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Salem Fair

Historic Roanoke City Market

888.VASALEM www.salemfair.com

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

Virginia Museum of Transportation

Salem Red Sox

540.342.5670 www.vmt.org

540.389.3333 www.salemsox.com

Vinton Farmers’ Market 540.983.0613 www.vintonva.gov

Smith Mountain Lake

540.721.1203 www.visitsmithmountainlake.com

Taubman Museum of Art 540.342.5760 www.taubmanmuseum.org

Dixie Caverns

540.380.2085 www.dixiecaverns.com

Franklin County Commerce & Leisure Services 540.483.9293 www.visitfranklincountyva.org

History Museum of Western Virginia 540.342.5770 www.history-museum.org

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.

www.visitroanokeva.com | 800.635.5535

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The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Setting the Standard 87 Haywood St., Since 1948 downtown Asheville, NC July 19 – 22 & Oct 18 – 21

10am-6pm Thursday – Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday Admission: Adults $8, children under 12 free. Group discounts available

showcase the talent of this diverse group which includes potters, sculptors, print-makers, broom makers, jewelers, and fiber artists. Crafts rooted in Appalachian Since 1948 the Craft Fair of customs are featured along with the Southern Highlands has set the work of contemporary artists. the standard for fine craft shows Tradition and innovation are across the country. The tradition trademarks of the Craft Fair of continues this year on July 19 - 22 the Southern Highland, setting and October 18 – 21 in Asheville, it apart from other shows. NC. Over 200 craftspeople Throughout the show, the fill two levels of the US Cellular Guild sponsors educational craft Center selling their works of clay, demonstrations and, beginning fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed on Friday, mountain musicians media, natural materials, paper, play live on the arena stage. wood and jewelry. Asheville, NC, nestled All participants within the Blue Ridge are mountain artists Mountains, provides the who have exhibited perfect backdrop for the a mastery of their Craft Fair. Long known craft and have been as an arts and crafts accepted into the destination, Asheville Southern Highland Craft offers architectural charm, Guild. The Guild is a eclectic restaurants and a non-profit organization wide variety of lodging. which has been The Craft Fair takes place supporting local and regional at the US Cellular Center (formerly craftspeople since 1930. From the Asheville Civic Center) which its humble beginnings the Guild has been newly renovated. has grown to represent over 900 For more information about members living and working in the the Craft Fair of the Southern mountain regions of nine states Highlands, visit www.craftguild. from Maryland to Alabama. The org, follow us on Facebook, Craft Fairs are a wonderful way to or call 828-298-7928.

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utilizing life-size figures, dramatic lighting, inspirational music, special effects and memorable narrations. The Face of Christ Sculpture, the centerpiece of the attraction, measures eight feet tall hrist in the Smokies Museum Smokies Museum and Gardens” by four feet wide and one foot & Gardens in Gatlinburg is exhibition,” said Joe Waggoner, deep. This awe inspiring sculpture an entirely new exhibition, director of the new Christ in the has been carved in response to popular in such a concave demand from visitors and manner that as you residents who missed walk back and forth having a religious atin front of it, the entire traction in the Smokies. face seems to move “Hundreds, even in your direction. A thousands of visitors Smoky mountain expressed their sorrow range is also carved about losing this major into the block with the religious attraction when verse, “Look to the Christus Gardens closed. Lord and His strength; We are pleased to seek His face always” announce that the entire from First Chronicles 16:11. visitor and local citizen’s request Smokies Museum and Gardens. Christ in the Smokies presents, and concerns will be satisfied The attraction features incredible along with 12 life-sized scenes with the entirely new “Christ in the life-like scenes of the story of Christ from the life of Christ, other exhibits including precious gems of the Bible, ancient coins from the Holy Land, Christ in the motion pictures (a collection of movie posters and photos showing 100 years of Biblical films), and a new exhibit featuring an original page from the 1611 printing of the King James Bible. The museum also features a newly expanded gift shop offering inspirational gifts, area mementos, and collectibles Discover adventure in the Boone including a miniature reproduction area of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge. of the Face of Christ sculpture. From hiking to rock climbing, ziplining to whitewater rafting, cycling to Christ in the Smokies, located horseback riding, and everything in at 510 River Road in Gatlinburg, is open seven days a week from 9 between, the Boone area has somea.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours thing for all ages and abilities. Visit our in the summer and fall. Groups website to plan your adventure today. and individuals are asked to call 865-436-5155 for specific dates, time and admission prices - or visit www.christinthesmokies.com

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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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Music in the High Country The possibilities for hearing music, from Celtic to folk to bluegrass to jazz to classical are practically unlimited in North Carolina’s High Country.

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he blooms of Spring usher in North Carolina’s High Country Music Season. Just as reliable as the rhododendron, all sorts of music venues blossom in the cool spring air and last through the colorful autumn. The Mountainhome Music series kicks off on May 19 at 8PM in the Blowing Rock School Auditorium with Banjo Jubilee: Steve Lewis, Edwin Lacey & Brandy Miller. Three banjos played in unison, ringing the sounds of joy; that's a Banjo Jubilee. Steve Lewis is a twotime National Banjo Champion, Edwin Lacey is a highly esteemed old-time (clawhammer) player, and Brandy Miller is a whiz-kid who has recently been winning blue ribbons at festivals throughout the Appalachian region. Fiddler Scott Freeman and bass player Josh Scott will join the fun. The concert series continues most Saturday nights through October. Visit www.mountainhomemusic.com, for more information and tickets. In the High Country, many music

venues throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall are free of charge. They include the Jones House in Boone, Concerts in the Park in Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, Backstreet Park Concerts in West Jefferson, and the Crouse House Pickers in Sparta. At some of these, you may see members of the various affiliates of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM), an organization dedicated to the perpetuation of old-time and bluegrass music among the young of the region. Visit www.regionaljam.org for information. During the month of July, The Appalachian Summer Festival, brings a full schedule of music, visual arts, theatre, dance, and film to the High Country. Centered around the Appalachian State University campus, this festival is in its 28th season of bringing the fine arts to residents and visitors alike. Visit www.appsummer.org or call 1-800-841-2787 for information and tickets.

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rt in the Park is a series of art and fine handcraft shows featuring juried artisans. Dates for 2012 are: May 12, June 16, July 14, August 11, September 8 and October 6. Held since 1962, Art in the Park now features 100 exhibitors in each of six shows May through October. Work includes: painting (oil, watercolor and acrylic), etching, stained and blown glass, basketry, wood carving and turning, clay, photography, fiber, jewelry and more. Shows are

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SUMMER 2010 unique railroad heritage to life with opportunities to climb aboard steam locomotives and learn about the trains of today. Visitors can also turn the pages back in time at the History Museum of Western Virginia and educate themselves about how life was lived in this part of the country. You’ll learn about the history Salem family fun at the 23 of this great area while making Salem With Fair –soJuly 1 - to 11offer, much more. much memories that will last a lifetime. this region become Visitorhas Center – a must-see Before you visit, be sure to check spot, for –an9am afternoon or 24 whether open daily – your calendar. The area serves as as your vacation destination. 5pm (101 Shenandoah a hot spot for a variety of food, Take to the Ave, NE,downtown 24016) part of music, and cultural celebrations Roanoke by foot and check out the that take place throughout the year. Get your city’s localRED retail(Regional and market 25 great Between the Dogwood Festival Entertainment vendors. The culturalDiscount) viability Card and Strawberry Festival in the gives visitors the opportunity to Spring, the Salem Fair Festival in listen to the classical sounds of the theweb Summer, Smith Mountain out their sitethe for more ideas – Roanoke SymphonyCheck Orchestra, Lake Wine Festival in the Fall, www.visitroanokeva.com or stop by the Visitor Opera Roanoke or travel along and the Dickens of a Christmas Information Center at 101 Shenandoah Ave., NE southwest Virginia’s Crooked Celebration during the holidays, Road, exploring the history of and let them know which reason the Roanoke Valleyyou has every season brought to town. our local bluegrass music. There covered, and those are just a few of are also numerous art galleries, our most popular special events. including the fine art of the With so much culture and local Taubman Museum of Art and the charm, it should come as no surexhibits on railroad photography prise that the Roanoke Valley is also at the O. Winston Link Museum. home to outstanding local cuisine. In addition to the amazing art Local farmers markets are scattered and outdoor adventures, history Animals from far throughout away the area, and visitors can comes to life just 30 minutesHistory outside and heritage from yesterday sample the the core area. The BookerScenic drives, handcrafted wine fresh Mansions, gardens, butterflies T. Washington National fruits Monument takes visitors back Outdoor recreation everywhere and vegin time to relive the birthplace of antiques -shoppers beware! Artisans, etables one of the most influential voices Music, festivals, even a barn dance theromance valley Lore, legend, a little in American history. The Virginia has to Museum of Transportation brings our Musical theatre tooffer. make you Yousmile A slower pace, relax awhile can visit

