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Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mountains

MUSIC | FUN | FOOD | FESTIVALS


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Hit the Appalachian Trail to McAfee Knob.

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Downtown shopping was a big hit.

10:00PM

Hit a comfortable pillow for a good nights rest.

It’s a Blue Ridge Day!

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

Historic Roanoke City Market

Holiday Inn Tanglewood

540.985.5900 www.hotelroanoke.com

540.342.2028 ext 15 www.DowntownRoanoke.org/City-Market

540.774.4400 www.holidayinn.com/roa-tanglewood

Virginia Museum of Transportation

Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center

Taubman Museum of Art

540.342.5670 www.vmt.org

540.563.9300 www.sheraton.com/roanoke

540.342.5760 www.taubmanmuseum.org

Smith Mountain Lake

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Dixie Caverns

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From a mountain top hike to a downtown shopping spree, the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge has the ideal mix of adventure, fun and relaxation.

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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 (alleghanyjubilee.com), the Monday jam at Crouse Park (coolsparta.com/ pickers) and at the big Fiddlers Convention (alleghanyfiddlersconvention.com). Events like the Blue Ridge Mountain Fair (coolsparta.com/brmfair) and Mountain Heritage Festival (coolsparta.com/heritage) highlight the area’s craft heritage. Enjoy down-home fun at distinctively local pastimes, such as lawn mower racing, the demolition derby, and mud slings . 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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Whether you are looking for a quiet stay in one of our quaint rooms, or a storybook outdoor wedding with a backdrop of trees and green hills, Harmony Hill is your perfect getaway. We are close to many area attractions, including wineries, golf courses, and New River State Park.

20 minutes from the Parkway Exit at Mileposts 247, 229, 215

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Harmony Hill with a 360 degree view

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Whether you are looking for a quiet stay in one of our quaint rooms, or a storybook outdoor wedding with a backdrop of trees and green hills, Harmony Hill is your perfect getaway. We are close to many area attractions, including wineries, golf courses, and New River State Park.

336-209-0475

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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.

Enjoy your stay!

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Center In The Square Reopens After $30 Million Renovation

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– the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the History Museum of Western Virginia, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, and Mill Mountain Theatre. Since opening in 1983, more than nine million people have visited green environment with gardens, Center in the Square with multiple he now seven-story, generations having been impacted 200,000-square-foot cultural a koi pond, a party facility, an overlook deck, and energy-saving by each organization’s programs, complex, located in the technologies. The fifth floor is home performances and presentations. heart of downtown Roanoke, has to a beautiful butterfly habitat The renewed facility looks to been completely renovated during and on the ground floor atrium build upon its success with this a period of 19 months while the are an impressive 6,000-gallon upgraded facility that features a resident organizations moved out living coral reef, saltwater cultural bonanza that will educate to temporary locations. Among aquarium and two 500-gallon and delight patrons of all ages. updated features, the facility moon jellyfish aquariums, joined Eco-friendly improvements at boasts a transformed rooftop area by a seahorse estuary. Center in the Square led to the featuring a magnificent open-air, Center in the Square houses four facility’s registration with the U.S. independent cultural organizations Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System. Green work at the facility includes the installation of photovoltaic arrays on the roof. The electricity generated by these solar panels will reduce the amount of power that the facility takes from the power grid. A water reclamation system also has been installed. Center in the Square is located at One Market Square S.E., Roanoke, VA 24011 or by phone at (540) 342-5700 on on the web at: www.centerinthesquare.org

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Soar Above the Trees!

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or zipping enthusiasts, there’s no better place in the North Carolina mountains than Boone. Within a 12-mile radius of downtown Boone are three thrilling zip line parks, each showcasing super zips more than 1,000 feet long. The newest adventure is Sky Valley Zip Tours, which opened last May in a secluded valley about three miles from Boone Mall. Sky Valley’s zips soar between and above the trees, including one 300 feet above ground that reaches

speeds up to 40 miles per hour. Hawksnest Resort is another great option with four super zips among its 19 exciting runs, as well as a coffee café with barbecue and pizza. Screaming Ziplines, just north of Boone in Zionville, is the granddaddy of High Country zipping. It features over a mile of lines, including a 2,000-foot three-lane super zip. Details? Call (828) 266-1345, or www.ExploreBooneArea.com


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“Experience the Simple Life” in Patrick County, VA.

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estled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia lies an undiscovered destination filled with clean roads, cool flowing streams, fresh crisp air, and friendly folks. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and

discover the colors of the rainbow in the spring and fall. Take in the sounds of traditional mountain music along the Crooked Road, a sun-filled day at Fairy Stone State Park, or enjoy great outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking, hiking, road and

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mountain biking. After a peaceful night’s rest in a cozy B&B, campground, cabin, or luxurious Primland Resort, encounter handmade arts & crafts at one of many festivals as you enjoy the sweet tastes of strawberries or peaches, or the smells of apple butter boiling in old timey copper kettles. Enjoy a glass of wine while you take in one of the most magical sunsets overlooking beautiful mountain vistas. The activities are endless and the experiences are priceless. Patrick County Tourism Office 106 Rucker Street Room 218 Stuart, VA 24171

276-694-8367 www.visitpatrickcounty.org

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a premier place for birds. The crest of the Smokies towers nearly a mile above the foothills, creating a range in elevations and a variety of topographies that provide a diversity of habitats and microclimates for birds.

Get Back to Nature in Botetourt County, VA

Enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast

Paddlers, anglers and families can get back to nature See the Blue Ridge Mountains as you’ve never seen them before along the Upper James River through Botetourt County. The unspoiled beauty of the river is more accessible than ever through the Upper James River Water Trail. Paddlers, anglers and families can get back to nature and enjoy the sights and sounds of 45 miles of the Upper James, including 14 pristine miles designated as a Virginia Scenic River. The James River finds its source at the confluence of the Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers in Botetourt County. Explore the many ways you can enjoy the river at www.upperjamesriverwatertrail.com or www.canoevirginia.net.

Beautiful scenic views

800-538-3508

contact@gladevalley.com Close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, mp 229 330 Shaw Lane Glade Valley, NC 28627

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Asheville urban trail

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he Asheville Urban Trail has often been called Asheville's "museum without walls." Started by a small group of citizens interested in helping revitalize downtown, the Urban Trail consists of thirty stations of bronze sculpture around downtown. Each station has a plaque illuminating some of the very interesting history of downtown's development and the various notable people who once lived here. Mostly local artists helped to create the whimsical bronze sculptures and other art works that are found at each station. The tour is a 1.7 mile walk that begins and ends at Pack Place and takes about two hours to complete in its entirety. For more information on Asheville and the Asheville Urban Trail visit www.exploreasheville.com

SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER IN NORTH CAROLINA’S HIGH COUNTRY

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pring is ever the time for revival and renewal, but in North Carolina’s High Country it is welcomed even more since it marks the end of what is usually a long, cold winter. Nature responds to the mild weather and frequent showers with a plethora of growth and bloom in the plant kingdom and a symphony of birdsong from the animal realm. As you drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in springtime, you are struck by the colors of the road shoulder flowers, such as dandelions, dwarf

iris, mayapples, and birdfoot violet, and if you make the trip before the trees fully leaf, you can see through the woods and make out the flowers of the dogwoods, serviceberry, and silverbells at great distances. Of course, a bit later, the native rhododendrons steal the show, with spectacular colors in beds that bloom beginning in the lower elevations and progressing to the high mountains and balds, a sort of

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600 Unruh Drive Radford, VA 24141

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autumn leaf change in reverse. Don’t miss the other vegetation, though. The rhododendron’s smaller relative, the mountain laurel, also puts on a show in massed beds as well as individuals scattered within the forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited unit of the National Park Service, but lesser known public lands in the High Country with outstanding floral displays include Grandfather Mountain State Park, Elk Knob State Park, New River State Park, and Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. A large portion of the Pisgah National Forest also lies within the High Country, and includes the Roan High Bluff, with its famous rhododendron beds. North Carolina High Country Host at 800- 438-7500 or www.mountainsofnc.com.

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n its 29th year, The Chautauqua Festival has become an event anticipated all year long by a growing throng of fans locally and across the region. The Festival kicks off with the balloon glow at the Wytheville Community College Campus. Daytime Activities include a stroll through the park visiting the art displays, photo exhibits or pick up a few favorite items at the crafts bazaar. Musicians, clowns, and actors perform throughout the park and on the upper and lower stages. Be a part of the action with activities, workshops, and displays located at venues in and around the park area. There are several competitions presented such as the Miss Chautauqua Pageant, art and photography competition, car show, flower show, cooking and chili competitions, just to name a few! Join them this summer at the Elizabeth Brown Park in Downtown Wytheville for the fun, the entertainment, the drama, the food, the games, and all you can imagine.

