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The Digest Fall 2022

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Blue Ridge & gReat Smoky mountainSthe most widely distributed travel publication in the mountains2022FALLMUSIC | FUN | FOOD | OUTDOORS | WINEClaw of the DragonFabulous Fall Festivals in Surry County72 hours on the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine LoopBRYSON CITY The Perfect Spot for Fall FanaticsBurnsville is home to the highest hiking trails in the EastPhoto by Sam Dean

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October 1-31...Then Join Us In Cherokee!Cherokee Historical is a non-profit organization founded in 1948 to preserve and protect Cherokee Indian history and culture. We arelocated in the heart of the Cherokee Cultural District in Cherokee NC.The Oconaluftee Indian VillageWe welcome you to join us in the 18th Century to see what life was like for the Cherokee Indians of the North Carolina mountains. Our Chero-kee Indian Village is an experience unlike any other, offering an intriguing glimpse into the past.DRACULA: The Failings of MenA ghost ship washes ashore near London in 1897 and an ancient evil springs to life! DRACULA is an action-horror reimagining of the classic Bram Stoker novel. Walk along with Ada Van Helsing as she battles against the darkness in this cirque inspired adaptation.

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P.O. Box 1758Asheville, NC 28802Phone: (828) 691-5437www.blueridgedigest.comTHANKS TO THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY ASSOCIATION FOR THE USE OF THEIR CENTER-SPREAD MAPPublisher: Thomas Hardytomhardy@blueridgedigest.comEditorial Consultant: Bonnie EastDesign: Imagewerks ProductionsAll articles and information suppliedare printed accurately to the bestknowledge of the management. TheBlue Ridge Digest is not responsiblefor errors beyond its control.Blue Ridge & gReat Smoky mountainSthe most widely distributed travel publication in the mountains2022FALLMUSIC | FUN | FOOD | OUTDOORS | WINEClaw of the DragonFabulous Fall Festivals in Surry CountyHow to Grow a CaveBRYSON CITY The Perfect Spot for Fall FanaticsBurnsville is home to the highest hiking trails in the EastPhoto by Sam DeanA Message from TomWe are unable to mail or offer subscription services of our publication.Greetings Travelers!When I retired in 2018, as Exec-utive Director of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, after spend-ing 36 years with the organization, the Association and the National Park Service presented me with my very own Parkway milepost at my retirement party, which I proudly display at my workstation.There’s optimism!It is with great pleasure, as publisher of the Blue RidgeDigest, I write to you from the2022 Fall edition! I couldn’tbe more optimistic for the travelopportunities available to us all!Fear of missing out? Never again…If you’ve missed any of our traveleditions, the last 9 of our 35+ years,are all archived, so you can still findenough to do in these mountainsto keep you traveling for decades!And that’s not all-We cover six states: VA, NC, WV, TN,KY, and GA and we’re always addingmore venues and locations of interest. Bonnie East, an award- winning travel writer and editor, will be adding travel stories to our editions.With gratitude-Thank you for making your vacationan All-American experience in thebeautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I understand why you’re here. I’vespent most of my life travelingthese roads, and I still do.I’ve come to know the people and thebusinesses along the way. I’vewitnessed travel trends over theyears, and I’ve seen a loyalty of followers to the Blue RidgeMountains that is unsurpassed.I hope you find some great travelideas in our publication that fit your needs. And I hope you find extraordinary experiences along these well-loved roads. But most of all, while you’re on vacation, I hope you feel a little bit like you’re “home.”Check out our website at www.blueridgedigest.comSee ya ‘round! Tom Hardy, PublisherYou Can’t Fish In This StreamWhile there is lots of great fishing in mountain streams, rivers, lakes, here’s one stream where you can’t fish.This one is a river table in progress, the creation of Christa Orr, at her studio, Rising Phoenix Creations, in Johnson City Tennessee. She is located on Watauga St. only a couple blocks from where Johnson City is opening their new visitor center.Here is her story, in her words--Rising Phoenix Creations specializes in creating personalized river tables, charcuterie boards, paintings, pyrography, and other forms of art. Utilizing native hardwoods, salvaged lumber and up-cycled materials to craft custom tables, home décor, and unique gifts with a specialty of artistically preserving memorabilia. “In 2017 as I was cleaning out the farmhouse where I grew up after my Dad’s passing, I found an extra roughhewn mantle. I wanted to keep it but already had a mantle so I decided to learn how to use epoxy to make a bar top for our back patio. From there I learned how to create river tables, preserve wedding flowers in epoxy and other epoxy art. Artistic embroidery, pyrography, watercolor and acrylic painting were already in my wheelhouse. The time I spend in nature is reflected in the nature that appears in my creations.” For more information and visiting her studio: 423-915-6012, or on Facebook. FALL 20224

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Take to the Treetops in Banner ElkBanner Elk’s newest attraction has visitors swinging, climbing and sliding through the treetops. Wilderness Run Adventure Course, located beside the popular Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster, opened Memorial Day weekend. It welcomes guests to expand their fun by pairing a coaster cruise with an adventure course climb.Made up of ropes, logs and planks secured to and suspended from wooden tripods, the course embraces its mountain setting and fits into its natural surroundings.When visitors arrive, they receive a harness and helmet. The adventure starts with 10-20 minutes of ground school instruction on technique and safety. The course includes 28 obstacles with three levels of difficulty: easy, in-termediate and hard. Obstacles include such activities as scrambling over cargo nets, scaling rock-climbing structures, and traversing swinging bridges and logs. Participants may advance to more difficult obstacles as they navigate the course, or they can stay on one level.A children’s course, recommended for ages 2 to 7, includes netted tubes, bridges and platforms. Future plans include adding a slide and scavenger hunt.Wilderness Run Adventure Course is open seven days a week seasonally. The season will likely run through October and begin again in April, weather permitting. Tickets are $42. Children’s course tickets are $10. Height and weight restrictions apply.Visitors must register online for a check-in time. The adventure course takes an hour and a half. Visitors may book an adventure course visit in conjunction with alpine coaster rides; adventure course registration should be arranged first.To learn more: or 828-898-7866.BLUE RIDGEBREATHE INIf you love foliage, you have to see the Blue Ridge Mountains this autumn. At Peaks, you can enjoy real Southern cuisine in the shadow of Sharp Top Mountain. Cruise along on one of America’s favorite road trips when the leaf peeping is at its best.Plan your fall journey.TAKE A MOMENT FOR | 866-387-9905FALL 2022 5

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Co uples GetawayEnjoy an unforgettable vacation experience! Private Hot Tubs828-622-9587www.mountainvalleycabins.comin Cherokee, NCOconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee, North Carolina is a living history attraction that offers a look back at life in a Cherokee village in the 18th century.Visitors will be greeted by tour guides in tradition-al dress and be able to watch Cherokee artisans practice the traditional crafts that have been passed down through generations. The tour guides will explain how those crafts, such as beadwork, pottery, and carving, evolved after contact and trade with Europeans. Oconaluft-ee Indian Village also features replicas of Cherokee cabins and community buildings, such as the council house. Visitors will be able to take a look inside each of these buildings and learn more and more about Chero-kee culture. At the square grounds in the center of the Village, you’ll learn more about the Cherokee’s clan system and traditional dances. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions throughout the tour. After your tour of the Village, take a self-guided nature walk on our botanical trail. The trail features a large number of indigenous plants as well as infor-mational placards indicating how the Cherokee people used specific plants for medicinal and artistic purposes. Before you leave, be sure to stop at our gift shop, where you can purchase handmade crafts as well as souvenir items to commemo-rate your trip to Cherokee. Oconaluftee Indian Village is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 4pm through October 29th. Tours start every 15 minutes. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $15 for children. Kids 5 and under get in for free. For tickets or more information, visit or call our box office at 828-497-2111Explore History, Culture and Art and a little bit of DraculaDracula returns to Mountainside Theatre this fall! Back by popular demand, Dracula: The Failings of Men, created by Havoc Movement Company runs on select nights in October. You’ll follow our favorite hunter, Ada Van Helsing, as she battles against an ancient evil on the streets of London. But, this isn’t your typical Dracula. This new adaptation is an action-horror reimagining of the classic Bram Stoker novel. Havoc Movement Company does what they do best with cirque-inspired elements, action packed fights, and enough suspense to send a shiver down your spine. With blood, explosions, and a few surprises, Dracula: The Failings of Men is the perfect way to spend a spooky fall evening in the mountains. Dracula will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from September 30th through October 31st, with a special performance on Halloween night. Tickets start at $30 for adults. The show is not recommended for children under 10. We also have a limited number of VIP experiences available that get you even closer to the action. For tickets or more information, visit or call our box office at 828-497-2111. FALL 20226

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With the charming town of Wytheville, Virginia, as the trail’s hub, the drive features loops totaling over 350 miles as it ventures over to the community of Marion to the west and Galax to the south. The scenic route meanders through parts of seven Virginia counties but is Southwest Virginia’s Premiere Motorcycle Trail easily accessible from Interstates 77 or 81 as a starting part.Along the way, riders can stop at many interesting and authentic attractions. At the hub of the trail in Wytheville, riders will enjoy a challenging ride up Big Walker Mountain. As the 16-mile scenic byway makes its way to the top, the rider is immersed in the beauty of autumn leaves. At the top, take a rest at Big Walker Lookout, climb the 100-foot tower, and enjoy a snack in the country store. A variety of other local attractions in the nearby area include Beagle Ridge Herb Farm, West Wind Winery, and Fort Chiswell Animal Park. Each offer a homegrown experience with businesses that grew out of an entrepreneur’s dream. Wytheville’s downtown historic district allows visitors to leisurely walk the streets and discover the history that has made this a town of hospitality for over two hundred years. Interesting shopping, museums, craft breweries, and the historic flavor of the 1776 Log House Restaurant are just a few of the must-see stops along the way. An evening of music can be enjoyed at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre. Wytheville has a variety of lodging accommodations from all-suite hotels to bed & breakfasts and cabins. For more information, visit would be a challenge for motorcycle riders to find a more beautiful driving trail than the scenic back roads of Southwest Virginia. Looping through the Blue Ridge Mountain range, the Claw of the Dragon is one of the most popular destinations in the South for motorcycle enthusiasts. The Claw of THE DRAGONFALL 2022 7

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With its passionate drive for historic preservation and desire for the contemporary, Abingdon is a A Blowing Rock TraditionHemlock Inn828-295-7987 • • 134 Morris StreetWalk to downtown shopping and diningEasy driving to many area attractions18 uniquely designed roomsOpen Year RoundUSA Today’s Top Small Town Food Scene in the Country for four years!Abingdon, Virginiawalkable, bike-able, and drive-able town that is easy to love. The town honors its cultural roots through music, art, theatre, and cuisine.The State Theatre of Virginia, the Barter Theatre is a meticulously preserved jewel that opened its doors during the depression proclaiming, “With vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh”. Today, the Barter offers professional performances on two stages. Abingdon boasts 30 inde-pendently owned food establish-ments, which include farm-to-ta-ble, tradition-al to new southern, mouthwater-ing desserts, and craft beverages with plenty of options for all tastes and budgets. Just a few reasons why Abingdon has been named USA Today's Top Small Town Food Scene in the Country for four years!The William King Museum of Art hosts exhibitions of world fine art, material culture from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, and con-temporary art by regional artists. Watch artists showcase their skills in working studios at the Arts Depot and visit one of the oldest locally-made craft cooperatives in the Country, Holston Mountain Artisans, featuring over 100 artisans’ wares.The outdoors beckons amateur and expert enthusiasts to experi-ence hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking, fishing, and water sports. Just off Main Street is the bucket list, Rail-to-Trail Hall of Fame Virginia Creeper Trail.Abingdon is a perfectly preserved, welcoming, lively, and photogenic place you will want to visit repeatedly. Come find out for yourself why the town’s slogan is, “It’s Always Play Time in Abingdon.”Abingdon, Virginia, is a small town nestled between the soaring peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Great Appalachian Valley, offering extraordinary scenic views and refreshing outdoor delights. www.visitAbingdonVirginia.comPhotos: Bob Diller FALL 20228

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These meandering roads are paved and great for autos and motorcycles. So, fill up your gas tank, pack a picnic lunch and hit the road to view the fall splendor! For more information on these routes, call the High Country Regional Visitor Center at 828-264-1299 or visit NCHighCountryFall.comTOP THREE: FALL HIGH COUNTRY BACKROAD DRIVESBLOWING ROCK to CROSSNORE This 27 mile route will take you through the mountains below and on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a different viewpoint and tree covered country roads. You will pass roadside apple stands and end at the world-famous Crossnore Weaving Room. DIRECTIONS: From Blowing Rock take Hwy 221 to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Get off the Parkway at NC-181. Turn onto NC-194 to reach Crossnore. BOONE to WEST JEFFERSON This 35 mile route will take you along the New River. The small community ofToddis a great place to rent a canoe or bike the railroad grade road while you take in the leaf color. DIRECTIONS: From US Hwy 421, turn onto NC-194. Turn left onto US Hwy 221, then turn left onto Jefferson Avenue to enter downtown West Jefferson. WILKESBORO to BLOWING ROCK This 40 mile route will take through Happy Valley past the historic Fort Defiance with views of the Kerr-Scott reservoir. Pick up a picnic lunch in downtown Wilkesboro to enjoy at one of the many parks along the reservoir. DIRECTIONS: From US Hwy 321 S, turn onto NC-268 W to reach downtown Wilkesboro.

