Saturday, August 4, 2012

Mountain Treasures

Last week we traveled to the mountains of western North Carolina.  This was our destination...

a very special destination, to be sure -- a lovely and restful place.

But hubby and I aren't just about the destination; we like to enjoy the journey, as well.  So we try to discover some interesting towns on our way there and on our way home again.

A few years ago, we discovered the town of Hendersonville, about a half-hour south of Asheville.

We usually get to Hendersonville in time to eat an early dinner, and then walk along the main street for a bit before we resume our journey.

During the three days or so that we stay at the Blue Waters Lodge, we can make little day trips to see the nearby countryside.  This year, we drove the length of the Cherohala Skyway into Tennessee.  We saw lots of mountain views...

 ...and some beautiful wildflowers.

Then when it was time to head home again, we stopped for lunch in the charming town of Black Mountain.  They have a really neat German restaurant, family-owned with a deli and a gift shop inside, and all the charm of an old-world restaurant.

Do you like to explore the highways and by-ways in your part of the world?  My husband's grandfather used to say "You're never lost if you've got a full tank of gas."  That's my kind of philosophy, too. :)

I'll be doing another post about these places with more info and pics soon.  You can read about our last year's trip to the Blue Waters Mountain Lodge Here.

I hope you're having a great weekend and a great summer.  I'm joining the folks at Seasonal Sundays, hosted by our very talented blogger, The Tablescaper, and linking to Sunny Simple Sundays, hosted by Elaine, at Sunny Simple Life.  I so appreciate your visits and your comments.



  1. Such beautiful scenery, Denise. That lodge looks wonderful. I love day trips and car rides and eating at quaint places. xo

  2. i have been as far south as Columbus, Mississippi and I know that the there is really beautiful country in the South, so I enjoyed your photos. I do like to drive on down the highway. We just don't do enough of it. Have a good week end.

  3. I feel rejuvenated just reading this post Denise :o) Lovely photos, the tiger is magnificent.
    Yes, we always explore wherever we are, much more fun like that!
    Rose H

  4. Our son just got us a book on the backroads of North Carolina...We always love taking the "road less traveled"....

  5. Stopped by from Sunny Simple - I'd like to eat at the German restaurant. Bet it's yummy.

  6. Well first, bravo to your wonderful pictures. I love them. Second, I do love to travel the byways, especially with the husband. I also happen to love that specific area. I used to go to a cabin for a retreat in/on(?) Black Mountain every year back when I was a full time teacher. Our principal's family owned it. It was just the sort of place I love. I'm a mountain gal more than a beach gal.

  7. I love seeing these photos! We've lived in that area for years. When we retired we bought a condo in Fletcher...between Hendersonville and Asheville. We love spending time there. We are usually there during the summer months but mixed things up a bit this year. Hope to be there for the Autumn color though! I sure enjoyed your photos!

  8. Good to see those beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains which bring back memories for me.



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