Montfair Resort Farm – Crozet, Virginia Eco-Friendly Vacation Retreat

Author: , February 1st, 2019

Montfair Resort Farm

Montfair Resort Farm offers eco-friendly vacation retreat cabins, close to Charlottesville, Virginia and The Blue Ridge Parkway. We’re just fifteen minutes from the town of Crozet, and forty minutes from Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s magnificent estate.

Come stay with us for a relaxing vacation or great getaway in our restful atmosphere, with fresh, clean mountain air, over a hundred acres of serene woodlands and open fields at the base of Pasture Fence Mountain.

We offer cozy A-frame and cedar timber frame cottages looking over a peaceful, six acre lake – the ideal blend of comfort, simplicity, and natural beauty.

Our cottages are fully air conditioned, and have modern appliances and gas heaters. The kitchens are completely stocked with dishes, silverware, linens & towels, and there’s also organic coffee & tea.

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Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , September 22nd, 2018

Blue Ridge Parkway

Nashville was just the jumping-off point for a road trip through Tennessee and North Carolina – a trip I dubbed the ‘Beer and Mountains’ adventure because those were the two reoccurring things of the trip: Mountain hikes, scenic mountain road drives, viewpoints and micro breweries.

From Nashville, we headed east and it didn’t take long until the flatlands turned into rolling hills and eventually into mountains: We had reached the Great Smoky Mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway (for views and hikes) and Asheville (for all the craft beer – did you know Asheville had the highest number of breweries per capita in the US?) were the two reasons we added North Carolina to what was originally supposed to be a Tennessee road trip.

I’d driven parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway years ago, but back then we were on a tight schedule and didn’t have time to stop for more than one tiny hike along the way, so this time I wanted to see more than just some viewpoints along the way.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Featured Lesbian Accommodations: The Lodge@Mayberry, Meadows of Dan, Virginia

Author: , August 17th, 2015

The Lodge@Mayberry

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

A perfect getaway on the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 180 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. We offer a 2800 square foot home with 18 acres and a small lake/pond for fishing, the Lodge has 3 Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms with large living room with gas fireplace and game room on lower floor with gas fireplace. The two-story enclosed sun porches overlook the lake and provide a beautiful setting for morning coffee or evening wine.

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Road Trip Stops Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Author: , January 11th, 2015

Blue Ridge ParkwayThe Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs between Virginia and North Carolina, is one of the country’s most scenic drives. The 105-mile road was built by the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps under President Franklin D. Roosevelt — taking more than 52 years to complete and encompassing over 11,000 square miles of land. We suggest spending at least a few days driving the parkway, stopping in the small towns along the way to soak up the Appalachian Mountains’ art, culture, and music. Here are nine highlights to consider for your itinerary.

Waynesboro, VA: Take a detour here for Skyline Drive, a shorter but beautiful scenic drive through the Shenandoah National Park.

Peaks of Otter, VA: Stop at this lookout point — a favorite hangout of Thomas Jefferson — for a view of the three peak. The town also has a rustic lodge that’s ideal for a romantic getaway.

By Caroline Eubanks – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Virginia Gay Travel Resources | North Carolina Gay Travel Resources

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Great Springtime Road Trips

Author: , April 20th, 2013

Blue MountainsDarren Murph over at Sherman’s Travel gives us some of his favorite springtime road trips:

Oh, the difference a month makes. Even at the tail-end of March, most of the contiguous United States were still far too frosty for anyone to utter “spring” without sarcasm in their voice. But now, temperatures are rapidly rising, mountainous towns are finally thawing out, and roadways that have been closed for the winter are opening back up. Here are three of my favorite springtime road trips – they’re certainly worth a spin before summer swoops in, and if you’re looking to avoid the crowds.

Blue Ridge Parkway: Regardless of whether you hop on after a stroll through Shenandoah National Park, or if you fly into Asheville and grab a rental, this 469 mile motorway is not to be missed. Various sections of it are blocked off during the winter due to intense snowfall, but as of now, the full stretch is open for visitors. There’s really no bad spot here; vistas are around nearly every turn, and the quaint towns that line the road are chock full of friendly people, delicious home cooking, and unique stores. If you’re blessed enough with a few days on this route, driving the entire stretch is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Click the link above for his trips near Asheville, North Carolina; Lake Tahoe; and Montana.

North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains – Weaverville & Asheville

Author: , March 20th, 2010
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Weaverville, North CarolinaWeaverville shares Asheville’s reputation as a cosmopolitan hub of the arts, fine dining, spa services and exceptional hospitality. Locals and visitors mix at Blue Mountain Pizza, which features some of the area’s best singer-songwriter and folk acts, plus a fine selection of craft beers, as well as gourmet pizza topped with everything from walnuts to gorgonzola.

Visitors can stay at one of the town’s signature bed and breakfasts and walk or take a short drive to an eclectic assortment of dining, live music, galleries, massage therapists, unique shopping and some of the prettiest scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Weaverville, North CarolinaThe Weaverville Art Safari is the last weekend of April and first weekend of November each year. The self-guided free studio tour features dozens of the best artists and craftspeople in the Southern Highlands.

