Last weekend Alan and I went to North Carolina for our anniversary. We stayed at a resort on Lake Lure, which is the area where Dirty Dancing was filmed. I swear I recognized some of the locations too! Lake Lure is in the mountains near Asheville and while it is a resort area, it is fairly isolated.
We got there Friday evening and after we checked in, spent a relaxing evening at dinner on the lake. The food was ok, but the view was awesome. Saturday we drove about an hour north to Grandfather Mountain.When we got up there, IT WAS SNOWING!!! And, it wasn't just flurries, it was accumulating on the trees and the roads were getting a little slushy in places. When we got to the top of the mountain, it was like a blizzard. High winds, snow and absolutely freezing.There is a pedestrian suspension bridge above a gorge at the top of the mountain. Needless to say, we didn't go across. We got outside and it was so cold and windy that there was no way I was gonna do that! The best part is that by the time we got back to where we were staying, it was a gorgeous day, sunny with hardly a cloud in the sky.
Sunday, we went to Asheville for the day. The Asheville Urban Trail is a walking tour through downtown that highlights historic areas. Sculptures created by local artists are also at each stop. Asheville has a lot of Art Deco architecture, which was really cool, but the town itself was a little too artsy for me. We followed the Urban Trail, then did a little shopping.
Monday, we went to Biltmore, which was what I was looking forward to the most, besides Grandfather Mountain. Biltmore was awesome. The house reminded me of Harlaxton in a lot of ways - Alan actually told me to stop comparing it to Harlaxton LOL! I visited the Biltmore Winery while I was there so now my wine rack is stocked back up.
We left early Tuesday morning to drive back to Louisville to pick up Ewan before heading back to Evansville. While it was a short weekend away, it was a good one. I wish we could go on vacation more often!