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October 1 Marks 16th Anniversary of

Radford Highlanders Festival


ow in its 16th year, the Radford Highlanders Festival has grown into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. The festival began in September 1994 with an approximate crowd of 3,000. Over the past 15 years, the festival has more than tripled in size, and now attracts an estimated crowd of 10,000 people. Whether a family’s background is of ScotsIrish origin or of other descent, the day always brings with it an air of excitement and anticipation. There is no place more beautiful than Southwest Virginia in autumn and the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a beautiful back-drop for the fall festival. In partnership with the City of Radford and Radford University, the festival day begins with a pancake breakfast, and the celebratory kickoff parade through Main Street and up Tyler Avenue. We invite you to spend your first weekend in October in the beautiful highlands of Southwest Virginia and visit our historic city that runs alongside the New River, the second oldest river in the world.

Take some time throughout your day to tour the university’s campus and meet our Radford family. You will be among the thousands anticipated to descend upon RU’s Moffett Field for a daylong celebration of the region’s rich heritage. Come early and get a good seat on the risers to enjoy the Scots-Irish heavyweight games. Moffett Field will be alive with clan gatherings, more than 50 diverse crafts, sheep herding demonstrations, children’s activities, and music grounded in the rich heritage of both the Scots-Irish and the Appalachian region. Don’t miss the excitement! Make your plans today to attend! Admission to the festival is free, however fees do apply for “Taste of the Highlands … Radford Style,” the pancake breakfast and 5-K Run. Fees will be posted on the festival website at www.


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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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rom the Piedmont, generations of North Carolinians have looked for “the Grandfather”… that long-bearded profile silhouetted against the western sky. They seem to have always known this was a special place. French botanist Andrew Michaux came here in 1794, Harvard botanist Asa Gray a half century later, both in search of the rare species abundant on Grandfather Mountain’s slopes. In 1898, John Muir leapt for joy at the view from the top, exclaiming “the air has healed me!” The unique and special features of the ecology of this peak also came into play as the last section of the Parkway was designed around Grandfather. A seven mile unfinished section was delayed for twenty years as environmentalists, adjacent landowners, engineers, and architects put their skills together. The challenge… to preserve the scenic and fragile environment that Muir, Gray, Michaux and others had recognized for centuries. The answer… the Linn Cove Viaduct, the marriage of beauty with utility and habitat protection.

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 From the first explosion of colorful blacksmith shop to his enterprise. wildflowers in the spring or the Cultural history demonstrarefreshing coolness of summer to the tions are offered in summer and fall extravaganza of color, each season early fall at the nearby blacksmith provides the traveler with a completely shop and Matthews Cabin. The different Parkway experience. sights and sounds of rural life in Appalachia, community, mountain Mabry Mill seems just as unique industry, and the change from an and typically Parkway to many agricultural to an industrial society visitors, but in a different way. resonate from this place on a regular The early designers came across basis during the summer season. this structure in place and knew Thomas Jefferson Old timeWine musicFestival has filled the air it had to be part of the Parkway for decades on Sunday afterNovemberhere 19, 2011 experience. Travelers today see noons. Flat-footing is encouraged! the daily patterns of life and the Two Parkway places, one sleekly settled landscape here on the high engineered and designed, the other plateau at places like Mabry Mill. rustic and rural, but both superbly Ed and Lizzy Mabry’s nearly representative of America’s favorite century old gristmill is arguably the drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway. This last section of the Parkway was opened in September 1987, and for twenty five years, visitors have been able to “hug” Grandfather’s fragile slope, getting a close up appreciation for the relationship between the building of the Linn Cove Viaduct and the unique Parkway design that preserves the fragile habitat.

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3rd Asheville International Children’s Film Festival (AICFF) AICFF raises the curtain on a world of wonderment certain to enchant cinema enthusiasts both young and young at heart.

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November 4-13, 2011! marks the third annual Asheville International Children’s Film Festival. Aicff is the largest children’s film festival in the Southeast, The Festival celebrates the best and brightest in international children’s cinema with a 10-day extravaganza of over 70 films from 25 countries. This year’s festival has a blend of programs including animation, features, shorts, historical films, and fantastic hands-on, interactive workshops for the filmmakers of tomorrow. The festival provides families with the opportunity to screen one-

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of-a-kind films not available on DVD. The festival is a great winter time event created especially for families in Western North Carolina and beyond. “I didn’t know these kinds of fun, creative and heartfelt films were created for kids” is the comment most heard from the attendees. You won’t want to miss the three very special events, the kick-off gala, costume pancake breakfast, and closing awards ceremony. We know you will have a great family experience and make memories that will live forever!

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he largest all-pottery an invited juror. Cash, checks show in Virginia featuring and credit cards accepted. functional and decorative Patrick Henry High School works created by more than Cafeteria, 2102 Grandin Road, 70 area potters. The Show S.W., Roanoke, VA 24015 is open to the public at Admission is FREE Patrick Henry High School and begins with a sale and reception Phone: 540-343-1836 on Friday. Sale and demonstrations continue Saturday and Sunday. Demonstrations feature various pottery techniques including hand-thrown, hand-built and sculpted clay art. New this year is a children’s corner offering hands-on activities for youth. A special gallery exhibit with the theme “Reflections of Ourselves” will show works created by Guild members who interpret this theme. The gallery is judged by



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Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival November 19, 2011

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. or call 1-877-447-3257

Black bears, otters, cougars, deer, even an eagle. Experience them all in natural settings at Grandfather Mountain — without giving up the creature comforts.

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The Roanoke Valley offers

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he Roanoke Valley is the perfect stop during your travels along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Named after a Native American word for “shell money” in the late 1800’s, Roanoke has emerged as a vibrant area of growth and unique character. Yet, a visit to this beautiful part of the Parkway reminds you to slow down and enjoy the beauty and experiences the Roanoke Valley has to offer. Stand among the stars at Roanoke’s Mill Mountain, home to the world’s largest freestanding illuminated man-made star. The Roanoke Star was erected in 1949 and features an overlook of

the city and surrounding communities, making it the premiere spot to view the valley and beautiful fall colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, the Roanoke Valley is more than a place to be seen from the top of a mountain. It is meant to be experienced. Downtown Roanoke captures the appealing blend of combining deep historical roots with thriving urban progress. For a sample of the city’s classic history, make your way to the Historic Roanoke City Market, which began in 1882 and still serves some of the area’s freshest locally-grown produce. A crisp, juicy apple from the market is the perfect snack for a cool,

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autumn afternoon. In October, the city celebrates the produce of the fall with the annual Harvest Festival, offering games, crafts, food, and more. After visiting local vendors along Market Street, take a stroll through the newly re-opened City Market Building. The building, which was constructed in 1921 and recently renovated, offers a food court of unique local vendors and remains one of Roanoke’s most iconic structures. In addition to the rich history of the market district, the Roanoke Valley has a rail heritage as strong as the steam locomotives on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. The museum features the powerful Class A 1218 and Class J 611 steam locomotives, antique automobile exhibits, and more. You can also experience the Railwalk, a walking trail from the museum to the market district that runs parallel to the railroad tracks with kiosks that explain Roanoke’s iron horse history.

While the Roanoke Valley has a proud history, it also has a blossoming arts community providing the area with fresh ideas and perspective. Between the intriguing modern exhibits of the Taubman Museum of Art, the classic paintings of Gallery 108, and the creative sculptures of the Wilson Hughes Gallery, you can become an arts connoisseur. You can also listen to the pleasing sounds of Roanoke’s musical community. The city is a popular spot for major musical performers and festivals – including October’s Big Lick Blue’s Festival in downtown’s Elmwood Park. Experiencing the amazing colors of the Blue Ridge Parkway and singing the blues in the Roanoke Valley will give you yet another possibility to discover along your trek. To find out more: check out or Roanoke Valley Visitor Information Center at 101 Shenandoah Ave NE, 24016 (800) 635-5535.