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The Crooked Road was established in 2004 and is designated as Virginia's Heritage Music Trail by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The 330-mile music trail is based in Southwest Virginia around Route 58 and the communities it runs through. Currently serving a 19 county and 4 city region, The Crooked Road focuses on the promotion and preservation of traditional heritage music, including bluegrass, old-time, gospel and ballad singing, as well as youth music education.Virginia’s Heritage Music Trailthe Crooked RoadThere are 9 major venues of The Crooked Road which are:Blue Ridge Institute & Museum at Ferrum College – Ferrum;Floyd Country Store – Floyd;Blue Ridge Music Center – Galax;Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention – Galax; Rex Theatre – Galax;Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace- Abingdon;Birthplace of Country Music Museum – Bristol;Carter Family Fold – Hiltons;Country Cabin – Norton;Ralph Stanley Museum – Clintwood.There are also over 50 affiliated Crooked Road venues, jams and festivals throughout the region.Legacy musicians from the region include the Carter Family, who recorded at the famous 1927 Bristol Sessions, The Stanley Brothers and Jim & Jesse McReynolds.Today, heritage music is avail-able for all visitors and locals in the region. Concerts at venues, parks, communities, restaurants and breweries and fairs are happening all throughout the year. With friendly faces and strong legacies, The Crooked Road is full of music. Facebook is currently the best way to find updates on what is happening in the TCR region at More information about travel to the region can also be found atMarion, North Carolina celebrates the arrival of autumn in the Blue Ridge during their annual Mountain Glory Festival. For 37 years, beautiful downtown Marion has hosted this MOUNTAIN GLORY FESTIVALSat October 8th, 2022Marion, North Carolinapopular celebration on the 2nd Saturday in October.Celebrate small-town life in the mountains. Visitors looking for original handicrafts will find plenty of choices shopping with three jam packed blocks, featuring locally made arts and crafts. Enjoy lots of festival foods and the wide variety of live entertainment, focusing on old time mountain music.Don’t miss the annual Mountain Glory Quilt Show inside the McDowell Arts Council. The quilt show is the gallery’s featured October exhibit.The kids will have fun in the “Children’s Arena” with hands-on activities, local entertainment and the ever popular best-dressed pet contest.The festival is sponsored by the City of Marion. For festival information visit call 828-652-2215. FALL 202210

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Bedford, Virginia is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway and is home to the Peaks of Otter. A short ten-minute drive off the Parkway is the historic Town of Bedford. In Bedford you will find locally-owned restaurants, shops, art galleries, wineries, breweries, orchards, outdoor recreation, historic attractions and a variety Find History and Fun in BEDFORD, VAof overnight lodging accommodations. Come see why Smithsonian Magazine named it one of the “15 Best Small Towns to Visit” and why it was named a “Top Small Adventure Town” by readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors!Daily tours are offered at the National D-Day Memorial ( and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest ( It’s recommended to purchase advance tickets online for a discounted price. Purchase a Combo Ticket for a cost savings off admission if planning to visit both attractions. While in Bedford, be sure to stop by the Bedford Area Welcome Center at 816 Burks Hill Road, across from the entrance to the National D-Day Memorial. The Center is open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. offering free Wi-Fi, a firefighter exhibit, gift shop, RV hook-ups, electric car charging station, LOVE sign, and more. If you are planning to visit and would like information emailed or mailed ahead of time, give us a call at (540) 587-5681 or go to and click on Contact Us. We look forward to seeing you this fall! ————  ere Ordinary Ends... ————Bedford Begins.Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar ForestNational D-Day MemorialDestinationBedfordVA .com877-447-3257 | #DestinationBedfordVABedford has left its mark on American and world history. From a band of brothers to a founding father. Hear remarkable stories of great bravery at the National D-Day Memorial and stroll the grounds of Thomas Jefferson’s beloved retreat at Poplar Forest.FALL 2022 11

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Five Family-Friendly Fall Festivals in Surry County, NC Mayberry DaysSept. 19-25, Mount AiryCelebrate all things Mayberry during Mayberry Days in Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy. Mingle with actors from The Andy Griffith Show, enjoy trivia contests, the Mayberry Days parade, Colonel Tim’s Talent Time, Aunt Bee’s Bake Sale and more. Rodney Dillard, one of the original Darling Boys from The Andy Griffith Show, returns with his band for another great bluegrass concert, filled with songs performed on the show and original hits. Surry Old Time Fiddlers ConventionSept. 23-24, DobsonThis festival focuses on Surry County’s old time music heritage. The county is often considered the capital of the old time music genre. Highlights include a Friday night dance featuring the Slate Mountain Ramblers and Lucas Pasley & the Stratford Old Time Band, followed on Saturday by a full day of jam sessions and fiddling competitions for youths, adults and bands. Yadkin Valley Pumpkin FestivalSept. 24, ElkinHeavyweight pumpkins battle it out for top honors in downtown Elkin. The festival has attracted gigantic gourds for more than two decades thanks to its main event – the Great Pumpkin Weigh Off. This contest features portly pumpkins hitting the scales to determine which one wins the $1,000 first prize. Previous winners have tipped the scales at nearly 1,500 pounds. The day-long festival includes live music, arts and craft vendors and a kids zone. Sonker FestivalOct. 1, Mount AirySurry County’s one-of-a-kind dessert takes center stage at this 43rd annual festival. Sonker is a cobbler/deep dish pie hybrid passed down through generations in the region, and each year the Surry County Historical Society celebrates sonker on the first Saturday in October. Attendees get to taste sonker made by local cooks, enjoy old time and bluegrass music and quilt exhibits. Autumn Leaves FestivalOct. 14-16, Mount AiryRecognized as a one of the Top 20 fall festivals in the Southeast, Autumn Leaves fills several blocks of downtown Mount Airy with hundreds of booths featuring local crafts, handmade art, food vendors and a robust lineup of music on the main stage. All with the background of fall foliage in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For more than 50 years, folks from across Virginia, North Carolina and beyond have made this a must-see event on their fall schedule.For information on these events and others, go to or call (800) 948-0949.Surry County, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in northwestern North Carolina near the Virginia line, welcomes visitors each fall with a variety of festivals. Make plans now to check out these five family-friendly events focused on food, fiddles, foliage, seriously large pumpkins and The Andy Griffith Show.“America’s Favorite Drive” at your fingertipsFind attractions, history, nearby communities, lodging, hiking trails and more with or without connectivity. Cell service/internet conductivity is not 100% in or even near the mountains in many places.This is a very comprehensive app with lots of information, and best downloaded on a wireless connection.FREE DOWNLOAD!

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Just North of AshevilleVisitMadisonCounty.comDisc golf has been around for almost 50 years, but never has it enjoyed the level of popularity and excitement that it does today. Over the past couple of years, people of all ages have been drawn to this outdoor activity that combines challenge and skill with the enjoyment of spending the day in beautiful landscapes.One of the best places for disc golf in the Blue Ridge Mountains isNorth Cove Take Disc Golf for a Spin at North Cove Leisure ClubDisc Golf & Leisure Club. The club hosted the 2022 College Disc Golf National Championship, but don’t let that intimidate you — North Cove has courses designed for all levels of players.What is disc golf?Disc golf is played very much like traditional golf — but instead of a club and a golf balls, players throw flying discs in an attempt to complete each hole in the fewest throws.The target of each hole is typically an elevated metal basket, and the terrain can vary throughout the course to include trees, rocks, meadows, ponds, rivers and elevation changes. Players must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous one landed, so those terrain features often make for interesting obstacles!Disc golf is easy to learn and accessible to all ages. It’s a great fitness activity and fun for families to play together.Nestled into the rolling hills along the Catawba River just north ofMarion, NC, North Cove has constructed three 18-hole disc golf courses on the club’s 157 acres. North Cove Disc Golf & Leisure Club is located at 210 Blue Ridge Drive, Marion, NCMore information: (828) 756-8225 or www.thenorthcove.comFALL 2022 13

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Summer may be over but, the fun continues in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Winter really is the most wonderful time of the year with an all-new immersive light experience during the annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest celebration. The new Lighted Wonders of Winterfest Walking Trail joins more than six million holiday lights, holiday shows, dazzling decorations, and festive events throughout Pigeon Forge. Beginning Nov. 10 and shining bright through Feb. 19, 2023, the city-wide event is one of the country’s largest free outdoor lights festivals.Pigeon Forge’s Riverwalk trail comes alive this winter with 20 all-new nature-inspired animated Enjoy the wonders ofSmoky Mountain Winterfest Celebrationlight displays. Programmed to music, the Lighted Wonders of Winterfest Walking Trail features more than one million LEDs illuminating the walk along the Little Pigeon River. Guests can meander through 25-foot-tall arches and alongside displays that create a colorful 52-foot-long-caterpillar, larger-than-life wildflowers, and even Old Man Winter himself. Vibrant snowflakes, bright stars, snow people, and a 20-foot-tall ice fountain light the way as deer, bears and squirrels—ranging in size from 13 to 19 feet tall—frolic alongside the path while lights that mimic fireflies and butterflies dance in the trees overhead, creating one of winter’s most incredible experiences. Also new this year, visitors can explore the Wonders of Winterfest Christmas Village (located in Patriot Park) on Nov. 10-13, Nov. 18-19 and Nov. 25-26. Wander amid the booths of more than 35 artisans and crafters who offer a variety of seasonal and gift items. From handmade treasures to festive holiday décor, you’ll find items sure to spread the Yuletide splendor. Let our merchants help you tackle your Christmas shopping list or treat yourself to a keepsake.For more information about Smoky Mountain Winterfest and to plan your winter trip to Pigeon Forge, please visit If you have never seen a pumpkin fly, Punkin Chunkin is your chance. Catapults, air cannons, trebuchets and other powerful machines toss pumpkins up to several thousand feet in a battle between champion pumpkin chunkers. Thousands of people come every year to see this hugely popular harvest festival in Western North Carolina near Hayesville that is sponsored by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.In addition to the pumpkin throwing, there will be pie-eating contests, live entertainment, food and craft vendors. Old Time Tractors will be on display with hay rides, as well as airplane rides. The Kidzone is always a popular place with lots of kids’ activities. Punkin Chunkin weekend kicks off on Friday evening with the CHILI & ANYTHING PUMPKIN COOK-OFF Oct 14FESTIVAL Oct 15 &16Punkin Chunkin WEEKEND“Anything Pumpkin” and Chili Cook-off competition on the Historic Hayesville Square starting at 6 pm. Tickets will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis at the event. Please come and enjoy the music and dine out at our many restaurants located on the historic downtown. The main festival is held at 811 Settawig Road in Brasstown. No pets or firearms allowed. Bring your lawn chair. The festival runs from 10-5 on Saturday and Sunday. Parking is $5, admission is $5, children under 5 are free.On both days, the machines are scheduled to launch pumpkins from 1-4. The machines will take practice throws before then and you can take a close up look at the machines. Contact or 828-389-3704 FALL 202214

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One of the most treasured destinations of the Shenandoah Valley is also one of the most dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the Valley’s cultural life and heritage: the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.From the ground up, this museum is rich in history. With 214 acres, the museum’s landscape constitutes the largest green space in the city of Winchester. Historic Glen Burnie House and its surrounding seven-acre gardens are situated next door to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV), which contains gallery spaces featuring The Shenandoah Valley Shines At This Stunning Museuma combination of permanent and changing exhibitions. Renowned architect Michael Graves designed the new museum building.The original portion of Glen Burnie dates to 1794 while the land upon which it sits was part of the original 1735 James Wood land grant. Built in the 1790s by Robert Wood, son of James Wood,Glen Burnie Housewas later transformed into a spot for entertaining by the future owner and descendent Julian Wood Glass, Jr. It was Glass, Jr. and his partner R. Lee Taylor who createdthe lush formal gardens. Julian Wood Glass, Jr., the last owner of Glen Burnie, created the Glass-Glen Burnie Foundation so that the home and gardens could be opened to the public after his death.Today, six acres of formal gardens are as magical to wander as they are soothing. This summer, don’t miss the special exhibit called “Origami in The Garden,” an exciting outdoor exhibition that features large metal sculptures inspired by the Japanese art form involving folding paper (this outdoor exhibit runs through November 13.) Additionally,90 acres of the MSV landscape are set aside as a free-admission art park featuring three miles of trails for walking, running, and biking.Learn more at or call 540-662-1473.FALL 2022 15

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Just Off the Next ExitPhotos and editorial by Bonnie EastWanna steal away with someone special? AND with your dog? But what lodging venue puts pet-friendly and romantic in the same sentence? Welcome to Hot Springs Log Cabins, beautifully appointed honeymoon-style cabins designed for two, plus pup, just minutes from Hot Springs, NC. The tell-tale sign that a venue is designed with good intentions is when the owner is sincere about his mission. When I told the owner I would be researching while there, he replied, “Don’t work too hard so you can unplug and relax. I want you to experience what we’re about.” And he was right. My husband and I stayed in Hound Heaven with nearly as many amenities for pups as humans. The one-bedroom log cabin has a modern rustic interior: granite countertops, plush linens, fully furnished kitchen, fireplace, living area, and a steamy hot tub on the gated porch, looking into the mountains. I embraced time on the porch listening to birds singing, bees pollinating, and church bells ringing in the distance. It felt like the opening of a best-selling novel. The sun and breeze washed the porch and I drifted into content.Hot Springs Log Cabins is located just off Route 209, aka “The Rattler,” known for over 200 twists and turns, and is the road that swerves you in and out of Hot Springs depending on whether you’re coming or going. And Spring Creek, a delightfully historic community, is smack dab in the middle. And there’s a lot to do. Along The Rattler, a biker’s dream and the kid-in-the-backseat’s reason to stop the car, is a great little family-owned place called Trust General Store, not far from Max Patch hiking. The husband/wife team that runs the café offers fresh pastries, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, gourmet coffees, soups, and giant old-fashioned oatmeal crème pies that will take you back to your childhood. Except your childhood cookies weren’t this good. Try the signature chicken salad on a flaky croissant, while sitting outside as the water rolls over the rocks nearby. Inside, are crafts and products from local artisans. This little nook called Trust is just past another nook called Luck. No kidding. So try your luck, and stop in Trust (had to do it). Another “must” is Dave’s 209, a diner in an old school building where Dave serves juicy two-handed burgers and hand-spun malted milkshakes (with old-fashioned malt balls) and strawberry shakes (with real strawberries). Check out “The Hallway,” a museum of sorts, where you can almost hear the children from the 1930’s running on wooden floors to get to class. Sit Hot Springs Log CabinsTake Your Cares and Your Dog to the Mountains.Bring Back the Dog.and eat where the Principal’s office was, with food from what used to be the 12th grade classroom. This step-back-in-time was surprising and fun! And Dave, the nicest guy you could hope to meet said, “Tell them everyone is welcome!”In downtown Hot Springs (see Blue Ridge Digest Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 editions for more), one of the most popular spots is pet-friendly Big Pillow Brewing, serving a variety of brews crafted on site. You can walk in off the street into a scene from a movie set: various outdoor seating areas with barrels, walls of raw wood and metal, a live music stage and a taproom. On site is The Grey Eagle Taqueria for authentic fresh Latin-American fare. Put those two things together and you’re in for a relaxing and fun evening. You’ll go more than once. Oh, and don’t miss Bonnie the Greyhound (and it’s not a pup). I hope you’ll put Hot Springs, NC and these treasures in your GPS. And I’ll see you again, just off the next exit! “Big Pillow Brewing: Bottoms Up! Thumbs Up!”

