I just got back from a trip, and I can recomment the "Mountain View" restaurant, a few miles north of "Little Switzerland," (about 55-60 miles north of Asheville). They actually have a rather varied menu. There were some places in and around Little Switzerland, mainly connected to lodging, but the "Mountain View" was where the very helpful lady at the Little Switzerland "General Store" directed us.
And, yes, it does afford a very nice mountain view.
Bob in Cary
The Lake View in Fancy Gap isn’t as good as Shatley Springs, but it is a lot closer to the parkway and I’ve never had a bad meal there, It’s about a half mile North of the parkway on US 52. They serve an unusual, at least to me, version of cornbread with their vegetables.
new to this, but I am driving the parkway-Asheville to Roanoke-tomorrow; any great ideas for lunch? or for dinner in Roanoke? or along the drive the next day from Roanoke to Annapolis?
Shately Springs is 14 miles off the parkway, but you will be forever happy that you made this detour, especially if you’re there for breakfast. Note that they close for the winter after Thanksgiving, and reopen the middle of April (it will be April 16 this year). The only down side is that you can encounter lon waits on holiday week ends when the flat-landers come up to breathe the fresh mountain air and enjoy the scenery.
This exit from the parkway is next to the "Trading Post" at Glendale Springs. Less than a mile off the parkway at this exit is a tiny Episcopal church with some absolute word class frescoes adorning the walls (there is another espicopal church in the Beaver Creek community in West Jefferson with the rest of the project by Ben Long). The "Glendale Springs Inn" there also serves great upscale food, not the North Carolina mountain food served at Shatley Springs.
Just click on the link in huntryce’s post and look over the SS menu. There are no words to describe how good the food is.
If I turn right out of my driveway, I’m 48 miles away from Shatley Springs, if left, I’m 67 miles from Lexington # 1 barbecue.
I haven’t been there in several years but one of the few places to eat right on the Parkway is the Lodge at Peaks of the Otter. Nearby in Bedford there is Goode s Country Kitchen, 1527 E. Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike (Rte. 460), Bedford, VA, 586-5278 or 586-0350. Real country cooking.
rideandslide what do you need to know , exit and phone number is in earlier post in this thread
There are good restaurants at both the Pisgah Inn (which is the other way from Asheville) and Mount Mitchell. Both are run or contracted by the Park Service. Mt. Mitchell is an interesting side trip UP from the Parkway.
what Sundancer doeesn’t like about the parkway is what I LOVE…nothing is on it. You MUST exit to do just about anything. There are a few hotels on it but you must know where they are located as signs or billboards are not allowed.
Just one more thing…it is Federal…get caught drinking and driving (no pointing fingers but just know a guy who got caught) on the parkway sits you in Federal Court not local. Messy is an understatement. The parkway is a shorcut in the Asheville area.
Would like to check out the BAR-B-Q RANCH , if it’s Harrisonburg Va. its of of RT 81, can anyone help. Sounds like a good excuse for a motorcycle trip.
oh by the way the cruise – in is from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm
if your interested they still have are a drive in with speakers and the whole deal as well as a resturant and on april 8th they are having the 3rd annual relay for life cruise-in with benefits going to the americn cancer society. from what i understand it’s pretty cool and lots of people turn out it some really cool cars and the money raised is for a good cause. i might even drive down from nyc for some bbq and to check out the cars. maybe i’ll get around to that review today.
I must agree with pmrkr2 about the Bar-B-Q Ranch. As a local, I have forgotten the charm of the Bar-B-Q Ranch and
haven’t been there in the last few years, but it made good bar-b-q. I remember when you could sit in your car and
order from speakers. In its hayday, it was the place to go and cruise.
There are so many places to eat good roadfood type of food in the Shenandoah Valley if you get off the parkway.
Elkton and McGhayesville have good place, as does Harrisonburg, Dayton, Bridgewater, Front Royal, etc., etc..
P.S. For the Harrisonburg area check out..http://harrisonburg.va.golookon.com/menuguide?start=30
4 years ago we stayed in a cabin in the Shenandoah National Park in July. I didn’t have great expectations from the dining room (after staying at the Grand Canyon). But there I ate the best blackberry cobbler ever. The Shenandoah Valley has wonderful produce. If you have time to seek out farm stands and farmer’s markets it will be well worth it.
if your off the blue ridge near harrsionburg try the Bar-B-Q Ranch on the north side of town on rt 11 (exit 251 south on I-95, 540-434-3296).
the Q is really good and the ladies who run the place are real sweet. i really need to do a review for the site. i’ve been there bout a dozen times over the last few years. as much as i like the place i gotta tell you that except for the Q and the milk shakes a lot of the other food is kinda ordinary. if you stop there tell em that the guy in the band from nyc says hi. if i could figure out how to insert a picture i’d put a pic of a bbq sandwich here.
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