Category Archives: Blue Ridge Mountain activities

Spring in the Blue Ridge

After a pretty harsh Winter and a very rainy and flood filled early Spring, the Blue Ridge mountains have finally emerged with gorgeous birds, plants and flowering trees. We arrived May 10 to find few buds on trees and plants, no hummingbirds and when we left May 19 the trees were in bloom, flowers were abundant, hummingbirds […]

North Carolina Wine Tasting Festival

One of our favorite vineyards in NC is Raffaldini Vineyards.  It is in the Yadkin Valley region, about an hour or less from the cabin. They have Wine Festivals a few times a year and we have been fortunate enough to be there at those times.  The weather is usually sunny and warm no matter […]

Tweetsie Railroad – witness a train robbery

Tweetsie Railroad is one of the most sought after attractions in the High Country.   Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Steam Engine #12 was built in 1917. You can hop on board and have a real Wild West experience, complete with Cowboys & Indians and a ‘real’ train robbery! The Theme Park has […]

Brinegar Cabin

A short drive farther up the Blue Ridge from the Church of the Frescoes you will happen upon Brinegar Cabin.  This cabin was hand built by Martin Brinegar in the late 1800s.  Somewhere around 1880.  The family lived in the small cabin on 125 acres of property, and raised their family of  at least 3 children here.  They […]

Church of the Frescoes

  A few miles up the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the town of Glendale Springs, there is the quaint church “Holy Trinity Episcopal Church“.  The church was built in 1901, but has undergone a recent revival due to the artist Ben Long. Ben Long is a NC native who studied fresco painting in Italy.  He desired bringing […]

Beech Mountain

We went up to Beech Mountain today.  We have skiied Appalachian Ski Mountain and tubed at Hawk’s Nest Resort before, but we have not skiied Beech.  The roads were clear and the drive was an easy one.  About 30-40 minutes including the ride up the mountain. The kids skiied, while Evan and I did some ice […]

We are spending Christmas in the cabin in Boone!

I am so excited! We decided to spend Christmas in Boone this year! We will drive up Dec 17 and come back Dec 27, so the kids can spend some good Holiday time with their dad. We plan to cut our own Christmas tree and have a real old fashioned Christmas, something it is difficult […]

Upper Creek Falls

Upper Creek Falls is a gorgeous series of falls and cascades in Burke County NC.  It is a short drive on Hwy 181 off the Blue Ridge Parkway MM 312.5.         A short hike from the parking area, you come to some impressive smooth rocks with water cascading over them. Do not […]

Virginia Creeper Bike Trail

The Virginia Creeper Bike Trail is an 18 mile trail along a former railroad track bed.   If you start at the top at Whitetop Station, the trail is mostly a gentle 5° downhill grade. There are a few companies that will rent you the mountain bikes and truck you up to the top of Whitetop.  […]

Julian Price Park

During our latest trip, we went out to the scenic Julian Price park to go canoeing and fishing. The lake was absolutely breathtaking! There was a quaint shop on the edge, where we bought “top of the line” bait. (Who knew fish liked corn?!) So, we geared up and set out on the pristine lake.  […]