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Autumn weekends can be very busy on the Blue Ridge Parkway; skip peak times with a weekday visit! Wednesday- Parkway Morning: Start the day at the Cone Estate. The manor house was recently restored to its original beauty! The Southern Highland Craft Guild shop is inside.  Afternoon: Blowing Rock has many trails to wander, and crisp fall days are perfect for hiking. For a moderate hike, follow Flat Top Trail from the manor to the Tower. 360° views of fall splendor at the top! Looking for a different angle? Book ahead with one of three fly fishing guideservices in Blowing Rock to enjoy an afternoon of honing your fishing skills.Evening: Skies over the Parkway are full of stars at night. Cooler fall temperatures reduce haziness- great ITINERARY: Weekday Getaway in Blowing Rockfor stargazing! Price Lake is an ideal spot for it. When the lake is still, it reflects the sky. Tip: Autumn mornings & evenings are chilly; dress in light layers.Thursday- Downtown Morning: Blowing Rock Art & History Museum hosts three new exhibits this fall. It’s right on Main Street, alongside local boutiques & galleries of downtown. After exhibits: shopping! Afternoon: Try a wine flight at Sunset & Vine, where they’ll help you pick wines you’ll love. Prefer beer? The Blowing Rock Ale House is right next door with their locally made brews.Evening: Wrap up the day with live music! You can find music in Blowing Rock six nights a week. Try Speckled Trout or Chetola for Thursday performances. Tip: Stay at one of the 20+ hotels, inns, & rentals within easy walking distance of downtown, and skip looking for parking spaces.Local guides & adventure attractions are still open mid-week in September & October. Book more fun to extend your trip! FALL 202218

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Fall is an especially magical time in the mountains of Western North Carolina and the colors seem to shine a little brighter when they surround the vast array of waterfalls, lakes, and rivers. The bright reds, yellows, and oranges of the season create breathtaking beauty that has to be seen in person to fully appreciate.Take a drive over the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway and explore the Cullasaja and Nantahala River Franklin & Nantahala NCYour Gateway to AdventureGorges. Make sure to stop along the many pull-offs and immerse yourself in the colorful fall displays that decorate the waterfalls and rivers.If you’re looking for a fun and family-oriented event, head to the 26th Annual PumpkinFest on Saturday, October 22nd in historic downtown Franklin, NC. PumpkinFest features great family fun for all ages including free contests, the World-Famous Pumpkin Roll, nearly 80 artisans, festival food and much more! Fall is also a great time to relax and cast a line in the world-class fly-fishing waters of the Nantahala River. Don’t know how or don’t have the gear, no problem, check out local guides at Fish Tales Outfitters & Guide Service in Franklin to help get you out into the water.Looking to escape on a romantic getaway? Look no further than StayNantahala Cabins and Yurts or Cherokee Mountain Cabins to find the perfect quiet spot to disconnect from the world and reconnect with that special someone in your life. There are plenty of large cabins too, so you can bring the whole family.Get to know your mountain side in Franklin & Nantahala, NC – Your’re Gateway to Adventure!

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See Inside A MOUNTAIN!Located on U.S. 221 between Linville & 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, NC19929 US 221 NorthMarion, NC800-419-0540828-756-4171LINVILLE CAVERNSNorth Carolina's Only Caverns!D’t Miss!linvillecaverns.comThis is one of the largest indoor all-pottery show and sales in the Southeast and features one-of-a-kind functional and decorative works of art. About 50 ceramic artists will display and sell their unique and spectacular works. Demonstrations of pottery techniques such as hand-thrown, hand-built and sculpted clay art will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the Gallery where participating potters will be displaying their finest work to be judged. See what you like and then visit the potters’ booths. Door prizes of members’ pottery will be awarded throughout the weekend. The show is free and open to the public. Parking is also free.Patrick Henry High School is located at 2102 Grandin Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24015. For additional information visit Blue Ridge Potters Guild 23rd Annual Show and Sale Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, VA October 22-23, 2022SHOW TIMES ARE:Saturday, October 22 from 10am – 6pmSunday, October 23 from 11am – 5pmAbout the Blue Ridge Potters GuildThe Blue Ridge Potters Guild, founded in 1996, is a non-profit organization for potters located throughout Southwest Virginia and beyond. Based in Roanoke, VA, the Blue Ridge Potters Guild’s mission is to promote community awareness, understanding and appreciation of pottery. The Guild encourages artistic and professional growth among its members and promotes the craft of pottery to the public through programs, shows and exhibits. To learn more about the Blue Ridge Potters Guild and for membership information, check out the website, FALL 202220

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VisitMayberry.comVisitMayberry.comVisitMayberry.comVisitMayberry.comAndy Griffi th MuseumSurry Sonker TrailYadkin Valley WineriesSquad Car ToursMayberry CourthouseCheck Out Mount Airy’s Top Attractions This FallHiking TrailsSome of the most beautiful scenery in the world and a treasure trove of peaceful trails are in Alleghany County. Want a challenging outdoor experience…you will find it here as well. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail runs 1,175 miles across North Carolina—13 of those miles pass through Alleghany County along the Cool mountain temps makes Alleghany County the perfect place to Get Outside!Blue Ridge Parkway with numerous access points. Surface is natural through woods and fields and the trail is mostly easy or moderate. Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway has 30 miles of trails that vary from easy strolls to strenuous hikes that descend and ascend the escarpment of the Blue Ridge. Elevation changes can be up to 2,000 feet. Allow plenty of time for hikes up and down the mountain. Stone Mountain State Park has hikes to two granite domes and several other wooded trails, including 5 miles open to horseback riders. The New River State Park has five sites along the 26-mile designated Wild and Scenic River section of the New River. The Alleghany Access (canoe-in only) in Piney Creek has two moderate one-mile trails and an easy half-mile trail. Guided Hikes The Alleghany Sparta Trail Association has group hikes on different trails each month. For information, email Visit them on Facebook or their website Sam Brown Disc Golf CourseAlleghany County has its own full 18-hole disc golf course. The course is located behind Alleghany County High School. The first half of the course is heavily wooded and lies on the flatter part of the property. The back half of the course contains the teeth of the course. Holes 12-18 provide a lot of elevation change and tight lines. The course encourages a wide array of shot shapes from forehands, to backhands to overhand shots. There are also some large boulders throughout the course that will leave you with tricky putts and lies. The course features beautiful vistas over the town of Sparta and the Blue Ridge mountains. More info on the course such as hole lengths and a map can be found on the UDISC app. This course is free to the public and will be open from dawn till dusk daily. Visit for more information on what to do while visiting Alleghany County. FALL 2022 21

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FOODIEThe Blue RidgePLATEPhotos & editorial by Bonnie EastTrek Down Waterfall TrailsFrom Boone, follow the Blue Ridge Parkway north to milepost 271.9 and Cascade Falls. The hike is a half-mile in to view the falls from two overlooks. Travel south on the Parkway to Julian Price Park, milepost 296, and hike Boone Fork Trail to Boone Fork Falls, also known as Hebron Colony rocks. Drive further south to milepost 316 to hike to several overlooks at Linville Falls. Take a Kayak AdventureSet out on a serene, scenic kayak trip down the New River or a thrilling, whitewater adventure on the Watauga River. Choose from four Hike, Kayak, and Climb to Color Fall Vistasriver guide outfitters in the area for guides, kayaks, and shuttles. Price Lake Boat Rentals can also provide you with a kayak for a relaxing float on pristine Price Lake at Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 297.Climb Your Way to the TopAges five and up can push their limits and learn a new skill on the climbing tower at Rock Dimensions and Footsloggers in downtown Boone. Rock Dimensions can provide guides for excursions, too. The Tower to Rock option provides 2 hours of instruction on the climbing tower plus a half-day excursion at a rock-climbing spot surrounded by golden fall color. Plan your stay and find more unique ways to see the Boone area by visiting ExploreBoone.comFind plenty of outdoor adventures in Boone, NC, to help you soak up the colors of the season. A visit to Woodbridge Inn offers a blend of carefully curated bygone era and thoughtful amenities for the modern-day traveler. There’s energy in this small North Georgia town (more in this issue on Pickens County, GA), with the Woodbridge Inn iconic of the past, revitalizing the present, and delivering confidence in the future. While that sounds dramatic, small towns, historic inns, and restaurants across America have had their ups and downs. Right now, the Woodbridge Inn, originally built in 1880, is on an up. A big up. The website offers more on history and lodging (including pet-friendly), but let’s talk about the Tavern. The menu is a collective presentation of locally-sourced items, sweet and spicy seasonings, and entrees creatively named with local history and geography in mind. Reading the menu is entertaining and makes narrowing down the choices difficult. Dawson, the Tavern’s chef, is third-generation, learning early to cook with confidence. You won’t find his menu items anywhere else. Like a gently sweet carrot and banana cake with salted caramel that melts-in-your-mouth-oh-my-goodness. There’s a savory brunch bowl with sweet onions and peppers and a Gouda cream sauce under sunny-side eggs, hash browns, and bacon crisp in just the right places. And I’m not going to say anything bad about your grandma, but there might be some competition with Dawson’s giant scratch-made biscuits and pepper gravy. Dinner is just as grand with an exceptional chili-pepper- honey-butter sauce under the pecan crusted rainbow trout. I hope you’ll visit the Woodbridge Inn and Tavern, and reservations are highly recommended. I’ll leave you with words from my grandma, “If someone is going to cook for you, you better sit down and enjoy it.” Woodbridge Inn and Tavern Chambers St., Jasper, GASavory Brunch | FALL 202222

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A hiking paradise awaits this fall in Burnsville and the surrounding countryside.It is here, where Mount Mitchell stands as the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River, that hikers enjoy more than 100 miles of public hiking trails. Several of the trails traverse Mount Mitchell and its sister peaks, which dominate the list of the highest points in the East.Burnsville’s hiking centerpiece is the Mount Mitchell Trail.This renowned trail begins in a campground at 3,000 feet elevation Hike the Highest Trails in the Eastand ascends to the 6,684-foot summit of Mount Mitchell, ending at the observation platform in Mount Mitchell State Park, a point unequaled in the Eastern U.S.Peak baggers love the Black Mountain Crest Trail. Starting near the summit of Mount Mitchell, it encompasses six peaks above 6,000 feet in elevation, includ-ing Mount Craig (6,648 feet), Big Tom (6,581), Balsam Cone (6,611), Cattail Peak (6,600) and Mount Gibbs (6,224).Of course, there are many less-strenuous routes for casual hikers, including a half-mile path to Set Rock Creek Falls or the scenic 2.5-mile trail to Crabtree Falls off the Blue Ridge Parkway.Several trailheads are located at Black Mountain Campground, just of NC Hwy. 80 about five miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway.“We have hiking trails of all levels,” says Jake Blood of the NC High Peaks Trail Association in Burns-ville. “This includes the Appa-lachian Trail and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which is a state trail from Clingman’s Dome in the Smokies all the way to the ocean at Kitty Hawk.”And when a beautiful fall day of hiking is complete, head to downtown Burnsville for a tasty meal, craft beer and cozy lodging. Learn more at you have a city set along with bodies of water such as the James River, you’ll find a community that builds their culture and activities around enjoying the beautiful waterfront, and LYH is no exception! Surrounding the historic river, you’ll find businesses and local activities for residents and visitors to enjoy. Here are a few ideas.BOOK A RIVER TRIPIf you’re more of an explorer at heart, why not take a kayak or canoe down the James River? A favorite among locals, you’ll often find kayakers and canoers on weekends riding down the historic river during the spring and summer months. But if you don’t own a kayak or canoe, you can book a trip James River Adventures. If you really want to get a feel for Lynchburg’s history, James River Adventures now offers batteau boat tours on a period-accurate replica of a James River Batteau. This large 40-foot-long vessel COME JOIN US ON THE RIVERFRONTprovides ample room for up to 6 passengers to enjoy the local sights on the James River near Lynchburg. ADVENTURE OUT ON PERCIVAL ISLANDMaybe you prefer your adventures on land. You can still get striking views of the James River and Lynchburg on the Percival’s Island trail. This one-and-a-half-mile trail crosses over a pedestrian bridge made from a former train bridge onto the island. It even contains a second pedestrian bridge near the end of the trail that offers breathtaking views of the James River. It’s perfect for an afternoon walk or bike ride (you can rent one right next to the trail at Bikes Unlimited).redbreast and rock bass)More information on visiting Lynchburg: www.lynchburgvirginia.orgEnjoy a kayak or canoe trip from James River adventures FALL 202224

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You’re going to LOVE including a visit to Wytheville, Virginia, as part of your fall getaway plans. Small town charm and breathtaking scenic beauty is a great combination for your “off the Parkway” adventure.Beautiful Fall Roads Lead to WythevilleEscape the hustle-bustle of the interstates and explore the scenic backroads of the area with unique attractions along the way. Local farms offer the beauty of harvest time as fields become blanketed with the orange of pumpkins. Festivals and events are frequent this time of year and focus on music and crafts. Fans of spooky activities will love the area with its two seasonal haunted attractions, Helheim and Haunted Graham Mansion, as well as a weekend devoted to zombies in Downtown Wytheville.The latest musical on the stage of Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre will take the audience back to the glorious late 1950s with “GREASE” from September 23 to October 23. The holiday season begins early with “Christmas Spec-tacular” taking the stage from November 4 to December 29.One of the most beautiful set-tings to enjoy the authentic sounds of the region in autumn is the stage at Big Walker Lookout. Every weekend is a musical one at this mountain top location with a variety of local musicians, artisans, and authors each Saturday and Sunday. Recreational enthusiasts might want to check out Crystal Springs Recreation Area for the exhilarating hiking opportu-nities and breath-tak-ing views. There’s plenty of flora and fauna for those young ones in your family to enjoy.Toll Free Reservations: 1-888-372-2501341 N. Main St. Sparta, NCwww.AlleghanyInn.comOur guests are number ONE!from check-in to check-out. Our sta is always ready to be at your service in friendly mountain style. You’ll really enjoy the spacious rooms. Conference Room Guest Laundry Restaurant on Site 24-Hour Staff Free Wireless Internet Open all year longFor more information, contact the Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, toll-free at 1-877-347-8307, or visit Wytheville, Virginia…There’s Only One.FALL 2022 25

