Blue Ridge Digest Spring / Summer 2017

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SPRING /SUMMER the most widely distributed travel publication in the mountains


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Discover the many ways to fill your days with fun and adventure in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, like hiking on the famous Appalachian Trail and mountain biking on the renowned trails at Carvin’s Cove. Head over to Smith Mountain Lake for fun on the water. Be surrounded by beauty, from the stunning scenery along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway to the splendor of arts and culture in the region’s many museums, galleries and performance venues. Or, try all of the above.

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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. The time you spend in the Blue Ridge Mountain area will provide all of this and more: go whitewater rafting, experience historic and cultural sites, find unique shopping areas, take a hike, taste delicious local foods, and just breathe the clean mountain air. Hopefully this issue of the Blue Ridge Digest will be an aid in planning your trip and a keepsake to remember your vacation in the mountains.

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Museum of Appalachia “

We simply cannot appreciate where we are today, or understand where we are going tomorrow, unless we understand where, as a culture, we’ve been in the past.” “These are our people. They are world renowned, unknown, famous, infamous, interesting, diverse, different, but above all, they are a warm, colorful and jolly lot, in love with our land, our mountains, and our culture. May their memories ever be preserved— not so much in reverence to them but as a gift to us and to generations to come.” John Rice Irwin, Founder of the Museum of Appalachia. See and read the stories of a hardy and resourceful people. Share memories between parents and children, grandparents and

grandchildren. Spend time in the Hall of Fame, a tribute to the Appalachian people. Walk through the Display Barn and marvel at the ingenuity of our ancestors. Stroll rustic paths to the cabins—or simply rock on the porch and enjoy the picturesque view. Hear musicians playing old time music… watch farm animals grazing peacefully in the fields... enjoy a home-style lunch… browse regional crafts in the gift shop. The Museum of Appalachia

is an American treasure that stands alone as a tribute to the American spirit. It is about family, country, hard work, and respect for tradition. The Museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee, on I-75 at Exit 122, then east 1 mile at 2819 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN 37716. Call for more information.. (800) 524-3602 or

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… 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

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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.

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Experience a National Tribute to our Heroes, and so Much More in Bedford! Bedford is home to the National D-Day Memorial, a deeply moving tribute to the American and Allied forces that fought in the largest amphibious invasion of all time.


he Memorial overlooks the community that suffered the greatest losses of life per capita than any in the United States. The Memorial is open daily during the spring through fall, and hosts many events throughout the year. On Saturday, May 20, the Memorial will host the 4th annual Armed Forces Day 5K and Youth Fun Run. Not only does the race begin and

end at the picturesque Memorial, but a total change in elevation of 220 feet provides a unique challenge for runners of all levels to “Conquer the Hill.” To kick off Memorial Day weekend, there will be a special outdoor concert on Friday evening, May 26 at 7 p.m. featuring the Jefferson Choral Society. Then on Memorial Day at 11 a.m., a special ceremony will honor veterans and Virginia’s first Gold Star Families Memorial Monument will be dedicated with special guest WWII Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams. On June 6, the 73rd anniversary of D-Day will be commemorated with keynote speaker Jerry Yellin, a

WWII pilot who flew the final combat mission of the war, during which his wingman was the last man killed in combat. There will be a Veterans Reunion tent and music by the 29th Division Band. Admission is free and the Memorial will remain open until 9 p.m. While visiting Bedford, be sure to check out historic Centertown for restaurants and shopping. For additional information, visit the Bedford Area Welcome Center at 816 Burks Hill Road, call 540-587-5681, or go to

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Surry Sonker Trail Adds Restaurant in Downtown Elkin


he Surry Sonker Trail in Surry County, NC, now has eight stops serving the county’s popular local dessert. Southern On Main, an upscale casual eatery on Main Street in Elkin, recently joined the trail. Similar to cobbler, sonker consists of cooked fruit and crust. Some have a liquid batter poured on top of the fruit, others have a rolled dough crust, and others are prepared on the stove with a dropped-dumpling crust. Each recipe depends upon family tradition. The history of sonker in the region dates to the early 1800s. The dessert was a product of frugal home cooks who didn’t want to waste any over-ripe fruit. Southern On Main owner Marla Stern quite often features

blueberry sonker and her recipe includes a thick crust. In addition to blueberry, she serves apple, peach and sweet potato sonker. “It’s nice to be a part of a small town with a heritage that everyone cares about,” Stern says. Located at the corner of Main and Bridges streets in downtown Elkin, Southern On Main serves upscale Southern comfort food for lunch and dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. Other stops on the Surry Sonker Trail are: Down Home Restaurant in Mount Airy, Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar in Pilot Mountain, Putters Patio & Grill in Dobson, Old North State Winery in Mount Airy, Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Mount Airy, Rockford General Store in Dobson and Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery in Elkin.

To receive a Sonker Trail brochure map with the info needed to enjoy a day or two along the trail, call (800) 948-0949, or go online at:



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earliest settlers brought their instruments and musical traditions, which were fused together to form country, blues, folk, and other styles of popular American music. In 1927, Ralph Peer – a record executive from Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden, New Jersey – traveled to Bristol,

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Tennessee-Virginia to find the makers of “hillbilly” music. He set up a portable recording studio in the Taylor-Christian Hat Company building on State Street, advertised for auditions, and waited for the music makers to come to him. Over the course of two weeks, Peer recorded 76 songs by 19 different acts, including Ernest V. Stoneman with various friends and family, The Carter Family, known as “The First Family of Country Music,” and “The Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers. It was with these recordings that the foundation of country music was laid and its soundtrack begins. These recordings met with commercial success and continue to influence musicians today, and in 2002, the Library of Congress ranked the 1927 Bristol Sessions among the 50 most significant sound recording events of all time. Johnny Cash said that “these recordings in Bristol in 1927 are the single most important event in the history of country music.”

FALL 2016 The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) was established to preserve and promote the rich music heritage of our region. This grassroots organization was first formed through the cooperation of civic, educational, tourist, governmental, and musicrelated interests on April 7, 1994; it became a nonprofit in 1996. In 1998, the US Congress passed a bill that officially recognized Bristol as the Birthplace of Country Music. The Birthplace of Country

Music promotes and celebrates Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia as the birthplace of country music. BCM celebrates Bristol’s role in the birth and development of country music through the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, WBCM Radio Bristol, and educational outreach and programming. 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way Bristol, VA 24201 For more information (423) 573-1927 www.


17 Reasons to Visit Lexington in 2017

Lexington is a beautiful, historic destination, but there’s more than meets the eye. Let these 17 reasons inspire your travel.

1 Visit the iconic Natural Bridge, an affordable Virginia State Park. 2 Sip small-batch quaffs at Great Valley Farm Brewery while enjoying mountain views. 3 Halcyon Days Cidery will be a tasty addition this fall.

4 Hike 10.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Glasgow to Buena Vista, two A.T. Communities. 5 Attend a summer concert, festivals, or special event like Fish & Pick or Bike Virginia at Glen Maury Park. 6 Hot? St. Mary’s Falls in St. Mary’s Wilderness or Panther Falls just off the Blue Ridge Parkway are popular swimming holes. 7 Boulder Devil’s Marbleyard, a mountainside field of giant stones. 8 Spend the day in Goshen Pass. Swim, fish, kayak the Class IV rapids, or conquer the Maury River Wall. 9 Hike House Mountain, Lexington’s most prominent landmark.

10 Watch talented horses and riders compete at the Virginia Horse Center. 11 Sip award-winning wine at Rockbridge Vineyard with a picnic of homemade delights from Gertie’s Country Store. 12 Keep tasting! Summer is for homemade ice cream at Sweet Things and fall is for Asian pears at Virginia Gold Orchard. 13 Camp with the kids at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park CampResort and visit the Virginia Safari Park, Virginia’s only drive-through zoo. Don’t miss The Caverns at Natural Bridge, Mark Cline’s new Dinosaur Kingdom II, and Hull’s Drive-In, one of Virginia’s last drive-in theaters.


