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Travel Talk: Visiting Waynesville, North Carolina and Beyond…

downtown Waynesville in NCsource

There is one more place I want to share with you from our recent North Carolina trip.  You may remember I told you the cottage where we stayed was right outside of Waynesville.  We spent some time in that little town doing some sightseeing and some shopping.  My very favorite shop there was Robin Blu, and now I am going to bombard you with photos of it. 🙂

Robin Blu Waynesville NCThey had precious items everywhere beginning with the window displays…

Robin Blu window display Waynesville NCand continuing throughout the entire store.

Robin Blu accessories Waynesville NC

(If our daughter had known those candles were there she would have asked us to bring her a blue one!)

Robin Blu candle display Waynesville NCThey had some wonderful stems with cotton…

Robin Blu cotton display Waynesville NC

Robin Blu cotton Waynesville NC…many many cute signs for a mountain home…

Robin Blu display Waynesville NCand a nice collection of kitchen items.

Robin Blu kitchen items Waynesville NCAnd just look at those display shelves cleverly made from old luggage!

Robin Blu luggage shelves Waynesville NCI had a hard time passing up that green mailbox.
(It would have worked well somewhere in our playroom!)

Robin Blu mailboxes Waynesville NCMore signs….

Robin Blu sign display Waynesville NCcute dishes…

Robin Blu Waynesville NC window displayand all sorts of pretty things for weddings. 🙂

Robin Blu wedding items Waynesville NC

Robin Blu wedding supplies Waynesville NCI came away with a few gifts for my husband and some friends.
(And don’t you just love their pretty blue packaging?! 🙂 )

Robin Blu shopping bag Waynesville NCBesides shopping in Waynesville, there are also a number of great restaurants there.  My favorite was The Sweet Onion.

Sweet Onion restaurant exterior Waynesville NCsource

Even the parking lot there was beautiful with blooming tulips.

Waynesville NC downtownHere is a view of the interior of the restaurant.
Sweet Onion restaurant Waynesville NCAnd now to the menu….

Sweet Onion Waynesville NC menuSoooo many good choices!

Sweet Onion menu Waynesville NC

When you go there, you MUST get a salad and try their delicious salad dressings.  No joke.  I could live on healthy salads alone if I had their Lemongrass or Sweet Onion dressings every meal.  (And that is saying a lot coming from this chocoholic!)

Sweet Onion salad Waynesville NCMy husband thought the Lemon Rosemary Chicken was excellent.

Sweet Onion lemon rosemary chicken Waynesville NCI had ordinary chicken fingers, but they were quite tasty.

Sweet Onion chicken strips Waynesville NCAfter lunch we drove a while to the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Nantahala Outdoor Center NCIt is a dream store if you love kayaking, camping, and other outdoor activities like my husband does.  When we were younger we would frequently visit this store.

Nantahala Outdoor Center buildingMany whitewater championships are held right outside the store there on the Nantahala River.

Nantahala River courseAcross the river from the NOC is a restaurant and other facilities.

Nantahala River NC

It was quite a chilly day when we visited, but that didn’t stop groups from raftng and kayaking there in the icy cold water. (I would have been frozen!)
Nantahala River raftersWesser Falls lies downstream of the store, and it has class VI rapids…meaning you aren’t going through it unless you are very experienced in using a kayak or raft. (So almost everyone gets out of the river right before those falls.)

Nantahala River Wesser FallsAnd just for reminiscing, we also made a drive over to Cataloochee Ranch, the place we went for our honeymoon.

Cataloochee Ranch ranch houseIt had not yet reopened for the 2016 season, so we did not go inside, but the outside still held its old fashioned rustic charm.

Cataloochee Ranch cabinsIt would be fun to stay there again…perhaps on a future trip. 🙂
Cataloochee Ranch entrance

That brings us to the end of our all-too-short North Carolina journey.  Thank you so very much for all your wonderful comments on the last few posts.  I have thoroughly loved reading them!  And now it is time to announce the winner of the $50 Amazon gift card and two delightful Kristy Woodson Harvey novels.

The winning comment was….

winner 9

number 9,
and that comment belonged to this one:

winning comment

So congratulations Cindy!  I will be in touch with you very soon!

Until next time…

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Rosemary - April 30, 2016 - 5:38 am

Oops not sure what happened there Kelly..where did the “y” go …:) Didn’t mean to call you Kell!

Rosemary - April 30, 2016 - 5:33 am

I just love your travel posts Kell.So well written with great photos. I always enjoy curling up with a coffee whilst reading them. I end up feeling I’ve been on a trip with you ….and we always go to such lovely places 🙂
Have a great weekend …I’m away with my daughter, niece (we’re more like sisters,close in age) and her daughters. Looking forward to lots of walks on the beach and late night/early morning chats 🙂 Happy times!
Rosemary - April 29, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Waynesville is a great little town to visit. Do you ever make it up to Asheville when you come to NC?
We haven’t been to Asheville in years. I want to make a trip back there again though and take our daughter when we return so that she can enjoy it too.

