Our mountain vacation was wonderful. I’m trying not to let myself slip into the post-vacation blues and am hoping recapping our time in the North Carolina High Country will help me relive it a bit!
We arrived at the house we rented for the week in Banner Elk early Monday evening and were greeted by the most brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red on the surrounding trees.
After we had such a good experience using VRBO.com to rent an adorable house near the Gettysburg battlefield back in June, Ryan used the site again to find a cozy mountain retreat called Stoneledge Manor, which was large enough to fit the two of us, Chase, my sister and brother-in-law, my parents and two energetic dogs.
We planned to do a lot of cooking at the house, so we were thrilled with the giant kitchen.
The kitchen opened up into a large yet welcoming living room with expansive views of the fall foliage, a fire place, TV and bookshelves stocked with games, DVDs, magazines and books.
Since we arrived rather late in the day on Monday, Ryan, Leslie, Ross, Chase and I went to the grocery store to stock the house with food for the week before my parents arrived an hour later. We ended up grilling out on the patio and enjoying burgers for dinner and ice cream by the fire for dessert!
Our second day in the mountains began with frittatas and hash browns! We gave ourselves time to digest while Ryan set up a workout in the backyard of our cabin. It was a neat way to sneak in some exercise in a very fun way. He had us going through stations that were awfully creative!
My mom was kind enough to watch Chase so I could join the gang for the workout and I am pretty sure I thanked her a million times for bringing WubbaNubs into our lives on this vacation.
Just in case you are in the dark about WubbaNubs like I was, they’re pacifiers with adorable plush toys attached to them, making the both easier to find around the house and more likely to stay in your baby’s mouth. It was so nice to have a pacifier stay put a little better since I feel like I’m constantly putting Chase’s pacifiers back into his mouth after they fall out again and again.
After our backyard workout and showers, we changed and headed out in search of barbeque for lunch.
Thanks to your recommendations, we made our way to Old Hampton BBQ and Country Store!
While we waited for our meals, we browsed around the adorable shop and each bought a piece of candy from the candy barrels for dessert.
We all agreed that our meals were absolutely delicious! If you’re searching for good barbeque and happen to find yourself in Banner Elk,definitely check this place out!
The pulled pork and mac and cheese were my personal favorites.
After lunch, it was time for a trip to Grandfather Mountain and the famous swinging bridge.
It was chilly and windy at the top of the mountain, so I’m glad I packed warmer clothes for Chase. I ended up wearing him snuggly against me in the Baby K’Tan to cross the bridge. He didn’t seem to like the wind, but he did well once we started moving!
The bridge is suspended a mile above ground but I didn’t look down as I walked. My goal was simply to cross is as quickly and safely as possible. It was pretty freaky!
Before we left the state park, we went on a short one-mile hike on the trails and visited the animals on the property.
There were bears, otters, bald eagles, deer and even a cougar to see!
By the time we made it back to the house, we were all pretty pooped and ready for a relaxing night. We changed into pajamas, ate fish for dinner and spent the rest of the night out by the bonfire making s’mores and chatting away.
I’ll see ya soon with more of our mountain adventures!
Hope you all had a great weekend!