Art in Autumn is a new Arts & Crafts Festival which debuted in 2007. The festival fills Main Street with art, food, and music each September.

The Christmas Candlelight Stroll features carolers, buggy rides, free snacks and drinks at local shops and a multitude of “Merry Christmas” greetings from those you meet.

Mark your calendar to take time off, to ease your pace, and to savor the kindness and beauty of our community.


Asheville at NightIf you can imagine our valley as a pendant, then Asheville, NC, would be an Art Deco gem held by a setting of blue-green mountains. It’s easy to think of Asheville and Western North Carolina in artistic terms. Arts and crafts have been a way of life here since woodcarvers and quilters used their creativity to supplement farm income.

Asheville and surrounding villages are artwork themselves. Fine craftsmen and architects outdid each other in the days of opulence and speculation at the dawn of the last century. The Great Depression ended the boom, but the buildings lived on, escaping the urban renewal that brought a sameness to America’s other cities. In Asheville, you can walk the 30 stations of the Urban Trail and learn more about the rich history of our city, from drover crossroad to the era of the grand hotels to today’s colorful cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Rafting in the Blue Ridge MountainsThese mountain downtowns offer unique opportunities for shoppers. Fine arts and crafts, antiques and a delicious assortment of restaurants are all clustered in central business districts of Asheville, Biltmore Village and Weaverville.

Indulge your tastebuds. The Asheville area has some gourmet specialties, including mountain trout cooked 47 ways, Southern barbecue and some of the finest microbrew beers in the Southeast. But the gastronomic attraction here is the diversity of dishes to be found, ranging from curry and couscous to Caribbean to aged steaks. Only Italy offers more varieties of Italian cuisine. As in Europe, dining in Asheville is an event where one lingers to enjoy the flavor and texture of life as well as dinner.

Savor the contrasts. Snack on sushi before giving clogging a try at Shindig on the Green. Try on the latest hiking boots before enjoying a performance by any of a dozen excellent theatre or dance companies. Dine at a cool sidewalk table, then burn the calories off dancing at a steamy nightclub. There’s a good reason that both Modern Maturity and Rolling Stone called this the place to be.

Biltmore Estate, AshevilleNo trip to Asheville is complete without a visit to the Biltmore Estate. George Vanderbilt’s 250-room home is a monument to America’s Gilded Age. When it was completed in 1895, the French chateau-styled mansion was an escape for Vanderbilt family and friends.

Today, everyone can enjoy the collection of fine art and antiques, and stroll through gardens designed by America’s father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted. Other attractions on the estate include a winery with complimentary wine tasting, a newly renovated conservatory and three restaurants serving dishes prepared from food grown on the estate. Biltmore Estate is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, and offers candlelight Christmas tours in November and December by reservation only.

Your innkeeper offers Biltmore daytime tickets at the gate price. Some B&Bs offer packages that include Biltmore tickets, and can help you arrange candlelight Christmas tours.

Western North Carolina is a mecca for outdoors enthusiasts. As the novelist and Asheville native Thomas Wolfe wrote, around us are the “soaring and lordly ranges that melt away in purple mist.”

Thousands of miles of trophy trout streams wet the wrinkles of the Smokies, the Balsams, the Blacks and the Blue Ridge, joining into rivers where whitewater rafters and kayakers can take in the mountain beauty up close. Where highland valleys meet climbing hills, some of the most beautiful golf courses in the nation challenge all levels.

The Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America’s most stunning highways, carries travelers more than 400 miles along ridgelines unmarred by billboards, trucks or any buildings other than the occasional information center. Take a drive north to Mount Mitchell, highest peak east of the Rockies, and maybe Grandfather Mountain, a tourist attraction featuring a mile-high swinging bridge and small zoo.

Trailheads along the parkway and other mountain roads beckon hikers to waterfalls, balds and escarpments where rock climbers test themselves against the mountain. Steep trails at two county parks challenge mountain bicyclists.

Chimney RockAn hour or so to the west of Asheville by Blue Ridge Parkway or U.S. 74, Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains more plant and animal species than any other park in America, and offers visitors a chance to see bears, elk and other animals in the wild, as well as see how pioneers lived in a re-created mountain community.

DuPont State Forest, North Carolina’s newest, features easy trails to several magnificent waterfalls. Whitewater and calmwater enthusiasts alike find their own degree of thrill and scenery on the French Broad, Nantahala, Pigeon, and other rivers. Other outfitters offer fly-fishing trips, rock-climbing classes, guided nature hikes and even llama treks.

Your bed and breakfast hosts will be glad to put you in touch with just the adventure you seek.

Inn on Main, AshevilleInn on Main Street is a romantic Victorian getaway near Asheville and the Biltmore Estate in quaint, quiet Weaverville, which is an arts mecca in its own right. The inn offers seven rooms, all with private baths, wireless internet and cable TV with DVD or VCR. Some rooms have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.

The inn is 10 minutes from Asheville by car, but only a two-block stroll to cafes, galleries, spa services and live entertainment. Owners Dan and Nancy Ward have hosted thousands of happy travelers since 1998, and love to share their knowlege of their home in the mountains.