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igeon Forge Winterfest got a big shout-out even before all the festivities were locked in when the Southeast Tourism Society named it a Top 20 Event in the Southeast. Four months of activity begin on Nov. 8 with a special parade saluting military veterans (Veterans Day is Nov. 11) and a ceremony in Patriot Park that flips the switch on five million Winterfest lights. This is Pigeon Forge Winterfest’s 22nd year. Dates are Nov. 8-Feb. 26, 2012. The Nov. 8 kickoff includes an afternoon parade ending in Patriot Park followed by an evening program featuring a tribute to veterans, bluegrass music and the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus. After the entire city’s light displays pop on, Pigeon Forge’s Fun Time Trolleys will offer free rides on the Trolley Tour of Lights for the rest of the evening. Winterfest was created to build activity in what previously had been the off-season for the city. That changed dramatically as Winterfest’s popularity grew. Among the events on the calendar: Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas (Nov. 5-Dec. 30) glows with four million holiday lights of its own and the

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5 Million Lights, Special Salute to Veterans To Launch Pigeon of premiere Forge Winterfest 2012 “Christmas on Ice” in DP’s Celebrity Theatre. “Christmas on Ice,” an original show, features the Ice Theater of New York, the nation’s leading ice dance ensemble. The cast includes six singers who perform a variety of Christmas favorites – “Snow,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful” and many more – all featuring new musical arrangements. The Titanic Museum Attraction gets in the Edwardian holiday spirit with its “Christmas in a Winter Wonderland” (Nov. 8-Dec. 31). Festivities include real snow every Friday and Saturday evening from Nov. 25-Dec. 10 Titanic, which marks the actual ship’s centennial throughout 2012, helps start the year with its annual ice carving competition. See celebrated ice sculptors work with everything from chainsaws to tiny hand tools making fanciful creations from 250-pound blocks of ice Jan. 14, 2012. Wilderness Wildlife Week (Jan. 7-14, 2012) is a citysponsored week of programs about Great Smoky

Mountains National Park and other outdoor topics. More than 150 experts offer seminars, classes and workshops on topics ranging from bears and elk in the park to nature photography and fly-fishing. There even are daily guided hikes. All activities are free. Saddle Up! (Feb. 23-26, 2012) is another city-sponsored event that keeps Winterfest active into February. It’s a celebration of the American West that includes cowboy poetry, Western music and a genuine chuckwagon cookoff.

Award-winning event brightens Smoky Mountains resort through February

It’s one of the biggest Western events east of the Mississippi River, and it attracts some of Western music’s biggest acts. Information about Pigeon Forge Winterfest, including Wilderness Wildlife Week in January and Saddle Up! in February, is at www.MyPigeonForge. com and 1-800-251-9100.

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Southwest Virginia, juried under the strictest quality standards to ensure the “best of the best” are represented. Heartwood’s four gallery spaces entice visitors with some of the finest crafts in the country. Choose from one- of-a-kind jewelry,

musicians. And when the show ends, you’re welcome to take any of our musicians home... by visiting The Crooked Road Store where you’ll find a large selection of traditional American music and handmade instruments crafted by master artisans right here in Southwest Virginia. Visitors to Heartwood are greeted by an iconic, vaulted structure inspired by the spirit and character of Southwest Virginia. Elements of traditional agrarian buildings native to the settlers of this area served as touchstones for a unique and timeless building that symbiotically blends illuminating walls of glass with sustainably harvested native woods.

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outhwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, is a world-class showcase destination for those who cherish traditional music, original crafts, and regionally harvested upscale cuisine. Located in picturesque Abingdon, Virginia, just

off Interstate 81 at Exit 14, Heartwood is a convenient, unequaled stop for shopping and dining. The 30,000 square foot facility features craft, music, food, coffee, and wine from the 19 county, ‘Round the Mountain region of

Enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast

pottery, quilts, and handturned and carved creations all made by area artisans. Much of the food offered at Heartwood is grown, harvested and prepared locally so you get the freshest “farm to table” cuisine possible. Their chefs have travelled Southwest Virginia to find the best country recipes and added an upscale flair to make our culinary creations unique to Heartwood! The wine and coffee bar features locally roasted beans and their wines represent the best regional vintages, grown and bottled right here in Southwest Virginia. A performance area offers live music strummed and sung by famous (and soon to be famous) regional


Mountain Glory Festival

FREE Annual Beautiful scenic views

October 8, 2011, 9:30 am – 5 p.m. Arts & Crafts Street Festival with local entertainment Small Town Celebration of Fall and the Glory of the Mountains with crafts, food, children’s events, Quilt Show and local entertainment.

800-538-3508 Close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, mp 229 330 Shaw Lane Glade Valley, NC 28627

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Main Street, Marion, North Carolina For information visit 828-652-2215 or 828-652-3551

For more information contact: Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission One Heartwood Circle Abingdon, VA 24210

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ach autumn, Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town, plays host to the National Storytelling Festival, a three-day celebration of storytelling that honors oral traditions from around the world. The renowned outdoor festival showcases nearly two dozen of the world’s premier storytellers and has been recognized

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as “the leading event of its kind in America” by USA Today. With a lineup just as diverse as the audience, a wide variety of styles and traditions are represented throughout the weekend, including folk tales, personal narratives and ancient legends. Storytelling concerts, which take place under big-top tents sprinkled throughout

the historic town, begin Friday morning and continue until Sunday afternoon. Two of the festival’s most popular events are featured on Friday and Saturday nights underthe-stars Ghost Story concerts and the adult-only Midnight Cabarets. The 39th National Storytelling Festival will take place October 7-9, 2011. For more information,

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call the International Storytelling Center at (800) 952-8392 or visit

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.

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illiam King Museum continues to celebrate the diversity of regional artistic talent with its biennial exhibition, From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands, a major exhibition of new works by artists working in all media in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The 2011 exhibition will open in The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery of William King Museum, Abingdon, Virginia, on October 14, 2011, and will continue through February 19, 2012. INFO: 276.628.5005 ext. 112.

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 • Free Visitors Guide call 877-347-8307 •

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take a World Famous New River Train Excursion this fall!


n cooperation with Amtrak and CSX, The Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, Inc will once again operate 4 300-mile, one day, round trips this October. The trips originate in Huntington, WV with stops in St Albans, WV to receive additional passengers. The train will consist of 29 Amtrak equipped and privately owned coaches, lounge cars, and domelounge cars. The non-profit railroad historical society has operated these trips almost every year since 1966. Passengers on these four trips will traverse all the 65 mile long New River Gorge, the "Grand Canyon of the East", where the only indication of modern civilization is the track of the old C&O Railway (Now CSX), on occasional cabin and the white water rafters. The gorge country is usually highlighted in October fall tree colors and the train also passes under The New River Gorge Bridge which is the second longest steel arch bridge in the world at 856 feet above the gorge.

The trains leave Huntington's old C&O Depot at 935 7th Ave at 9th Street at 8:30am., making a stop in St. Albans near Charleston to pick up passengers and Montgomery before going on to Hinton, WV where arrival is scheduled for approximately 12:45 p.m. In Hinton, passengers can enjoy a street fair with arts, crafts, food, railroad museum and local entertainment during the approximately three-hour layover. Following the layover, the special train departs Hinton at 4pm for the return trip home where arrival is approximately 8:15pm in Huntington, WV. Round trip fares are $139. Adult Coach, $90 child 3-12. Premium service is $229 which includes seating in a lounge type car with Breakfast and Dinner. Also available is the Business Car service which seats up to 12 (but only available on the 22 and 23 of October). This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by the car's chef. Price is $375. Tickets may be ordered by phone by calling 866-639-7487 or online at

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Home for the Holidays Catch the Christmas spirit in Historic Hendersonville and the Village of Flat Rock, North Carolina


Historic Hendersonville and Village of Flat Rock, NC

ome Home for the Holidays to Historic Hendersonville and the Village of Flat Rock, North Carolina. Discover an old fashioned holiday with small town charm, sprinkled with excitement and nostalgic atmosphere. The area abounds with holiday activities such as the Flat Rock Playhouse productions, an Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas, holiday concerts, hometown Christmas parade, and many other events for the whole family. Make a family Christmas tradition by exploring the Western