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19. Their natural water park of regional festivals! 19 at Smith Mountain Lake he Roanoke Valley - this scenic, 20. vibrant Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor urban area nestled 20 Center – Milepost 115 in the Blue Ridge Mountains has something Roanoke 21. A hot for dogeveryone. all the way at the 21 is known for itsWiener beautiful location Roanoke Stand as part of the Shenandoah Valley, 22. Take in aheritage, movie atadventurtheir locally rich railroad 22 owned and operated Grandin ous outdoor activities, blossoming Theatre in Grandin arts community, abundantVillage home-

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Sequoyah (1776-1843)

Father, Soldier, Silversmith, Statesman and Creator of the Cherokee writing system

Handmade Cherokee Baskets • CDs • Jewelry Handmade Native American Pottery Prints by Cherokee Artist Donald Vann ...and more unique gifts from which to choose!

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Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm • Sun Noon - 5pm (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)

Nominal Admission Fee • Group discounts Operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians - Tennessee’s ONLY Tribally-Operated Historical Attraction.

SEQUOYAH BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM Hwy 360 - P.O. Box 69 Vonore, Tennessee 37885 423-884-6246

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Located in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee on the shores of beautiful Tellico Lake, 37 miles south of downtown Knoxville.

The charm of yesterday… the convenience of today.

A charming town, a friendly way You might even see a First Lady

wytheville virginia www.visitwytheville.com • Free Visitors Guide call 877-347-8307 • cvb@wytheville.org

SPRING / SUMMER 2012 the Historic Farmer’s Market in downtown Roanoke and taste a fresh peach that has been locally grown or a ripe, juicy tomato that has just been picked off the vine. Take a trip to one of the many local wineries and sample some of the rich, robust wine produced in southwest Virginia. Join the Roanoke Millionaires Club and pay a visit to the Texas Tavern, a local greasy-spoon favorite that has been in operation since 1930. And you can check off “Best Biscuits” from your food bucket list when you try one that has been freshly made at The Roanoker Restaurant, which recently had their biscuits featured on The Today Show. No matter what type of food or drink you’re craving, you’ll find restaurants ranging from sushi to sandwiches and everything in between. A taste of Americana awaits you in this beautiful region of the Blue Ridge Mountains. No matter what you’re interested in, the Roanoke Valley has mountains of possibilities. For more information, visit our website as well as our mobile website at www.visitroanokeva.com, call or stop by the Roanoke Valley Visitor Information Center at (800)-635-5535. Located at 101 Shenandoah Ave., NE Roanoke VA 24016.


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Radford’s Visitors Center

540-267-3153

(located inside Glencoe Musuem)

600 Unruh Drive Radford, VA 24141

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nseasonably warm weather has brought wildflower blooms and the return of a green landscape to Grandfather Mountain earlier than normal this year. Wildflowers can be found across the Mountain right now and the special blooms of the Pink-Shell Azalea and Catawba Rhododendron are soon to come. Grandfather Mountain will once again be celebrating the showy roselavender blooms that indicate the beginning of another breathtaking summer. The “Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble” hosted by the attraction’s naturalists will celebrate this memorable sight June 2 - June 17 at 1 p.m. daily. Grandfather’s knowledgeable guides are looking forward to sharing the beauty of this year’s blooms with park visitors. The naturalists have planned guided walks to honor the native Catawba Rhododendron and educate guests on how the plant fits into the important ecological communities at Grandfather Mountain. Guided hikes will also be led by Grandfather’s interpretive rangers this May, June, July and August.

“The interpretive ranger staff is excited to provide the public with opportunities to explore Grandfather’s backcountry while learning about the ecology and history of the Mountain,” said Gabriel Taylor, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation chief interpretive ranger. These guided hikes that travel to MacRae Peak, Attic Window Peak or Calloway Peak can be reserved by calling 828-7370833. More details can be found on www.grandfather.com. In an effort to make Grandfather Mountain’s website more userfriendly and helpful, the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation has added a new Daily Events menu to the website’s homepage. This new feature allows site visitors to easily navigate and plan their trip by date. The daily events menu not only includes major events, but includes smaller, daily events on the mountain as well. This will allow visitors to discover every program that’s available the day they plan on visiting the Mountain. For park information please call 800-468-7325

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alling all History hounds…..2011 to 2015 marks the Sesquicentennial (150th commemoration) of the Civil War. Virginia is ground zero for the Civil War, and Lynchburg is smack in the heart of it all. This historic city set on a hill offers its own 12 sites on the multi-state ‘Civil War Trails’ program. There is also an eight stop ‘Battle of Lynchburg” driving tour covering makeshift hospitals, a prisoner of war camp and other sites that were critical to the Battle of Lynchburg. And if you love to see the beautiful Virginia countryside, you can enjoy a multi-day itinerary called ‘Hunter’s Raid’ beginning in Staunton and traveling through Lexington, Roanoke, Botetourt,

Bedford and finally into Lynchburg. This tour follows the route and stops of Union General David Hunter as he moved to take over and burn Lynchburg. Visit Historic Sandusky, captured and used as Union headquarters by Hunter…then take in the National Civil War Chaplains Museum, the only museum in the nation dedicated to the role of religion during the bloodiest chapter of American history, and it’s all right here in Lynchburg. Travel to nearby Appomattox to visit the newly opened Museum of the Confederacy. Finally, set aside time to experience the premiere Civil War site of all… Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, ‘Where our nation reunited’! It just doesn’t get any better for a Civil War buff, and Lynchburg is in the center of it all. Come….discover Lynchburg! For calendar of events at www.discoverlynchburg.org for upcoming Civil War events in and around Lynchburg.


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Summer Concert Series Returns to

Sylva's Bridge Park SYLVA, N.C. - The Concerts on the Creek summer music series returns for its fourth season in May featuring live bands each Friday evening from Memorial Day weekend through the end of July.

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he free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.

This year's lineup traverses the musical spectrum with bluegrass, beach, mountain rock, oldies, country, gospel, and a healthy dose of the 1970's. The complete 10-week schedule is as follows: Sundown (May 25), Vinyl Brothers Big Band (June 1), Rafe Hollister (June 8), Balsam Range (June 15), Mountain Faith (June 22), Buchanan Boys (June 29), Johnny Webb Band (July 6), Empty Pockets (July 13), The Elderly Brothers (July 20) and Dashboard Blue (July 27).

Enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast

Beautiful scenic views

800-538-3508

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

Rustic cabin also available

The concerts are produced by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Town of Sylva, and Jackson County Parks and Recreation. "We've seen a steady increase in attendance for Concerts on the Creek over the last three years and expect that trend to continue

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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 in many other areas as well, adding a wheelwright shop, sawmill and black-

this summer," said Julie Spiro, executive director of the Jackson Chamber. "People come into town and visit restaurants or shops beforehand, then walk over to the park and take in the live music." For info about the concerts, call (800) 962-1911, or go to: www.mountainlovers.com.

smith 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. Old time music has filled the air here for decades on Sunday afternoons. Flat-footing is encouraged! For more info on the Mill Restaurant & Gift shop, open May-October, visit www.mabrymillrestaurant.com or (276) 952-2947.


