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    Little Switzerland Grandfather Mountain Retreat

    Little Switzerland /Grandfather Mountain Retreat

    Date: Oct 20th (Friday ) – Oct 22nd (Sunday)

    Location: Spruce Pine, NC

    If you have never seen the gorgeous NC mountains in the fall, you are missing a wonderful sight. Even those of us, who are fortunate to live in the mountains are amazed at the wonderful colors. We have planned a great time for driving - sightseeing and my favorite, eating and socializing. If you can make it, I guarantee you will have a great time.

    The mountain location is located near the city of Spruce Pine, NC, right on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Little Switzerland was so named because its sweeping panoramas of deep valleys and distant ranges resemble those in the foothills of Swiss Alps. You will be enchanted by the Inn’s old world charm, lovingly preserved by the Jensen family for generations. Fine continental dining, generous accommodations, interesting Swiss shops, all in a peaceful, scenic mountain setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Close to area attractions, Switzerland Inn has the closest accommodations to Mount Mitchell and is the only commercial property on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
    We have several events planned to include a drive to the scenic Grandfather Mountain, take a very short walk to the mile-high swinging bridge were you can see the panoramic view of the mountains that are along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Also, planned in route to Grandfather Mountain, is a stop at Linville Caverns, where you can actually walk and see the inside of a mountain. So, not to leave the Vipers to themselves, we have also planned a short ride on the “Diamond Back”, not to rival the Tail of the Dragon, but it is a nice curvy road and it is on our route to Grandfather Mountain.

    We have two hotels available to us, one is the Little Switzerland Inn, that provides different level of accommodations, several restaurants, and a bar/lounge. The other hotel, is the Pine Valley Motel, with more economy friendly rates, but does not offer the amenities of the Little Switzerland.

    Dinner plans for Friday night will be at the Little Switzerland and for Saturday night's dinner will be at Twisted Laurel, located at the Spruce Pine golf course, right across from the Pine Valley Motel.

    Note: Please respond via email if you are interested in attending and/or make your motel reservation early, as the rooms become very limited at this time of year. Hopefully, we will get enough interested to make this an event this year.

    Hotel Links

    Little Switzerland: https://switzerlandinn.com/

    Pine Valley: http://www.pinevalleymotel.com/

    Diamondback Route: https://switzerlandinn.com/diamondback/the-route/

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    Sounds Great!! Phil & Melody are going All booked

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    Here is a list of those to the Little Switzerland / Grandfather Mountain Excursion

    Jeff & Donna B.
    Dale Elizebeth S.
    Phil & Melody B.
    John D. Plus 1
    Dave T.
    Dave & Marcia
    Rick & Cheryl H.
    Larry & Tricia
    James H. Plus 1

    If I left anyone out please let me know.

    Jeff
    Last edited by CarolinaViper; 07-19-2017 at 03:41 PM.

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    After a long, hot summer, this is going to be so COOL !

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    Tom & Diane M. room is booked!

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    Patrick & Brittany just booked; looks like rooms are still available at the Switzerland Inn, can't say how many though.

    Looking forward to this, great time of the year to be in the NC mountains and it's been far too long for us to get out to an event!
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    Here is a list of those to the Little Switzerland / Grandfather Mountain Excursion


    Jeff & Donna B.
    Dale Elizebeth S.
    Phil & Melody B.
    John D. Plus 1
    Dave T.
    Dave & Marcia
    Rick & Cheryl H.
    Larry & Tricia
    James H. Plus 1
    Patrick & Brittany
    Tom & Diane M.
    Mark S. + 1.
    Last edited by CarolinaViper; 07-19-2017 at 08:55 PM.

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    This could be fun! I am from Asheville, so if I can make it, I'll just stay at my place up there. Maybe I can meet up with you guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperDrive97 View Post
    This could be fun! I am from Asheville, so if I can make it, I'll just stay at my place up there. Maybe I can meet up with you guys!
    Sounds like a great idea, Donna and I are doing the same thing. as we live less than 15 miles from the event. Check your email in the next hour or so and I will be sending you a welcome letter to the region and some other info. In the email will be several links and some upcoming events.

    Jeff Barnes

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    Add Terri and I to the list. Just booked!!

