legend grows in the telling . . . It was Halloween night 1906 in the Blue Ridge mountains when one of the students from the Biltmore Forest School disappeared. His name was Tommy Hodges.

Show Times:

Friday, October 19 @6:30pm, 7:45pm, & 9:00pm Saturday, October 20 @6:30pm, 7:45pm, and 9:00pm. Due to the popularity of this event and to make sure that each show begins on time, a limited tickets are available for each showing.

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Happenings at Peaks of Otter

Milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

5:00 PM Jefferson At The Peaks


Through a partnership with the National Park Service and Poplar Forest, guests will join Mr. Jefferson as he provides his unique perspective on the cultural and natural histories that Sharp Top holds. Event begins at 5:00 PM on the lawn with scenic Abbott Lake and Sharp Top Mountain providing the background. Guests will move inside to the Calvin Rice Room at 6:30 PM for dinner with Mr. Jefferson. Reservations are required; call 866-387-9905.

10/27/18, 8:00 PM

The Universe and You

Join NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, Greg Redfern, for an engaging presentation to learn about the fascinating Universe in which you live, are made from, and are part of. A jacket is recommended, and a flashlight is helpful. Free to all parkway visitors. “The Peaks Under the Stars” - If the sky is clear after the presentation, our guests will move outdoors to the lawn area at the edge of the lake to see the night sky in all its glory while listening to sky lore and fascinating sky facts.

11/17/18, 8:00 PM

JWST-NASA’s Successor to Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Join NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, Greg Redfern, for an engaging presentation. The 2018 space telescope successor to HST seen up close and personal with the latest pics and information direct from NASA. A jacket is recommended, and a flashlight is helpful. Free to all parkway visitors. “The Peaks Under the Stars” - If the sky is clear after the presentation, our guests will move outdoors to the lawn area at the edge of the lake to see the night sky in all its glory while listening to sky lore and fascinating sky facts.

Planning to hike or bike along the Blue Ridge Parkway?

Stop at one of the 13 Blue Ridge Parkway visitor centers on the parkway and ask for the Outdoor Guide.


Blue Ridge Parkway

Adventure like a “Trailsetter” in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Valley (milepost 120 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Hit the outdoors along 600 miles of trails while soaking in the autumn hues by foot or by mountain bike in “America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital.” As the East Coast Mountain Biking Capital, Virginia’s Blue Ridge is an obvious choice for exhilarating singletrack fun. Grab your gear at Roanoke Mountain Adventures, a full-service outfitter offering shuttles

and guides for an enjoyable experience from start to finish. After thrilling adventures, reward yourself along the Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers Trail, a celebration of local craft beverages and a fun way to discover the unique flavors of the region. Choose from a collection of more than 30 breweries, wineries and craft spirits producers throughout the Roanoke Valley.

Kick your next adventure up a level in the beautiful mountains of Virginia’s Blue Ridge like a true trailsetter!

Find a delightful combination of outdoor adventure and scenic views paired with rich local flavors this fall in the Roanoke

2018 Valle Country Fair

Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

Highway 194S, Valle Crucis, NC

Come early, stay late - live entertainment all day!

Saturday, October 20, 2018 • 9am to 4pm

More than 160 top quality art and craft exhibitors from the Southeast.

Food Galore – Hot Coffee/ Tea and breakfast items available early, Brunswick Stew, Chili, BBQ, Sausage Factory, Burgers and Dogs, Sweet Potatoes, Baked Goods, Homemade Jams and Jellies, Apple Butter cooked on site in giant copper kettles, Apple Cider pressed on site and more!

Live Music in a beautiful, historic mountain setting from 9am to 4pm.

Fun for the whole family – sample pony rides, facepainting, alpaca corral.

All profits go to local charities and local emergency relief needs.

Parking $10/car begins at 7:30 am. Handicap parking available.

Admission is free!

No pets allowed.

Sponsored by Church of the Holy Cross & Valle Crucis Conference Center

Contact 828-963-4609 or

Find more information on hiking and mountain biking trails, the VBR Cheers Trail, a full list of local cuisine and more at Be sure to also check out events for more ideas to add to your Blue Ridge Day!


Fun Things to do Surrounded by

Fall Color

Our guests are number one - from check-in to check-out. Our staff is always ready to be at your service in friendly mountain style. You’ll really enjoy the spacious rooms.

When is peak fall color in the Smokies? Fall colors appear first at the highest elevations and work their way down over a 5-6 week season. So, you should be able to find beautiful color no matter when you visit in the fall (early October into early November)

Not only do the Smoky Mountains explode with beautiful color in the fall, the small town of Bryson City, NC itself puts on a festive fall show, too! Colorful fall flowers, corn stalks and haybales decorate the streets mixing with the beautiful fall foliage changes. There are hayrides, a pumpkin patch and a corn maze, ghost stories and legends, harvest festivals, family activities, live music, and scenic rides along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Leave the driving to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad on the

special “Leaf-Looker” excursions to the Nantahala Gorge. Along with the scenery, adults can also enjoy the Moonshine Car and tastings of these mountain spirits. Families will love the Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express – every Friday-Sunday in October –featuring activities, picking your own pumpkin and meeting Charlie Brown, Lucy & Snoopy. Want something more active? Ride a bike through a canopy of color, walk through the woods to waterfalls, or soar above the trees on a zip line, or paddleboard the river downtown. Feeling lazy? Explore Bryson City, NC with its gorgeous scenery, local bookstores, galleries with working artisans, family friendly museums, craft breweries, restaurants and a surprising variety of lodging options.


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35th Annual Festival of Lights & Luminaires in Dillsboro

December 7 & 8 | 14 & 15, 2018 • 5 - 9pm

“Follow the lights” to the historic town of Dillsboro, NC once more to experience the spirit of Christmas. On the first Friday and Saturday of December, 7 & 8 and the second Friday and Saturday, 14 & 15 from 5—9pm, there will be over 2500 white lights adorning the historic buildings, and the flickering flames of luminaries softening the shadows of the streets. Excitement will abound as the merchants of Dillsboro open their doors and hearts to the community. Each night shops will stay open way into the night providing free refreshments,musicians and singers performing in individual shops. The sound of hooves will echo through the night with oldfashioned horse and buggy rides. Children can share their wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Workshop in Dillsboro’s Town Hall. With retail shops offering a variety of quality arts and crafts, unique gifts, clothing,

gourmet foods and wine, and specialty Christmas items, the festival also provides a unique holiday shopping experience. Free parking and shuttle transportation for the event will be available at Monteith Park each night of the festival. Come on out, bring your sweetheart, bring the family, stroll among the lights illuminating this mountain village and start your holiday full of good cheer. Sing along with carolers, take the children to see Santa Claus at Dillsboro’s Town Hall, and have some hot chocolate or hot cider. All the restaurants will be open, so come for an early family meal and then join in the festivities!

