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post #1 of 5 Old Sep 21st, 2011, 9:18 am Thread Starter
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Yet more Blue Ridge Pkwy questions

Planning on taking the Sky Line and Blue Ridge around the first or second week of Nov, while riding from ME back to Tucson AZ.

The last time I took this route I was lucky, no rain while I was on that route. If it starts raining or just is fogged in, are there other nice rides following a southern route that wouldn't be in the fog?

Or, other routes that offer scenery and twisties?

I plan on a riding the PKWY just to enjoy the ride (2-3 days), and would like to take side trips for lunch, and sight seeing. Are there any must see places, like museums?

Also looking for suggestions on where to stay?

Maybe there should be a separate sight just for BRP?

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post #2 of 5 Old Sep 28th, 2011, 11:02 pm
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The only place to stay right on the BuRP that I know of is the Pisgah Inn. Really good for lunch. There are lots of other places on the roads that connect to the parkway and lead to a town. One place our group has been to for breakfast a few times is called Freeborne's Eatery and Lodge near Laurel Springs, NC. I've never stayed there, but I think Saddleman has. You might want to check the parkway's website for info on what to do and see. Some sections of the parkway close during the winter due to being remote and snow-covered. Not sure when that might happen. Website will probably tell that too.

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There are a couple places right on Skyline one with a full service restaurant. Also in VA on the BRP there is the Peaks of Otter lodge. You will need to check their web site to make sure they are open.

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Another nice stop for food is Chateau Morrisette Winery. Great Restaurant. It is roughly 1/2 mile off parkway. (very close to Mabry Mill, 3 miles or so north of mill)

There are a bunch of great roads off the parkway around that area. Route 8 is worth a bolt down and back

Squirrels spur is a great road too.

Personally I would skip skyline drive (Toll, slow speed limit and lots of traffic) and go through Lydia to 642 667 211 522. Lots of fun roads in the area
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Here's a direct link to the NPS page for closures:

They DO NOT remove snow or ice from the BRP, they merely close the section until it clears. The page also links to the main BRP page.

I had gotten the free book from the BRP Association & NPS. It may not get to you in time but they have an online and downloadable version too. The best part was the map they included.

We just stayed at the Peaks of Otter two weeks ago and it is a really nice place. Be warned though; no tv in rooms, no phones and no cell phone coverage. Quite peaceful.

There are also several nice places in Little Switzerland, NC. We happened to pick the Big Lynn Lodge and were not dissappointed. We had a parkway view room (about 75' from the the BRP but still quiet) and they have mountain view rooms and cabins too. At Big Lynn your room includes breakfast and dinner for two.

2, 3, or even 4 days is a nice pace to enjoy the scenery along the way. Maximum posted speed limit on the BRP is 45 mph. In November though you'll probably find the fall colors gone at the higher elevations, especially in NC. They were already changing good two weeks ago. I posted a link to a YouTube slide show of our trip in another thread on here about "BRP End-to-Enders" if you want an idea about the scenery you'd see. The video is also in one of our blog posts here.

Most importantly, take your time and enjoy the ride.

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