Activities • Before | You will find a number of activities listed below which are well suited to couples, small or large groups, and which could be recommended as very interesting things to do before your wedding ceremony. To obtain more detail and view their websites simply click on their respective names below.
Grandfather Mountain | Linville, North Carolina
The views are ancient. Anyone who visits Grandfather Mountain discovers a place that inspires awe through natural wonders. Grandfather Mountain was recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve by The United Nations in November of 1992. In May of 2009 there were 553 biosphere reserves in 107 countries. Located 20 minutes from The Inn, Grandfather Mountain‘s lofty heights offer guests opportunities for rejuvenation, excitement and family memories in a natural haven that will endure forever. Marvel at 360-degree views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, stand eye-to-eye with native wildlife in natural habitats and interact with Grandfather Mountain’s friendly & knowledgeable staff.
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church of The Frescoes
Just outside downtown West Jefferson are the Fresco paintings by world famous artist Benjamin F. Long IV. These life size Fresco paintings at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church are exquisite. Part of the Blue Ridge Fresco Trail, four of these frescoes are right here in Ashe County with 3 Frescoes featured at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church which include Mary Great with Child, John the Baptist and Mystery of Faith. The Last Supper painting is located at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Glendale Springs, just 15 minutes east of West Jefferson. The Fresco churches are open year-round. All ages, groups and buses are welcome.
Linville Falls & Gorge | Linville, North Carolina
Located 20 minutes from The Inn, Linville Gorge, near the town of Linville Falls, North Carolina, is the deepest and one of the most rugged and scenic gorges in the eastern United States and an ideal excursion for backpackers. Nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the East”, it is protected by the 12,000-acre Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, one of the first areas to be included in the National Wilderness System with the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964. The steep walls of Linville Gorge enclose the Linville River for 12 miles. The river, which begins at Grandfather Mountain, enters the gorge at the spectacular Linville Falls then descends over 2,000 feet before breaking into the Catawba Valley on its way to Lake James. The Cherokee called it “Eeseeoh,” meaning “river of many cliffs,” a reference to the many vertical rock outcroppings that line the gorge. The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area is a magnet for hikers, backpackers, and rock climbers. Linville Gorge is prime habitat for wildlife, including deer, bear, raccoon, turkey, and ruffled grouse. Hunting and fishing are allowed but permits are required. The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area is managed by the US Forest Service as part of the Pisgah National Forest. You can find the best collection of Linville Gorge maps available by clicking here.
The Virginia Creeper Trail | Damascus, Virginia
Located 45 minutes from the Mast Farm Inn, The Virginia Creeper Trail is a shared-use trail, for mountain biking, hiking, and equine activities, connecting Abingdon, Virginia, with the Virginia-North Carolina border 1.1 miles east of Whitetop Station, Virginia. Numerous outfitters in Damascus rent bikes and drop people at the trailhead. The total length of the trail is 33.4 miles and it is a gentle downhill slope through forests, and along rivers and streams requiring almost no pedaling. The Creeper Trail as it exists today was completed in 1984 and is maintained by public-private partnerships between the U.S. Forest Service, towns of Abingdon and Damascus, and “Creeper Keeper” trail volunteers. There are 3 visitor centers along the trail: one at the Damascus Caboose, the old Green Cove Station, and the rebuilt Whitetop Station.
The Watauga River | North Carolina
The Mast Farm Inn is located on The Watauga River. It is 78 miles long with its headwaters on the slopes of Grandfather Mountain and Peak Mountain in Watauga County, North Carolina. Popular recreation activities pursued on the Watauga River include Whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fly fishing, and angling with fishing reels. Watauga River contains Rainbow trout, brown trout, and striped bass. The Watauga River downstream of the TVA dams draws commercial rafting outfitters from both northeast Tennessee and western North Carolina during the summer months and commercial fishing guides throughout the year. The picturesque Class II+ Bee Cliff Rapids on the Watauga River, also referred to as the “Anaconda Rapids”, are found downstream between Wilbur Dam and the Siam Bridge. Once regarded as some of the hairiest whitewater in the Southeast, the Watauga has a long standing and well regarded reputation for fly-fishing and high quality whitewater.
