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GETTING THERE

Mount Airy, N.C., near Cumberland Knob, the first portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway built, is 336 miles from Washington. Take I-66 west to I-81 south to I-77 south to Highway 89 east.

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WHERE TO STAY

Sobotta Manor

Bed and Breakfast

347 W. Pine St., Mount Airy, N.C.

336-786-2777

http://www.sobottamanor.com

This Tudor Revival mansion, built in 1932, has four rooms with private baths. Breakfast staples include lemon-blueberry pancakes. Rooms from $139.

The Doctor's Inn

406 W. Stuart Dr., Galax, Va.

276-238-9998

http://www.thedoctorsinnvirginia.com

Built in 1912, this historic house is just a few blocks from downtown Galax, near the North Carolina border. From $129.

WHERE TO EAT

Bluffs Lodge and Restaurant

45356 Blue Ridge Pkwy.,

Laurel Springs, N.C.

336-372-4744

http://www.blueridgeresort.com

Coffee shop with gift shop at Milepost 241 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Breakfast starts from $4.85 for pancakes. Lunch and dinner entrees start at $9.45 for a chicken strip dinner.

Boone Saloon

489 W. King St., Boone, N.C.

828-264-1811

http://www.boonesaloon.com

Sandwiches, fish and chips, and munchies such as wings, starting at $2.25. Live music and pool table.

WHAT TO DO

Andy Griffith Museum

218 Rockford St.,

Mount Airy, N.C.

336-786-7998

http://www.andygriffithmuseum.com

This museum showcases memorabilia about TV star and Mount Airy native Andy Griffith. Open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3.

Scream Time Zipline

Canopy Tours

868 Banner Elk Hwy.,

Banner Elk, N.C.

828-898-5404

http://www.screamtimezipline.com

The regular tour ($89) includes six zip lines ranging from 450 to 800 feet long. Add $29 for the 2,000-foot super zip line.

The Blowing Rock

432 Rock Rd.,

Blowing Rock, N.C.

828-295-7111

http://www.theblowingrock.com

A cliff that hangs 3,000 feet over the Johns River. Open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in January and February. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from March to May and November to December. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. From September to October, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $1 for ages 4 to 11, and free for ages 3 and younger.

INFORMATION

Blue Ridge Parkway Association

828-298-0398

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Inc.

828-271-4779

http://www.blueridgeparkway75.org

-- N.T.


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