Bring out your kilts and gather up your clan, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are just around the corner! This high country tradition will be celebrating its 58th year this July 11-14th in nearby Linville, NC. The weekend’s events are as varied as they are full. Come out and run one of the nation’s toughest marathons, listen to bagpipers playing “Scotland the Brave,” see displays of sheep herding, watch Celtic track and field events, hear “Scotland the Brave” played on bagpipes, try haggis, enjoy the highland dancing and a wide variety of both new and traditional music, including “Scotland the Brave” on bagpipes.
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April 15, 2010, kicks-off of the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival. The “Uncork the Festival” opening night party is just the first of many fun events that will involve great foods and outstanding wines. The festival takes place in and around Blowing Rock, about an hour southwest of our Blue Ridge Mountains lodging.
Friday, April 16th, will be a day full of wine tastings, wine seminars and cooking classes. Learn about pairing wine with spicy foods, chocolate and cheese. Learn the basics with Wine Tasting 101, or delve into Bordeaux wines. All seminars and classes are relaxed, with the hope that they will be as enjoyable as they are educational.
Taste wines from North Carolina, the greater region and the whole world at the Grand Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 17th. You may also watch the Fire on the Rock Chef Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, as chefs take the stage and do battle with their finest creations. Taste what they make, and you can help decide who’ll be the victor.
They’ll be live music throughout the event, and art shows. Blowing Rock takes on a festive air for this festival, so it is a fun time to browse the shops and explore the town.
Close to 20 wineries are expected to participate. This is a great opportunity to sample a wide variety of regional wines all in one place. You’ll probably want to pick up several bottles to bring back to your Blue Ridge cabins, where you can enjoy them at your leisure.
Grab your gear and head for the Blue Ridge Parkway, where celebrations of its 75th anniversary abound. Use our NC pet friendly lodging as a home base, and explore the parkway and all it has to offer this year.
First up is the Blowing Rock Winterfest, January 28-31, 2010. Just about an hour from our cabins, the 12th annual Blowing Rock Winterfest is guaranteed to plunge you into good times. The fearless (or foolish?) will take the Polar Plunge into frigid Chetola Lake. Then they’ll have to wait until nightfall to warm themselves by the bonfire in Memorial Park.
Watch professional ice carvers magically bring forth art from ice. Enjoy a nostalgic hay ride. Take the Chili Challenge, and cool your mouth with wine tasting.
Sounds fun, doesn’t it? So be spontaneous and call our NC cabins today!
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.
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.