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THE COLOR OF TARTANS AND

THE CLAMOR OF BAGPIPES

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For more information call 828-733-1333 rawny athletes, or visit online at www.gmhg.org. delicate dancers, meadow ringed noisy bagpipe by 160 red, blue, band parades, rocking Celtic yellow and green music and a spectacular highland striped tents. setting makes the Grandfather Events include Mountain Highland Games the sheep herding best highland games in America. exhibitions, the running of “The The 58th Annual Grandfather Bear,” opening ceremonies, heavyMountain Highland Games and weight Scottish athletics, highland Gathering of Scottish Clans dancing competition, bagpipe brings a colorful celebration band parades, day and night of Scottish culture to the North concerts featuring a wide variety Carolina High Country Thursday of Celtic music and much more. through Sunday, July 11-14. Adult tickets are $15 Thursday, The Grandfather Games $20 Friday, $30 Saturday and are considered America’s $15 Sunday. Tickets are $5 grandest Games because of the each day for children ages 5-12 spectacular mountain setting that with children under five free. is so reminiscent of Scotland. The Tickets are available at the field deep blue peaks of 5,946 foot on the day of the event. Grandfather Mountain tower Discounts are available above a for purchasing a 4-day pass. grassy For lodging and green other travel information, contact North Carolina High Country Host at 800-438-7500 or www.mountainsofnc.com.

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The 27th Annual

Virginia Wine & Craft Festival In Historic Downtown Front Royal, Virginia

Saturday, May 18

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arm Sunshine…Light Breeze…Laughter fills the air… These are all signs that the 27th Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival is just around the corner. Join us on Saturday, May 18, from 10am – 6pm in historic downtown Front Royal, VA for shopping, live music, kids games and of course, wine tasting. The festival gates open on Saturday at 10am with activities

and musical entertainment all day until 6 p.m. Come and enjoy tastings from 20 Virginia wineries. Covering more than 7 seven blocks and featuring over 100 vendors, artists and crafters from all over the east coast, there won’t be anything you can’t find to fit your style, mood or need. Fine handmade jewelry, hand painted wine glasses, hand crafted musical instruments,

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pottery and ceramics, clothing, original paintings and artwork, antiques, the list goes on. Not to be outdone by the wineries and crafters, the food vendors are coming out in full force. With over a dozen to choose from, deciding whether to have funnel cakes, fresh roasted nuts, crabcake sandwiches, steakn-cheese, shish kabobs, or just burgers and dogs may take you the whole day. Several restaurants will also be open during the festival in case you prefer to sit and rest a bit while you eat. Saturday admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for those who wish to wine taste. General admission is just $2.00 and children 6/under are free.

Advance tickets can be purchased by visiting the Chamber of Commerce at 106 Chester Street, Front Royal, the Front Royal Visitor Center at 414 E. Main Street, Front Royal or purchased on the website. Go to Front Royal for the Wine & Craft Festival, but stay an extra day to enjoy all that there is to offer. With five golf courses, museums, a theatre and Skyline Caverns you can certainly relax; Shenandoah River State Park and Shenandoah National Park offer opportunities for canoeing, hiking, fishing and camping. So, whether you like to take it easy or stay on the move, Front Royal-Warren County is the perfect destination. More info, call 540-635-3185.

To the smiling face of your best friend.

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The 66th Annual

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands July 18 – 21 and October 17 – 20, 2013

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or 66 years the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has set the standard for fine craft shows across the Southeast and the nation. Juried craftspeople working in the Appalachian mountains come together in Asheville, NC to share their love of craft and sell

their work to collectors who come from all across the country to be inspired and support the creative economy. Join us July 18 – 21 and October 17 – 20 for the Craft Fair at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, NC. All Craft Fair exhibitors have become members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild through a rigorous jury process, insuring the finest quality of work will be showcased. Exhibitors are residents of the southern Appalachian region, representing nine states

Hunger Games tour of “District 12” brings fans to Burke County,NC Fans of The Hunger Games trilogy and movie can now get a taste of what it's like to be heroine Katniss Everdeen with a tour of Henry River Mill Village. The village was one of the filming sites for the movie and stood in for District 12, home of Everdeen and other fan favorites. Hunger Games Fan Tour, based in Brevard, is offering and conducting the tours. As part of the two-hour tour of the village, fans will get Hunger Games guides; re-enactment of scenes with costumes; behind the scenes look at filming locations in Henry River Mill Village/District 12; a Hunger Games-style lunch featuring food from the books and the movies; fan workshops, including making your own loaf of bread and archery; and participation in Hunger Games Fan Tours’ Archery Tag. Tours have to be booked online at www.hungergamesfantours.com, click on Day Tours and then click on District 12.

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from Maryland to Alabama. Craft their love of old time and bluegrass media featured on the arena are: clay, jewelry, stage. fiber, wood, glass, Asheville, paper, metal, NC, nestled mixed media, and within the natural materials. Blue Ridge Styles range from Mountains, traditional to provides contemporary. the perfect With something backdrop for for everyone, the the Craft Fair. Craft Fair of the Long known Southern Highlands as an arts is the perfect venue and crafts to kick off your destination, holiday shopping. Asheville offers In addition, architectural beginning on charm, eclectic Friday of each Fair restaurants weekend, mountain musicians share and a wide variety of lodging. For a complete listing of exhibitors, craft demonstrations, and entertainment schedule for the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, visit http://craftguild.org/.

BOONE, NC It’s Cooler Up Here

From family attractions including Grandfather Mountain and Tweetsie Railroad to thrilling white water rafting, ziplining, or hiking and biking the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Boone area has “cool” covered. And when the temperatures where you are hit 90o, chances are we’re chillin’ at 75o. It’s just cooler here.

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he Garden Jubilee is a spectacular two day Saturday & Sunday festival, held on Saturday, 9am - 5pm May 25 & Sunday, May 26 Historic Downtown of Memorial Day weekend. The Garden Jubilee Festival Hendersonville, NC showcases more than 150 Local and regional nurseries vendors lining Main Street and the will be selling 1000’s of annuals, centerpiece of the Festival is the Lowe’s Expo, located at the Visitors perennials, vegetables, herbs and hard to find plants Information Memorial Day on every block of the Center, 201 South weekend is the festival. A great way Main Street. kick-off to the to enhance the beauty Southern Living summer season; of a garden is to add garden expert, Bill spend it in Historic ornamentation. There Slack and national Hendersonville, NC will be handmade lawn & garden lawn furniture, jewelry, representatives garden tools, yard art, planters, present a series of free lectures wind chimes, birdhouses, as throughout the 2-day show. well as soaps, and pottery. A variety of food vendors will be located in the food court, between Barnwell & Caswell Streets. The Lowe’s Expo will be at located at the Visitors Information Center, 201 South Main Street, offering garden clinics, a plant sale, a hands-on kids clinic, beautiful yard displays and outdoor equipment. A garden expert and national lawn & garden representatives present a series of free lectures throughout the 2-day show. Product representatives will be available in their tents giving out free samples and helpful tips. The Lowe's Kids Clinic located at the Visitors Information Center will offer free fun hands-on projects for children ages 4-12, from 10:00am-4:00pm both days. Southern Living Magazine's landscape & garden specialist Bill Slack is a Garden Jubilee favorite and will be returning to the Lowe's

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The Annual Garden Jubilee Festival is celebrating its 20-year in Historic Downtown Hendersonville. Garden Jubilee is Historic Hendersonville’s premier lawn & garden show, and one of the largest gardening shows in the Western North Carolina.

lawn and garden tent located at the Visitors Information Center. He will be giving free clinics in the Lowe's lawn and garden tent located at the Visitors Information Center. Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. The Garden Jubilee Hospitality Tent will be located in the Historic Courthouse block, between First & Second Avenues. The Hospitality Tent offers shoppers an area to leave their plants and other purchases while they continue to shop. For area information visit historichendersonville.org or (828) 693-9708 / 800-828-4244.


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Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway

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SWVA is the doorway to the finest juried craft, heritage music, farm to fork food in the full service restaurant, and local wine’s, cider, mead, beer and coffee in the coffee and wine bar. Right off I-81 Exit 14 in historic Abingdon, VA, the 27,000 sq. foot building is open daily at 10 a.m. for shopping, dining, and experiencing the distinctive culture of the region. Join them every Thursday Night from 6-9 p.m. for free live music from the Crooked Road and smoked on site BBQ. And then every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., you’ll hear live music at the Farm Fresh Sunday Gospel Brunch.

Don’t forget about the Annual Southwest Virginia Wine Festival in May! 276-492-2400 www.heartwoodvirginia.org.

