After about a month at the beach, one thing has become very clear.
I’m a mountain girl.
Sunbathing in the sand with a great book is still one of my favorite ways to relax. But the mountains call to me and this weekend I answered their call in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
The Pisgah National Forest between Asheville and Boone came highly recommended by many friends and acquaintances. Most touted the booming craft beer scene and abundance of outdoor activities. We needed no convincing.
After finishing some work at our home base in Conway, South Carolina, on Wednesday we loaded up our camping gear and headed about five and a half hours northwest. The tin can is staying put in Conway for much of the summer since hauling it is a bit of a hassle for only a couple of nights away.
In four days we visited five craft breweries, attended a wine and beer festival at a mountain winery and sipped the best hazelnut truffle latte in the world at The Local Lion.
My top five:
• Best bartender – Rex at Asheville’s Green Man Brewery
• Best space/most unique flavor combos – Asheville’s Burial Beer Company
• Best overall brewery – Boone’s Appalachian Mountain Brewery
• Best beer – Black chai cider, Appalachian Mountain Brewery
• Best wine – Cab sav, Linville Falls Winery
Between breweries we took three hikes, made it to two waterfalls and gushed over views along Blue Ridge Parkway. The scenery and cool mountain air confirmed my suspicions that the mountains are my place. I’m already making a list of activities for our next visit, which includes hiking Mount Mitchell the tallest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet.
We enjoyed some camping luxuries like restrooms with running water and hot showers at the Linville Falls Campground while sleeping on an air mattress in the bed of our truck. We toasted our campsite neighbors who told us their story about getting engaged one rainy night at that very campground and recommended some new locations to explore.
Needless to say, this was my favorite place so far and it’s going to be hard to beat but I’m up for the challenge.