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Two Madison County festivals are back this year! The Bascom Lamar Lunsford Mountain Music Festival and the Madison Heritage Arts Festival were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, so there is a lot of excitement about coming together to celebrate Madison County's art and music heritage.The Lunsford Festival is an all-day outdoor festival where musicians from the region come together to share fiddle and banjo tunes, dance steps, and ballads. For folks who don’t know, Madison County is known worldwide for its ballad-singing tradition and many of the singers who participate are eighth- or even ninth-generation ballad singers. The festival is named for Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to the music of Southern Appalachia. Lunsford was born on the campus of Mars Hill University, and donated his vast collections of material about Southern Appalachian culture to the school’s Southern Appalachian Archives. The Madison Heritage Arts Festival has been a fixture of the fall arts scene in Madison County for over 25 years. It was originally intended as a venue for local arts and crafts makers to sell their works. Today it draws arts and crafts makers and visitors from Madison, Yancey, and Buncombe counties in North Carolina and artists from Tennessee, Eastern North Carolina and South Carolina.Because it is adjacent to the Lunsford Festival, visitors to each can move from festival to festival and enjoy all that Madison County has to offer.Both festivals will take place on the Mars Hill University campus, behind Broyhill Chapel, on Saturday October 8, 2022, starting at 10 am. and www.madisonheritagearts.comMadison County Offers up Two Festivals This YearLake Chatuge Chamber of CommerceHoliday BizarreYoung Harris, GANov 5-6, 2022 Come visit and find the perfect holiday gifts for those who like unique homemade items.No commercial goods!All handmade items!Daily admission is $7. Food vendors will be outside.The venue is spacious and temperature controlled. Restrooms are available.The 45th Annual Woolly Worm Festival takes place the 3rd weekend of October, falling on the 15th and 16th in 2022, in the quaint mountain town of Banner Elk North Carolina. What a great time to think of the holidays. Purchase great hand-crafted wares from juried artists, ranging from fun items to those for decorating your house with amazing furniture. Who wouldn’t love a nice piece of jewelry or pottery under the Christmas tree? Admission tickets can be purchased online at so there is no need to stand in line as there is a limited number of races. If you can’t make it to the festival on al on Saturday - don’t worry - the fun again on Sunday from 9am until 4pm. The fun starts Saturday morning at 9am and the woolly worm races begin shortly after with Mr. Woolly Worm and Merryweather leading the fun! On Sunday at 1:00 is the Corporate Woolly Worm Wace. The winning worm earns a trophy and brag-ging rights for its business. More information: Avery County Chamber of Commerce at 828-898-5605 45th Annual Woolly Worm FESTIVALOctober 15-16, 2022 FALL 202226

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Step back in time as you explore artifacts highlighting Shenandoah’s history, including an 1890 “boom.” See memorabilia donated by town patrons, including items from the USS Shenandoah, the fourth and final ship of the Yellowstone-class of destroyer tenders and the fifth ship to bear the name in honor of the Shenandoah Valley.Shenandoah Showcases Railway History And Local HeritageLearn about Shenandoah natives, like former Major League Baseball outfielder Wayne Comer, who was on the 1968 World Series winning team the Detroit Tigers. See Comer’s commemorative jersey in honor of the achievement’s 50th anniversary, as well as an autographed poster.Delve deeper into Shenandoah’s yesteryears with a short walk to the Shenandoah Heritage Society’s Stevens Cottage, a Virginia and National Historic Landmark built in 1890. Explore more of the town’s history and heritage on and near First Street, including a 1917 red caboose railroad cabin car, Veterans Park and Shenandoah River Park and Public Boat Landing along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.Take in the sights and sounds of the Town of Shenandoah’s rail yard, visible from the new Town of Shenandoah Welcome Center and Museum and adjacent to the N&W railroad, where an extensive collection of items showcases the town’s railroading roots.The Town of Shenandoah Welcome Center and Museum is located at 507 First Street in Shenandoah, Va., and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The facility is closed from noon to 1 p.m. each day.Roa MountaiEplorPLAN YOUR VISIT ATTOURCARTERCOUNTY.COMFALL 2022 27

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CherohalaSkywayCherohalaSkyway70901201501802202703204104408574220244340403984989181618632868151118703392169016109311100229231150107178178143196183515165108498734022046046046022022022022042150136060115815831131122122142132112312322141141141144144144144112941112912912912942142132119E11E2505225012113403405222933332929295858646058525252702164742525761974A64191974767676525821191958291115508164648181262626757577777477408585853859858585404040406466Great Smoky MountainsNational ParkNew River GorgeNational RiverShenandoah National Blue Ridge Parkway Skyline Drive Blue Ridge Parkway Skyline DriveChatugeLakeMount PisgahCraggy GardensParkwayVisitor CenterCrabtree FallsLinville FallsJulian Price Mem. ParkMoses H. Cone Mem. ParkE.B. Jeress ParkDoughton ParkCumberland KnobRocky KnobSmart ViewRoanoke MountainPeaks of OtterOtterCreekHumpback RocksMile 0Mile469Mount PisgahGraveyard FieldsGraveyard FieldsCraggy GardensParkway Visitor CenterWaterrockKnobWaterrockKnobCrabtree FallsLinville FallsJulian Price Mem. ParkMoses H. Cone Mem. ParkE.B. Jeress ParkDoughton ParkCumberland KnobRocky KnobSmart ViewRoanoke MountainPeaks of OtterOtterCreekHumpback RocksMile 0Mile469BooneBlowing RockSprucePineLittleSwitzerlandMarionBlack Mtn.BurnsvilleSalemNewtonLenoirValdeseRadfordDublinPulaskiBurnt ChimneyFarragutClemmonsUnionGroveDanvilleChathamGretnaAltavistaRockyMountMarshallCosbyWeavervilleMarsHillErwinElizabethtonSugar MountainMountainCityWaynesvilleNorrisMorgantonChimneyRockColumbusBrevardLake ToxawayToptonSapphirePickensSalemEasleySimpsonvilleMauldinLaurensPelzerGreerClemsonAndersonWestministerCashiersSylvaHayesvilleHiwasseeClaytonCorneliaHomerDahlonegaClevelandDawsonvilleGainesvilleJasperClarksvilleMoccasin Creek State ParkBlairsvilleBlueRidgeElijayChatsworthLavoniaBufordCommerceJeffersonBraseltonAndrewsMurphyLake LureTryonInmanLandrumSaludaWythevilleMarionAppomattoxSnowCampRoxboroBlacksburgBuena VistaLexingtonGlasgowBedfordVintonNatural BridgeCovingtonBuchananCharlesTownHarpersFerrySeviervilleTownsendTapocoFontana VillageRobbinsvilleBrysonCityFranklinBalsamCherokeeMaggieValleyNewportHotSpringsHartfordHighlandsGatlinburgPigeon ForgeMooresvilleGreenevilleCulpeperNew MarketMontereyLurayJonesboroughKernersvillePilotMountainStuartIndependenceMeadowsof DanFancyGapLaurelForkGalaxMouth ofWilsonPenningtonGapSpartaLaurel SpringsWestJeffersonDamascusAbingdonHillsvilleFloydElktonChristiansburgAmherstLovingstonWarrentonNorthWilkesboroShelbyConcordHickoryRoanokeGastoniaAsheboroEdenStauntonMaryvilleAshevilleKnoxvilleSalisburyKingsportBluefieldLynchburgFarmvilleKannapolisMorristownHigh PointGreensboroBurlingtonLexingtonReidsvilleWaynesboroWinchesterMartinsburgLeesburgStatesvilleFront RoyalJohnson CityMartinsvilleMountAiryElkinBristolHarrisonburgWinston-SalemHendersonvilleCharlottesvilleNCNCVANCTNGAGANCGASCSCNCTNTNVAWVVAWVVAToRichmondToCharlotteToDurhamGreenvilleSpartanburgTo AtlantaTo AthensToWashington, DCToGettysburg, PAToChattanoogaToNashvilleToLexingtonN5627LEGEND01Blue RidgeParkway FacilitiesDesignates MilepostThe 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.

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As the world’s longest hiking only trail, The Appalachian Trail (affectionately referred to as the AT) traverses most of the eastern US. The AT runs from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in northern Georgia. The AT first opened as a continuous trail in 1937. It is marked by iconic white blazes (one about every 70 feet). The actual length changes from year to year as the trail shifts and detours are added or removed. Each year, thousands attempt to hike the 14 States 2,200 Miles165 Days to Hike3 Million Annual Visitorsentire trail. Of those that finish, it takes an average of 165 days. The AT was the first trail to be named a National Scenic Trail by the National Trails System Act in 1968. Rights of way and government ownership protect more than 99 percent of the trail. The AT is maintained by over 4,000 volunteers.In 2021, the town of Clayton, in Rabun County, was designated as the 51st AT Community. As an AT Community, Clayton and Rabun County welcome hikers with special services such as drop off, pick up and retail discounts at participating locations. Hike the AT in Rabun County starting at Dick’s Creek Gap for stunning summit views and catching sight of Lake Burton nestled between rolling mountains near the horizon.For more information, visitAppalachian Trail News, Information, and Advice – AppalachianTrail.comCharlie’s Bunion on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky MountainsFor more hiking and waterfalls information in Rabun County, visit: www.Explore .comDILLSBORO LIGHTS & LUMINARIES Fridays & Saturdays | Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 2022 | 5-9pm Journey back to the days of yesteryear. 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. Shopkeepers and restaurants are open late. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well. Write a letter to Santa and drop it off at his special mailbox. Live music on Front Street. More information: FALL 202230

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The Patrick County Agricultural Fair showcases amusement rides, a midway, beloved fair food, and entertaining performances and competitions in the lower arena such as the Patrick County Dem-olition Derby. Doe Run Farm in Ararat, VA opens their gates every Fall for their annual Sunflower Maze. Attendees stroll through the six-acre sunflower maze, cruise the farm on a hayride, and have fun with fall-themed games. During the ultimate harvest festival of Halloween, Mainstreet in Stuart hosts the annual Stuart Spooktacu-lar, a strange assortment of spooky decor, street performers, costumed creatures, and chil-dren young and old “harvesting” as much candy as they can carry.Patrick County is home to several apple orchards and once saw the largest apple tree in the world. To celebrate the county’s love of apples, the Town of Stuart hosts the annual Apple Dumpling Festival on the third Saturday of October with the Apple Dumpling 5K Race happening that morning. Continuing the apple-loving events is the annual Woolwine Octoberfest, held on the second Autumn in Patrick County is filled with harvest festivals, bringing communities together to celebrate the end of the labor-intensive harvest season, the abundance of food, and the last days of warm weather before the winter season arrives. Saturday in October in Woolwine, VA. Volunteers work hard preparing their famous apple-butter to be sold. The large outdoor stage hosts multiple bluegrass, old time, and gospel bands, and the expansive dance floor is always filled.Find harvest festivals, places to stay, and even more fun things to do this Fall at Find yourself here. PATRICK COUNTYParticipate in a Bountiful Fall in SHENANDOAHBREATHE INShenandoah National Park is enchanting in fall, when cooler temperatures make it easier to explore the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, you can hike on more than 500 miles of trails and stay right inside the park at Skyland, Big Meadows Lodge or Lewis Mountain Cabins.Plan your fall journey.TAKE A MOMENT FOR 877-847-191931

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Here’s an Open Invitation to enjoy the splendor of colors in the North Georgia Mountains at the Historic Lake Rabun Hotel, only three miles from one of the most spectacular canyons in the Eastern U.S. - Tallulah Gorge and Falls - called the The Historic Lake Rabun Hotel and RestaurantAutumn is a wonderful time for unique adventures, romance, and the great outdoors. “Niagara of the South.”Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant, in Rabun County, is an authentic landmark. It was sensitively restored by its current owner and preservationist and retains original woodwork, stone fireplaces, and gardens. Interior rooms are woodsy, accentuated with oriental rugs, local fine art, and well- documented and featured custom-made rustic furniture.Imagine open fires, chilly nights, fresh mountain air, local wines, casual fine dining, customized massages, and an early evening cocktail cruise around beautiful Lake Rabun. A range of activities include zip lining, horseback riding, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and peak fall fly- fishing. There’s also quiet relaxation and re-tuning, a “let go of worries and cares” time, for you and loved ones. Our knowledge-able and friendly staff are ready to assist as you explore Rabun County. Try our own delicious sea-sonal menu for dinners or Sunday brunch, along with hand-crafted cocktails from our bar. Across the street, try family-owned Louie’s on the Lake for hand-made brick-oven pizza, and just down the road is Alley’s Ol’ Store, a coffee shop and café that once was a train stop. Boutique shopping is also close by. And no one should visit Rabun County without visiting Foxfire, a museum created to honor the phenomenon of legendary stories gathered in the 1960’s by high schoolers, documenting family history and life from the 1820s to the 1940s, which turned into a sought-after series of books and information preserving Southern Appalachia traditions. And we’re honoring our own history! The Historic Lake Rabun Hotel, a much loved place, is celebrating 100 years of creating beautiful memories.The Atlanta Journal Constitution describes it as “a place to love, to fall in love.” Come create some memories with us. We’re looking forward to meeting you! www.Lakerabunhotel.comwww.Louiesonthelake.comwww.explorerabun.comwww.opendooratalleys.comwww.foxfire.orgFOR MOREINFORMATIONTallulah Gorge“Creating Beautiful Memories” in North GeorgiaPhotos and editorial by Bonnie East FALL 202232

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Rabun County is home tothe historic town of Lakemontand other charming mountain towns.Visit Rabun County and Lakemont to enjoyThe Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant • Ladybug Landing Open Door at Alley’s Ol’ Store • Big Mountain TransportationHarvest Moon Antiques, Garden & Art • Lakemont Cycle StudioForest Lodge Wedding & Event Center • The Lakemont GalleryThe Barn at Lake Rabun • Hall’s-Rabun Boat House Fish Camp Cottages • Bear Gap Outfi tters and many more!Rabun County, Georgia. Home to outdoor adventure, state parks,rivers, lakes & waterfalls, farm-to-table dining, eclectic shops & markets, wineries & distilleries, Appalachian art & culture, resorts,spas & gol ng, and so much more! Visit

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Travelers today see the daily patterns of life and the settled landscape here on the high plateau at places like Mabry Mill.Cultural history demonstrations are offered in summer and early fall at the nearby blacksmith shop and Matthews cabin.Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost or (276) 952-2947.MABRY MILLParkway IconRV SERVICESASHEVILLE, NCLocated just off I-40 exit #44 at 120 Highland Center Blvd. in Asheville.30+ years RV repair experience.(828) 553-7111www.rvservices.netCHURCH STREET ART & CRAFT FESTIVALDATE: OCTOBER 8, 2022Where: Downtown WaynesvilleWaynesville’s Main Street transforms into an arts & crafts marketplace for one day. What makes this show so special is it was designed specifically to provide a venue for local artisans to display their work. Enjoy handcrafted pottery, jewelry, photography, and fine art from the talented folks who call the Smokies their home. Food vendors will also be attending so you can treat your tastebuds to a show for themselves. APPLE HARVEST FESTIVALDATE: OCTOBER 15, 2022Where: Downtown WaynesvilleThe Apple Harvest Festival celebrates Haywood’s agricultural heritage and the autumn harvest. Here you’ll get the chance to Haywood You Like To Fall In Love With Our Festivalstaste all things apple: apple pies, apple tarts, apple cider, apple doughnuts, apple jam…the appetizing apple adaptations are endless. You can also find music, dancing, arts & crafts, and plenty of family-friendly games. You’re guaranteed to have bushels of fun!MAGGIE VALLEY FALL ARTS & CRAFTS SHOWDATE: OCTOBER 22 & 23, 2022Where: Maggie Valley Festival GroundsThis event is the perfect way to celebrate the fall season in Maggie Valley. It’s the largest gathering of artisans and crafters from all over the Southeast and one of the longest running events in this town. Watch chainsaw art demonstrations, indulge in flavorful food from vendors, and shop for hand-made décor, bowls, furniture, and more.SMOKY MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS FESTIVALDATE: OCTOBER 29, 2022Where: Maggie Valley Festival GroundsFor all the bluegrass lovers out there! The Smoky Mountains Bluegrass Festival is a one-day, outdoor festival where you can enjoy live entertainment, unique food, and juried arts and crafts booths. The featured lineup includes Award winning bluegrass band “Balsam Range”, Sister Sadie and The Amanda Cook Band". Whether you are already a bluegrass lover or are looking to expand your music taste, you won’t want to miss this!Bring on cooler temperatures, delightful fall foliage, and the anticipation for all the upcoming events celebrating our rich Appalachian heritage. From arts and crafts to food and live music, there’s truly a reason for everyone to fall for Haywood. Rake up a pile of family-fun and stay a while—you won’t want to miss out on autumn in the Smokies.For a full list of our Fall events visit FALL 202234

