Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Mountains of Boone, NC

It's only a few hrs. from our house to Boone, NC. The elevation is so high it's sometimes 20 to 30 degrees colder than at our house. Many Floridians have summer homes there. The scenery is beautiful and shopping is great in-between here and there.

Let's take a walk up the drive, shall we.
It's an old farm house converted into a B&B.

There were lots of pretty flowers on the property.

This is the little house the owner lived in across the parking area.

Some of the beautiful Daisies.

Are you still with me? I've got a lot of pictures in this post. Let's take a peek inside.

It was a lovely place to stay and Hubby and I had it all to our selves. Others had just checked out and we had just arrived. You can't beat that!
This next two pics are part of the LR and DR where we ate breakfast.

There were some antiques and some updated pieces. Very nicely decorated and clean.

We had the run of the house and could use the kitchen at will and help ourselves to a stocked frig.
We went shopping at the oldest operating Country Store in America. The original Mast General Store, located in Valles Cruies, NC in the Blue Ridge Mtns. It is extremely old, and looks it, yet it's open everyday. It started operating in 1883.

There is an operating post office inside.

The boards on the bldg. are waving and the building is resting on cinder blocks. You would think it's going to fall looking at it.lol

We shopped at a local antique store where the clerk had on a outfit from Lily's and I just had to take a picture for Miss Janice.

The views of the mtns. are incredible and very evident of God's handiwork. This is a view from my friend's deck and the valley below.

We stopped in Blowing Rock for lunch and the town's flowers were in abundant.

We found an old Mission that was turned into a restaurant and had lunch there. It was down a long path from the street, which hubby is standing on below.

It was gated and such a neat place off the trodden path. Very good food.

The side of the bldg. showing some of the foliage surrounding it.

A quaint little sitting area.

And if you're still with me here's one of the rooms inside.

There is more than 20 miles of furniture outlets on the way up to Boone in Hickory, Granite Falls, Hudson and more towns. There is Broyhill, LazyBoy, Bassett and many more companies represented there at prices that can't be touched in local stores. You pay no sales tax but you have shipping charges unless you can take the item with you.

I'll post real soon and show you some of the deals we walked away with.

Enjoy the rest of your week and I hope to see you soon.


Melissa Miller said...

It looks like an amazing place!

The mountains have always been my favorite place to be. We'll have to take a trip soon as well.
Thanks for sharing the lovely photos with us. I enjoyed them.

Your blog looks so pretty!
~Happy 4th! ~Melissa :)

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

So glad I came back for a visit tonight, we enjoy Boone so much and are hoping to visit soon. We visited the Old Country Store and we saw the bed and breakfast Inn that you showed and I am so impressed, Could you give me some information on how to make contact.
We have often thought of moving to the N.C. mountains as they are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing I so enjoyed this post.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

It looks like such a lovely place to take some time and relax! Loved all the pictures, especially of the old post office. Reminded me of the show "The Waltons." Loved that show!! Hope you have a nice weekend celebrating the 4th!!! Enjoy!

Nancy said...

What a lovely place! Love the mountains! There is also such a peace in the mountains! I can't wait to see what you brought back home with you!

Thanks for taking us along ;) Nancy

Shelia said...

How lovely! I would have loved to have been there too. Lovely olden house.
be a sweetie,

Celestina Marie said...

WOW I love it here. The perfect getaway. I want to visit sometime when you plan a vacation to N.C. I enjoyed your pictures very much and you and your hubby are cuties too. The B&B is gorgeous. How wonderful to have it to yourself too. Looking forward to seeing the treasures you came back with.

Yes, my knock out Roses are doing well. They keep blooming and do there own dead heading. Really no work to these at all. Now my long stem rose bushes are another story. I am babying them along. They are a little tricky but holding there own in this Texas heat.
Have a wonderful 4th and blessings always.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Celestina Marie said...

Hi again, I meant to say when WE PLAN a trip to N.C.
I didn't sleep good last night, My brain is tired I think!! LOL
Celestina Marie

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed seeing all this! We've been there and also went to the Mast General Store, etc. I wish we had been along with you when you two were all alone in that B&B! What fun we would have had!


Joy said...

What a nice place. Beautiful scenery and I love going in old country stores like that.

ceekay said...

Looks so lovely Ro....and the shopping sounds fantastic! Happy 4th of July dear friend.

Dawn said...

What a lovely B&B - I would love to stay in one someday.

We loved the mountains in NC when we visited down there last fall. Not as high as ours, but just as gorgeous - especially the fall colors!

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