Experience counts, especially in a fast changing world
My wife and I are from North Carolina and we love the North Carolina mountains. Living in Atlanta provides us the opportunity to visit to our favorite get away, Highlands, NC, at least 2-3 times a year. I come up a couple of more times during the year to take advantage of the curvy roads on my motorcycle.
The fresh mountain air is always invigorating, especially during the fall. We come up in the fall, early enough to avoid the leaf traffic but late enough enjoy the cool mountain air.
Having experienced several places to stay and almost every restaurant and shop, we now have established our favorites.
Our favorite place to stay is the Colonial Pines Inn in Highlands,N.C. Of course we have a favorite room and we have stayed in it so many times that when we make reservations, the innkeepers refer to it as “your room”. We always stay in the Queen suite because in has a separate lseating room for lounging, reading or watching videos on the computer. This extra room makes our stay extra comfortable. Donna and Chris are wonderful innkeepers, as well they should be, since they have owned Colonial Pines for 28 years. Every time we come, we feel as if we are visiting our close friends. Donna is the consummate hostess with a wonderful talent in the kitchen. Her breakfasts are worth the trip all by themselves. Chris is a wise veteran of many things which always makes the evening conversation very interesting.
Another part of our mountain routine is to stop by Cashiers to pick up the wild blackberry jam from Appalachian Harvest. One time the jars were still warm! While my wife browses through the many shops, I either sit in the coupula or stop by one of the coffee shops to pass the time with a good book or to write my blogs.
From Cashiers, we head to Waynesville, NC for our favorite lunch spot “Sweet Onion“. The food is delicious and very reasonably priced. They have THE best apple crisp! BUT, can you believe it? It was not on the menu this time! Imagine our disappointment, as we had been planning our Saturday around that Apple Crisp. How can you not have Apple Crisp in the fall?! Otherwise, the food and service were, as always, excellent.
Also, part of our trip to Waynesville must include the Mast General Store. The is a great store for browsing and buying everything from reasonably prices Woolrich, Columbia and Pategonia gear, as well as an old fashion penny candy store down the crickirty old stairs. This is the only store around where you can grab a handful of ‘bit o honey’ or ‘Mary Janes’. The store is always busy in both low and high season. We rarely walk out without some kind of purchase, be it country ham, moravian cookies or a nice shirt or sweater.
After lunch, shopping and coffee, we head back to Colonial Pines Inn in Highlands. On our trip back, we will be discussing our dinner options. So much wonderful food and so little timeHighlands has more nice restaraunts per resident that most of the mountain towns around. Our favorites are Wolfgang’s, Lakeside and Brick Oven Pizza. For lunch, we always stop by The Sports Page, to pick up their barbecue sandwich.
When we got back to Highlands, we decided to stop by the market to get a snack before dinner. We picked up a bottle of wine, some cheese, and fruit. We then went back to the Inn to sit on the porch, play Scrabble and have a snack. We were enjoying the cool evening air and relaxing atmosphere so much that the time got away from us and it was too late to head out for dinner. A culinary experience missed but a wonderfully relaxing evening.