Linda E. - April 28, 2016 - 10:38 am

I enjoy your blog so much !!!! I LOVE when you travel and let us “travel” with you and see not only the sites, but the beautiful inns, restaurants, and shops…your our guide !!!! Also, LOVE your decorating post’s, they are gorgeous !!! LOVE seeing your beautiful home !! Thanks so much, you make my day !!!

Mary Rosellini - April 27, 2016 - 3:29 pm

Kelly……what is that stuff in all the pictures at NOC? Oh, wait………’s water! Out here in drought-ridden California that’s an amazing looking river. As usual, I very much enjoy reading about your travels in that part of our beautiful country. Thanks for sharing! ~Mary

Rebecca - April 26, 2016 - 9:13 pm

Thank you for your kinds words about our town. I live at Lake Junaluska and love, love downtown Waynesville! The Sweet Onion is also my favorite resturant.
The Downton shops are great. We also have a local artist that is the best Ms. Teresa Pennington who does the most amazing colored pencil drawings of our beautiful area. Thanks again….Rebecca

Marianne in Mo. - April 26, 2016 - 7:05 pm

Congrats to Cindy!
Blu looks like a fun place to shop. Your meal looked delish and had my mouth watering. What fun to revisit your honeymoon place. We did that too a few years back, but after 39 years, our memories were a bit fuzzy! But it was fun to go back to the area anyway. I seriously think I could live in the mountains.So much more to see than waves all the time! But I do love a great beach too! However, I could just sit and daydream for hours in the mountains, and watch the wildlife.
Thanks for the trip!

DiAnne - April 26, 2016 - 7:04 pm

❤️❤️❤️ this post!!
Robin Blu is a great shop! I must have the sign about using all the crayons in the box.
The Sweet Onion is fabulous! I need to get back there for dinner.
The NOC is a great asset to the region and beyond. We have our fingers crossed that the NOC will create a place on The Tuck in Dillsboro. This might happen.
Cataloochee is a gorgeous place too.
Thank you for shining a big spotlight on our part of the world.
You are the best in blog land.

Terri - April 26, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Love… love… the Waynesville area….. we have stayed over in Maggie Valley many times ( which is just a few minutes down the road) this whole area is so peaceful …. and friendly!!! thank you for sharing “in detail” with us!!! Made me smile!!!!!!!

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - April 26, 2016 - 3:15 pm

Hi Kelly! It’s such a treat for someone like me who live so far to discover the details of your trip! It makes me wonder if I’ll go to North Carolina one day? Who knows? 🙂 It seemed to be a wonderful trip anyway!

Gina - April 26, 2016 - 12:51 pm

Another interesting post! Western NC looks like a great place to visit! I’ve only been to Asheville and the NC side of the Smokies so I need to broaden my horizons. 😉 Robin Blu looks like a store I would love to browse and I live in the mountains so can relate to the cute mountain signs. Of course the food looks delish. Like you, I love salads, but agree it has to have with good dressing. How funny I just “googled” the NOC this week, because my daughter’s coworker is hiking AT and he had posted on his blog he was at the NOC. I’m sure your husband was in heaven. 🙂 How fun to visit your honeymoon locations too! What a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing.

Holly - April 26, 2016 - 12:07 pm

OH, I love the Sweet Onion! The Lemon Rosemary Chicken looks delish. I’m ready to explore the Cashiers, and Highlands areas too, I’ve heard they’re charming little towns as well. Just seeing your posts makes me miss the area so much, I believe I’ll start getting my vacation plans ready to head back there very soon!

Lynn A. - April 26, 2016 - 9:08 am

I’m jealous. My mom and dad are at their house in Franklin now. I’m adding Robin Blu to my list of must sees the next time I get to vacation with them. We love NOC. We’ve gone down the river twice. Once in April and yes – it was cold.

Thanks for sharing these pics. Makes me feel like I’m on vacation as well.

Cynde - April 26, 2016 - 7:13 am

Oh my oh my!!!! We were just there the weekend of 4-15- 4-17!!!! We were coming back from FL., & decided to go thru NC & over the mountains instead of TN like we usually do. Stayed in Murphy over nite, & did some exploring at Nantahala River on our way up to Cherokee. We loved the area & decided we needed to come back & explore more soon….all of NC too. I even brought home real estate magazines…lol Yes those mountains are calling me!! The weekend we were there it was bright, warm & sunny…lots of rafters, & fishing going on. I’m going to check out the ranch & Waynesvillle now too. Thank you for the info!!!

