They said, "How did you get up to the Peaks of Otter
(in the Blue Ridge Mountains) without our knowing about it?" They thought we'd shot in the area.
The tour would include lunch at the Peaks of Otter
. It would also include a private, guided tour through the National D-Day Memorial situated at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Johnson Farm near Peaks of Otter
, along the parkway, is an example of a mountain farm.
If you haven't visited the D-Day Memorial, you'll find it under the Peaks of Otter, in the green hills of Virginia between Roanoke and Lynchburg, in the quiet little town of Bedford.
And that is why the D-Day Memorial lies under the Peaks of Otter, in a quiet, out-of-the-way place: because it belongs there.
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Then it's all downhill to the Peaks of Otter
area (milepost 85.9), nestled in a solitary mountain bowl.
Those other attractions include the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and the Peaks of Otter, three lofty mountains that tower over the verdant fields of Bedford County.
And while people are in the area, they'll want to see the Peaks of Otter, and you have to drive right through the city to get there.
Or the down-home atmosphere at Peaks of Otter
lodge, a cozy wooden chalet set on a lake at the base of the Blue Ridge Parkway and famous for its southern cooking.
I am an interpretive park ranger at the Peaks of Otter
Peaks of Otter
recreation area (milepost 84 to 87), also in Virginia, is another favorite stop, offering hiking, fishing, and a shuttle bus up Sharp Top Mountain.