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When you decide to embark on a backcountry lodge experience, it’s a voluntary exercise in using all five senses and welcoming the journey. So, tie up your shoe laces and head to the Len Foote Hike Inn in North Georgia. Whether you’re a family with children wanting quality time together, day hikers testing their skill at the 10-mile round trip adventure, or “thru-hikers” loaded up with gear to set out on the 2190 mile Appalachian Trail to Maine, via Georgia, the Hike Inn gives everyone a quality leave-nothing-behind-but-footprints experience. “Backcountry” typically means a lodge can only be reached by foot or animal (i.e. horse, llama) and driving in is simply not an option. The moderate five miles to Hike Inn takes the average hiker three hours and starts in Amicalola Falls State Park (see Blue Ridge Digest Summer 2022). It includes some ups, downs, and small creek crossings. Heading in, we passed a family with two boys ages 5 and 8, heading out. One proudly showed us his skinned knee from “jumping the big creek” and the other announced the sole of his shoe was loose from “hiking a mountain.” Once there, your reservation includes a place to sleep with linens, bathhouse facilities, a game room, plenty of peaceful outdoor seating options, a full dinner the night of arrival and a hot hearty breakfast the morning after, prepared onsite and served family style. I recommend getting up early in the morning, with the complimentary drum beating, to catch the sunrise from a completely unobstructed view of that edge of the world.Impressive still, check out the website for details on Hike Inn’s sustainability efforts and their LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Platinum Level. They are leaders in environmental conservation and “above the grid” solar energy systems, with educational tours on site for those interested. Eric Graves, executive director, shares, “We hope our guests enjoy our unique destination but want to see guests take our conservation home with them to make their homes and communities better places as well.”Now, more than ever, folks are looking for a way to commune with nature, friends and family, or find solitude within the forest. Make reservations as weekends can fill up 11 months in advance, with weekdays more flexible. But fear not, this backcountry experience in North GA has benefits year-round, through every season, including winter, with the return of the clear bright chilled sky and the wood-fired stove. Alas, you will eventually emerge from the woods, hungry. There are some great options in neighboring Pickens County, in the town of Jasper. The Old Mulehouse, downtown, started out, well, as a mule house, in the 1800’s. Ride ‘em, Sell ‘em, or Tie ‘em up and go shopping. And while the building has evolved through the years, I vote for the current occupation, restaurant. I tried their signature trout, a North GA iconic offering, and it was one of my favorites. I don’t write that if I don’t mean it. There’s live music and a great bar too, with an outside seating area. Another “must” is Sideburners BBQ. Jason, the owner and chef, is a local guy who couldn’t love what he does any more. You can taste his passion for food and his love of serving others. You know what I mean. He tells a true story that at the age of three, his parents woke in the middle of the night to him in the kitchen clanking pots while trying to fix himself some eggs. Lucky for us, he still clanks pots. His BBQ is seasoned, rubbed, charred, and juicy in all the right places. We had the brisket, pork, and chicken, and a plethora of sides, all mouth-watering and requiring multiple napkins. I hope you’ll put Hike Inn and Pickens County in your GPS! And I’ll see you again, just off the next exit! Len Foote Hike InnBackcountry and “Above the Grid” www.hike-inn.comwww.oldmulehouse.comwww.sideburnersbbq.comwww.pickenschamber.comFOR MOREINFORMATIONPecan Crusted Trout The Old MulehouseFrench Onion SoupThe Old MulehouseFALL 2022 35

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Downtown Talking Rock is a quaint, and ordinarily quiet place to browse the shops, gather with family and friends at the brewery and relax. However, from 9 am to 5 pm during the Twenty-seventh Annual Heritage Days Festival, our little town will be filled with booths featuring a wide variety of high-quality arts, crafts, and antiques. There will be interesting demonstrations for the young and Town of Talking Rock Heritage Days FestivalTown of Talking Rock TATE DAYArts & Crafts, Tours, And The Biggest Little Parade AroundThe first Saturday in November brings focus on Georgia’s marble mining mecca. The five-mile long, half-mile wide, 2,000 feet deep marble vein at Tate is the bedrock of an industry that produces some of the finest architectural and carving stone in the world.Tours of the Polycor Georgia Marble quarry have been one of the most popular Tate Day events.Guests board buses near the Tate Depot for a short ride to the quarry where Polycor employee s share information and answer questions.Tate Day visitors also flock to the Arts & Crafts area where they pur-chase exquisite, handmade pottery, jewelry, collectibles, and memorabilia.The Old Tate Gym, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, offers a BBQ lunch, cake bake off, and raffles. Next door to the gym stands the historic Tate Elementary School. Tate Day visitors are allowed to tour the school built in the 1930s by the Tate family to provide education for children of Georgia Marble Company employees.What has been called the “biggest little parade around” leaves from the parking lot of Cool Springs Baptist Church and navigates all six streets in Tate. Vintage automobiles, convertibles, original VW Bugs, muscle cars, pickups, fire and rescue vehicles, a calliope and other exotic machines on wheels are featured. Marble Valley Friends, Inc., a historical preservation organization headquartered in Tate, sponsors Tate Day. For more information about Tate Day or The Old Tate Gym call 678-454-5477.Heritage Days is held the third full weekend in October and is the highlight of the year in Talking Rock. Vendors from around the state join shop owners for a 2-day festival, celebrating the past, present and future of our town.old, Blue Grass, Southern Gospel, Americana music, and a variety of delicious food from local vendors. Go back in time by visiting the 1877 Talking Rock Schoolhouse Teaching Museum, join in the Rubber Duck Race to support local charities, and participate in our silent auction. Be sure to visit our beautiful park set along the shaded banks of Talking Rock Creek.October 15-16, 2022Admission and parking are free.Saturday, October 15th 9AM – 5PM Sunday, October 16th 9AM – 5PMGEORGIA

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13780 Highway 226 SSpruce Pine, NCCall (828) 765-6130www.gemmountain.comAsk about our MINE TRIPS!Experience the wonder and excitement of prospecting for gemstones!Experienced gem cutters are on handCustom Jewelry Made with your stones!Nestled amongst both the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest, Bryson City is the charming mountain town that every fall lover must visit! Oncefall’s bright hues awash over this mountain hideaway,the town transforms before your eyes and offers plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the beauty of fall, ranging from hikes to strolls, scenic drives to train rides and more! Based in Bryson City,the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad operates excursions where riders can enjoy color during “Leaf Looker” excursions to the Nantahala Gorge.BRYSON CITYThe Perfect Spot for Fall FanaticsThis excursion is the ultimate way to view fall color, but not the only way! Those in search of the best views shouldhead to the highest peak in the Smokies – Clingmans Dome. The 54-foot observation tower allows for a 360-degree view of the Park. The Blue Ridge Parkway, which begins in nearby Cherokee, offers equally beautiful scenery at every turn and plenty of turn-offs take them in.For a more leisurely stroll filled with waterfall backdrops, enjoy leaf-peeping throughDeep Creek Recreation Area.More upbeat adventure-seekers looking for an immersive fall experience will enjoy zipping through colorful canopies, or on a thrilling whitewater rafting journey down the Nantahala at Nantahala Outdoor Center! Grab the family and head to Darnell Farms’ annual pumpkin patch where visitors will enjoy a one-mile-long hayride, corn maze, sunflower patch, apple picking, and other fall themed activities. Tickets are available for purchase online or in person. Rent a cozy cabin amongst the trees or branch out more out of the box accommodations like a restored train car or Harry Potter themed tent. Find the accommodation perfect for you by visiting ExploreBrysonCity.comFall Leaf viewingFirst Class Diningwith Mention of Polar ExpressGREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS RAILROADEnjoy fall viewing from our first-class dining car.✓Comfortable table seating✓Large windows✓Climate Controlled✓Delicious mealReserve your tickets now for Leaf Season & Polar Express! GSMR.COM FALL 202238

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Set out on a three-day adventure to discover some of Shenandoah Valley's most exciting wineries, distilleries, breweries, dining, and lodging options on the Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop.Day OneBegin your three-day getaway in Virginia’s "Cabin Capital" by booking a weekend to remember. Experience the country charm of Piney Hill Bed and Breakfast and Cottages, unwind in a romantic timber-frame cabin at Shadow Mountain Escape, or escape up into the national park with a stay at either Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge. In 72 hours on the Blue Ridge Whisky Wine LoopdowntownLuray, sample farm-to-keg beer at the Hawksbill Brewing Co., coffee and lunch specials at the Gathering Grounds Patisserie & Café, fine dining at historic Mimslyn Inn, and memorable movie-going experiences at the iconic bubblegum-pink Page Theater.Day TwoRaise your glass to taste aged bourbon whiskey and country wines at Luray’s River Hill Distillery, where ingredients are carefully grown, distilled, and aged in small quantities on the working farm. Continue with a scenic drive to Stanley and a homestyle lunch at the Hawksbill Diner. End the day among the vines at Wisteria Farm and Vineyard while you sip on local wine and explore walking trails, scenic spots along a creek and views of Romney sheep and free-roaming chickens.Day ThreeSpend the day in the heart of the Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop at Shenandoah National Park. Enter the national park close to Luray via Highway 211. From Skyline Drive, it's easy to plan an afternoon hike, a waterfall excursion, see wildflowers and/or wildlife — or simply take in panoramic sunset views across the Shenandoah Valley from dozens of scenic overlooks.FOODIE TIP: In addition to specialty spirits and entertainment at Skyland Resort’s Mountain Taproom, indulge in Skyland’s signature dessert, the Mile-High Blackberry Ice Cream Pie, named as a nod to the park’s highest elevation, 3,680 feet. Explore all of Loop’s destinations and plan your adventure byBlueRidgeWhiskyWineLoop.comCruise on 30 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway through Patrick County and take in all of the beautiful scenery. Picnics at a covered bridge, local wineries, camping, hiking, and mountain biking are just a few other attractions awaiting you. From the rugged outdoors to 5-Star luxury, there is so much to discover here. visitpatrickcounty.orgFind yourself hereVisit the Patrick County Visitors Center at 126 N. Main St, Stuart, VATHE PARKWAY,YES, YOU DRIVE ONBUT YOU CAN PARK TOO.FALL 2022 39

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The Mountain Laurel Cookbook: A Collection of Stovetop Memories Paperback by The Mountain Laurel (Author), Susan M. Thigpen (Editor), Robert A. (Bob) Heafner (Editor)The Mountain Laurel Cookbook contains chapters on Beverages, Breads, Desserts, Meats, Old Fashion Puddings, Pickling and Canning, and Vegetables. It has over 200 mouthwatering, easy to prepare heirloom recipes; they are the legacies of many outstanding mountain cooks. In addition there are tidbits of cooking lore and tips to make every recipe a masterpiece. Over the last thirty-two years, some of the best cooks in the mountains have contributed their old time recipes to The Mountain Laurel, some of which have been handed down for generations. These recipes were the staple of generations of mountain people. And tucked here and there, you will find humor. This cookbook is meant to be a joy to read as well as a treasure trove of recipes. Autumn brings vivid colors to the back roads and hollows of Sevierville and beckons guests to venture off the Parkway that runs through the three cities and to the Smokies. Although you’ll find plenty of fall fun and new activities along the main road, it’s always a treat to discover the hidden gems found in the mountain foothills. Explore one of six self-guided historic fall driving tours in Sevierville this fall before venturing out to see what’s new in the Smoky Mountains. Find the tours at Peak season for leaf viewing is typically mid-October through mid-November, but Harvest themed events run from mid-September through the end of October. Bluegrass music is the soundtrack of fall and the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival (September 15-17, 2022) features original, live bluegrass music from fifteen national and regional acts including Appalachian Road Show, Lonesome River Band, The Jerry Butler Band, and more. Catch more mountain music (and fine arts) at Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming Festival (Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2022). Sevierville’s newest fall event is History & Haunts in downtown Sevierville. Enjoy guided historical walking tours, fun costume contests, harvest-themed activities and more during this family friendly event (October 13, 2022).Enjoy Fall In The Mountains With A Visit To Sevierville, TennesseeAfter all that fun, head to the Parkway and discover new things to see and do. Sevierville’s newest attraction, SkyLand Ranch, has just opened this fall and features the southeast’s longest mountain coaster, canopy walks, miniature animals, and more on a mountain top farm. Take in the sights, sounds, and fun of Sevierville this year. Start planning your getaway now at Order now FALL 202240

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Nelson County will celebrate its Dark Skies from June 21 through December 31, 2022. Residents and visitors are encouraged to tap into their inner astronomer and admire the breathtaking views of these stargazing destinations. Virginia Tourism Corporation helped fund and promote this new way to enjoy the beauty and hidden gems in Nelson County.Leave your flashlights behind and look for constellations, wish on a shooting star, and dream of the mysteries that lie beyond the Milky Way. Local hospitality businesses are creating and promoting places and events that preserve and protect our Dark Skies, such as specials, packages and events for viewing astronomical wonders.James River State Park is a designed International Dark Skies location and is hosting a Star Park on November 18 – November 19 Dark Skies in Nelson County, Virginiaat 7 pm. This is a unique, two-night opportunity that only comes once a year and will be the largest gathering of astronomers at the park. Astronomy clubs will have telescopes available for an up-close view of planets and galaxies, but visitors may also bring their own telescope to explore these amazing wonders of the night sky with our knowledgeable staff as your guide. We will also have programs and presentations to help you find your way through the galaxy. We promise you a stellar experience at James River State Park!Come and join the 50 or more local businesses as they celebrate the beauty of the Dark Skies of Nelson County. We hope to see all of you stargazers, budding astronomers, firefly fans, shooting star searchers, nature lovers and night owls. For more information, go to you can’t pick just one!FLY FISHINGHIKING TRAIN RIDESMUSEUMS RAFTINGBREWERIES SHOPPINGBIKINGZIPLININGExploreBrysonCity.comExploreBrysonCity.comExploreBrysonCity.comVisitFALL 2022 41