Dillsboro is located in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina at the intersection of US Hwys. 19/74 and 441. They’re 45 minutes west of Asheville and just 20 minutes from Franklin, Cherokee and Bryson City, NC.

For more information 1-800-962-1911 or visit

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Paddle and Pedal around Lexington

Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains, Lexington and Rockbridge County, Virginia boast kaleidoscopic color in every direction each autumn.

Cyclists will always find a route to ride, but nary a one compares to Route 39, the Appalchian Waters Scenic Byway. Goshen Pass and the Goshen Wildlife Management Area are breathtaking when decorated in shades of orange, red, and yellow. Advanced kayakers are at home dodging the massive boulders of the Pass, which hosts Class IV and V rapids after a long, soaking rain.

The Upper James River Water Trail is impressive in sight and variety. With headwaters in Botetourt County, the James meets the Maury River in Rockbridge County before shooting for the Chesapeake Bay. Outfitters make it easy to get on the water with both maps and gear for the novice and the expert.

Take an easy trail ride even if you leave your bike behind. A new kiosk on the Chessie Nature Trail at the Lexington trail head offers a variety of rentals each Saturday. The Chessie Nature Trail is a flat seven-mile rail trail connecting Lexington and Buena Vista while also paralleling the

Maury River. It’s the perfect path for running, walking, and cycling.

Downtown Lexington is easily walkable. For dinner, score excellent field-to-fork meals and handcrafted beverages at Southern Inn, Rocca, or Haywood’s.

For more fall travel ideas in Lexington & Rockbridge County, head to

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Fall Events

Sept. 6-8

Rockbridge Regional Fair & Expo

Sept. 7-8

Mountain Music and Dance Festival at Glen Maury Park

Sept. 20-22

Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Sept. 21

Arts of Lexington Block Party

Sept. 22

National Public Lands Day at Natural Bridge State Park

Oct. 6

McCormick Farm Mill Day

Oct. 13

Mountain Day in Buena Vista

Oct. 27

Chessie Trail Fall Half-Marathon & 5K

Come explore Patrick County, Virginia. Picnics at a covered bridge or along the Blue Ridge Parkway, canoe rides, traditional mountain music, artisan studios, local wineries, bed and breakfasts, camping, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing are just a few of the attractions awaiting you. From the rugged outdoors to 5-star luxury, there is so much to discover in Patrick County.

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35th Annual Mountain Glory Festival

October 13th Main Street, Marion, NC

You’ll find this quaint, hometown festival to be a refreshing break from big city life. On the second Saturday in October, Marion’s Main Street is transformed into a street fair celebrating mountain culture and the changing seasons.


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VISIT OUR NEW MUSEUM Opening June 2018

Grand Opening in August for our newly renovated museum. Stay informed - check out our website! Visit & enjoy our outdoor exhibits and take a walk on a mile and half trail!

Grand Opening in July for our newly renovated museum. Stay informed - check out our website or like us on Facebook. Visit & enjoy our outdoor exhibits and take a walk on a mile and half trail!

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Grand Opening in July for our newly renovated museum. Stay informed - check out our website or like us on Facebook. Visit & enjoy our outdoor exhibits and take a walk on a mile and half trail!

Don’t miss the Mountain Glory Quilters Guild Show at the McDowell Arts Council Gallery. Quilts tell our family stories and you won’t be disappointed by the artistry exhibited in these hand-stitched treasures. The day’s activities include live musical performances, a bestdressed pet contest, children’s play area and more than 100 arts, crafts, food, and business vendors. Details are online at www.

Area details at 888-233-6111

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Located in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee on the shores of beautiful Tellico Lake, 37 miles south of downtown Knoxville.
Band of Cherokee Nation. Tennessee’s ONLY Tribally-Operated Historical Attraction.
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Located in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee on the shores of beautiful Tellico Lake, 37 miles south of downtown Knoxville.
of Cherokee Nation. Tennessee’s ONLY Tribally-Operated Historical Attraction.
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Make the Holidays Magical

with Home for the Holidays in Hendersonville, NC

are two curling lanes beside the rink where visitors can practice their sliding and sweeping skills. While waiting, visitors can roast marshmallows over the fire pit.

Hendersonville invites visitors to relish the spirit of the season with this year’s Home for the Holidays events. Beginning in early November and continuing through the New Year, downtown Hendersonville transforms into a winter wonderland, complete

with decorated storefronts along Main Street, carriage rides, Christmas carols and a holiday skating rink. The Blue Ridge Mountain town just south of Asheville officially welcomes the season on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, with the Downtown Street Lighting and Santa’s Arrival. Festivities begin at the Historic Courthouse Plaza with live music and hot cocoa. Santa Claus arrives at dusk to flip the switch

and illuminate the two large trees at the courthouse and the lights along Main Street. The following day, on Saturday, Nov. 24, downtown retailers embrace Small Business Saturday, offering specials and promotions to encourage supporting local this holiday season. Main Street’s abundant shops, boutiques and galleries, with friendly merchants and festive decorations, make holiday shopping a joyful experience.

Holiday skating at the Visitor Center returns for a third year, Dec. 18-Jan. 1. This year, the iceless rink is larger and accommodates more skaters. The synthetic surface allows for skating in any weather. Also new this year

The Flat Rock Playhouse, the official state theater of North Carolina, presents “A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas,” Nov. 29-Dec. 22. While similar to last year’s record-breaking show, this year’s edition promises new takes on favorite numbers. The Playhouse’s downtown location delights children with “Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells!” Based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, first-grader Junie B. Jones leaps off the page and brings the true spirit of the season to the stage, Dec. 6-16.

For a complete list of Home for the Holidays events, go to Home-For-the-Holidays or call (800) 828-4244.


Enjoy 105 miles of scenery along Skyline Drive, 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness and endless amounts of inspired recreation – all less than 2 hours from Washington, D.C. At the end of your day, stay overnight in the park at Skyland or Big Meadows Lodge. Ready to heed the call?