North Carolina choose and cut Christmas tree farms to select the perfect Christmas tree. The holiday season, with its many traditions, family gatherings and good cheer, will soon be upon us. Rediscover this magical time of the year and create cherished memories to last a lifetime. For events in Western North Carolina, choose and cut Christmas tree farms, or to receive a Mountain Seasons Vacation Planner, visit their web site at For additional information call Henderson County Travel & Tourism at (828) 693-9708 / 800-828-4244 or come by the Visitors Information Center located at 201 South Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

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Grandfather Mountain's


randfather Mountain is considered one of the best fall color destinations in the Southern Appalachians because of its amazing diversity of plant life. As autumn approaches and the chlorophyll begins to fade from the leaves, the yellow and red pigments that lay beneath the green chlorophyll begin to show through. And because each different species of plant reveals a little bit different hue and shade, the abundant variety of plant species at Grand-

father reveal an abundant variety of autumn colors. Contributing most to the seasonal spectacular is the fact that Grandfather is blessed with a wide diversity of hardwood trees. Bright yellow cottonwoods, golden poplars, pumpkin-colored beech trees, orange sugar maples, blood-red sourwoods, rusty red oaks, crimson-colored huckleberries, wine-colored sweetgums and purple dogwoods all contrast against the gray boulders and evergreen firs for a kaleidoscope of color. Elevation also contributes to the diversity of plant species and color. Because Grandfather Mountain rises abruptly from the valley floor, 4,000 feet in elevation above the Catawba River Valley to the east and 2,000 feet in elevation above Linville Gap to the west, different ecosystems exist at each level.

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Photos by Helen Moss Davis

The changing of the fall colors is always a miracle, and anywhere you travel in the North Carolina mountains to look at leaves will be a treat. But if a friend tells you that the Blue Ridge Parkway between Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain is the best fall color destination in the South, don't dismiss it as hype. Because diversity of plant life means diversity of colors, and Grandfather Mountain is the most biologically diverse mountain in the East. For assistance, contact our area travel information service, North Carolina High Country Host, at 800-438-7500 or www. Direct links to the lodging members of area Chambers of Commerce are also available on

Journey back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is

transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm. Shopkeepers provide live music & serve holiday treats with hot cider & cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.


Travel on weekdays in mid-October. Visit the High Country on weekdays during October if you can. Attractions, restaurants and hotels will be busy on peak October weekends, so visiting during the week is more relaxed.

Arrive at Grandfather Mountain before 10:00 a.m. or after 3:00 p.m. on peak weekends. Most of our guests arrive between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The pay-offs for visiting early are many. Cool mornings clear the air, making the view across the surrounding mountains the most spectacular. In fact, early-morning visitors in October are sometimes able to see the skyline of Charlotte, NC 80 miles away. The animals are energized by the brisk mornings, too, and are alert and playful in the early hours.

On weekend mornings, go to the Swinging Bridge first. If there are traffic delays, they will be toward the top of the mountain where there are fewer places to park. These usually do not develop before 11 a.m. If you are looking for a fun excursion, park at the Trails Parking area just below the summit and take the Bridge Trail to the top. This 15-minute walk leads visitors to a viewpoint at which the bridge seems to float high above, making the experience of crossing the span minutes later all that more of an adventure.


First Two Fridays & Saturdays in December, beginning at dusk December 2, 3 & 9, 10



More information: 800-962-1911

If you are spending the weekend in the High Country, we recommend that you have lodging reservations.

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Welcome to Bedford Virginia Y

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, the glory of the Peaks of Otter at dawn, and the solitude of hikes along the Appalachian Trail. Bedford is a harvest festival, the world-famous National D-Day Memorial, fine wines, glorious apples, rugged trails and breath taking overlooks. Bedford is a treasure trove of experiences. For more than 200 years, Bedford has been home to American heroes. 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

are 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. 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 information, contact or visit Bedford Tourism and Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Road, | Bedford, VA 24523 540-587-5681or tollfree 877-447-3257 or on the web at:

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Enjoy Fall Adventure in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia!

Just a short drive away... Well known for NASCAR Racing and Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville Virginia is also gaining a reputation as an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Nestled in the foot-hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with more than 10,000-acres of public land, 3,000-acres of open water on Philpott Lake, 45-miles of river and 20 miles of trails, there's something for every outdoor enthusiast to enjoy this summer! Martinsville is just under an hour drive north of Greensboro, NC and one hour south of Roanoke, VA on US Highway 220. Being within a day's drive of 60% of the US Population, makes Martinsville-Henry County a perfect meeting place for family and friends to enjoy a fun-filled getaway. Let them help you plan your next getaway! VisitMartinsville Twitter: @MHCTourism 888-PACE-4-YU The Visitor Center is located at 54 West Church Street.

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Ayoka's Day of Play October 1, 2011

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


his is a children's event at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum’s Amphitheater, in Vonore, TN. Ages 6-12. Must be accompanied by an adult. This a great Scouting activity. Join in for a morning of Cherokee games. The mission of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, a property of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians in Eastern Tennessee, particularly the life and contributions of Sequoyah. The Museum will collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit objects and data that support this mission.

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Motorcycle Trail

Special Event at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center!


Living Traditions of the Blue Ridge



otorcycle riders, or anyone enjoying a scenic drive, have another reason to visit Wytheville and the surrounding area with the creation of a new motorcycle trail. Titled “The Claw of the Dragon”, the trail features loops that range from 62 to 224 miles long with names such as “Possum Run”, “The Wooly Mammoth”, “Turkey Strut”, and the “Horn of the Cow”. While primarily focusing on Wythe, Bland, and Smyth Counties, these routes also briefly go through neighboring Pulaski, Carroll, Grayson and

Tazewell Counties making it a truly regional adventure. Each year, more and more travelers find the Wytheville area to be a great place to spend a long weekend or mini-vacation. Once touted as a stopover because of its location on Interstates 77 & 81, Wytheville is now marketed as a destination for families, couples, group tours, and as a premier meeting and conference location. Copies of the guide are available at the Regional Visitors Center at 975 Tazewell Street in Wytheville daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call tollfree 1-877-347-8307.

Museum Hours Monday thru Saturday: 9am to 5pm Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area presents

“Music Heritage Day: A day of celebration of the unique musical traditions of the Blue Ridge.” Saturday, October 1, 2011 Milepost 384, Asheville, NC. Building is open 9am - 5pm Special concert featuring Dehlia Low at noon. Ice cream from the Hop, and more! For more information, call Amy Hollifield, 828-298-5330, ext. 301 Or email her at amy@ For updates and other Western North Carolina regional event information, please visit our website

The museum is located in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee on the shores of beautiful Tellico Lake, off Highway U.S.411 in Vonore, Tennessee on Hwy 360, 37 miles south of downtown Knoxville.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park


himney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney

Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, as Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one well as the second highest waterfall of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The of its kind in the eastern United Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith States. A popular destination for travel groups, weddings, special called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory events and field trips, the Park

is also known for its innovative hands-on educational programs for K-12 schools. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at

More information on current Capital Improvement projects at or by calling 800-277-9611.

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A Virginia Historic Landmark

Craftsmen's Fair

Michie Tavern ca. 1784

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. October 6 thru 23 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


Mountain Lake hosts our 23rd Anniversary of this celebration of Autumn with Toasting, Feasting, and Music!

ktoberfest Weekends at Mountain Lake!

Sept 17, 24 & 30 • Oct 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29 $35.00 adults • $17.50 children • non-refundable

Appetizer Grill w/German Sausages • German Beers, Wines & Spiced Cider Traditional German Buffet • Hot and Cold Banquet Tables • Roasted Pig

Live German oompah Band!

Nightly Rates begin at

$225.00 +tax, per night/2 people

Oktoberfest is included in your overnight lodging, alcoholic beverages are extra. Note: for Oktoberfest participants not staying at Mountain Lake, reservations may be made Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket price non-refundable.