14 Splurge for an upscale getaway at The Georges, a boutique hotel in downtown Lexington. Creative cocktails and farm-to-table fine dining make for a memorable night on the town. 15 Get artsy! Make your own sconces at Renegade Art Glass or learn to quilt at The Stitchin’ Post. 16 Lexington’s history is renowned. Dive deep at a museum then see the sites with Lexington Carriage Company or Haunting Tales: Lexington’s Ghost Tour. 17 Center yourself in one of three labyrinths: Robert E. Lee Episcopal Church, Country Retreat at South River Highlands, or Halcyon Days Cidery. Dig deeper into the 17 Reasons at



Clingman’s Dome

At 6,643 feet above sea level, you will feel as though you are sitting on top of the world and completely connected with your surroundings.


magine being able to see seven states at one time. No matter which direction you look, you’re seeing mountains of all shapes,

colors, and sizes for hundreds of miles. All of your senses are heightened- the air is cool, crisp, and smells of pine needles. The

sun is shining brighter than you have ever seen it. Clingman’s Dome of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park allows you to potentially have views of Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina, and Mississippi on a clear day. Clingman’s Dome is the second highest mountain in the Appalachian Range, trumped only by a few feet by Mount Mitchell. The Appalachian Trail also runs straight through Clingman’s Dome, another attraction for hikers to discover during their visits! At 6,643 feet above sea level, you will feel as though you are sitting on top of the world and completely connected with your surroundings. After just a short half mile hike, visitors will reach the watch tower allow them a panoramic view of the mountains. There is a 13% grade on the hike, meaning you gain a little over 300 feet in elevation from top to bottom. This may not seem like

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much but it can be quite strenuous! Luckily there are several benches along the way that provide visitors with a place to rest. A married couple was asked about Clingman’s Dome and described it as “--magical. Every time we go there, it reminds me of when I fell in love with my husband. We always leave feeling more connected. We aren’t spiritual people, but man, it’s like something touches your soul up there.” Clingman’s Dome is an excellent place to go when you feel the need to regain perspective of the outside world and appreciate the beautiful mountains of Appalachia. Clingmans Dome and the lookout can be reached by taking US 441 between Cherokee and Gatlinburg, at the top of the mountain, at Newfound Gap, turn west for about a 4 mile drive and then a short walk to the lookout.


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he Rhythm & Brews concerts series offers a variety of music, food, beer, wine and cider from local companies, and a children’s area with games and activities. The concerts begin at 5pm with the singersongwriter showcase, followed by ther Opening Act at 6pm and Headliners follow at 7pm. The concerts are held from 5pm to 9pm on the third Thursday of the month May – September on Main Street between Allen & Caswell Streets. Inclement weather policy is to delay each act by 30 minutes before moving onto the next act. If headline act is unable to perform by 8:00 pm the show will be canceled. Follow the weather decisions on Facebook page at RhythmAndBrewsHendersonville

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Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which form the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains between Pennsylvania and Georgia. The Shenandoah River flows through the valley to the west, with Massanutten Mountain,

40 miles long, standing between the river’s north and south forks. The rolling Piedmont country lies to the east of the Park. Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that winds along the crest of the mountains through the length of the Park, provides vistas of the spectacular landscape to east and west.

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS Visitors can participate in Ranger-guided activities, view audio-visual programs or exhibits at visitor centers, enjoy the panoramic views from overlooks, hike to peaks and waterfalls, fish or just plain relax in the peaceful surroundings. The Park’s concessioner offers a variety of activities for visitors in spring, summer, and fall, providing a terrific way to have fun and learn more about the Park’s history and wildlife as well as regional arts, music, and crafts.

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The Park holds more than 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Trails may follow a ridge crest, or they may lead to high places with panoramic views or to waterfalls in deep canyons.

Many animals, including deer, black bears, and wild turkeys, flourish among the rich growth of an oak-hickory forest. In season, bushes and wildflowers bloom along the Drive and trails and fill the open spaces. Apple trees, stone foundations, and cemeteries are reminders of the families who once called this place home. Shenandoah National Park has many stories waiting to be told, and a world of beauty that can renew and bring peace to the spirit.

Facilities and Services Includes visitor centers, bookstores, campgrounds, showers and laundries, picnic areas, gift shops, lodges, cabins, restaurants, gas station, ATMs, waysides, campstores, a stable, & restrooms. • Most facilities and services are available April through November • Plan to obtain all food, gas, and lodging outside of the Park in December, January, February, and March. Check the Park’s website or call (540) 999-3500 for current information.

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For 60+ consecutive years, burly athletes, dainty dancers, lusty bagpipers and thousands of kilted visitors have converged in Linville for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.


n July 6-9, the nation’s premier Highland Games and gathering of Scottish clans returns to this awe-inspiring site once again. The Grandfather Games are considered some of America’s best because of the outstanding mountain setting reminiscent of the Scottish moors. The craggy peaks of the 5,946-foot Grandfather Mountain overlook the grassy fields where Scottish traditions are fostered and deepened.

The event lineup includes a stirring opening torchlight ceremony, sheep herding exhibitions, “The Bear” footrace, tug-of-war battles and highland wrestling — all set to the sounds of pipes, drums, fiddles and rocking Celtic tunes. Witness the parade of tartans or learn about your own heritage and genealogy at more than 150 clan tents surrounding the grounds.

PEACE AND QUIET ISN’T ALWAYS QUIET. In Shenandoah National Park, it’s easy to find solace in the secrecy of a mountain forest. Where the leafy rustle of heavy breezes and the bright cascade of tucked-away waterfalls orchestrate the perfect soundtrack of nature’s silence. Hear it, and see it all, with a stay at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge. Book your room today at or call 877-313-2586. Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge are managed by Delaware North at Shenandoah National Park. ©2016 DNC Parks & Resorts at Shenandoah, Inc.



Historic Arts & Crafts Destination in Asheville to Offer Regular History Tours Wednesday - Saturday Starting April 1, 2017


ust across the street from the Omni Grove Park Inn lies a destination unlike any other: Grovewood Village, housed in the historic weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries - a groundbreaking enterprise in the

history of American craft and textiles, with ties to George and Edith Vanderbilt, Edwin Wiley Grove, and Fred Loring Seely. In its heyday, Biltmore Industries had a total of 40 looms in steady operation, producing bolts of some of the highest quality homespun fabric in the country, worn by U.S. presidents, first ladies, and many American icons. Learn the story of Biltmore Industries on a guided history tour, offered Wednesday Saturday at 1pm during April – December.​The tour includes a visit to the historic Dye House in Grovewood Village (usually closed to the public), where the original looms, carding machines, mule spinners, and dye vats used to make Biltmore Handwoven Homespun can still be viewed.