Book now at or call 877-313-2586.

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Carolina in the Fall Festival

Carolina in the Fall™ … thinking about it conjures up images of brilliant colors and cooler temperatures. A time when life slows down and nature’s beauty speeds up! With that as a backdrop, Carolina in the Fall™ brings “New Carolina Music” to the foothills of North Carolina. Heart of Folk, LLC is proud to announce a new (but not so new) music and food festival.

On the old Courthouse Square in historic downtown Wilkesboro, the Kruger Brothers will host some of North Carolina’s best folk/ roots music

bands. They will be joined by bands from other areas that tip their hats to the rich musical history of Wilkes, the heart of American Folk Music™. A few top bands for 2018 include “The Kruger Brothers, The Steel Wheels, The Secret Sisters, Jim Lauderdale, Front Country, Humming House, The Roosevelts and many more.

Destined to become an annual pilgrimage of bluegrass and folk music lovers from around the nation, Carolina in the Fall® will be held the last weekend of September each year. In addition to great music, those that attend

will be treated to some of the State’s best food as each year food trucks from the region will bring their secret recipes to feed the masses and vie for the Carolina in the Fall™ Food Truck Championship trophy. Additionally, local vineyards and regional craft beer breweries will be onsite to provide a taste of the region’s best beverages.

Make plans now to be in Wilkes on September 21 and 22 to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season of Carolina in the Fall. For more information, visit

Today you can transport back to an 18th century village full of authentic stickball demonstrations, dance, staged war reenactments—you name it. If it happened then, it’s happening now. Season ends October 20, 2018 and tickets and times are available at www.CherokeeLivingHistory. com or (866) 554-4557.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Oct 19-21, 2018

In its 71st year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials,

General Adm: $8.00 Children under 12: free

paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.

2018 Feature Maker: Steve Noggle

This year’s featured maker is woodworker Steve Noggle from Morganton, NC. A degree in forestry landed him in the Pacific Northwest as a timber cruiser. Shortly after, he discovered the art of crafting fine, wooden

furniture. While engineering new designs, Steve began to turn wood on a lathe. In 2004, Steve juried into the Southern Highland Craft Guild as a master of woodturning. Today, each of his pieces is spun from a chunk of wet, green wood into a bowl or vessel with a satin finish that is pleasing to the eye. Celebrate his talent with us this year at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands!

Fri thru Sat, 10:00 to 6:00pm & Sunday, 10 to 5pm US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street | Downtown Asheville, NC 828.490.7632 or

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- Poses the question, “Is it actually Cherokee history if it’s still happening?”


Patrick County, VA

Pinnacles of

luxury of the 5-star resort at Primland, living is easy in Patrick County, Virginia.

Wander along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and explore the county’s mountain villages and forgotten paths. Test your whitewater rafting skills during the Kibler Valley River Run, or travel through Rock Castle Gorge among the remains of a lost community. Stay at Primland and enjoy the resort, world-class golf, refined dining, and outdoor activities on their 12,000 acre retreat.

Stop for a picnic at a covered bridge, tap your toes to traditional mountain music along the Crooked Road Music Trail, tour the county’s unique wineries — Stanburn and Villa Appalaccia — or browse local artisan studios

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on the ‘Round the Mountain Artisan Trail. You can even satisfy your sweet tooth with a stop at Nancy’s Candy Company with over 2500 square feet of candy, including 45 flavors of fudge, 85 different chocolates, 25 sugarfree chocolates and lots more.

Enjoy a sun-drenched round of golf at Gordon Trent Golf Course or take in one of the county’s annual festivals, such as the Virginia Peach Festival, the Virginia Beach Music Festival, or Patrick County’s very own FloydFest. Visit Fairy Stone State Park and relax in the cabins, yurts, or campground while enjoying the 168-acre lake.

Fast times await at the Wood Brothers Racing Museum, and historical moments come alive at Laurel Hill, the birthplace of General J.E.B. Stuart, and the

Reynold Homestead, birthplace of R.J. Reynolds.

Whatever your passion, Patrick County’s nearly 500 square miles encompassing the rolling Piedmont and Blue Ridge Highlands promise an outdoor adventure.

Get lost and find yourself. Experience the Simple Life in Patrick County, Virginia.

Discover Luray & Page County, VA

Visit and start planning your Parkway journey today! Discover activities and points of interest for the entire Blue Ridge Parkway region - including lodging and camping, top-rated attractions, arts, history and more.

Aland called Shenandoah, Luray and Page County are home to Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns. The fabled Shenandoah River also traverses the gently rolling farmland of this central Shenandoah Valley region. The picturesque, rural setting boasts charming towns with historic sites, loads of antique shops, farmers markets, fairs, and festivals. Outdoor activities abound with canoeing and kayaking on the storied Shenandoah and discovery is available through horseback riding in the George Washington National Forest. The region is a destination for hiking, cycling, racing, and many participatory events along with hundreds of weddings in outdoor venues, area lodges,

inns, and more. Closer to nature, find campsites and camp resorts, with cabins galore; Page County is aptly designated as the Cabin Capital of Virginia. So, from the geological wonders beneath the earth to the vistas of lush farm fields reaching for the foothills in the Blue Ridge Mountains – you really can Choose Your Level when visiting Luray and Page County.


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Dan, where vestiges of the old Appalachian Trail remain, to the pampered

Mount Airy’s Autumn Leaves Festival is an October Best Bet

gospel and old time string band music that is very influential in this area,” says Frye. “We’re proud to showcase the music because it is a big part of our community. We make sure our local musicians are on display just like our crafters.”

All this takes place amid a backdrop of changing fall foliage with the savory aroma of food vendors filling the air.


42nd year

October 4 – 21, 2018

Daily, 10 am to 6 pm Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm

Crafts, local music and fall foliage draw more than 200,000 people each October to the Autumn Leaves Festival in Mount Airy. This year’s event takes place Oct. 12-14 in Mount Airy’s friendly downtown framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Festival director Travis Frye promises a lot of familiar faces among the craft vendors, along with several new ones for the 52nd edition of Surry County’s largest festival.

“We still have original vendors who started with us 52 years ago, and some who have been coming for 30 years and some for 20 years,” Frye says. “We’re actually expanding our festival due to demand. We have a waiting list to get in for the craft vendors.”

