Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 19


Parkway's Pisgah Inn
Takes Top
Honors for
Top National
Park Lodge
The Blue Ridge Parkway's Pisgah Inn, at
milepost 408.6 south of Asheville,
North Carolina, has been voted the
number-one National Park lodge
in reader voting in USA Today.
The lodge, built in 1964 and run
by the O'Connell family since
1978, features great views from its
5,000-foot elevation as well as 50
rooms, each with a porch or
balcony.
Glacier National Park's Many
Glacier Hotel was second in the
four-week voting, and Grand
Teton National Park's Jackson Lake
Lodge was third.
The Pisgah Inn is one of only
two lodges along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway. The
other is Peaks of Otter Lodge at Milepost 86 near
Bedford, Virginia.
The Pisgah Inn, also recognized in the voting for its
fine dining, is open through October. For information:
pisgahinn.com; 828-235-8228.

-KR

Visit Western North
Carolina "Longest Ride"
Sites

Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks' latest novel-turnedmovie, "The Longest Ride," is set in and was shot in
North Carolina.
Among the places featured in the book and the movie
are Asheville's Omni Grove Park Inn, where older couple
Ruth and Ira honeymooned in the Sparks story, and
Asheville Art Musuem, which houses works in the catalogue of the couple.
And farther west, visit the former Black Mountain
College, attended by Ruth and Ira and now Camp
Rockmont, which includes Lake Eden.

The new book from History Press offers a quirky look at a quirky town.

Marla Milling Loves
Asheville, North Carolina
It's never been a secret: Asheville North Carolina native and
Blue Ridge Country Contributing Editor Marla Hardee
Milling loves her home town.
Milling, whose favorite topic for 26 years of pieces in
the magazine has been "the Paris of the South," has
realized a bit of a personal dream come true with the
publication of the new book "Only in Asheville: An
Eclectic History," from History Press. Her loving portrait
is filled with personal experience and observation as well
as traditional history, including profiles of the city's big
names from Vanderbilt and Grove to Pack and Wolfe.
The arduous path to what is today's delightful downtown is well-chronicled here, with no less attention to
the challenges of '70s urban decay than to the process
of recovery and the full realization of today. Before and
current-day photos of the Grove Arcade, for example,
are worth the proverbial price of admission.
"Only in Asheville: An Eclectic History," by Marla
Hardee Milling. The History Press. 176 pages.
$19.99.-KR
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015

Sweet Summer Weekends & Overnights in 7 States
The Great Divorce: Virginia-West Virginia
Swimming Holes for Summer: The Photoessay
Grand Hotel Comebacks of Western Virginia
SUP in the Mountains?
Northern Shenandoah Weekend
A Home in, on and from the Mountains
Far Beyond Sweet Tea: Great Restaurants of Upcountry South Carolina
From the Editor / Worth a Click
Mill Creek Stories
The Hike
Creature Feature
Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Festivals & Events
Country Roads
Mountian Garden
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 6
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - From the Editor / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 16
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Sweet Summer Weekends & Overnights in 7 States
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 23
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 24
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 26
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 27
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 28
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - The Great Divorce: Virginia-West Virginia
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Swimming Holes for Summer: The Photoessay
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Grand Hotel Comebacks of Western Virginia
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 42
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - SUP in the Mountains?
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 45
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Northern Shenandoah Weekend
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 47
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 48
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - A Home in, on and from the Mountains
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 52
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 54
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Far Beyond Sweet Tea: Great Restaurants of Upcountry South Carolina
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 56
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 58
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 59
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 60
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 61
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 62
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Mountian Garden
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 64
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Cover3
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Cover4
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