It has been a while since we’ve shared any real update on the status of Bluff’s Lodge and Coffee Shop on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In fact, our last post about the Bluff’s Lodge closure was dated in October of 2010 by Dr. Houck Medford.
Since then we’ve had many comments inquiring about whether this popular spot would be opening any time soon. We recently emailed the National Park Service staff for an update. Here’s the response from Lisa Davis, Concessions Management Specialist for the Blue Ridge Parkway:
A prospectus for solicitation of offers for a 10-year concession contract to provide for lodging, food and beverage, and retail services at Peaks of Otter, Rocky Knob and Bluffs/Doughton Park was issued this week. Proposed offers / bids are due to the National Park Service / Blue Ridge Parkway by July 27, 2012. A selection panel to determine the new concessionaire will convene in August. The new contract will become effective in the fall for food and lodging operations to begin at the Bluffs in the spring of 2013.
We regret the Bluffs Lodge and Restaurant will be closed again in 2012, but
look forward to the opening in 2013.
As of right now the NPS is actively seeking bids for the concession contract, and hopefully we can all enjoy what the Bluffs Lodge and Coffee Shop has to offer soon.