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he 18th Annual Garden Jubilee is Historic Hendersonville’s premier lawn & garden show, and one of the largest gardening shows in the Western North Carolina. The Garden Jubilee is a spectacular two day festival, held on Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27 of Memorial Day weekend. Gardening is one of America’s favorite pastimes and the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a healthy environment for growing a vast variety of flowers and plants. Bring wagon or cart to make transporting your plants easier. The centerpiece of Garden Jubilee is more than 250 vendors lining Main Street and the Lowe’s Expo, located at the Visitors Information Center, 201 South Main Street. A series of free lectures is presented throughout the 2 day show by garden experts and national lawn & garden representatives. 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. A great way to enhance the beauty of a garden is to add ornamentation. There will be handmade lawn furniture, jewelry, garden

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May 26 & 27, 2012 Historic Downtown (6th Avenue - Caswell Street) Hendersonville, NC

searching for a particular vendor, tools, yard art, planters, wind product or general information. chimes, birdhouses, as well as Southern Living Magazine's soaps, and pottery. Garden landscape & garden specialist related vendors will be located Bill Slack will be returning by on Main Street in Historic popular demand to Garden Jubilee Downtown Hendersonville from in the Lowe's lawn and garden tent Sixth Avenue to Second Avenue. located at the Visitors Information The Lowe's Expo will offer free Center. Bill Slack has been a garden clinics, plants for sale, landscape and gardening specialist free hands-on kids clinic with Southern Living Magazine for and beautiful backyard displays. Nationally known lawn and garden 19 years and is making his 10th appearance at Garden Jubilee. He product specialists will be giving free one-on-one advice and Local And will be giving free clinics in samples of their products . Regional the Lowe's lawn and garden If you have a question Nurseries Will tent located at the Visitors or need advice about Be Selling 1000’S Information Center, 201 South Main Street. your garden or lawn, Of Annuals, Please leave your you've come to the Perennials, pets comfortably at right place. The Vegetables, home, Hendersonville Lowe's Kids Clinic Herbs And Hard located at the Visitors To Find Plants City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. Information Center Memorial Day weekend is the will offer free hands-on building kick-off to the summer season, spend projects for children ages 4-12. it in Historic Hendersonville, for The Garden Jubilee Hospitality lodging or area information visit Tent will be located in the Historic www.historichendersonville.org. Courthouse block, between First & Second Avenues. The Hospitality For information call HenderTent offers shoppers an area to leave son County Travel & Tourism at their plants and other purchases (828) 693-9708 / 800-828-4244. while they continue to shop. A Garden Jubilee is coordinated, festival map and vendor directory produced, and sponsored by Henwill be available for shoppers derson County Travel & Tourism.

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.

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A Blowing Rock Tradition... Downtown Blowing Rock, NC

828-295-7987 • www.hemlockinn.net

For over a century, the village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina has provided a cool mountain retreat for discerning people to enjoy upscale shops, fine dining and family entertainment. The original structure of historic Hemlock Inn, centrally located in the village, was built over an artesian spring regarded to be the beginning of the New River. Today, the original inn has been refurbished and additional rooms have been added Owned and operated by the Summers family since 1994. Innkeepers: Bryan and Donna Summers


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Visit State Historic Sites and Museum Near the Blue Ridge Parkway

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wo North Carolina State Historic Sites and a state museum are within easy driving distance of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Often these sites host special events, musical performances, craft demonstrations, and reenactments, especially on the second Saturdays in the summer months.

officer, North Carolina governor, and U.S. senator is traced at the homestead. 911 Reems Creek Road Weaverville, NC 28787. (828) 645-6706. Take the Bull Gap exit off the Parkway (near milepost 375), follow Ox Creek Road to Reems Creek Road. Watch for signs to the Vance Birthplace.

Wolfe Memorial. In addition to the house, there is a visitor center with museum exhibits and an audio-visual program, as well as guided tours. 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801, 828-253-8304. contactus@wolfememorial.com

SPRING / SUMMER 2012 37th Annual

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

July 20 thru 29

Mountain Gateway Museum Vance Birthplace

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Thomas Wolfe’s novel, Look Homeward Angel, is an epic The Vance Birthplace was the autobiographic novel set in his pioneer farmstead of the family of North Carolina Civil War governor hometown of Asheville, NC. His mother’s boardinghouse, named Zebulon Vance. The five-room log house--reconstructed around original “Old Kentucky Home” by a previous owner, has become one of chimneys--and its outbuildings literature’s most famous landmarks. are furnished to evoke the period Today, the rambling Victorian from 1795- 1840. Vance's structure located in the heart of political career as Civil War downtown Asheville, is the Thomas

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Located in the small town of Old Fort, a short drive east on I-40 from the Asheville exit off the Parkway, the Mountain Gateway Museum interprets the story of pioneer life in Western North Carolina through exhibits and special public events. Two restored log cabins have been moved to the site. Sunday afternoons will find folks pickin’ and dancing on the museum’s front porch in a traditional music jam. 102 Water Street Old Fort, NC 28762. 828-6689259. From the Parkway, take I-40 east to Exit 72, and follow the road to downtown Old Fort. Turn right at the stoplight, then left at next block.

Photo credits: Courtesy of Thomas Wolfe Memorial, and NC Dept. of Cultural Resources (Mountain Gateway and Vance Birthplace).

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atlinburg Tennessee is known for many popular events and the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair is no exception. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair is one of the southeast’s most popular, and favorite events. Twice a year vendors get together to show off their wonderful displays of artwork. The vendors at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair not only have their artwork available for your viewing pleasure but the beautiful arts and crafts will be on sale for you to take home a memorable souvenir. At the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair not only can you enjoy viewing and purchasing beautiful artwork but you can stand by and watch as these popular vendors demonstrate their special skills. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair opens daily at 10am- 7pm. Sundays the Craftsmen's Fair is open from 10am-5pm. Adult admission: $6.00 and children 12 and under are free. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair is held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in downtown Gatlinburg TN at traffic light number eight. For more info: 865-436-7479 or visit www.Craftsmensfair.com.


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Big Walker Lookout Celebrates 65 Years

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here’s a story out there about a This was the late 1940s when little engine that could and did Highways 52 and 21 were the and the trials and tribulations routes north to south in the East, it faced on its journey. We learn just about the only routes. Roadside this story as children to teach us businesses with fuel and food were Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival about determination, about being few and far between. It wasn’t 19, before 2011 their success lead to the underdog and still winning.November But long the average person rarely witnesses expansion and the money to build this up close Stuart’s dream and persontower and “Eats” al, certainly soon became Big not over Walker Lookout. 65 years. In their heyday Stuart during the late and Abbie 1950s through Kime had the early 1970s, a dream the business to have a expanded several roadside tourism business with a times to include a full-service mountain top lookout tower. They restaurant, gift shop, chairlift wanted to be in tourism, before and even a rattlesnake pit. tourism was cool. They found their Abbie carried on the business dream location on the top of a despite Stuart’s untimely death in mountain in Southwest Virginia 1972. In 1977, the new Interstate and with a sign that simple said 77 took away a large portion “Eats” their dream began. of the regular traffic, but not the determination to stay in business.

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Changes were made in what the business offered to adapt to a new different market. Their slogan of “Only the Birds See More” still applied as from the top of the 100 foot lookout tower, five states are visible on a clear day. In the early 1990s, Abbie’s son Ron and his wife Dee took over the operation. The years since have seen ups and downs including a devastating fire in 2003, but it didn’t take long for the business to re-invent itself again. Today, the BW Country Store offers a location for artisans to showcase your craftsmanship and musical performers to demonstrate their talent. A special exhibit honoring 65 years in business is currently on display. The little engine that could, still is. For more information about one of the longest continuously operating tourism businesses in Southwest Virginia, visit their website at www.scenicbeauty-va.com.

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Prepare to be Elevated (Again) at Chimney Rock

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othing else in the Southeast compares to standing atop North Carolina’s iconic Chimney Rock 1,000 feet above the valley floor with 75-mile panoramic views of Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills staring you in the face. Or gazing up at the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls, one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park has an enchanting effect that

will elevate not only your view, but your spirit of adventure too. At 2,480 feet elevation, Exclamation Point offers majestic views of rugged cliffs in the 14-mile Hickory Nut Gorge. The Park is home to impressive ancient geological features, like Devil’s Head and the Opera Box, an abundance of wildflowers and birds. Thrill seekers can rock climb with certified guides below the Chimney. New in 2012 is the modernized elevator, reopening this spring. The elevator offers non-hikers a 30-second ride up to the Chimney level. Once again you can lose your

breath on the view, not the hike! The Sky Lounge Gift Shop & Deli was renovated and will offer regional crafts and sandwiches. The Outcroppings trail to/ from the Chimney was rebuilt this past winter, so visitors who earn their views by hiking up will enjoy better views of the Park, wider stairways and a more comfortable hike with places to stop and rest. Kids enjoy discovering animals along the Great Woodland Adventure and at Grady’s Den. Last year GeoParent named Chimney Rock one of the top 5 “best summer activities for families” in NC. On June 16, The Last of the Mohicans will be shown outdoors to celebrate its 20-year anniversary where the movie was filmed. Located 25 miles SE of Asheville, Open 8:30am-7pm daily

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So how many of you had your first date with Patrick Swayze…. 012 marks the 25th anniverjust kidding – how about just sary of the release of this hit watching Patrick Swayze in movie…and guest what??? It was filmed in part at Mountain Lake Dirty Dancing on your first Conservancy & Hotel..aka Kellerdate??? Aha…lots of you!!!

