This was our first dining experience at Gideon Ridge, as we usually get into the Blowing Rock too late or too tired for a "formal" dinner. What a fantastic surprise! From the Artisan Cheese Plate to the Amberjack and the Pork Chop dinner specials, to the unbelievable Strawberry "Shortcake" that was more like a taste of Heaven itself, there was nothing we didn't enjoy! We ate outside on the big patio on a perfect summer evening … our waiter was so personable and attentive … the wine was a perfect complement to our dinner … the coffee at the end was delicious … it couldn't have been any more delightful! Although the menu looks "formal" and we were concerned about having only travel attire, we were not at all uncomfortable … other guests were dressed as we were, and others were in dressier attire. This was a wonderful experience that we will plan on having again in future visits!!