PARKWAY PEEK 

Click on the links below to be directed to the individual websites. We only list restaurants we've been to and would recommend to our guests. Be sure to call before you go because some close seasonally or have reduced days/hours:


The Tin Shed - open seasonally (April to October) and located on Altapass Highway next to Soggy Bottom Farms, this literal farm-to-table kitchen serves dishes made from their own farm.  Their burgers are amazing and the "crispy onions" are the best you'll ever have!  Pies and ice cream shakes are available, too.  Be sure to peruse their local produce and meats while waiting for your meal.


The Tropical Grill - huge menu offering everything from Cuban Sandwiches to Guatemalan omelettes to Quatro Leche cake. Family owned & operated and located on Upper Street. Great selection of hand-crafted jewelry and bags, too.


Mountain View Restaurant - great menu with full bar and amazing views with both indoor and outdoor seating; fills up quickly, especially on weekends and during peak summer and leaf seasons and they do not take reservations. Located at Hwy 226 and the Blue Ridge Parkway.


DT's Blue Ridge Java Cafe - coffee and sandwich shop on Lower Main Street in Spruce Pine; also offers ice cream and baked goods and free wireless internet!


Little Switzerland Cafe - casual mountain dining with innovative menu and cute gift shop next door; indoor or outdoor seating located just off the Parkway in Little Switzerland.  Hours/days vary seasonally so be sure to call ahead.


El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant - huge menu and amazingly low prices for authentic Mexican cuisine; located on Lower Main Street in Spruce Pine. 


Famous Louise's Rock House Restaurant - located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at the intersection of Hwy 221 and 183 (Community of Linville Falls), this down home cooking restaurant actually sits on 3 county lines; great stop if you're heading to or from Linville Falls.


Mountain Chef Bistro - located in downtown Burnsville, they offer a tasteful culinary experience and excellent service; typically open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.


Old Hampton Store - located in the town of Linville, this iconic restaurant serves down-home cooking and local craft beer;  folk art and pottery are featured in the gallery next door; live music on weekends, but check their Facebook page for events.


FAST FOOD OPTIONS: Spruce Pine offers the usual Taco Bell, KFC, McDonald's, Burger King, Subway (one located in Walmart, the other on Hwy 226), Western Sizzlin, etc.


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Shopping - while there are some cute shops located in the heart of Spruce Pine, there are many more opportunities to check-out local artists and stores in the nearby towns of Bakersville and Burnsville. We've listed a few local places we frequent below:


Wal-Mart Supercenter - located about 10 minutes from our house at the corner of Hwy 226 and Halltown Road; everything you'll need from groceries to clothing to pharmacy items.


ABC Liquor Store - located about 10 minutes from our house on Hwy 226 in the Grassy Creek area; closed on Sundays.  Ingles and Walmart sell beer/wine after 12PM on Sundays.


Spruced Boutique - located in downtown Spruce Pine, Spruced Boutique has options that will give you a chic new look for any occasion.   They offer a trendy collection of women's clothes, shoes, and accessories, all of which are available in their store or online.


The Market on Oak - located in downtown Spruce Pine, they celebrate the artists, farmers and authors of Western North Carolina since 2005.  This is a wonderful space to buy gifts to take home.


The Orchard at Altapass - located just off the Parkway about 5minutes from Parkway Peek; regional books, beautiful local pottery, jarred food section featuring delicious jams, jellies, sauces, and dips; you'll find something for the whole family here!


Grassy Creek Hardware Store - located about 10 minutes from our house on Hwy 226 in the Grassy Creek area, they carry just about anything you need for repairs or creative projects.


Southwest Trading Company - located on Upper Main Street in Spruce Pine, this store features great rustic furniture and decorative items.


Toe River Arts Council - located on Upper Main Street in Spruce Pine and features the works of local artists with items for sale; open Tues-Sat.