January is here and along with the first month of the new year are new year’s resolutions. I decided this year one resolution I would make and hopefully follow through with would be to learn more about the new area we have moved to.
With January enjoying some unseasonable warm temperatures we decided to explore a little this past Sunday.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is only 5 minutes from our new place. Some may have traveled the Parkway and can agree it is a beautiful highway stretching 469 miles from Virginia through North Carolina.
The Park Service maintains it with seasonal schedules for restaurants and gift shops along the way. There is no winter maintenance so at times there could be sections of the parkway closed!
Here is a link for some great information on the Parkway!
Along the Parkway are mile markers for places of interest, look out areas and camping and trails.
This link shows a great map of the 469 miles and places you can stop.
We can enter the parkway at mile marker 171.5, the Chateau Morristte winery is located here and only drive 5 miles and arrive at Mabry Mill. This is a beautiful place to stop and take a walk around the trail that winds around the mill and other out buildings. There are even signs to read about the history of this mill. As we were leaving there was a couple with their photographer posing for engagements photos. It certainly lives up to it’s name abut being the most photographed spot on the Parkway!
Click here to read a little history of the famous stop!
So as we begin a new year I challenge each of you to look around and take a trip & see someplace new. I’m guessing you won’t really have to go that far!
Thanks for reading and be sure to leave a comment about your favorite place.
P.S. Stay tuned for my next blog post “The Fine Art of Waiting”!