Spring has finally sprung (?) in the Blue Ridge, so no more whining about winter. Why not celebrate the new season by dropping by Blowing Rock for the 2013 Blue Ridge Wine Festival. From April 10-14 all kinds of wine related happenings are going on including wine dinners, wine tastings, wine and food seminars, live music and even a 5K race and much more.
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Registration is now open for the 2013 Blue Ridge Brutal bicycling challenge. Ashe County’s premier cycling event takes place August 10 and begins in nearby West Jefferson. The routes explore the beautiful scenery of the North Carolina high country including the Blue Ridge Parkway passing right by the Mountain View Lodge. So register for the ride and make your reservations for one of our cabins
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.
The next time you are staying at our Glendale Springs vacation cabins, take time to visit the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. When in West Jefferson, stop by St. Mary’s. Also known as the Church of the Frescoes, these lovely little churches are home to four impressive frescoes by artist Ben Long.
Ben Long has had a long, distinguished career. He learned the art of frescoes while an apprentice of Maestro Pietro Annigoni in Florence, Italy, where he worked for almost eight years.
In 2001, Mr. Long was awarded the prestigious Arthur Ross Award for Excellence in the Classical Tradition. His frescoes can be seen throughout the United States and in Italy.
So take a little time to see these frescoes during your next trip to our Blue Ridge Parkway cabins. It’s the next best thing to traveling to Italy.
The greater area around the Blue Ridge Parkway is rich in history. Our Blue Ridge Parkway lodging in Glendale Springs makes a good base for exploring the region. It is easy to hop in the car or on your motorcycle and head out for the day, open to whatever adventure may befall you. It is also a relief to pull in each evening to a comfortable, roomy cabin that is all yours, surrounded by acres of beautiful forest. How nice to feel that you are in your home away from home, where you can call your dog to your side, stretch out and relax. Or head out to a fire pit, where you can gaze into the flames or count stars overhead.
A fun day trip from our pet-friendly cabins in North Carolina is found in Newton, about an hour and a half to the south. The Harper House will astound you. The North Carolina Department of Archives and History maintains that the Harper House has “the finest Queen Anne interior styling in the entire state.” This is quite a compliment, but it is not unwarranted. Hundreds of details, from door latches to decorative wood banisters, make the interior a wonder to behold. Anyone interested in architecture and craftsmanship should make the effort to visit the Harper House in Newton.
On your way back to your NC pet-friendly cabins, be sure to visit the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, outside Claremont. It is one of two original covered bridges still standing in North Carolina, and was designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark in 2001. It is lovely to behold.