Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Weekend Road Trip with my Mom! Beech Mountain & Blowing Rock in North Carolina

It was a whirl-wind weekend! My daughter's team competed in Boone North Carolina at the Covered Bridge Meet and I wanted to watch her so I talked my mother into driving with me, 6 hours to Beech Mountain, where we stayed overnight in a friend's house, and then to Boone. Mom (an interior designer at Mulhare Interior Design ) has friends and clients who rave about Blowing Rock NC so we made a side trip. Such a fabulous idea!

Blowing Rock is charming. Rock walls, flowers, the main street is pretty and lined with fun little shops, some you need a deep pocket for, some maybe not. Go, poke about, have a blast!

Friday Morning, Mother - Daughter Selfie
We drove by Lexington and stopped looking for lunch, we had been told to try the Blue Phoenix. Wow. Fabulous. I had a "Radical Reuben" which is grilled tofu all dressed up. And it was really, really good. We also tried Braggs Apple Cider drink, tangy, good.

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Blue Phoenix

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Radical Rueben
After a Glorious Lunch we hopped back onto I-81 and drove for hours to 77 and then more hours until finally we made our way passed Boone to Beech Mountain. Beech Mountain is not far from Sugar BTW and my family races there every year for SARA Ski Racing. But I've never been. We were staying in a friend's mountain house:

Gorgeous Home in Beech Mountain area

And we enjoyed poking around the little strip of a town there at Banner Elk. We ate at the Cafe and the Stonewall's Steak House. Unfortunately Stonewall's has an impressive curb side presentation but the food was just okay. While I would eat there again, I'd probably try something else first. The Cafe offered a good breakfast and a relaxed atmosphere and good coffee, I'll visit there again. Inside Stonewalls was a gourmet olive oil place called "The Art of Oil." There I bought some infused oils to leave for our hosts at the house and met a fabulous young lady named Jordan who is also a ski instructor at Sugar. Maybe I'll bump into her again some day.

We drove through the mountains to find Beech Mountain and in doing so discovered a place that I think is called Crestwood. There was a gate, I mean a gate: iron, ornate, and a life sized stag either inviting you in or challenging you to enter I am not sure which. Both momma and I dearly wanted to turn in but I was running low on gas and we opted to find a gas station. Bookmarked to revisit.

And then we found Blowing Rock. Charming, charming, charming.

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We started here at the light in "Cabin Fever" super fun shop. I should like to come back and shop for the Wintergreen House.

This place! I don't even know the name of this place! The entry is fabulous, look at all those garden ready pieces! And color! And fun. And you step in and this:

I know. I know. Crazy busy picture. Look closer! This is the entry into the shop, do you see that FABULOUS door garland in sunflowers? mmm...hmmm. And witch legs, and pumpkin heads, and what all! This shop was filled with home decor, and there were clothes, and shawls and wraps and scarves, and items for the bird enthusiast (and a bird but I never did see it) and garden decor and more. I mean, it has it all. And just displayed in the most fun way. Momma and I did enjoy this.

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Sister Act, for when I drop some serious pounds and stash them in my wallet. For the Fashionista with a Sugar Daddy (or a really good job. You GO girl!) I love, love, loved the clothes in here.

And then we walked in here. Windwood Antiques. Holy Smokes. Somebody hold my wallet or I will get into trouble. I loved everything. But especially this coat tree:

Have you ever seen the like?

I know they are cluttered pictures but try to imagine. I just adore this piece! And yes, I did take a picture of the tag. Do you want to see? Of course you do (but my momma says it is rude to discuss how much something costs. cough $6,900. cough) Black Forest, Switzerland, circa 18-something. (either the owners are specialist in 1800s or they just slap it on there because it is on every tag I liked. Or maybe I just really like pieces from the 1800s?) Let me tell you, if I had 7K I would totally drop it on this. Once in a life time piece.

I also loved this:

I know exactly where I would put it!

And there were more lovely shops around the corner. Some gorgeous clothing stores, a Turkish Import store with rugs and pillow covers (I bought two) and boots (to die for) and the most exquisite lamps.

And a charming little French Provincial Store:

And I picked up a little something for myself in "Take Heart" which I loved. Tiny little shop and darling and the prices were quite reasonable! Loved it.

Take Heart from the inside. Just lovely. My 20 year old self would have been in heaven.

And then we tucked down a little side path to the Village Cafe and had a wonderful lunch, finished off with a mocha kahlua creme brulee. You must try it.

after lunch we made our way back to the car and drove to Boone.
To watch my daughter.
At the Covered Tree Meet.

And then my momma and I drove home. Whew. It had been a busy, busy day!


Adam said...

I never been but I rarely venture very far into NC. Just around Chimney Rock and Charlotte

troutbirder said...

Now that was a big trip and outing but you forgot to mention how your racer did...:)