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man’s… in Pembroke, Virginia. At Mountain Lake, they honor this cult classic by hosting several Dirty Dancing specialty weekends each year. You can dance on the Gazebo, watch the movie, match your wits in trivia, show off your dance moves and tour the movie scene locations (led by General

Manager, Buzz Scanland, who was here when they filmed the movie). If you are real fortunate, you can even stay in Baby’s cottage, the Virginia. If the weather is nice, you might even see the motorcycle our Chef Mike gave Patrick (knows as Buddy to us) rides to town on.

Fishing Trail Showcases 4-County Area Showcasing 18 premier fishing locations in a four-county area in Southwest Virginia (Grayson, Smyth, Washington, Wythe), the Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail gives a glimpse into the abundance of outdoor recreation that makes this region such a relaxing and beautiful destination. From small creeks to large lakes and rivers, there’s a variety of fishing experiences available for all levels of anglers. Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Catfish, Musky, many types of Trout and other species can all be found in the waters of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The detailed brochure and website offers a great source of information to a fishing excursion to Southwest Virginia.

For more information, visit the trail website at www.FishBlueRidge.com or contact the Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau toll-free at 1-877-347-8307.

So bring your dance shoes and come celebrate with fans from around the world….oh, and don’t forget your camera!!! Dirty Dancing weekend dates are May 18-20, June 1-3, June 15-17, June 29-July 1, July 20-22, August 3-5, August 24-26, September 14-16 and November 16-18th. Prices begin at $230 per night plus tax for 2 persons (that’s less than $500 per weekend) and includes all meals from dinner on Friday through breakfast on Sunday, dance/ karaoke, Saturday night dance, 2 hours of dance lessons, trivia contest, movie showing, tour, outdoor recreation (hiking/biking/lawn games/ disc golf, etc), and gratuities. Can’t make a Dirty Dancing weekend? They offer a self-guided tour of the movie scene locations May-October AND the nearby Town of Pearisburg is hosting a Dirty Dancing Festival on August 11, 2012. For more info, call 540-626-7121 or visit www.mountainlakehotel.com

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he Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is installing a new exhibit entitled “The Emissaries of Peace: The British and Cherokee Delegations of 1762”. This exhibit is based on the exhibit from the Museum of the Cherokee Indians, to commemorate the 250th

Anniversary of Timberlake’s visit to the Cherokee in the Tennessee Overhill. Lt. Timberlake and his party go to the Cherokee Overhill as a sign of good faith to the newly created peace between the Cherokee and the British. This trip begins an adventure which

The charm of yesterday… the convenience of today. A visit to Wytheville is more than a stop on the interstate, it’s a journey into a destination that offers unique attractions with a variety of experiences, historic stories that will touch the heart, scenic beauty to dazzle the eyes, and recreational opportunities to challenge your energy.

Be sure to visit: Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre Fort Chiswell Animal Park • Big Walker Lookout Beagle Ridge Herb Farm & Flying Flowers Wolf Creek Indian Village • New River State Park Red Barn Bluegrass • Wineries Numerous Historical Museums & Mansions Unique Shops • Antique Malls • Artisans Musical Events • Festivals New Fishing Trails • New Motorcycle Drives

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will take Lt. Timberlake, Sargent Sumter and three Cherokee head men on an adventure to London. In the grand climax they meet King George III. Lt. Timberlake remains in England and Sargent Sumter (he becomes a senator for South Carolina and Fort Sumter is named after him). Sargent Sumter escorts the 3 Cherokee back presented as a collaborative effort to the Overhill. Timberlake eventually between The Sequoyah Birthplace returns to the colonies but is later Museum, The Museum of the persuaded to take another group of Cherokee Indian and Fort Cherokees to meet the King. On this Loudoun State Historic Area. trip, Timberlake is thrown into debtor’s At Fort Loudoun the program prison where he writes his memoirs take the form of guided which contains the wonderful Living history will tours of the Little Tennessee descriptions of Cherokee life demonstrations Valley, scholarly lectures in the 1760’s in the Overhill. will include a on the visit of Lt. Henry Lt. Timberlake dies while in Cherokee Stickball Timberlake in 1763 and debtor prison in 1765. game, finger living history presentations On June 23 & 24, weaving stamped on 18th century cartography. 2012, the museum will The guided tours led by host the 250th Anniversary pottery, rivercane certified Cherokee guides celebration in conjunction basket weaving provided by the Museum of with Fort Loudoun State the Cherokee Indian. The Historic Area and the Museum of the tours will depart from Fort Loudoun Cherokee Indians with living history six times a day with stops at Toqua, demonstrations at the Sequoyah Ballplay, Tanasi and Chota. The Birthplace Museum. The visitor tour route will follow the footsteps will be able see, touch, smell, taste, of Henry Timberlake as described and experience what Lieutenant Henry in his Memoirs. There will be a Timberlake experienced here in the nominal reservation fee for the tour. Cherokee Overhill 250 years ago. The lecturers will be speaking Living history demonstrations will on both Saturday and Sunday at include a Cherokee Stickball game, the Fort Loudoun Visitor Center. finger weaving stamped pottery, Admission to the lectures is free. rivercane basket weaving, 18th century In deference to the importance demonstrators in wardrobe, and the of Timberlake’s cartographic work, Warriors of AniKituhwa. Also other there will be ongoing demonstrations living history demonstrations will be throughout both days on mapmaking flute & storytelling, guns and diplomacy, techniques of the 18th century. moccasin making, authentic Cherokee food and other demonstrations. For more information: This program is scheduled for www.sequoyahmuseum.org June 23 and 24, 2012 and will be or call 423-884-6246.


Good Golly,

It’ s Dolly!

Everybody loves Dolly Parton, especially Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. After all, Dolly’s namesake theme park, Dollywood, is here.

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he city honors its hometown heroine May 11 with the 27th annual Dolly Homecoming Parade. It’s straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting, with marching bands, Boy Scouts, equestrian units, baton twirlers and Dolly, too. She rides high on a float with microphone in hand, waving and chatting up fans.

It’s a good guess that her 2012 float theme will involve eagles. Why? Because Dollywood just opened the $20 million Wild Eagle roller coaster. It is a “wing coaster,” meaning that you sit on “wings” extending from the coaster’s track – with nothing but air above and below you. It’s the first one of its design in the U.S. Here are details: It is 3,127 feet long, hits 61 miles per hour, has a 135-foot initial drop and its four inversions include a giant loop, a “zero-G” roll and a giant flat spin.

Considerably calmer is Wonders of Flight, a helium-filled balloon 72 feet in diameter. It opens this year next to WonderWorks, that attentiongetting, upside-down scienceoriented attraction. The balloon will lift a 30-passenger gondola 500 feet above this resort city for day and evening flights. The nearby Titanic Museum Attraction takes you on a voyage of remembrance on the frigid North Atlantic. This is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of that floating palace, and the commemoration lasts all year. A new exhibit is dedicated to James Cameron’s Hollywood blockbuster, “Titanic.” Speaking of Hollywood, you will see replicas of your favorite movie sets and the stars of your favorite flicks at the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center when it opens this year. Your ticket provides admission to three attractions – the Hollywood Wax Museum, the Castle of Chaos and Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors. New on the entertainment scene is the Smoky Mountain Opry, which fills the stage of one of Pigeon Forge’s largest theaters. Look for country, Broadway, bluegrass, gospel and pop – and somehow the entrance of a jet fighter plane. For Pigeon Forge details, go online to MyPigeonForge.com, or call toll-free to 800-251-9100.


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ool temperatures and a warm welcome await runners June 8-10 as the Town of Beech Mountain hosts its fifth annual "A Cool 5" race weekend, sponsored by Antler Realty. The weekend's centerpiece is a 5-mile race on Saturday, June 9. The race is run at elevations above

Beech Mountain Race Weekend Features a 5-Miler at

5,000 Feet

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After 52 years of construction, all 469 miles the Blue Ridge Parkway, including the Linn Cove Viaduct, were finally opened to visitors in September 1987.