Kelly Tye Vallis - April 25, 2016 - 10:38 pm

This Canadian girl lived for two years in Asheville, NC so seeing these NC posts made my heart smile! Might have to plan a return trip! Thanks for always sharing!

Garden, Home and Party - April 25, 2016 - 10:16 pm

What a perfect trip. The menu/food items you’ve shared make me hungry. It’s the best when you can enjoy fun shopping and good food in a picturesque setting!
Karen 😊

Louvina - April 25, 2016 - 10:15 pm

So much to look at! Loved the store, the food, scenery and just everything!! It came to my mind “‘are those two up there in the mts. LOOKING for a retirement home?” Because I remember you mentioning how your hubby loves it and you were thinking more about the seaside!! Am I onto something here? Hmm? So happy for Cindy! Especially since she is from the same hometown as Kristy! Perfect! Maybe they will meet up some day? Have to go back to look more closely at all the menus.Been trying to change up my cooking– in the fall taking a cooking class from one of my former student’s fathers who is a head chef at a nice restaurant in The Villages! So excited! Hope you are still having fun!
Ha ha! We were merely there on a short vacation, but no matter where we go, I am always looking and thinking “Could we move and live here?” And we always pick up real estate magazines to check out what is available. After several trips we have made recently, I have about decided that I am a “lake girl.” We did ride around Lake Rabun the last time we were in that area, but it is so close to Atlanta that the prices have gone waaaaay too high for us to even consider. 🙁
How fun that you are going to a cooking school! Love it!
We had fun in Seattle, but our son was go go go, and I came home quite exhausted (and with a good case of jet lag.) It took me a few days to get back to normal here.
Hope you are having a good weekend!

Cindy - April 25, 2016 - 10:15 pm

Yeah! I am so excited about winning! You already now how much I love you and your blog, to win is just awesome. Thank you, Cindy

Kathy - April 25, 2016 - 10:06 pm

Oh, I love shopping at Robin Blu and have thought about buying that very mailbox! I also love all of that cotton in olive buckets! I am glad you enjoyed your meal at Sweet Onion. Great salad dressings are helping me with all of the salads I am having now. My sister in-law had her wedding reception at Cataloochie Ranch. It looks the same as it did about twenty years ago! I love that you went there on your honeymoon! Thank you for sharing our mountains in such a positive way!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - April 25, 2016 - 9:57 pm

Shop till you drop . . . no matter where you are! This little shop looks adorable. I hope you bought one of everything!

Sherry Myers - April 25, 2016 - 9:50 pm

Congratulations to Cindy! Thanks, Kelly. This has been a fun trip. I loved it all. The pictures were great. I enjoyed seeing where you stayed, where and what you ate, and where you shopped. I enjoyed memory lane too. Have a great week. Looking forward to the next Talk of the House news! Always.

Dawn - April 25, 2016 - 9:37 pm


This trip looks so relaxing and fun too. That cute Robin Blu store looks to die for…ha ha. I would have bought so many gifts there. The lake items and that green mailbox for sure! What a fun time of shopping, eating and exploring. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Travel Talk: Visiting Sylva, North Carolina

Sylva NC downtownHappy Weekend!  So we have toured the cottage where we stayed on our recent trip.  Now let’s go somewhere!  I told you the cabin was located outside Waynesville, North Carolina, but when you are driving there from Georgia you will go through a number of small charming towns.  The photo at the top of the post is downtown Sylva (which we will look at in a minute.)  Our first stop, however, was in Dillsboro for lunch.

Haywood Smokehouse Dillsboro NCHaywood Smokehouse there in Dillsboro has delicious BBQ!  I have said for years that my very favorite barbeque is at Heirloom Market north of Atlanta.  Well move over Heirloom.  Haywood is equal to or perhaps even better!

Haywood Smokehouse menu Dillsboro NCTheir chopped pork was delicious!  And those “Campfire Taters” were worth fighting my husband for. 🙂
(The photo does not do the food justice.  Sorry. The lighting was awful.)

Haywood Smokehouse bbq and potatoesAfter lunch we drove maybe 3 minutes, and on the other side of Dillsboro was Sylva.
First stop – Dixie Mae Vintage Market.

Sylva NC Dixie Mae Vintage MarketTwo floors of fun and unique items to discover…

Sylva NC Dixie Mae Vintage

Here’s one of reader Kathy’s cute booths. (Sorry DiAnne, I did not get a shot of yours. 🙁 )

Sylva NC Dixie Mae Vintage Market booth

Sylva NC Dixie Mae Vintage Market chalkboard

But I did get a photo of the thermos I purchased from DiAnne’s booth. 🙂

Sylva NC Dixie Mae Vintage Market plaid thermosWe wandered down the main street that runs through the center of town and checked out a number of shops.  Lots of fun accessories in this next one…

 Sylva NC shoppingand clothing.

