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Outstanding Dinner at Marco Trattoria, Brevard

Picture Outside the Marco Trattoria Restaurant in Brevard, NC

Some friends told us they liked the Marco Trattoria restaurant in Brevard, so we planned a visit. We were glad we made a reservation because we didn’t realize it was the same night as the Christmas Parade and Twilight Tour

Brevard NC Christmas Parade and Twilight Tour

The Brevard Chamber of Commerce turned the quaint little town into a beautifully decorated scene straight from the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, with carriage rides down luminaire-lit streets, singing, a Christmas tree lighting at the courthouse, pony and train rides, and lots of other activities.

From the moment we arrived at the Marco Trattoria restaurant, we had a great culinary experience. The dining area is casual and comfortable, with booths and tables…

Picture inside the Marco Trattoria Restaurant in Brevard, NC

The staff was exceptionally helpful and courteous. (I have no idea how they remember all the specials, let alone all the ingredients in them.) There were lots of choices, and they all sounded fantastic. We started with a basket of bread and Theros extra virgin olive oil with imported Parmesan cheese. It was addicting.

Theros Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Then we had a fantastic “Marco Salad” which had Arugula, more Theros EVOO, red sea salt, grilled lemon and goat cheese crostini. It was amazing. And large. So we shared it…

Marco Trattoria Salad

Both of our entrées were phenomenal. One was the special Chicken Roulade, stuffed with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese…

Marco Trattoria Chicken Roulade

The other was tender and delicious Veal Marsala with potato au gratin and asparagus…

Marco Trattoria Veal Marsala With potato gratin and asparagus

We asked for a bottle of the Marsala to take home, but I guess we’ll have to go back to enjoy it. We finished off our meal with dessert – Theros olive oil and Rosemary cake with roasted peaches and peach Gelato…

Marco Trattoria Peach Gelato and Cake Dessert

It sounded unusual, but it looked and tasted wonderful. Marco Trattoria restaurant is a gold mine, located just off the beaten path, at 204 West Main Street, Brevard, North Carolina 28712. Call 828.883.4841 for reservations.

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Winter Has Arrived on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Snow on the Craggy Gardens Hiking Trail

It’s winter time on the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially at altitudes above 4,000 ft., like the Craggy Gardens hiking trail pictured above, where snow doesn’t melt very fast. Fall weather hung around for one more day yesterday, so I took a nice ride up to Craggy Gardens…

Late Fall 2015 Visit at Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The views from Craggy Gardens are spectacular, even in the winter time…

View from Craggy Gardens Visitors Center, Fall 2015

The reservoir on the North Fork of the Swannanoa River is a pretty sight, too…

View of the North Fork Reservoir from Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed just north of the Craggy Gardens Visitors Center, so you can’t go through this tunnel…

Tunnel on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Craggy Gardens

If the Parkway is open (and the snow isn’t too deep) it’s worth the trip (and short hike) to see the amazing views from Craggy Gardens…

Craggy Gardens Winter Views

But before you head out to the Blue Ridge Parkway, be sure to visit the National Park Service’s interactive map of road closures here. I think it’s time to park my ride for the winter…

Cool November Ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway


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