BLUE RIDGE HERITAGE TRAIL As you travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can find six of the 70 interpretive signs that are on the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail, a collection of special places throughout the North Carolina mountains and foothills that embody the remarkable history and culture of the region. Words and photographs tell an illuminating story about each site and highlight aspects of the region’s natural and cultural heritage including Cherokee, traditional music, agriculture, craft, and the natural scenic beauty of the NC Blue Ridge mountains. Heritage Trail signs can also be found in communities adjacent to the Parkway and in cities, towns and rural areas throughout the region. Download a trail map brochure and learn more at

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are geared towards adults. There is no charge to take the tour, but donations are appreciated. Spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum 25 people per tour. Meet your guide at the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum, next door to Grovewood Gallery. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Biltmore Industries’ home at Grovewood Village. A centennial celebration will take place Saturday, June 17 from 12 - 5pm, which will include a special exhibition of fiber art by 7 regional weavers, artist demonstrations, guided history tours, a cake cutting ceremony, and a historical presentation by Bruce Johnson (2pm) - Director of the National Arts & Crafts Conference at The Grove Park Inn since 1988. For more information, call 828.253.7651 or visit


Grovewood Village Grovewood Village is a privately owned historic Asheville destination located adjacent to the Omni Grove Park Inn. Biltmore Industries began at this site in 1917 and became the largest producer of handwoven wool in the world by 1930. The 11-acre campus includes Grovewood Gallery, 9 working artist studios, a sculpture garden, Golden Fleece restaurant, and Asheville’s only antique car museum. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

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Hop off the Parkway for a Mountain Escape in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

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Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains are beckoning you to an unforgettable metro-mountain getaway filled with local flavors and outdoor adventures.


ith over eight regional entrances along the parkway, here are the hot spots you won’t want to miss in Virginia’s Blue Ridge: Milepost 115.1, Explore Park: Turn off the Blue Ridge Parkway into hundreds of breathtaking


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acres of rolling hills at Explore Park in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Find visitor information, artisan crafts and parkway memorabilia upon arrival at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center then gear up for over 14 miles of hiking trails and some of the

best mountain biking trails in the Roanoke Valley. Explore Park, a 1,100 acre outdoor oasis, also welcomes fly-fishing and paddling along the Roanoke River for the ultimate Blue Ridge Day (for paddling gear: RoanokeMountainAdventures. com). Milepost 120, Roanoke Star + Food Tours: Continue south to milepost 120 towards Mill Mountain Park to the Roanoke Star & Overlook to see the largest neon star in the world, ranked #1 on TripAdvisor. The overlook beneath the 100 foot Roanoke Star claims some of the most captivating views of the region ( Fill

up on the flavors of the region like a true foodie; sign up for a food tour with Tour Roanoke, another TripAdvisor top favorite. The popular walking culinary tour features samples of cuisine from multiple restaurants in downtown Roanoke while sharing enchanting stories of the city’s rich cultural history (to book a tour:

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Want to Sample Henderson County’s Great Wine and Beer? Pick up your copy of the CHEERS! Trail Brochure at the Visitor Center to start your adventure! Easy to follow map and information about the breweries, wineries and cideries in the region! Henderson County TDA 201 South Main St. | Hendersonville, NC


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Plan Your Next Craft Beer Trip Now.


erious craft beer enthusiasts and even novice sippers are showing up in huge numbers to taste the fresh offerings from the Shenandoah Valley’s award-winning breweries. Wondering where to begin? More than a dozen central Shenandoah Valley breweries have teamed up to bring you one of the America’s newest beer trails. Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail stretches from Harrisonburg to Lexington with stops in Waynesboro and Staunton; it’s the perfect self-guided tour for your next craft beer adventure. Participating on the trail are big names you know like Brothers

Craft and Devils Backbone, along with rising star Pale Fire Brewing, and small or new establishments you may not have heard of but will no doubt love, like Basic City, Great Farm, and Stable Craft. The taproom atmosphere along the Beerwerks Trail is welcoming and fun – décor ranges from industrial cool to barn chic. Consider it a bucket list challenge to visit all of them for the experience alone. In addition to the 13 Beerwerks breweries, check out northern Shenandoah Valley breweries like Alesatian in Winchester, a brand new small batch brewery above Roma Old Town Wood-Fired Pizzeria, or

Backroom in in Middletown, a farm brewery serving scratchmade,locally sourced delights. To the south, Flying Mouse in Troutville is a mountain hideaway less than one half-mile from the Appalachian Trail, and Parkway Brewing in Salem is a place to expect the unexpected.

Plan your next beer adventure to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley with its beautiful scenery, outdoor recreation, delicious food, and tasty beers. Grab some friends, have fun, and always remember to designate a driver.


Don’t miss the Fiddle & Banjo Jam every Monday evening at Radford, VA! 7:00 pm 10:00 pm Each Monday evening at River City Grill is a fun night of live music! This is an official Crooked Road Affiliated Site. Enjoy old time mountain music performed live...come to listen or bring your own instrument and join in the fun. There is no admission charge and River City Grill is a full service restaurant that features breakfast served all day, wonderful desserts and a full bar. • 103 Third Ave • Radford, VA, 24141


Lynchburg is Trending



n just a short meandering drive on route 501 off Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 63.7, Lynchburg, Virginia sits amid the Blue Ridge Mountains and alongside the James River. Forged by vigorous industry, it has always been a cosmopolitan oasis for Central Virginia and at times throughout its history, ranked as one of the wealthiest communities per capita in the nation. This affluence fueled construction of extraordinary buildings in a diverse array of architectural styles. Today, these structures of iconic 19th and 20th century design are renewed into trendy restaurants, eclectic shops,

and insightful attractions giving way to a vibrant city scene. Warm hospitality and engaging sites await such as the Lynchburg Museum in the iconic Old Courthouse, our National Medal winning Amazement Square Children’s Museum, the prominent Point of Honor historic residence, the eclectic Old City Cemetery & Arboretum and the Anne Spencer House & Garden, home to the famed African American poet. Scenic urban hiking/biking trails throughout the city and along James River tributaries make Lynchburg the perfect place to take in a little adventure.

Just down the road, visitors enjoy exploring nearby regional treasures like Thomas Jefferson’s Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House Poplar Forest, the National D-Day Memorial, and Appomattox Court House National fathers during November for Historical Park. And Lynchburg is home to many festivals! Check the Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival at Patrick Henry’s Red our Cultural Events Calendar at Hill or the Thomas Jefferson Wine to find Festival at his retreat home, Poplar out more about this summer’s Forest. Riverfront Park Concert Series or So, take a journey off the Parkway join us this fall when it’s Chic to to visit Lynchburg and soon you’ll Reek at Rebec Vineyard’s Wine be Trending Memories! & Garlic Festival. Visit the homes of two of our nation’s founding

May 20 • Carolina Donut Festival • Bob To Bob Half Marathon • Lake James Triathlon June 3

• The Official North Carolina Gold Festival • Marion Liver Mush Festival • Pisgah Endurance Race

Details and other events are online. 888-233-6111


The wondrous profusion of mountain flowers in spring and early summer, the high altitude coolness of the forest-clad mountains in summer, and the glorious coloring of these mountains in autumn provide an everchanging appeal. The Blue Ridge Parkway is open 365 days a year, weather permitting. Sometimes road repair is undertaken in the winter months and detours are posted. The Parkway is not plowed or salted in the winter, so after snow or ice events, portions may be closed until the weather warms and makes the roadway safe for travel again. So as not to be disappointed when planning a winter drive, call the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 24-hour information line at 828 298-0398 for the latest road conditions.

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FALL 2016

Pigeon Forge, TN!

Pigeon Forge, one of the country’s most popular family-friendly destinations, launches the 2017 travel season with new rides, attractions and shows for those visiting the Great Smoky Mountains.


istorians and sleuths alike will want to investigate the 25,000-square-foot Alcatraz East Crime Museum.

Located at The Island in Pigeon Forge, the interactive museum features five galleries and more than 500 artifacts, including John Dillinger’s car. A forensic lab focuses on forensic science applications including trace evidence, impressions, toxicology and pathology. Dollywood theme park (March 18, 2017-Jan 1, 2018) invites

guests to try two new rides—one for thrill seekers and another created for younger coaster fans. Drop Line, a 200-foot-tall freefall experience towers 20 stories over the park’s Timber Canyon area while back on the ground, young loggers are invited to climb aboard the Whistle Punk Chaser, a twisting and turning junior coaster. Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark (May 13-Sept. 2, 2017) treats guests to the new TailSpin Racer, an exciting sixlane mat racer-style slide traverses exciting drops and curves and stands two stories tall.

