Expand your perspective in more ways than one on this two-day tour designed to help you see things from new angles. Discover nirvana at awe-inspiring overlooks. Hike to historic sites and see the woods mainly familiar to wildlife. Stretch your sense of adventure with a challenging climb to the treetops and tempt your palate with new tastes. If you’re hungry for new things, this Patrick County tour has a few surprising things to quench your appetite.
2 days | 13 stops
STOP 1: Boyd's Restaurant
Grab a table or booth at this family owned, country-style diner. Casual, friendly, and delicious Boyd’s will set you up with an egg plate with grits, country ham, and don’t forget the buttery biscuits. Get one smothered in gravy or on the side with your tederloing plate. Breakfast is served all day, so come early or late, just make sure you come hungry.
STOP 2: Blue Ridge Tree Climbing
Remember the joy of climbing trees as a kid? Recapture the magic of tree climbing with a half-day course that combines training in knots, ropes, and mental agility. Change your altitude and be amazed at the change in your attitude. What will you discover at the top of the canopy? Simple rope and harness based tree climbing methods will make you feel like a kid again. And you’ll feel the satisfaction that only comes from climbing a really tall tree
STOP 3: Jane's Country Cafe
Bring your appetite for a hearty lunch at Jane’s Country Cafe. Like rockers on a fern-lined porch, this is true Southern. Walk through the doors of this cheerful family cafe and contain your tummy rumbling when you peruse the starters that include fried green tomatoes and chilli cheese fries. A hearty menu of sandwiches and burgers follows, and there are a few greens if you have to get your vegetables in. Grab a stack of napkins, you’ll need ‘em
STOP 4: Primland Spa
Restore your body, soul, and spirit at the Spa at Primland. Awaken your senses and calm your nerves with natural organic products and essential oils. Release tension with a massage. Stay an extra few minutes in the steam room. Find a shakra that needs healing in yoga class. You’re on vacation, after all
STOP 5: Elements
Dress in your “resort best” and prepare to have trouble deciding what to order. The menu at Elements will tempt you with starters --like fried quail with whipped honey and bread and butter pickles. And bewitch you with mains --like pan roasted grouper over glazed red lentils, beech mushrooms with a ramp beurre blanc. Hopefully your dinner partner likes to share bites so you can try more than one.
STOP 6: Primland Tree Houses
Anybody can have a hotel room. . .where else can you sleep in a treehouse? This is the treetop cabin of your dreams. Perched high above the Dan River Gorge on the Primland Resort are three luxury treehouses. Nestled in the branches of one or more giant trees, each comes with a king-size bed and sweeping wooden deck overlooking the Kibler Valley. Private, serene, and comfortable, these tree houses make for an unparalleled romantic getaway with a view for miles.
STOP 7: Breakfast in Room at Primland Resort
Rise, shine, and relax: you’re on vacation. The balcony or private deck from your room, suite, or tree house is the perfect spot to sip coffee and nosh on fresh acai bowls, fruit, or a goat cheese frittata. Try an orange juice, it’s fresh squeezed, or their housemade bagels. The lush, remote mountain view is one of the many reasons you came here. Breathe in deep and take the morning to admire it. Not a bad way to start the day, eh?
STOP 8: Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway
Hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway for some spectacular views, hikes, and picnic spots. Start at Meadows of Dan, one of the few towns you can see from the Parkway. Drive north to Rocky Knob Recreation Area. Strap on your boots for a challenging 10.4 hike on the Rock Castle Gorge National Recreation Trail. For an easier hike with a stunning view, take the 2.3-mile Rocky Knob Trail. From Rocky Knob, drive a short distance down the Parkway to "The Saddle" at milepost 169. This scenic overlook is on the Blue Ridge Plateau where you can take in the spectacular sites of Woods Gap and Sugar Loaf Mountain ridges. Take a deep breath of that clean mountain air and take a photo to remind you of this gorgeous view.
STOP 9: Puckett Cabin
At milepost 189.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway sits a small rustic cabin which was once the home of an incredible mountain woman. Orlean Hawks Puckett was born in the mid-1800s and became the region's midwife. Known for her skills and compassion, she traveled up to 20 miles to deliver some 1,000 babies in her lifetime. It makes for a scenic spot to stroll the grounds or take a picnic, with a nod to the strength of Appalachian women.
STOP 10: Longfin Grill
Get a taste of the islands in mountain country. Longfin’s fresh, in-season seafood is delivered weekly from Morehead City, North Carolina and they specialize in Caribbean BBQ. Chef Richard Perry spent part of his culinary career in the tropics and loves the flavors of the Caribbean islands. To that end, he smokes his meats with Jamaican Jerk rubs and Cuban Mojo marinades. Dine out on the back deck overlooking the Dan River, and snap a selfie with that view, Mon.
STOP 11: Jack's Creek Covered Bridge
A photo-worthy scene is what you’ll find at Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge. This romantic spot will take you back to a simpler time, where life moved a bit slower. Maybe it's the taken-care-of feeling you get as you cross over a bridge in a rainstorm. Maybe it’s the fact you know this photo is going to cause instant jealousy and get 1000 likes. Built in 1914, this 48-foot, oak-constructed covered bridge is the perfect spot for your next envy-inducing social post. Smile!
STOP 12: Lover's Leap
A spectacular sunset view awaits at Lover’s Leap Scenic Overlook. The beautiful rocks and wildflowers you see were also the last sights seen by young lovers in the 1600s. Local legend says that the son of a colonist and Morning Flower, the Native American daughter of the chief, were love-struck. After being threatened and shunned, the pair jumped into the wild blue yonder ensuring they would be together forever. Leave the leaping to the legend. Take a lover’s selfie instead.
STOP 13: Chateau Morissette Winery
If you’re the kind of person that likes their Blue Ridge view with a side of wine, you’re in the right place. At Château Morissette, you can tour their timberframe winery, taste the wines, and stumble through the grounds (dogs welcome). Check their website for seasonal events including the summer Black Dog Music Festival and Winemaker’s Dinner. The winery is just above the Rock Castle Gorge Wilderness Area, so the views are fantastic. Grab a glass (or take an entire bottle) and take it in. While you’re in the area, pop over to Villa Appalaccia as well.