Archive for the ‘Blue Ridge Parkway’ Category

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Anzac Day 2007: Young PiperBring 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 62nd year this July 6-9th 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.

Ray Russell Runs the Blue Ridge Parkway

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

                                                                                           Congratulations to Ray Russell, founder of great resource for local weather forecasts in the High Country, who on June 9th completed a month long run of the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, from milepost 0 in Waynesboro, Virginia to the southern terminus at the Smoky Mountains 469 miles down the road.  He used the run as a celebration of the National Park Service and as an opportunity to raise money for the  Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. You can read about and see pictures of his adventure at his blog relaywithray.

Leaf Peepers!!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Fall is a spectacular season in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway offer beautiful vistas of the colorful fall foliage covering the wooded mountains rolling away to the distant horizons. Visit the Parkways website for tips on where and when to see the leaves at their best.

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Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel Blooms

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Mountain LaurelSpring, at last, has sprung. Here in the North Carolina high country and along the Blue Ridge Parkway this means the annual orgy of color as numerous wildflowers and blooming trees and bushes come into blossom. Some of the most distinctive and prevalent are the mountain laurel (kalmia latifolia) and the varieties of rhododendron seen throughout the area. They generally start to bloom in mid-May and depending on the species and the elevation continue through the end of June so a traveler on the Blue Ridge Parkway can continue to enjoy their splendor into early summer. A useful schedule of blooms can be found here.

St Patrick’s Day at Mountain View Lodge

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Double Rainbow FoundTo any of our guests or friends who will be in the vicinity of Glendale Springs, NC, on St Patrick’s Day , come by Mountain View Lodge this March 16th for a whale of a time. There’ll be wearing of the green and drinking of the brown. So join us for a traditional meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage and a pint or two of Guinness. May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all the year long. Cead míle fáilte


Bicycling in the Blue Ridge

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Heading back down the mountainSpring is just around the corner, I promise it is. And if you are a cyclist you are eager to get out of hibernation and pedal yourself back to fitness. Now is the ideal time to make your plans for the upcoming riding season. I highly recommend including a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains as a part of those plans. Beautiful scenery, challenging terrain and lightly travelled roads all make for an excellent cycling destination. So if you are planning a tour through the Blue Ridge Parkway, a training camp or participation in one of the High Country’s cycling events such as the Boone-Roubaix, Blood Sweat and Gears, or the Blue Ridge Brutal, we at Mountain View Lodge and Cabins hope you will consider us when making your arrangements.W e are conveniently located right on the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 256 in Glendale Springs, NC, and each cabin is equipped with whirlpool tubs to relax in after a hard days riding, while the lodge has the room to accommodate larger touring groups or clubs.


Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival

Friday, March 12th, 2010

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.

Hope to see you at the 2010 Wine and Food Festival

Hope to see you at the 2010 Wine and Food Festival

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.

Blowing Rock Winterfest

Monday, January 25th, 2010

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.

The Blowing Rock Winterfest will be fun.

The Blowing Rock Winterfest will be fun.

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!

Fabulous Fall Foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Monday, September 28th, 2009
Enjoy our Family Friendly Cabins this Fall

Enjoy our Family Friendly Cabins this Fall

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.

Motorcycle Touring the Blue Ridge Parkway

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
Stay with us while you cruise the parkway

Stay with us while you cruise the 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.