New shows include the twohour Amazing Animals exotic animal and pet show, featuring 10 high-diving housecats, at the Comedy Barn Theater. Shows are Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. For more information, please visit

Luray & Page County, VA ‘Scenic and Beautiful’ are top descriptions of Luray and Page County, Virginia Scenic Page County offers year-round refreshment and relaxation—in addition to shopping and dining—in the charming communities of Luray, Shenandoah, and Stanley. Area attractions include the legendary Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive, miles of hiking and biking trails, and golf and a variety of sports on

the beautiful Shenandoah River. Look for locally-produced food on restaurant menus. Wisteria Farm & Vineyard is the perfect spot for a picnic and a day in the country. Page County makes a beautiful destination for holidays—spend a romantic weekend in TLC’s Number Two Destination Wedding Locale. There are hotels, B&Bs, and cabins galore!

Your journey begins at the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce’s website,, or call toll free at 888-743-3915



The North Carolina Arboretum Springs into New Year with Additions, Upgrades and Updates


he North Carolina Arboretum has many new, exciting items popping up this spring. Since its inception in 1986, the 434-acre public garden has expanded its cultivated gardens to 60 acres, developed more than 10 miles of groomed hiking and biking trails, hosted dozens of art, science and natural history exhibits, and developed education programs that serve more than 26,000 youth and 5,000 adults annually. Over the next three months, the Arboretum, which is located just south of Asheville inside the Pisgah National Forest, will add several garden enhancements and a new seasonal butterfly exhibit, as well as a variety of facility upgrades.

From April through October, the Arboretum’s seasonal landscape garden exhibits will feature many plants and flowers that attract and support butterflies, and its signature Quilt Garden will be designed in a butterfly quilt block pattern. In addition, its Forest Meadow garden will add several new butterfly-focused plantings, as well as new interpretive signage about butterflies and other pollinators. On May 13, the Arboretum will open its new Winged Wonders seasonal exhibit in its Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse. This indoor butterfly exhibit will feature a butterfly nursery and walkthrough butterfly house where visitors will meet a variety of local butterfly species, including

monarchs, swallowtails and more. On that same day, a new metal sculpture entitled “Life of the Monarch” will be unveiled in the Forest Meadow. Created by Waynesville, N.C., artist Grace Cathey, the sculpture is a colorful,

upright kaleidoscope design featuring different stages of the monarch butterfly life cycle.

For more information on the Arboretum, please visit


Garden e ilee Jubil T

May 27 & 28, 2017

he Annual Garden Jubilee Festival has been the place for one-stop shopping for garden lovers for over 20 years in Downtown Hendersonville. Garden Jubilee is Hendersonville’s premier lawn & garden show, and one of the largest gardening shows in the Western North Carolina. The twoday Festival is held on Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28 of Memorial Day weekend. Garden Jubilee highlights more than 260 vendors spaces lining Main Street. Learn tips and tricks from regional gardening experts located throughout the festival. Local and regional nurseries will be selling 1000’s of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and hard to find plants on every block of the festival. Crafters create distinctive garden art to enhance the beauty of your yard. There will be handmade lawn furniture, jewelry,

garden tools, yard art, planters, wind chimes, birdhouses, as well as soaps and pottery. Shoppers bring wagons to transport their many purchases. Lowe’s Expo will be located at the Visitors Center, 201 South Main Street, featuring lawn & garden workshops, a variety of plants for sale, beautiful patio displays, a hands-on kids clinic, outdoor furniture and equipment. If you have a question or need advice about your garden or lawn, you’ve come to the right place. National product

representatives from Oldcastle, Stay Green, Scotts, MiracleGro, Ortho, Roundup, Sevin, Spectracide, Cutter, Pennington Lawn & Garden Products, and Hot Shot will be available in their tents giving out free samples and helpful tips. The Lowe’s Kids Clinic located at the Visitors Center will offer fun, free handson projects for children ages 4-12, from 10am-4pm both days. Bill Slack, landscape and gardening specialist with Southern Living Magazine, will host gardening workshops at the Lowe’s Expo located at the Visitor Center. Join him for three talks on Saturday, May 27 -11am: and Sunday, May 28 – 1pm: Mr. Slack is making his 15 appearance at Garden Jubilee. The Hospitality Tents offer shoppers an area to leave their purchases with Festival volunteers so they are able to continue to shop, without lugging around plants and bags. A festival map and vendor directory will be available for shoppers searching for a particular vendor, product or general information. Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off to the summer season; spend it in Hendersonville For lodging or area information visit visithendersonvillenc. org. For information call the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority at (828) 693-9708 800-828-4244.


CEDAR CREEK & BELLE GROVE From Backcountry to Breadbasket to Battlefield -and Beyond The Shenandoah Valley invites you to learn about its rich heritage, from Native Americans who first shaped the land, to pioneers of this frontier; this fertile area became one of the most important wheat producing regions of the entire South. The Valley also witnessed some of the most dramatic events of the Civil War, including the Battle of Cedar Creek, a decisive October 19, 1864 Union victory.

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove NHP 7712 Main Street Middletown, VA 22645 (540) 869-3051



Music…Festivals…Theatre! Wytheville, Virginia… There’s Only One.


ith over thirty years of providing fun family-friendly events in Downtown Wytheville, the Chautauqua Festival will once again be held from the third to fourth Saturdays in June (17-24). This annual event brings eight days of music, arts, and food to the beautiful Elizabeth Brown

Come Explore


Memorial Park off 4th Street in Wytheville. Children’s activities and arts programming is held during the day with free concerts in the park each evening. Located at the crossroads of Interstates 77 & 81, Wytheville is just thirty minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway. A variety of special events are held Explore Patrick County, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Tap your toes to traditional mountain music along the Crooked Road Music Trail, tour their unique wineries— Stanburn and Villa Appalaccia— or visit local artisan studios on the Hidden Treasures Artisan Trail. Enjoy a sun-filled day at the Gordon Trent Golf Course, Fairy Stone State Park, or one of our eight annual festivals.

throughout the year, including the annual July 4th Celebration on Main Street featuring the popular Skeeter’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Music concerts and jams fill the events calendar every month of the year. Every weekend, you can take another beautiful scenic drive to the top of Big Walker Mountain History buffs can browse our local museum, visit Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge, or step into the Victorian era at the Reynolds Homestead or at the Civil War Reenactment at Laurel Hill, the birthplace of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. Race fans can also visit the Wood Brothers Racing Museum in Stuart. After a fun-filled day, relax in luxury at Primland Resort or settle in at one of our cabins or a locally owned bed and breakfast.

for the free musical and arts demonstrations each Saturday and Sunday (May-October) at Big Walker Lookout. This attraction is an affiliate location of the Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail and features regional performers and artists celebrating the heritage of Southwest Virginia. Don’t forget that it’s All Musicals, All the Time at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre. The spring/summer lineup includes: The Buddy Holly Story (March 9-April 30), Then Sings My Soul (May 4-July 2), Million Dollar Quartet (July 6-Sept. 3), and Ragtime the Musical (Sept. 7-Oct. 29). For more information about special events and everything that the area has to offer, contact the Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, toll-free at 1-877-347-8307, or visit


The Blue Ridge Digest can be found at these regional visitor’s centers! GEORGIA Blairsville/Union County Chamber 129 Union County Rec Rd. • Blairsville, GA 30512; (706) 745-5789 Ellijay Visitor Center 205 Craig St.; PO Box 505 Ellijay, GA 30540; (706) 635-7400  Fannin County Chamber of Commerce 152 Orvin Lance Drive • Blue Ridge, GA 30513 • (706) 632-5680 Rabun County Welcome Center 232 Hwy 441 North, POB 750 Clayton, Georgia 30525; (706) 782-4812 Towns County Visitor Center 1411 Jack Dayton Circle Young Harris, GA 30582 (706) 896-4966 •