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115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, VA

ReseRvations RequiRed. Call 800-346-3334


ichie Tavern, located ½ mile below Jefferson’s Monticello, accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through an historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life. Servers in period attire offer bountiful COLONIAL MIDDAY FARE. The rustic tavern setting renders a lunch dining experience rich in southern culture and hospitality for families to enjoy. Get a taste of the 18th-century as we feature a buffet of southern fried chicken, marinated baked chicken, hickory-smoked pork barbecue, stewed tomatoes, black-eyed peas, buttermilk biscuits and so much more. Guests may further savor the past through a lively INTERACTIVE TOUR of the oldest section of the Tavern where their 18th century

counterparts socialized. A tour of this Virginia Historic Landmark reveals lifestyles and customs of 18th century patrons. Visitors are invited to dance a colonial reel and play tavern games. After a leisurely lunch and tour, guests may enjoy relaxed shopping in FOUR UNIQUE SHOPS – all housed in distinct historic structures. The Tavern-Museum Shop, The Metal Smith Shop, The Clothier and The General Store each provide a one-of-a-kind experience above and beyond plentiful shopping opportunities. Michie Tavern is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Midday Fare is offered 11:30 to 3:00 daily and Interactive Tours offered March through October and self-guided tours offered November through February. For more information visit them on line at http://www.michietavern. com or phone: 434) 977-1234./

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The North Carolina Arboretum Celebrates Heritage Crafts Day Traditions of the Southern Appalachians will be celebrated as The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, hosts Heritage Crafts Day on Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.


he event, now in its sixth year, features artists and crafters whose work reflects the heritage of Western North Carolina. Vitally important to the region’s craft heritage is the close relationship between the crafts and plants used in their production. Much of the artistic expression of mountain crafts originates from the character and nature of plants.

Fine crafts made from local and natural materials will be highlighted, as will art created from recycled and sustainable sources. Past shows have featured woodcarving, basket making, weaving, and spinning, as well as native and medicinal plant sales, music and garden education classes. Because the region is known for an abundance of high quality art and craft, Heritage Crafts Day is a juried crafts event. All art and craft represented is original and handcrafted by the exhibitors. Visitors to the Heritage Crafts Day are encouraged to explore the Arboretum’s Heritage Garden. The garden showcases plants used in the multi-million-dollar craft indus-

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try of Western North Carolina, including those used for handmade paper and brooms, baskets and dyes. Visitors can discover the many plants that support crafts and understand how they are grown, prepared, and used in the industry. Heritage Crafts Day is one of many popular events hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum. Each year more than 376,000 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 event is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal vehicle). For information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit

SHOPPING, GIFTS, SANTA... Mistletoe Market

November 4-6, 2011


he region’s premier holiday shopping event and William King Museum’s largest annual fundraiser will be held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. This year’s market will feature over 65 merchants from the Mid-Atlantic to the Southeast.

Kick off the shopping extravaganza at Thursday night’s Prevue Gala, Nov. 3rd 7-10pm, the un-official start to the holiday season with the opportunity to make those first purchases before the market officially opens to the public. The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland and Southeast Culinary and Hospitality College will provide the delicious gala catering. Reserve your tickets now!

The weekend will include shopping Fri. and Sat. 9-7, and Sunday’s Family Day from 11-5 featuring a seasonal craft, music and holiday card photos with Santa!

Mistletoe Market is the area’s largest annual holiday event,

INFO: 276.628.5005 ext. 111

Don't Miss it!

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

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With this 6� X 4“ Pocket Guide identify the most colorful trees in the fall forests (Learn more, enjoy more!)


At stores, shops, and lodging along your route.

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

828-295-7987 •

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

Appalachia's rich, distinctive heritage and abundant natural beauty offer something for every traveler. To help visitors plan their travels in Appalachia,visit, a Web site that provides information on travel destinations within Appalachia and resources for those seeking to visit the Appalachian Region. Information on vacationing in Appalachia can be selected by state.

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Annual Hawk Migration Through Qualla Boundary


t’s a common sight during the fall months on the Qualla Boundary and along the overlooks of the Blue Ridge Parkway – people standing, pointing, lifting binoculars skyward while sharing their excitement in muted tones just above a whisper. They’re watching for dozens of bird species such as hawks, eagles and Osprey that migrate through the Southern Appalachians as the cold winter winds begin to blow. Cool, breezy Novembers usually bring Red-shouldered Hawks and Redtailed Hawks, along with Northern Harriers, Golden Eagles and the uncommon Rough-legged Hawk. Goshawks, unusual visitors to the parkway and the Qualla Boundary before December, have been spotted at most hawk-watching sites along the Blue Ridge as early as October as the birds make their annual southwesterly flight. Sharp-shinned Hawks were spotted along the Blue Ridge Parkway, numbering in the hundreds, during October. It’s anticipated that December will see the Goshawk number increase as more birds continue on their winter migration. In addition to the vast birding opportunities along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherokee is home to four state-recognized birding trails including the Garden Path at the Oconaluftee Indian Village

Botanical Gardens. The trail is open to the public at no charge, and gently winds uphill to a traditional Cherokee vegetable garden overlooking the Village before looping back around to the trailhead. While exploring the Gardens, look for Pileated Woodpeckers, Rubythroated Hummingbirds, Scarlet Tanagers and Hooded Warblers. The trail to Mingo Falls, no matter the season, offers birders a visually stunning experience – from the newness of tender blooms in spring to the golden orange glow of fall. Birders may spot Wood Thrush, Louisiana Waterthrush, Scarlet Tanager and Pileated Woodpeckers as well as recently reintroduced elk. These large, deer-like animals travel in groups and once roamed the mountains of Western North Carolina. The Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road in Cherokee offers excellent birding experiences for newbies and seasoned birders. Species such as Northern Parula; Blueheaded and Red-eyed Vireos; Yellow-throated, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Canada and Hooded Warblers; Veery;

Rose-breasted Grosbeak; and Wild Turkey can often be found feeding in the fields at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Travel up along Newfound Gap Road within Great Smoky Mountain National Park to find Red Crossbill, Black-capped Chickadee and Pine Siskin at higher elevations. A variety of migrating songbirds pass through the Qualla Boundary in the spring and fall and can easily be spotted from the pulls-offs and trailheads along the road. Other delightful birding destinations in Cherokee include the Oconaluftee Island Park, the Riverwalk at Riverbend that follows along Oconaluftee River and the wetlands at Ferguson Fields (Kituwah Farm), known as the sacred “Mothertown” of the Cherokee where Swamp Sparrows and Willow Flycatchers can be found. Stop by the Cherokee Visitor Center for additional information about birding options during your visit to Cherokee.

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Round This Mountain

Don't Miss

The Mountain Glory Festival

By Oma Boyd

The voices of the Appalachians speak strong and rich in the words of this delightful book Therein, the scent of sassafras, the cry of a redtail hawk, and the green of a well-tended garden salute the blooms of redbud and blackberry, the tables groaning with home-prepared food for hard-working families, and the quirky, sharp humor of the people. Magical memories vie with modern awareness as one works through the tales… only to bring forth the wish to preserve those simpler times. Few books embody such a depth of family and regional tradition, or represent it to the rest of the world with so much authority and affection as Oma Boyd in ’Round This Mountain. This book is a collection of short stories drawn from an old woman’s life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Pick up a copy at your local gift shops or order this wonderful book from:

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n Saturday October 8, 2011 the 28th Annual Mountain Glory Festival will celebrate the arrival of autumn in beautiful downtown Marion, North Carolina. Starting at 9:30am, the festival covers the court house lawn and 3 blocks of downtown. Browsers and shoppers looking for original handicrafts or handspun enjoyment will find plenty of choice among more than 100 artists, crafters and food booths and a variety of entertainment, from local bluegrass bands playing traditional mountain music to haunting melodies of Native American music. Beside mainstays of music and craft, the festival offers glimpses into local and regional pastimes, such as the Mountain Glory Craft Show, foot races and 3

stages of area talent. Addie's Chapel Gospel Choir is an annual favorite. One of the most popular areas of the festival every year is the "Children's Arena" that provides hands on activities, a best dressed pet show and special entertainment for kids. For more Information: City of Marion P.O. Drawer 700 Marion, NC 28752 Phone: 828-652-2215 or 828-652-3551 Email: info@ For more information on Lodging and visitors services, visit

Patsy Cline Historic House Now Open to The Public


his is where is all started. County Music Legend Patsy Cline got her start here and after a major restoration project these doors will be open to the whole world. Cline was living in the tiny two-storey frame house when she signed her first record deal, made her Grand Ole Opry debut and won Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts television competition - a sort of '50s version of American Idol - by singing "Walkin' After Midnight," which became her first hit record. The restoration of the Patsy Cline House is finally complete and the

home is now open for tours, in Winchester, VA at the northern end of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. PATSY CLINE HISTORIC HOUSE: 608 S. Kent St., Winchester, Va.; http://www. , 540662-5555. Tour hours: TuesdaySaturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.;

Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Adults, $6, seniors over 60 and children under 18, $5; children under 10 and military with ID, free. For more information on Winchester area contact: Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Winchester, VA 22601 or email:

Radford’s Visitors Center


(located inside Glencoe Musuem)

600 Unruh Drive Radford, VA 24141

Learn to Walk on Water!

