Why You Need to Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center (MP 384)

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville NC

Whether you’re taking your very first Blue Ridge Parkway road trip or– like us– you’ve explored the scenic route multiple times, a visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center is a must! Located near Downtown Asheville, just 2.4 miles south of the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, the Visitor Center is essentially … Read more

The 20 Best Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks in Virginia

20-minute Cliff Blue Ridge Parkway Overview VA

There’s a wealth of beautiful things to see while driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. But the 200+ scenic mountain overlooks found along the way are the main attractions for most road trippers. That being said, stopping at all (or even most) of these overlooks while driving the 469-mile scenic route can be overwhelming. We know, … Read more

A Detailed History of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Grandfather Mountain with RV as seen from Blue Ridge Parkway in NC

The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway is widely regarded as “America’s favorite drive,” with over 16 million annual visitors making it the most popular unit of the U.S. National Park Service.  But in order to fully appreciate why the world-renowned scenic route remains so beloved today, more than 90 years after the concept was created, it’s … Read more

The 20 Best Blue Ridge Parkway Restaurants in VA & NC

Peaks of Otter Lodge Bar Restaurant Blue Ridge Parkway VA

When we think of America’s most beloved scenic route, most people envision jaw-dropping Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks, amazing waterfalls, and/or the colorful foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Fall. Commerce and other signs of “civilization” rarely enter our idyllic picture of the BRP, which is America’s #1 most visited National Park. There are actually only … Read more

The 10 Best Things to Do in Bedford VA (BRP MP 85.6–90.9)

Bedford Love Sign in Downtown Bedford VA

Founded in 1782 (when it was originally known as Liberty), Bedford VA is one of our favorite small towns in the Shenandoah Valley.  Located about 28 miles east of Roanoke VA, Bedford is a popular place to stop during Blue Ridge Parkway road trips. The 469-mile scenic route passes right by two of the most … Read more

The 10 Best Pet Friendly Cabins in Blue Ridge GA

Pet Friendly Cabins in Blue Ridge GA

​The Blue Ridge Mountains extend south into North Georgia, a region blessed with beautiful landscapes and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Blue Ridge GA, the town named for the mountains that surround it, is right in the heart of it all! Whether you prefer North Georgia mountain lakes, hiking to magic waterfalls, enjoying award-winning Georgia wines, … Read more

Visiting the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center (Asheville NC)

Visiting the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center in Asheville NC

The Southern Highland Craft Guild has been an advocate for high-quality crafts being made and sold in the southern Appalachian Mountains since the 1930s. Their mission is to ensure that generation after generation of locals and visitors alike continue to value both the traditional and modern arts and crafts of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Originally designed … Read more

10 Amazing Animals in the Smoky Mountains (& Where to See Them)

Young Smoky Mountains Bear in Springtime

In our experience, wildlife in the Smoky Mountains is both abundant and diverse, including amphibians, birds, large mammals, and reptiles.   Some of the amazing animals in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be rather secretive, living deep in the forests or hiding under rocks.   Others will graze or hunt out in the open, … Read more

Designing the Next Phase of Our Careers

(This post was brought to you in partnership with Creative Fabrica. But all opinions remain our own, and we will never compromise the integrity of our relationship with our readers.) I’ve been working as a full-time writer/editor/photographer since 1995, and Mary and I have been full-time independent publishers since we launched our first website, Green … Read more

The 10 Best Great Smoky Mountains Resorts in NC & TN

Sunset on Lake Junaluska NC

Looking for a relaxing weekend getaway in the mountains? There’s no shortage of resorts in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Whether you’re seeking rustic mountain resorts where you can get away from it all, fun-filled resorts with casinos and live music, or serene lakeside retreats, there are tons of options to … Read more