Sitting at the edge of the mountain with only a pane of glass separating us from the elements, the mountain stretch out before us, going on forever or so it seems. We remark how this place is ao rich in subjects to photograph. We’re in the dining room of the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We’ve just come from one of the best points of view of Cold Mountain, ten minutes away. The waiter tells us to climb the old fire tower when it’s misty for an outstanding view of the various mountain peaks as they poke through the Cotton Candy like clouds. In the other direction he suggests the trail off the parking lot to the Pisgah Mountain.
Go out the back door, past the rocking chairs and off the deck, turn left and you’ll find some of the best wildflowers and flora to shoot.
To get to the Pisgah Inn, take Rt 276 south from Waynesville, NC or north from Brevard, NC to the Blue Ridge Parkway, go east about 10 minutes to the Inn. From Asheville drive west on the parkway to Mile Marker 408.6
- Phone: (828) 235-8228
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 408.
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The Pisgah Inn – The Peak of the Parkway
One visitor recently said, “We go to the Pisgah Inn as often as possible. The view is ever-changing and gorgeous. The dining room servers are incredibly attentive and the food is excellent.
Reading in part from their blog, the Pisgah Inn was recently voted “Best National Park Lodge” by USA Today readers, this beloved North Carolina inn is on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s the second most visited national park unit, which includes historical sites, national monuments, recreation areas and national military sites. Nearby is the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
All 51 rooms come with balconies and a pair of rocking Adirondack chairs, and they’re designed to emphasize the 50-mile valley views. Though the property dates back to 1964, guests benefit from what most national park property managers would consider upscale upgrades: solar panel and LED lighting installations, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.
And then there’s the dining: The walnut-crusted fresh mountain trout with blueberry butter attracts out-of-staters who wait in line to score one of the restaurant’s coveted window seats. This place has some of the best entrees on the 469-mile-long parkway, and at an elevation of 5,000 ft., it serves them alongside mile-high views. Rates from $138 – $250
Tip: Since Pisgah Inn does not accept dining reservations and seating is first-come, first-served, arrive early and be prepared to relax on the porch and take in the scenery while you wait.