We are a couple in our 50s planning a trip from Friday 3/12/10 to 3/19/10. The idea is to visit new places, stroll interesting towns, drive some of the Blue Ridge Parkway (We did Skyline already.) spend sometime in Asheville, visit a friend in Chapel Hill and see some art, crafts and architecture.
It seems that Pack Place and much of downtown Asheville is closed Sundays and Mondays and that most of the Blue Ridge visitor centers don’t open until April. Will the Parkway be open in March? My friend just has Wed off.
Here's my draft plan.
Friday Amtrak from Bridgeport, CT to DC. Spend afternoon and night in DC. (Been there before but always like it)]
Saturday - Drive to Charlottesville; explore pedestrian mall (We saw Monticello and the VU but didn't make it downtown.) Drive to Lexington, VA, then Roanoke, exploring downtown of each.
Sunday - Blue Ridge Parkway to Floyd, more BRP. veer off for Mt Airy then to Blowing Rock. Maybe Mast General Store or Parkway Craft Center if they're open.
Monday. Drive up Grandfather Mountain, BRP to Little Switzerland and further West, Explore Black Mountain and on to Asheville for the rest of the day.
Tuesday - options of Biltmore, or driving tour, Tryon, Saluda, Flat Rock, Hednersonville, Brevard, Looking Glass Falls, Wagon Road Gap and back to Asheville. Or Cherokee and Maggie Valley if the road is open. Or just hang out in Asheville.
Wednesday - to Chapel Hill. Where's a good place to stop along the way?
Thursday, drive to DC. Good place to stop along the way without adding too much driving time, Petersburg? Richmond? Fredericksburg?
Friday - train home.
Thank you for any suggestions or help.