Outfitters Tangent 5202 540/731- Highlanders Festival

October 1 Celtic games, clans, music & more!

Cabin Days/Ingles Farm July 3-4, Aug 6-7, Sept 4-5, Oct 8-9

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Festival of Lights Scenic Byways and

in Wythe County, Dec 3, 4-8pm New River Trail State Park 176 Orphanage Drive Foster Falls, VA 24360

Bring the family to this holiday charity event. See the historic Foster Falls village sparkle under more than 100,000 colorful lights. Enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides and antique tractor hayrides. Warm up later with complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and pastries. Visit Santa and tell him about your holiday wishes. The event is free for those donating canned food or an unopened toy. (276) 699-6778 state_parks/new.shtml

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Backroads in the NC High Country


he High Country Back Roads meander through some of the most spectacular scenery in Eastern America. Fall is an especially beautiful time to take advantage of these routes. At, it's easy to download printable Route Guides, maps—even Audio Tour Guides to listen to as Podcasts or on disk in your car CD player.

Two scenic loops in Ashe and Watauga Counties are accessible from both sides of the mountains. From the east, take US-421 from the Winston-Salem area or US-321 from Hickory (Interstates 40 and 77). From the west, both of those highways also reach the

33rd Annual Valle Country Fair "The Valle Country Fair is an overgrown church bazaar set in the center of one of the most picturesque valleys in the North Carolina mountains at the peak of the fall color season. All monies raised go to fund High Country organizations which

serve people in need." Held in Valle Crucis on October 15th. Last year more than 10,000 people enjoyed 150 juried fine arts and crafts booths, fresh apple cider, and great local food and drinks. Contact

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(Alleghany County, NC) The Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed to all traffic from Milepost 232.5 at Stone Mountain Overlook to Milepost 236.9 at Air Bellows Gap Overlook Parking beginning July 15, 2011, and lasting until Summer of 2012. Detour traffic signage will direct Parkway visitors around the closure area via NC

Route 18 and US Highway 21 through Laurel Springs and Sparta. The Doughton Park Campground and Brinegar Cabin are open and accessible by traveling the Parkway from the south. Beginning the Spring of 2012, additional closures and detours will follow between Milepost 218 near Cumberland Knob and Milepost 230. The Bluffs Lodge and Coffee Shop will remain closed for the season.

High Country from the BristolJohnson City area of Tennessee (Interstates 26 and 81). These tours are also a snap to reach from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Southern Loop, from Boone south through Banner Elk and Blowing Rock, is 50 miles long and provides about two hours of scenic drive time. The Northern Loop, from West Jefferson through Warrensville, Lansing and Helton, is 34 miles and takes about 1 hour to drive. Both estimates are driving times, and don't include your stops (and you'll want to make many!). Connecting these two enticing loops, the beautiful NC-194 “Scenic Byway” is 26 miles long and passes historic Todd, NC, with its old-fashioned Todd General Store and the meandering New River.

Download the Details!

Log on to The Route Guides include narratives that highlight major landmarks and turning points that are also marked on the Maps and described in the Audio Tours.

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Always The 3rd Weekend in October!

For the 33rd year the town of Banner Elk has welcomed both old and new friends to the annual Woolly Worm Festival.


ince 1978, the residents of Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain villages have celebrated the coming of the snow season with The Woolly Worm Festival. The third weekend in October determines which worm will have the honor of predicting the severity of the coming winter. That worm earns the honor by winning the final of many hard fought races up a three-foot length of string set on the main stage. This is how it works: As the late Charles Von Canon explained, "The Wooly Bear caterpillar has 13 brown and black

segments that correspond to the 13 weeks of winter. The lighter brown a segment is, the milder that week of winter will be. The darker black a segment is, the colder and snowier the corresponding week will be." The winner of the final heat becomes the survivor of the fittest and is used to for prognasticating. Its been done that way for decades by the local farmers. Don't miss this one of a kind festival where racing woolly worms is a highlight. A true predictor of the coming winter weather is the honor bestowed upon the winner

of the final heat on Saturday. Woolly Worms are racing all day for this two day event with the Championship race held Saturday at the end of the festival close to the day's end for the festival. You will find great food, a woad wace, live entertainment, and lots of arts and craft vendors. For More Info: Woolly Worm Festival #2 Shoppes at Tynecastle Intersection of NC 105 & NC 184 Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5605

Traditions, Legends and Folklore at Oconaluftee Village


eaf looking season is just around the corner. Walk through the splendid colors at the Oconaluftee Indian Village. Take a guided tour through a swirl of red, yellow, and orange foliage. Along the way learn about Cherokee history and culture. See local artisans demonstrating centuries old craft making techniques. Watch traditional Cherokee dances taking place on our ceremonial Square Grounds. Learn about our lineage in the Council House. Oconaluftee Indian Village is open for tours until October 22, 2011.

Have you ever heard our Cherokee legends? One comes to life this Halloween at the Oconaluftee Indian Village. Join us for the haunted trail‌if you dare. Starting October 21st through October 31st we will send you up on our haunted trail and hope you make it out safely. Who knows what will be waiting for you on a secluded mountainside. For further details call (866) 554-4557 or visit the website at

Oktoberfest is returning to the Smokies! Enjoy the fall splendor on the Aerial Tram ride to the festivities at the Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant and Lounge. Savor authentic German cuisine and your favorite Oktoberfest beverage. The Bavarian Fun Makers Oompah Band will perform at 1pm Monday thru Thursday and three shows daily Friday thru Sunday, September 30 through October 30. In the winter, Ober Gatlinburg offers skiers and snowboarders terrain for all abilities - from a beginner experiencing the joy of snow sports for the first time, to a seasoned expert hitting the moguls and terrain park. For those less adventurous, Ober offers a snow tubing area with a magic carpet to transport participants up the hill, and an indoor ice rink with skates available for all ages.


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Linn Cove Viaduct

Turns 25


in 2012

fter 52 years of construction, all 469 miles the Blue Ridge Parkway, including the Linn Cove Viaduct, were finally opened to visitors in September 1987. Completed 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 William King Museum during severe winter weather, Center for Art and Cultural Heritage 415 Academy Dr. • Abingdon, VA 24210 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 precast section was lowered by a stiffleg 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.

