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Switzerland Inn, Chalet Restaurant and Fowl Play Pub at Milepost 334 on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Switzerland Inn, Chalet Restaurant and Fowl Play Pub at Milepost 334 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Switzerland Inn is proud to be a sponsor of the Driving Joara Tour and invites you to challenge the Diamondback (226A) on your next trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take the Diamondback on your way to the Inn and Fowl Play Pub, on the Parkway at Milepost 334.

The Chalet Restaurant is the perfect spot to relax after your drive. Enjoy a gourmet meal or delicious lunch overlooking our panoramic view of the mountain valley and surrounding hills. The fall colors are still amazing. Hope to see you this weekend.

Slow Down – Enjoy the Ride

This weekend, as the leaves are peaking in color, drivers and motorcyclists riding 226A and North Carolina’s mountain roads will need an extra dose of patience…make that two.

The fall colors are peaking and the roadways will see more traffic this weekend than just about any other time of year thanks to the long awaited leaf season along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Even though you may have to take it a bit slower, the ride is still well worth the effort. An open sports car or motorcycle is the best way to enjoy not only the changing fall colors but also take in the scents and sounds of the dense forest that borders the Diamondback as it leads to the Blue Ridge Parkway and The Switzerland Inn and the Diamondback Motorcycle Lodge at Milepost 334.

The Inn, Diamondback Motorcycle Lodge, Fowl Play Pub and Chalet Restaurant will be open through October. Stop in. Drink in the views and stay a while.

Leaf Season on the Diamondback

The Diamondback in fall colors
Cruise along the Diamondback.

Fall colors are just beginning to pop out along the Blue Ridge Parkway and what we like to call The DiamondBack (226A). The higher elevations near Switzerland Inn and neighoring Spruce Pine, NC will be seeing the first spots of color this weekend.

The Inn, at Parkway Milepost 334, is a great spot to take in the panorama of deep reds, crisp yellows and fire-bright oranges as the colors begin to fill the trees along the Parkway.

Take a Ride on the Diamondback

Ride along with Jackie (from America Rides Maps) as she careens down the Diamondback Motorcycle Route. Accessed from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Diamondback is one of the big three motorcycle rides in North Carolina, joining the Snake and the Dragon in the short list of top NC motorcycle rides. Included are scenes from the Switzerland Inn, one of the top motorcycle and sports car friendly destinations on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Ride the Diamondback, Little Switzerland, NC
Sweeping curve at the foot of the Switzerland Inn's front lawn

Switzerland Inn in Little Switzerland, NC, is just at the peak of 226A (The Diamondback) at Parkway Milepost 334. The Inn’s Chalet Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy amazing gourmet specialties or a sandwich and salad served at the edge of the panoramic view of the valley below.

Stop at The Fowl Play Pub for a glass of wine or a frosty beer and stay a while to visit The Switzerland Inn shops. From ice cream to gem stones and hand-crafted collectibles to Diamondback t-shirts, decals and patches, the shops at Little Switzerland have something for just about every interest.