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Blue Ridge Parkway Association members and stakeholders enjoyed a warm welcome for our Annual Meeting in May by Bedford Tourism. Our gracious host for meals, accommodations and the meeting was a Parkway favorite destination in Virginia, Peaks of Otter Lodge.

Peaks of Otter Lodge Accommodations

Accommodations at Peaks of Otter Lodge. Photo by Brooke Losey

We toured the Bedford Welcome Center, learning the history and future plans for the area.

Bedford Welcome Center's LOVE sign

Bedford Welcome Center’s LOVE Virginia sign was painted by local artists. Photo by Brooke Losey

Special thanks to Bedford for allowing us meeting space and gifting all attendees complimentary tickets to the National D-Day Memorial.

National D-Day Memorial as seen from Bedford Welcome Center

View of the National D-Day Memorial from Bedford Welcome Center

Attendees were greeted at the Bower Center for the Arts with hors d’oeuvres, music, wine from local Peaks of Otter Winery, and arts on display from local high school youth and artisans.

Demo by artisan at Bower Center for the Arts

Woodcarver Stan Fettig demonstrated his craft at Bower Center for the Arts

We voted in new officers and board members, and heard updates from Blue Ridge Parkway – NPS, FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway and other Parkway Partner organizations, as well as local and regional tourism authorities.

Our thanks to all in attendance, and a special thanks to Bedford Tourism and Peaks of Otter Lodge for making everyone so comfortable.

View from Peaks of Otter Lodge

The View at Peaks of Otter Lodge. Photo by Brooke Losey

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