SUMMER 2021 | WELCOME TO THE BLUE RIDGE DIGEST!
 
 
An Apple a Day?
Head to Hendersonville, NC,
for a Double Dose
Henderson County leads North Carolina in apple production and consistently ranks among the nation’s top producers. Hendersonville apples show up in supermarkets and restaurants throughout the region, but the best way to eat one is straight from the tree.

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Mountains of Fun in the Smokies:
Sevierville, Tennessee

Airbnb recently named Sevierville, TN one of the most wish-listed destinations worldwide. With scenic beauty, family fun, and so much to see and do, it’s no wonder why. This year, discover Sevierville for yourself.

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Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Observes Sequoyah Remembrance Day

pigeon forgeSequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore will observe Sequoyah Remembrance Day Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021 12:00-4 p.m. with free admission to the museum. Sequoyah dies in August of 1843, but is not known what day he died. So they have chosen the first Sunday in August to remember Sequoyah and his life.

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Make the Blue Ridge Parkway Detopigeon forgeur around Roanoke an Excursion
The National Park Service will be completing repairs on the Roanoke River Bridge at Milepost 114 and also repairing a road hazard at Milepost 127.9 that was caused by heavy rains and landslides. As a result, the Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed from Milepost 112.2 (Route 24 near Vinton, VA) to Milepost 136 (Route 221 on Bent Mountain, VA) for thru-travelers.
The region’s popular outdoor destination, Explore Park (milepost 115), offering cabins, yurts and campsites, multi-use trails, ziplining, and more is still accessible along the Parkway North from US220 at Milepost 121 or by the Alternate Entrance at 3900 Rutrough Road.

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ALSO IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE:

WORLD-WIDE SHELLS FIND A HOME IN EAST TENNESSEE

Hundreds of miles from the
ocean, Dr. Peter Stimpson showcases seashells in the mountains of East Tennessee. “The most beautiful seashells come from the Pacific and Indian oceans,” says Stimpson, 72, a family practice doctor for 45 years at Loudon, Tennessee.

Mile High
Kite Festival


The Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Mile High Kite Festival as part of the town’s Labor Day Weekend festivities. Why “Mile High”? Because Beech Mountain is 5,506 feet above sea level. As the highest town in Eastern America, Beech Mountain is the perfect place to fly a kite.

applefest

Celebrate 60 Years of Memories
in Pigeon Forge

From waterfall hikes to picturesque drives, summer is the ideal time to explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just six miles from Pigeon Forge. With warmer weather and longer days, travelers can get out of the house and back to nature.