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Opportunities for family fun are growing this year. For instance, Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark opens Tennessee’s first water coaster in May (it’s 1,175 feet long and lifts four-passenger toboggan-style boats 237 feet in the air), and Dollywood itself launches the “Great American Summer” on June 22 with six weeks of extended nighttime operation and nightly fireworks. A bonus Dolly Parton experience is the city-sponsored annual Dolly’s Homecoming Parade on May 11. Of course, Dolly is the grand marshal. New ways for great views are on Wonders of Flight, a gigantic helium balloon that lifts a 30-passenger gondola 400 feet high, and the Great Smoky

Mountain Wheel, a towering Ferris wheel that lifts you 200 feet in the air. At WonderWorks, an intriguing science-oriented center in an upside-down building, magician Terry Evanswood offers a new version of his “Wonders of Magic” show, while more than a dozen other theaters offer diverse entertainment to complete an action-packed day. Many families play long after sunset, enjoying the array of go-cart tracks, miniature golf courses, bumper boats and bungee jumps along the city’s main thoroughfare, the Parkway. “I can promise you that kids will long remember staying up past their regular bedtime to race a tandem go-cart with Mom and Dad,” said Tourism Director Leon Downey.

Ideas for more ways to have family fun in Pigeon Forge are at MyPigeonForge.com and 800-251-9100.

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Discover Bedford’s extraordinary National D-Day Memorial, which overlooks the American community that lost the most citizens at D-Day. Visit Thomas Jefferson’s architectural gem, Poplar Forest, built while he was President as his private retreat. The legendary “Peaks of Otter” along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Smith Mountain Lake and five wineries all call Bedford home.

www.VisitBedford.com or call 1-877-447-3257


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es, the famed 19th century Beale Treasure is buried in the mountains of Bedford, Virginia. But here you also will find the gold that spills from the sunsets over Smith Mountain Lake, Nestled conveniently off Interstate the glory of the Peaks of Otter at dawn, and the solitude of hikes 81 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, along the Appalachian Trail. the Roanoke Valley is a fusion of Bedford is a harvest festival, the mountain and city life. From outworld-famous National D-Day door adventures to vibrant arts and Memorial, fine wines, glorious culture, the region offers a metromountain mix of fun and excitement. apples, rugged trails and breath The Historic Roanoke City Market taking overlooks. Bedford is a is a local favorite with a storied tradi- treasure trove of experiences. tion as the heart and soul of downtown Roanoke. NearVirginia’s by, the picturesque Blue Perfect Ridge Parkway winds Mountain through the region’s Getaway aywood County is Western beautiful scenery. North Carolina’s prime The areas railroad heritage vacation destination for comes to life at the Virginia Muevery season. Take a hike and seum of Transportation and O. watch the mountains come alive Winston Link Museum, while the as the springtime flowers show Taubman Museum of Art offers their true colors, enjoy homegrown amazing artistic experiences. bluegrass and a delicious locally The region also boasts made beer. Take in the vibrant outstanding cuisine, includcolors on a scenic motorcycle ride ing the Roanoker Restaurant’s along the Blue Ridge Parkway or famous homemade biscuits. while perfecting your swing on Virginia’s Blue Ridge is brimone of our many golf courses. ming with mountains of possibilities. www.VisitVABlueRidge.com or call 800-635-5535.

History Lovers Escape For 200+ years, Bedford has been home to American heroes. President Thomas Jefferson chose Bedford as the place to build his personal retreat, Poplar Forest, a remarkable architectural gem that he designed and built. The following century, The Bedford Boys would achieve immortality at D-Day when Bedford suffered the largest per capita losses of any community in the United States. Their sacrifices and those of the thousands of other soldiers is eloquently memorialized at The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. Historic Centertown, a National Historic District, features Antique and specialty shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants in historic buildings.

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The Bedford City/County Museum, housed in a former Mason Lodge built in 1895, has fascinating displays including exhibits that The Washington Post called the most comprehensive in the state dealing with Virginia Indians. For more info: www.visitbedford.com toll-free 1-877-447-3257

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Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton and Clyde North Carolina are your place to find a delightful combination of small town main streets, a booming arts community, a thriving Farm-to-Table movement, and the grandeur of the highest mountains in the East. Tucked between the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Haywood County is in the center of all the top attractions.

Visit Wheels Through Time Museum home to the world’s premier collection of rare American Vintage Motorcycles. Zip lines, chairlift, gunfights and saloon shows, you don’t want to miss Ghost Town in the Sky Amusement Park. www.visitNCsmokies.com or call 800-334-9036 for your free visitors guide to plan your Smoky Mountain Adventure.


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Friday Eve Concerts Fill Downtown Sylva with Music

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All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences of locals and visitors alike.

he Concerts on the Creek summer music series in downtown Sylva returns for its fifth season, featuring live bands each Friday evening from late May through the end of August. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. This year’s lineup traverses the musical spectrum with bluegrass, beach, mountain rock, oldies, country, gospel, and an all-80s show from rockers Buick MacKane. Kicking off the series May 31 are the Rye Holler Boys, a youthful quartet who range in age from 18 to 20. They perform traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel, blending the sounds of Nashville with the sounds of Western North Carolina. The series concludes Aug. 30 with the Lisa Price Band, a versatile dance band with a country flair

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that plays timeless hits from artists like Patsy Cline, ZZ Top, Wilson Pickett and the Osborne Brothers. The complete 14-week schedule is as follows: Rye Holler Boys................ May 31 Johnny Webb Band ........... June 7 Unspoken Tradition.......... June 14 Vinyl Brothers Big Band ... June 21 Buick MacKane .............. June 28 Sundown ...........................July 5 Buchanan Boys .................July 12 Dashboard Blue ................July 19 Mountain Faith .................July 26 Whitewater Bluegrass Company .........................Aug. 2 Lonesome Sound ...............Aug. 9 Steve Weames and the Caribbean Cowboys .......Aug. 16 Porch 40........................ Aug. 23 Lisa Price Band ...............Aug. 30 For info about the concerts, (800) 962-1911 www.mountainlovers.com.

Someone Else's Treasure Flea Market

428 S. Hwy 92 Just north of I-40 exit #417 Dandridge, TN 37725 • Phone: (865) 696-7451

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Isn't it time to visit

Elizabethton/Carter County, TN?

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et lost in beautiful picturesque landscapes of Roan Mountain State Park and the Cherokee National Forest, or dare to explore the Watauga River with trophy trout fishing, flat water kayaking, or white water rafting. Challenge yourself to an easy-to moderate hike on the Appalachian Trail, or enjoy a family picnic on Watauga Lake with water activities in abundance. Discover your new favorite bed & breakfast, or share the stars with nature and take advantage of the many available RV Parks and campgrounds. Experience history as it comes to life in Liberty! Tennessee’s Official Outdoor Drama. Find the hidden gems that are exclusive to historic Elizabethton/Carter County.

For more Info www.tourcartercounty.com

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Annual events

23rd Annual Sycamore Shoals Native American Festival June 1 - 2nd Annual Rhododendron Festival June 15 - 16th 47th Annual Covered Bridge Celebration June 19, 20, 21, 22nd 35th Annual Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals July 11-13, 18-20 & 25-27

he Carolina Mountain Ribfest will return for their sixth year to the WNC Agricultural Center Fairgrounds. The event features mouth watering BBQ ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork prepared by world class, award winning barbecue competition chefs from around the country. Savor all the traditional side dishes, beverages, desserts and a variety of comfort foods as well. There are vegetarian and seafood dishes also available. To work off that stuffed feeling, you can browse and shop the commercial exhibits and arts and crafts area. Enjoy the full Carnival with spectacular adult and children’s rides and games. Sunday you can check out the Custom and Classic Car Show 11 AM to 3 PM. There is food and fun for the whole family. Bring your lawn chairs, beach blankets, and dancing shoes and enjoy the day. Exit 44 off I-26 in Arden, NC. For more info: www.wcpshows.com


LEGEND

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.

Blue Ridge Parkway Facilities

01 Designates Milepost

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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For the latest road closures, check out the map for the parkways interactive at http://maps.nps.gov/blri/road-closures/

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Burnsville’s Parkway Playhouse’s is Seasonal Theater at its Best

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he Parkway Playhouse returns for its 67th consecutive season with a lineup of six shows from May through early October. The lineup includes two world premieres, two Tony Award winners and a Broadway smash. Each show runs about two weeks, beginning with A Personal History of Burnsville (May 4-18) and concluding with Sherlock

Holmes Returns (Sept. 21-Oct. 5). A Personal History of Burnsville is a unique premiere in which the ghost of Rush Wray inhabits the playhouse. Wray was one of Burnsville’s most famous residents and this Renaissance man tells the history of his hometown, as he knows it. Dancing at Lughnasa (June 1-15) won the 1992 Tony Award for

North Carolina's Only Caverns!

