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National Park and what Cubbage
calls "God's umbrella."
I leave Jordan Hollow refreshed
- and determined to turn every page
in Page County. I go watch model
trains at Luray's restored railroad
station, and I gaze at wildlife paintings in the Warehouse Art Gallery. I
also take a few steps on the Luray
Hawksbill Greenway, a footpath
that overlooks a milldam and some
deep-green, grassy pastures that
remain forever in my mind.
Luray, Virginia
Jordan Hollow Stables: 800-4190599, jordanhollowstables.com
Luray Caverns: 540-743-6551,
luraycaverns.com
Luray-Page Chamber of
Commerce: 540-743-3915, luraypage.com
Mimslyn Inn: 800-296-5105,
mimslyninn.com
River Hill Wine and Spirits: 540843-0890, riverhilldistillery.com
Wisteria Farm and Vineyard: 540742-1489, wisteriavineyard.com

TENNESSEE
Luray Caverns has been an underground attraction for more than a century.

can go next door to find antique
automobiles - including some
90-year-old vehicles - at the Car
and Carriage Caravan Museum.
Then, go view the vintage tools
and cabinets of the nearby Luray
Valley Museum.
Another thing: Come hungry.
For breakfast, I munch on a
mushroom-and-Swiss cheese quiche
at Gathering Grounds on Luray's
Main Street. For lunch, I return
downtown for a spicy and juicy pastrami sandwich, served with a side
of Yukon Gold Potato Salad at the
West Main Market Delicatessen.
Later, I stop again on Main Street for
a trout, grilled vegetables and a
milkshake at Uncle Buck's.
In between, I taste both red and
white wine at Wisteria Farm and
Vineyard as well as some whiskey

at River Hill Wine and Spirits. I
even walk on a small, sandy beach
at Lake Arrowhead, a popular fishing-and-swimming spot on the outskirts of town.
"There's a lot of activity in this
area," says Lisa Cubbage, owner of
the Jordan Hollow Stables, a site in
Stanley, where I take a horseback
ride on a Monday morning.
"And, I tell you," Cubbage says,
"one of the most beautiful drives
you can ever take is from Luray to
Stanley. These mountains, all the
way down U.S. 340, are
phenomenal."
For an hour, I follow Cubbage's
lead through a grassy meadow and
across Hawksbill Creek. Our horses
pass through a patch of pines and
cedar. Then, like a dream, we come
into the shadows of the Shenandoah

Saddling up, my 14-year-old daughter looks perfect on a horse - and
perfectly happy, too. Abigail has
been riding about once a year since
she was six. Now, in Tennessee, she
rides like a pro on the Cumberland
Plateau.
As part of a daddy-daughter
weekend, we follow Fentress
County's trails with ride guide Larry
McMillian, the operator of
Southeast Pack Trips. McMillian
offers an extra coat for Abigail plus
plenty of patience as we navigate
between trees and, also, cross roads
at the edge of the Big South Fork
National River & Recreation Area.
"We have over 300 miles of trails
in the park and 125,000 acres," says
the 60-year-old McMillian, whose
horseback rides roam a region that
sits so far west that it is part of the
Central Time Zone.
Nearby, in Allardt, we spend a
night at the Turner House, a rental
operated by retired postmaster
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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
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - The Great Divorce: Virginia-West Virginia
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Swimming Holes for Summer: The Photoessay
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Grand Hotel Comebacks of Western Virginia
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - SUP in the Mountains?
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Northern Shenandoah Weekend
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - A Home in, on and from the Mountains
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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
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Mountian Garden
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Guest Column
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