Apple Hill Farm | Banner Elk, North Carolina
Apple Hill Farm is home to more than just a few alpacas and animals for our personal enjoyment. We are a family of 9 kinds of animals, 15 fields, 4 barns and many sheds covering 10 acres of mountaintop land. Mountain view, farm featuring Alpacas, Llamas, Goats, Donkeys and Horses. Guided walking tours, private, group and school tours year round. Visit our unique mountaintop alpaca farm and store, and connect to what matters – your self, your family, a real farm experience.
Valle Crucis Community Park | Valle Crucis, North Carolina
A small mountain community located in the northwest corner of the North Carolina High Country, the heart of this picturesque hamlet is nestled at the conjunction of three rivers – the Watauga, Dutch Creek, and Clark’s Creek. It is an area of uncommon beauty with its rolling hills, pastoral valleys, and pristine rivers and streams. Although no official population statistics are available, there is a general consensus that Valle Crucis contains about 600 year-round residents. The rustic countryside provides ample opportunities for recreational activities. Both residents and visitors alike can be found enjoying the amenities at the riverfront community park. The Valle Crucis Community Park is an important component of community life for our area. The Park serves residents of Watauga, Avery, and Ashe Counties in North Carolina as well as visitors from other parts of the state and nation. The Park’s twenty-three acres provide an ideal setting for walking, jogging, picnicking, and fishing. Park fields are also used for several sporting events.
Julian Price Memorial Park & Price Lake | Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Located 20 minutes from The Inn, at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, the Park is adjacent to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and together the two comprise the largest area developed for recreation along the Parkway. Comprising more than 4,300 acres, including a small lake, Julian Price Memorial Park offers many activities, including hiking, fishing, canoeing, camping, guided walks, and evening campfire programs. The grounds include 100 picnic sites, with shelters and comfort stations. A 300-seat amphitheater is used for lectures and talks during the summer months. Canoes can be rented for use on Price Lake.
Bass Lake | Blowing Rock, North Carolina
A classic, handicapped-accessible hike or cross country ski tour around a scintillating High Country lake. This is an extremely easy, scenic, 0.8-mile loop that is unpaved but suitable for wheelchairs and baby carriages (no bicycles or horses permitted). Cross country skiers will want to ski this soon after snow. This is a route that’s ideal for either a leisurely stroll or a brisk hike, and the trail is popular with residents of the nearby towns of Blowing Rock and Boone. Part of the way around the lake you’ll have a fine, distant view of Flat Top Manor, the magnificent house that now houses the Parkway Craft Center.
Roan Mountain | Roan Mountain, Tennessee
Roan Mountain is located on the North Carolina and Tennessee border and has great views of both states. Roan Mountain State Park is one of Tennessee’s Crown Jewel State Parks. Roan Mountain offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in Appalachia. Roan Mountain has the largest Rhododendron gardens in the world, with over 600 acres of gardens. The best time to catch the blooms and the view is mid-June. You can drive to the top of Roan Mountain State Park and take short paths to the views. Located on TN Hwy 143 at the base of the majestic 6,285 Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park and supports a healthy population of trout. Wildflowers and wildlife inhabit the hollows and ridges of the Roan foothills in abundance. Roan Mountain State Park is located 40 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn.
Table Rock | Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
The iconic landmark of the Pisgah National Forest in Burke County is Table Rock Mountain. Both a quiet place to ponder and a challenging place to climb, Table Rock Mountain has something for everyone. Located off NC 181 near Linville Falls in the Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Ranger District. There are 3 popular climbing faces for adventures. Table Rock, called “Attocoa” by the Cherokee Indians, was their mystic altar for sacred ceremonies. Known as Burke County’s natural landmark, Table Rock towers at 3950 feet above sea level. The views overlooking the Linville Gorge are spectacular. Located 50 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn.