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WINERIES • BREWERIES • CASUAL & FINE DINING GALLERIES • BOUTIQUES • THEATER • COZY LODGING Escape. Unwind. Indulge.BannerElk.comPlan for a long weekend in Page County and reconnect with the great outdoors,especially in the fall when the air starts to cool and nature puts on its annual color show. While many fall visitors opt for scenic drives and mountain hikes, Outdoorsy Adventures Await In Page County take the path less traveled and savor the sights of the season along Page County's waterways.The South Fork of the Shenandoah River flows for 55 miles through the Page Valley, winding between the Massanutten Mountain range to the west and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east. Water lovers can peep fall colors from the middle of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River by renting a canoe or kayak from Shenandoah River Outfitters or Shenandoah River Adventures. Page County is home to eight public access points along the storied river, offering an array of float trips and varying distances.Pack a picnic or grab a bite from a Main Street eatery and head to the Luray-Hawksbill Greenway to experience autumn along the 3.3-mile walking trail and the Hawksbill Creek that run through the heart of Downtown Luray. Spot ducks and other wildlife that call the creek home, or watch or join anglers of all ages who frequent the Hawksbill.Experience an autumn sunset during a stroll along a 1-mile wooded trail at Lake Arrowhead and watch with wonder as a foliage palette of rich reds, vibrant yellows and fiery orange is reflected in the water in the evenings and on overcast afternoons. Plan your fresh-air fall excursion in the Page Valley by visiting FALL 202242

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Get Hands-on in the NEW Wilson Center for Nature DiscoveryOpen to the public since late June, the Wilson Center nearly doubles the size of the original museum’s public space with 10,000 square feet of new education space, includ-ing state-of-the-art museum exhib-its, three classrooms, an ADA-ac-cessible theater (coming soon!) and expanded capacity for hosting events and programs. New exhibits include a 3-D interactive map of the mountain, flora and fauna walls with field guide touch screens, a fun (for all ages) hands-on demonstration of wind speeds and other exhibits focusing on the mountain’s natural history geology. (Check out the largest amethyst ever found in North America via spin-able turntable and see minerals that glow in the Mineral Cavern!) Outside the center, guests will enjoy new learning spaces, including an amphitheater with terraced seating and a pavilion, as well as a new botanical garden. A Beary Warm Welcome for Fanny MayGrandfather Mountain has wel-comed a new member to its family of beloved animals in the Mildred the Bear Animal Habitats: Fanny May, a five-year-old black bear with a big personal-ity. Fanny May arrived in the spring of 2021 after the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission approached the nonprofit nature preserve about a bear that needed placement. Fanny has spent the last year getting acclimated to her new home and diet and showing a fun fascination for the toys and enrichments the habitat curators share with her. Fanny is slowly being introduced to guests and will be placed in the on-display habitats sporadically throughout the year. New for the Smallest NaturalistsGrandfather’s revamped Junior Naturalist program kicked off summer 2022 with an updated activity book that invites children to explore the mountain, new wooden collectible badges and a seasonal e-newsletter for participants. Park Naturalists also offer an 11:30 a.m. Junior Naturalist activity (weekends in the fall) geared toward five to ten-year-olds. “Random Acts of Science,” a new daily program, is also great for kids and families, and focuses on native plants and animals; using weather instru-ments to record data and inves-tigating minerals, skulls or other organisms under a microscope. Paint with a BearThis unique experience includes a guided visit behind-the-scenes to the bear habitat. Participants pick their color choices from a selection of non-toxic paint and then watch as one of Grandfather Mountain’s black bears create a work of art with its paws. The experience takes place on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m., May through October. This is sure to be a popular new experience so booking in advance is recommend-ed. Behind-the-Scenes Tours and Meet-the-Bears Tours are additional special habitat experiences offered. www.grandfather.comLooking for a fall adventure with the family? Visit the brand new Wilson Center for Nature Discovery at Grandfather Mountain and enjoy a list of new programs and events perfect for all generations. The Linville, N.C., nature preserve, operated by the nonprofit Grand-father Mountain Stewardship Foundation, is known for its Mile High Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats, 360-degree views and immersive programming meant to inspire exploration and conservation of the natural world. Find out more at Here are four new experiences for families + the mountain’s fall calendar of events:Hawk WatchSeptember 1 -3070th Anniversary of the Mile High Swinging BridgeSeptember 2Junior Naturalist Day September 10Girl Scout DaySeptember 24Fall Color RambleOctober 1-10Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight October 1All-Day Fall Color Ramble October 15Beary Scary Halloween October 29 New for Families at Grandfather MountainFive New Reasons To Visit The Linville, N.C., Nature PreserveFALL EVENTSFALL 2022 43

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TheBrushy Mountain Apple Festival Downtown North Wilkesboro NC, on10/1/2022 RAIN OR SHINE!Welcome! The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is not just this club's largest fundraiser, but has become one of Wilkes County's biggest fundraisers. Over 100 civic, church and other non-profit organizations participate in the festival. And best of all, it's FREE! to learn more about the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival!The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is an event owned, organized and operated by the Brushy Mountain Ruritan Club. All proceeds are donated to the community.The Virginia Alleghany Highlands is filled with historic sites and scenic beauty. Enjoying the natural beauty and seeing many of the historic buildings and landmarks is totally free. Here are some ideas to help you enjoy your stay.FREE THINGS TO DO in the Alleghany Highlands• See Humpback BridgeThis historic covered bridge is located on Route 60 just three miles from downtown Covington. It is believed to be the oldest bridge of its design in the nation. People come from all across the country to see it. Bring you camera and snap some photos of one of the most iconic structures in Virginia.• View Falling Spring Falls It’s unusual for such a breathtaking natural wonder to be viewed from the side of a road. Luckily,Falling Spring Fallsis located along Route 220 north of Covington. There is a parking area and viewing area that offers a great view of the falls with an incredible backdrop of the Allegheny Mountains.• Pedal, Walk or Jog on the Jackson River Scenic Trail There are four convenient access points to this beautiful rails-to-trails conversion, including southern More information: 540-962-2178or toll free888-430-5786 OR www.visitalleghanyhighlands.comterminus, which is located just outside of Covington. The trail runs mostly parallel to the Jackson River, so no matter where to access it the scenery will be spectacular. Note: If you need to rent bikes or use a shuttle service, anoutfitteris available at a reasonable fee.• Learn about the Civil War Four sites significant to the region’s role in the American Civil War are located in the Alleghany Highlands. Official markers explain the importance of each site. A free brochure with map is available at theAlleghany Highlands Visitor Center. FALL 202244

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Top Ways to Experience FALL IN VIRGINIA’S BLUE RIDGEKick your next adventure up a level in the beautiful mountains of Virginia’s Blue Ridge like a true trailsetter! Find a delightful combination of outdoor adventure and scenic views paired with rich local flavors this fall in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Two-Wheel AdventuresWhether you’re a beginner cyclist or an experienced rider, there are many different ways to experience Virginia’s Blue Ridge on two wheels. Explore hundreds of miles of trails to find out why the region is called America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital or take a leisurely ride on the Roanoke Valley Greenways. Rent bikes for any type of excursion at Roanoke Mountain Adventures or try their new Views & Brews E-Bike Tour. Outdoor EventsExperience an incredible selection of outdoor activities and product/gear demos at GO Fest (Oct. 14 – 16) in Roanoke. Immerse yourself in history and heritage at the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival (Oct. 22). Enjoy all your favorite fall activities each weekend at the Jeter Farm Fall Festival & Country Store (Sep. 24 – Oct. 30). Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers TrailChoose from a collection of 2 dozen breweries, wineries and distilleries to discover unique flavors of the region. Downtown Roanoke alone has 6 breweries within 1-mile of each other!Charming Main StreetsVirginia’s Blue Ridge is made up of wonderful Main Street communities that aren’t to be missed. Shop at small boutiques and farmers markets before enjoying a local meal in the Towns of Salem, Rocky Mount, Vinton and more. Best of all, visitors don’t even have to leave Main Street to admire the vibrant fall foliage of the Blue Ridge Mountains that envelop these special towns.Plan a complete metro mountain getaway to Virginia’s Blue Ridge this fall. Find more info on these attractions & others at Rock hike on the Appalachian Trail in Botetourt County, VA overlooking Carvins Cove Reservoir – credit: “Jennifer Griffin- Visit VBR” Grandfather Mountain | Blue Ridge Digest | 1/2 page horizontal | 7.5w x 4.5h | Due 8/1/22 | Get Away Get InspiredGet away from it all.Get Inspired.Folks come to Grandfather Mountain for all sorts of reasons — to get close to nature or simply get away from it all. But after a day on the mountain, and in the new interactive Wilson Center For Nature Discovery, everyone leaves inspired.grandfather.comWonders Never CeaseGRANDFATHERMOUNTAIN®NEW Wilson Center for Nature Discovery NOW OPENGFM_BRD_7.5x4.5_7_28_22.indd 1 7/28/22 10:15 AM45

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Everyone these days is looking for fun things to do without spending a lot of money. One of the great things about fall is you can experience the beautiful colors of the mountains for free! There are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the beauty of the fall scenery in Wilkes County, from the rolling foothills in the eastern part of the county to Stone Mountain at the northern tip and the Brushy Mountains to the west. Pick your adventure!why not ditch the car and immerse yourself in the beauty of the colors of the season? W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir has almost 20 miles of hiking trails available, and all you need is a good pair of walking shoes and a sense of adventure. Maybe bring your camera too! Trails run the gamut from easy to a little more challenging. The mile and a half Lake Loop provides plenty of scenic views of the lake with a relatively easy hike. For the more adventurous in spirit you might choose the six-mile Dark Mountain trail, which starts with a steep ascent but rewards hikers with a beautiful passage through mature poplars and pines.Barn Quilts: A Different Type of ColorComplementing the trees’ striking fall color are the barn quilts that decorate the landscape of Wilkes County. Installed in 2010 through a partnership between the Wilkes Arts Council and the Wilkes County Quilters Guild, a group of 16 quilts of various historic patterns help preserve the heritage of our area and add artistic flair to the cities and back roads alike. Start your journey in the city of Wilkesboro, where three barn quilts are on display – at the Heritage Center, at the sundial of the police department, and at Stardust Cellars. Then wind your way along the trail that takes you through the communities of North Wilkesboro, Millers Creek, Ferguson, Purlear, Boomer and Moravian Falls.For more information on things to do in Wilkesboro, as well as the many great places to eat a meal or stay overnight, check out Wilkes Tourism’s website at Fun in WilkesboroPhoto by Greg KiserHiking the Trails at Kerr Scott DamDriving along the Blue Ridge Parkway for fall leaf gazing is a popular pastime, but this year FALL 202246

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Head to the highest peaks of Virginia for stunning fall color. While you’re soaking in the mountain vistas, explore adorable small towns and a vibrant music scene. Hungry Mother State Park Reserve a cozy cabin or yurt and choose your fall adventures. Explore hiking trails, take a guided nature walk, and enjoy the lake, at its most beautiful in fall. Whitetop MountainVirginia’s second highest peak is easily accessible by car. You can also combine this trip with a short hike to Buzzard Rock for 360 degree fall views.Saltville Well FieldsSaltville’s natural and cultural resources have offered a home to human’s and wildlife for over 30,000 years. Explore the saltwater marshes of the Well Fields and imagine Woolly Mammoths grazing in the fields.Mt Rogers Scenic BywayFor a peaceful drive with gorgeous mountain foliage, head southeast from Marion to the Mount Rogers Scenic Byway and traverse the heart of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Back of the DragonA one of a kind experience for driving enthusiasts, The Back of the Dragon winds its way through Smyth County into neighboring Tazewell, offering overlooks on the way.Top Spots to See Fall Colors in the Mount Rogers High CountrySkull’s Gap Overlook, ChilhowieGrab a picnic lunch in Chilhowie and head to Skull’s Gap Overlook, where you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the fall colors. Ideal for wildlife watchers, Skull’s Gap is excellent for hawk-watching during fall migration.Request a visitor guide and plan your fall trip! (276) 783-3161 GetYourAweBack.comFALL 2022 47

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Saturday & Sunday May thru October!Music & Craft Demonstrations on weekends! Locally Handcrafted Gifts & Decor Virginia Hand Dipped Ice Cream,Old Fashion Fudge & Candy,Hiking/ Biking/ Birding TrailsBeautiful Views & Family Fun 100 ft Observation TowerFREE Mountain Top Music!From I-81, take exit 70. Drive 12 miles northfrom I-77 take exit 52 , go 8 miles south to Big Walker Lookout276-663-4016 www.scenicbeauty-va.comA GreatMotorcycleRunTRAVEL THE BLUE RIDGE HIGHLANDS OF VIRGINIAA Slower Pace with More 1-800-383-9144Blue Ridge Highlands of Southwest Virginia

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Open Thursday-Sunday, May Through Mid October276-621-4511 • www.BeagleRidge.orgPO Box 419 • 1934 Matney Flats Rd • Wytheville, VA 24382Route 21 South 10 Miles • Left Onto 690 • Left on Matney Flats RdLavender Farm, Gardens, Guided Nature Tours & Southwest Virginia’s Only Walk Through Butterfly House Group Tours & Luncheons Pick Your Own Lavender Scenic Views Gift Shop/Plants & Products Special Events & Classes SOL Based School Field TripsMiles of Trails for Wildlife ViewingBlue Ridge Highlands of Southwest Virginia

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Hendersonville, North Carolina, welcomes visitors of all ages with one of the coolest downtowns in the region.May through October, 20 colorful bears take up residence along Main Street. This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Bearfootin’ Art Walk. Each bear is decorated by a local artist, and when fall arrives, they are auctioned off for charity. Hands On! Children’s Museum reopened this summer after tripling in size. The reimagined museumcreates an immersive 13,000-square-foot experience. The new People’s Museum and Walk of Fame honor the legacies of local Pick Hendersonville for Downtown Family Funtrailblazers and celebrate diverse cultures.A bee mural now covers two sides of the building. The mural is designed to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators.An unexpected attraction in this mountain town is Team ECCO The annual Covered Bridge Days festival takes placeSeptember 23-25 in Covered Bridge Park and featuresarts & crafts vendors, food trucks, Kids Island with inflatables and games, and free Covered Bridge Days FestivalAquarium & Shark Lab. North Carolina’s first inland aquarium is home to a 2,000-gallon shark study tank where visitors can watch daily shark feedings. More than 275 fish, invertebrates, reptiles and salamanders call the aquarium home.Pisgah Forest Gem Mine allows treasure hunting in any weather. Search for precious and semi-precious stones of all colors, shapes and sizes. When you’re done, have your favorite find made into a piece of jewelry.At Appalachian Pinball Museum, approximately 35 pinball machines and 25 video games delight customers. Parents and grandparents are as excited as the kids when they enter the arcade-like museum with flashing lights and the sounds of flippers flipping. Play all day for $12.Learn more at or call (800) 828-4244.concerts from The Grascals, Ricky Skaggs and The Isaacs. New this year will be two ticketed Covered Bridge Kick Off concerts taking place at Citizens Bank Stadium with Crowder and Big Daddy Weave on the 21st and Kip Moore and Dylan Scott on the 22nd.The second annual Roan Mountain Fall-O-Dendron festival will take place October 8 at Roan Mountain State Park and will feature arts andcrafts vendors, food, demonstrations and live entertainment.Elizabethton Parks & RecreationPhone:(423) 547-6441ExperiencetheMountainsof MusicExperiencetheMountainsof MusicnnTHECROOKEDROADVA.COM #VAMUSICPhotos Courtesy: Floyd Country Store by Brett LemonFor trip planning information,contact The Crooked Road atinfo@thecrookedroad.orgor call 276.492.2409With 9 major venues and over 60 afliated venues & festivals! FALL 202250

