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Blue Ridge Mountain Fall & Winter Activities

Blue Ridge Mountains Resort Webcams and Live Videos


To help you enjoy your trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains we’ve compiled a list of live video feeds along the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as Live Webcams at Blue Ridge Mountain resorts in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Fall leaves and foliage reports.


And for the latest reports on fall leaves, check out our Fall Foliage guide.

Blue Ridge Mountain Scenic Highways and Byways


You’ll find maps of the most scenic mountain roads, with lots of fun curves and elevation changes in our Best Mountain Roads guide.

Blue Ridge Parkway Maps and Information


For Blue Ridge Parkway mile-markers of rest-stops, hours of operation, Park rules and regulations, and an interactive map, visit our Blue Ridge Parkway guide.

Live Weather Reports and Road Closure Info


To help you have a safe mountain getaway, you’ll find the latest information on road closures and weather here.

Blue Ridge Mountain Luxury Lodging Accommodations


You’ll find extensive lodging info for the Blue Ridge Mountains in our Accommodations guide, from romantic and luxurious hotels and resorts to the most cozy bed and breakfast inns, lodges, and cabins.

Blue Ridge Mountain B&Bs, Inns, Cabin Rentals and Vacation Homes


Some have elegant rooms with magnificent views and gorgeous landscaping, private fireplaces and whirlpool baths. Most provide free coffee and wifi. Many offer afternoon wine & cheese tastings. All are clean and comfortable.

Blue Ridge Mountain Lodging - Cabins, Hotels, Inns, and Resorts

They’re all located within a short drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and many are pet friendly.

Blue Ridge Mountain Winter Activities and Attractions


Activities for children and adults abound in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find great ideas for fun and adventure, shopping and sightseeing on our Activities and Attractions guide, including an extensive list of ski resorts from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

Blue Ridge Mountain Restaurant Guide


Of course no getaway would be complete without good food and drink, so whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner, a great breakfast or lunch, you’ll find just what you need in our extensive Blue Ridge Mountains Dining guide.

Blue Ridge Mountain Microbreweries and Craft Beer Pubs


You’ll find a thorough list of micro breweries and pubs in our Craft Beer Breweries guide.

Blue Ridge Mountain Wineries and Vineyards


You’ll find the best Blue Ridge Mountain winemakers in our Wineries and Vineyards guide.

We hope you have a wonderful time in the mountains this winter!

Sumptuous Dinner at Newman’s in Saluda, NC

Newman's Restaurant at the Orchard Inn, Saluda, NC
We were delighted with our dinner at Newman’s Restaurant in the gracious Orchard Inn, outside the quaint town of Saluda, NC. This was our second visit in the last few weeks…

Orchard Inn Has Several Gathering Area and a Large Cozy Fireplace

We enjoyed hors d’oeuvres with a glass of wine by the warm and cozy fireplace…

Glasses of wine near the cozy fireplace at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

Here’s another photo of the massive stone fireplace at Newman’s Restaurant…

Big stone fireplace at Newmans' Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

After hors d’oeuvres we were escorted to our table with a great view of the mountains…

Table for two with a view, at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

The table setting was elegant and romantic…

Everything in its place at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

The atmosphere and service at Newman’s are spectacular. But the highlight of our visits were the meals. The innkeepers are also chefs and they have extensive backgrounds in preparing gourmet meals for guests. (Read their story here.) As a result, their guests come back to Newman’s (and the Orchard Inn) repeatedly to enjoy some of the best food in all of Western North Carolina. Both of our meals started with butternut squash soup with roasted pumpkin seeds and Austrian pumpkin seed oil, and a fresh salad of organic greens, cherry tomatoes, hearts of palm, roasted sunflower seeds, and home made house dressing. Excellent…

Soup and Salad at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

For entrées one of us had crispy duck that was moist and savory…

Crispy Duck at Newman's in Saluda, NC.

…and Angus beef tenderloin with caramelized onions, vegetables and roasted potatoes…

Angus Beef Tenderloin at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

We tasted each others entrées, and we couldn’t decide who had the best one. They were both spectacular. For dessert, one of us had forest berry pie with vanilla ice cream, and the other had chocolate decadence pie (with Grand Marnier). They were both indescribably delicious…

Dessert at Newman's Restaurant at the Orchard Inn in Saluda, NC.