Frye expects the total number of crafter booths and

food booths to be close to 250, an increase of about 50 from previous years. Extra street space has been added to ensure people have ample room to mingle amongst the booths.

And as good as the crafters are, they’re just part of the story. More than 40 bands perform across the three days on a stage that has been moved farther up North Main Street, creating more space for those wishing to enjoy the bands.

“You can listen to good bluegrass,

“Food for the soul, we like to call it. Ham biscuits. Collard greens. Cornbread. And those famous ground steak sandwiches that are native to Surry County,” Frye says.

This can’t-miss festival has once again been named a Top 20 event in October by the Southeast Tourism Society. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair October is a premier holiday shopping destination! A one-stop-shop for everyone on your list. Visit more than 180 of the finest craftspeople from all over the United States, held in the convention center, located at traffic light #8 in downtown Gatlinburg. Watch as they demonstrate their skill!

Craftsmen’s offers exceptional arts and crafts made by local craftsmen as well as talented artisans from around the country. Many artists make holiday-themed items and unique gifts for the upcoming season.

Finish your holiday shopping early! Our craftsmen offer a wide array of one-of-akind gifts for everyone on your list.

Admission for adults is $7; children 12 and under are admitted free.

For more information, visit or call 336-786-6116.

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Scenic Byway Drives for Leaf Peeping Season in the Boone Area

bridge in Deep Gap. Views along the way include those of Snake Mountain and Elk Knob, part of the Amphibolite Range.

Mission Crossing – (17 miles) If you follow 421 N. through Boone and toward Vilas, you will come to the intersection with N.C. 194 S., near the Vilas Post Office. Turn onto 194 and head toward Valle Crucis, N.C.’s first Rural Historic District and the home of the Original Mast General Store.

Finding the perfect views to catch peak foliage in the Boone Area is easy. These scenic drives below will help you choose the best places to see nature’s display.

Blue Ridge Parkway -- Along “America’s Favorite Drive” in N.C.’s northern Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll experience both the region’s early history as

41st Annual Woolly Worm Festival Banner Elk, NC

well as its scenic beauty. From E. B. Jeffress Park (milepost 272) to Linville Falls Recreation Area (milepost 316) and beyond, the

North Carolina Scenic Byways

U.S. 421 (Doc & Merle Watson Highway) – (8 miles) This section of Highway 421 spans from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Little Parkway (18 miles) The old Yonahlossee Trail, as it was once called, parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway between Linville and Blowing Rock. Nearby features include Linville Falls, Grandfather

Mountain State Park, the Linn Cove Viaduct, historic Westglow Resort, and Moses Cone Estate.

New River Valley Byway (32 miles) From Hwy. 421 just east of downtown Boone, turn onto Hwy. 194 N. Follow 194 through the New River Valley to the communities of Meat Camp and Todd. Continue to follow 194 to Hwy. 221 and the towns of West Jefferson and Jefferson, settled in 1803 and named for then President Thomas Jefferson. Follow any one of these, or all of them, and you are guaranteed to see glorious fall color along the way. Fall leaf-changing season in Boone is generally October 5th through the 25th, with peak color occurring October 10-20. Highest elevations near Grandfather Mountain and near Elk Knob change first. Weekdays are good for less crowded times.

The Annual Woolly Worm Festival is back in business this fall October 20th - 21st 2018 in downtown Banner Elk. Annually attended by 20,000 and is now the Official Woolly Worm Festival for the State of North Carolina. Up to 1,000 worm racers vie for the top position and the honor of having their worm predict the upcoming winter weather at the festival’s famous woolly worm races. or call for more info: 828-898-5605.

Craft & Draft | October 20 Radford’s Visitors Center (located inside Glencoe Musuem) 600 Unruh Drive • Radford, VA SUP, Tube & Kayak Rentals in Bisset Park
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Asheville East KOA-Exit 59 off I-40 big rigs & tenters welcome. Wooded sites, with pool, lake & river fishing. 800-562-5907 or (828) 686-3121. 2708 Hwy 70E, Swannanoa, NC 28778.

Asheville West KOA-Exit 37 off I-40 Something for everyone, RV’s, tenters, cabins. In foothills, wooded sites, hiking trails, pool. (800) 5629015. 309 Wiggins Rd., Candler, NC 28715.

Bear Creek RV Park - Exit Rt. 191 from Parkway; I-40 Exit 47; or I-26 Exit 2. 3 miles north of Parkway off Rt. 191. 5 mins. Biltmore House. 90 full hookups, paved sites, pool, laundry. Open year round. (800) 833-0798

Mast Store – Located at 15 Biltmore Ave., Downtown Asheville. Restored to its 1940s heyday, this store features housewares, jams & jellies, camping gear, shoes & boots, clothing, and over 500 old-fashioned candy favorites. 828-232-1883.

Rug & Home - Over 20,000 oriental rugs & home accessories. Finest rugs from India, China, Pakistan, Persia, Turkey, Egypt, Karastan, Milliken. Tapestries, needlepoints, oil paintings, antique furniture, brass, crystal, & Tiffany lamps, mirrors. Local & national artists. Sculptures and fine porcelain. Located at I-26, exit 33 behind Ethan Allen. Open 7 days. (828) 667-4585.

Shoji Spa & Lodge - Relax at Asheville’s only outdoor hot tub spa. Reap the benefits of the cold plunge, unwind in our sauna and rest in the Lodge. Specializing in couples massage. 2500 ft. above stress level. By appt. only. (828) 299-0999.


Balsam Mountain Inn .5 mi. from pkwy mp 443 at Balsam Gap. Historic inn, gracious dining, porches, 50 rms. 800-224-9498


Smoke Tree Lodge - 12 miles south of Boone on Hwy 105. Nestled at the foot of Grandfather Mtn. Condo-apts, heated indoor pool, ESPN, Jacuzzi, saunas. (800) 422-1880.


Alpine Village Inn - 297 Sunset Dr. Quaint cozy rooms & suites in the heart of town. AC, CCTV, & phones, Wi-Fi complimentary. Some fireplaces & Jacuzzi. Pet friendly rooms. (828) 295-7206.

Hemlock Inn & Suites - 134 Morris St. Downtown Blowing Rock. 1/2 mile to Parkway. Open year round. Walk to shops and restaurants. (828) 295-7987.

