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Old North State Winery is unlike any other winery in North Carolina. Housed in a former hardware store built in 1890 at 300 North Main Street in Mt. Airy, Ben & Ellie Webb have successfully created a fun, up-beat ambiance combining wine tasting tours, outstanding local food, live entertainment… Read More
PARI is a former NASA facility that is now an active center for research and STEM education. Radio telescopes 26M (85ft.), space flight artifacts, meteorites, minerals, scenic views, hiking trails. A ‘Dark Sky’ designated location. Day tour, night viewings with optical telescopes and astronomy instruction. Family style cabin rooms… Read More
Penland Gallery at Penland School of Crafts in Mitchell County is one of the finest showcases for contemporary craft in the Southeast. Visitor Center provides information about area studios. Seasonal hours. Exit Parkway at Milepost 330.9 and take NC 226 north for 7.5 miles; turn onto Penland Road; follow… Read More
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine – two locations close to Asheville, at 507 N Main Street in Hendersonville, and 3338 Asheville Highway in Pisgah Forest. Open year round, indoor & outdoor gem mining, unique rock & retail shop featuring fine jewelry & t-shirts, waterfalls nearby. Now offering gold panning and… Read More
My name is Ben Van Leeuwarden and I am the manager of Planet Chopper. We offer lodging, tours, rentals and mechanical work at the midway point of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our roadhouse is a bikers’ heaven! It is located in Woodlawn VA, just 15 minutes from Parkway Milepost… Read More
Meadows of Dan, VA — Primland is a luxurious back-to-nature escape unfolding across the highlands of Virginia in all their smoke-hued grandeur. The Blue Ridge Mountains are a natural paradise of forest-cloaked peaks and sun-dappled valleys. At the heart of this pristine wilderness, Primland Resort awaits on its own 12,000-acre… Read More
Showcasing the works of over 250 members, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. preserves and promotes the traditional arts and crafts of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. We offer a vast selection of baskets, pottery, wood and stone carving, weaving, beadwork, and much more. Many products viewable at www.quallaartsandcrafts.org. Read More
Open 365 days a year, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies—and all of the curious creatures that call it home—are looking forward to welcoming you soon! Rated best U.S. Aquarium. Big sharks, penguins & thousands of exotic sea creatures. Offering camps, sleepovers, parties, plus additional attractions, events & adventures. (888)… Read More
Riverstone Organic Farm – 708 Thompson Road, Floyd, VA. Just 3 miles from Parkway Milepost 149.2. Certified Organic working farm with vegetables and livestock. Walking paths, riverside picnic area and farm store with fresh local meat, eggs, produce, fruit and flowers, plus artisan products and gifts. Workshops, events and tours… Read More
Explore Park is the place where adventure begins! This 1,100 acre recreation facility is operated by the County of Roanoke, VA and features direct access to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 115 and an easy fifteen minute drive to the cultural amenities in downtown Roanoke.   There’s so… Read More