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GEORGIA Blairsville/Union CoUnty ChamBer129 Union County Rec Rd. • Blairsville, GA 30512(706) 745-5789 www.blairsvillechamber.comFannin CoUnty ChamBer oF CommerCe152 Orvin Lance Dr • Blue Ridge, GA 30513 (706) 632-5680www.blueridgemountains.comPiCkens CoUnty ChamBer oF CommerCe and visitor Center500 Veterans Memorial Dr • Jasper GA 30143(706) 692-5600 • www.pickenschamber.comraBUn CoUnty WelCome Center706-960-9866 -10 Seed Tick Road/P.O. Box 1209, Clayton, GA 30525www.explorerabun.comtoWns CoUnty visitor Center1411 Jack Dayton CircleYoung Harris, GA 30582(706) 896-4966 • www.mountaintopga.comNORTH CAROLINAalleghany Co. ChamBer oF CommerCe58 S. Main, POB 1237 BRDSparta, NC 28675; (800) 372-5473www.alleghanycountychamber.comandreWs ChamBer oF CommerCe955 Main St. • Andrews, NC 28901828-321-3584 • visitandrewsnc.comandreWs rest stoP50 Cover St / US 19 • Andrews, NC 28902www.visitcherokeecounty.comashe CoUnty ChamBer & visitor Center1 N. Jefferson Ave, P.O. Box 31West Jefferson, NC 28694(336) 846-9550 • www.ashechamber.comavery CoUnty ChamBer oF CommerCe4501 Tynecastle Hwy • Unit 2Banner Elk, NC 28604(800) 972-2183 • Banner elk visitor Center100 Main Street West Banner Elk, NC 28604(828) 898-8395 • www.bannerelk.orgBeeCh moUntain ChamBer oF CommerCe403A Beech Mountain ParkwayBeech Mtn, NC 28604 (800) 468-5506 • www.beechmtn.comBlaCk moUntain ChamBer oF CommerCe201 E. State St. • Black Mountain, NC 28711 (828) 669-2300BloWing roCk ChamBer oF CommerCe132 Park Ave • Blowing Rock NC 28605(800) 295-7851 www.blowingrockncchamber.comBlUe ridge ParkWay visitor Center 195 Hemphill Knob Rd • Asheville, NC 28803 828-298-5330Boone area ChamBer oF CommerCe870 W King St. Suite A • Boone, NC 28607(828) 264-2225 • www.VisitBooneNC.comBUrke CoUnty travel & toUrism110 E. Meeting Street Morganton, NC 28655 (828) 433-6793CaldWell CoUnty visitor Center1909 Hickory Blvd. SELenoir, NC 28645(828) 726-0616Cashiers area ChamBer oF CommerCe202 U.S. 64, POB 238 BRDCashiers, NC 28717(828) 743-5191 • www.cashiers-nc.comCataWBa CoUnty visitor Center1055 Southgate Parkway SWHickory, NC 28602 (828) 328-6111Cherokee CoUnty visitor Center20 Tennessee Street, Murphy, NC 28906828-557-2583www.visitcherokeecountync.comCherokee CoUnty WelCome Center805 W. US 64 Murphy, NC 28906; (828) 837-2242www.cherokeecountychamber.comCherokee WelCome CenterP.O. Box 460 • 498 Tsalis Rd.Cherokee, NC 28719(800) 438-1601 • www.cherokee-nc.comClay CoUnty ChamBer oF CommerCe96 Sanderson St • Hayesville, NC 28904; (828) 389-3704www.claycounty-nc-chamber.comFranklin area ChamBer oF CommerCe98 Hyatt Rd. Franklin • NC 28734 (888) 439-park • www.franklin-chamber.comgaston CoUnty visitor Center620 N. Main Street • Belmont, NC 28012704-825-4044. www.visitgaston.orggreensBoro visitor Center2411 West Gate City BlvdGreensboro, NC 27403 (800) 344-2282www.VisitGreensboroNC.comhayWood ChamBer oF CommerCe28 Walnut St. • Waynesville, NC 28786(828) 456-3021hendersonville visitor Center201 S. Main St • Hendersonville, NC 28792 (800) 828-4244www.historichendersonville.orghiCkory metro CvB1960 13th Ave Dr. SE • Hickory, NC 28602(828) 322-1335 • www.hickorymetro.comhighlands ChamBer oF CommerCe108 Main St., P. O. Box 404Highlands, NC 28741 (828) hot sPrings WelCome Center 106 Bridge Street, Hot Springs, NC 28743(828) 622-9932 www.hotspringsnc.orgJaCkson CoUnty ChamBer oF CommerCe773 W. Main Street • Sylva, NC 28779 (800) 962-1911 • www.mountainlovers.comJonesville WelCome Center1503 NC Hwy 67W, Jonesville, NC 28642 (336) 526-1111madison CoUnty visitor Center56 S. Main Street • Mars Hill, NC 28754 (828) 680-9031www.visitmadisoncounty.commaggie valley ChamBer oF CommerCe2791 Soco Road, POB 279Maggie Valley, NC 28751 (800) MAGGIE-1 • www.maggievalley.orgmCdoWell CoUnty visitor Center1170 W. Tate St. • Marion, NC 28752 (828) 652-4240 • www.blueridgetraveler.commCdoWell CoUnty toUrism aU-thority/visitor Center91 S. Catawba Ave., Old Fort, NC 28762828-668-4282 • www.blueridgetraveler.commitChell Co. ChamBer oF CommerCe79 Parkway Rd • Spruce Pine, NC 28777 828-765-2761www.mitchell-county.commoUnt airy visitor Center200 N. Main St. • Mt. Airy, NC 27030 (800) 948-0949 • www.visitmayberry.commoUnt mitChell state Park2388 State Hwy. 128 • Burnsville, NC 28714(828) 675-4611nW nC visitor Center2121 East US Hwy 421 North WIlkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 667-1259nC high CoUntry host visitor Center6370 US HWY 321 South, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 (800) 438-7500 • www.mountainsofnc.comPiedmont triad visitor Center700 NC Hwy 700 • Pelham, NC 27311 (800) 388-9830Polk CoUnty visitor Center20 E. Mills St. • Columbus, NC 28722(800) 440-7848smoky moUntain host oF nC, inC4437 Georgia Rd. • Franklin, NC 28734(800) 432-4678 • www.visitsmokies.orgsPrUCe Pine visitor Center165 Locust St. • Spruce Pine, NC 28777(828) 765-7008statesville Convention & visitors BUreaU118 W Broad St • Statesville, NC 28687 (704) 878-3480 or (877) 531-1819www.visitstatesville.orgsWain CoUnty toUrism develoPment aUthority2 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC 28713(828) 488-7857www.ExploreBrysonCity.comWaynesville/hayWood CoUnty visitor Center1110 Soco Rd • Maggie Valley, NC 28751(800) 334-9036 www.visitncsmokies.comWilkes CoUnty ChamBer oF CommerCe717 Main St., PO Box 727 BRDN. Wilkesboro, NC 28659(336) 838-8662 • www.wilkesnc.orgWinston-salem visitor Center200 Brookstown Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 336-728-4205 • VisitWinstonSalem.comyanCey CoUnty ChamBer oF CommerCe106 W. Main St. • Burnsville, NC 28714 (800) 948-1632 • www.yanceychamber.comyadkin valley heritage & trails visitor Center – 257 Standard St, Elkin, NC 28621 (336) 526-1111 – www.exploreelkin.comTENNESSEEBristol visitor Center20 Volunteer Parkway Bristol TN 37620423-989-5500 • www.discoverbristol.orgClairBorne Co. ChamBer oF CommerCe1732 Main St., Suite 1 • Tazewell, TN 37879(423) 626-4149 • www.clairbornecounty.comelizaBethton visitor Center615 East Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643 (423) 547-3850 • tourcartercounty.comgreene Co. PartnershiP/CoB115 Academy St. • Greeneville, TN 37743 (423) 638-4111www.GreeneCountyPartnership.comhistoriC JonesBoroUgh117 Boone St. Jonesborough •TN 37659(423) 423-753-1010 • Toll Free: 866-401-4223www.historicjonesborough.comJohnson City visitor Center302 Buffalo St, Johnson City • TN 37605; (423) 926-2141 • www.johnsoncitytn.comJohnson CoUnty WelCome Center716 S. Shady St. (Hwy. 421S)Mountain City, TN 37683(423) 727-5800 • jcwc@preferred.comloUdon CoUnty visitor BUreaU1075 US Hwy 321 • Lenoir City, TN 37771 (865) 968-3662 • www.visitloudoncounty.comThe Blue Ridge Digest can be found at these regional visitor’s centers!FALL 2022 51Listings continue next page