Jenkins Rentals - The finest rental homes, cabins and condos in the Blowing Rock area. Hot tubs & Mtn vews available. (800) 438-7803.

Mystery Hill. - 129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. Family fun center. Feel the strange pull. Hall of Mystery artifacts. Museum open all year. 828-263-0507.

Village Inns of Blowing RockNo Smoking, Wi-Fi/Breakfast. Suites/Cottages/Rooms. Some Pet Friendly Rooms. (828) 295-3001


Foscoe Rentals - Cabins, Condos and Vacation homes centrally located to Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock. (800) 723-7341.

Hidden Valley Motel- Birds, blooms and butterflies in the Foscoe Valley. Hwy 105 south between Boone and Banner Elk. Call 828/963-4372. or email:

KOA Kampground - From Boone, 194N 3 miles. Left on Ray Brown Rd. 1 mile. Beautiful view. Rec room, mini golf, laundry. 123 Harmony Mtn. Lane, Boone, NC 28607. 828-264-7250.

Mast Store – Located 630 W King St, Downtown Boone. Built in 1913/1917, you’ll find most everything you need for life: clothing, footwear, trail & travel gear, housewares, gifts, & old-fashioned candy. 828-262-0000

NC High Country Host Visitor Center- 6370 US HWY 321 South Blowing Rock, NC 28605; (800) 438-7500


Alpine Village Resort - 1 & 2 bedroom condos. Great views. Tennis, heated pool/summer, cable TV, special golf fees. 3 miles west of Parkway, exit Buck Creek Gap Hwy. 80. No pets. 828/675-4103.


Oconaluftee Indian Village - Share the rich history & traditions of the Cherokee at this replica of a Cherokee community of the 1750s. May thru Oct.


Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park – 40 min. SE of Asheville, exit milepost 384.7. Come for the views. Discover infinite possibilities. Spectacular wildflowers, hiking, rock climbing instruction, special events, workshops and more! 26-story elevator inside mountain. Pet friendly. Admission rates: $15 Adults, $7 Youth ages 5-15, 4 and under free.Open all year. Open daily 8:30am - 5:30pm. Live it up! 800-277-9611


Mast Store – Located 527 N Main St, Downtown Hendersonville. Built in 1905, this store embodies the essence of the era and is packed with clothing, shoes & boots, camping gear, country gourmet foods, & candy. 828-696-1883

Discover Hendersonville! Check out our Stay & Play Packages & Room Availability! Hendersonville Visitors Center, 201 S Main Street, Hendersonville, NC. 1-800-828-4244. Open 7 days a week.


Thistle Meadow Winery - Stop for wine tasting - Exit at Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 248. 3 miles to winery on NC 18. 800-233-1505. Gas nearby.

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Grandfather Mountain - Grandfather’s lofty heights offer guests opportunities for rejuvenation, excitement and family memories in a natural haven that will endure forever. Marvel at 360-degree views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, stand eye-to-eye with native wildlife in natural habitats and interact with our friendly, knowledgeable staff. One mile from Blue Ridge Parkway; take the Linville exit at Milepost 305 to U.S. 221 South. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. $20 adult; $18 senior 60+; $9 child 4-12; under 4 free. | (828) 733-4337 or (800) 468-7325


Linville Caverns - 19929 US 221 N. Marion. 4 miles South of Parkway, MP 317. NC’s ONLY show cavern. 800-419-0540.

Linville Falls Lodge & CottagesBRP Milepost 317.4, US 221S 1 mile to Rt. 183, left. Restaurant (ABC permit), Walk to falls & gorge. (800) 634-4421.


Emerald Village - Real mines, mine tours, & gem mining. Other free displays: railroad, music museum, wildlife. MP334. 828-765-6463.

Switzerland Cafe & General StoreMP 334 1/4 mile of the Parkway. Lunch and weekend dinners. Souvenirs and picnic items. Call 828-765-5289.

Switzerland Inn And Chalet Restaurant - A little bit of Switzerland in NC. Fantastic mountain views, rooms, suites, cottages, dining, shopping, tennis. Located directly on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Little Switzerland exit near Parkway Milepost 334. Little Switzerland, NC 28749. (828) 765-2153 or (800) 654-4026.


Boyd Mountain Log CabinsSecluded 130 acres near Maggie Valley, 7 Authentic cabins, fireplaces, AC, cable, WIFI. Choose n cut Christmas tree farm, trout fishing, hiking. (828) 926-1575.

Haywood County Hotel & Motel Assoc.-Maggie Valley,Waynesville,Lake Junaluska. Quality lodging & dining within minutes of 4 BRP exits, MP 420-450. All accommodations adhere to Quality Standards. See us

Maggie Valley Area Chamber of Commerce - US 19, Eastern entrance to the Great Smokies. Escape. Explore. Exhale. Maggie Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 279, Maggie Valley, 28751.

Jonathan Creek Inn & Maggie Valley Villas - MP 455.7 AAA 3 Diamond Rated. Creekside and Hot Tub Rooms, Creekside & Mountain View Villas, Indoor Heated Pool, Children’s Play Area. 1-800-577-7812.


McDowell Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center - Shopping & food near center. Free coffee & area info. Clean restrooms. From Parkway MP 317, 24 mi. S on US 221. From MP331: 15 mi S on NC226. (828) 652-4240.


Secluded Valley RV Campground - 8 miles North Spruce Pine on 19E. 5 miles from Blue Ridge Parkway. 30 & 50 amp full hookups, children & pets welcome, level & spacious sites. (828) 765-4810.


Alleghany Inn - 341 N. Main St., Sparta, NC 28675. 64 Rooms - Free Wireless Internet - Cable TV 60+ Chan, Guest Laundry - Restaurant on site. 888) 372-2501 Reserve online: see ad page 5

Thistle Meadow Winery - Stop for wine tasting - exit at Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 248. 3 miles to winery on NC18.(800) 233-1505. gas nearby.


Bear Den Creekside CabinsOn the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 324.8. All amenities, jacuzzis, decks, fireplaces. For 2 to 10. (828) Res. recmd. See ad page 10.

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Bear Den Campground - On the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 324.8. Complete facilities, serving the south for over 41 years. (828) 765-2888. Scenic beauty. see ad page 10.

Peak Mountain Cottages & Retreat Center--On 300 acres, 7 miles N of Pkwy. Room to play or relax. Hiking trails, clear mtn streams. 460 Rabbit Hop Rd near Penland. Individuals, families or groups up to 25. 828-7659559.


