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St. Patrick’s Day at Peaks of Otter

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Spend your St. Patrick’s Day in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia! Peaks of Otter has a menu planned for your getaway.

St. Patrick’s Day Buffet

Friday, March 17, 2017

4:30 – 9:00 PM

$19.95 – Adults

$9.95 – Children (12 years & under)

Prices subject to 5.3% State Tax, 4% Local Tax, and Gratuity
Beverages Are Additional

Groups of 6 or more are encouraged to call ahead,
540-586-1081.

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Peaks of Otter, Blue Ridge Parkway Offer Winter Solitude

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As old as the hills . . . Peaks of Otter has drawn settlers and travelers to the region for more than 8,000 years. The community whose vestiges remain to be explored today had its beginning in 1766 when Thomas Wood arrived from Pennsylvania.

The wife of one of Wood’s descendants would open her home as the area’s first lodging for travelers in 1834. By the late 1800s, Peaks of Otter would be home to some 20 families, a school, a church and a resort hotel.

In the mid 1900s, the location was selected for special attention as the National Parks Service developed recreation and service areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Abbott Lake was constructed and Peaks of Otter Lodge opened in 1964.

The peaceful solitude of winter is found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia. A short drive up the mountain from Bedford, rustic and quaint Peaks of Otter Lodge, open weekends now through mid-March, is surrounded by hiking trails and thousands of acres of nature. With national park lodges closed for the season along the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Peaks of Otter offers rare on-site accommodations along the Blue Ridge Parkway in winter.

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Embracing Virginia’s fall colors along Blue Ridge Parkway and Peaks of Otter

By Lynn R. Mitchell

38The autumn leaf color was somewhat muted Saturday under overcast skies but the golds, reds, and oranges were still vibrant along the mountain ridge tops of Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway. Fall colors have been running about a week behind this year and so we have been able to stretch leaf season longer to embrace and squeeze out ever bit of this once-a-year event. Because it is fleeting, it is treasured.

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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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Peaks of Otter opens today, other Parkway sites to follow

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The Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, reopened today for the 2015 season, welcoming visitors back to the mountains and planning to offer a special Easter Sunday lunch.

Other Parkway tourist spots will begin opening over the next weeks. Roanoke Mountain is not longer utilized as a campground but will open April 17 as a picnic area.

Mabry Mill Restaurant and Gift Shop as well as campgrounds along the Parkway open May 1, and the Blue Ridge Music Center as well as the Rocky Knob Visitors Center will open on May 2.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

September 2013
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