Sylva NC shopping downtownThere were kitchen items that I had a hard time resisting!

Sylva NC shopAnd the outdoor shop was one of my husband’s favorites. 🙂

Sylva NC shop with camping suppliesOn another day we returned to Sylva for lunch at Lulu’s.

Sylva NC Lulus restaurant menuBread before our meal…

Sylva NC Lulus restaurant breadI had a Reuben which was pretty good, but I think it needed more meat.  (There is a place in Cleveland, Georgia called Creekside Deli that has THE best Reuben that is the bar to which I hold all sandwiches.)

Sylva NC Lulus restaurant reuben sandwichMy husband loved their noodle bowl!

Sylva NC Lulus restaurant noodle bowlDessert was lick-your-plate-clean Chocolate Lava Brownie.

Sylva NC Lulus restaurant chocolate lava brownieOne evening we drove along the Blueridge Parkway with gorgeous views all around.

Blueridge Parkway NCThis is Frying Pan tunnel on the Parkway.

Blueridge Parkway Frying Pan TunnelWe stopped at Mount Pisgah Inn for dinner that night.  (I promise you we did more than just eat on this trip although this post makes it seem like that is all we did!)

Mount Pisgah Inn NC

Mount Pisgah Inn on the Blueridge Parkway

I loved the dining chairs in their restaurant.

Mount Pisgah Inn NC restaurant

Mount Pisgah Inn menu

There were many good choices on their menu.

Mount Pisgah Inn restaurant menu

I have mentioned before that beet salads are one of my very favorite foods, so I could not resist trying out Mount Pisgah Inn’s version.  It was excellent. 🙂

Mount Pisgah Inn beet salad

And just look at the fried chicken my husband ordered.
It was also delicious!

Mount Pisgah Inn fried chickenAnd because I only had a salad for my meal, of course there was room for dessert! 🙂
French  Silk Pie…it was pure melt-in-your-mouth rich deliciousness.

Mount Pisgah Inn chocolate silk pieThe dinner that night was wonderful, but the sunset view from our table was even better.

Mount Pisgah Inn NC sunsetHow can you top that? 🙂

I hope you have a great weekend.  Are you traveling anywhere?  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway going on here until Sunday night 4/24/16 to celebrate 4 years of blogging. 🙂

April 2016 giveaway from Talk of the House

To enter, simply leave a comment on any/or all posts that publish between 4/17/2016 and 11:59 p.m. Eastern time 4/24/2016 (on the blog post itself – not an email reply please)- one comment per post please.  I’ll announce the winner, chosen from a random drawing, in the first post that publishes after that.

I’ll have all the details on the places we visited in Waynesville, North Carolina in the next post.

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Shlrley@Housepitality Designs - April 26, 2016 - 9:03 pm

We go through Dillsboro, Sylva and Franklin at least once a year…I will have to make a note to stop at the BBQ place there….When we lived in Florida, we would go up there ever Fall to “leaf peep”!! - April 25, 2016 - 5:40 pm

So glad you had a wonderful time in Sylva! The food looks delicious and the house you stayed at looks wonderful!!

Frances McCain - April 25, 2016 - 2:16 pm

Loved your Travel Talk/Talk of the House My son, David Preston & his wife Kim, three children Cayla, Briana, & Megan live in lovely Sylva & I love coming for a visit to. see them. Now I am going to explore more of the area my next trip there
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kathy - April 24, 2016 - 10:31 pm

HOW EXCITING IS THIS!!! Thank you so much, Kelly, for featuring Sylva on your blog…and for showing Dixie Mae! I can’t believe you shared one of my spaces in Dixie Mae!!! Thank you! Thank you! My 84 year old dad and I have the best time repurposing things for resale there… while making cherished memories. (I was in High Point visiting with my parents this weekend, with no computer access so I couldn’t wait to get back to Sylva to leave a comment! Katrina texted me first thing Saturday morning!) As Katrina mentioned, the old Courthouse (now library) is an asset to our town. I am glad you showcased Jackson’s General Store and Blackrock Outdoor. Both are great places to shop. B&B and Humanitee are fun stores as well. When you come back, try the reuben at The Well House in Dillsboro. You won’t be disappointed…. also, try the pork sliders at Coach’s. And, you MUST have that sweet potato dumpling at The Balsam Mountain Inn. I would have told you to have the pasta salad at LuLu’s. It is so good I can’t order anything else there. That salad photo at Pisgah Inn looks fabulous. If only I could have those desserts!!! From your post, I decided that if I didn’t live in Sylva I would certainly put it on my bucket list of places to visit. Thanks, again, Kelly! You and your blog are the best!