Blue Ridge Mtn Stop Visitor Center 4220 Blowing Rock Blvd • Lenoir, NC 28645 • (828) 754-5400

Gaston County Visitor Center 620 Main Street • Belmont, NC 28012

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center 195 Hemphill Knob Rd Asheville, NC 28803 • 828-298-5330

Greensboro Visitor Center 2411 West Gate City Blvd Greensboro, NC 27403; (800) 344-2282

Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 870 W King St. Suite A, Boone, NC 28607; (828) 264-2225 •

Haywood Chamber of Commerce 28 Walnut St. • Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 456-3021

Bryson City Chamber of Commerce 210 Main Street • Bryson City, NC 28713; (800) 867-9246 •

Hendersonville Visitor Center 201 S. Main St • Hendersonville, NC 28792 (800) 828-4244

Burke County Travel & Tourism 110 E. Meeting Street Morganton, NC 28655; (828) 433-6793 Caldwell County Visitor Center 1909 Hickory Blvd. SE Lenoir, NC 28645; (828) 726-0616 Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce 202 U.S. 64, POB 238 BRD Cashiers, NC 28717; (828) 743-5191

Hickory Visitor Center 1055 Southgate Parkway SW Hickory, NC 28602 (828) 328-6111 Lake Lure Welcome Center 2926 Memorial Hwy. Lake Lure, NC 28746

NW NC Visitor Center 2121 East US Hwy 421 • North WIlkesboro, NC 28659 • (336) 667-1259 NC High Country Host Visitor Center 6370 US HWY 321 South, Blowing Rock, NC 28605; (800) 438-7500 Old Fort Visitor Center 91 S. Catawba Ave • Old Fort, NC 28762 (888) 233-6111 • Piedmont Triad Visitor Center 700 NC Hwy 700 Pelham, NC 27311; (800) 388-9830 Polk County Visitor Center 20 E. Mills Street Columbus, NC 28722; (800) 440-7848 Shenandoah County Tourism 600 N. Main St, Ste 101 Woodstock, VA 22664 Smoky Mountain Host of NC, Inc 4437 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734 (800) 432-4678 •

Highlands Chamber of Commerce 108 Main St., P. O. Box 404 Highlands, NC 28741 (828) 526-2112

Spruce Pine Visitor Center 165 Locust St. Spruce Pine, NC 28777 (828) 765-7008

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce 773 W. Main Street • Sylva, NC 28779; (800) 962-1911 •

Statesville Convention & Visitors Bureau 118 W Broad St, Statesville, NC 28687; (704) 878-3480 or (877) 531-1819

Alleghany Co. Chamber of Commerce 58 S. Main, POB 1237 BRD Sparta, NC 28675; (800) 372-5473

Cherokee County Visitor Center 20 Tennessee Street Murphy, NC 28906 828-557-2583

Andrews Chamber of Commerce 345 Locust St. • P.O. Box 800 Andrews, NC 28902 • (877) 558-0005

Cherokee County Welcome Center 805 W. US 64 Murphy, NC 28906; (828) 837-2242

Jonesville Welcome Center 1503 NC Hwy 67W Jonesville, NC 28642 • (336) 526-1111

Ashe County Chamber & Visitor Center 1 N. Jefferson Ave, P.O. Box 31 West Jefferson, NC 28694 (336) 846-9550 •

Cherokee Smokies Chamber of Commerce 516 Tsali Blvd Cherokee, NC 28719 or 828-788-0034

Madison County Visitor Center 56 S. Main Street • Mars Hill, NC 28754; (828) 680-9031

Avery County Chamber of Commerce 4501 Tynecastle Hwy • Unit 2 Banner Elk, NC 28604; (800) 972-2183

Cherokee Welcome Center P.O. Box 460 • 498 Tsalis Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719; (800) 438-1601

Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce 2791 Soco Road, POB 279 Maggie Valley, NC 28751 (800) MAGGIE-1 •

Banner Elk Visitor Center 100 Main Street West, Banner Elk, NC 28604 (828) 898-8395

Clay County Chamber of Commerce 388 Business Hwy 64 Hayesville, NC 28904; (828) 389-3704

McDowell County Visitor Center 1170 W. Tate St. • Marion, NC 28752; (828) 652-4240 •

Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce 403A Beech Mountain Parkway Beech Mtn, NC 28604; (800) 468-5506

Davie County Chamber of Commerce 135  S. Salisbury St., Mocksville, NC 27028-2337; (336) 751-3304 -

Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce 201 E. State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711; (828) 669-2300

Floyd Visitors Center & Chamber of Commerce 109 E. Main St. • Floyd, VA 24091 540-745-4407

Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce 132 Park Ave • Blowing Rock NC 28605 (800) 295-7851

Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce 425 Porter St. Franklin, NC 28734; (888) 439-park •

Mitchell Co. Chamber of Commerce 79 Parkway Rd • Spruce Pine, NC 28777; (800) 227-3912 Mount Airy Visitor Center 200 N. Main St. • Mt. Airy, NC 27030; (800) 948-0949 • Mount Mitchell State Park 2388 State Hwy. 128 Burnsville, NC 28714 (828) 675-4611

Waynesville/Haywood County Visitor Center 1110 Soco Rd Maggie Valley, NC 28751 (800) 334-9036 Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce 717 Main St., PO Box 727 BRD N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659; (336) 838-8662 • Winston-Salem Visitor Center 200 Brookstown Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 336-728-4205 • Yadkin Valley Visitor Center 116 East Market St. • Elkin, NC 28621; (336) 526-1111 • Yancey County Chamber of Commerce 106 W. Main St. • Burnsville, NC 28714; (800) 948-1632 •

TENNESSEE Anderson County Visitor Center 115 Welcome Lane • Clinton, TN 37716; (800) 524-3602 •  Clairborne Co. Chamber of Commerce 1732 Main St., Suite 1 Tazewell, TN 37879; (423) 626-4149


The Blue Ridge Digest can be found at these regional visitor’s centers! Coker Creek Visitor Center 12197 Hwy. 68 • Tellico Plains, TN 37385 (423) 261-2286

Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center 5791 Three Notched Rd • Crozet, VA 22932 (434) 906-2713

Greene County Economic Development & Tourism 8315 Seminole Trail, Suite 2 Ruckersville, VA 22968

Rockfish Gap Visitor Center 130 Afton Circle Afton, VA 22920; (540) 943-5187

Elizabethton Visitor Center 500 19E Bypass; POB 190 Elizabethton, TN 37644; (423) 547-3850

Appomattox Visitor Center 214 Main Street. PO Box 246 Appomattox, VA 24522; (434) 352-8999

Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center 212 S. Main St Harrisonburg, Virginia, 22801 (540) 432-8935

Salem Visitor Center 1001 Boulevard @ Civic Center Salem, VA 24153; (888) 827-2536

Greene Co. Partnership/COB 115 Academy St. Greeneville, TN 37743; (423) 638-4111

Abingdon Visitor Center 335 Cummings St. • Abingdon, VA 24210 (800) 435-3440 •

Lexington Visitor Center 106 E. Washington St. Lexington, VA 24450; (540) 463-3777

Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center 16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy. #2 Moneta. VA 24121 • 540-721-1203

Loudoun County Tourism 112 South Street • Leesburg, VA 20175 (800) 752-6118 •

Smyth County Visitor Center 408 Whitetop Rd., Chilhowie, VA 24319 (276) 646-3306 •

Luray/Page County Chamber 18 Campbell Street. Luray, VA 22835; (540) 743-3915 -

Staunton Travel Information Center 1290 Richmond Rd. (I-81 Exit 222) Staunton, VA 24401 • (540) 332-3972

Buena Vista Visitor Center 595 E. 19th St. • Buena Vista, VA 24417 (540) 261-2880 •

Lynchburg Regional Information Center 216 12th St. at Church St. Lynchburg, VA 24505; (800) 732-5821