OKTOBER FLUMEFEST!! Museum Hours: 10-5 Tues., Wed., & Fri.; 10-9 Thurs.; 1-5 Sat.-Sun. Partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Member of the Virginia Association of Museums

The Bon Ami Mine at Emerald Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 Village is one of the few places in the world with rare underground *GEM MINING COMPETITION! Opal deposits glowing under special *FREE TREASURE HUNT ultraviolet lamps. (Admission—$15 WITH PRIZES! Adults/$10 Seniors & Students) *FREE KID’S DAY-TIME MINE TOURS! — *FREE LIVE MUSIC! *FREE 331 McKinney Mine Rd., Little GUIDED HIKES! Switzerland, NC — 828-765-6463

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64th Annual

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands


t’s the 64th season of the bi-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands - October 20-23, 2011. The Craft Fair is an event where connoisseurs and novices alike come to craft a collection, connect with tradition, and invest in regional culture. The Craft Fair takes place in beautiful downtown Asheville at the Civic Center, 10am-6pm Thursday through Saturday, and 10am -5pm Sunday. Over two hundred craftspeople fill two floors with fine handcrafted items, while local musicians play live on the arena stage, and craft educators share their knowledge with children in hands-on projects. The Fairs take place at the Asheville Civic Center, 87 Haywood Street, in downtown Asheville, NC. Admission is $8 with children under 12 free with an adult. Group discounts are available. Additional information about this event is call 1-828-2987928 or at

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2011 Western North Carolina

Fall Foliage & Apple Harvest


ask in the bounty of the fall apple harvest amidst the scenic beauty of the Historic Hendersonville & Flat Rock area. A favorable color season requires a succession of warm, sunny days, crisp cool nights and rain to keep the leaves growing to bring about the most spectacular color displays. As you plan your fall mountain get-away, your window of opportunity is larger than you think. The peak leaf color season lasts from early October to midNovember depending on where you are. No matter what week of leaf season you arrive, peak fall color is somewhere close by. The western North Carolina mountains provide a variety of elevations, from the

highest peaks to the warm, gently rolling foothills. The chances to witness spectacular fall color and beautiful mountain vistas are plentiful in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The leaves change color when the food producing chlorophyll in the leaves dies as the days grow shorter and the temperature drops. A good color season requires warm days, cool nights and rain to keep the leaves growing. When trees stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment in the leaves, it unveils color that had been covered up by the chlorophyll. The change in color begins in the higher elevations and cascades down the mountain side to the foothills. Remember that colors do not disappear after their peak, but become muted with age; the reds turn to rust and yellows into gold. The display includes bright reds and golds of hickory, oak, silver and red maple, dogwood, beech, yellow poplar, scarlet red blackgum, sourwood and orange sassafras all set against the deep green of evergreens. To add to the show are colorful fall flowers such as: black-eyed Susans, asters, Joe Pye weed, goldenrod, and wild sunflowers. North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson

County is the largest appleproducing county in North Carolina and grows 65 percent of the apples in the state. Henderson County is home to approximately 200 apple growers. According to Henderson County Extension Service statistics, there are about 5,000 acres of apple trees planted in Henderson County. The apple harvest season runs from late August through October. The most widely-grown apples are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, Granny Smith, Stayman, Fuji and Galas. Many roadside apple markets or produce stands are located throughout Henderson County.

No matter what week of leaf season you arrive, peak fall color is somewhere close by!

Enjoy a self-guided driving tour in and around Henderson County's apple country for apple products and view the orchards. The tour map is available at the Visitors Information Center at 201 South Main Street in Hendersonville or online at For additional information on the Historic Hendersonville/ Flat Rock area, accommodations, calendar event information, or to track the progress of the fall colors call 800-8284244 or visit their web site

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

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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 • Ellijay Visitor Center 205 Craig St.; PO Box 505 Ellijay, GA 30540; (706) 635-7400  Fannin County Chamber of Commerce 3990 Appalachian Hwy. Blue Ridge, GA 30513 • (706) 632-5680 Rabun County Welcome Center 232 Hwy 441 North, POB 750 Clayton, Georgia 30525; (706) 782-4812 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 •

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 •

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

Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 208 W. Howard St. • Boone, NC 28607; (800) 852-9506 • Brevard Chamber of Commerce 175 E. Main St., POB 589 BRD Brevard, NC 28712; (800) 648-4523 Bryson City Chamber of Commerce 210 Main Street • Bryson City, NC 28713; (800) 867-9246 • 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 • 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 Andrews Chamber of Commerce 345 Locust St. • P.O. Box 800 Andrews, NC 28902 • (877) 558-0005 Ashe County Chamber & Visitor Center 1 N. Jefferson Ave, P.O. Box 31 West Jefferson, NC 28694 (336) 846-9550 • Avery County Chamber of Commerce 4501 Tynecastle Hwy • Unit 2 Banner Elk, NC 28604; (800) 972-2183 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 Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce 201 E. State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711; (828) 669-2300 Blowing Rock Visitor Center 7738 Valley Blvd. • PO Box 2445 Blowing Rock, NC 28605; 877-750-4636

Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce 202 U.S. 64, POB 238 BRD Cashiers, NC 28717; (828) 743-5191 Cherokee County Visitor Center 805 W. US 64 Murphy, NC 28906; (828) 837-2242 Cherokee Visitor Center P.O. Box 460 • 498 Tsalis Rd. Cherokee, NC 28719; (800) 438-1601 Clay County Chamber of Commerce 388 Business Hwy 64 Hayesville, NC 28904; (828) 389-3704 Davie County Chamber of Commerce 135  S. Salisbury St., Mocksville, NC 27028-2337; (336) 751-3304 - Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce 425 Porter St. Franklin, NC 28734; (888) 439-park • 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

Hickory Visitor Center 1055 Southgate Parkway SW Hickory, NC 28602 (828) 328-6111 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 Jackson County Chamber of Commerce 773 W. Main Street • Sylva, NC 28779; (800) 962-1911 • 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 Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce 2511 Soco Road, POB 279 Maggie Valley, NC 28751; (800) MAGGIE-1 • McDowell County Visitor Center 1170 W. Tate St. • Marion, NC 28752; (828) 652-4240 •

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 • Statesville Tourism Dev. Authority PO Box 1109, 111 Depot Lane Statesville, NC 28687; (877) 531-1819 Waynesville/Haywood County Visitor Center 44 N. Main St. • Waynesville NC 28786 (800) 334-9036 Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce 717 Main St., PO Box 727 BRD N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659; (336) 838-8662 • Yadkin Valley Visitor Center 116 East Market St. • Elkin, NC 28621; (336) 526-1111 • Yancey County Chamber of Commerce 106 W. Main St. • Burnsville, NC 28714; (800) 948-1632 •

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

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 • Tazewell, TN 37879; (423) 626-4149 Mount Airy Visitor Center 200 N. Main St. • Mt. Airy, NC 27030; (800) 948-0949 • 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 •

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 Erwin/Unicoi Co. Chamber of Commerce 100 S. Main St., POB 713 BRD Erwin, TN 37650; (423) 743-3000

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Loudon County Visitor Bureau 1075 US Hwy 321 • Lenoir City, TN 37771 (888) 568-3662 • Oak Ridge Visitor Center 102 Robertsville Rd • Suite C Oak Ridge, TN 37830; (800) 482-7821,  Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism 1159 N. Parkway, POB 1390 BRD Pigeon Forge, TN 37868; (800) 251-9100 Rogersville/Hawkins County C of C 107 E. Main St., Ste.100 Rogersville, TN 37857; (423) 272-2186 Scott County Visitor Center 12025 Scott Highway Helenwood, TN 37755 • (800) 645-6905 Smoky Mtn Visitor Center 3540 Line Drive • Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 932-3696 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 •

Carroll County Visitor Center 243 Farmers Market Rd Hillsville, VA 24343 (888) 785-2782 (276) 730-3100 Charlottesville Visitor Center 610 East Main St Charlottesville, VA 22902; (434) 293-6789 or (434) 970-3641 Culpeper Visitor Center 109 S. Commerce St. • Culpeper, VA 22701 • (540) 825-8628 Danville Visitor Center 645 River Park Dr • Danville, VA 24540; (434) 793-4636 • Discovery Center at Mill Mountain Roanoke's Mill Mountain 215 Church Ave., Room 303 Roanoke, VA 24016 • (540) 853-1236

Harrisonburg Visitor Center 212 S. Main St • Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (540) 432-8935 • Lexington Visitor Center 106 E. Washington St. Lexington, VA 24450; (540) 463-3777 Loudoun County Tourism 112 South Street • Leesburg, VA 20175 (800) 752-6118 • Luray/Page County Chamber 18 Campbell Street. Luray, VA 22835; (540) 743-3915 -

Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center 16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy. #2 Moneta. VA 24121 • 540-721-1203 Smyth County Visitor Center 408 Whitetop Rd., Chilhowie, VA 24319 (276) 646-3306 • Staunton Travel Information Center 1290 Richmond Rd. (I-81 Exit 222) Staunton, VA 24401 • (540) 332-3972

