I don’t think I’ve told y’all, but my 22 year old son is currently backpacking across Europe. Three and a half weeks of walking, trains, and hostels while visiting Spain, Italy, Switzerland, ending up in Paris with tickets to the French Open. While he’s out gallivanting and spending all our money, Tom and I decided to drive over to one of our favorite areas to visit – Western North Carolina, specifically the Boone area, the High Country . There are the most adorable towns with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants nestled in the jade forested mountains I love. Actually, we lived in Clyde, NC population 1300, for our first year and a half of our married life. It was a spot on a map, but the town nearby was Waynesville, where Tom took his first grown-up job after graduating college. I will write about that time in our life another day, but the point is that we are a little sentimental about the place.
On this trip we stayed in a really cozy cabin with a stone fireplace… yes, we built a fire both nights since it’s pretty nippy up there.
Did you SEE that rhododendron and that adorable barn beside the driveway? I have a thing about barns. It’s part of my whole “I WANNA BE a farm girl!” issue. I peeked inside through the cracks and it had some stalls but was completely empty. Such a waste! It should have horses, sheep, chickens, goats, several barn cats hanging around, and a giant sheepdog protecting them all from harm. I like to imagine it as it used to be before this property was developed for cabins. I’m trying not to romanticize it, because this had to be an austere life, rugged and full of hardship. On the other hand, I like to picture the family who farmed this steep rocky earth drawing close around their own hearth and leaning on their faith and each other to get through the hard times.
After exploring the neighborhood with it’s sweet little lake we headed to Blowing Rock for some shopping and supper. We popped into some dreamy little shops and topped it off with a romantic dinner at the most amazing Inn at Ragged Gardens. We didn’t know but, on Friday nights this is the PLACE to be with live music on the lawn! Lovely!
It was a fun and refreshing getaway for us and I’m sure we’ll go back soon.
Do you need your own sabbatical?
Where is your favorite place for a short weekend vacation? I’d love to hear about it!