Mast General Store & Annex –Est. 1883 & listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this authentic general store in rural Valle Crucis features clothing, camping gear, shoes & boots, housewares, unique gifts, and over 500 old-fashioned candies. Visit our other historic locations in NC, SC, & TN.

Be sure to tell them you saw it in THE DIGEST! Be sure to tell them you saw it in THE DIGEST! Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway! Also be sure to check out the Bedford Wine Trail, Historic Centertown, and the Bedford Artisan Trail. Stay in the mountains, by the water, or somewhere in between!
Jump in at Smith Mountain Lake. Discover 360-degree views at Sharp Top, Peaks of Otter. Honor heroes at the National D-Day Memorial.
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Follow in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson at Poplar Forest.

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Mast Store – Located 63 N Main St, Downtown Waynesville. Built in 1930s and filled with everything you’d expect in a general store –clothing, shoes, cast iron, candy, and camping gear. 828-452-2101


Ski Mountain Chalet & Condo

Rentals - 1-6 bedroom units, hot tubs, jacuzzis, pool tables, kitchens, fireplaces, privacy. (800) 824-4077.


Peaks of Otter Winery & Orchards

- 2122 Sheep Creek Rd, 24523. MP 86. Fruit wine, fruit, jams, jellies, free tastings. Vacation rentl house. 540586-3707. or

Gross’ Orchard & Apple Valley Homeplace - Vacation Home Rental. Open year round. $75 per couple per night. Mountain grown fruit & produce. Bedford, VA. Rt. 43 in Apple Valley. Open Year round. U-pick or U-select. Apple Festival 3rd Sat. in Oct. (540) 586-2436.


Montfair Resort Farm - Pet friendly cabins by lake. 30 min from Parkway. Wi-fi, linens & cookware provided. Canoe, hike, fish. (434) 823-5202.


Skyland Lakes Golf Club - Right on Parkway at milepost 202.2. New 18 hole public course. Beautiful scenery. Motel & golf packages available. (276) 728-4923.


Antique Expo - 400 dealers exhibiting in halls, barns, tents & outside twice yearly. Oct. 12-14, 2018 & May 17-19, 2019. Augusta Expoland. I-64, exit 91. (434) 847-8242.


Blue Ridge Restaurant, Inc. - E. Main St., Floyd, VA (540) 745-2147. For good home-style cooking try our daily specials. We are open early with gravy biscuits, hot cakes, country ham, and eggs every day.

Chantilly Farm Campground. 2697 Franklin Pike SE. RV sites: electric, water, sewer, tent camping w/amenities. WiFi, ice, ATM. 540-808 -4984

Floyd County Tourism109 East Main St. Floyd, VA 24091 Mountain town with unique music, arts, outdoor fun! 540-239-8509

Floyd Country Store: Famous venue for Heritage Appalachian music every weekend. Store and cafe open all week.

Floyd Lodging Association

A community of local lodging facilities working together to accommodate your unique needs.

Floyd Visitors Center 109 E. Main St., Floyd, VA 24091 Mountain town with unique music, arts, outdoor fun! 540-745-4407

Hotel Floyd - 120 Wilson St, Floyd, VA. (540) 745-6080. Unique lodging off MP165 with themed rooms and located downtown Floyd. Don’t miss visiting this unique town and hotel!


Grand Caverns - 5 Grand Caverns Dr, Grottoes, VA, America’s oldest continuously operated show cave. Nature’s handiwork & gifts. 888430-CAVE.


The Village Inn - 1 mile south of I-81, Exit 243, on US 11. American Automobile Association Three Diamond Award. (540) 434-7355, toll free reservations-1-800-736-7355.


Royal Oaks - Cabins, chalets, store, gifts, deli, weddings. Near MP16 on parkway. Upscale lodging, hot tubs, fireplaces, equipped kit, bedding/linens. Beautiful views atop the BR Mtns. 540-943-7625.


Allstar Lodging - Unique Cabins and Vacation rentals. Pools, Hot tubs, frplc, kitch, riverfront/mountains, hiking, canoeing, fishing in Shenandoah Valley. 866-780-7827.


Primland Resort - 2000 Busted Rock Road. Resort Lodge, Fairway Cottages, Mountain Homes. Spectacular views. Golf. Spa. Dining, Outdoor activities. 276.222.3800


Montebello Resort – Exit Milepost 27, Rt 56E, 3 miles. Cabins, Campground, Country Store & Trout Ponds. 540-377-2650


Radford Visitor’s Center-Rt 8 to I-81 Exit 109 “Find It in Radford”-surrounded on 3 sides by the New River & overflowing with history 540-267-3153


Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Shop at the markets and boutiques in Downtown Roanoke and Salem. Hike on a trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Discover wildlife while kayaking on the Upper James River Water Trail. Dine at a local restaurant and enjoy fresh, amazingly prepared ingredients. Watch the sunset aboard a cruise at Smith Mountain Lake. All these things to do and more can be part of your Blue Ridge Day.

No matter what you decide to do, every day in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is filled with friendship and old-fashioned hospitality. Discover what makes visiting Virginia’s Blue Ridge unique! (800) 635-5535.


Come and visit Salem, Virginia that is only twenty minutes from the parkway. Take the walking tour of our historic downtown featuring quaint antique shops and restaurants. Stay for a while in one of our hotels or B&B’s and attend one of our many athletic events including NCAA National Championships in football, basketball and softball. Salem is also the home of the Salem Red Sox, advanced Class “A” affiliate of the Boston Red Sox playing their games in spacious and comfy Lewis Gale Field.


Cabin Creekwood- 2 miles from Parkway MP 13.6. Year-round, quiet, secluded.Fully furnished affordable mtn cabins (888) 942-2246.

Be sure to tell them you saw it in THE DIGEST! A real-time road closure map for the entire Parkway is available at: POSSIBLE ROAD CLOSURES ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY INFO: 28

Hot Works

3rd Asheville Fine Art Show™

October 27 & 28, 2018

New Location! Outdoors at Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville, NC

The Asheville Fine Art Show presented by focuses on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment, and fostering art education among youth. Hot Works shows are juried by art professionals with criteria for judging based on originality, technique/execution and booth appearance.

