A Long Weekend in the Mountains (Blowing Rock NC)

Hey Everyone!

About a month ago I took a long-weekend respite in the mountains of North Carolina, and while I posted a couple of pics and a video to the Half Fast and Classy Facebook page, I just realized I still haven’t shared it to the blog. Egads!

I’ve been in high gear (well, higher than usual for me, which is probably still medium gear for most!) with the yard and haven’t found as much time to write as I would like. With that said, let’s make this mountain trip post mostly visual, shall we? Yay!

It’s good to give yourself a break and feed your soul every now and then. When I say feed your soul, that can mean something different for everyone. For me, connecting with nature does my heart and mind good. For others it might be spending time with friends or family, or volunteering, or skydiving. My point is, do what’s good for you. Treat yourself to the things that make you happy!

Grace and I buckled our seat belts and headed a few hours down the road to meet our friend, Karen, and from there the three of us drove to Blowing Rock. It was my first time there, and I can’t say enough about this quaint little mountain town, the people, the scenery, the food, the drink, the accommodations, the convenience. Get the picture? I’m a fan! Here are a few recommendations if you’re headed that way.

What to See in Blowing Rock

Julian Price Memorial Park
Along the Hebron Rock Colony Trail (2.9 miles out and back, moderate) with a waterfall at the end. A beautiful hike!
One of the two deer who dropped by to say hello on our hike. I was beside myself, and so was Grace (dogs are allowed on the trail).
The Blowing Rock
A drive up to The Blowing Rock is a must. It’s North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction, and the views are breathtaking!
Bring your camera, and leave your fear of heights in the parking lot! It’s a short walk (including stairs) around the park, and it ends in a gift shop.
Like most of Blowing Rock, The Blowing Rock is dog friendly – yay!

Where to Eat and Drink in Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock Brewing Company Ale House
A flight at the Blowing Rock Brewing Company Ale House can’t be beat. You’ll find a nice selection of various beers from the award-winning brewer. The Schwarz Bier was one of my favorites! And yes, those are dog treats on the table 🙂
The Hummus topped with Basil Pesto and Red Peppers is beyond words. The basil pesto does something to it that makes it irresistible. The fried North Carolina Oyster Bites were delicious as well.
Canyons Historic Restaurant and Bar
Sunday Jazz Brunch on the deck at Canyons is not just brunch, it is an experience. The trout and eggs was an entrée rather than simply breakfast.
This was our view whilst enjoying our yummy Sunday Jazz Brunch. BTW, dog friendly!
Sunset & Vine
The perfect end to a day of hiking and an evening of window shopping is a generous pour at Sunset & Vine. We toasted the lives of our Mothers on the deck with Grace curled on my lap (was past her bed time). The theme of the trip seems to be D.O.G.

Where to Stay

Alpine Village Inn
We stayed at the Alpine Village Inn because it was, you guessed it, Dog Friendly! I can’t say enough about this place. It was clean with a modern bathroom, beautiful grounds, and the owners and staff were fantastic. Stay Alpine!
The rooms are small and not fancy, but they are clean, functional, and my mattress was comfy!
And best of all, Grace was not only welcomed, but greeted by the owners and staff every time they saw her. She felt right at home. Such a good girl!

So there you have it – the highlights of a weekend trip to Blowing Rock, North Carolina. I highly recommend this little mountain get-away, but even more, I hope you find and do the things that bring you peace and happiness.