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, lookout areas, and camping and trails.
We can enter the parkway at mile marker 171.5, the Chateau Morrisette 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 outbuildings. 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 engagement photos. It certainly lives up to its name abut being the most photographed spot on the Parkway!