Time to travel again today friends! Waaay back last summer, we took a long road trip through parts of the beautiful state of North Carolina. Our visits to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate were on the first leg of that journey, and in today’s post we are leaving Asheville and taking a little side trip first to Mount Pisgah.
I’ve written about this area before here. The drive there on the Blue Ridge Parkway with those mountains covered in forests is so scenic, and we always like to take a break at the Pisgah Inn.
We have still not stayed overnight there, but I hope we will some time in the near future. This area is part of the National Park service so you are not going to find a Ritz Carlton there, but I think a suite like the one below would be just fine. 🙂 And at a 5,000 ft. elevation you simply cannot beat the view!
The restaurant is always our reason to stop. 🙂
Here are our dishes for the dinner on this trip. Our daughter had the tasty fish; my husband had the delicious grilled salmon, and I had that wonderful pastry covered chicken pot pie. Of course, we never miss an opportunity to indulge in their dark chocolate French Silk Pie. 🙂
We drove back to Asheville that evening to stay at our hotel on the Biltmore Estate, and the next morning we headed on to Hendersonville, NC.
Even though there was a misty rain falling, we enjoyed looking around the downtown area.
There were a lot of cute little shops to explore.
And one HUGE one…the Mast General Store. We visited the original Mast General in Valle Crucis a number of years ago. (You can read about it in the post here.) So I knew it was going to be…um…overwhelming when we went inside.
It is unbelievable how many items they can pack in that place!
Puzzles and games….
Cookware and books…
Candy, clothing, and anything else you can pretty much think of. 🙂 (And this is only one of the several rooms it occupies!)
We bought a few snacks, said goodbye to our quick stop in Hendersonville, and then traveled on down the road a bit more. Hendersonville is definitely worth a longer visit and even an overnight stay, but unfortunately our schedule was too tight to fit it in. (My sister and her husband want to retire there. 🙂 )
So on we drove….
Don’t you love it when the journey is just as beautiful as the destination?
Our next stop was lovely Lake Lure. Some of the movie, Dirty Dancing was filmed there, and they even hold an annual Dirty Dancing Festival each summer to raise money to help fight pancreatic cancer. (More info about the festival can be found here.)
But the movie locations were not our reason for visiting the lake. I had read a lot about The Lodge on Lake Lure and wanted to see it in person.
It is not real easy to get to. The location is off the main road, and you have to drive awhile to find it, but it is certainly gorgeous when you do arrive.
I love their green boathouse down at the lake.
And it has a wonderful deck on top!
What a view!
They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the busy seasons.
(Currently they are not serving lunch.)
Here is one of the premium rooms in the lodge. It even has a claw foot bathtub!
After taking a look around, it was time to travel further on towards our destination. We stopped for lunch at the charming, Ni Fen bistro in the town of Shelby, North Carolina.
It is located in a beautiful old building.
Here is part of their menu.
And here are our lunch plates…..a hamburger and fries, their Asian chicken salad, and their quiche of the day with mixed fruit and a green salad. Ni Fen was a great place for lunch, so if you are in the area we highly recommend it!
Our road trip takes us next to another charming town in North Carolina…Wilmington. We stayed there overnight and spent some time exploring the historic area by the Cape Fear River.
That will be the subject of our next post. Hope to see you back for that soon!
Until next time!