Mount Mitchel | North Carolina
There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places. In the crest of the timeworn Black Mountains lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, at an elevation 6,684 feet it is the highest point east of the Mississippi. For those who ascend this mighty peak, what looms in the horizon is a feast for the eyes–breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling ridges and fertile valleys. Forested and forever misty, 1,946-acre Mount Mitchell State Park will provide you with some of the most tranquil moments you’ll ever experience.
The Orchard At Altapass
In 1995 Katherine Trubey purchased 280 acres of unrestricted land straddling the Blue Ridge Parkway to preserve its historic beauty and prevent development that would destroy the views from the Parkway. Though the land was bought as a preservation project, the new owners recognized that they had much more than Blue Ridge Parkway views and heritage apples to preserve. “Kit” Trubey, together with Bill and Judy Carson, began a journey: to preserve the unique history and culture of Altapass, and to use The Orchard at Altapass location to showcase it.
Wilson Creek | Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
Forty-nine thousand acres of wilderness comprise the Wilson Creek area, one of North Carolina’s most pristine and rugged terrains. Camping, kayaking, hunting and fishing, waterfall hikes, off-road driving, and mountain biking are available in selected areas. Opportunities for adventure and activity abound for every skill level including the most experienced outdoorsmen. The stream starts atop 5,920-foot high Grandfather Mountain, just 100 yards above the Blue Ridge Parkway. Twenty miles later, the headwaters rush through the Blue Ridge Mountains into a 200-foot deep gorge of granite bedrock.
The Emerald Outback | Beech Mountain, North Carolina
The Emerald Outback @ Beech Mountain is a year-round destination for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. At 5,400 feet high in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the Emerald Outback has more than eight miles of gorgeous and challenging trails. The system includes mostly single-track and double-track trails, interspersed with a few grassy roads and a gravel fire road.
Hawksnest Zip Line | Seven Devils, North Carolina
Hawksnest currently has 20 ziplines including 4 mega zips, 2 over 2000 feet long and 2 over 1500 feet long. With 4 miles of zipline riding with heights over 200 feet and speeds up to 50 mph. Ziplines are over trees, through trees, over lakes and creeks with panoramic views on almost every ride. Experience the biggest and best with the spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Sky Valley Zip Tours | Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Experience a real canopy tour and zip line adventure that takes you in and above the trees. With over a mile of cable and elevations of up to 300 feet, the course features 9 ziplines, cliff jumping, a swinging bridge, waterfalls and more. The course is professionally designed and constructed as well as operated by the group that brought you Plumtree Canopy Tours.. All equipment is provided including the added security of a full-body harness, helmet, gloves, and two trained canopy rangers per group.
The Parkway Craft Center
Milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Moses Cone Manor just off 221. Finest quality Appalachian Mountain hand-made crafts by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Craft demonstrations on the porch.
We had our start sewing and finishing European quality down comforters, pillows and featherbeds in the mountains of the North Carolina High Country, using all-European white goose down fills and the world’s finest downproof fabrics. Join us as we celebrate our 32nd year of combining our own brand down products with luxury bed and bath linens from France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, and around the world.
Crossnore Weavers & Gallery | Crossnore, North Carolina
A working museum. Watch hand weavers at work on antique looms and experience the history of Appalachian handweavers. Learn about the legacy of Mary Martin Sloop who cared about children and founded the mission of Crossnore School. Women would weave their rugs and clothes on looms in a special building at Crossnore, and sell their wares from the site. They would pass on their tradition to young Crossnore residents in the process. Today weavers still ply their craft in the river rock building on the edge of campus and travelers the nation over visit to marvel over their skills and purchase unique items.