Staunton Visitor’s Center 35 South New Street, Staunton,VA 24401 540-332-3971 •

Kingsport Visitor Center 151 E. Main St., POB 1403 BRD Kingsport, TN 37662; (423) 392-8820

Carroll County Visitor Center 231 Farmers Market Rd, Hillsville, VA 24343 (888) 785-2782 • (276) 730-3100

Madison County Visitor Center 110A N. Main St., Madison, VA 22727 (540) 948-4455 •

Loudon County Visitor Bureau 1075 US Hwy 321 • Lenoir City, TN 37771 (865) 568-3662 •

Charlottesville Visitor Center 610 East Main St Charlottesville, VA 22902 (434) 293-6789 • (434) 970-3641

Gateway to Shenandoah Visitor Center at Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and Museum 33229 Old Valley Pike Strasburg, Virginia 22657 540-465-5884

Historic Jonesborough 117 Boone St. Jonesborough, TN 37659; (423) 423-753-1010 • Toll Free: 866-401-4223 Johnson City Visitor Center 603 E. Main St. Johnson City, TN 37605; (423) 926-2141, Johnson County Welcome Center 716 S. Shady St. (Hwy. 421S) Mountain City, TN 37683; (423) 727-5800

Oak Ridge Visitor Center 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike Oak Ridge, TN 37830 (865) 483-1321  Pigeon Forge Visitor Center 1950 N. Parkway, POB 1390 BRD Pigeon Forge, TN 37868; (800) 251-9100 Rogersville/Hawkins County C of C 107 E. Main St., Ste.100 Rogersville, TN 37857; (423) 272-2186 Scott County Visitor Center 12025 Scott Highway Helenwood, TN 37755 • (800) 645-6905 Smoky Mtn Visitor Center 3540 Line Drive • Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 932-3696 Unicoi Visitor Center - 106 Unicoi Village Place PO Box 39 • Erwin, TN 37692 423-735-0426

VIRGINIA 1908 Courthouse Visitor Center 107 E Main Street Independence VA 24348 (276) 773-2471

Afton Visitor Center 130 Afton Circle • Afton, VA 22920 (540) 943-5187 • Bedford Visitor Center 816 Burks Hill Rd • Bedford, VA 24523; (877)-HiPeaks • Blue Ridge Visitor Center 2577 JEB Stuart Highway Meadows of Dan, VA 24120 • 276-694-6012

Culpeper Visitor Center 111 S. Commerce St. • Culpeper, VA 22701 Phone: (540) 727-0611 Toll Free: 844-490-2577.

Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center 191 Fayette Street Virginia Tech Visitor Info Ctr. Martinsville, VA 24112 965 Prices Fork Rd. • Blacksburg, VA (888) 722-3498 24061;(540) 231-3548 Nelson County Visitor Center 8519 Thomas Nelson Hwy., Western Highlands Visitor Center Lovingston, VA 22949; (800) 282-8223 241 W. Main St. • Covington, VA 24426; (540) 962-2178 •

Danville Visitor Center 645 River Park Dr • Danville, VA 24540; (434) 793-4636 •

Orange Co. Visitor’s Center 122 East Main St. • Orange, VA 22960 (877) 222-8072 •

Discovery Center at Mill Mountain Roanoke’s Mill Mountain 215 Church Ave., Room 303 Roanoke, VA 24016 • (540) 853-1236

Patrick County Chamber of Commerce 20475 JEB Stuart Hwy • PO Box 577 Stuart, VA 24171; (276) 694-6012

Explore Park Visitor Center Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 115 Roanoke, VA 24014 • (540) 427-1800

Prince William Visitor Center 200 Mill St. • Occoquan, VA 22125 703-491-4045 •

Floyd Visitors Center 109 E. Main St. Floyd, VA 24091 540-745-4407

Pulaski County Visitor Center 4440 Cleburne Blvd • Dublin, VA 24084 540-674-4161.

Front Royal Visitor Center 414 E. Main St. • Front Royal, VA 22630; (800) 338-3576 •

Radford Visitor Center 600 Unruh Dr. • Radford, VA 24141 (866) 605-6442 •

City of Galax Tourism Department 110 East Grayson St. • Galax, VA 24333 276-238-8130

Roanoke Visitor Information Center 101 Shenandoah Ave., NE Roanoke VA 24016 • (800) 635-5535

Winchester-Frederick County CVB 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Winchester, VA 22601 • (877) 871-1326 Wytheville CVB 975 Tazewell Street Wytheville, VA 24382; (276) 223-3355 Toll free (877) 347-8307

WEST VIRGINIA West Virginia Welcome Center 37 Washington Court at US 340 Harpers Ferry, WV 25435; (866) -HELLO-WV •

KENTUCKY Cumberland Gap Nhp Visitor Center US 25E South • Middlesboro, KY 40965 (606) 248-2817


Mountain Lodging Food Fun NORTH CAROLINA ASHEVILLE, NC 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.

BALSAM, NC Balsam Mountain Inn .5 mi. from pkwy mp 443 at Balsam Gap. Historic inn, gracious dining, porches, 50 rms. 800-224-9498 Moonshine Creek Campground Cool, Shady Sites on Mountain Stream in the Heart of the Smoky Mountains. RV’s, Tents, Cabins, 5 minutes from the BRP with Fishing, Campfires, Hot Showers, and Campstore. 828-586-6666


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

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.

Carolina Foam, Fabric & Home Decor - Dress fabric, upholstery fabric & large selection of quilters fabric. I-40 Exit 64 in Black Mountain. (828) 669-2400.

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.

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. Rutledge Lake RV Park. Exit 40 off I-26. 2 mi from Asheville airport. (828) 654-7873. 170 Rutledge 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. The Pines Cottages - 346 Weaverville Hwy, Asheville, NC. Cottages & cabins at hotel prices. A unique Asheville experience. 828-645-9661. Free WiFi.


Chetola Resort - Magnificent views, 87 acres, Lodge, Condos, Bob Timberlake Inn. Fitness Center, Restaurants, Orvis Endorsed. N. Main St., Blowing Rock, NC 28605. (828) 295-5500 or (800) 243-8652. 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. Homestead Inn - 153 Morris St. Downtown. Open all year. Affordable rates. Immaculate rooms. Fire/jacuzzis/ efficiencies. Wi-Fi. (828) 295-9559. 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. Riverside Log Cabins - 129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. 828-263-0507. One and two bedroom units. Open all year. Close to attractions. Village Inns of Blowing RockNo Smoking, Wi-Fi/Breakfast. Suites/Cottages/Rooms. Some Pet Friendly Rooms. (828) 295-3001

BOONE, NC 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: Horn in the West- Revolutionary War drama & Hickory Ridge - A living history museum. Open mid-June to mid August 2015. 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

Be sure to tell them you saw it in THE DIGEST! BRYSON CITY, NC

Historic Fryemont Inn Lodging & Dining - From $75 PP incl. breakfast & dinner. Great Food, Full Bar, Big Pool! 800-845- 4879.

BURNSVILLE, NC 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.

CHEROKEE, NC 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, NC 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

HENDERSONVILLE, NC 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

70th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands


Mountain Lodging Food Fun 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.

LAUREL SPRINGS, NC 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.

LINVILLE, NC 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, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. $20 adult; $18 senior 60+; $9 child 4-12; under 4 free. | (828) 733-4337 or (800) 468-7325

LINVILLE FALLS, NC Linville Caverns - 19929 US 221 N. Marion. 4 miles South of Parkway, MP 317. NC’s ONLY show cavern. 800419-0540. Linville Falls Lodge & Cottages BRP Milepost 317.4, US 221S 1 mile to Rt. 183, left. Restaurant (ABC permit), Walk to falls & gorge. (800) 634-4421. Parkview Lodge - Milepost 317.4, 500 ft. south of Parkway on US 221. Private Guest Rooms, one bedroom suite and secluded cabins available. Color TV, Swimming Pool, Crafts, Wine & Beer Shop. Free continental breakfast with guest room.Open All Year. 828-765-4787; 1-800-849-4452.