LINVILLE CAVERNS Located on U.S. 221 between Linville and Marion, NC. Just 3 1/2 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Exit Milepost 317.4, turn left on U.S. 221 toward Linville Falls Village & Marion, NC

best play. It’s the tale of the golden late summer of 1936 in Lughnasa, Ireland, told through through the eyes of the five Mundy sisters. Peter Pan (June 29-July 13) allows audiences to join eternally young Peter on his adventure to Neverland, a magical island where there are no parents or restrictions, and fairies and pirates rule. Introduce your children and grandchildren to J.M. Barrie’s timeless masterpiece. The Mystery of Edwin Drood (July 27-Aug. 10) is a comedic version of Charles Dickens’ unfinished mudermystery novel. This whodunit is a trip back in time to a Victorian music hall where everyone on stage is a suspect in the murder of young Edwin Drood – and it’s up to the audience to choose the killer. A Few Good Men (Aug. 24-Sept. 7), is the long-running Broadway hit and

Hollywood movie which gave America the famous line “Can you handle the truth?” Written by Aaron Sorkin, it’s a captivating play about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. Sherlock Holmes Returns wraps up the season with a thrilling new adventure from Western North Carolina playwright Jeff Douglas Messer. Nineteenth Century London is teeming with suspects and victims after a series of terrifying murders. And nobody, not even Scotland Yard’s brightest, is able to stop the crime wave. That is, until Sherlock Holmes emerges after being presumed dead for three years. Adult ticket prices range from $15-$20 per show, while tickets for children 17 and under are $12. 202 Green Mountain Drive Burnsville, NC 28714.

For info, call (828) 682-4285 or visit: www.parkwayplayhouse.com.

Visit Reel LOVE and more in Culpeper, VA! Displayed in the heart of downtown Culpeper, Reel LOVE provides a unique photo opportunity for families and friends. Just a few blocks away is the newly renovated art deco State Theatre where visitors can enjoy theatrical performances, live music and a variety of artistic experiences beginning in May. Culpeper is centrally located in the Virginia Piedmont and is the perfect base to explore Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive during the spring and summer months. Don’t miss visiting preserved battlefields, wineries and Virginia’s only legal Moonshine distillery, Stillhouse Distillery at Belmont Farm. (888) CULPEPER www.visitculpeperva.com


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Don't Miss the scenic Town of Floyd

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xperience the vivid landscapes, stunning colors, complex textures, and hallowed harmonies of Floyd County. Come to explore, shop, dine, or relax. Along our 40 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, enjoy historic Mabry Mill, picnic or hike at Rocky Knob, Smartsview, and RockCastle Gorge National Recreation Trail, or visit nearby wineries. Then at Milepost 165, head to the Town of Floyd and its art studios and galleries, colorful specialty shops, popular restaurants, fresh local foods, and music venues with live mountain and roots music from Wednesday to Sunday. Floyd County evokes simpler times with old mills, rock churches and historic cemeteries. Hike to the top of Buffalo Mountain, one of the most biologically unique habitats in Virginia and take in the panoramic view from nearly 4,000 feet. Plan your day or long weekend in Floyd County. Settle in for a restful evening at a local B&B, hotel, lodge or campground. Contact 866-787-8806 | www.visitfloyd.org.

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Blue Ridge Traditions Experience FREE bluegrass performances at The Orchard at Altapass, Old Fort Mountain Music, Woody’s Mountain Music, Sundays on the Porch at Mountain Gateway Museum and Marion’s Thursday Night Music Jam.

Little Switzerland, Linville Falls, Marion and Old Fort

Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway communities between Linville Falls and Crabtree Falls adding a stop at the colony of Little Switzerland. Saturday nights in July and August, Little Switzerland’s old timey square dances are in full swing!

Find other events, attractions, trails and more online or call for a visitor guide. www.blueridgetravelers.com. 888-233-6111

July 18-21

PLAN TO ATTEND THE FLOYDFEST! July 25 - 28, 2013

For more information visit www.floydfest.com or by calling 1-888-VA-FESTS.

U.S. Cellular Center Downtown Asheville, NC Thu.-Sat.: 10am-6pm Sun.: 10am-5pm

Susan Marie Phipps

For four glorious July days of the year, this quiet 80-acre plateau off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway is transformed The OA schedule annually features a host of activities to enrich your weekend experience and into a temporary ‘burb of music help you fully enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge. aficionados. Emerging into its 12th year, FloydFest, the premiere music, outdoor, and art festival is wowing fans again with a stellar multigenre line-up and new unique festivities. Themed Rise & Shine. A mystic experience with boundless opportunities, FloydFest also offers over 100 performing artists on 10 stages, with over 100 artisans, specialty craft beverages, a Healing Arts Village and Children’s Universe with an extensive children’s area. Festival goers can enjoy an intimate performance on the rustic and Appalachian-influenced Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch. Rejuvenate and relax by joining in a belly dancing or hula dancing workshop or experience an incredible massage. Possibilities for festival bliss are endless!

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Mast General Store... T “Where should I send you to know the soul of the South?” That question was posed by travel journalist Charles Kuralt in 1985. Carloads of intrepid explorers followed his recommendation: “I think I’ll send you to the Mast General Store.”

All You Need For Life

he Original Mast General Store, opened in 1883, is in the small rural community of Valle Crucis, located just 8 miles from Boone, North Carolina. Crossing the threshold is like being transported back in time. Antiques line the high walls that are sure to garner spirited debates on just what it is. A worn checkerboard by the pot-bellied stove invites visitors from far and wide to while away the afternoon enjoying a cold RC Cola and a Moon Pie. When it’s warm enough, you can enjoy the “catbird seat” on the back porch while a local bluegrass band picks a few tunes,

and everyday, you can drop a letter or postcard in the mail at the community’s post office, located in the corner of the store. While you are at the store, you’ll find country gourmet foods, home décor, thoughtful gifts, and a wide selection of comfortable footwear. Just 2/10 of a mile from the Original Mast Store is the Mast Store Annex. Once a competing general store, built in 1909, the Annex helps round out the eclectic collection of goods with traditional fashions, outdoor and travel gear, and over 500 old-fashioned favorite candies. Mast General Stores can also be found in historic buildings along

main streets in Boone, Waynesville, Hendersonville, and Asheville, North Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; and Knoxville, Tennessee…just a short side trip on any adventure off the Blue Ridge Parkway. There’s also a Mast Store along Main Street in Downtown Columbia, South Carolina. For more information, visit www.MastStore.com.

Winchester-Frederick County, VA

Asheville The Land of the Sky, where Altitude Affects

Modern Dancers at Riverside Park PHOTO BY: By Michael Tracey

Attitude

There's something special about Asheville and the world is just beginning to discover it. This thriving mountain city features a funky and eclectic downtown, 30+ art galleries downtown alone, a world-class culinary and craft beer scene, a thriving live music scene and, of course, the awe-inspiring scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is the ultimate playground, with a wide diversity of outdoor adventures and the ideal destination for an active and healthy getaway. It's an area steeped in history, from the grand splendor of the Biltmore Estate to uniquely Appalachian traditions in music and craft. Be sure and visit the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center—both just a couple miles east from downtown. For peace and tranquility, visit the North Carolina Arboretum, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway a few miles west of downtown. For more information, visit www.exploreasheville.com, toll-free 877.GO.TO. AVL or go to their visitor center at 36 Montford Avenue.

Located only 30 minutes from the northern entrance to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, WinchesterFrederick County abounds with history and scenic beauty. Tour the home of country music legend, Patsy Cline, or visit the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, a museum complex that includes six acres of formal gardens. Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre presents familyfriendly Broadway musicals to entertain audiences from June – August. It's time you visited! (877) 871-1326. www.visitwinchesterva.com


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Adventures SummaterChimney Rock Park S imney Rock

ummer is upon us, and it’s time to find that awesome family road trip you’ll be talking about for years. Grab your bags—and your spirit of adventure—and discover 75-mile panoramic views from atop a 315foot tall rock pillar. You’ll overlook Lake Lure, considered one of the world’s most beautiful manmade lakes. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park’s five scenic hiking trails, incredible vistas, 404-foot waterfall, rock climbing and live animal habitats bring you to the best of the mountains in one place. An elevator inside the mountain boosts you up 26 stories in 35 seconds to the Chimney. Get your thrills rock climbing with Fox Mountain Guides, the only AMGA-certified and largest climbing school in the Southeast.

These dramatic rock cliffs captured America’s heart when featured in the last 17 minutes of The Last of the Mohicans. On June 15, relive moments of this classic romantic adventure at the 2nd Annual Movie on the Meadows, preceded by afternoon hikes to view the film locations. Or grab a brochure for your own self-guided journey back in time. Let your kids explore the Great Woodland Adventure, then meet Grady the Groundhog and his woodland friends at the Animal Discovery Den. Top it off with a family picnic. It’s no wonder Chimney Rock was named among the top 5 “best summer activities for families” in North Carolina by GeoParent. To plan your next road trip, visit ChimneyRockPark. com. Located only 25 miles southeast of Asheville, N.C. off Blue Ridge Parkway exit 384.7. Open 8:30-7pm daily.

