There’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.
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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
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 Blowingrockwinterfest.com
It’s that time again. The 12th Annual Blood, Sweat and Gears bike ride is Saturday, June 26, 2010. 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.
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.
Spring seems to be here, at last. It conjures the image of folks drifting down the New River in canoes, hands lazily dangling in the cold, clear water. It is easy to picture yourself sitting comfortably around a fire at our Blue Ridge Mountains cabins, tired after a day on the river.
The New River’s North and South Forks gently meander 100 + miles through a wonderland of dense woods and pastoral valleys, until they join just south of the Virginia border. The South Fork is generally a forgiving river; it tends to be shallow, and it’s rapids are most exciting for the faint of heart. In short, it is an ideal place to canoe no matter your age – toddlers, parents and grandparents will all feel at ease once settled in a secure canoe.
New River Outfitters opens for the season in April. It isn’t too early to start planning for a trip, for advance reservations of at least two days are required. You design the canoe trip you want; it can be as brief as two hours, or as long as several days. You can float down river, or paddle up river. Many folks opt to float for a while, stop for lunch, and float a while longer. Bring your own lunch, or purchase it at the General Store at New River Outfitters.
Time spent on the New River is always time well spent. True, it may be too cool yet to jump in the river, or float in a tube. It is also unlikely to be uncomfortably hot. In the event excessive rain or snow creates dangerous conditions on the water, New River Outfitters will schedule rainchecks.
Plan to spend some time this spring at our Blue Ridge Mountains vacation cabins. Ride your bike, take a hike, or paddle the New River. Bring the whole family, or plan a romantic retreat. Either way, you’ll be happy you did.
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.
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.
A couple of weeks ago, the Bridge to Bridge cyclists stormed Grandfather Mountain, the apex of their century ride. If you are a cyclist and enjoy riding one hundred miles along scenic roads and up mountains, be sure to look into the 2010 Bridge to Bridge ride. In the meantime, Grandfather Mountain has much to offer locals and visitors alike. It is one of our favorite spots to send folks staying at our Blue Ridge Parkway cabins.
Grandfather Mountain is privately owned, but it is graciously shared and is open to the public. It rises nearly 6,000 feet above sea level, which is pretty darn high for these parts and makes for spectacular views. Visitors are invited (for a fee) to drive through the preserve and stop for a picnic at one of over 100 beautifully situated picnic tables. If you forget your own food, you may purchase tasty fried chicken or sandwiches from the museum restaurant.
After you have refreshed yourself, plan to tackle some of more than twelve miles of trails throughout the preserve; they provide hikers with ample opportunities to spot deer, eagles, river otters, cougars and black bears in their native habitat. The trails are well-maintained, and range in difficulty to suit any level of hiker.
If you prefer to learn about nature and animals without a long walk, you are in luck. Grandfather Mountain houses an excellent nature museum, full of interesting fact about the area and the plants and animals who live here. It also includes interesting facts about the history of the region and Grandfather Mountain.
The Mile High Swinging Bridge draws many a brave soul, and indeed, it is not for the faint of heart. The name says it all, but you can only imagine the views and the sensation.
Guests of our Blue Ridge Parkway resort always enjoy a trip to Grandfather Mountain, as do we. Be sure to make time to visit it the next time you stay with us. The fall foliage at Grandfather Mountain is at its peak now through the end of October. Don’t miss it.
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?
October is Mountains to Sea Trail month, with many great activities and events happening in honor of the trail throughout the state. There will be guided hikes for all levels during October: some will be under a full October moon, some will reward you with a cookout at the the top of a mountain, and some will simply provide great company. There will also be work parties for trail maintenance or to extend the trail. In addition, look forward to river paddles, overnight trips, and no end to the fun. 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.
Picture an enormous slab of granite rising 600 feet above ground. It is awe-inspiring. With the Blue Ridge Parkway to the north and the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands to the west, Stone Mountain State Park is also a peaceful place to spend a day or two enjoying some of the best outdoor recreation in North Carolina, such as hiking, fishing or climbing. Best of all, it is an easy drive from our pet friendly lodging in Glendale Springs, NC.
If you are a rock climber, you simply must visit Stone Mountain. It is said to have some of the best rock climbing in the state of North Carolina. Those of you who prefer to walk to the peak will not be disappointed, as there are over 16 miles of hiking trails. Best of all, dogs are allowed in the state park, so you can enjoy a hike with your best friend. After a long day on the trails, return to our NC Pet Friendly cabins and relax around a camp fire while gazing up at the stars.
Stone Mountain State Park also comprises over 20 miles of river that is perfect for fly fishing. Need it be said that the trout here are amazing? Bring your catch back to your Blue Ridge Parkway lodging and cook it over the fire. There is not much in life more satisfying than catching that, especially when you have someone special to share it with.