Institute for the Arts & Association, the associated 501c3 non-profit features a Youth Art Competition. Young Artists in grades K-8 or ages 5-13 are encouraged to enter his/her art that is publicly displayed in the art show the entire weekend. There is $250 in youth art

awards as students begin to learn the rules and are exposed to the entrepreneurship opportunity of doing art shows for a living. More information: 941-755-3088 or cell 248-762-2462.

The Black MountainSwannanoa, NC Visitor Center is 100 years old this year!

As part of the Town's 125th year Anniversary there will be a "Birthday Party Open House" for the building on Sunday October 28, 2018.

While you are there, enjoy the gorgeous foliage and mountain scenery. Hiking and biking trails abound within minutes of the Red Rocker!

People say something changes in you once you’ve experienced Highlands — a town perched atop an ancient rainforest plateau more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Wellness sojourners since the 1800s and second-home owners seeking a lifestyle of unaffected luxury have shaped a culture with an unusual blend of urbane refinement and down-home neighborliness.

Aficionados and artisans of every genre — including acclaimed chefs — find their muse here, giving rise to a main-street social scene filled with interactive art experiences, live music performances, carefully curated shopping, award-winning dining and world-renowned accommodations. A widely-studied ecological wonder, the Highlands Plateau teems with rare species of flora and fauna. Its headwaters feed lakes, rivers and waterfalls, creating a natural playground for those that live and visit here.

For more information:

Little Switzerland, NC 331 McKinney Mine Road Little Switzerland, NC 28749 828-765-6463 Gem Mining, Mine Tours, & MORE! OPEN EVERY DAY THROUGH NOVEMBER 4th REAL MINES! REAL FUN! Voted #1 Gem Mine in the Mountains by Blue Country!Ridge NC Mining Museum | The Gemstone Mine | Mineral Collecting Black Light Mine Tour | Gold Panning | Crabtree Emerald Mine
Aficionados and artisans find their muse in Highlands, NC

Elkin Festival Features Gourd-geous

Big pumpkins, small pumpkins, short pumpkins, tall pumpkins. They’re all on display during the 22nd annual Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival.

The festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 22, in downtown Elkin, North Carolina. The highlight is the Great Pumpkin Weigh Off, in which growers from across the region bring their largest pumpkins to compete for a $1,000 first-place prize.

Last year’s winner tipped the scales at 1,328 pounds, while the 2014 winner was a whopping 1,404 pounds.

“This is one of the most famous pumpkin competitions on the East Coast,” says festival organizer Myra Cook of the Yadkin Valley

Array of Pumpkins

Chamber of Commerce. “It’s hard to describe the size of these pumpkins. They sit on pallets in the back of pickup trucks and they’re so big they overflow the beds of the trucks.”

The 9 a.m. weigh off is followed by a full slate of activities. The fun includes: carnival rides for children, arts and crafts vendors, antique vendors, pumpkin-themed food, pumpkin-themed drinks and pumpkin-themed games.

There are plenty of orange gourds to be explored, while folks may also enter a rubber duck or turtle in the Duck & Turtle Regatta race on the Yadkin River.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive prior to the 9 a.m. weigh

off, which is sanctioned by an association known as the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. Cash prizes are awarded for the 10 largest pumpkins, starting at $1,000 for first and decreasing to $50 for 10th place.

Hours for the Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is no charge for admission. The event is sponsored by the Yadkin Valley Chamber.

For more info, call (336) 526-1111, or visit:

Since 1910, the Switzerland Inn has delighted visitors with its fantastic mountain views and easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located at Mile Post 334, between Mt. Mitchell (the tallest peak east of the Rockies) and Grandfather Mountain (with the mile-high swinging bridge), the Inn features 72 mountain-view rooms, private chalets, a honeymoon cottage and the Diamondback Motorcycle Lodge with covered parking. Our amenities include fabulous dining, two patio bars, tennis courts, unique shopping, swimming pool and outdoor hot tubs – just to name a few. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, our renowned Chalet Restaurant overlooks a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our Friday Night Fresh Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet is sold-out popular.

Make Switzerland Inn your base camp to

experience the (226A) and the Blue Ridge Parkway. 800-654-4026 • 828-765-2153 $10 off any room rental, Monday-Thursday, with this ad. Not valid with other offers. FALL 2018 30

Horizon Bistro -

A Little Uptown In Downtown Sparta

When he took over ownership of Sparta’s Mustard Seed Café last March, Chef Garrison Wagoner was already known to most patrons as an example of home-grown talent. His culinary potential was recognized in 6th grade when he won the school’s Iron Chef competition with his grandmother’s chocolate cake recipe.

By his early 20’s, Garrison was an aspiring young chef working at New York’s Westchester Country Club. When he heard the Sparta restaurant was for sale, he left New York behind and returned home. Chef Garrison is now owner of Horizon Bistro and developing his vision for an upscale dining atmosphere in his hometown.

Wagoner wanted to bring variety to the growing Sparta restaurant scene, so he changedup the interior, built a stage, and reached out to Alleghany Writers, offering the Bistro stage for weekend afternoon performances. Now AW organizes programs for the Bistro stage and hosts local talent, regional talent, and national best sellers on first Saturdays at 3pm. These monthly events include writers, poets, and storytellers.

There is no cover and a dessert menu is available. “It’s a little uptown in downtown Sparta,” said Chef Garrison.

About the Horizon Bistro

The Horizon Bistro is located at 38 S. Main Street in the Historic Smithey Building. Parking on Main Street or in the large lot at the rear entrance. The Bistro serves lunch 7-days a week, 11am – 4pm. The menu features handmade sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts, and a lunch special. Sunday brunch, 11am –2pm. Horizon is open for dinner first Friday’s for Music on Main and first Saturday afternoons for literary events on the Bistro stage. Their “Bistro to Go” service has the order ready when you arrive or delivered to your doorstep! 336-372-7444.

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First Lady Museum Celebrates WWI Centennial with Unique Dinner Series

To honor the centennial of World War I, the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum hosted a series of unique dining experiences throughout the summer and fall. The “Allied Dinner Series” features specialty-prepared cuisine and a brief presentation on an allied nation during World War I. The fall dinner series features France on September 22nd, and Italy on October 27th. The events will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Bolling Wilson Hotel in Downtown Wytheville. Tickets can be purchased at www.

