I love North Carolina more than there are apple trees in one seed. Which means, it’s endless. As far back as my memory will take me, I’ve come to these mountains to celebrate the beauty in every season. You can see from the picture above that The Smoky Mountains are named appropriately. I’ve rarely seen my mountains on a clear day but rather it is the norm to see them cloaked in this magical misty presence. The picture was taken today about about 3pm. MrD and I drove up to Valle Crucis, Vale of the Cross, for the day. My destination was
MrD and I like to stay at quaint country inns and this is one of the best. The farm was established in the 1700s and has been completely renovated with all the comforts of today. The restaurant is called Simplicity and serves food from the garden you see above. Those are little bunny houses in the middle of the garden.
The perfect place to sit and absorb all the days treasures you purchased from the surrounding areas rich cultural events. Valle Crucis is a charming town with several antique stores, The Mast General Store and Annex, Boone and Blowing Rock are with a 30 minute drive, and you can go fly fishing or tubing down the river. In the winter, you can ski.
The dining room is quaint and inviting. They aren’t open every evening so make sure you check and get reservations before you go. There are two indoor dining areas and a pretty side yard area as well.
And maybe perhaps my favorite part was the porch!
If you prefer, you can stay in one of their fully furbished cottages and guest quarters.
Please click on the link to read the history on the Mast family and this general store. This is the second of two stores in Valle Crucis. The one above has a huge candy section. You fill your bucket to overflowing and don’t worry above cavities. The Mast family tried to carry everything from candy to caskets for those who lived in this remote area.