Monday, June 30, 2008

Glorious Mountains

We decided to take some weekend trips this year not too far from home. With gas prices so high it 's been a wise choice. We are so close to the mtns. and just a few hours from the beach.

We had to take my Mom back to Charlotte airport to fly home to FL after her visit last week. We started thinking we would be half way to my good friend Lynn, that has a summer home in Boone, NC . We quickly called and her chalet, that they rent out was unoccupied. It didn't take us long to throw a few clothes together and off we went. It's a beautiful town in the mtns., about 4,000 ft. above sea level. That meant cooler weather. It's 15 to 20 degrees cooler there than at our house.
The view below is from the wrap around deck on the chalet.

This is the outside of the chalet, actually built by Lynn's husband. They finished an apartment underneath to rent out also.
This is what you see when you first come in the door.She is the friend that does estate sales for people and where I found my tea cart and tables on a previous post. She has used those events to pick up furnishings for her rentals.

You go up the spiral staircase to the bedroom and full bath. There is a full bath down also.
Above the bed is a sky light that you can pull back to star gaze if you desire to. It's all so quaint. She did a nice job decorating.

This is the Cone Mansion (13,000 sq. ft) that we toured in the nearby town of Blowing Rock. Mr. Cone was in the textile business in 1889 when he started to build this as a summer get away. Yes, you heard me right, this was not their main residence. It has a gorgeous view of the mtns. It had their own servant quarters as well as extra servant quarters that were for their summer guests who visited with their servants.

This mansion was in the film The Green Mile with Tom Hanks.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer. Thanks for stopping by.


celestina marie said...

WOW what a glorious vacation spot. I know it is beautiful there as my friend from Cary goes to the mountains all the time. The pictures are so charming and that mansion is way too gorgeous!!
So glad you had a great time. How could you not in a beautiful place like that. Thank you for sharing. See you again soon.

Thank you for your kind comments today too :)
hugs, Celestina
la rea rose

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh the green hills are so refreshing to see! It is all just hot rocks here in Phoenix right now. That mansion is so wonderful.

Ruthie said...

What a wonderful get-away for you. It's beautiful there.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I love meeting new friends.
Your blog is very enjoyable.

Shirl said...

Hello, I had to stop by and visit,thank you for the nice comments on my blog. I'm so glad I came, your blog is beautiful. I love the view from this chalet, she has it decortaed so cute and cozy! Your porch looked so nice for your party. We have been wanting to go to Blowing Rock, it looks pretty. We thought we would go to Biltmore at the same time. We are about 2 hours north of Beckley.

Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose COttage

Charlotte said...

Love that chalet, and the mansion is gorgeous. What a nice getaway you had. And the cool - that sounds so cool. It is so hot here right now.

Denise said...

What a wonderful getaway! I love the way your friend has her chalet decorated - so warm and inviting!

Thank you for stopping by and visiting! I'm so glad to meet you. Your blog is such a nice place to visit, I'll definitly be back.

Have a lovely evening!

Shelia said...

Nice you for the little trip this morning! The view of the lake is so gorgeous, the little chalet is so charming and yes, it's decorated so beautifully for a rental. And that 'summer house'! Can you imagine that just being your crib in the summer?

It's so nice to meet you and thank you for coming to my blog. I'm very new at this - just started last week - but am having a ball and am enjoying meeting nice folks like you!
Be a sweetie today,
Shelia ;)

Kelli said...

What a beautiful place for a vacation! It's always nice to get away for awhile.

TJ said...

What a beautiful place! The mansion is amazing. Glad you were able to get away without going to far.

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

The chalet is lovely. We honeymooned in a Chalet right there in Boone NC as well. What a pleasant place to be!