Appalachian Mountains & Music Motorcycle Tour

Jan 17, 2017 View Comments by

Appalachian Mountains & Music Motorcycle Tour

As an expert on the region, author Tamela Rich has recommended many Appalachian destinations in her TV appearances and social media streams. This coming June, Rich is leading a five-day motorcycle tour through the Blue Ridge province.

The Appalachian Mountains & Music Motorcycle Tour commences in Front Royal, VA, in the Shenandoah Valley on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The tour ends in Little Switzerland, NC, on Friday, June 23, after a hearty breakfast.

“We will travel some of the most scenic and exciting roads of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina,” says Rich, who has traveled the region extensively since her childhood.

“The Blue Ridge Mountains are home to bucket-list rides for motorcyclists from all over the country.  In addition to these iconic roads, the tour itinerary celebrates Appalachia’s rich history, its fusion of musical genres and dances, its distinctive cuisine, and its oral storytelling heritage.”

Sunday night the group will be serenaded by a Bluegrass trio in Mountain Quest Inn’s two-story library. Monday night, guests will be treated to music and storytelling by renowned musicians Wayne Henderson and Helen White, who have been honored by Congress and the White House, and who played for Queen Elizabeth when she visited Virginia in 2007. Additional stops include the Blue Ridge Music Center and its Roots of American Music Exhibit. Live musicians will be playing as part of the summer concert series.

Included in the tour are five-night hotel accommodations, five dinners and breakfasts, two musical performances, and one tour guide per 10 guests. Pricing ranges from $1,200 to $1,600 and a $150 early bird discount is available through February 28.

Joining Rich to help guide the tour is Bill Kniegge of Blue Strada Motorcycle Tours. Bill been in the motorcycle industry for 40 years, and leading tours in the Smoky Mountains for 12 of them.

For questions, visit or contact Tamela Rich at (980) 428-9193 or

Text and Image: Tamela Rich

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