70th A N N I V E R S A R Y J U L Y 21 – 23 & O C T O B E R 20 – 22

LITTLE SWITZERLAND, NC Alpine Inn - Authentic mountain inn with unsurpassed views. Optional breakfast. Wi-Fi, Free Sunrises, Open April-November. 1 mile S on Hwy 226A at MP 334. 828-765-5380


U.S. Cellular Center downtown Asheville, NC

n its 70th year, the Craft Fair of who appreciate the quality and the Southern Highlands returns history of the show, knowing it is to downtown Asheville’s U.S. an ideal destination for shopping Cellular Center. Filling both the and inspiration. Nearly 20,000 concourse and arena levels of the visitors to the Fairs each year invest Emerald Village - Real mines, mine venue, makers exhibit a in the regional and tours, & gem mining. Other free variety of craft local economies displays: railroad, music museum, ranging from while supporting wildlife. MP334. 828-765-6463. contemporary artists working in to traditional the Appalachian Switzerland Cafe & General Store in works of mountains, and MP 334 1/4 mile of the Parkway. Lunch clay, wood, by spending and weekend dinners. Souvenirs and picnic items. Call 828-765-5289. metal, glass, a summer or fiber, natural fall weekend materials, paper, in beautiful Switzerland Inn And Chalet leather, mixed Asheville, NC. Restaurant - A little bit of Switzerland in NC. Fantastic media, and In addition Ed & Kay Coleman mountain views, rooms, suites, jewelry. With to providing cottages, dining, shopping, tennis. styles ranging from traditional to a retail market for juried Located directly on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Little Switzerland contemporary, the Fairs showcase members, the Guild also hosts exit near Parkway Milepost 334. the rich talent, diversity and craft craft demonstrations during the Little Switzerland, NC 28749. mastery of Guild members. Fairs. A strong part of the Guild’s (828) 765-2153 or (800) 654-4026. The Craft Fairs have a proud mission is to educate the public tradition and history of excellence about the history of crafts in this by representing the Southern region, various craft techniques, Highland Craft Guild, a non-profit and an appreciation for fine crafts. Boyd Mountain Log Cabins organization formed in 1930. The Visitors have the opportunity to see Secluded 130 acres near Maggie Fairs began in 1948 as a way artists using traditional methods of Valley, 7 Authentic cabins, fireplaces, AC, cable, WIFI. Choose n cut to provide a regional market for handmade craft. Christmas tree farm, trout fishing, the mountain craftspeople. Since Beginning on Friday during hiking. (828) 926-1575. that time, the Craft Fairs have set each Craft Fair, mountain the standard for fine craft shows musicians perform live on the Maggie Valley Area Chamber of across the country. Each year in arena stage. Since the first fair in Commerce - US 19, Eastern entrance July and October craft collectors Gatlinburg in 1948, the music of to the Great Smokies. Escape. Explore. and gallery owners from across the area has been woven into the Exhale. Maggie Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 279, Maggie Valley, the country come to Asheville to fabric of the Craft Fair experience. 28751. see the show. They are joined by From old time to bluegrass, this western North Carolina residents tradition is kept alive today. 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

Friday thru Saturday, 10am to 6 pm + Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00pm US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street | Downtown Asheville, NC General Admission, $8.00 and Children under 12 free Visit for a complete list of performances.


Mountain Lodging Food Fun 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. Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association - Affordable motel rooms, cabins, cottages or vacation rentals. Visit our website www.visitmaggie. com to find your perfect home away from home in the mountains.




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


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.

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

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

Floyd County Tourism - Village Green Ste.7, 201 E. 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.

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.

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.



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.

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.

Antique Expo - 400 dealers exhibiting in halls, barns, tents & outside twice yearly. Oct. 15-16, 2016 & May 19-21, 2017. 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.

Harrisonburg, VA Visitor Center 212 S. Main St (540) 432-8935 Call for free materials!

SPARTA & GLADE VALLEY, NC 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 Glade Valley B&B – Near MP 229. Our modern, beautiful log home is surrounded with all the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All rooms have private baths, some with jacuzzi tubs. Our breakfasts are all homemade and plentiful. 800-538-3508. See our ad on 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.

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

TENNESSEE GATLINBURG, TN Ski Mountain Chalet & Condo Rentals - 1-6 bedroom units, hot tubs, jacuzzis, pool tables, kitchens, fireplaces, privacy. (800) 824-4077.


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.


Chateau Morrisette. - 287 Winery Rd., SW Floyd, VA 24091. MP 171.5. Breathtaking vistas, award-winning wines and memorable dining. (540) 593-2865. Chantilly Farm Campground. 2697 Franklin Pike SE. RV sites: electric, water, sewer, tent camping w/amenities. WiFi, ice, ATM. 540-808 -4984

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.

LOVE, VA. 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.


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

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.



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

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.

RADFORD, VA 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

ROANOKE, VA Bent Mountain Lodge B & B 9039 Mtn View Dr, Copper Hill, VA 24079. MP 136. 10 sts, pri baths, wedding venue. (540) 651-2500. Colony House Motor Lodge 3560 Franklin Rd. Roanoke. 2 mi off Parkway on US 220. Suites available. HBO, ESPN, pool, Free Continental breakfast. Meeting Room available. Shopping and good restaurants nearby. (540) 345-0411 or (866) 203-5850. 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.

SHENANDOAH CAVERNS, VA Shenandoah Caverns - Thrilling visitors from around the world for over 90 years. It’s the only Virginia cavern with elevator service, making it one of the easiest caverns to tour. Shenandoah Caverns Family of Attractions includes American Celebration on Parade (open seasonally), Main Street of Yesteryear and the Yellow Barn. Open all year. (540) 477-3115.

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

The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina are nestled within the mountains and foothills of the state, a region known for its spectacular beauty, moderate climate, Cherokee heritage, handmade crafts, small family farms, and, of course, its rich musical traditions. The geographic footprint of the Blue Ridge Music Trails NC comprises twenty-nine counties in the western third of the state. This region has been home to musicians whose artistry has shaped many forms of American music. Today young people in the region are learning these traditions and transforming them into new forms of roots music. • #BlueRidgeMusicNC

Front Royal, Virginia is your northern Gateway to Shenandoah National Park and the Canoe Capital of Virginia! 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-ityourself 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.

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The Gem of North Carolina Art Events


ponsored by Hot Works Fine Art & Fine Craft Shows - this event brings up to 175 juried fine art and craft artists with all forms of discipline for sale to the public - paintings,


sculpture, clay, glass, photography, jewelry, fiber and more. This art show is different - you will see artists who will be coming to Asheville – many for the very first time – all who personally make their original and personally handmade art. The focus is originality, technique/execution and booth appearance. There is something for everyone – with

Even the smallest of us can be part of something very big.


-- the same size ribbon received all price ranges. $8 admission by the professional artist award supports Institute for the Arts & winners. Youth Artist awards Education, a 501c3 non-profit are announced on Sunday at that focuses on visual arts, 3pm under the Youth Art tent. diversity, community enrichment, Everyone is welcome to join us! and fostering art education Whether among youth. you’re a beginning As collector or are part of our Do n’t adding to your commitment existing collection, to bring art Mis s the new there will be education something at the into the Asheville Fine Asheville Fine Art community, Show for you, the Youth Art Art Show! and plenty of fine Competition May 20 & 21, artists and crafters for students to help you along in grades K-8 201 7 the way, always or ages 5-13 willing to discuss is integrated their art and their into the art methods. fair. Sponsored by Institute for The Asheville Fine Art Show the Arts & Education, students is located at the U.S. Cellular are invited to enter his/her Center, formerly Civic Center original art that is publicly in downtown Asheville. Event displayed in the art show the hours are Saturday and Sunday entire weekend. The deadline from 10am-5pm each day. to apply is April 15, 2017. $8 admission; 10 & under no Applications for all Hot Works charge. shows can be found at. There is $250 in Budding Artist awards – four winners will also receive a beautiful two-foot long gorgeous ribbon

More information at See Art, Love Art, Buy Art! See you there!

