Exhilarating road biking, exquisite dining, and spectacular mountain scenery await you in the remote northwest corner of North Carolina. You'll bike the famous Blue Ridge Parkway with its majestic views of the surrounding mountains. Also leave the main routes behind as you are guided on little known back roads with picturesque Christmas Tree farms and trickling mountain streams. Along the way, you will step back in time with visits to old-time country stores. Take time off the bike to hike to a gushing mountain waterfall and paddle the leisurely currents of the oldest river in America. Revel in low humidity and mild temperatures and pamper yourself with a private in-room Jacuzzi to rejuvenate yourself for the next day.
bike tour
This five day bike tour begins in the village of Blowing Rock at the historic Maple Lodge Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the village. After gathering in the afternoon for a brief bike fitting and meeting on bike safety bikers enjoy a fine meal at the highly regarded Crippen's Restaurant.
The second morning features one of Maple Lodge's incomparable breakfasts prior to cycling south toward the peaks of Grandfather Mountain. Biking south on a road that follows the old Yonahlossee Trail, bikers approach and then skirt Grandfather Mountain. After a catered picnic lunch, bikers hike to a nearby overlook to observe famous Linville Falls. An optional bike route returning to the inn awaits those who wish to climb over the shoulder of Grandfather Mountain. On this route, bikers climb to approximately 4300 feet elevation and cross the famed Linn Cove Viaduct which offers spectacular vistas. A thrilling descent takes you down to the final climb of the day back to downtown Blowing Rock. The evening is yours to enjoy exploring the charm of Blowing Rock "on your own," or you may opt to join your guides for a casual dinner.
On the third day, bikers tours the rural backroads and valley routes following another old stagecoach trail. Following a visit to the historic Mast General Store, the tour will take you through wooded mountain gaps dotted with Christmas tree farms and grazing livestock. By lunch you will arrive at historic Todd for a glimpse into another "old time" general store of early 1900's North Carolina. After a picnic lunch, bikers pedal along beside the gentle currents of the New River for one of the few flat parts of the tour then make their way in the late afternoon to River House nestled in Grassy Creek, NC. Late afternoon is yours to relax on the porch or take a quick swim in the river prior to gathering in the evening. You may opt for a massage from a highly acclaimed local massage therapist. Find yourself a rocking chair on the front porch and enjoy hors d'eourves and cocktails as the fireflies get into action along the riverbank. After a gourmet dinner in the River House dining room, you may want to walk up to the ridge top behind the farm for a view of the night sky, free of light pollution.
Day 4 features biking through tiny mountain communities on county back roads before returning briefly to the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. The rolling hills and scenic terrain of this morning's ride are breathtaking. After lunch on the banks of the New River, you have the option of taking a break from the bike to "Canoe the New" for a leisurely river trip through the New River Valley. At the end of the day, River House provides yet another spectacular meal as bikers commemorate their last evening together.
On day 5 of the bicycle tour, after an elegant early breakfast at River House, the final day includes biking the Blue Ridge Parkway south. Climbs and descents are the order of the day. You will definitely feel a sense of accomplishment after logging these beautiful miles. The day concludes by taking the Parkway all the way to Blowing Rock for a final catered lunch and hot showers at Maple Lodge.
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