Harriet - April 24, 2016 - 9:49 pm

Just a few steps from Haywood Smokehouse in Dillsboro is Dogwood Crafters………….one of the neatest places in town. Be sure and check it out.

Pauline Proffitt - April 24, 2016 - 9:10 pm

I sure enjoyed your Sylva, NC articles. I grew up in this area and love to return for visits. We do frequent the places you visited, there is more you must go back. I am anxious for you to do Waynesville, NC……another town we love. Thanks, Pauline

Susan W - April 24, 2016 - 7:52 pm

Looks like a fun trip Kelly, but you made me hungry! Small towns are a treasure.

Garden, Home and Party - April 24, 2016 - 7:14 pm

What a fun road trip. There are so many fun towns in the south. Southern cooking is my favorite. It sounds like a great trip.

lin - April 24, 2016 - 5:50 pm

Enjoyable trying the offering of food at various stops!

Lynne - April 24, 2016 - 5:43 pm

I love beet salads too and when we got out with friends and I order one they think I’m crazy! I wanted to tell you again how much I enjoy your blog and the many various topics you discuss. I love all your many decorating articles and the travel ones. It is so nice to see travel tips and pictures that are near to me that I can add to my list to visit. I am in Georgia but go to the mountains a good bit. We are always looking for good places to eat ☺

wanda parker - April 24, 2016 - 5:40 pm

I have now put Sylva, NC on my list to travel to this fall…thanks to you. I love North Carolina even before The Mitford series. Thank you for a great blog!

Karen - April 24, 2016 - 3:53 pm

Thanks so much for the travel tips. My husband and I love to visit and eat in the Western Carolina area. I love to shop, so those tips are VERY helpful! Keep up the great blogging work!

Debbie w - April 24, 2016 - 3:51 pm

Love Pisgah Inn !! Love to read about your travels!!

Dawn - April 24, 2016 - 1:37 pm


You travel the way I love to travel…sights, shopping and supper! Thanks for sharing another fun trip with us. I love to “e-travel” with you guys.

Sharon - April 24, 2016 - 1:31 pm

Love to read your blogs. Since I live in Macon right now, I keep a list of the places you recommend and have been able to try a lot of them. I also have a list of places to go and things to do and have added many that you have written about. This trip to Dillsboro, Sylvia and on up the Blue Ridge has now been added to that list. Thank you for letting us visit these places through your blog. Congratulations on 4 years,

Lynda Lamon - April 24, 2016 - 10:20 am

Great photos of your trip! I’m now inspired to pack a bag, grab my husband and hit the road! Love your blog! Congrats on 4 years! Thanks also for the chance to win!!

Pat - April 24, 2016 - 10:00 am

I have to tell you a funny story about the Pisgah Inn. When my husband was District Ranger on the Parkway, I got a call from the Pisgah Inn wanting me to find my Ranger husband and tell him that a bear, that they called Blaze, was trying to break into the kitchen at Pisgah Inn. I called my husband and he took their bear trap up to the Inn, set in and started home. I got another call from the Inn and Blaze was in the trap. So I called my husband back and let him know. He turned around and went back to the Inn to get Blaze and the trap. He headed back to the Ranger station to leave Blaze and the trap. By this time it is well past his shift and getting late into the night. He just put Blaze and the trap in the parking space that it was always in and came home. There was a maintenance worker that always parked his truck in the space beside the trap. You can imagine what happened when the maintenance worker came to work the next morning! This story and many others are in the book, The Blue Ridge Parkway by Foot: A Park Ranger’s Memoir.

Marianne in Mo. - April 24, 2016 - 8:57 am

Love your shopping and meal tours! That menu cover for Pisgah Inn was beautiful. And their view, top of the chart!
I drooled a bit at every plate. The shopping is my favorite way to get to know a town. I try to find a piece of local pottery everywhere we go as a reminder of the area.
Thanks for the trip once again!

Jenn - April 24, 2016 - 8:25 am

Thanks so much for showing us around. The shops look amazing (as well as the food!) I’ve never eaten at an authentic barbecue restaurant and I’m excited to try someday if we travel down through the states. -Jenn

Lynn - April 24, 2016 - 12:17 am

What a fun getaway! I love each and every one of your “food” posts! I’ve always wanted to go to North Carolina – looks like you found some sweet towns to tour!

Lyn - April 24, 2016 - 12:01 am

Loved the plaid thermos Looks like y’all had a great time exploring all the eating places

Susan - April 23, 2016 - 11:38 pm

Thanks for sharing! Hope to get to North Carolina someday! Looks wonderful!