WNC (Western North Carolina) Cheese Trail The grown-up sense of discovery at every turn around the mountain will only be surpassed by the childlike wonder our natural playground evokes.

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Along The Blue Ridge Parkway, You’ll Discover Peaks of Otter Lodge This gateway to mountain adventures is a hub for lounging and exploring.


Majestic scenery abounds in Peaks of Otter, a historic landmark and haven of natural beauty. Three towering mountain peaks and the serene Abbott Lake are the cradle of this gorgeous Blue Ridge destination — offering 360 degrees of breathtaking wilderness. And here, sheltered among the ancient peaks and cooled by mountain streams, you’ll discover Peaks of Otter Lodge. This long-beloved lodge is much more than a simple hotel. It’s a place where adventurers, families, couples and large groups can explore by day, and recharge at night.



From here, you can hike majestic With more than 60 rooms, Sharp Top Mountain, “leaf peep” meeting facilities, wedding facilities, a full-service restaurant, along Blue Ridge Parkway, cruise a lounge, and a gift shop, Peaks a shuttle to nearby wineries, and encounter rare wildlife. Enjoy a of Otter Lodge is a perfect springtime getaway or a long basecamp for exploring the mountains, lake and surrounding winter weekend in the perfect setting for year-round adventure forests. No matter the season, guests can explore the Blue Ridge and relaxation. Parkway’s splendor, then enjoy warm hospitality at Peaks of Otter Lodge.

If you’re planning an event, Peaks of Otter Lodge has meeting space and the event staff to handle your every need. Whether it’s a corporate retreat or the wedding of your dreams, Peaks of Otter Lodge can help you create an unforgettable gathering for groups of any size. To start planning your getaway or for more information on packages and deals, visit or call 888.454.7711.

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Hemlock Inn A Blowing Rock Tradition

828-295-7987 • 134 Morris Street, Blowing Rock, NC 28605


visit Winchester, VA Region in the footsteps of George Washington, Stonewall Jackson and Patsy Cline. Spring and summer visitors will be treated to the world-famous Apple Blossom Festival, thriving nights and a vibrant countryside. If you can take your eyes off the stunning leaves in the fall, you’ll find a quieter pace and a full slate of fall festivals. Wintertime finds holiday events,

cozy B&B stays, and a growing number of wineries to explore. Get the inside scoop before visiting the Winchester area with articles like “16 Local Spots for Dining alfresco,” “Top 10 Must-Do List for Fall,” “8 Totally Unexpected Finds” and more at www. VisitWinchesterVA. com/blog. Don’t wait too long; the good deals here go quick!

A beautiful 18 mile stroll from the Skyline Drive, via US 522 (I-81 exit 313)


he Winchester area offers a true hub for visitors to Shenandoah National Park. A unique history, vibrant

pedestrian downtown, and an array of lodging, dining and shopping choices all abound in a place where you can follow

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Keeping Music Traditions Alive You can find music in a variety of places on the Parkway, especially on weekends. The Blue Ridge Music Center (Milepost 213) is dedicated to the subject — Mid-Day Mountain Music occurs on a daily basis and weekend concerts are held in the outdoor amphitheater. “The Roots of American Music” is an interactive exhibition that tells the compelling story of the region’s rich musical heritage. Sunday afternoon music and dancing at Mabry Mill (Milepost 176) has a long tradition as do the Sunday evening concerts at Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area (Milepost 120). Monthly concerts are held at Humpback Rocks Farm (Milepost 6) during the summer.

For more or (276) 236-5309

Appalachian National Scenic Trail The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath, from Maine to Georgia, that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers. Appalachian Trail Park Office P.O. Box 50 • Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 (304) 535-6278 •

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600 Unruh Drive Radford, VA 24141 May 29




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Secluded Urban Mountain Bike Trail Debuts in Elkin


secluded mountain biking route with gorgeous scenery debuted this spring in the heart of Elkin, NC. The Elkin Creek Mountain Bike Trail encompasses four miles built in two phases. The first phase is a 2.5-mile intermediate loop, while the second phase is a 1.5-mile intermediate to difficult loop. A third phase will add another two miles by summer’s end. The existing four miles are in old growth forests on cliffs above

Elkin Creek, a large stream suitable for kayaking, canoeing and tubing. Even though the trail is within the city limits, the route is secluded with very few parallel runs. “You don’t see a single house or structure along the trail. You’re totally in the woods, even though it is in the heart of Elkin,” says Bill Blackley, chairman of the Elkin Valley Trails Association. The trail was built by the all-volunteer Elkin Valley Trails Association, founded in 2011.



EVTA has nearly 300 active members and has constructed about 16 miles of trails to date. The trail head for the Elkin Creek Mountain Bike Trail is at the Elkin & Alleghany Railroad smokestack sculpture at Elkin Municipal Park. The park has restroom facilities and ample parking. The trail is open daily, weather permitting, free of charge. Daily trail status is available at: www.

Located just off I-40 exit #44 at 120 Highland Center Blvd. 30+ years RV repair experience.

Contact: or (828) 553-7111



Our historic inn offers gracious dining, rocker-filled porches, fifty cheerful rooms and a warm library. Come read, rest, ramble and romp in our mountains! 1/2 mile from Parkway milepost 443 Balsam Gap exit 828.456.9498 • 800.224.9498


Meet the Artists of the Toe River Valley, June 2-4 Artists throughout Yancey and Mitchell counties open their doors for the Toe River Studio Tour, Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June 4. The event connects community members and visitors with approximately 100 local artists.


articipating artists include sculptors, potters, metalsmiths, glassblowers, painters, soap makers, photographers, woodworkers, basket weavers and more. For many artists who don’t hold regular business hours, the tour is the only time visitors are able to step inside their studios. “The tour leads you right to where the artists live and work,” says Denise Cook, executive director of the Toe

River Arts Council, which puts on the tour twice a year in June and December. “This particular community is amazing with the number of artists and quality of art that is produced here.” Many of the studios are located along scenic mountain roads. The tour encompasses Burnsville, Micaville, Bakersville, Loafer’s Glory, Celo, Penland and Spruce Pine. Printed guides containing a studio listing, maps and a brief

description and photo of each person’s work are available at both Toe River Arts Council galleries in Burnsville and Spruce Pine, participating studios and galleries, and local businesses. A digital version of the guide is also available at www. The tour is free and self-guided.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. For additional details, visit the Toe River Arts Council website or call (828) 682-7215. For Burnsville visitor information and lodging options, go to or call (828) 682-7413.



henandoah County is home to six unique and beautiful historic towns with plenty to offer, just a short distance


West of Skyline Drive. Round out your visit to the Shenandoah National Park with a jaunt down

the mountain to experience life in the Valley. Dine fresh like the locals do, at a farm-to-table restaurant, or stop in at a roadside farmers market for perfectly in-season flavors. Visit award-winning vineyards or breweries for a relaxing afternoon. If you prefer more activity, Shenandoah County has 178 miles of great hiking trails throughout the George Washington National Forest, back roads for biking, and public river access to launch a canoe or kayak.

Get the best of what rural Virginia has to offer: • • • •

History and Genealogy Extreme sports and leisurely strolls Unique attractions and artisan studios Charming Bed and Breakfasts and rustic camping Agricultural traditions with the freshest dining and markets


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. Hospitality by Delaware North, Inc. ©2017. DNC Parks & Resorts at Peaks of Otter Lodge.

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