A crisp chill is in the air and the early mornings are usually frosty, but now is a great time to see the unfiltered views from The Diamondback (NC226A) and the Blue Ridge Parkway. With the leaves mostly on the ground, the panoramic sweeps of mountain ranges and NC valley communities is at its best.
It is not too late to enjoy a warm afternoon ride through the twists and turns of North Carolina’s western mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. From Marion, NC take 226A, what we call The Diamondback, to the Parkway entrance near Switzerland Inn (MP 334). You can travel 226 but it is under construction as they smooth out the curves and inclines. Luckily 226A is keeping its banking hairpin curves and switchbacks.
Right off the Parkway entrance ramp is the Switzerland Inn, Chalet Restaurant and Fowl Play Pub. They are closed until April 2011 but it is a great place to remember for your 2011 family vacation or a romantic weekday getaway. Reservations are available online and their business office is open M, W, F from 9 to noon.