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The Blue Ridge Digest can be found at these regional visitor’s centers!toWnsend visitor Center7609 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882. 800-525-6834 • www.smokymountains.orgUniCoi toUrist inFormation Center106 Unicoi Village Place PO Box 39Erwin, TN 37692 • 423-735-0517VIRGINIA1908 CoUrthoUse visitor Center107 E Main St. • Independence VA 24348(276) 773-2471aBingdon visitor Center208 W Main St. • Abingdon, VA 24210(276) 258-7122 • www.abingdon.comaFton visitor Center130 Afton Circle • Afton, VA 22920(540) 943-5187 • www.visitwaynesboro.netalleghany highlands visitor Center100 Mall Rd • Covington, va 24426(540) 962-2178 • www.alleghanyhighlands.comaPPomattox visitor Center214 Main Street. PO Box 246Appomattox, VA 24522(434) 352-8999 • historicappomattox.comBedFord visitor Center816 Burks Hill Rd • Bedford, VA 24523; (877)-HiPeaks • VisitBedford.comBlUe ridge PlateaU regional visitor Center239 Farmers Market Rd, Hillsville • VA 24343(888) 785-2782 • (276) 730-3100www.visittheBlueRidge.comBlUe ridge visitor Center2577 JEB Stuart HighwayMeadows of Dan, VA 24120 • 276-694-6012BUena vista visitor Center595 E. 19th St. • Buena Vista, VA 24417 (540) 261-2880 • visitor Center645 River Park Dr • Danville, VA 24540 (434) 793-4636 • www.visitdanville.comdisCovery Center at mill moUntainroanoke’s mill moUntain2000 J P Fishburn Parkway Roanoke, VA 24013 • (540) 853-1236Floyd visitors Center108 E. Main St. • Floyd, VA 540-745-4407Franklin CoUnty visitor Center1255 Franklin St, suite 112, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.(540) 483-3030 • www.visitfranklincountyva.comFront royal visitor Center414 E. Main St. • Front Royal, VA 22630 (800) 338-3576 • www.discoverfrontroyal.comCity oF galax toUrism dePartment110 East Grayson St. • Galax, VA 24333276-238-8130 • greene CoUnty eConomiCdeveloPment & toUrism9157 Seminole Trail, Suite 2 Ruckersville, VA 22968 434-985-6663hardesty-higgins hoUse visitor Center212 S. Main St • Harrisonburg, VA (540) 432-8935lexington visitor Center106 E. Washington St. • Lexington, VA 24450 (540) 463-3777 • www.lexingtonvirginia.comloUdoUn visitor Center112G South St. SE • Leesburg, VA 20175 (703) 771-3237 • www.visitloudon.orglUray/Page CoUnty ChamBer18 Campbell St. • Luray, VA 22835(540) 743-3915 • www.luraypage.comlynChBUrg regional inFormation Center901 Court St. • Lynchburg, Virginia 24504(434) 485-7290 • www.discoverlynchburg.orgmadison CoUnty visitor Center110A N. Main St. • Madison, VA 22727(540) 948-4455 • www.madison-va.commartinsville-henry CoUnty visitor Center191 Fayette St. • Martinsville, VA 24112(888) 722-3498 • www.visitmartinsville.commontgomery CoUnty visitor Center755 Roanoke Street, Suite 2EChristiansburg, VA 24073(540) 394 – 4470 gotomontva.comnelson CoUnty visitor Center8519 Thomas Nelson Hwy.,Lovingston, VA 22949 (800) 282-8223 • www.Nelsoncounty.comorange Co. visitor’s Center122 East Main St. • Orange, VA 22960(877) 222-8072 • www.visitorangevirginia.comPatriCk CoUnty ChamBer oF CommerCe334 Patrick Ave. • PO Box 577Stuart, VA 24171 (276) 694-6012 • www.patrickchamber.comPatriCk CoUnty visitor Center126 N. Main St Stuart, VA 24171 www.visitpatrickcounty.orgPUlaski CoUnty visitor Center4440 Cleburne Blvd • Dublin, VA 24084540-674-4161 • www.pulaskicounty.orgradFord visitor Center710A Main St. • Radford, VA 24141(866) 605-6442 • www.visitradford.comroanoke visitor inFormation Center101 Shenandoah Ave., NE • Roanoke VA 24016(800) 635-5535 • www.visitvablueridge.comroCkFish gaP-WaynesBoro visitor Center 130 Afton Circle • Afton, VA 22920(540) 943-5187 • www.visitwaynesboro.netsalem visitor Center1001 Boulevard @ Civic CenterSalem, VA 24153; (888) 827-2536www.visitsalem.comshenandoah CoUnty toUrism600 N. Main St, Ste 101Woodstock, VA 22664888-367-3965 • visitshenandoahcounty.comgateWay to shenandoah visitor Center athUPP’s hill Civil War Park and mUseUm33229 Old Valley Pike • Strasburg, VA 22657540-465-9197 • strasburgva.comsmith moUntain lake visitor Center16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy. #2Moneta. VA 24121 • 540-721-1203www.visitsmithmountainlake.comsmyth CoUnty visitor Center408 Whitetop Rd., Chilhowie, VA 24319(276) 646-3306 • VisitVirginiaMountains.comsoUthWest virginia CUltUral Center & marketPlaCe1 Heartwood Cir, Abingdon, VA 24210(276) 492-2400 • swvaculturalcenter.comstaUnton travel inFormation Center1290 Richmond Rd. (I-81 Exit 222)Staunton, VA 24401 • (540) 332-3972www.VisitStaunton.comstaUnton visitor’s Center35 South New St. • Staunton,VA 24401 540-332-3971 • www.VisitStaunton.comtazeWell CoUnty visitor Center163 Walnut Street • Bluefield, VA 24605 (276) 322-1345 virginia’s exPlore Park visitor Center59 Roanoke River Parkway, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 115Roanoke, VA 24014 • (540) 427-1800virginiateCh visitor Center925 Prices Fork Pwy, Blacksburg, VA24061 • (540) 231-3548 • welcome@vt.eduWestern highlands visitor Center100 Mall Rd • Covington, VA 24426 (540) 962-2178 www.alleghanyhighlands.comWinChester-FrederiCk CoUnty CvB1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.Winchester, VA 22601(877) 871-1326 • www.visitwinchesterva.comWytheville CvB975 Tazewell St. • Wytheville, VA 24382 (276) 223-3355 • Toll free (877) 347-8307www.visitWytheville.comWEST VIRGINIAWest virginia WelCome Center37 Washington Court at US 340Harpers Ferry, WV 25435(866) -HELLO-WV • www.hello-wv.comKENTUCKYCUmBerland gaP nhP visitor Center91 Bartlett Rd • Middlesboro, KY 40965(606) 248-2817Attractions where you can pick up an issue of The Blue Ridge Digest on your next trip in the mountains in addition to most all visitor centersBlue Ridge Institute & MuseumFerrum, VADuPont Forest Visitor CenterCedar Mountain, NCFrontier Culture Museum Staunton, VAGrandfather MountainLinville, NCHeart of NC Visitor CentersSeagrove, NCLinville Caverns Linville Falls, NCMabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop Meadows of Dan, VAMast General Store Waynesville, NC Mountain Getaway Museum Old Fort, NCNorthwest Trading Post Glendale Springs, NCPeaks of Otter LodgeBlue Ridge Parkway Bedford, VAPisgah Inn Blue Ridge Parkway Waynesville, NCSkyland & Big Meadows Lodges Shenandoah National ParkVA Transportation MuseumRoanoke, VAVA Museum of the Civil WarNew Market, VABe se to tell them y saw it in THE DIGEST! 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NORTH CAROLINAASHEVILLE, NC Asheville East KOA - Exit 59 off I-40 big rigs & tenters welcome. Wooded sites, with pool, lake & river fishing. 800-562-5907 or (828) 686-3121. 2708 Hwy 70E, Swannanoa, NC 28778. West KOA - Exit 37 off I-40 Something for everyone, RV’s, tenters, cabins. In foothills, wooded sites, hiking trails, pool. (800) 562-9015. 309 Wiggins Rd., Candler, NC 28715. www.ashevillekoa.comBear Creek RV Park - Exit Rt. 191 from Parkway; I-40 Exit 47; or I-26 Exit 2. 3 miles north of Parkway off Rt. 191. 5 mins. Biltmore House. 90 full hookups, paved sites, pool, laundry. Open year round. (800) 833-0798 VillageDiscover a hidden gem rich with art and history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 11-acre property is home to Grovewood Gallery, 8 working artist studios, the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, and the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum Adjacent to Omni Grove Park • (828) 214-7768Mast Store – 15 Biltmore Ave., Downtown Asheville. Dating to the 1940s, find home décor, camping gear, shoes, clothing, and hundreds of favorite candies. 828-232-1883Rug & Home - Over 20,000 orien-tal rugs & home accessories. Finest rugs from India, China, Pakistan, Per-sia, Turkey, Egypt, Karastan, Milliken. Tapestries, needlepoints, oil paintings, antique furniture, brass, crystal, & Tif-fany lamps, mirrors. Local & national artists. Sculptures and fine porcelain. Located at I-26, exit 33 behind Ethan Allen. Open 7 days. (828) 667-4585.BANNER ELK, NC Smoke Tree Lodge - 12 miles south of Boone on Hwy 105. Nestled at the foot of Grandfather Mtn. Con-do-apts, heated indoor pool, ESPN, Jacuzzi, saunas. (800) 422-1880. BLOWING ROCK, NC Alpine Village Inn - 297 Sunset Dr. Quaint cozy rooms & suites in the heart of town. AC, CCTV, & phones, Wi-Fi complimentary. Some fireplaces & Jacuzzi. Pet friendly rooms. (828) 295-7206.Alpine Village Townhomes Vacation Rentals2+ Bedroom, special offers Great Views, heated pool/summer, clubhouse and amenities, cable TV, special golf fees. 3 miles west of Parkway, exit Hwy 80. No pets. 727-389-3404 www.alpinevillagetownhomes.comBlowing Rock Art & History Museum - Free admission, open year round. Must-see destination for visual art & Appalachian heritage. Ginny Stevens Ln. (828) 295-9099.Emerald Village - Real mines & underground mine tour, gem mining & gold panning.Two museums, waterfall, picnic area, gift shops. 3 miles from MP 334, open April-October. 828-765-6463. Inn & Suites - 134 Morris St. Downtown Blowing Rock. 1/2 mile to Parkway. Open year round. Walk to shops and restaurants. (828) 295-7987. BOONE, NC Foscoe Rentals - Cabins, Condos and Vacation homes centrally located to Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock. (800) 723-7341. www.foscoerentals.comHidden Valley Motel- Birds, blooms and butterflies in the Foscoe Valley. Hwy 105 south between Boone and Banner Elk. Call 828/963-4372. or email: Kampground - From Boone, 194N 3 miles. Left on Ray Brown Rd. 1 mile. Beautiful view. Rec room, mini golf, laundry. 123 Harmony Mtn. Lane, Boone, NC 28607. 828-264-7250. Mast Store – 630 W King St., Downtown Boone. Built in the 1920s, this charming store is filled with most everything you need for life: clothing, trail & travel gear, old-fashioned candy. 828-262-0000NC High Country Host Visitor Center- 6370 US HWY 321 SouthBlowing Rock, NC 28605; (800) 438-7500 www.mountainsofnc.comBURNSVILLE, NCAlpine Village TownhomesVacation Rentals2+ Bedroom, special offers. Great Views, heated pool/summer, clubhouseand ame-nities, cable TV, special golf fees. 3 miles west of Parkway, exit Hwy 80. No 727-389-3404CHIMNEY ROCK, NC Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park - More than a Rock, it’s a Mountain of Possibilities. Six unique hiking trails. 404-foot waterfall. 26-story elevator inside mountain. Woodland ani-mal programs and exhibits. Pet friendly. Old Rock Café overlooking the river. Open all year. 40 min SE of Asheville. 828-625-9611. ChimneyRockPark.comHENDERSONVILLE, NC Mast Store – 527 N Main St., Down-town Hendersonville. Built in 1905 and embodying the essence of the era, this store is packed with clothing, gift ideas, country gourmet foods, & more! 828-696-1883Discover Hendersonville!Check out our Stay & Play Packages & Room Availability!Hendersonville Visitors Center, 201 S Main Street, Hendersonville, NC. 1-800-828-4244. Open 7 days a week. www.visithendersonvillenc.orgHOT SPRINGS, NC Mountain Valley Cabins – with hot tubs, overlooking creek, surrounded by mountains and forest. 828-622-9587 www.mountainvalleycabins.comLINVILLE, NCGrandfather Mountain - Grand-father’s lofty heights offer guests oppor-tunities for rejuvenation, excitement and family memories in a natural haven that will endure forever. Marvel at 360-de-gree views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, stand eye-to-eye with native wildlife in natural habitats and interact with our friendly, knowledgeable staff. One mile from Blue Ridge Parkway; take th Linville exit at Milepost 305 to U.S. 221 South. Open daily, weather permitting, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. $22 adult, $20 senior 60+, $9 child 4-12, under 4 free 733-4337 or (800) 468-7325.LINVILLE FALLS, NC Linville Caverns - 19929 US 221 N. Marion. 4 miles South of Parkway, MP 317. NC’s ONLY show cavern. 800-419-0540. Falls Lodge & Cottages - BRP Milepost 317.4, US 221S, 1 mile to walk to falls & gorge. (828) 765-2658.LITTLESWITZERLAND, NC 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. 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. www.switzerlandinn.comMAGGIE VALLEY, NC Boyd Mountain Log Cabins - 7 Authentic cabins, fireplaces, AC, cable, WIFI. Choose n cut Christmas tree farm, trout fishing, hiking. (828) 926-1575. www.boydmountain.comMaggie Valley Area Chamber of Commerce - US 19, Eastern entrance to the Great Smokies. Es-cape. Explore. Exhale. Maggie Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 279, Maggie Valley, 28751.Jonathan Creek Inn & Maggie Valley Villas - MP 455.7 AAA 3 Di-amond Rated. Creekside and Hot Tub Rooms, Creekside & Mountain View Villas, Indoor Heated Pool, Children’s Play Area. 1-800-577-7812. www.jonathancreekinn.comMountain Lodging Food Fun53Listings continue next page

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McDOWELL CO., NCMcDowell Chamber of Com-merce 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. SPARTA & GLADE VALLEY, NC Alleghany Inn - 341 N. Main St., Sparta, NC 28675. 64 Rooms - Free Wireless Internet - Cable TV 60+ Chan, Guest Laundry - Restaurant on site. 888) 372-2501 Reserve online: SPRUCE PINE, NCGem Mountain - 13780 Hwy 226. 1 mile from Parkway. Gem mine. Rain or shine. Mine trips available. People’s choice for Gem mining. www.gemmountain.comPeak 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. Individu-als,families or groups up to 25. 828-765-9559. www.peakmountaincottages.comVALLE CRUCIS, NC Mast General Store & Annex Highway 194. Est. 1883 & listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this authentic general store is filled with the best of yesterday and today including camping gear, shoes & boots, housewares, candies, and an impressive collection of knives. 828-963-6511WAYNESVILLE, NC Mast Store – 63, N Main St., Downtown Waynesville. Serving the area since 1935, this store is brimming with clothing, shoes, cast iron cook-ware, candy, & camping gear. 828-452-2101WILKESBORO, NC Explore Wilkeboro and find your back road! 336-818-9294. text or call 203 W. Main St.TENNESSEEGATLINBURG, TN Ski Mountain Chalet & Condo Rentals - 1-4 bedrooms , hot tubs, jacuzzis, pool tables, kitchens, fireplac-es, privacy. (800) 824-4077. www.skimtnchalets.comVIRGINIABEDFORD, 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.elmosrest.comGross’ Orchard & Apple Val-ley Homeplace - Vacation Home Rental. Open year round. $75 per couple per night. Mountain grown fruit & produce. Bedford, VA. Rt. 43 in Apple Valley. Open Year round. U-pick or U-select. Apple Festival 3rd Sat. in Oct. (540) 586-2436.CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA Montfair Resort Farm - Pet friendly cabins by lake. 30 min from Parkway. Wi-fi, linens & cookware provided. Canoe, hike, fish. (434) 823-5202. FANCY GAP, VA Skyland Lakes Golf Club - Right on Parkway at milepost 202.2. New 18 hole public course. Beautiful scenery. Motel & golf packages available. (276) 728-4923. Floyd Visitors Center108 E. Main St., Floyd, VA 24091 Mountain town with unique music, arts, outdoor fun! 540-745-4407www.VisitFloydVA.comGALAX, VACool Breeze Campground 2330 Edmonds Rd.Galax,VA MP215 off BRP, Full HookupsBathhouse,Laundry,Big Rig Friendly,-Free WIFI,Rally Center, GROTTOES, VAGrand Caverns - 5 Grand Caverns Dr, Grottoes, VA, America’s oldest con-tinuously operated show cave. Nature’s handiwork & gifts. 888-430-CAVE. www.grandcaverns.comHARRISONBURG, 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 reser-vations-1-800-736-7355. NATURAL BRIDGE, VANatural Bridge Zoo - 5784 S. Lee Hwy I-81 exit 180A Natural Bridge 24578. 540-291-2420, Largest collection of birds and an-imals in Virginia. Elephant rides, giraffe, tigers, bears, monkeys, birds and more! Petting zoo, gift shop, picnic area. Open mid March to November. PATRICK COUNTY, VA Blue Ridge Real Estate Cabin Rentals-- Residential, land and commercial properties as well as Log Cabin Sales and Vacation Rentals.www.blueridgerealestate.netor 276-694-2001.Buffalo Mountain Getaway--Perfect location for your getaway in Virginia. Get away from it all. Cottage or Cabin near the Buffalo Mountain in Floyd. Laurel Point Villa - Breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Large vacation rental is a mix of modern con-veniences and charm & is a great place for family gatherings. (850) Pond View Guesthouse - Guesthouse is conveniently located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Meadows of Dan, or (276) 952-2624. Primland Resort - 2000 Busted Rock Road. Resort Lodge, Fairway Cottages, Mountain Homes. Spectac-ular views. Golf. Spa. Dining, Outdoor activities. 276.222.3800www.primland.comWillville Motorcycle Campground - 26 acre wooded park located less than one mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. www.willvillebikecamp.comor (276) 952-CAMP.RADFORD, VARadford Visitor’s Center - Rt 8 to I-81 Exit 109 “Find It in Radford”-sur-rounded on 3 sides by the New River & overflowing with history, VA Mast General Store - In down-town at 401 S. Jefferson St. Our newest old location dates to 1915 and is filled with old favorites and new ones too! 540-566-5661.Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Shop at the markets and boutiques in Downtown Roanoke and Salem. Hike on a trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Discover wildlife while kayaking on the Upper James River Water Trail. Dine at a local restaurant and enjoy fresh, amazingly prepared ingredients. Watch the sunset aboard a cruise at Smith Mountain Lake. All these things to do and more can be part of your Blue Ridge Day.No matter what you decide to do, every day in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is filled with friendship and old-fashioned hospitality. Discover what makes visit-ing Virginia’s Blue Ridge unique! (800) 635-5535. visitvablueridge.comSALEM, VAVisit Historic Downtown Salem, only twenty minutes from the parkway. Take the walking tour of our historic downtown district featuring quaint antiques shops, unique eateries and a boutique hotel in a converted body shop. Numerous hotels and B&B’s in Salem make your overnight visit enjoyable. We are close to the Appalachian Trail and have outstanding outdoor amenities. Salem is home to Virginia largest fair over July 4 and theSalem Red Sox class A baseball team play in spacious Haley Toyota Field. Mountain Lodging Food FunBe se to tell them y saw it in THE DIGEST!54

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