Peaks Of Otter Lodge On Blue Ridge Parkway Set To Open In Mid-July

The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Peaks of Otter Lodge is scheduled to open July 15 under new concessionaire, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. Reservations are currently being taken for the upcoming season that will run through December 16.

Locating one or more concessionaires for three of the four lodges on the parkway has been a lengthy process. Initially, Peaks of Otter was included with Rocky Knob Cabins and Bluffs Lodge in a single concession proposal. Unable to locate a bidder, the National Park Service decided to offer the lodges in separate proposals. Delaware North was lured into bidding for Peaks of Otter after the NPS bought down a large portion of the required payment to the previous concessionaire.

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Peaks of Otter Lodge will reopen in mid-July. David and Kay Scott photo.

The Park Service has also located a concessionaire for Rocky Knob Cabins, although this small facility has suffered a delayed opening because of damage sustained during the winter. No concessionaire has yet been located for Bluffs Lodge, which has unfortunately remained vacant for several years. Pisgah Inn, the fourth lodge on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is operated by a separate concessionaire.

Delaware North is planning a number of upgrades to Peaks of Otter, including televisions and wireless Internet. In addition, the 63 guest rooms are being redecorated. Double rooms will rent for approximately $140 per night, with discounts available to the military and AAA members. Rates will be higher during the peak fall season. Reservations are available online at www.peaksofotter.com, or by calling (888) 454-7711.

Delaware North also won the bidding to operate the three lodging facilities in neighboring Shenandoah National Park. These lodges had long been operated by ARAMARK Parks & Destinations.

Comments

I'm glad Peaks of Otter has found a concessionaire. It's a beautiful spot, and I usually spend at a night or two there on my annual Southern Appalachian trips. I had my first experience with Delaware North in April at Sheandoah's Skyland Lodge, and everything seemed to be running smoothly. I hope next year's opening at Peaks of Otter will be earlier, since I usually come down in springtime (late April when I'm heading to the Smokies; Mother's Day weekend for shorter trips). Although I rather enjoyed being "disconnected" for a night to decompress after the long drive from Connecticut, it will be nice to have TV available for longer stays. My iPad will probably stay in it's case, though!

Poor Bluff Lodge in Doughton Park also on the Blue Ridge Parkway?

It's been closed for three years. Hopefully it will find a concessionaire who thinks it's a worthwhile proposition.

Danny