Lynchburg Regional Information Center 216 12th St. at Church St. Lynchburg, VA 24505; (800) 732-5821 Staunton Visitor ’s Center 35 South New Street, Staunton,VA 24401 Madison County Visitor Center 540-332-3971 • 110A N. Main St., Madison, VA 22727 (540) 948-4455 • Strasburg Chamber of Commerce Martinsville Visitor Center 157 N. Holiday St. 54 West Church St. • Martinsville, VA 24112 Strasburg, VA 22657; (540) 465-3187 • Nelson County Visitor Center 8519 Thomas Nelson Hwy., Lovingston, VA 22949; (800) 282-8223 Orange Co. Visitor's Center 122 East Main St. • Orange, VA 22960 (877) 222-8072 • Patrick County Chamber of Commerce 20475 JEB Stuart Hwy • PO Box 577 Stuart, VA 24171; (276) 694-6012 Piedmont Crossroads Visitors Ctr 135A Wood Ridge Terrace Gordonsville, VA 22942 Prince William Visitor Center 200 Mill St. • Occoquan, VA 22125 703-491-4045 •

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virginia Tech Visitor Info Ctr. Southgate Drive (0480) Blacksburg, VA 24061;(540) 231-3548 Western Highlands Visitor Center 241 W. Main St. • Covington, VA 24426; (540) 962-2178 • Winchester-Frederick County CVB 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Winchester, VA 22601 • (877) 871-1326

Wytheville CVB

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

WEST VIRGINIA West Virginia Welcome Center

37 Washington Court at US 340 Harpers Ferry, WV 25435; (866) -HELLO-WV •

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

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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


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.

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. Asheville East KOA-Exit 59 off I-40 foot of Grandfather Mtn. Condo-apts, com. (800) 438-7803. big rigs & tenters welcome. Wooded heated indoor pool, ESPN, Jacuzzi, sites, with pool, lake & river fishing. Mystery Hill. - 129 Mystery Hill Ln, saunas. (800) 422-1880. 800-562-5907 or (828) 686-3121 Blowing Rock, NC 28605. Family fun 2708 Hwy 70E, Swannanoa, NC center. Feel the strange pull. Hall of Mys28778. tery artifacts. Museum open all year. 828-263-0507. Asheville West KOA-Exit 37 off Beech Mountain Chalet Rentals I-40 Something for everyone, RV's, Riverside Log Cabins - 129 Mystery Chalet & condo rentals. Fully tenters, cabins. In foothills, wooded equipped kitchens,FP, TV, linens, pet Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. 828sites, hiking trails, pool. (800) 562263-0507. One and two bedroom units. friendly. 9015. 309 Wiggins Rd., Candler, NC (800) 368-7404. M/C, Visa & Discover. Open all year. 28715. Close to attractions. Condominium And Chalet Rentals Bear Creek RV Park - Exit Rt. 191 Village Inns of Blowing Rock-No - By the day, week or month - kitchfrom Parkway; I-40 Exit 47; or I-26 Exit ens, full linens, fireplaces, whirlpools, Smoking, Wi-Fi/Breakfast. Suites/ 2. 3 miles north of Parkway off Rt. 191. country club access (golf, tennis, heat. Cottages/Rooms. Some Pet Friendly 5 mins. Biltmore House. 90 full hookRooms. (828) 295-3001 Pools, family activities) Coolest locaups, paved sites, pool, laundry. Open tions in south. Call 1-800-692-2061 or year round. www.ashevillebearcreek. 828/387-4251. 503 Beech Mtn. Pkwy. com (800) 833-0798. (next to Fred’s General Mercantile) An Appalachian Summer Festival, Carolina Foam, Fabric & Home Decor Beechwood Realty. July, 2012 – Annual worldclass,multi- Largest selection of dress fabric and arts festival at Appalachian State Uniupholstery in North Carolina. Exit #64 versity. Call 1-800-841-ARTS or visit I-40. Black Mountain. 828-669-2400. Alpine Village Inn - 297 Sunset Dr. Quaint cozy rooms & suites in the Mast General Store - located downheart of town. AC, CCTV, & phones, Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza town Asheville at 15 Biltmore Avenue. Hwy 421 Boone. 5 mi from the Restored to its 1940s heyday, this store Wi-Fi complimentary. Some fireplaces & Jacuzzi. Pet friendly rooms. Parkway. Brand new! Indoor pool, gift features old-time housewares, jellies, shop, micro/fridge & coffee maker in clothing, shoes, travel gear, over 500 every room. Cont. breakfast, suites with (828) 295-7206. old-fashioned candies and an expanfireplace/jacuzzi. (888) 573-0408. sive outfitters shop. 828-232-1883 Chetola Resort - Magnificent views, 87 acres, Lodge, Condos, Bob TimberFoscoe Rentals - Cabins, Condos Shoji Spa & Lodge - Relax at lake Inn. Fitness Center, Restaurants, and Vacation homes centrally located to Asheville's only outdoor hot tub spa. Orvis Endorsed. N. Main St., Blowing Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock. Reap the benefits of the cold plunge, Rock, NC 28605. (800) 723-7341 unwind in our sauna and rest in the (828) 295-5500 or (800) 243-8652.    Lodge. Specializing in couples masHidden Valley Motel- Birds, blooms Hemlock Inn & Suites - 134 Morris sage. 2500 ft. above stress level. and butterflies in the Foscoe Valley. St. Downtown Blowing Rock. 1/2 mile to Parkway. Open year round. Walk to Hwy 105 south between Boone and By appt. only. (828) 299-0999. shops and restaurants. (828) 295-7987. Banner Elk. Call 828/963-4372. or email: Moonshine Creek Campground KOA Kampground - From Boone, Homestead Inn - 153 Morris St. Cool, Shady Sites on Mountain 194N 3 miles. Left on Ray Brown Rd. Downtown. Open all year. Affordable Stream in the Heart of the Smoky 1 mile. Beautiful view. Rec room, mini rates. Immaculate rooms. Fire/jacuzzMountains. RV's, Tents, Cabins, 5 golf, laundry. 123 Harmony Mtn. Lane, is/efficiencies. Wi-Fi. (828) 295-9559. minutes from the BRP with Fishing, Boone, NC 28607. 828-264-7250. Campfires, Hot Showers, and Camp- store. 828-586-6666






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. (828) 884-2105.

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

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

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.

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

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

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


Make your Lodging, Dining and Theatre RESERVATIONS!   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.

Blue Ridge Cabins - Fletcher MP388.8. South. Rustic cabins with modern amenitites. 9 miles from downtown Asheville. 828-654-0539 or 877-902-2246. Grandfather Mountain Grandfather¹s lofty heights offer guests Rutledge Lake RV Park. Exit 40 off opportunities for rejuvenation, I-26. 2 mi from Asheville airport. excitement and family memories in a (828) 654-7873. 170 Rutledge Rd. natural haven that will endure forever. Marvel at 360-degree views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, stand eye-to-eye with native wildlife in natural habitats and interact with our friendly, knowledgeable staff. Two Fontana Village Resort & Lake miles from Viaduct; one mile from Cabins - Lodge, camping, marina, Parkway. Take Linville Exit, MP 305 to boat rentals & guides. Fishing, dining, US 221. Open daily 8 am to dusk lounges, pools, disk golf, horseback (weather permitting in winter). $15/ riding, hiking & mtn biking. 800-849adult; $13/senior 60+; $7 child 4-12; 2258. under 4 free. Phone 828-733-4337 or 800-468-7325..




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.


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. Switzerland Cafe & General Store MP 334 1/4 mile of the Parkway. Lunch and weekend dinners. Souvenirs and picnic items. Call 828-765-5289. Switzerland Inn And Chalet Restaurant - A little bit of Switzerland in NC. Fantastic mountain views, rooms, suites, cottages, dining, shopping, tennis. Located directly on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Little Switzerland exit near Parkway Milepost 334. Little Switzerland, NC 28749. (828) 765-2153 or (800) 654-4026.


