J and I went to the mountains a couple weekends ago with some friends of ours from Augusta! Oh my word! It was an amazing trip! We drove up Friday after all meeting in Aiken. We stopped at the Beacon Drive In in Spartanburg for dinner. (because why else would you stop in Spartanburg. It's a scary place man. A scary place.)
We tried to continue our journey to the mountains but ended up wasting like 45 minutes making giant circles around Spartanburg because our GPS kept trying to take us back to the drive in. Every time we thought we were finally on track to head to our final destination we would be back at the drive in. It was miserable and J was driving and I'm pretty sure that's the closest to insanity I've ever seen. Have you seen the movie European Vacation? Remember when they get lost and they're stuck in the round about and keep passing Big Ben and Parliament? "Hey look kids! It's Big Ben and Parliament" and a few minutes late "Look! Big Ben and Parliament." a few minutes later, "Look kids!" "We know! Big Ben." "And Parliament!" Yeah. It was like that, except with the Beacon Drive In. Including the drivers insanity and the passengers frustrations. haha!
Anyway! Eventually we end up on the right track and I fall asleep so I don't really know what happened next. Until we got to the condo we rented. The place was BEAUTIFUL!!!! (You can see where we stayed and my review for them here.)
We spent our Saturday exploring Banner Elk and we ate at an amazing smokehouse that I can't remember the name of. Oh my word the sausage was to die for and they had a broccoli casserole special that was killer! If I lived in the area I would eat there all the time. Of course we had to get pictures of the Elk. You can't go to a place called Banner Elk and not get a picture with an Elk. You'll see those below. There was also a cute little pet supplies shop that we walked through and I oooed and awwwed over all the little puppy things. I almost bought our Gatsby a sweatshirt but I don't think he would have liked that. So I sparred him. Plus it was like $50 for a sweatshirt. I don't even want to spend that on a sweatshirt for me, nonetheless a dog! Even if he's the cutest most adorable dog ever!
We also went wine tasting at Banner Elk Winery! Well, I didn't being the only in the group under 21. But J is 21 and our friends that went with us are both 22. So they enjoyed it. I will say, I have been working in the service industry for a while and that has taught me a lot about wine and my roommate has taught me a lot as well since she has been a bartender at a steakhouse that sells a lot of wine. So for being underage, I'd say I'm fairly knowledgeable about wine. The three of them....not so much. It was almost painful watching them interact with the staff as they tried the different wines. But it was a learning experience for them! And the staff was really sweet and helpful and didn't look at my boyfriend and friends with the same disdain and embarrassment I did. hehe! Just kidding! You gotta learn about wines somehow and a wine tasting is great for that because you can try different kids and kind of narrow down what your tastes are for. So it was good!
We also drove some of the Blue Ridge Parkway! If you are ever near this drive then this is a MUST do. I have driven on different parts of this road many times over the years. Growing up in NC meant that mountain trips were almost yearly and this drive was on the to do list every year. It's beautiful! It is built for sight seeing and doesn't have houses or businesses getting in the way of the amazing view. That's where many of the pictures below came from. We even got out and took a little hike to a pretty waterfall. The guys wanted to go to a higher peak but us ladies were cold and sore from our shoes. We stuck to our little hike and then waited in the car.
After that we stopped at food lion for food and went back to the condo and I cooked shrimp Alfredo for us and we watched the second Harry Potter movie and went to bed. We packed up in the morning, went on a search for coffee. And drove home!
So that was our trip! Enjoy the photos below!
^Look at J all tuckered out! So cute!
Are you a mountains or a beach person? Is there something that you consider a MUST DO when going to the mountains?