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ompleted at a cost of almost $10 million, the Linn Cove Viaduct is 1,243 feet long and contains 153 segments weighing 50 tons each. Only one segment, the southernmost is straight. In order to prevent environmental damage and to allow construction to continue during severe winter weather, builders pre-cast sections indoors a few miles from the site using a process known as “match casting.” Each new segment was cast against the segment preceding it. Computer control kept measurements accurate to 0.0001 feet. Tinted with iron oxide, the concrete blends in with the existing rock outcroppings. The Viaduct was constructed from the top down to minimize disturbance to the natural

environment. This method eliminated the need for a “pioneer road” and heavy equipment on the ground. The only construction that occurred at ground level was the drilling of foundations for the seven permanent piers on which the Viaduct rests. Exposed rock was covered to prevent staining from concrete epoxy, or grout. The only trees cut were those directly beneath the superstructure. The Viaduct itself was the only access road for construction. Each pre-cast section was lowered by a stiff-leg crane and epoxied into position against the preceding segment. Steel cables threaded through the segments secured the entire bridge deck. A visitor center is located at the south end of the Viaduct. Here an (handicap) accessible trail leads to a beautiful view of the Viaduct from underneath, and gives hikers access to the Tanawha Trail.

SPRING / SUMMER 2012 5,000 feet, traversing the highest points on Beech Mountain. “There is nothing else like it on the East Coast,” says race director Daniel Scagnelli of Beech Mountain Parks & Rec. “The road course opens up great vistas and the scenery is amazing. You'll see Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain and the yellow brick road at the old Land of Oz theme park.” The 5-miler has a companion event, a 1.5-mile fun run/walk. Both start at 9 a.m. and are followed by lunch and massages for participants. Runners age 21 and up receive two free post-race beverages from Boone Brewing Co. There's also a pub crawl (with transportation provided) from 4-10 p.m. Saturday on Beech Mountain. Weekend festivities kick off Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. with a pasta dinner featuring guest speaker Lee Zohlman of Miami, one of the top endurance multisport coaches in the nation. Sunday morning, there's recovery yoga at 10 a.m. and a recovery hike at 11 a.m. Participants and their families are encouraged to take advantage of special lodging rates available throughout the weekend. A Cool 5 entry fee for adults is $25 through May 6; and $30 from May 7 until race day. Race day registration is $35. Children 13 and under may register at any time for $20. Entry fees include a t-shirt, postrace meal, goodie bag, beverages and pub crawl. Strollers are allowed in both races, while the fun run is pet-friendly. There’s also a supervised children's play village.

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New Marker Commemorates the Civil War at Camp Mast, Watauga County, North Carolina

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n March of this year, the Boone, NC area received its first ever Civil War marker, a benefit obtained through the nation's Civil War Trails program. A dedication is scheduled on April 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the site located in Cove Creek on the lawn of the old high school. This is the same historic location which hosts the annual Music Fest 'n Sugar Grove (July 13-14, 2012), and houses the Doc Watson Museum.

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Home Guard, and was under the command of Capt. Harvey Bingham. Later, the organization was enlarged to two companies: Company A under Capt. George McGuire and Company B under Capt. Jordon Cook, with Major Michael C. Hardy, 2010 Bingham in command. The first North Carolina Historian of the home guard camp was further Year, explains why Camp Mast is up Cove Creek. Camp Mast, significant to Watauga County: established across Cove Creek, was In an effort to help control the created in 1864. One company problems posed by deserters, tories, remained on duty, while the and bushwhackers, Gov. Zebulon B. another company was at home. Vance created the guard for home In February 1865, 103 men led defense in July 1863. The Home by James Champion came from the Guard was made up of men not Unionist stronghold area of Banner liable for conscription. Watauga Elk, and surrounded Camp Mast, County’s contingent was known as building fires on the surrounding the 11th Battalion, North Carolina hills. When the home guardsmen

isitors to The North Carolina Arboretum will be encouraged to stop and smell the roses when the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition debuts to the public on May 19. The exhibit will be open Saturday and Sunday, May 20, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Award-winning roses of every color and size will be featured at this year’s exhibition, “Roses, Roses, Roses!” Experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about selection, care and history of these elegant garden plants. A sale will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, which will include rose plants, fertilizer, and soil amendments, and educational programs will be offered throughout the weekend. Programs during the Rose Society Exhibition include: Knock Out Roses, with Ann Peck, consulting rosarian and ABRRS member Disease Resistant Roses, presented by Sheree Wright, consulting rosarian and member of the Greater Greenville Rose Society

Harvey Bingham originally enlisted in Company E, 37th North Carolina Troops in September 1861. He was promoted to lieutenant in December 1861. Bingham

Growing Roses on Slopes, with Larry Peck, consulting rosarian and ABRRS member Basic Rose Care, by Jim Tucker, ABRRS member Old Garden Roses, presented by Frank, Dezzutto, ABRRS member Miniature Roses and More, with Mary Reeves, ABRRS member Roses for Beginners, led by Judy Deutsch, consulting rosarian and ABRRS member The Rose Society Exhibition is one of the most popular events hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum. Each year more than 367,000 visitors experience the Arboretum’s gardens, trails, exhibits, shows and expos, educational programs, demonstrations and lectures. The Arboretum’s ability to meet its mission and enrich the visitor experience is made possible by a community of supporters—from members, volunteers and staff to state and local funds, tribute gifts, grants, and community partners. The exhibition is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal motor vehicle).

For more information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

was wounded in the head during the battle of Second Manassas in August 1862 and resigned from the Confederate army shortly thereafter. In mid-1863, he was appointed captain, and then major of the 11th Battalion, North Carolina Home Guard. After the war, Bingham moved to Statesville where he practiced law.

awoke the next morning, they found themselves surrounded. Capt. McGuire polled his men, with sixty in favor of surrendering and eleven in favor of fighting it out. The post was surrendered and destroyed, and the prisoners marched toward Tennessee. Once they reached Shell Creek, those who had voted to surrender were paroled and set free, while the others continued on to a Federal prison in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, contact Watauga County Tourism Development Authority at 800-8529506, or visit them at www.ExploreBooneArea.com


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Mountain Lodging | Food | Fun 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.

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.

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Jenkins Rentals - The finest rental homes, cabins and condos in the Smoke Tree Lodge - 12 miles south Blowing Rock area. Hot tubs & Mtn of Boone on Hwy 105. Nestled at the vews available. www.jenkinsrentals. foot of Grandfather Mtn. Condo-apts, com. (800) 438-7803. heated indoor pool, ESPN, Jacuzzi, Asheville West KOA-Exit 37 off saunas. (800) 422-1880. I-40 Something for everyone, RV's, Mystery Hill. - 129 Mystery Hill Ln, www.smoketree_lodge.com tenters, cabins. In foothills, wooded Blowing Rock, NC 28605. Family fun sites, hiking trails, pool. (800) 562center. Feel the strange pull. Hall of Mys9015. 309 Wiggins Rd., Candler, NC tery artifacts. Museum open all year. 28715. www.ashevillekoa.com 828-263-0507. info@mysteryhill-NC.com Beech Mountain Chalet Rentals Bear Creek RV Park - Exit Rt. 191 Riverside Log Cabins - 129 Mystery Chalet & condo rentals. Fully from Parkway; I-40 Exit 47; or I-26 Exit equipped kitchens,FP, TV, linens, pet Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. 8282. 3 miles north of Parkway off Rt. 191. friendly. www.gobeech.com. 263-0507. One and two bedroom units. 5 mins. Biltmore House. 90 full hook(800) 368-7404. M/C, Visa & Discover. Riversidelogcabins.com. Open all year. ups, paved sites, pool, laundry. Open Close to attractions. year round. www.ashevillebearcreek. Condominium And Chalet Rentals com (800) 833-0798. Village Inns of Blowing Rock-No - By the day, week or month - kitchSmoking, Wi-Fi/Breakfast. Suites/ ens, full linens, fireplaces, whirlpools, Carolina Foam, Fabric & Home Decor country club access (golf, tennis, heat. Cottages/Rooms. Some Pet Friendly - Largest selection of dress fabric and Rooms. (828) 295-3001 Pools, family activities) Coolest locaupholstery in North Carolina. Exit #64 tions in south. Call 1-800-692-2061 or I-40. Black Mountain. 828-669-2400. 828/387-4251. 503 Beech Mtn. Pkwy. (next to Fred’s General Mercantile) Mast General Store - located downBeechwood Realty. An Appalachian Summer Festival, town Asheville at 15 Biltmore Avenue. July, 2012 – Annual worldclass,multiRestored to its 1940s heyday, this store arts festival at Appalachian State Unifeatures old-time housewares, jellies, versity. Call 1-800-841-ARTS or visit clothing, shoes, travel gear, over 500 Alpine Village Inn - 297 Sunset Dr. appsummer.org. old-fashioned candies and an expanQuaint cozy rooms & suites in the sive outfitters shop. 828-232-1883 heart of town. AC, CCTV, & phones, Foscoe Rentals - Cabins, Condos www.mastgeneralstore.com Wi-Fi complimentary. Some fireand Vacation homes centrally located to places & Jacuzzi. Pet friendly rooms. Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock. Rutledge Lake RV Park. Exit 40 off www.alpine-village-inn.com (800) 723-7341 www.foscoerentals.com I-26. 2 mi from Asheville airport. (828) 295-7206. (828) 654-7873. 170 Rutledge Rd. Hidden Valley Motel- Birds, blooms www.rutledgelake.com. Chetola Resort - Magnificent views, and butterflies in the Foscoe Valley. 87 acres, Lodge, Condos, Bob Timber- Hwy 105 south between Boone and Shoji Spa & Lodge - Relax at lake Inn. Fitness Center, Restaurants, Banner Elk. Call 828/963-4372. Asheville's only outdoor hot tub spa. Orvis Endorsed. N. Main St., Blowing www.hiddenvalleymotel.com or Reap the benefits of the cold plunge, Rock, NC 28605. www.chetola.com email: jim@hiddenvalleymotel.com. unwind in our sauna and rest in the (828) 295-5500 or (800) 243-8652. Lodge. Specializing in couples mas   Horn in the West- Revolutionary sage. 2500 ft. above stress level. Hemlock Inn & Suites - 134 Morris War drama & Hickory Ridge - A living www.shojiretreats.com. St. Downtown Blowing Rock. 1/2 mile history museum. Open June 15 By appt. only. (828) 299-0999. to Parkway. Open year round. Walk to August 11, 2012. shops and restaurants. (828) 295-7987. www.horninthewest.com www.hemlockinn.net.