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. 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. (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. Jonathan Creek Inn & Maggie Valley Villas - MP 455.7 AAA 3 Diamond Rated. Creekside and Hot Tub Rooms, Creekside & Mountain View Villas, Indoor Heated Pool, Children’s Play Area. 1-800-577-7812. Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association - Affordable motel rooms, cabins, cottages or vacation rentals. Visit our wbsite 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

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. (828) 765-4810.

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and over 500 old-fashioned candy favorites. Hwy. 194, 828-963-6511. Also visit other locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in Greenville, SC and Knoxville, TN.

Alleghany Inn - 341 N. Main St., Sparta, NC 28675. 64 Rooms - Free Wireless Internet - Cable TV 60+ Chan, Guest Laundry - Restaurant on site. 888) 372-2501 Reserve online: Mast General Store - located downtown Waynesville at 63 N Main Street. Built in the 1930s, this store Need a break from BRP Detour? features old-time housewares, jellies, Stop for wine tasting at MP248. clothing, shoes, travel gear, over 500 3 miles to winery on NC18. old-fashioned candies and an expanSparta lost/confused? sive outfitters shop. 828-452-2101 (800) 233-1505. gas nearby.


Glade Valley B&B – Near MP 229. Our modern, beautiful log home is surrounded with all the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All rooms have private baths, some with jacuzzi tubs. Our breakfasts are all homemade and plentiful. 800-538-3508 See our ad on page 8.


SPRUCE PINE, NC 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. (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. 828-765-9559

VALLE CRUCIS, NC Mast General Store - Est. 1883 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this authentic general store located in a pastoral setting features clothing, camping gear, shoes & boots, housewares, unique gifts,

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


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


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!

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. or www.

HARRISONBURG, VA 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.



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.

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.



Antique Expo - 400 dealers exhibiting in halls, barns, tents & outside twice yearly.May 6-8 and October 7-9, 2011. Augusta Expoland. I-64, exit 91. (434) 847-8242.

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. (800) 410-0627.



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.

Allstar Lodging - 100+ unique cabins or B&B's. Hot tubs, frplc, kitch, riverfront/mountains, hiking, canoeing, fishing, near Luray, VA. 866-7807827

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

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 Natural Bridge Zoological Park  town and hotel! I-81 Exit 180A. Rt 11 North. Largest and most complete collection of birds and animals in Virginia. Elephant rides, white tigers, cougars, giraffes, Grand Caverns - 5 Grand Caverns zebras, bears, baboons, monkeys, Dr, Grottoes, VA, America's oldest Flamingos, pet & feed tame deer, continuously operated show cave. Ilamas, goats and mini donkeys. Safari Nature's handiwork & gifts. 888-430- gift shop, modern restrooms, free CAVE. parking, free picnic pavilion.Open daily 9am-7pm. March-November. Group rates. Fun for the whole family! www. 540-291-2420.



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and attend one of our many athletic events including NCAA National Championships in football, basketball and softball. Salem is also the home Roanoke Valley - Milepost 120. Exof the Salem Red Sox, advanced perience the largest family destination Class “A” affiliate of the Boston Red on the Blue Ridge Parkway featuring Sox playing their games in spacious outstanding museums and attracand comfy Lewis Gale Field. tions, shopping, restaurants and a wide variety of hotels and B&Bs. Follow signs to Visitor Center with Free Travel Guides.(800) 635-5535.

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.




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

The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast--A romantic Virginia B & B, located in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 15 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway MP 121. http://www.claibornehouse. net/ or call (540) 483-4616. Move to under Asheville the Rutledge Lake Campground listing

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.

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

Shenandoah Caverns - 4 great attractions for one price. Only Va. cavern with elevator & closest to I-81 (exit 269). Also see spectacular


esign and weave your own lovely alpaca shawl on the triangle loom in a 3 day seminar. Classes will be offered at Peaceful Heart Alpacas the weekends of August 12-14 or October 28-30. Classes meet Friday 6-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm. Peaceful Heart Alpacas is home to 45 alpacas and three generations of the Willis family. Visitors are welcome to com and share with others the joys and challenges of raising these wonderful animals.

floats in America's Parade Float Hall of Fame and experience the new Yellow Barn, a whimsical agricultural experience. Open all year. 888-4CAVERN www.

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

an Alpaca Shawl

The farm and store is open daily: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm; and is located near the Virginia/North Carolina border at Milepost 204 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, easily accessible from I-77 and Hwy 52. You can find more information and register on-line at: Official Blue Ridge Parkway travel information can be found on the web at:

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CAMPING the Roanoke 99th Annual asons to visit andCherokee Indian Fair October 4 - 8, 2011 Blue Ridge rginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains Parkway? 17. Chocolate treat at 17 Chocolatepaper 18. 18 Nature Center at the Discovery Center – Milepost 120 19. Their natural water park 19 at Smith Mountain Lake

Camping Blue Ridge

20. Parkway Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor brochure is 20 Center – Milepost 115

available at regional 21. visitor A hot dog all the or way at the centers may 21 Roanoke Wiener Stand be downloaded at 22. Take http://www. in a movie at their locally and 22 owned and operated Grandin select “Camping” under Theatre in Grandin Village the “What to Do Section”

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!


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

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


or nearly 100 years, resirides and games, craft vendors, dents of and visitors to Westfood vendors including some ern North Carolina know featuring traditional Cherokee Salem family fun at the 23 there's only one place to be in food, and an exhibit hall displaySalem Fair – July 1 - 11 the first full week of October. The ing the Eastern Band enrolled Visitor Center – Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians members traditional and con24 daily – 9amCherokee – host open the 99th Annual temporary arts and crafts. 5pm Shenandoah Indian Fair(101 at the Cherokee Indian Ave, NE, in 24016) Fair Grounds Cherokee, N.C. Daily general admission Oct. 4-8, 2011. The fair offers is $10 and includes nightly Get your RED (Regional 25 topnotch nightly concerts; children 6 and under Entertainment Discount) Card musical enare admitted free. Opens 10 tertainment, a.m. daily with nightly fireworks, shows. The Cherokee Check out their web site for more ideas – a carnival Indian Fair Grounds or stop by the midway are on Hwy. Visitor 441 in Information Center at 101 Shenandoah Ave., full of Cherokee, N.C.NE and let them know which reason brought you to town.

The charm of yesterday… the convenience of today. Animals from far away History and heritage from yesterday Scenic drives, handcrafted wine Mansions, gardens, butterflies Outdoor recreation everywhere Artisans, antiques -shoppers beware! Music, festivals, even a barn dance Lore, legend, a little romance Musical theatre to make you smile A slower pace, relax awhile A charming town, a friendly way You might even see a First Lady


Highlanders Festival

Oct.1 wytheville virginia Celtic Games, Clans and Music Children’s Activities, Food and Crafts

partnership between Radford University • Free Visitors GuideAcall 877-347-8307 • and the City of Radford, Va.

FALL 2011

Shenandoah National Park 75th Anniversary

“…with the smell of the woods and the wind in the trees, they will forget the rush and strain of all the other long weeks of the year, and for a short time at least, the days will be good for their hearts and for their souls.” These words spoken by President Roosevelt at the July 3, 1936 dedication of Shenandoah National Park are still true today. Nearly 1000 people attended the park’s Rededication on June 25th and the 75th Anniversary celebration continues. People are answering 75 questions about the park and region in a challenge that could earn them incredible prizes. An exhibit of winning photography from neighboring counties, Shenandoah Views, opens on September 24 at Skyland Resort. Sanctioned events will be held throughout the region this fall. The year of celebration has focused on strengthening the alliance between the park, its partners, and communities in anticipation of the next 75 years. The capstone event will be a conference on November 15 at James Madison University. For more information on the anniversary visit


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

Have a Fall Fling.

Cherokee Style. October 4 -8

99th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair Plus, 10/14 - 10/16 join Big Rigs us for Antique Truck Show these 10/21 - 10/31 Fun Village Events! Haunted Trail

For more info, visit: or call 800-438-1601 Sponsored in part by Cherokee Preservation Foundation


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