Mabry Mill is seen uniquely ‘Blue Ridge Parkway’ to many visitors. The early designers came across this structure in place and knew it had to be part of the Parkway experience. Travelers today see the daily patterns of life and the settled landscape here on the high plateau at places like Mabry Mill. Ed and Lizzy Mabry’s nearly century old gristmill is arguably the Parkway’s most picturesque spot. Ed built this mill and the Mabry’s ground corn for their neighbors for three decades, creating a community gathering place for the folks who called Meadows of Dan home. Although the mill itself is the focal point of the area, visitors are reminded that Ed Mabry was talented

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in many other areas as well, adding a wheelwright shop, sawmill and blacksmith shop to his enterprise. Cultural history demonstrations are offered in summer and early fall at the nearby blacksmith shop and Matthews Cabin. The sights and sounds of rural life in Appalachia, community, mountain industry, and the change from an agricultural to an industrial society resonate from this place on a regular basis during the summer season. For more info on the Mill Restaurant & Gift shop, open May-October, visit www.mabrymillrestaurant.com or (276) 952-2947.

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GRANDFATHER® MOUNTAIN WONDERS NEVER CEASE

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Mountain Lodging | Food | Fun BALSAM, NC

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. www.ashevilleeastkoa.com. 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. www.ashevillekoa.com

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 moonshinecreekcampground.com

BANNER ELK, NC 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. www.smoketree_lodge.com

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 hookCondominium And Chalet Rentals - By ups, paved sites, pool, laundry. Open the day, week or month - kitchens, full year round. www.ashevillebearcreek. linens, fireplaces, whirlpools, country club com (800) 833-0798. access (golf, tennis, heat. Pools, family Carolina Foam, Fabric & Home Decor activities) Coolest locations in south. Call - Largest selection of dress fabric and 1-800-692-2061 or 828/387-4251. 503 upholstery in North Carolina. Exit #64 Beech Mtn. Pkwy. (next to Fred’s General I-40. Black Mountain. 828-669-2400. Mercantile) Beechwood Realty.

BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC

Mast General Store - located downtown Asheville at 15 Biltmore Avenue. Restored to its 1940s heyday, this store features old-time housewares, jellies, clothing, shoes, travel gear, over 500 old-fashioned candies and an expansive outfitters shop. 828-232-1883 www.mastgeneralstore.com Rutledge Lake RV Park. Exit 40 off I-26. 2 mi from Asheville airport. (828) 654-7873. 170 Rutledge Rd. www.rutledgelake.com. 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. www.shojiretreats.com. By appt. only. (828) 299-0999.

BLOWING ROCK, NC

Jenkins Rentals - The finest rental homes, cabins and condos in the Blowing Rock area. Hot tubs & Mtn vews available. www.jenkinsrentals. com. (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. info@mysteryhill-NC.com Riverside Log Cabins - 129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. 828263-0507. One and two bedroom units. Riversidelogcabins.com. Open all year. Close to attractions. Village Inns of Blowing Rock-No Smoking, Wi-Fi/Breakfast. Suites/ Cottages/Rooms. Some Pet Friendly Rooms. (828) 295-3001

BOONE, NC An Appalachian Summer Festival, July, 2013 – Annual worldclass,multiarts festival at Appalachian State University. Call 1-800-841-ARTS or visit appsummer.org.

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. Foscoe Rentals - Cabins, Condos and Vacation homes centrally located to www.alpine-village-inn.com Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock. (828) 295-7206. (800) 723-7341 www.foscoerentals.com Chetola Resort - Magnificent views, 87 acres, Lodge, Condos, Bob Timber- Hidden Valley Motel- Birds, blooms lake Inn. Fitness Center, Restaurants, and butterflies in the Foscoe Valley. Hwy 105 south between Boone and Orvis Endorsed. N. Main St., Blowing Banner Elk. Call 828/963-4372. Rock, NC 28605. www.chetola.com www.hiddenvalleymotel.com or (828) 295-5500 or (800) 243-8652. email: jim@hiddenvalleymotel.com.    Hemlock Inn & Suites - 134 Morris St. Downtown Blowing Rock. 1/2 mile Horn in the West- Revolutionary War to Parkway. Open year round. Walk to drama & Hickory Ridge - A living history shops and restaurants. (828) 295-7987. museum. Open mid-June to mid August 2013. www.horninthewest.com www.hemlockinn.net.

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Homestead Inn - 153 Morris St. Downtown. Open all year. Affordable rates. Immaculate rooms. Fire/jacuzzis/efficiencies. Wi-Fi. (828) 295-9559. www.homestead-inn.com.

3874 NC HWY. 16 South, Jefferson, NC. (800) 535-4027

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 General Store - located downtown Boone on King Street. Built in 1913 and 1917, Old Boone Mercantile features old-time housewares, jellies, clothing, shoes, travel gear, over 500 old-fashioned candies and an expansive outfitters shop. 828-262-0000 www.mastgeneralstore.com NC High Country Host Visitor Center- 1700 Blowing Rock Rd., Boone, NC 28607. (800) 438-7500. www.mountainsofnc.com

BREVARD, NC Inn at Brevard - Lodging, dining, cocktails. B and B. European cuisine. 15 antique furnished rooms. Breakfast. 315 E. Main St., Brevard, NC 28712. www.theinnatbrevard.com (828) 884-2105. brevard@theinnatbrevard.com.

BRYSON CITY, NC Historic Fryemont Inn Lodging & Dining - From $62.50 PP incl. breakfast & dinner. Great Food, Full Bar, Big Pool! 800-845- 4879 www.fryemontinn.com

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.

BRP Milepost 342 Ridgetop Cabins- Family vacation hideaway in the NC mountains. Secluded cabin rentals with fireplace on the BR Pky. (Milepost 342 between Mt. Mitchell and Little Switzerland) on trout pond. Kitchen, fireplace, deck, 3800 feet. Pets welcome. The Hubbards. For brochure, write 493 Ridgetop Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714 or call (828) 675-5511. www.ridgetopnc.com

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.


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Mountain Lodging | Food | Fun 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 fall foliage, hiking, rock climbing instruction, special events, workshops and more! 26-story elevator inside mountain. Pet friendly. Open all year. Live it up! 800-277-9611 chimneyrockpark.com

FLETCHER, NC Blue Ridge Cabins - Fletcher MP388.8. South. Rustic cabins with modern amenitites. 9 miles from downtown Asheville. 828-654-0539 or 877-902-2246. www.mybrcabin.com

FONTANA DAM, NC Fontana Village Resort & Lake Cabins - Lodge, camping, marina, boat rentals & guides. Fishing, dining, lounges, pools, disk golf, horseback riding, hiking & mtn biking. 800-8492258. www.fontanavillage.com

Make your Lodging, Dining and Theatre RESERVATIONS! www.historichendersonville.org   Open 7 days a week, the Visitors Information Center, 1-800-828-4244. 210 S Main Street, Hendersonville, NC.

LaKE TOXAWAY, NC Greystone Inn: Four Diamond Country Inn on shore of NC's largest private lake. Incredible cuisine, golf, spa & more. 800-824-5766. www.greystoneinn.com

LAUREL SPRINGS, NC 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. www.thistlemeadowwinery.com

LINVILLE, NC

Grandfather Mountain Grandfather¹s 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 Mountain View Lodge & Cabins-  friendly, knowledgeable staff. Two MP 256 - Secluded B&B lodge plus miles from Viaduct; one mile from five duplex cabins w/kitchenettes, full Parkway. Take Linville Exit, MP 305 bathrooms, linens furnished. Genuine to US 221. Open daily 9 am to 5 pm North Carolina hospitality for a relax- (weather permitting in winter). $18/ ing “get away”. See local wildlife up adult; $15/senior 60+; $8/child 4-12; close! Open all year. Great for large under 4 free. www.grandfather.com families & group retreats. Smoking Phone 828-733-4337 or 800-468-7325.. outside only. MC/VISA. Pet friendly! 336-982-2233 or 800-903-6811. www.mtnviewlodge.com Linville Caverns - 19929 US 221 N. Marion. 4 miles South of Parkway, MP 317. NC's ONLY show cavern. Mast General Store - located 800-419-0540. www.linvillecaverns.com. downtown Hendersonville at 527 N Main Street. Built in 1905, this store features old-time housewares, jellies, Linville Falls Lodge & Cottages clothing, shoes, travel gear, over 500 BRP Milepost 317.4, US 221S old-fashioned candies and an expan- 1 mile to Rt. 183, left. Restaurant (ABC permit), Walk to falls & gorge. sive outfitters shop. 828-696-1883 www.linvillefallslodge.com www.mastgeneralstore.com (800) 634-4421.

GLENDALE SPRINGS, NC

LINVILLE FALLS, NC

HENDERSONVILLE, NC

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.

