Lunch at Historic Pisgah Inn
Long before The Blue Ridge Parkway opened below Mt. Pisgah in the mid-1960’s, The Pisgah Inn offered a welcomed escape from the heat of the Southern lowlands. George Vanderbilt, who built his Biltmore Estate in Asheville, had his Buck Springs Hunting Lodge less than a mile from the current inn’s location. The original Inn opened in 1918, and the current version opened in 1964.
From late April to November, Pisgah Inn plays host to thousands of Parkway travelers, and it’s restaurant, with a panoramic view of the southern mountains and valleys, often has a line of hungry guests, willing to wait for the mountain delicacies that are served every day.
The drive along the Parkway from Asheville is a breathtaking one, with numerous overlooks and long tunnels leading to the Inn. In May, spring still has a grip on the trees, with endless shades of green covering the steep slopes.
Mt. Pisgah, elevation 5,722 feet, is the cone shaped peak with the tower.
The mountain is obscured by Catawba Rhododendron that bloom here in mid-May.
The view from the Inn at 5,000 feet is nothing short of remarkable…
The same view from inside the restaurant is equally memorable…
Dining here is like being in a plane with giant windows…
Pisgah Inn is a leisurely 45 minute drive from Asheville along the Blue Ridge Parkway.