Summer’s approaching and that means it’s time to head into the great outdoors. This week’s, Peter’s broadcasting from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sprawling 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, the parkway is home to some of the most spectacular hikes, scenic drives and stargazing in the country.
Scott Martin, director of astronomy for Primland Resort, explains why the Blue Ridge’s altitude and the unusual clarity of the night sky makes it such an ideal spot for stargazing.
Gunnar Thompson, executive chef at the resort’s Elements restaurant, describes the fine art of mushroom foraging and explains why even a plate of pancakes should have an artful presentation.
Beth Ford, historian for Reynolds homestead, shares the story of southern industrialist RJ Reynolds and the history of the region.
Stevie Barr, owner of Barrs Fiddleshop, talks about how he used his banjo to uncover the history of Bluegrass, how it’s evolved, and the famous people he’s met on his journey.
George Weldon, general manager Château Morrisette Winery, describes why Virginia’s wine scene is exploding and shares tips on how to choose a wine from the region.
John Tayloe Emery, owner of Mount Airy Plantation, is a tenth generation resident who unravels the history of the plantation, his family’s significance in the area, and why the 400-year-old estate really is so rare.
By Alex Thurnher for PeterGreenberg.com.