Snowshoe Mountain first popped on my radar when I was invited on a press trip to the mountain years ago. I spent some time Googling and clicking thorough stunning pictures and was bummed when I couldn’t make the trip at the time. Ryan and I talked about visiting Snowshoe Mountain ever since and when I received another email inviting us up to spend a long weekend in the picturesque mountain town this summer, we knew we had to make it work!
My friend Lauren’s family has a condo in the village and raved about Snowshoe, so I was more than excited to explore a place I’ve heard so many wonderful things about from a close friend. I was a little concerned about finding enough things to do on the mountain since it’s primarily a ski destination, but since there’s not much Ryan and I love more than spending a day hiking, I figured that even if we filled our days with hiking, we’d have a blast!
With Chase and Sadie along for the ride, we kept most of our activities baby and dog-friendly, which meant we spent a lot of time simply exploring the town, hiking and enjoying the gorgeous 75-degree weather.
Ryan and I weren’t sure how to tackle the five and a half hour drive to Snowshoe Mountain but figured that leaving a little before Chase’s bedtime on Thursday night would likely work best. Chase was such a champ during the drive and even though it was a pretty hands-on experience (I spent the majority of the ride in the backseat rotating through toys, books, food and baby songs), he eventually dozed off for around two hours toward the end of the drive. Oh! And just in case you ever happen to make the drive up to Snowshoe, it’s not the best drive for those with weak stomachs. I’ve always been prone to getting a little car sick and I honestly felt like I might puke for the last hour of the curvy mountain drive up to the village. Yeesh! I missed my Quease Ease nausea relief stick from my pregnancy days!
We arrived a little before 11 p.m. and after checking in at the main desk in the village hub at Allegheny Springs, we drove to our townhouse rental in the Stemwinder complex to unpack and settle in for the night. We were grateful to find dog-friendly lodging because we knew Sadie needed to join us on our outdoor adventure trip!
Hiking and Shavers Lake Swimming
We slept in until around 7 a.m. on Friday and spent the first 30 minutes of the day packing a backpack and getting organized for our first hike of the trip. Chase was up soon after we were and by 8 a.m., we found ourselves in the village where I popped into Starbucks to grab breakfast sandwiches, juice and iced coffee for us for a quick, on-the-go-breakfast.
Our intent for our first hike of the trip was to simply explore and see how Chase would fare in our new hiking backpack. We set our expectations fairly low and were pleasantly surprised by how well Chase did on the hike! He seemed incredibly comfortable in the hiking backpack and we managed to hike for four miles before returning home for his morning nap.
Once we made it back to our townhouse after our hike, we ate peanut butter sandwiches with Chase before he was ready for his nap. (Side note: Chase loves peanut butter sandwiches and therefore the number of peanut butter sandwiches I eat every week is borderline ridiculous.) Chase thankfully went down quite easily and slept for nearly two hours!
By the time Chase was up again, we were ready for some more outdoor fun and put on our swimsuits before taking the Ballhooter Lift down to Shavers Lake.
The water was quite cold and, honestly, I probably would’ve skipped swimming altogether but I couldn’t resist all of the amazing inflatable floating toys they had in the water! I’ve never tried a water trampoline and the 16-foot inflatable slide simply called to me!
Ryan and I took turns sitting on the shore with Chase and cheering each other on as we attempted ridiculous water tricks on the trampoline and had way too much fun on the giant slide. It felt like summer camp for adults and we had a blast!
(Chase was clearly thrilled with the sunscreen I put all over his face!)
Once we were done swimming, we hung out on the shore for a little while until we knew Chase was in need of a late afternoon nap. We took the ski lift back up to the top of the mountain but not before we heard the lift attendant yelling after us. Apparently Ryan’s wedding ring dropped out of his backpack (he always takes it off to swim and work out) and she was kind enough to send it up the lift in a bag behind us. Since we’ve already replaced Ryan’s ring once before when it fell off in the lake by our house, we were obviously quite grateful to her! Phew!
We arrived back at our townhouse ready for food and naps. Chase went down for a nap while Ryan and I snacked on some of the food we brought from home and grabbed showers before dinner.
I love visiting destinations that allow you to walk everywhere and once Chase was awake again, we headed out with our little guy and walked into the village to grab dinner at Foxfire Grille.
It was a great recommendation (thank you to those of you who encouraged us to check it out!) and we took advantage of happy hour drink specials ($4 cocktails!) before ordering dinner. We ate outside and Chase had his first coloring experience! He did pretty well until he decided the crayons looked delicious and then coloring fun ended in some tears. Thankfully our food arrived quickly and that served as a great distraction.
Ryan and I gave Chase bites of our meals and he wasn’t a huge fan of my Mediterranean pizza but he did like the corn muffin that came with Ryan’s pork shank.
We were tempted to order dessert but didn’t want to push our luck with Chase, so we walked home, did the whole baby bath thing and put Chase to bed within an hour.
While I was settling Chase down for the night, Ryan went on a dessert mission and picked up some hiking snacks for Saturday’s hike and two pints of ice cream to share on the back patio of our townhouse. Not a bad way to round out the day!
We were both completely exhausted and ended up in bed rather early on Friday night which suited me just fine! We had another full day of hiking and lake time ahead of us the next day and I wanted to be well-rested.
I’ll see ya soon with a recap of our second day at Snowshoe Mountain! Hope you guys had a great weekend!