Deb C. - April 23, 2016 - 10:49 pm

We are new Georgia residents, and I like love following you and your travels.nwe hope to go to many of the places you post about. Thanks!

Eva - April 23, 2016 - 10:36 pm

The beet salad looks delicious.I need to venture out of Highlands and Cashiers.Thanks for giving me new places to explore.

Amy O'Quinn - April 23, 2016 - 10:31 pm

Okay, I’ve researched this area and possible towns to stay in that are not too far from Asheville, but you had me at the food! I think I know where we will be going to eat on our next western NC trip. Campfire Taters, yum!!

Donnamae - April 23, 2016 - 8:57 pm

I think I might start a list of all the restaurants you eat at…and I’ll plan my own itinerary based on your restaurant suggestions! Everything looks so scrumptious! Enjoy your weekend! 😉

Carmen - April 23, 2016 - 7:49 pm

Kelly, I did your South Carolina trip and it was wonderful. Now, I’m planning this trip to North Carolina.

Ellen Martin - April 23, 2016 - 7:38 pm

Kelly, so glad to read this post! Unbelievably, we have eaten at each of the restaurants you visited. I absolutely love the Pisgah Inn, and the food is always good. I particularly enjoy their mountain trout which they will filet at the table. Your travels are always so much fun, and offer tips on food, shopping, and interesting things to see. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a jewel, with many wonderful hikes. Your blog is the best!!

Bonnie - April 23, 2016 - 7:34 pm

Love cute little towns…. And I would always leave room for dessert too! Yum!!

Peggy - April 23, 2016 - 7:10 pm

We haven’t done any traveling yet. We take care of our 21 month old grandson during the week which keeps us a bit tied down until summer. Fortunately, his mama is a teacher and we have summers off! We live in Texas and there are so many places in our state we have never seen. So that is our summer plan, to take long weekend trips around Texas.

Sarah - April 23, 2016 - 6:35 pm

So fun living vicariously through you on your travels! I love that you take a picture of the menus! That beet salad looks amazing and what adorable shops on Main Street. Wishing you many happy travels ahead…

Sue Morris - April 23, 2016 - 6:34 pm

I was so excited to see our town of Cleveland, GA mentioned in your post. Yes, Creekside Deli is a favorite of the locals. I would love to show you all the other wonderful and unique places to dine and shop. We truly have the most wonderful place to live! Hopefully you will visit again and explore North GA as we know and love it.

Sherry Myers - April 23, 2016 - 6:20 pm

Shopping, good food, and the beauty of the mountains, what better way to spend a weekend? The beet salad and French silk pie made my mouth water. The plaid thermos brought back memories. I had a lunch box and thermos just like that in elementary school. Loved tagging along with your tour! Thanks, Kelly.

Lori - April 23, 2016 - 5:44 pm

Getting me excited about North Carolina! My husband and I are moving there in a few week–courtesy of the Army. Thanks for the great posts, Kelly!

Deana - April 23, 2016 - 4:51 pm

Thanks for sharing! My husband and I love to shop and eat in small, charming towns.

DiAnne - April 23, 2016 - 4:42 pm

I am beyond thrilled you spent some time in Sylva. Kathy and I thought the thermos had your name written all over it when I put it in the store. How funny you ended up with it! Thank you!

Today was a beautiful day in Sylva. Lots of people were trout fishing on the river (locals call it The Tuck). Also, the annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival was taking place downtown. The mountains are calling and you must come on back.

I hope you come visit again soon.

Gina - April 23, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Great post! I’m definitely going to keep Haywood Smokehouse and Dixie Mae Market in mind if we make it down that way. 🙂 My husband wants to check out a golf course, etc. in Whittier. 😉 Those views from the inn are beautiful! All of the food looks delicious. I’ve bought a couple of thermoses at estate sales. can’t wait to see how you use yours. 🙂

Susan - April 23, 2016 - 3:53 pm

Thank you Kelly for the pictures and tour. What a beautiful day! I especially liked a peek into the shops.

ChrisTea - April 23, 2016 - 3:15 pm

You’ve gone to some great places and I’m enjoying seeing the pictures. The only thing is that your food pictures are making me gain weight. Really. 🙂 It all looks soooo good.

Kim - April 23, 2016 - 2:42 pm

I have visited Dillsboro, but not Sylva. Need to check it out and gosh all that food looks good!

At Rivercrest Cottage - April 23, 2016 - 2:10 pm

We do roadtrips through Georgia, NC, and Tennessee frequently looking for a future “home” town. Enjoyed your stops and am going to find that lovely fried chicken next time, no matter what.

Sandy - April 23, 2016 - 12:38 pm

Next time we plan to visit the Carolinas, I will review your restaurant choices. My favorite in Greenville, N.C. is Tupelo Honey Cafe. First time I had fried green tomatoes. I too have a crush on all the new beet salads.