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

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Mountain Villa Motor Lodge - Hwy 321 South, Boone NC. Quiet location with excellent view. Jacuzzi, cable, pool & many other amenities. Rates $70 and down. (800) 525-5861.   NC High Country Host Visitor Center- 1700 Blowing Rock Rd., Boone, NC 28607. (800) 438-7500. www.mountainsofnc.com

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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.

Mountains. RV's, Tents, Cabins, 5 minutes from the BRP with Fishing, Campfires, Hot Showers, and Campstore. 828-586-6666 moonshinecreekcampground.com

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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.


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Mountain Lodging | Food | Fun 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

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HENDERSONVILLE, NC Mast General Store - located downtown Hendersonville at 527 N Main Street. Built in 1905, this store features old-time housewares, jellies, clothing, shoes, travel gear, over 500 old-fashioned candies and an expansive outfitters shop. 828-696-1883 www.mastgeneralstore.com

Oconaluftee Indian Village - Share the rich history & traditions of the Cherokee at this replica of a Cherokee Make your Lodging, Dining and community of the 1750s. May thru Oct. Theatre RESERVATIONS! www.historichendersonville.org   Open 7 days a week, the Visitors Information Center, 1-800-828-4244. 210 S Main Street, Hendersonville, NC. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park – 40 min. SE of Asheville, exit milepost 384.7. Come for the views. Discover infinite Greystone Inn: Four Diamond possibilities. Spectacular fall foliage, Country Inn on shore of NC's largest hiking, rock climbing instruction, special private lake. Incredible cuisine, golf, events, workshops and more! 26-story spa & more. 800-824-5766. elevator inside mountain. Pet friendly. www.greystoneinn.com Open all year. Live it up! 800-277-9611 chimneyrockpark.com

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LaKE TOXAWAY, NC

LINVILLE, NC

Grandfather Mountain Grandfather¹s lofty heights offer guests opportunities for rejuvenation, Blue Ridge Cabins - Fletcher excitement and family memories in a MP388.8. South. Rustic cabins with natural haven that will endure forever. modern amenitites. 9 miles from downtown Asheville. 828-654-0539 or Marvel at 360-degree views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, stand 877-902-2246. www.mybrcabin.com eye-to-eye with native wildlife in natural habitats and interact with our friendly, knowledgeable staff. Two miles from Viaduct; one mile from Fontana Village Resort & Lake Parkway. Take Linville Exit, MP 305 to Cabins - Lodge, camping, marina, US 221. Open daily 8 am to dusk boat rentals & guides. Fishing, dining, (weather permitting in winter). $15/ lounges, pools, disk golf, horseback adult; $13/senior 60+; $7 child 4-12; riding, hiking & mtn biking. 800-849under 4 free. www.grandfather.com 2258. www.fontanavillage.com Phone 828-733-4337 or 800-468-7325..

FLETCHER, NC

FONTANA DAM, NC

GLENDALE SPRINGS, NC Mountain View Lodge & Cabins-  MP 256 - Secluded B&B lodge plus five duplex cabins w/kitchenettes, full bathrooms, linens furnished. Genuine North Carolina hospitality for a relaxing “get away”. See local wildlife up close! Open all year. Great for large families & group retreats. Smoking outside only. MC/VISA. Pet friendly! 336-982-2233 or 800-903-6811. www.mtnviewlodge.com

LINVILLE FALLS, 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

MAGGIE VALLEY, NC

Linville Caverns - 19929 US 221 N. Marion. 4 miles South of Parkway, MP Abbey Inn Motel - Closest Maggie 317. NC's ONLY show cavern. 800-419-0540. www.linvillecaverns.com. motel to Pkwy & Cherokee. 5 mi. Smoky Mtn. views from 4,200' high. FREE in-room coffee, phone, fridge, Linville Falls Lodge & Cottages HiWi/cable TV/ HBO. Some kitchens. BRP Milepost 317.4, US 221S Picnic area, grills. Quiet & secluded 1 mile to Rt. 183, left. Restaurant on 2 wooded acres. Near all attrac(ABC permit), Walk to falls & gorge. tions. Pets possible. V, MC, D. www.linvillefallslodge.com www.abbeyinn.com (800) 545-5853. (800) 634-4421.

Boyd Mountain Log Cabins - Secluded 130 acres near Maggie Valley, Authentic cabins, fireplaces, AC, cable, WIFI. Choose n cut Christmas tree farm, trout fishing, hiking. (828) 926-1575. www.boydmountain.com 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.  www.jonathancreekinn.com Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association - Affordable motel rooms, cabins, cottages or vacation rentals. Visit our wbsite www.visitmaggie.com to find your perfect home away from home in the mountains.

McDOWELL COUNTY, NC 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.

MITCHELL COUNTY, NC Mitchell County, NC - Exit milepost 331. Gem mining, gem & mineral shops, specialty mineral & gem festival, rhododendron festival, indoor ice skating rink, white water rafting, Appalachian Trail. For more information, call 1-800-227-3912 or 828-765-9483.

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

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.


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Mountain Lodging | Food | Fun SPARTA & GLADE VALLEY, NC

VALLE CRUCIS, NC

Mast General Store - Est. 1883 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this authentic general Alleghany Inn - 341 N. Main St., Sparta, NC 28675. 64 Rooms - Free store located in a pastoral setting features clothing, camping gear, shoes Wireless Internet - Cable TV 60+ Chan, Guest Laundry - Restaurant on & boots, housewares, unique gifts, and over 500 old-fashioned candy site. 888) 372-2501 Reserve online: favorites. Hwy. 194, 828-963-6511. www.AlleghanyInn.com Also visit other locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in GreenGlade Valley B&B – Near MP 229. ville, SC and Knoxville, TN. Our modern, beautiful log home is www.maststore.com. 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. www.gladevalley.com Mast General Store - located 800-538-3508 See our ad on page 8. downtown Waynesville at 63 N Main Street. Built in the 1930s, this store Mountain Hearth Lodge & Cabins features old-time housewares, jellies, – 110 Mtn Hearth Dr; steps from the clothing, shoes, travel gear, over 500 pkwy MP231.5 - 20 acres of rustic el- old-fashioned candies and an expanegance, full breakfast, private baths, sive outfitters shop. 828-452-2101 jacuzzis, fireplaces. Near hiking, fish- www.mastgeneralstore.com ing, wineries, rafting. www.MountainHearthLodge.com. 336-372-8743. The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa - MP 445. Surrounded by Need a break from BRP Detour? majestic mountains and the Blue Stop for wine tasting at MP248. Ridge Parkway, this resort has been 3 miles to winery on NC18. welcoming visitors to a casual and Sparta lost/confused? relaxed mountain lifestyle since the (800) 233-1505. gas nearby. 1920s and features stunning views www.thistlemeadowwinery.com. from all of the 115 rooms, 27-holes of Donald Ross golf and two upscale restaurants. 800-627-6250 www.thewaynesvilleinn.com

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Bear Den Creekside Cabins - On the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 324.8. All amenities, jacuzzis, decks, fireplaces. For 2 to 10. www.bear-den. com (828) 765-2888.Res. recmd. 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. www.peakmountaincottages.com 828-765-9559

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.

