National Park Service Greenlights Concessions
BEDFORD, Va., Oct. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Park Service sent a letter to Delaware North Companies today permitting the concessioner to re-open Peaks of Otter Lodge just in time for the Blue Ridge Mountains' fall colors. Peaks of Otter is one of just four concessions nationwide within the park system open for tourists during the government shutdown.
Just two weeks ago, Peaks of Otter hosted a grand opening celebration with Virginia Tourism Corp. and local, state and federal officials supported by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). Governor Bob McDonnell issued a state proclamation recognizing Peaks of Otter for creating new jobs and economic development in the Blue Ridge region. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) offered a letter congratulating the company for re-opening the once dormant Virginia "treasure" for hiking and outdoor activity.
The Peaks of Otter Lodge http://www.peaksofotter.com/Accommodations.aspx on the Blue Ridge parkway has 63 rooms and accommodations available now through December 1. The dining room offers a full service menu and Sunday Brunch starting Sunday, Oct. 13. Visitors may make reservations by calling 866-387-9905.According to DNC, all of the 72 employees furloughed during the shutdown were called back to work today. General Manager Robert Peters said Peaks of Otter employees are very loyal to the mountain lodge and "our camaraderie and spirit has never been higher. We welcome our guests back and our chef and kitchen staff are preparing amazing rustic fare for families to enjoy." Peaks of Otter Lodge does a majority of its annual business during the fall colors season from October into early November so re-opening in the first year of Peak's operation was critical, he added. Delaware North was awarded a 10-year contract for management of Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant, as well as its retail stores and shuttle service earlier this year. The company plans a six figure investment in the lodge and rooms. New TVs and coffee makers have already been installed.