Born and raised in Wytheville, Virginia, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson served as First Lady to President Woodrow Wilson from 1915-1921. During her role as First Lady, Mrs. Wilson made multiple contributions to the war effort by rationing goods, volunteering, and placing a flock of sheep on the White House lawn in an effort to alleviate groundskeepers for war-time duties. The wool, named “White House Wool”, was auctioned and raised nearly $100,000 for the American Red Cross war effort. Mrs. Wilson frequently travelled abroad with her husband, President Wilson, as he lobbied for world peace. She attended the Paris Peace Conferences with Wilson and other leaders of the Allied Nations.

The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum is located at 145 E. Main Street, Wytheville, VA 24382, and is open to the public Tuesday - Friday 10-4, Saturday 10-2. It currently has two exhibitions on display on the Great War.

WNC Pottery Festival Nov. 3 in Dillsboro, NC

The annual WNC Pottery Festival returns to Dillsboro on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5. The festival showcases the work of more than 40 master potters from 13 states. A variety of clay art styles will be presented. Pre-show events – including the Clay Olympics – will be held on Friday, Nov.

Floyd VA

Happenings Fall 2018

Located atop the magnificent Blue Ridge Plateau in Southwest Virginia, Floyd is a haven of natural beauty renowned for our hospitality and for a vibrant culture of music, arts, outdoor recreation and local foods, wine and spirits. With near 40 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd is an incredible destination to experience the vibrant fall colors.

Floyd has many regular happenings throughout the fall with music every Thursday through Sunday.

Floyd Country Store weekly hosts Friday Night Jamboree, Saturday afternoon American Afternoon music and Sunday music jams. Throughout the year, Wildwood Farm General Store, an affiliate Crooked Road site, has bluegrass music every Saturday night and music jams 1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons of the month.

2. The event is juried and the lineup of potters is impressive. $5 ticket includes a chance in a raffle; kids under 12 admitted free.

For more information, call (828) 631-5100 or (828) 5863601, e-mail wncpotteryfest@, or visit www.

Dogtown Roadhouse downtown offers music regularly Friday through Sunday. Chateau Morrisette Winery hosts Sunday Sound at the courtyard, free music on Sundays through September. There is also music at Mabry Mill on the BRP on Sunday afternoons. Music in the Mountains Concert series is held every Thursday evening in September and October at the Hotel Floyd Pavilion.

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Hike, Shop, and paddle this Fall in Front Royal, VA

Bisset Park

Welcome to Front Royal, Virginia the northern Gateway to Shenandoah National Park and the Canoe Capital of Virginia. Steeped in rich history and natural beauty this thriving community boasts attractions and amenities for everyone.

The Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Shenandoah River in Front Royal beckoning

you to discover miles of parkland, hiking trails, electrifying waterfalls and wildlife viewing. Outfitters rent canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes for floating down the Shenandoah, its beauty celebrated in song. Taste and tour at World-class Wineries, and play the greens at five award-winning Golf destinations. Live, Shop, Play and Visit Historic Downtown Front Royal located just one mile north of Shenandoah National Park. Highlights include museums, antiques, fine art, estate jewelry, live music and do-it-yourself crafts.

Enjoy an eclectic mix of restaurants and relax in the Village Commons, a favorite spot for events, concerts and meeting friends. Take a rest from your adventures at one of our many bed & breakfasts, motels or campgrounds.

540-635-5788 •

Forget your cares...

… and return to a place and time you thought had passed. Alleghany County and Sparta NC are home to the Blue Ridge Mountain community where Parkway construction began. And it is still home to a relaxed, rural pace of life that retains much of the unspoiled beauty that it shares with the famous scenic byway.

With two state parks, New River and Stone Mountain, plus Doughton Park, the Parkway’s largest developed recreation area, camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing and bicycling opportunities abound. The New River offers canoeing, tubing, kayaking and fishing and is a welcome respite from summer heat.

Get schooled in mountain music at the Alleghany Jubilee’s weekly barn dance (, the Monday jam at Crouse Park and at the big Fiddlers Convention (

Events like the Blue Ridge Mountain Fair and Mountain Heritage Festival ( highlight the area’s craft heritage. Enjoy down-home fun at distinctively local pastimes, such as the demolition derby, and mud slings. Look for other upcoming events at

Oct. 6, 2018

Highland Games Directed by Chad Clark Scots-Irish Clans and Families

Children’s Activities, Food and Crafts

The community offers motels, bed and breakfast inns and vacation cabins to make your stay special. And there’s no better sleeping than snuggled under covers during cool mountain nights.

When you visit, stop by the Visitors Center, 58 S. Main St., just 7 miles south of the US 21/ Parkway intersection at Mile Post 229.6. Our welcome mat is always out and we’ll make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Sparta, NC / Alleghany County MP 229.6 - 58 S. Main St. • Sparta, NC • 800-372-5473 • Cool
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Celebrate Scots Irish Heritage in Radford, VA

bands and the Braveheart 5K. Celtic band Tuatha Dea, creates original Celtic music and is headlining the 2018 Highlanders Festival.

Follow the skirl of bagpipes and make your way through Virginia’s scenic roads to Bisset Park on October 6, 2018 for the 22nd Radford Highlanders Festival.

Celebrate Scots Irish heritage and experience the excitement and fun of live Celtic and Appalachian music, heavyweight games, Scottish clans, entertainers, children’s games, massed

Bisset Park is transformed by artists, craftspeople and community organizations into an open-air forum. Start your holiday shopping early or treat yourself to something nice from one of the many vendors, which offer a diverse and exciting selection of clothing, accessories, jewelry and crafts.

The Radford Highlanders Festival

is a daylong feast, with a variety of foods offered by vendors. Enjoy authentic Scottish fare or classic festival food and marvel at the power of the athletes participating in the authentic heavyweight games, featuring the infamous caber toss. Radford is located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just 10 minutes from Exit 109 off Interstate 81, the Radford Highlanders Festival has

something for everyone, all while celebrating Virginia’s Scots-Irish ancestry.

The Radford Highlanders Festival is a partnership between Radford University and the City of Radford. To learn more, go to or search “Radford Highlanders Festival” on Facebook. Registration for the Braveheart 5K can be found on


It’s easy to see what matters most from these heights. Ancient peaks. Breathtaking views. And memories to last a lifetime. Peaks of Otter Lodge guests will find it all, from the majestic Sharp Top Mountain, to scenic Abbott Lake and the Blue Ridge Parkway – America’s favorite drive.

Book your reservation at or call 888-454-7711.

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