A Rich History
The Skyline has been an area landmark for lodging and hospitality on the Blue Ridge Parkway for over 60 years. John Greer started construction in 1942. The property was purchased from the Ballew family. Ed Ballew had childhood memories of waiting for the school bus by the mouth of a cavern on the property. It was an ideal spot because it was warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer
John Greer embarked on an ambitious plan laboring 6 years to complete the Skyline. The Inn boasted beautiful marble floors, 22 kinds of hardwoods and tables made of thousands of inlaid pieces of wood using a technique called marquetting.
The Skyline remained in the hands of the Greer family until 1997 when it was sold to Alan and Cathy Schabilion. Alan and Cathy decided to devote their time to their real estate business in Little Switzerland and sold the Skyline to Michael and Lynn Thrift who had resided in Charlotte NC for the past 22 years. The Thrifts are now dedicated to preserving the history of the Skyline as well as enhancing its hotel and restaurant services, making it the premiere hospitality venue of its kind in the area.