1965 Ford GT40 at the Glass Onion Restaurant

Picture of 1965 Ford GT40 in Weaverville, NC

For our anniversary dinner last night we drove a few minutes north of Asheville, NC, to the Glass Onion restaurant in Weaverville. When we parked in front of the Glass Onion I saw something I hadn’t seen in a long time… what appeared to be an actual Ford GT40.

1965 NC License Plate on a Ford GT40

I’m no expert, so I don’t know for sure, but it had a 1965 North Carolina license plate. If it was the real thing, I understand why he left his tail lights on when he parked it on the street. The Hagerty classic car insurance website says a 1965 GT40 is valued over $3.5 million. I’m sure our new Mini felt a little jealous, and I think it may have turned even more red…

Rare 1965 Ford GT40 Humbles New Mini Cooper

In a little while I’ll tell you about our fantastic dinner at the Glass Onion. It was great…

Picture Outside the Glass Onion Restaurant near Asheville, NC


Tazewell County, Virginia, in the Sunlight

The Cove, Tazewell County, Va

Tazewell County, Virginia, is beautiful even on overcast, rainy days like my visit, but its beauty is much more obvious when the sun shines brightly. The photo above of “The Cove” in Tazewell County is where the Lassie movie was filmed in 1994. The picture below shows the calm water at Falls Mill Dam…

Falls Mills Dam, Tazewell County, Va

Thompson Valley in Tazewell County looks spectacular from VA Rt. 16’s Back of the Dragon…

Thompson Valley, Tazewell County, Va

This is a picture of Tumbling Creek…

Tumbling Creek, Tazewell County, Va

Click the image below to watch a 4-minute video of Back of the Dragon Days in Tazewell County…

Back of the Dragon Days Video

The photos above were provided by David Woodard, Tourism Coordinator, Tazewell County, Virginia.

Colors Above the Bridge Photo by Jim Ruff

Colors Above the Bridge Photo by Jim Ruff

The “Colors Above the Bridge” photo above appeared in the 2014 edition of Blue Ridge Travel Guide. This beautiful sunrise photograph of Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC, captured brilliantly colored clouds over the mile-high suspension bridge.

Jim Ruff is an award-winning nature and landscape photographer and a year-round resident of Blowing Rock, NC. His work is on display in the Morning Star Gallery in Blowing Rock and The Catch Light Gallery in West Jefferson, NC. Jim’s online gallery includes many of his favorites. He also publishes an online photo blog Beyond the Sunrise, as well as a Facebook photo page – Beyond the Sunrise. Jim was a speaker at the 2013 Grandfather Mountain Nature Photographer’s Weekend and a 2013 Artist-in-Residence at the Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock.

Cherohala Sunrise Photograph by Aaron Morgan

Cherohala Sunrise Photo by Aaron Morgan

Professional photographer Aaron Morgan contributed some great photographs for the 2014 edition of our hard-back Blue Ridge Travel Guide, including the photo above of a sunrise along the Cherohala Skyway. For additional information about Aaron Morgan and his fine art photography, visit his web site here.

The Cherohala Skyway connects Robbinsville, NC, (near the infamous Tail of the Dragon), with Tellico Plains, TN, through the Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests. It opened in 1996 and has been designated a National Scenic Byway. The 43-mile road cost over $100-million to construct and has elevations ranging from 900 feet above sea level at the Tellico River in Tennessee to over 5,400 feet at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line. For additional information about the Cherohala Skyway click here. For an interactive Google map of the Cherohala Skyway click here.

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