LITTLE SWITZERLAND, NC Big Lynn Lodge - AAA Historic Country Inn. Scenic views of mountains, valley & Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the few old fashioned places that gives you lodging & meals (evening & breakfast) for one low package price. 3200 ft elev. 1 1/4 mile E of Parkway. Exit at Spruce Pine, on NC 226A near milepost 331. Open April 15 to Nov. 5. 40 units. PO Box 459. (828) 765-4257; 1-800-654-5232

Emerald Village - Real mines, mine tours, & gem mining. Other free displays: railroad, music museum, wildlife. MP334. 828-765-6463.   www.emeraldvillage.com Switzerland Cafe & General Store MP 334 1/4 mile of the Parkway. Lunch and weekend dinners. Souvenirs and picnic items. Call 828-765-5289. www.switzerlandcafe.com 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. www.switzerlandinn.com

History Buffs love Lynchburg, VA Welcome to Lynchburg, a vibrant and charming community located in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, along the banks of the scenic James River, you will find endless opportunity for adventure, entertainment, amusement, relaxation, and more. Get that adrenaline pumping at Snowflex, the only year round, outdoor snow sports slope in the nation. Discover our many historic sites, cultural opportunities, eclectic shopping venues, gracious eateries and first class accommodations. While in the region visit such renowned attractions as the National D-Day Memorial, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the breathtaking Natural Bridge, the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Patrick Henry’s Red Hill estate, or take a leisurely drive along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway. www.DiscoverLynchburg.org or 800-732-5821


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Mountain Lodging | Food | Fun MAGGIE VALLEY, NC Boyd Mountain Log Cabins - Secluded 130 acres near Maggie Valley, 7 Authentic cabins, fireplaces, AC, cable, WIFI. Choose n cut Christmas tree farm, trout fishing, hiking. (828) 926-1575. www.boydmountain.com

NEWLAND, NC 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. www.secludedvalleyrvcampground.com. (828) 765-4810.

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 Alleghany Inn - 341 N. Main St., Sparta, NC 28675. 64 Rooms - Free Play Area. 1-800-577-7812.  Wireless Internet - Cable TV 60+ www.jonathancreekinn.com Chan, Guest Laundry - Restaurant on site. 888) 372-2501 Reserve Maggie Valley Area Lodging Asonline: www.AlleghanyInn.com . see sociation - Affordable motel rooms, cabins, cottages or vacation rentals. ad page 5 Visit our website www.visitmaggie. Glade Valley B&B – Near MP 229. com to find your perfect home away Our modern, beautiful log home is from home in the mountains. surrounded with all the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All rooms have private baths, some with jacuzzi McDowell Chamber of Commerce and tubs. Our breakfasts are all homeVisitor Center - Shopping & food near made and plentiful. www.gladevalley.com center. Free coffee & area info. Clean 800-538-3508 See our ad on page 4. restrooms. From Parkway MP 317, 24 mi. S on US 221. From MP331: 15 mi S Thistle Meadow Winery - Stop for wine on NC226. (828) 652-4240. tasting - exit at Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 248. 3 miles to winery on NC18.(800) 233-1505. gas nearby. www.thistlemeadowwinery.com Mitchell County, NC - Exit milepost 331. Gem mining, gem & mineral shops, specialty mineral & gem festival, rhododendron festival, indoor ice Bear Den Creekside Cabins - On skating rink, white water rafting, Apthe Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 324.8. palachian Trail. For more information, All amenities, jacuzzis, decks, firecall 1-800-227-3912 or 828-765-9483. places. For 2 to 10. www.bear-den. com (828) 765-2888.Res. recmd.

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McDOWELL COUNTY, NC

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MITCHELL COUNTY, NC

SPRUCE PINE, NC

MOUNT AIRY, NC

Pilot Knob Inn -Tobacco barn cabins & honeymoon suites, whirlpools, fireplaces on 100+ acres, lake with boating & fishing, Pilot Mtn 1 mile off Hwy 52. Full breakfast and sauna. (336) 325-2502 www.pilotknobinn.com To report accidents & other emergencies on the Parkway,

Call 1-800-PARKWATCH (1-800-727-5928)

Bear Den Campground - On the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 324.8. Complete facilities, serving the south for over 41 years. www.bear-den.com (828) 765-2888. Scenic beauty. 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. www.peakmountaincottages.com

VALLE CRUCIS, NC

AMHERST, VA

Mast General Store - Est. 1883 and Hardings Clocks & Music Boxes -8 miles north of Lynchburg on Rt 29 listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this authentic general Bus. Over 1000 unique clocks and store located in a pastoral setting fea- music boxes. We ship, engrave and repair. Call (434) 946-7386. tures clothing, camping gear, shoes & boots, housewares, unique gifts, and over 500 old-fashioned candy favorites. Hwy. 194, 828-963-6511. Peaks of Otter Winery & Orchards Also visit other locations along the - 2122 Sheep Creek Rd, 24523. MP Blue Ridge Parkway and in Green86. Fruit wine, fruit, jams, jellies, free ville, SC and Knoxville, TN. tastings. Vacation rentl house. www.maststore.com. 540-586-3707. www.iwineu.com or www.elmosrest.com

BEDFORD, VA

WAYNESVILLE, NC

Mast General Store - located downtown Waynesville at 63 N Main Street. Built in the 1930s, this store features old-time housewares, jellies, clothing, shoes, travel gear, over 500 old-fashioned candies and an expansive outfitters shop. 828-452-2101 www.mastgeneralstore.com The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa - MP 445. Surrounded by majestic mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway, this resort has been welcoming visitors to a casual and relaxed mountain lifestyle since the 1920s and features stunning views from all of the 115 rooms, 27-holes of Donald Ross golf and two upscale restaurants. 800-627-6250 www.thewaynesvilleinn.com

TENNESSEE

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

VIRGINIA

ABINGDON, VA Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau - 355 Cummings St., Abingdon, VA 24210. 276/676-2282; 800-435-3440. I-81, Exit 17 - Barter Theatre, Art, History, and More! www.abingdon.com/tourism.

FANCY GAP, VA

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.

FISHERSVILLE, VA Antique Expo - 400 dealers exhibiting in halls, barns, tents & outside twice yearly. May 10-12 and October 11-13, 2013. Augusta Expoland. I-64, exit 91. (434) 847-8242 . www.heritagepromotions.net.

FLOYD, VA 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. Chateau Morrisette. - 287 Winery Rd., SW Floyd, VA 24091. MP 171.5. Breathtaking vistas, award-winning wines and memorable dining. (540) 593-2865. www.thedogs.com Hotel Floyd - 120 Wilson St, Floyd, VA. (540) 745-6080. www.hotelFloyd. com. Unique lodging off MP165 with themed rooms and located downtown Floyd. Don't miss visiting this unique town and hotel!

GROTTOES, VA

Grand Caverns - 5 Grand Caverns Dr, Grottoes, VA, America's oldest continuously operated show cave. Nature's handiwork & gifts. 888-430CAVE. www.grandcaverns.com


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HARRISONBURG, VA Harrisonburg, VA Visitor Center 212 S. Main St (540) 432-8935 www.harrisonburgtourism.com Call for free materials! 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. www.shenandoah.org/villageinn

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. www.vacabins.com. 540-943-7625.

LURAY, VA.

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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 www.visitradford.com. 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) 651-2525. www.bentmountainlodgeandbreakfast.com Roanoke Valley - Milepost 120. Experience the largest family destination on the Blue Ridge Parkway featuring outstanding museums and attractions, shopping, restaurants and a wide variety of hotels and B&Bs. Follow signs to Visitor Center with Free Travel Guides.(800) 635-5535.

SALEM, VA

Allstar Lodging - 100+ unique cabins or B&B's. Hot tubs, frplc, kitch, Come and visit Salem, Virginia that is riverfront/mountains, hiking, canoeing, fishing, near Luray, VA. 866-780- only twenty minutes from the parkway. Take the walking tour of our his7827 www.allstarlodging.com. toric downtown featuring quaint antique shops and restaurants. Stay for a while in one of our hotels or B&B’s Primland Resort - 2000 Busted Rock and attend one of our many athletic Road. Resort Lodge, Fairway Cottages, events including NCAA National Mountain Homes. Spectacular views. Championships in football, basketball Golf. Spa. Dining, Outdoor activities. and softball. Salem is also the home 276.222.3800 • www.primland.com of the Salem Red Sox, advanced Class “A” affiliate of the Boston Red Sox playing their games in spacious and comfy Lewis Gale Field. Natural Bridge Zoological Park  I-81 Exit 180A. Rt 11 North. Largest and most complete collection of birds and animals in Virginia. Elephant rides, white tigers, cougars, giraffes, zebras, bears, baboons, monkeys, Shenandoah Caverns - 4 great attracFlamingos, pet & feed tame deer, Ilamas, goats and mini donkeys. Safari tions for one price. Only Va. cavern with elevator & closest to I-81 (exit gift shop, modern restrooms, free parking, free picnic pavilion.Open daily 269). Also see spectacular floats in America's Parade Float Hall of Fame 9am-7pm. March-November. Group rates. Fun for the whole family! www. and experience the new Yellow Barn, naturalbridgezoo.com. 540-291-2420 a whimsical agricultural experience. Open all year. 888-4CAVERN .Natural Bridge  - US 11 & 130, MP www.shenandoahcaverns.com

MEADOWS OF DAN, VA

NATURAL BRIDGE, VA

SHENANDOAH CAVERNS, VA

45.6 & 61; I-8 Exits 175, 180. See the immense natural wonder. Nature park, Indian village, caverns, wax museum, haunted house, dinosaur kingdom. Hotel, great food. 800-5331410. www.naturalbridgeva.com

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

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Yadkin Valley Golf & Wine Getaways The comprehensive 24-page guide provides an overview of Yadkin Valley's unique packages combining golf, winery visits and lodging. The complimentary planner also covers a variety of things to see and do in North Carolina's wine country. Profiled in the guide are the three championship golf courses anchoring the packages: Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin, Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy, and Olde Beau Golf and Country Club in Roaring Gap. Complete details regarding lodging options are also included. The options range from standard hotel rooms and suites to course-side golf villas to posh new rental cabins. There's even a cozy bed-and-breakfast inn located in the heart of wine country.

