One thing I’ve learned this year after crossing two locations in the mountains off my list is that I’ll probably think twice about listening to others when they say my car won’t be able to reach a destination, particularly because of unideal road conditions. With that said, unless you have a car that’s very low to the ground, or you just don’t know how to navigate potholes, you’ll be able to reach the Blue Ridge restaurant without hiccup.

A light yet crisp natural breeze begins to blow through the restaurant as the afternoon progresses. At dusk, you’ll be offered a blanket if you haven’t already cosied up in one. Looking out at birds as they whiz from one summit to the next while enjoying your meal will make the slightly rough journey all the more worthwhile. Sit by a large window in the picturesque eatery and look out at the evergreen mountain range.

Traveler Tip: You may want to dress warm

It’s all in the details

A smiling waitress will greet you and possibly ask your preference between bottled or tap water. This was a pleasant first for me; I’ve never been offered tap water at an eatery, I usually have to ask for it [in order to save a few dollars]. The rustic-chic décor elements thrives on small details. Menus are presented in a picture frame, providing the options to read laid on the table or erected like a photo, while utensils are placed on the side of the table in a small burlap bag. While waiting, a server (whether your appointed one or someone else’s) may ask if anything is desired while waiting. Our waitress, Sarah, appeared shortly after to inform that our meals were almost ready, and within 5 minutes… voilà! On a wooden tray, complemented with a playful ornament, were our meals. Even the bill is encased in a decorative tin. Small, ornamental elements such as these enhance the overall presentation and charm of the experience.

Blue Ridge Menu Choices

On my plate was pork chops with a guava glaze, and a dish of their famous baked mac & cheese. My friend had chicken, shrimp, plantain, and cheese stuffed in quesadillas with cilantro sauce, a side of garlic mashed potatoes. The servings were satisfactory to the stomach as well as the taste buds. I tried even more tasty options on my return visit!

Hot Dessert Drinks

The meals were finished off with dessert in the form of beverages: A mix of coffee and rum cream topped with whipped cream and sprinkles of golden sugar, and the namesake Blue Ridge hot chocolate, presented on a vinyl record. What makes this cup of hot cocoa different from any other? Well…

Topped with whipped cream and blue sprinkles of sugar, I embraced my foamy mustache before redecorating the entire contents of my mouth sipping on the almost teal beverage.

Stay in a cottage overnight

If one meal isn’t enough, you may opt to stay in one of two cottages on the property (inclusive of breakfast)! The hand-built cabins are cosy, cool, and clean! Take a look at highlights from an overnight stay, which was the first time I’ve ever been happy to be “stuck” somewhere ;).

How lovely is this venue though?! Let me know what detail here impressed you the most.

OVERALL REVIEW

  • Delectability 80%
  • Food Variety 70%
  • Staff Interactions 90%
  • Ambiance 90%

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