AMHERST, VA Hardings Clocks & Music Boxes -8 miles north of Lynchburg on Rt 29 Bus. Over 1000 unique clocks and music boxes. We ship, engrave and repair. Call (434) 946-7386.

BEDFORD, VA Peaks of Otter Winery & Orchards - 2122 Sheep Creek Rd, 24523. MP 86. Fruit wine, fruit, jams, jellies, free tastings. Vacation rentl house. 540-586-3707. www.iwineu.com or www.elmosrest.com  

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.

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

LEXINGTON, VA Stonewall Jackson House - 8 E. Washington St. Home of the famous Confederate general before the Civil War. Guided tours, garden and museum shop. (540) 463-2552.

LOVE, VA.

Royal Oaks - Cabins, chalets, store, gifts, deli, weddings. Near MP16 on Antique Expo - 400 dealers exhibit- parkway. Upscale lodging, hot tubs, fireplaces, equipped kit, bedding/lining in halls, barns, tents & outside twice yearly. May 18-20 and October ens. Beautiful views atop the BR Mtns. 12-14, 2012. Augusta Expoland. I-64, www.vacabins.com. (800) 410-0627. exit 91. (434) 847-8242 . www.heritagepromotions.net. Allstar Lodging - 100+ unique cabins or B&B's. Hot tubs, frplc, kitch, riverfront/mountains, hiking, canoeBlue Ridge Restaurant, Inc. - E. ing, fishing, near Luray, VA. 866-780Main St., Floyd, VA (540) 745-2147. For good home-style cooking try our 7827 www.allstarlodging.com. daily specials. We are open early with gravy biscuits, hot cakes, country ham, and eggs every day. Primland Resort - 2000 Busted Rock

FISHERSVILLE, VA

LURAY, VA.

FLOYD, VA

MEADOWS OF DAN, VA

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

Road. Resort Lodge, Fairway Cottages, Mountain Homes. Spectacular views. Golf. Spa. Dining, Outdoor activities. 276.222.3800 • www.primland.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!

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, Flamingos, pet & feed tame deer, Ilamas, goats and mini donkeys. Safari gift shop, modern restrooms, free parking, free picnic pavilion.Open daily 9am-7pm. March-November. Group rates. Fun for the whole family! www. naturalbridgezoo.com. 540-291-2420.

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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Mountain Lodging | Food | Fun Natural Bridge  - US 11 & 130, MP 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

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

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Cabin Creekwood-  2 miles from Parkway MP 13.6. Year-round, Shenandoah Caverns - 4 great attrac- quiet, secluded.Fully furnished aftions for one price. Only Va. cavern fordable mtn cabins (888) 942-2246. with elevator & closest to I-81 (exit Roanoke Valley - Milepost 120. Exwww.cabincreekwood.com. perience the largest family destination 269). Also see spectacular floats in on the Blue Ridge Parkway featuring America's Parade Float Hall of Fame and experience the new Yellow Barn, outstanding museums and attraca whimsical agricultural experitions, shopping, restaurants and a wide variety of hotels and B&Bs. Fol- ence. Open all year. 888-4CAVERN www.shenandoahcaverns.com low signs to Visitor Center with Free Travel Guides.(800) 635-5535.

Parkway Playhouse’s 66th Season Features a

SALEM, VA 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.

Great Lineup Burnsville’s Parkway Playhouse has a superb, six-show lineup this summer. It includes three plays from Western North Carolina playwrights, two Broadway musicals, plus a remake of a Shakespearean classic set in contemporary Appalachia. Each show runs about two weeks, beginning with Mama Won’t Fly (April 28-May 12) and concluding with Between the Tackles (Sept. 15-29). Mama Won’t Fly is a comedy about a woman traveling with her mother to her brother’s wedding, and she must drive because mom is afraid to fly. It was written by famed Asheville playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Outlander (June 2-16), a world premiere from Sylva playwright and storyteller Gary Carden and Bryson City musician Frank Lee, is the story Horace Kephart. A noted travel writer, Kephart was a key figure in the

creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Nine to Five (June 30-July 14), is a Broadway musical version of Dolly Parton’s hit film. It is penned by the same writer as the movie and has 17 of Parton’s songs. “The musical might even be better than the movie,” said playhouse director Andrew Gall. Big River (July 28-Aug. 11) is the Tony-award winning adaptation of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, featuring music by country legend Roger Williams. Romeo and Juliet (Aug. 25-Sept. 1), is a re-imagining of the Shakespeare classic set in modern day Appalachia with a different take on this famous story of star-crossed lovers. Adult ticket prices range from $15-$20 per show, while tickets for children 17 and under are $12. There’s also a family package which admits four for $50.For info, call (828) 682-4285 or visit: www.parkwayplayhouse.com.


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The Blue Ridge Digest can be found at these regional visitor’s centers! GEORGIA Blairsville/Union County Chamber 78 Blue Ridge Ave. • Blairsville, GA 30514; (706) 745-5789 • www.blairsvillechamber.com Ellijay Visitor Center 205 Craig St.; PO Box 505 Ellijay, GA 30540; (706) 635-7400 www.gilmerchamber.com  Fannin County Chamber of Commerce 3990 Appalachian Hwy. 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

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

Haywood Chamber of Commerce 22 Walnut St. • Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 456-3021

Old Fort Visitor Center 25 W. Main Street • Old Fort, NC 28762 (888) 233-6111 • www.mcdowellnc.org

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

Hendersonville Visitor Center 201 S. Main St., POB 721 BRD Hendersonville, NC 28793; (800) 828-4244 • www.historichendersonville.org

Piedmont Triad Visitor Center 700 NC Hwy 700 Pelham, NC 27311; (800) 388-9830

Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 870 W King St. Suite A, Boone, NC 28607; (800) 852-9506 • www.VisitBooneNC.com Brevard Chamber of Commerce 175 E. Main St., POB 589 BRD Brevard, NC 28712; (800) 648-4523 www.visitwaterfalls.com 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

Towns County Visitor Center Caldwell County Visitor Center 1411 Jack Dayton Circle 1909 Hickory Blvd. SE Young Harris, GA 30582 (706) 896-4966 • www.mountaintopga.com Lenoir, NC 28645; (828) 726-0616

NORTH CAROLINA Alleghany Co. Chamber of Commerce 58 S. Main, POB 1237 BRD Sparta, NC 28675; (800) 372-5473 www.sparta-nc.com Andrews Chamber of Commerce 345 Locust St. • P.O. Box 800 Andrews, NC 28902 • (877) 558-0005 www.andrewschambercommerce.com 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/ Balsam Gap Information Center US 23/74 (just east of Parkway) Waynesville, NC 28786; (800) 334-9036 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

Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce 202 U.S. 64, POB 238 BRD Cashiers, NC 28717; (828) 743-5191 www.cashiers-nc.com Cherokee County Visitor Center 805 W. US 64 Murphy, NC 28906; (828) 837-2242 www.cherokeecountychamber.com Cherokee Visitor Center P.O. Box 460 • 498 Tsalis Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719; (800) 438-1601 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

Hickory Visitor Center 1055 Southgate Parkway SW Hickory, NC 28602 (828) 328-6111 www.hickorymetro.com Hickory Nut Gorge Information 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 Jackson County Chamber of Commerce 773 W. Main Street • Sylva, NC 28779; (800) 962-1911 • www.nc-mountains.com Jonesville Welcome Center 1503 NC Hwy 67W Jonesville, NC 28642 • (336) 526-1111 Madison County Visitor Center 635-4 Carl Eller Road Mars Hill, NC 28754; (828) 680-9031 www.visitmadisoncounty.com 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