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On the wine side, Shelton Vineyards in Dobson headlines a quartet of participating wineries. Shelton features the largest family-owned estate winery in North Carolina. Grassy Creek Vineyards in Elkin is another great option, as are Old North State Winery and Round Peak Vineyards, both in Mount Airy. Other handy items in the guide include: restaurant listings; estimated drive times from major Southeastern cities; average seasonal temperatures; and an overview of the Mayberry attractions available in Andy Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy.

To request a complimentary guide, call toll-free (855) 398-4653, or go online to: www.YadkinValleyGolf.com.

Doc Chey’s Noodle House in historic Asheville 37 Biltmore Ave • Asheville, NC • 828-252-8220


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The Blue Ridge Digest can be found at these regional visitor’s centers! GEORGIA

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

Blairsville/Union County Chamber 129 Union County Rec Rd. • Blairsville, GA Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center 30512; (706) 745-5789 195 Hemphill Knob Rd  Asheville, NC  www.blairsvillechamber.com 28803 • 828-298-5330 Ellijay Visitor Center Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 205 Craig St.; PO Box 505 870 W King St. Suite A, Boone, NC 28607; Ellijay, GA 30540; (706) 635-7400 (800) 852-9506 • www.VisitBooneNC.com www.gilmerchamber.com  Fannin County Chamber of Commerce 152 Orvin Lance Drive • Blue Ridge, GA 30513 • (706) 632-5680 www.blueridgemountains.com Rabun County Welcome Center 232 Hwy 441 North, POB 750 Clayton, Georgia 30525; (706) 782-4812 www.gamountains.com/rabun Toccoa Welcome Center 901 E. Currahee St. P.O. Box 577 Toccoa, GA 30577; (706) 866-2132

Bryson City Chamber of Commerce 210 Main Street • Bryson City, NC 28713; (800) 867-9246 • www.greatsmokies.com Burke County Travel & Tourism 102 E. Union St., Courthouse Square Morganton, NC 28655; (828) 433-6793

Ashe County Chamber & Visitor Center 1 N. Jefferson Ave, P.O. Box 31 West Jefferson, NC 28694 (336) 846-9550 • www.ashechamber.com Avery County Chamber of Commerce 4501 Tynecastle Hwy • Unit 2 Banner Elk, NC 28604; (800) 972-2183 www.banner-elk.com/ Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce 403A Beech Mountain Parkway Beech Mtn, NC 28604; (800) 468-5506 www.beechmtn.com Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce 201 E. State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711; (828) 669-2300 Blowing Rock Visitor Center 192 Chestnut St • Blowing Rock Blowing Rock, NC 28605; 877-750-4636 www.visitblowingrock.com

Hickory Visitor Center 1055 Southgate Parkway SW Hickory, NC 28602 (828) 328-6111 www.hickorymetro.com Lake Lure Welcome Center 2926 Memorial Hwy. Lake Lure, NC 28746 Highlands Chamber of Commerce 269 Oak St., POB 404 BRD Highlands, NC 28741; (828) 526-2112 www.highlands-chamber.com

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 Smoky Mountain Host of NC, Inc 4437 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734 (800) 432-4678 • www.visitsmokies.org Statesville Tourism Dev. Authority PO Box 1109, 111 Depot Lane Statesville, NC 28687; (877) 531-1819 www.visitstatesville.org Waynesville/Haywood County Visitor Center 44 N. Main St. • Waynesville NC 28786 (800) 334-9036 www.visitncsmokies.com

Caldwell County Visitor Center 1909 Hickory Blvd. SE Lenoir, NC 28645; (828) 726-0616

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

Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce 202 U.S. 64, POB 238 BRD Cashiers, NC 28717; (828) 743-5191 www.cashiers-nc.com

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

Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce 717 Main St., PO Box 727 BRD N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659; (336) 838-8662 • www.wilkesnc.org

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

Yadkin Valley Visitor Center 116 East Market St. • Elkin, NC 28621; (336) 526-1111 • www.yadkinvalley.org

Towns County Visitor Center 1411 Jack Dayton Circle Young Harris, GA 30582 (706) 896-4966 • www.mountaintopga.com Cherokee County Visitor Center 805 W. US 64 N O R T H C A R O L I N A Murphy, NC 28906; (828) 837-2242 www.cherokeecountychamber.com Alleghany Co. Chamber of Commerce 58 S. Main, POB 1237 BRD Cherokee Visitor Center Sparta, NC 28675; (800) 372-5473 P.O. Box 460 • 498 Tsalis Rd. www.sparta-nc.com Cherokee, NC 28719; (800) 438-1601 Andrews Chamber of Commerce 345 Locust St. • P.O. Box 800 Andrews, NC 28902 • (877) 558-0005 www.andrewschambercommerce.com

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

www.cherokee-nc.com Clay County Chamber of Commerce 388 Business Hwy 64 Hayesville, NC 28904; (828) 389-3704 www.claycounty-nc-chamber.com Davie County Chamber of Commerce 135  S. Salisbury St., Mocksville, NC 27028-2337; (336) 751-3304 - www.mocksville.org Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce 425 Porter St. Franklin, NC 28734; (888) 439-park • www.franklin-chamber.com Gaston County Visitor Center 620 Main Street • Belmont, NC 28012 Greensboro Area Visitor Center 2200 Pinecroft Rd. • Suite 200 Greensboro, NC 27407; (800) 344-2282 www.VisitGreensboroNC.com Haywood Chamber of Commerce 28 Walnut St. • Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 456-3021

Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce 2511 Soco Road, POB 279 Maggie Valley, NC 28751; (800) MAGGIE-1 • www.maggievalley.org McDowell County Visitor Center 1170 W. Tate St. • Marion, NC 28752; (828) 652-4240 • www.McDowellNC.org

Yancey County Chamber of Commerce 106 W. Main St. • Burnsville, NC 28714; (800) 948-1632 • www.yanceychamber.com

TENNESSEE Anderson County Visitor Center 115 Welcome Lane • Clinton, TN 37716; (800) 524-3602 • www.yallcome.com 

Mitchell Co. Chamber of Commerce Clairborne Co. Chamber of Commerce 79 Parkway Rd • Spruce Pine, NC 28777; 1732 Main St., Suite 1 (800) 227-3912 • www.mitchell-county.com Tazewell, TN 37879; (423) 626-4149 www.clairbornecounty.com Mount Airy Visitor Center 200 N. Main St. • Mt. Airy, NC 27030; Coker Creek Visitor Center (800) 948-0949 • www.visitmayberry.com 12197 Hwy. 68 • Tellico Plains, TN 37385 (423) 261-2286 Nantahala Gorge Visitor Center 9405 US 19W Bryson City, NC 28713  Elizabethton Visitor Center 828-488-8585 500 19E Bypass; POB 190 Elizabethton, TN 37644; (423) 547-3850 NW NC Visitor Center www.tourelizabethton.com 2121 East US Hwy 421 • North WIlkesErwin/Unicoi Co. Chamber of Commerce boro, NC 28659 • (336) 667-1259 100 S. Main St., POB 713 BRD NC High Country Host Visitor Center Erwin, TN 37650; (423) 743-3000 1700 Blowing Rock Rd. • Boone, NC 28607; www.valleybeautiful.org (800) 438-7500 • www.mountainsofnc.com Greene Co. Partnership/COB 115 Academy St. Old Fort Visitor Center Greeneville, TN 37743; (423) 638-4111 25 W. Main Street • Old Fort, NC 28762 (888) 233-6111 • www.visitmcdowell.com www.GreeneCountyPartnership.com


