Left the Blowing Rock Inn, that is ... and it's sort of being managed by a group now that isn't aware of our group showing up there each 3rd weekend in May for the last 20 years or so.
Lots of rooms available, but you'd need to call in to get them. We used to get a "group discount" for that weekend from R & M, and we might be able to do it again, but as it stands, a Queen room for 2 nights is $363 total, and a 'villa' (Spring, Fall, Summer Winter) suite in the back is $480 for two nights.
The OSMR will happen again this year Gordon...I can take all the time I want now. Windys would be a good choice I think If you don't mind camping. Familiar territory to us all and an eats tent could be arranged much like you did for us in GA last August.
Gordon I always wanted to keep it in blowing rock as it is a better starting and ending point than my place. the early birds idea was to give them a look at other roads and things to see. as you say things and times change but I sill want to keep it going in what form it takes, just look at how last year changed due to things out of our control.
PS it was all alans fault those first few years, after all he threw down he gauntlet.LOL .
OK guys I will take a ride over to BRI and see what I an do about these ridicules rates. If you guys dont want to stay there we can do i like last year from my place. I do have a 3 bedroom mobile home that right now is unfurnished and it can also be put to use.also hugh and jubie have the cabins and hugh has offered to share and how about you jubi? it will still happen some how some way.
well the ham shoppe is still open BUT it is now on 184 just before you get into banner elk. yep that corner is gone to make room for of all things a wider road
Originally Posted by Gordon Gray
The place is changing..........one of Richrd's favorite stops..... The Ham House ( where he's eaten lots of sandwichs) on the corner is gone........NOT closed.......GONE. You can't tell it was ever there.
Times are a changing................................GG
so I took a ride this morning and the first stop was the BIR. an that was a wast iof time and fuel. after shoving an 80% hike in rates I was most kindly offered a 20% discount. , gosh that was mighty nice of them. so at this moment i am going to say the BIR is off the itinerary and it will run a lot like last year from my place. I am not happy with this as we will miss things like grandfather mountain, the viaduct and the goat path. .some of the early birds can at least see some of this and other roads.
I just got a text with the rates. single queen room $161.46 villa $206.56
Re my suggestion of Big Lynn's in Little Switzerland.
Been there twice with some buddies who do a BRP/Cherohala tour every year. Missing it for reasons this year...
But, the place is very motorcycle friendly. Dinner and breakfast are included, which makes their daily rate rather attractive. Dinner is kind of a banquet affair, never had a complaint, but not high fallutin dining! Breakfast is made to order! All you can eat, just be sure to eat all you order... Wonderful view. First year I was there, it was a few days before Independance Day, and I caught a town's fireworks show probably 15 miles away! Very nice to sit on the rocking chairs that every room has, and watch the sunset progress across the valley.
Clean and up to date, with an old school Adirondacks style resort feel. Nice bedding! Staff and management are 1st rate!
Just a short jaunt down the BRP from Blowing Rock.
That's a really nice video. Absolutely a Dad to be proud of.
Now, I have to ask, what tartan do the Grays wear?
Interesting that my mother's father was a Gray ... I have a picture of him up on my study wall.
Unfortunately, we have no idea who his grandfather was ... his grandmother was unwed and the branch of the family is untraceable past that.
On the other hand, my wife's 7th great-grandfather (and thus my sons' 8th great-grandfather) was the Reverend George Robertson of Struan, cousin of Alexander Robertson, who was the head of that clan in the 1670s, so they can wear the Robertson tartan.
Well, enough of that rabbit trail, back to Blowing Rock.
There's a coffee pot in the men's room. We supply our grounds and filters. Windy supplies the water. I always have a french press with me but i'm not sure when I will make it this time as things are crazy here. Maybe not Wednesday morning
Never been to Shady Valley, but I do remember Windy, his generosity and technical knowledge stand out. I will need some sort of address, and a short list of what to bring. I HAVE to have coffee in the morning, otherwise I can’t function. I will trailer up from Cleveland Georgia, and am looking very much forward to this event! If anyone needs me to bring anything, let me know, as I will be in my BIG (to me) F-150 King Cab.