The Original Mast General Store
Established in 1883, The Mast Store carries most everything you’d need for life in the past century and most of this one. On the National Register of Historic Places. The small community of Valle Crucis is North Carolina’s first rural historic district and is where you’ll find the Original Mast General Store and the Mast Store Annex. Still the center of the community, the Original Mast Store houses the Post Office and offers up a 5¢ cup of coffee. Traversing its creaking floorboards, you’ll find country gourmet foods, cast iron cookware, speckleware, old-fashioned toys, footwear for all walks of life, hardware, and even a pair of galluses, if you need them.
The Mast Store Annex
The Mast Store Annex can outfit you with stylish casual clothing and hiking gear. You’ll also find over 500 old-fashioned favorite candies-by-the-barrel in a building that was once a competing general store. The Dutch Creek Ice Cream stand is open seasonally out back by the creek.
River Cross Market
River Cross Market houses a collection that is handmade in America. The selections include: potter, jewelry, handbags, birdhouses, glass, metal, garden accessories, painting, photography and a fun selection for children.
Valle Crucis Mercantile
Valle Crucis Mercantile offers unique, specialty items such as farmhouse and cabin décor, specialty and diet specific foods, local produce, vintage sodas, soy candles and pottery. The mercantile also features a “Koffee Korner” that utilizes Keurig K-Cups.
Ashe County Cheese Company
Ashe County Cheese is Carolina’s oldest cheese plant, producing quality cheese since 1930. We are located in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Watch the fascinating process of cheese making from our viewing area and visit our cheese and gift shop. We sell over 20 varieties of original Ashe County Cheese as well as our own county butter, homemade fudge and everyone’s favorite, fresh cheese curd. We also offer other fine cheeses, locally made wines and a variety of gifts, souvenirs and old fashioned snacks and candies.
Westglow is an all-inclusive spa resort that combines the amenities of a luxury spa with a holistic approach to health & wellness. Situated on a historic 42-acre estate and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Westglow Resort & Spa is serenely nestled in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Constructed in 1917, the estate was originally the summer home of famed artist and writer Elliott Daingerfield.
The Spa at Chetola Resort
The Spa features a wide variety of services including massage therapies, facials, nail treatments, cosmetic applications and a hair boutique. The Spa, which opened in Fall 2009, features a Mission motif with furnishings and décor by Bob Timberlake, Charleston Forge and local artists. Natural sea stones are featured throughout the spa including the fireplace and inlays in the maple hardwood floors. In the relaxation room, capture a feeling of being on a remote island as a wall fountain cascades nearby. The Spa offers five treatment rooms (one for couples), a relaxation room, nail treatment area, the complimentary Swan Bar, and women and men’s locker rooms. Adjoining the spa is the resort’s heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and fitness room.
Tanger Shoppes On The Parkway
Shop for outlet bargains at our 30 nationally known factory outlets and enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds, too. Strollers, wheelchairs and gift cards are available. The superb restaurant, Parkway Cafe´, offers tantalizing meals.
One of the most established fine art galleries in the area. Carlton Gallery features a spirited collection of artwork in all mediums with over 200 local, regional, and national artists. Established in 1982, Carlton Gallery presents an inspiring array of original works and exceptional gift ideas for visitors and collectors, including paintings, giclees, limited edition prints, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, wood, glass and more. Located 20 minutes from Blowing Rock situated under the gaze of Grandfather Mountain between Boone and Banner Elk on Highway 105. Visit our web site for more information and a schedule of current workshops.
Alta Vista Gallery
Gleaming original wood floors beckon you to casually wander through the fine art gallery, enjoying the works of over 200 artists from around the world and around the corner. Many of the gallery artists, such as B. Jean Baird and Louise Pinto, live very nearby yet are recognized in galleries across the country. Other artists are internationally famous, such as ALVAR of Spain, Boulanger of Bolivia, and folk artist Will Moses, great-grandson of renowned artist ” Grandma Moses.”
