If you want a room or a meal with a view, the Pisgah Inn at Milepost 408.6 along the Blue Ridge Highway is a must stop. The inn is approaching its centennial year; it opened in 1919.
One of the things that makes the Pisgah Inn memorable is the deck at the back of the restaurant where you can gaze out at the Pisgah Forest from the vantage point of being 5,000 feet up. And as Dell Barton points out, except for July and August, there is snow to be seen every month of the year.
The Pisgah Inn is one of the few concessions right on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It operates under a concessions contract with the National Park Service.
One of the inn’s only drawbacks, if you can label it that way, is once you arrive you may not want to leave. Besides the restaurant, accommodations and views, there is plenty of hiking on well-maintained trails that lead out right from the inn.
But remember when you think about the Pisgah Inn, it is a stop you can only make from April to October. The inn is closed during the winter.