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The Blue Ridge Digest can be found at these regional visitor’s centers! Historic Jonesborough 117 Boone St. Jonesborough, TN 37659; (423) 423-753-1010 • Toll Free: 866-401-4223 www.historicjonesborough.com Johnson City Visitor Center 603 E. Main St. Johnson City, TN 37605; (423) 926-2141, www.johnsoncitytn.com Johnson County Welcome Center 716 S. Shady St. (Hwy. 421S) Mountain City, TN 37683; (423) 727-5800 jcwc@preferred.com Kingsport Visitor Center 151 E. Main St., POB 1403 BRD Kingsport, TN 37662; (423) 392-8820 www.kingsportchamber.org Loudon County Visitor Bureau 1075 US Hwy 321 • Lenoir City, TN 37771 (888) 568-3662 • www.visitloudoncounty.com Oak Ridge Visitor Center 102 Robertsville Rd • Suite C Oak Ridge, TN 37830; (800) 482-7821, www.visit-or.org  Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism 1159 N. Parkway, POB 1390 BRD Pigeon Forge, TN 37868; (800) 251-9100 mypigeonforge.com

Bedford Visitor Center 816 Burks Hill Rd • Bedford, VA 24523; (877)-HiPeaks • VisitBedford.com

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

Blue Ridge Visitor Center 2577 JEB Stuart Highway Meadows of Dan, VA 24120 276-694-6012

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

Buena Vista Visitor Center 595 E. 19th St. • Buena Vista, VA 24417 (540) 261-2880 • buena-vista.va.us.com Carroll County Visitor Center 231 Farmers Market Rd Hillsville, VA 24343 (888) 785-2782 • (276) 730-3100 www.visittheBlueRidge.com Charlottesville Visitor Center 610 East Main St Charlottesville, VA 22902 (434) 293-6789 • (434) 970-3641 www.pursueCharlottesville.com Culpeper Visitor Center 109 S. Commerce St. • Culpeper, VA 22701 • (540) 825-8628 www.visitculpeperva.com Danville Visitor Center 645 River Park Dr • Danville, VA 24540; (434) 793-4636 • www.visitdanville.com

Rogersville/Hawkins County C of C 107 E. Main St., Ste.100 Rogersville, TN 37857; (423) 272-2186

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

Scott County Visitor Center 12025 Scott Highway Helenwood, TN 37755 • (800) 645-6905

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

Smoky Mtn Visitor Center 3540 Line Drive • Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 932-3696

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

VIRGINIA 1908 Courthouse Welcome Center 129 Davis St Suite 204 Independence VA 24348 (276) 773-2471 Abingdon Visitor Center 335 Cummings St. • Abingdon, VA 24210; (800) 435-3440 • www.abingdon.com/tourism Appomattox Visitor Center 214 Main Street. PO Box 246 Appomattox, VA 24522; (434) 352-8999 www.TourAppomattox.com

City of Galax Tourism Department 110 East Grayson St. • Galax, VA 24333 276-238-8130 www.visitgalax.com Greene County Economic Development & Tourism 8315 Seminole Trail, Suite 2 Ruckersville, VA 22968

Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center 16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy. #2 Moneta. VA 24121 • 540-721-1203 www.visitsmithmountainlake.com Smyth County Visitor Center 408 Whitetop Rd., Chilhowie, VA 24319 (276) 646-3306 • VisitVirginiaMountains.com

Lynchburg Regional Information Center 216 12th St. at Church St. Staunton Travel Information Center Lynchburg, VA 24505; (800) 732-5821 1290 Richmond Rd. (I-81 Exit 222) www.discoverlynchburg.org Staunton, VA 24401 • (540) 332-3972 www.VisitStaunton.com Madison County Visitor Center 110A N. Main St., Madison, VA 22727 Staunton Visitor’s Center (540) 948-4455 • www.madison-va.com 35 South New Street, Staunton,VA 24401 540-332-3971 • www.VisitStaunton.com Martinsville Visitor Center 54 West Church St. • Martinsville, VA 24112 VisitMartinsville.com Strasburg Chamber of Commerce 157 N. Holiday St. Nelson County Visitor Center Strasburg, VA 22657; 8519 Thomas Nelson Hwy., (540) 465-3187 • www.strasburgchamber.com Lovingston, VA 22949; (800) 282-8223 www.Nelsoncounty.com Virginia Tech Visitor Info Ctr. 965 Prices Fork Rd. • Blacksburg, VA Orange Co. Visitor's Center 24061;(540) 231-3548 122 East Main St. • Orange, VA 22960 www.vt.edu/whereweare/visitor-center.com (877) 222-8072 • www.visitorangevirginia.com Western Highlands Visitor Center Patrick County Chamber of Commerce 241 W. Main St. • Covington, VA 24426; 20475 JEB Stuart Hwy • PO Box 577 (540) 962-2178 • www.alleghanyhighlands.com Stuart, VA 24171; (276) 694-6012 www.patrickchamber.com Winchester-Frederick County CVB Piedmont Crossroads Visitors Ctr 135A Wood Ridge Terrace Gordonsville, VA 22942

1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Winchester, VA 22601 • (877) 871-1326 www.visitwinchesterva.com

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

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Pulaski County Visitor Center 4440 Cleburne Blvd • Dublin, VA 24084 540-674-4161. www.pulaskicounty.org Radford Visitor Center 600 Unruh Dr. • Radford, VA 24141 (866) 605-6442 • www.visitradford.com Roanoke Visitor Information Center 101 Shenandoah Ave., NE Roanoke VA 24016 • (800) 635-5535 www.VisitRoanokeVA.com

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

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

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

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

975 Tazewell Street Wytheville, VA 24382; (276) 223-3355 Toll free (877) 347-8307 www.visitWytheville.com

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

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


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BOOKS YOU GOTTA READ

Music in the Mountains

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills by Fred C. Fussell with Steve Kruger Includes a CD with 20 music tracks The music and dance traditions of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains are legendary. Residents continue a musical heritage that stretches back many generations. In this lively guidebook, noted folklorist Fred C. Fussell puts readers on the trail to discover the many sites in western North Carolina where this unique musical legacy thrives. Organized by region and county, Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina welcomes readers into the rich worlds of bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and string band music, as well as clogging, flatfooting, and other forms of traditional dance.

To order this or other fabulous books, log on to: www.uncpress.unc.edu

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he North Carolina mountains and foothills were a fertile meeting ground for European and African music

traditions brought to this continent by immigrants in the 18th and 19th centuries. The fiddle from Ireland, ballads from England, the banjo

The great blue hills of God

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hat’s how the Cherokee describe their incredible Great Smokies home. The Cherokee are eager to share this mystical, magical place with you, so let’s go. It’s wide-open, yet specific. Ancient and brand-new. These delightful contradictions also make Cherokee, N.C., uniquely yours. With just a few clicks at VisitCherokeeNC.com, you can find literally hundreds of things to do, and extraordinary deals to help you do them all without walloping your family vacation budget. Explore native dance, thrilling ancient stickball

demonstrations, the Oconaluftee Indian Village, and the “How’d they do that?” beauty of baskets, masks and more at Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Inc. Or experience the outdoor drama, “Unto These Hills,” golf at Sequoyah National, indulge at Harrah’s, or simply fish in the beautiful outdoors. From quiet moments watching native elk graze, to jaw dropping sights, Cherokee’s waiting for you. Get your adventure started today.

VisitCherokeeNC.com • 800.438.1601

SPRING / SUMMER, 2013 from Africa, along Many jam with other musical sessions traditions have, welcome over nearly two visitors, so centuries, blended bring an into a style of instrument music that is if you play. purely American. Throughout the year, but especially in spring, summer and fall, this music can be heard everywhere from front porches to festival stages and town squares. Local jam sessions, which may be held anywhere from pubs and cafes to the general store or public square, provide a great opportunity to hear local talent and experience local music culture. Many jam sessions welcome visitors, so bring an instrument if you play. Traditional mountain music includes lively strains of old-time, bluegrass, ballad singing, blues, and sacred music which have heavily influenced the development of other modern American music. A new guidebook, Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, is an excellent resource for visitors who want to hear the music in an authentic setting and learn more about North Carolina’s music traditions. The book includes profiles of prominent artists, venues where music is available to the public, and directions. Ask for it in gift shops along the Parkway. The guidebook will lead you to many sites throughout 29 counties in Western North Carolina that are part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, a join project of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and the North Carolina Arts Council. More sites and events are listed on the Music Trails website, www.blueridgemusicnc.com.


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We invite you to experience our charming and historic mountain communities. Come explore, kick back and relax.

Street Dances Monday Nights 7 - 9pm

Check out our great Stay and Play Vacation Packages!

Mid July to Mid August

MUSIC on Main Street Friday Nights 7 - 9pm Mid June to Mid August

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flatrockplayhouse.org historichendersonville.org

Visitor’s Center 201 South Main St Hendersonville, NC 28792

800.828.4244 828.693.9708 historichendersonville.org


Wythe History…

Intersection I-81/I-77 in Southwest Virginia

…Comes Adventure!

Stroll through history, hike a trail bursting with wildlife, experience an evening of musical entertainment, sample a locally crafted wine. A visit to this small town offers authentic adventures Wythe a historical touch.

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Just 1/2 Hour from the Parkway!

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