Over Yonder is a new destination restaurant & bar in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Located near Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, and Linville, in The Western North Carolina High Country Mountains. Designed, owned and managed by Executive Chef Andrew Long, Over Yonder restaurant tells the story of historic Appalachian cuisine in a picturesque setting atop the rolling hills and peaks of Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Located across from the Original Mast General Store, a few hundred yards from The Mast Farm Inn. Over Yonder has a full Spirits, Beer, Wine, Mixed Beverage Restaurant ABC license and features a full service bar.
Owner and Executive Chef Sam Ratchford is a native of the Boone area, who attended culinary school at New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. After a few years as a sous chef in Park City Utah, Sam returned to High Country to be near his family and become the first Executive chef at Storie Street Grille in Blowing Rock. Alyce moved to Boone from Asheville in the fall of 2000 to attend Appalachian State University studying Special Education and Psychology. They met each other while working together at Storie Street, Sam as chef and Alyce as a front of house manager. In early 2008 Sam and Alyce purchased Vidalia from their friends, Michael and Camille Vetro.
Lost Province Brewing Company
Lost Province Brewing Co. is a destination microbrewery and gastro pub located in historic downtown Boone, NC. We brew authentic and innovative craft beer and serve savory wood fired fare. As a small, family owned and operated business, we are committed to our community, environment and employees and strive above all to provide an experience of gracious hospitality for all of our guests.
Appalachian Mountain Brewery
Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s mission is to sustainably brew high quality beer, support local non-profits and help our community prosper. Our mission is simple: sustainability, community and philanthropy. The tasting room features plenty of outdoor seating, a 120 foot long outdoor bar bordering Boone Creek and a covered heated porch perfect for enjoying one of our beers. We brew all of our beer at the tasting room on our 10 barrel (310 gallon) JV Northwest All-American made system. Our brew system features a mix of 10-barrel and 20-barrel high-grade glycol chilled stainless steel jacked fermenters and several bright tanks.
Blowing Rock Brewing Company
Blowing Rock Brewing Company began with a single idea—to create a beer that captured the finest qualities of the High Country. In 2007, we set out to make this idea a reality. We believed in the clean mountain water, unique ingredients, and local community of our home. We saw untapped potential for a craft beer unlike any other. The two of us spent nearly five years dedicating ourselves to research, assembling an award-winning team and perfecting signature recipes. In 2013, Blowing Rock Brewing Company opened our first brewery in the heart of historic Blowing Rock.
Valle Crucis | North Carolina
Nestled high in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina is a peaceful rural community that has stayed untouched over the years. When Levi Ives, the second Episcopal bishop of North Carolina, visited the area in the 1840s he looked into the valley from a hillside, noticed three streams forming the shape of a St. Andrew’s cross and deemed the location Valle Crucis, Latin for “Vale of the Cross.” Pronounced valley crew’sis, the bucolic area was first formally settled over 200 years ago. Valle Crucis is North Carolina’s first rural historic district and the entire community is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nationally recognized historic buildings are abound in Valle Crucis, with many like The Mast Farm Inn, the Mast General Store, The Baird House, and the Old Episcopal Mission restored to their initial splendor and still serving the area today.
Boone | North Carolina
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Watauga County and the greater Boone NC area offers not only a picturesque place to escape and relax, but also an unending array of exciting outdoor adventures and attractions for the whole family. Positioned conveniently along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Watauga County is home to the towns of Boone, Blowing Rock, Foscoe, Beech Mountain, Seven Devils, Valle Crucis and many other local communities each with their own unique charm and character.
Blowing Rock | North Carolina
The “Crown of the Blue Ridge”, Blowing Rock, has 1500 full time residents and approximately 8000 summer residents. The village offers the best of small town living: cool climate, magnificent views, year-round outdoor activities, a safe environment, beautiful churches, an award winning school with superb restaurants and shopping. A major preservation effort has been in place for the past decade to protect the proud historic heritage of the village and maintain the community character that so enhances this little town.
