Archive for June, 2009
Every year, cyclists descend upon the Blue Ridge Mountains to ride in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. We look forward to hosting cyclists and fans at our Blue Ridge Mountains lodging. Come with your family or friends and bring your bike; our North Carolina inn is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway — a great venue for cycling. If you are really serious about biking, perhaps you will want to participate in one of three organized rides that take place each year: Blood Sweat and Gears in June, the Blue Ridge Brutal ride in August, and the Bridge to Bridge ride in September.
It is almost time for Blood Sweat and Gears, a 100-mile loop bicycle ride around the Blue Ridge Parkway. The century long ride begins at 7:30 AM on June 26 at an elementary school south of Boone; it circles into the heart of North Carolina’s High Country before ending up back in Boone. These are hilly, curvy miles; the ride is ranked from challenging to strenuous. Bikers may expect to climb over 13,000 feet in elevation, culminating at the gap at Snake Mountain (milepost 63).
For folks who love to ride but don’t feel up to completing the entire century, there is a half century option. This route also begins and ends south of Boone, but otherwise follows a separate route, with a cumulative elevation gain of 5,800 feet
Don’t let the name of the ride scare you away. You may cycle this route any time, but during Blood Sweat and Gears there will be 6 aide stations (2 on the Half Century route) to help you along, complete with food, beverages and toilets; in addition, there will be support vehicles circling the route. You will sweat, but there is no reason for blood to be shed.
After the ride, come back to your Blue Ridge NC cabins and soak in the hot tub for a really long time. If you don’t fall right to sleep, stretch out by a campfire, gaze at the stars, and swap tales of the ride with fellow cyclists.
We live in North Carolina because we think it is a beautiful place. We operate a lodge here because we understand that people like to visit this state. The Mountains to Sea Trail invites folks to get to know mile after mile of North Carolina. 1,000 miles of North Carolina to be precise, from Climgman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks. We are thrilled that this trail passes right by the driveway of our Blue Ridge Parkway lodging, and we hope that visitors will walk at least part of it.
More than 500 miles of the footpath are completed, connected by back roads and bike routes. The plan is to one day finish the path so that it will be possible to walk on trails all the way across the state, from the mountains to the sea. At the western edge of the trail sits Clingman’s Dome with an elevation of over 6600 feet, while in the east, the highest sand dune in Jockey’s Ridge State Park is less 140 feet high.
This trail gives the hardy folk who walk it a real taste of North Carolina, since it passes through three national parks, many national forests, two National Wildlife refuges and two wilderness areas. There are rivers to wade and bridges to cross. Furthermore, it passes through many towns and cities, giving travelers a sense of the variety of culture that exists in North Carolina.
Many people walk the trail in stages, while an adventurous few attempt it all at one go. We hope you’ll stay at our North Carolina pet friendly lodging and walk our stretch of the Mountains to Sea Trail with your dog. We think you’ll be happy you did.
We know how much you love your dog, who is always there for you. When it comes time for a vacation, you want to take your dog with you. Walks through the woods somehow just aren’t as fun if your pooch isn’t sniffing every inch of trail and excitedly trotting alongside you. Time around the campfire just isn’t as relaxing if poochie isn’t stretched out by your feet, exhausted from the day’s activities. The bottom line is that your dog is part of your family, and it is only right that he be allowed to stay with you during your vacation.
Our western North Carolina pet friendly cabins and lodge sit on five acres by the Blue Ridge Parkway. The cabins accommodate various numbers of people, but there is always room for your pet. You will enjoy exploring miles of trails during the day, and breathing in the clean, peaceful mountain air during the evenings. If your dog enjoys water, the New River is nearby and a great place to escape from summer heat.
Pack your bags and load up your pooch and come out this dog friendly NC lodging. You will all be so happy you did.