Sometimes the simplest pleasures are the best. Fall is the ideal time to stroll through the woods with your dog at your side – something you can do from your North Carolina pet friendly cabins. Fall is also a great time of year to bring chocolate and graham crackers and marshmallows and make s’mores by the campfire. Take time out this fall to bring your family to our cabins along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Archive for September, 2009
The Mountains to Sea Trail (section 16) passes right by our North Carolina pet friendly cabins. In other words, it is possible to walk out your cabin door, head west, and walk all the way to Tennessee border in the Great Smoky Mountains. Head east and the trail will eventually lead you to the stunning North Carolina coast. Guests of our Blue Ridge Parkway cabins are certainly not obligated to don hiking boots and walk hundreds of miles; but isn’t it nice to know that if you wanted to, you could?
October is Mountains to Sea Trail month, with many great activities and events happening in honor of the trail throughout the state. There will be guided hikes for all levels during October: some will be under a full October moon, some will reward you with a cookout at the the top of a mountain, and some will simply provide great company. There will also be work parties for trail maintenance or to extend the trail. In addition, look forward to river paddles, overnight trips, and no end to the fun. We are so fortunate to have this great resource in our back yards – we hope you will take time this month to come out and celebrate North Carolina and the Mountains to Sea Trail.
Picture an enormous slab of granite rising 600 feet above ground. It is awe-inspiring. With the Blue Ridge Parkway to the north and the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands to the west, Stone Mountain State Park is also a peaceful place to spend a day or two enjoying some of the best outdoor recreation in North Carolina, such as hiking, fishing or climbing. Best of all, it is an easy drive from our pet friendly lodging in Glendale Springs, NC.
If you are a rock climber, you simply must visit Stone Mountain. It is said to have some of the best rock climbing in the state of North Carolina. Those of you who prefer to walk to the peak will not be disappointed, as there are over 16 miles of hiking trails. Best of all, dogs are allowed in the state park, so you can enjoy a hike with your best friend. After a long day on the trails, return to our NC Pet Friendly cabins and relax around a camp fire while gazing up at the stars.
Stone Mountain State Park also comprises over 20 miles of river that is perfect for fly fishing. Need it be said that the trout here are amazing? Bring your catch back to your Blue Ridge Parkway lodging and cook it over the fire. There is not much in life more satisfying than catching that, especially when you have someone special to share it with.
September and October are great months for touring the Blue Ridge Parkway on your motorcycle. With speeds set at no more than 45 miles an hour on the parkway, it is an ideal road for cruising. Plenty of overlooks provide spots to rest where you can enjoy incredible scenery, and our Blue Ridge Mountains cabins are an ideal place for a longer rest during your travels. Here you will enjoy comfortable beds, campfires under the stars, and easy access to all the park’s amenities.
According to Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine, “It doesn’t get much better than this. There just isn’t a road as smoothly paved and beautifully shouldered as the Blue Ridge Parkway. There isn’t a highway that snakes and tunnels quite so brilliantly anywhere. It’s a 469-mile Kodak moment. No commercial vehicles, no billboards, no stoplights.” (Jamie Elvidge, October 2000).
The Blue Ridge Parkway was specifically designed to be a recreational motor road. It connects the Great Smoky Mountains to the south and the Shenandoah National Parks to the north. The road is less crowded in the fall than during the summer, inviting long, uninterrupted cruises. Scenic overlooks start to reveal hints of the vibrant colors to come.
Our Western North Carolina lodging is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, at milepost marker 250. If you are traveling with several friends or family, consider renting our lodge, which is perfect for larger groups.