Rock Dimensions | Boone, North Carolina
Rock Dimensions has been in business since August 1998, continuing to grow as we provide guided climbing trips and instruction to a variety of groups and individuals. We are PCIA certified climbing guides in Boone NC, dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable climbing program for all of our clients. Climbing is an adventure of place, self, movement and moment! Challenge yourself physically and mentally, explore your outer limits, and embrace the opportunity to connect with nature in a very personal way. Whether you are a complete novice, looking to hone up and build on your previous climbing skills, or fall somewhere in between, Rock Dimensions looks forward to the opportunity to help guide you to that new dimension! Our guides and instructors are skilled climbers. Learn from those with a passion for the outdoors and the adventure of climbing!
Dutch Creek Trails | Vilas, North Carolina
Enjoy wooded trails, old farm fields, views of the valley surrounded by beautiful blue mountains, and southern hospitality. Whether you are an experienced cowboy or a little green, our skilled staff and gentle horses make for a pleasant visit. Ask for details about party activities and rates.
Our ride is a little longer than an hour and covers a wide variety of trails and views. If our basic ride is not what you want, tell us and we’ll see what we can come up with.
Vx3 Trail Rides | Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Guided trail rides in and around Blowing Rock with an experienced guide & trustworthy horses. Rides are 2-4 hours long. See the mountains of North Carolina like never before! Moses Cone Park Trails are the best in the southeast. Enjoy customized horseback riding with experienced trail guide Tim Vines. Trustworthy horses with easy trails.
Leatherwood Mountains | Ferguson, North Carolina
Not only does Leatherwood Mountains offer some of the finest Real Estate in Western North Carolina, but it is also one of the premier equestrian communities in the country. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for NC Horseback Riding, and Leatherwood has a wide variety of deeded, maintained trails that range from easy, wide forest paths to rugged mountain trails. Regardless of experience or skill level, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Our equine center also offers full service boarding including 60 stalls, outdoor show-sized riding ring, a generous covered and lighted arena for riding in less than ideal conditions, horseback riding lessons and a training program, guided trail riding services, and events year round.
Since July of 1971, Footsloggers has served the outdoor community. By focusing on items that we would purchase for ourselves, we have a selection of quality goods that offers great value and a long life of use. We offer clothing and gear that will keep you comfortable in any season, for any adventure. Footsloggers is a small, family owned business that has been apart of the High Country and Boone communities for over four decades. We are dedicated as a store and staff to be apart of the community, and that means getting involved with what’s going on! We are in the business of fun. One can enjoy any adventure on any continent if he or she is properly outfitted. We take outfitting seriously, with our customers’ comfort and safety always in mind. As our name suggests, outfitting begins with footwear. For those who walk the walk, our boot department is the long and the short of it. Whether you are hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway, backpacking the Appalachian Trail or negotiating a mountain stream, you can walk miles in our shoes. Our fit is guaranteed, so you can feel confident that we are serving you the way you deserve. Custom-fitting footwear is a lost art in today’s self-service footwear stores. We know our footwear and we know how to custom-fit according to your size and foot type.
The Best Cellar
The Best Cellar Restaurant in Blowing Rock, North Carolina was established in 1975. The original location was in a basement on Main Street, where previous owners sold soups, sandwiches and new and used books. The name was derived from the fact that the restaurant sold books in a basement, hence The Best Cellar. Over the years, the menu evolved from sandwiches and soups to the freshest of meats and seafood.
Bill Greene’s passion for cooking started at a very early age working at a local country club in North Carolina. After high school he enrolled into the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and upon graduation he was asked to be a sous chef at the Ocean Reef Club In Key Largo, Florida. Looking to grow in his culinary career he moved to Scottsdale Arizona to work at the prestigious Phoenician Resort. Landing a job at the resort’s fine dining room Mary Elaine’s. This was a turning point in his culinary career.
Dine al-fresco on our terrace or in our intimate European styled dining room with long range mountain views as your backdrop. Our menu changes daily, which gives our Culinary Team the unique ability to only use the best ingredients available from local farms and small batch purveyors located right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.