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Trip planning help for late October

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Trip planning help for late October

I am in the process of planning a trip to the NC mountains for Oct. 25-31. I have a few questions: Will there still be color that late? I have booked a cabin in Hot Springs for the first three nights. We wanted a little time to unwind first. Any recommendations for day trips around Hot Springs? How about places to eat or should we plan to eat in at night? The other two places on my list are Blowing Rock and then Highlands. Is that too much to do? If not, what would be the most scenic route from Hot Springs to Blowing Rock and also from Blowing Rock to Highlands. After Highlands we will head home to Mississippi. Places to stay and eat in Blowing Rock and Highlands would be appreciated. I like nice and romantic. Many thanks.

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1. Re: Trip planning help for late October

Here's some fine places to dine in BR.

Bistro Rocca @ 143 Wonderland Trail, Blowing Rock, NC 828 - 295 - 4008.

http://www.bistroroca.com/

Blowing Rock Grill and Lounge @ 349 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC 828 - 295 - 9474.

www.theblowingrockgrille.com/welcome.html

Crippens Country Inn and Restaurant @ 239 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC 828 - 295 - 3487.

http://www.crippens.com/dnn/

Knight's on Main @ 870 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC 828 - 295 - 3869. BLD.

http://www.knightsonmainrestaurant.com/

Manor House Restaurant @ Chetola Resort @ 500 Main St., Blowing Rock, NC 828 - 295 - 5505.

http://www.chetola.com/

Pat's Almost World Famous Cheeseburger's Grille @ 310 Shoppes On the Parkway #32, Blowing Rock, NC 828 - 295 - 0211.

www.almostworldfamouscheeseburgersgrille.com/

Storie St. Grill @ 1167 Main St., Blowing Rock, NC 828 - 295 - 7075.

http://www.storiestreetgrille.com/

Woodland's BBQ Restaurant @ 8304 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock, NC 828 - 295 - 3651.

http://www.woodlandsbbq.com/

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2. Re: Trip planning help for late October

And some nice places in Highlands.

Oak St. Cafe @ 332 Main St., Highlands, NC 828 - 787 - 2200.

http://www.oakstreetcafeinhighlands.com/

Pescado's @ 226 S 4th Street, Highlands, NC 828 - 526 - 9313.

http://www.pescados-highlands.us/2.html

Rib Shack @ 461 Spring St., Highlands, NC 828 - 526 - 2626.

http://www.oldedwardsinn.com/dining/rib-shack

Ristorante Paoletti @ 440 Main Street Highlands, NC 828 - 526 - 4906.

http://www.paolettis.com/

Ruka's Table @ 163 Main Street, Highlands, NC 828 - 526 - 3636.

The Pizza Place @ 365 Main Street, Highlands, NC 828 - 526 - 5660.

http://www.thepizzaplaceofhighlands.com/

Wild Thyme Gourmet Restaurant @ 490 Carolina Way, Highlands, NC 828 - 526 - 4035.

http://www.wildthymegourmet.com/

Wolfgang's Restaurant @ 474 Main St., Highlands, NC 828 - 526 - 3807.

http://www.wolfgangs.net/

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3. Re: Trip planning help for late October

Thanks so much for the places to dine. I really need help on the route to take to these places.

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4. Re: Trip planning help for late October

No telling on if there will be leaves where you're staying, but if you lower your elevation there will probably be some.

http://www.romanticasheville.com/fall.htm has dated pictures of past falls. Click on the year in the menu at the top. The leaves are very dependent on weather. Personally I think around the 20th-25th is optimal, but others think that's too late. It really varies year to year and most significantly by elevation. At the high elevations the leaves change first and drop first. At the lower elevations they hang in there longer. Near Asheville you can have plenty of color into November.

Not sure of the most scenic and semi-direct route from Hot Springs to Blowing Rock, but you should definitely plan on driving the Blue Ridge Parkway some.

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5. Re: Trip planning help for late October

While you're in Hot Springs, you could go to Max Patch:

visitnc.com/listings/…max-patch-mountain

I've driven on that gravel road in a minivan, so whatever car you have is probably fine. :)

It can get cold enough to snow (but usually no accumulation that early) by the end of October, especially at the higher elevations, so you may want to bring jackets and other layers in case you need them.

I've never actually stayed or eaten any where in Hot Springs, so I can't recommend anywhere, but I'm sure they have some places. Have fun!

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6. Re: Trip planning help for late October

Here are my thoughts on your trip.

1. Eat at Mountain Magnolia Inn in Hot Springs.

2. Go to Max Patch Mountain as stated above.

3. You may to be too late for colors there.

4. A good day trip would be Asheville. It has a great downtown. Maybe an hour from Hot Springs.

5. I would skip Blowing Rock and head straight to Highlands for your last 3 days. It is a long drive from Hot Springs to Blowing Rock.. Way out of the way to get to Highlands and back to MS. When in Highlands head down into northern Ga. The colors should be at peak then. Head along the mt. roads there.

The route from Hot Springs to Highlands is a beautiful drive. Take 209 south from Hot Springs. Take 74/23 at Waynesville to Franklin. Go south on 28/64 at Franklin to Highlands.

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7. Re: Trip planning help for late October

If you do go to Blowing Rock ( which is very charming) you can head straight down the Blue Ridge Pkwy which is gorgeous in the fall. You can visit Grandfather Mtn., Mt. Mitchell, Lindville falls, Mast general store which is in Vale Crucis. It is a very nice area. Blowing Rock is about 3 hrs from Asheville on the Pkwy. You can get off and head south maybe to Brevard? and then hit the scenic 64 west to Highlands. I've never been to the Highlands are but am heading there in October. You will have fun regardles.

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