Archive for February, 2010

Tranquil Blue Ridge Parkway Getaways…

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

…at our Blue Ridge cabins. Need we say anymore?

Picture yourself here, with someone you love

Picture yourself here, with someone you love

Take a Scenic Drive to Biltmore

Friday, February 19th, 2010
Biltmore Estate, sunset through the greenhouse

The conservatory at sunset

If you are visiting our North Carolina cabins from out of state, you may want to consider a scenic drive to one of North Carolina’s gems – Biltmore Estate, in Asheville. It is a bit of a drive, to be sure (just under three hours), but the route is lovely and the estate fantastic.

The Biltmore Estate was built by George Vanderbilt in 1895. The mansion is one of the largest private homes ever made in this country, and its luxury and craftsmanship are unsurpassed. The grounds of the 125,000 acre estate were designed by the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

One of the first forays the Estate took in order to remain self-sufficient was into the world of wine. Today, the wines of Biltmore are award-winning, and tasting wine is one of the most enjoyable aspects of a visit to the estate. Two events are held daily, and free with admission. At 2pm, learn why wine and chocolate are a heavenly match (bring your tastebuds). At 5pm, enjoy a tour and see how and where these fine wines are made.

So if you have a day to spare during your stay at our Blue Ridge Parkway cabins, meander on down to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate. Stroll the grounds, tour the mansion, and taste some wine. You will find it well worth the trip.

Snowshoeing The Mountains to Sea Trail

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

When there is snow in them there hills, it’s time to strap on the snowshoes and hit the Mountains to Sea Trail by our Glendale Springs NC cabins. Section 16 of the MST trail passes right by our driveway; it runs from Horse Gap to the edge of the Thurmond Chatham Wildlife Management Area south of Laurel Springs. This is a lovely trail that hops onto the Blue Ridge Parkway from time to time, where you can take in terrific views.

Hiking the MST couldn't be more convenient.

Hiking the MST couldn't be more convenient.

Unlike the enormous and often cumbersome snowshoes of the past, modern snowshoes are small and light. Many of them are adjustable, allowing you to extend them for hikes in heavy powder, or shrink them as needed. Strap them to your backpack, so they are always there if you need them. With these true friends, you can go just about anywhere.

Winter is a great time to stay at our NC cabins and tackle the MST. For starters, it’s not hot. Bare trees make for bigger views. Snow is pretty. And there is the promise of warm drinks by the fire at the end of the day – always better during the winter!

So gather together a group of friends, or tell your family to cancel all their other plans. Grab your cold weather gear, and head to our NC Blue Ridge Parkway cabins for a much needed winter break.

Time for a Mountain Music Jamboree

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
For The Love Of

Music makes people feel good.

Many people think of music when they think of North Carolina, and with good reason. There is a long, rich tradition of Mountain Music here, and it is still very much alive and well.

Now through March, on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, there is a Mountain Music Jamboree in Glendale Springs. If you love to listen to music and dance, you should try to schedule your next stay at our Northwest NC cabins over one of these Saturdays.

Arvill T. Scott started the Music Jamboree back in 1987 in an old school house. Over twenty years later, the Jamboree is now in a 7,200 square foot building just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is plenty of room to dance here, and boy, do folks dance! Although operating on a slimmer, winter schedule now, the typical week at Mountain Music Jamboree offers Square Dancing and a variety of social dances, sometimes called “mixers”.

Bring your grandma and bring your children. Everyone is encouraged to dance here, and that’s what makes it so darn fun. When you return to your Blue Ridge Parkway cabins, you’ll spin each other around and around until dawn.