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nights, this silo's top comes off so visitors can observe
the stars and deep space, millions of light years away,
with high-powered telescopes.
"We have some pretty interesting skies," says Scott
Martin, the resort's director of astronomy. "And our
altitude helps. We're roughly 3,000 feet atop the dome,
so that's 3,000 feet less altitude to fight through when
you're trying to see stars."
The name "Primland" comes from the resort's
founder, Didier Primat, a French businessman who
loved wildlife. He acquired this mountain land in 1977
and helped harvest the property's timber.
Later, and for many years, Primland primarily
served as a popular preserve for hunters, as early as
1986. It's still a great place to hunt, says Steve Helms,
the property's vice president.
But on came more development like the golf course
and, ultimately, building that giant cabin of cabins -
the 26-room lodge that overlooks The Highland
Course. The 72,000-square-foot lodge was completed
in 2009, the same year that Primat passed away.
Donald Steel designed The Highland Course, overlooking the Dan River Gorge, the Pinnacles of Dan
and North Carolina's piedmont. "We want to be a top
golf destination," Helms says, "and a top facility just
to come and enjoy nature."
Hiking paths lead to the popular Roaring Creek
Overlook and go by such colorful names as the

Bootleggers Loop Trail. Parts of the paths on this property actually follow what used to be the Appalachian
Trail through forests that appear to stretch forever.
Up to 90 percent of Primland remains in woods,
says Helms.
Amenities include a small selection of restaurants
plus an indoor swimming pool. Activities range from
horseback riding and sporting clays to fly fishing and
pond fishing.
And when you want to rest? Try the massage therapy at the spa, incorporating Native American healing
practices and encouraging visitors to simply breathe
deep and relax through the gifted hands of therapists
like Brenda Schwartz.
"We do 30-minute treatments to three-hour rituals," says Melissa Dillon, the spa manager at
Primland. "Eating healthy, exercising and taking
time out for a massage - it's not just a luxury anymore; it's a necessity." 
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014

Cover
Table of Contents
From the Editor / Worth a Click
From the Farm
Digital Help Guide
Creature Feature
The Hike
Mountain Report
Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Festivals & Events
Country Roads
Sip the Best: Mountain Wines, Brews and Spirits
Experience North Georgia
Wild Ponies of the Grayson Highlands: The Photoessay
‘Favorite Restaurant in All The World’
Sadie, Ace Baseball Dog
Sleeping in the Museum (No, on Purpose! In a Bed!)
Mountain Garden
Cabin in the Woods: The Expansive Welcome of Primland
Guest Column
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Intro
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Cover1
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Cover2
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Table of Contents
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 4
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - From the Editor / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - From the Farm
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 7
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - The Hike
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 11
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 15
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 16
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 17
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 19
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Sip the Best: Mountain Wines, Brews and Spirits
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 21
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 22
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 23
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 24
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 25
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Experience North Georgia
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 27
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 30
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 32
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 33
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Wild Ponies of the Grayson Highlands: The Photoessay
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 35
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 36
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 37
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - ‘Favorite Restaurant in All The World’
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 39
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 40
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 41
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 42
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 43
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Sadie, Ace Baseball Dog
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 45
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Sleeping in the Museum (No, on Purpose! In a Bed!)
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 47
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 48
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 49
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 50
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 56
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 58
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 59
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Mountain Garden
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 61
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Cabin in the Woods: The Expansive Welcome of Primland
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 63
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 64
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 65
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Guest Column
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