I have posted my complete 35 day trip report on the Road Trips forum for anyone interested in reading my complete "volume".
DAY 7 & 8 - May 11-12 – ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA - HOLIDAY INN BILTMORE EAST
From Charleston we drove to Asheville, our jump off point for the Blue Ridge Parkway. The highlights were galleries and food for which it is known. Grove Arcade is a beautiful restored historic building worth a visit for its architecture. I bought a lipstick at Make Up at the Grove Arcade, from a gorgeous young man who said people told him he had “Jack Nicholson eyebrows”. We had dinner at The Admiral, Curate and lunch at Corner Kitchen. All were superb! Reviews on tripadvisor.
We drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the teaming rain and admired the high hedges of pink and red rhododendron. Because of the mild Winter, Spring came early to the mountains. In the afternoon the weather provided an excuse to visit the Tanger Factory Outlets at Blowing Rock. We had lunch at Six Pence Pub in Blowing Rock. It was a challenge to get from the car to the pub with the heavens dispensing a torrential downpour. In spite of the weather we fell in love with Blowing Rock, a trendy upmarket mountain town and returned for dinner at Storie Street Grille where we had a fantastic meal and an enjoyable evening.
DAY 9 & 10 - May 13,14 – BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA – HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS.
When there was a break in the weather we ventured up to Grandfather Mountain but as we gained altitude the cloud closed in and obscured the view. We walked across the suspension bridge but there was no point in continuing. The drive to the Gamekeeper Restaurant on the winding mountain road was a lovely interlude despite the rain. The day we left Boone the weather had lifted and we were able to enjoy more of the Blueridge Parkway. We drove from Boone to STAUNTON, Virginia and eventually had to abandon the Blue Ridge Parkway for the sake of time. We stopped for lunch in the town of Buchanan, Virginia and had lunch at the 1950’s style Buchanan Grille.
NEXT STOP STAUNTON, VA