Category Archives: Family time


2 Guitars and a dulcimer serenade goo for her birthday!  What a talented family!  

1861 Farmhouse

Marisa always looks forward to spending her birthday in Boone.  Our tradition was dinner at Twigs,but this year we decided to try something different. We settled on the 1861 Farmhouse, a wonderful Farm to Table restaurant/winery in Valle Crucis.  The place is outfitted in a very shabby chic style with mismatched furnishings, mismatched dinnerware and […]

At my age whitewater rafting should be a spectator sport

While on vacation at our Bearfoot Hideaway cabin in the mountains of North Carolina this summer, we decided to take a whitewater rafting excursion. It has been a particularly dry summer, and we were afraid that the water levels would be too low for the rafting trip. After a few phone calls to the rafting […]

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 […]

No thanks to Delta – Delta Stinks

It is so very challenging to coordinate travel plans with adult children.  There is so much to take into consideration: cost, vacation time for 4 people, flight schedules, pet sitting, etc.  So when Jordan and Melissa were unable to make it to the cabin last year at Christmas, we were all sorely disappointed!  Add on […]

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 […]

Watauga Lake

Spending the day on Watauga Lake is one of my favorite summertime activities.  We typically rent a pontoon boat for a little over $100 for the whole day.  The boats are equipped with radio and CD player.  A fully stocked picnic hamper and a stack of CDs makes the day perfect. The kids settled in for […]

Happy Birthday Goo

It seems that our tradition has been to spend Marisa’s birthday in Boone.   Her favorite restaurant is Twig’s in Blowing Rock.  It is certainly a great choice for a special occasion.  Twig’s charming twig covered arbor beckons you into the cozy restaurant with a charming mountain decor.  The twinkling white lights through the restaurant gives […]

Merry Christmas

What could make a Christmas more perfect than being with the ones you love, in a warm cozy log cabin, surrounded by the natural breathtaking beauty of the mountains, topped by a gorgeous blanket of snow?  The only thing I can think of is a great dinner!  🙂 Our Christmas Eve dinner was a celebration […]

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 […]