Two weekends ago, my niece flew from Utah to North Carolina for a visit. For her high school graduation gift, I surprised her with trip to spend the weekend in North Carolina. 🙂 She’d never been to the East Cost and I was so excited to have her visit!
She had an EARLY flight (flying East is ROUGH) but hey, she’s young. I knew she’d bounce right back.;)
On her first night, we introduced her to the best of Southern food at Mozelle’s – fried pickles, roasted okra, tomato pie, collards, meatloaf and coconut cream pie. It was SUCH a good dinner, per usual there.
A Day Trip to the Biltmore
She slept in a bit on Friday (thankfully) while I caught up on some work and then we headed to Asheville! We went through the Biltmore House, which is amazing, and then we walk through the gardens which were the prettiest I’d EVER seen them.
The Biltmore had a Chihuly exhibit (which I actually didn’t even know about until Brinn’s mom told me!) and it was gorgeous as the sun was setting! (We didn’t stay for the Chihuly at night stuff since we were driving to Boone that evening.) I really think it’s a toss up if I like the Biltmore more in the summer to see the gardens or in the winter to see the Christmas decorations!
It was fun exploring the gardens with Brinn since she wants to open her own landscaping company or nursery when she graduates. She knew was every single plant was that we saw. It was incredible!
It was a gorgeous afternoon – and we lucked out with the rain. It was POURING (like, scary to drive in POURING) on our way to the Biltmore but it stopped just in time for us to explore. We only had a few sprinkles while we were in the gardens!
We left the Biltmore about 7 and headed to Boone. We took some serious backroads to get there and stopped at a gas station for a potty break and water. Can we please talk about this still-operating gas pump?!?! It was in the middle of nowhere with old men sitting out front on rocking chairs. Even after living in North Carolina for 10 years, I’m still blown away by some of the towns and how they feel like a set from a movie.
A Day Trip in Boone
And the next morning, we woke up to this glorious sunrise at Tommy’s parents’ house.
After breakfast at Sunny Rock, we headed to the Glen Burney Trail in Blowing Rock. It’s short, easy trail – about a mile each way – which is perfect when you don’t have a ton of time but want to explore. And in the winter, the views are AMAZING.
After hiking, we wandered around Blowing Rock for a bit before grabbing lunch at Foggy Rock. Then we headed to the Valle Crucis Mast General Store and ended the day with the most amazing sunset hike at Rough Ridge.
A day in Winston-Salem
We spend Brinn’s last day in Winston, exploring the Reynolda House (which I think local people need to take advantage of more!), the Reynolda Gardens and Old Salem.
And, of course, I had to take her to Village Juice. Their new downtown location is beautiful!!
And we ended the day by taking in some city views around Bailey Park. It made me a little nostalgic for when I lived downtown!
It was such a perfect weekend and I’m so grateful I got to spend time with Brinn. She’s so mature, ambitious, smart and kind.
J.crew dress (on sale for $29!)
Did you go on a high school graduation trip? If so, where did you go?
I was the luckiest kid in the world and went to Hawaii. I got a plane ticket for $300 and split a house with 6 friends + a couple adults for supervision. 🙂 It was amazing!
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