The Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina created a publicity crap storm for the Spite House when operators were forced to close during the government shutdown. The inn sits on federal land and despite the owner’s attempt to defy orders from the Park Police, he was forced to close his doors and throw away spoiled food during the height of fall foliage season.

Today, the inn will reopen at 5 p.m. and all October reservations will be honored.

More fom the Pisgah Inn’s Facebook page:

Greetings Pisgahteers,

we would like to thank the National Park Service for working with us through all of this mess. We will re-open today Wednesday October 9,2013 at 5PM. We are now booking rooms starting tonight, if you have reservations for this month they are still valid unless you call and cancel. Our gift Shop and Country Store are up and running now.The colors are beautiful and the Parkway is open. We look forward to having our guest back up here. See Ya Soon,

The inn owner signaled earlier this week that he would take legal action to reopen his business. There’s no word yet on how this shutdown standoff came to and end and reporter Jon Ostendorff has been unable to reach inn managers for comment. But it looks like the occupying of America continues.

Twitchy will keep you posted.


The inn reportedly won its injunction claim.


  • BoscoBolt

    Blue Ridge inn blockaded by Park Police reopens today …

    … at this very moment, obama’s drones are winging their way to the area.

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      Time to load up some of these puppies, then:

      • TugboatPhil ✓Mate

        I would love to have several cases of those!

  • Russ Mirmelstein

    Support this patriot from where our independence was finally won!

  • Steven S Mellnick

    And the IRS field auditors are now being recalled and issued their assignments….

  • no_more_deceit

    ‘Shutdown’ Day 7: Government Buys $47,174 Mechanical Bull – See more at:

    No funds for parks, but money for a mechanical bull? BS.

    • MagPie

      Isn’t there enough bull in the govt for free??

      • no_more_deceit

        I’ll concur with you there is plenty of bull, but you pay for it your whole life. Death and taxes (US).

    • TugboatPhil ✓Mate

      I’m more curious as to what the Utah Natl Guard is going to do with that??

      (maybe I really don’t want to know)

      • Michael Morris

        They said they use it as an attraction at recruiting events, and that they were purchasing it to replace one they had that is now broken beyond repair.

        Not necessarily a bad purchase, but now is really not the time for it. :/

  • sigh

    They’re thanking their generous masters for allowing them to reopen. See how benevolent our masters are!

  • The Masked Avatar

    And it shall go down in history as The Battle of Blue Ridge.

  • JeffWRidge

    If the American people refuse to allow the petulant POTUS to keep us off of publicly (i.e. taxpayer) owned lands, there’s not much he can do about it.

    • ked5

      president stompy foot should set an example of staying off federal lands by vacating the spite house.

  • DixieAngel_76

    Wow. While I’m definitely glad for the folks at the Pisgah inn, there are a lot more wrongs to be reversed. They can start by letting all of the people at Lake Mead, and in the Grand Canyon back into their homes, and by un-coning off the roads where people drive for the scenic views.
    PS- I wonder how much money the owners of the Pisgah Inn, and other such businesses lost? So much for the ‘compassion’ of the Democrats, who are supposed to be for the common man.

    • alanstorm

      “So much for the ‘compassion’ of the Democrats, who are supposed to be
      for the common man.”

      Not so fast! Proof-read your comment. The owners of the inn are BUSINESS OWNERS, and are by definition evil (unless they have purchased indulgences by donating to “liberals”).

      Thus they deserve no government-issue “compassion”.

      • NCMountainGirl

        And how many of the little people who clean rooms, serve food, man the gift shop that Dems claim to care about lost pay?

        These closures have a huge multiplier factor. Every person out of work has relatives an friends who hear the story and pass it on.

    • ked5

      it’s all about appearances.

  • Clorinda
  • CO2 Producer

    Since the government’s letting this place re-open, what legal basis do they have for keeping all those other private entities closed off–such as the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, the homes on Lake Mead (as mentioned by DixieAngel_76), etc.–one minute longer? Have any of the people affected by those shutdowns threatened to take legal action?

    • NCMountainGirl

      The government didn’t allow it to reopen. The inn asked for an injunction and the court ordered the government to stand aside.

      • CO2 Producer

        Thanks. I wrote my comment before Twitchy updated the post.

  • constitutionminded

    Maybe the NPS is starting to wonder if they will be involved with the first shot that starts an end to this crap.

  • Lisa Renee’ Jones

    I haven’t seen a movie in a very long time; i would soooo welcome a Conservative Base of movies to watch. Make them, James and we will support you!!!!!

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      Same here. I can’t remember the last time I watched anything that didn’t come from Japan because I refuse to give Hollywood one, thin dime. There is a market, but I guess conservatives’ money isn’t green enough.

  • cscape

    i expect that Holder will zoom in with a US Marshall SWAT team

  • NCMountainGirl

    I suspect there have been many injunctions requested this week. Barring private citizens from access to their property constitutes a seizure without due process of law.

    The Pisgah Inn is on private property and what the NPS did was clearly illegal. The concessionaires are in a dicier position. Their closures might or might not be against the terms of the concession contracts, . The problem is that even if the NPS violated the terms of the contracts if they fight back the feds could cancel the concession altogether or refuse to renew them.

    The lesson here is a contract with the federal government is only as good as the President occupying the White House.

  • rssllue

    Government overreach? By this administration?! Get out!