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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dining On The North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway, The Park Vista Restaurant - One Of The Best Kept Secrets! "An Incredible Dining Experience near West Jefferson, NC. Marker 268"

I have traveled North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway extensively, hiked and written about many of North Carolina's hottest spots from the coast to the mountains and this little peace of heaven will definitely be placed on my top 10 list! I can describe it in 3 words "Incredible, Incredible, Incredible! And the Friendliest service you will ever enjoy."  Let's start with the fact that they serve locally produced cheeses from Ash county, their grilled fresh-vegetables are so good they will change your life, the near-by view is incredible and the Smoked Brisket rivals even that which I've eaten in Texas - Then let's talk about a mac and cheese creation that will keep your kids quiet for at least 30 minutes while they fall in love all over again with their all time favorite. The fresh pasta is layered with tons of thick cheese and leaves even the most disciplined traveler wanting to take several servings with them for the trip home. " You don't even want to know about the heavenly desserts ( layered chocolate cake and Creme Brûlée, so I won't mention those."

This must be placed on everyone's Blue Ridge Parkway Dream to-do list!  They are open every day for lunch and dinner except Mondays and Tuesdays. " Im guessing they have to close those days to rest after providing such incredible service to us Blue Ridge Parkway Travelers." They are located at marker 268 on the Parkway.  1907 Park Vista Road West Jefferson, NC 28694 Phone (336) 877-5200. Here's a link to their web page and Facebook Social Media site:

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lake James NC Kayaking and Camping, Houseboat Weekend Living in NC to Kayak on Lake James and Explore the beautiful lake area and hiking trails

Lake James is one of the state's nicest and purist bodies of water in the state of North Carolina. 

I have been kayaking here for years and hiking nearby trails around Table Rock NC, Grandfather Mountain, Linville, Gorge NC and Snake Mountain NC. This western part of the state provides some unbelievable mountain views and great places to paddle a canoe or kayak. A weekend adventure or even a full day will reveal some of the hidden secrets which have cast a many a spells on visitors and locals alike. This area at times seems almost untouched. Even today there are trails and areas, which are unmarked and provide a quiet, relaxing place to gather your thoughts before returning to the overloaded world of plugged-in technologies.

Lake James NC offers nice camping sites, lots of kayaking opportunities and places to take some really cool photographs of your solo or family trips. The local eateries also provide some incredible 5-Star meals, everything from homemade country cooking to the European influenced tastes of Ireland, Scotland, Germany and England. One of my favorites and a must-visit for all coming to the area is Downtown Delights in Valdese NC. It's perfectly situating on main street in downtown Valdese NC and easy to reach by way of I-40 west. Make sure you either stop in on your way to Lake James NC or on your way back, you won't be disappointed, everything is homemade and reflects tastes as far away as Ireland and the ivory coast.

Kayak rentals and guided tours of Lake James, NC. Call or visit us and let us help you set-up a Lake James NC kayaking adventure you'll love.

Good luck and remember, " Discover the state you live in." Especially North Carolina!

North Carolina Mountains and the Arts - LEAF Music Festival, Schools and Street International - One Incredible Event Connecting Cultures Through Art and Music

This is one of North Carolina's most incredible events promoting varied cultures and connecting communities through the arts, education and music. 

Its Leaf'sAnnual Music Festival held at Lake Eden & Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, North Carolina. 

It’s a weekend filled with imagination, love, music, art and a blending of world cultures. The festival is a super senses-filled 4-day event exposing everyone to all kinds of cool music; incredible food, engaging art and on-site camping near the lake and beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  View the web site link below for all the bands performing, including my favorite from my Mother Ship days of the seventies (Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band) formerly of Parliament Funkadelic. The impact on the local art community and the efforts to enlighten kids through music, culture and education are at the forefront of the Leaf movement. Below are links to more information on Leaf and their great efforts in uniting our worlds while stimulating our minds through growth.

Schools and Streets - Empowering our kids through music and the arts.

The Power of Art Education. How the Arts IMPACT lives