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 Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce 717 Main St., PO Box 727 BRD N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659; (336) 838-8662 • www.wilkesnc.org Yadkin Valley Visitor Center 116 East Market St. • Elkin, NC 28621; (336) 526-1111 • www.yadkinvalley.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; (800) 948-0949 • www.visitmayberry.com Nantahala Gorge Visitor Center 9405 US 19W Bryson City, NC 28713  828-488-8585 NW NC Visitor Center 2121 East US Hwy 421 • North WIlkesboro, NC 28659 • (336) 667-1259 NC High Country Host Visitor Center 1700 Blowing Rock Rd. • Boone, NC 28607; (800) 438-7500 • www.mountainsofnc.com

Coker Creek Visitor Center 12197 Hwy. 68 • Tellico Plains, TN 37385 (423) 261-2286 Elizabethton Visitor Center 500 19E Bypass; POB 190 Elizabethton, TN 37644; (423) 547-3850 www.tourelizabethton.com Erwin/Unicoi Co. Chamber of Commerce 100 S. Main St., POB 713 BRD Erwin, TN 37650; (423) 743-3000 www.valleybeautiful.org


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The Blue Ridge Digest can be found at these regional visitor’s centers! Greene Co. Partnership/COB 115 Academy St. Greeneville, TN 37743; (423) 638-4111 www.GreeneCountyPartnership.com

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

Historic Jonesborough 117 Boone St. Jonesborough, TN 37659; (423) 423-753-1010 • Toll Free: 866-401-4223 www.historicjonesborough.com

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

Johnson City Visitor Center 603 E. Main St. Johnson City, TN 37605; (423) 926-2141, www.johnsoncitytn.com

Blacksburg Visitors Center 103 Professional Park Dr. SE Blacksburg, VA 24060 (540) 382-4010. (877) FOR-GUIDE www.montgomerycc.org

Johnson County Welcome Center 716 S. Shady St. (Hwy. 421S) Mountain City, TN 37683; (423) 727-5800 jcwc@preferred.com

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

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

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

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 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 Townsend Visitor Center 7905 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy Townsend, TN 37882

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

Harrisonburg, VA Visitor Center 212 S. Main St (540) 432-8935 www.harrisonburgtourism.com Lexington Visitor Center 106 E. Washington St. Lexington, VA 24450; (540) 463-3777 www.lexingtonvirginia.com Loudoun County Tourism 112 South Street • Leesburg, VA 20175 (800) 752-6118 • www.visitloudon.org Luray/Page County Chamber 18 Campbell Street. Luray, VA 22835; (540) 743-3915 - www.luraypage.com

Salem Visitor Center 1001 Boulevard @ Civic Center Salem, VA 24153; (888) 827-2536 www.visitsalem.com 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 Staunton Travel Information Center 1290 Richmond Rd. (I-81 Exit 222) Staunton, VA 24401 • (540) 332-3972 www.VisitStaunton.com

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

Lynchburg Regional Information Center 216 12th St. at Church St. Lynchburg, VA 24505; (800) 732-5821 www.discoverlynchburg.org Staunton Visitor ’s Center 35 South New Street, Staunton,VA 24401 Madison County Visitor Center 540-332-3971 • www.VisitStaunton.com 110A N. Main St., Madison, VA 22727 (540) 948-4455 • www.madison-va.com Strasburg Chamber of Commerce Martinsville Visitor Center 157 N. Holiday St. 54 West Church St. • Martinsville, VA 24112 Strasburg, VA 22657; VisitMartinsville.com (540) 465-3187 • www.strasburgchamber.com Nelson County Visitor Center Virginia Tech Visitor Info Ctr. 8519 Thomas Nelson Hwy., Southgate Drive (0480) Lovingston, VA 22949; (800) 282-8223 Blacksburg, VA 24061;(540) 231-3548 www.Nelsoncounty.com www.vt.edu/whereweare/visitor-center.com Orange Co. Visitor's Center 122 East Main St. • Orange, VA 22960 Western Highlands Visitor Center (877) 222-8072 • www.visitorangevirginia.com 241 W. Main St. • Covington, VA 24426; (540) 962-2178 • www.alleghanyhighlands.com Patrick County Chamber of Commerce 20475 JEB Stuart Hwy • PO Box 577 Winchester-Frederick County CVB Stuart, VA 24171; (276) 694-6012 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. www.patrickchamber.com Winchester, VA 22601 • (877) 871-1326 Piedmont Crossroads Visitors Ctr www.visitwinchesterva.com 135A Wood Ridge Terrace Gordonsville, VA 22942 Wytheville CVB 975 Tazewell Street Prince William Visitor Center Wytheville, VA 24382; (276) 223-3355 200 Mill St. • Occoquan, VA 22125 Toll free (877) 347-8307 703-491-4045 • ticctr@aol.com www.visitWytheville.com Pulaski County Visitor Center 4440 Cleburne Blvd • Dublin, VA 24084 WEST VIRGINIA 540-674-4161. www.pulaskicounty.org

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

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

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

Roanoke Visitor Information Center 101 Shenandoah Ave., NE Roanoke VA 24016 • (800) 635-5535 www.VisitRoanokeVA.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 Discovery Center at Mill Mountain Roanoke's Mill Mountain 215 Church Ave., Room 303 Roanoke, VA 24016 • (540) 853-1236

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 www.augustabusiness.org

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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trail sites within a 20 mile radius. Begin in “historic downtown” and take the journey of a lifetime in an afternoon. Civil War trail sites include the first two battles fought in the Shenandoah Valley-Cross Keys & Port Republic. See where General Turner Ashby lost his life, where a hospital housed wounded soldiers, and where General Nathanial Banks led the Union in the Burning of the Shenandoah Valley. Harrisonburg-Rockingham County, “The Breadbasket of the Confederacy”, is yours for exploring www.harrisonburgtourism. com. 540.432.8935

e r u t n e v d A

in Harrisonburg, Virginia

H

arrisonburg is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and is easily accessible from Richmond and Washington, D.C. The town offers a wealth of outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, civil war history and a thriving downtown. Downtown Harrisonburg is exquisitely unique from most main streets lining Virginia. There are clothing boutiques, stores committed to selling Virginia made items, wine shops, consignment stores, music shops, national chains and everything in between-window shopping at its best! Don’t forget

the Farmers Market-open year round! Family fun can also be found downtown: Explore More Discovery Museum, Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg Fire Department Museum and

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

SPRING / SUMMER 2012

Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center, which is home to the Valley Turnpike Museum and Civil War Orientation Center. Stop by OASIS Art Gallery to view their collection of fine arts and crafts. Take a stroll around the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, or take in a show at the Court Square Theater. Harrisonburg is known as the dining destination of the Shenandoah Valley. Try the local flavor where “Farm to Table” dining is the norm! Farmers and chefs work hand in hand to provide the best of the Valley. Enjoy the perfect weather from the patios and rooftops of downtown. Local favorites include: Clementine Café, Dave’s Downtown Taverna, Union Station Bar & Grill, Local Chop & Grill House and the newly opened Capital Ale House featuring close to 100 ales and lagers on tap. A new Civil War driving tour has been made available through the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center. Make Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign your personal history getaway with thirty

Marion’s 6th Annual Liver Mush Festival 6:30-9:00 PM, Friday, June 1. Celebrating liver mush and the liver mush heritage of Marion and McDowell County! For more information call 828-652-2215. Any homage to Liver Mush is welcome and encouraged such as a costume or poem!!Free Liver Mush sandwiches!!! Liver Mush toss. Hospice bake sale. Sidewalk chalk art by the McDowell Arts Council Association. Hula Hoops and inflatable bouncies for the kids!! And what would a Liver Mush Festival be without the sounds of good country music band Roadunnerz!!! 828-652-2215 www.hometownmarion.com


HENDERSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA A FUN & FAMILY FRIENDLY DESTINATION!

A Cool Place to Bring the Kids and the Grandparents, Too! Vacation Planning Information: www.historichendersonville.org 800.828.4244


Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

Your

Outdoor Adventure Begins...

With native festivals, outdoor excursions and nightly entertainment - experience a mountain adventure in the homeland of the Cherokee Indians. Sponsored in part by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation

VisitCherokeeNC.com 800-438-1601

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