A couple of weeks ago at Newman’s we celebrated our anniversary (for the second time) with another couple. The chef got wind of it and ta-DA… our apple cobbler dessert arrived as a sweet greeting card!

Anniversary Apple Cobbler at Newman's in Saluda, NC.

Now we have to go back for brunch. It’s served to both guests and anyone who makes a reservation. I understand it’s the one of the best in Western North Carolina. (Can’t wait!)

If you’re looking for a perfect dining experience for most any occasion, make a reservation at Newman’s. You’ll love the view, the hospitality, and the food. Take a look at the dinner menu here. For reservations and other information visit the Orchard Inn website here.

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Spectacular Hospitality at Old Edwards Inn & Spa

Entrance Old Edwards Inn, Highlands, North Carolina

After hearing so many good things about the Old Edwards Inn and Spa, we finally rode out to Highlands, North Carolina, to spend the night and see it for ourselves. We found it to be even better than we were told.

Entrance to Falls Cottages at Old Edwards Inn

Pampered doesn’t begin to describe how the staff at the Old Edwards Inn treated us. They went way beyond our expectations in every way. When we checked in the steward gave us a glass of Champagne and escorted us to our suite in the Falls Cottages.

Cullasaja Cottage at Old Edwards Inn

We stayed in the impressive Cullasaja cottage (above). The rustic, massive stone and wood exterior was stunning.

Old Edwards Inn Gifts

Inside our suite we found two complimentary caps, cookies and a rose, along with separate notes from the Old Edwards Inn president and sales manager. The suite itself was large and comfortable, with a fireplace, small bar and lots of seating in the living area.

Inside the Cullasaja Cottage at Old Edwards Inn

In addition to the beautiful Falls Cottages where we stayed, the Old Edwards Inn has a variety of accommodations, all with exquisite furnishings…

Old Edwards Inn Accommodations

The Old Edwards Inn offers lots of activities for guests, including salon and spa services, golf at the Old Edwards Club, fitness facilities, several pools and whirlpools, plus wedding and business venues, and more.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa Photo Montage

Pools at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, NC

The Old Edwards Inn and Spa has eight different dining opportunities, but we enjoyed the ambiance and convenience of Madison’s Restaurant for both dinner and breakfast…

Madisons Restaurant at Old Edwards Inn and Spa

We’ve been told the dress code is “mountain chic” which I’m pretty sure is similar to business casual. But the food is strictly black-tie-over-the-top-fantastic. We started with a scallop and pâté appetizer that was out of this world…

Scallop and Pate Appetizerat the Old Edwards Inn

Our salads had baked pears, fried goat cheese, and garden fresh greens. It was as delicious as it was pretty…

Pear Salad at Old Edwards Inn and Spa

My sweetheart (who usually orders the chef’s special) enjoyed the Seared Striped Bass with herb and broccoli purée, fingerling potato salad with bacon mustard vinaigrette, roasted artichoke, and braised greens. She loved it…

Striped Bass at Old Edwards Inn and Spa

I enjoyed a seared rib eye with caramelized vidalia onion, baby shiitakes, fingerling potatoes, and Marsala ragout. It was so good I asked if they sell the Marsala in a bottle. Sadly they don’t…

Ribeye Steak at Old Edwards Inn

As usual, we didn’t watch our calories and ordered desserts: a pretty lemon mousse with fresh berries, and a pecan pie with homemade vanilla bean ice cream and candied pecans…

Special Desserts at Old Edwards Inn and Spa

We should have spent some time in the Old Edwards Inn fitness center the next morning before we ordered a scrumptious breakfast. We had a Belgian Waffle (with delicious bourbon barrel maple syrup) and thick cut French toast, with crispy bacon. Every bite was delicious…

Breakfast at Old Edwards Inn, Highlands, NC

If you’re looking for the perfect getaway, I don’t think you’ll find a better place than the Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands, North Carolina.

Get great deals on mountain lodging at Bookings.com…


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