Posts Tagged ‘Blue Ridge Parkway’

Ray Russell Runs the Blue Ridge Parkway

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

                                                                                           Congratulations to Ray Russell, founder of raysweather.com-a 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.

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

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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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.

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.

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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.

Stone Mountain

Monday, September 14th, 2009
Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain

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.

Biking the Blue Ridge

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Every year, cyclists descend upon the Blue Ridge Mountains to ride in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. We look forward to hosting cyclists and fans at our Blue Ridge Mountains lodging.  Come with your family or friends and bring your bike; our North Carolina inn is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway — a great venue for cycling. If you are really serious about biking, perhaps you will want to participate in one of three organized rides that take place each year: Blood Sweat and Gears in June, the Blue Ridge Brutal ride in August, and the Bridge to Bridge ride in September.

It is almost time for Blood Sweat and Gears, a 100-mile loop bicycle ride around the Blue Ridge Parkway. The century long ride begins at 7:30 AM on June 26 at an elementary school south of Boone; it circles into the heart of North Carolina’s High Country before ending up back in Boone. These are hilly, curvy miles; the ride is ranked from challenging to strenuous. Bikers may expect to climb over 13,000 feet in elevation, culminating at the gap at Snake Mountain (milepost 63).

For folks who love to ride but don’t feel up to completing the entire century, there is a half century option. This route also begins and ends south of Boone, but otherwise follows a separate route, with a cumulative elevation gain of 5,800 feet

Don’t let the name of the ride scare you away. You may cycle this route any time, but during Blood Sweat and Gears there will be 6 aide stations (2 on the Half Century route) to help you along, complete with food, beverages and toilets; in addition, there will be support vehicles circling the route. You will sweat, but there is no reason for blood to be shed.

After the ride, come back to your Blue Ridge NC cabins and soak in the hot tub for a really long time. If you don’t fall right to sleep, stretch out by a campfire, gaze at the stars, and swap tales of the ride with fellow cyclists.

Blood Sweat and Gears

Blood Sweat and Gears