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A boy and his fishing pole

Boy and fishing pole 2Within 15 minutes of Virginia Tech, this quiet day-use area centers around Pandapas Pond with walking trails and picnic tables in a wooded area of the Jefferson National Forest. From our picnic table, I watched this young boy as he stood fishing from the concrete pier, presenting a Hallmark moment I couldn’t miss with my camera.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
June 7, 2015

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Peaks of Otter Lodge offers early season discounts

Peaks of OtterBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Peaks of Otter, located at Milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, offers an oasis in the midst of the Jefferson National Forest with a lodge, restaurant, general store, gift shop, and the outdoors complete with extraordinary views and history. Stroll around Lake Abbott, enjoy a meal in the dining room overlooking Sharp Top, slow the pace to unwind and renew.

Peaks of Otter is offering mid-week special early season discounts on rooms for April (from $99) and May (from $119). As spring takes hold in the mountains, there will be the annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet, a multi-course Vintner Dinner, invigorating guided hikes, and an adventurous orienteering treasure hunt with Muddy Squirrel, and Greg Redfern’s back for captivating lakeside stargazing. They even have free Wi-Fi for those who cannot get unplugged. For more on rates see the website.

For more photos of my visit to Peaks of Otter from September 2013, see Lunch at Peaks of Otter and Just reopened, Peaks of Otter now a victim of government shutdown.

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