Holly - April 23, 2016 - 12:12 pm

Kelly, thank you so much for sharing your travels! I absolutely love that entire area of North Carolina! We almost moved to Sylva ten years ago, so it was wonderful revisiting the area again through your lovely posts and pictures. I always look forward to see where you’re taking us next! I have a nice list of places to visit, thanks to you. 😉

Joy Cooper - April 23, 2016 - 11:50 am

Love following your travels. We will be empty nesters this coming year, so I am gathering ideas!

Mary Michelle - April 23, 2016 - 11:35 am

I am ready to hit the road to shop, eat and enjoy the view. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

Louvina - April 23, 2016 - 11:15 am

A delightful post! Great way to start the weekend! Loved the thermos–that plaid was very popular back in the days of my youth. I want to go to a place like that to shop!! And the menus/food were great! You do such a nice job sharing the sights– almost like being there. Thank you so much!! No traveling here– just downsizing and getting rid of things no longer needed plus working on old pictures/genealogy of my family. Spring has been lingering this year so nice that it hasn’t been scourching hot yet! Enjoy your weekend!! 🙂

Vanessa - April 23, 2016 - 11:12 am

What a charming town. Happy weekend!

Vickie White - April 23, 2016 - 10:45 am

Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! It looks like you and your husband are enjoying “retirement life”! 🙂

Shelley - April 23, 2016 - 10:29 am

What a wonderful trip! So happy spring has sprung and vacations are on the way.

Sallie - April 23, 2016 - 10:09 am

You made me hungry Kelly! I love N.C. I went to college in Montreat and my daughter now lives in Charlotte N.C. These Fl. Crackers love to visit the Mts.! Congratulations on your 4 years, it has been a joy to follow your journey. Thank you!

Sheena - April 23, 2016 - 10:08 am

What a fun trip, Kelly! It’s fun armchair traveling with you. The food looks scrumptious, especially the chocolate lava brownie. Yum! Thanks, Kelly!

Cheri - April 23, 2016 - 10:04 am

I do believe this isn’t far from my neck of the woods in Ga. We’ll have to go there when hubby has some time.

Karen - April 23, 2016 - 9:58 am

Have not commented before, but I love your posts and especially loved the photos today. About 5 years ago I was on vacation in that area and it was beautiful. I would do it again in a heartbeat! Thanks so much!

Carol Kniepkamp - April 23, 2016 - 9:48 am

I loved this post. My brother and SIL live in NC so next visit we will have to take a road trip. The photos of your delicious meals made me hungry.

Pat - April 23, 2016 - 9:47 am

Love this area! You have given us some new places to try..I appreciate your lovely pictures and comments. It seems I have “known” you longer than 4 years

Carolyn - April 23, 2016 - 9:42 am

That food! I seriously need to get out and explore more. Though I’ve driven by, I haven’t stopped at the Pisgah Inn in years. Need to do that. I can remember many a time we’d been hiking all day and stopped there for the bathroom!

Barbara S. - April 23, 2016 - 9:38 am

Thank you,Kelly, for these beautiful photos of North Carolina. Love the beet salad and fried chicken and the French silk pie!! But most of all, it’s the beautiful smokey mountains that I love!

L - April 23, 2016 - 9:20 am

You are making me hungry for BBQ!!!😉

P. - April 23, 2016 - 9:15 am

I’m always happy when I see you have a post in my Feedly! Keep ’em coming, and thanks!

Lisa - April 23, 2016 - 9:10 am

How great is the South? Such diversity. I love taking the road less traveled. Small towns have so much to offer. Love that plaid Thetmos!

Sharon M - April 23, 2016 - 9:08 am

I love dining at new restaurants when traveling. It’s the best part of a trip.

Kim - April 23, 2016 - 9:03 am

Loved reading and looking at your pictures from your recent trip. Makes me realize there is so much more adventure to be found .

Vicki - April 23, 2016 - 8:47 am

I will have to put these places on my bucket list. Fun!

Elaine - April 23, 2016 - 8:43 am

Looks like Sylva NC is on the trip bucket list!

Bevery Troup - April 23, 2016 - 8:39 am

That’s a great area to visit. We were there years ago. My great, great grandmother was from that area. After seeing you photos I want to go again! Would love to win the giveaway!

Judy N - April 23, 2016 - 8:37 am

Loved those mountains! I’m on my way to a dog show in Zolfo Springs , Fl. today. It’s a tiny outpost on Florida’s west coast situated among orange groves. The show site is on the Peace River. My friend Doreen and I are going, along with her handsome Frenchie, Romeo, who will get his first ( of many ) looks at a dog show. It promises to be a ” chamber of commerce” day : warm and sunny with a slight breeze and the hint of orange blossoms in the air. I’m looking forward to it!