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    Here is a list of those to the Little Switzerland / Grandfather Mountain Excursion

    There is still time to reserve rooms and see these fantastic views. We are going to be in the mountains at the best date to see the mountain foliage.


    blue-ridge-parkway-fall.jpg scenic-drives-fall.jpg


    Jeff & Donna B.
    Dale Elizebeth S.
    Phil & Melody B.
    John D. Plus 1
    Dave T.
    Dave & Marcia
    Rick & Cheryl H.
    Larry & Tricia
    James H. Plus 1
    Patrick & Brittany
    Tom & Diane M.
    Mark S. + 1.
    Mike & Terri R.
    Scott & Maziel
    Last edited by CarolinaViper; 2 Weeks Ago at 07:30 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaViper View Post
    Here is a list of those to the Little Switzerland / Grandfather Mountain Excursion

    There is still time to reserve rooms and see these fantastic views. We are going to be in the mountains at the best date to see the mountain foliage.


    blue-ridge-parkway-fall.jpg scenic-drives-fall.jpg


    Jeff & Donna B.
    Dale Elizebeth S.
    Phil & Melody B.
    John D. Plus 1
    Dave T.
    Dave & Marcia
    Rick & Cheryl H.
    Larry & Tricia
    James H. Plus 1
    Patrick & Brittany
    Tom & Diane M.
    Mark S. + 1.
    Mike & Terri R.
    Trying to make it work for Robyn and I. Would be a last minute add.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndGEN View Post
    Trying to make it work for Robyn and I. Would be a last minute add.
    Jason,

    No problem, the Little Switzerland Inn may not have rooms available, but in the information regarding the event, there are alternative hotel/motels. Just let me know as soon as you can, so I can get the group rate tickets for the events we are going to.


    Jeff

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    wish I could go, Im having Knee surgery on the 18th so no Rttlsnk driving for now. , Have fun though.
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    If any of the folks coming from the east are planning to caravan on Friday, let me know. We can join up in the Hickory area if we know when you're coming through. If anyone is in my area and wants to meet, we can likely meet at the Pilot travel center on Rock Barn Rd. where we've met in the past.
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    What time did you have in mind?

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    To those attending the Little Switzerland /Grandfather Mountain event, the drive to Grandfather Mountain has been change; instead we are driving to Blowing Rock, NC. Unfortunately, we are going at a high tourist seasonal time, like us, everybody wants to see the fall foliage during this time of year. The staff at Grandfather Mountain stated they could not provide us with dedicated parking, that we would have to park our Vipers in the general public parking area. The staff at blowing Rock is willing to reserve 15-20 parking spaces (blocked off with traffic cones).

    The below itinerary needs to be adhered to as much as possible for the Linville Caverns, Blowing Rock and lunch locations. All places understand and are willing to accommodate our special parking wishes, so that we don’t have to worry about door dings from other vehicles.

    I know some of you were excited about the Grandfather Mountain site, but Blowing Rock will have some excellent views of the surrounding mountains and the route via the Parkway is very scenic. Click on the links below for some of the item we will see en route and at Blowing Rock.

    At the very bottom of this email are individual Google map links to each place we are going. You may want to save them to you navigation system and/or smart phone. Please ensure you have at least 3/4 tank of fuel before leaving Saturday morning, as we are sort of on a tight schedule due parking arrangements at these locations.

    If you did not receive the email with dates, times, and locations, please PM me with your email address and I will forward the email to you.

    Thanks,

    Jeff B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgefever View Post
    What time did you have in mind?
    No specific time, we can meet anytime Friday really. I know everyone from the East will be passing right by us so it really depends on when that group comes thru. I assume the group is going to try and link up like usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickB View Post
    No specific time, we can meet anytime Friday really. I know everyone from the East will be passing right by us so it really depends on when that group comes thru. I assume the group is going to try and link up like usual.
    We do plan on hooking up along the way. Dodgefever, where do you plan on getting on 40?

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    Mike, we take 64 from the coast to 440 looping around Raleigh, to 40 West. Its about 3 hours for us to get to the express gas station on Factory Shops Road in Morrisville where folks normally meet. There will be 2 Vipers traveling from the coast. I am all for getting to Little Switzerland early to take in some sights around Spruce Pine and the Diamondback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgefever View Post
    Mike, we take 64 from the coast to 440 looping around Raleigh, to 40 West. Its about 3 hours for us to get to the express gas station on Factory Shops Road in Morrisville where folks normally meet. There will be 2 Vipers traveling from the coast. I am all for getting to Little Switzerland early to take in some sights around Spruce Pine and the Diamondback.
    Larry and I and maybe a couple more will meet at the usual place in Morrisville. Is 8:30 too early?

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    Little Switzerland Grandfather Mountain Retreat

    No,8:30 is fine.

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    Here is a list of those to the Little Switzerland / Grandfather Mountain Excursion. We still may have a two or three more couples who might attend at the last moment. A pretty good turn out for a first time event.

    Jeff & Donna B.
    Dale Elizebeth S.
    Phil & Melody B.
    John D. Plus 1
    Dave T.
    Dave & Marcia
    Rick & Cheryl H.
    Larry & Tricia
    James H. Plus 1
    Patrick & Brittany
    Tom & Diane M.
    Mark S. + 1.
    Mike & Terri R.
    Scott & Maziel

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    If you guys meet at your usual site and time, what time does that put you getting to the Hickory area?
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    Google says it's 2.5 Hrs. to get there from Morrisville. That would put us there between 11 and 11:30.


 
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