Archive for the ‘Outdoor Recreation’ Category

Blue Ridge Brutal 2016

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Drive On The Parkway? Never!Registration is now open for the 2016 Blue Ridge Brutal bicycling challenge. Ashe County’s premier cycling event takes place August 13 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

Bigfoot in Boone?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Attention all cryptozoologists! Add the North Carolina High Country as a destination to pursue the legendary Sasquatch, aka Bigfoot.

Earlier this summer a local man from Boone claims to have encountered the mythical(?) humanoid while vacationing in Henderson County. See the video here.

Come to the North Carolina mountains and explore the wonders and mysteries of nature.

New River Marathon

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

GoThe New River Marathon is just around the corner. If you are planning on participating in this race in Todd, on May 2, 2015,  you might want to plan on staying in one of our nearby cabins on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Relax in the jacuzzi as you rest your tired legs.

Are You Ready for Blood Sweat and Gears?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

It’s that time again. The 16th Annual Blood, Sweat and Gears bike ride is Saturday, June 28, 2014. Hardy, healthy folk mount their bikes to ride 50 or 100 miles and raise money for The Russell Fund, which helps local families displaced by flood, fire or natural disaster.

Are you ready for the ride of your life?

Are you ready for the ride of your life?

This ride starts and ends just outside of nearby Boone, NC, near our Blue Ridge Mountains cabins. If you plan to participate, you’ll need to sleep well before and after the race. You’ll also need mounds of food. Our N.C. vacation cabins have fully equipped kitchens where your supporters can easily prepare feasts for you. You, of course, should do nothing but rest and prepare for – or recover from- one of the most beautiful and challenging bike rides in the country.

Register for Blood, Sweat and Gears soon, before all the spots are full.

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.

Mountains to Sea Trail

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Mountains to Sea Trail Section 16

Mountains to Sea Trail Section 16

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?

. 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.

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.


Grayson Highlands

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Highlands PoniesDarlene and I took advantage of some pleasant weather recently and took a short road trip to the Grayson Highlands State Park, which lies adjacent to nearby Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Park across the state line in Virginia. Darlene snapped these pictures of the beautiful scenery and the wild ponies. I’ve learned that the “wild” ponies are transplants from the wild herds on Assateague Island that were introduced to the area in the ’70s to graze the balds and keep the vegetation in check. A task once performed by cattle which local ranchers used to graze on the mountains.

Beech Mountain Metric

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

1996 Tour DuPontThere’s a new premier cycling event coming to the High Country.  The good folk who bring us the Blood Sweat and Gears ride just announced the inaugural Beech Mountain Metric will be coming next May 17, 2014. Featuring one of the epic climbs of the old Tour DuPont this ride looks like something special, and if  Blood Sweat and Gears is any indication it will fill up fast. So don’t delay sign up today, and as always stay at Mountain View Lodge and Cabins while in the High Country.

Winterfest returns to Blowing Rock NC

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Mark your calendars!  January 24-27th Winterfest returns to Blowing Rock NC.  The weekend is packed full of family activities such as a chili cook off, a polar plunge, hayrides and a bonfire and the Winter Paws Dog Show for the four legged members of the family.   Plus a parade that’s not to be missed.  So, don’t blink, you might miss it.

As usual, Blowing Rock offers plenty of interesting shopping and dining options, so if you’re planning a visit to Mountain View Lodge this month check out