Nancy H - April 23, 2016 - 8:26 am

Sylva is one of my favorite places. I have been there many, many times!

kathy - April 23, 2016 - 8:19 am

Your trip looks so fun!
Thank you for the giveaway!

Cindy - April 23, 2016 - 8:16 am

I want your life! NC mountains have the neatest towns.

Carol - April 23, 2016 - 8:08 am

I would love to take a road trip to this area. Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us (and I LOVE that you share the places you eat!)

Arlene@Nanaland - April 23, 2016 - 8:06 am

We are off to spend the day in Birmingham. Daughter in Law, Katy, invited us to join them for a visit to Pepper Place in downtown Bham. It is a Farmer’s Market on steroids so I have heard. Looking forward to checking it out and the best part is seeing my little Grimmlins.

Jacki G. - April 23, 2016 - 7:54 am

NC is a beautiful state, and you pointed out some great stopping spots. Your blog gets me itching to get in the car and wander!

Anita Williard - April 23, 2016 - 7:45 am

Hi Kelly, I loved your pictures from Sylva. Dixie Mae’s looks so fun. Your reader Kathy’s booth looks like a treasure trove of interesting and beautiful things. (Full disclosure–Kathy is my cousin!) But Sylva is seriously a beautiful small town with so many wonderful people who live there.

Pam Jenkins - April 23, 2016 - 7:35 am

I want to try that beet salad! We’ve been in that area at least once a year, but never eaten at the restaurants you mentioned.

Katrina - April 23, 2016 - 7:35 am

Kelly, I am so glad you had fun in our neck of the woods! Glad you made it to Dixie Mae and I love the thermos you purchased. That pretty courthouse on the hill in downtown Sylva is their library and it is beautiful inside with unbelievable views. I wish we had remembered to mention it to you. The Pisgah Inn is our go to when company comes! I have never had a bad view or meal there.
Isn’t retirement the bomb??!!

Stacey Y. - April 23, 2016 - 7:31 am

i have enjoyed your trip so much! I’m putting Sylva, NC on my list of places to visit. It reminds me of the cute little town down the road where I live, Trenton, KY. Thanks again for sharing your travels with us, and I always enjoy looking at your meal selections!

Karen - April 23, 2016 - 7:24 am

Roasted beet salad is a favorite of mine too, looks delicious!

Kimberly - April 23, 2016 - 7:24 am

Looks like a perfect and delicious day out.

Pamela Christopher - April 23, 2016 - 7:05 am

What a glorious journey! I have saved this post, in hopes of. Going myself soon. Thank you for sharing.

Betty - April 23, 2016 - 7:03 am

I think trying new restaurants is one of he best parts of traveling. Thanks for sharing your trip!

Kay - April 23, 2016 - 7:02 am

My husband + I were discussing Yelp last night. While he thinks it’s a big, fat forum for haters to hate, I disagree. I use Yelp when we travel! How do you find all those cool restaurants + shops? Yelp?
Hi Kay! I rarely use Yelp…not because there is anything wrong with it. I am just used to using Trip Advisor. I use it for all hotels and restaurants. I also read magazines that give me recommendations for shops and look online i.e.: Best Shops in Highlands, NC for example. But my husband says basically the same thing yours does. He thinks people are more likely to write when they are mad about something, but I think TripAdvisor has a lot of positive reviews, so I have to disagree with him there.

Pat - April 23, 2016 - 6:39 am

I’m the person that told you that I hoped your got to go up on the Parkway. These pictures are from my husband’s district on the Parkway. So glad you got to see it. It truly is a magical place. You must look up his book. The Blue Ridge Parkway by Foot: A Park Ranger’s Memoir.

Anne from Atlanta - April 23, 2016 - 6:26 am

What a perfect trip! You always find the best places! I love North Carolina. xoxo, Anne

Marianne A - April 23, 2016 - 6:20 am

Thanks for the journey to a part of the country I’ve never been.

Tricia - April 23, 2016 - 6:15 am

Hi Kelly, always enjoy your travels, the little shops and the food. Your beet salad looks delicious. May have to look up some recipes. Enjoy your weekend.

donna - April 23, 2016 - 6:12 am

Thanks for taking us along on your trips! Loved the little shops. How could you resist the kitchen stuff?!!

Rosemary - April 23, 2016 - 4:39 am

Thank you Kelly! I’ve so enjoyed our trip! Great choice accommodation …perfect countryside and interesting towns to explore. Great to wander around the shops and the food!! so delicious 🙂 thanks again for sharing ….
Hope you have a lovely weekend …beautiful day here …sun shining and a gentle breeze. Just perfect for a walk by the river!

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