Fall break is upon us, and I was fortunate enough to start out the long weekend with a relaxing and beautiful trip to the Mountains of N.C. Mom, Dad, and I went up to Boone in order to see the foliage and spend a well deserved day relaxing and doing nothing. We ate at a wonderful new restaurant named Proper, which serves some legitimately wonderful southern style food. It is all locally sourced and that makes it extra delicious. They have a Sweet Potato casserole that is the best I have ever eaten! Next we did some browsing and lite shopping downtown. I picked up an amazing pair of grey, swede ballet flats at Lucky Penny,(the girl in the Fedora on the link page just happens to be my sister, Jordan!) on sale for $15! At the Antique Shop, Mom was kind enough to buy a Jadeite saucer and teacup for my burgeoning collection! After a trip to Cheap Joe's Art stuff, so my mom could buy some paint, we got on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
If you are ever near the Southern Appalachians, (Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia) you must make it to the Parkway. It is an absolutely magnificent road system built during the Depression as a Federal Works Project. It is one of the most beautiful drives in the world, I promise. We just drove leisurely through the wonderful woods and fields and outlooks. One of our favorite stops on the parkway, is always the Moses Cone House and Craft Center.
This is a crazy, beautiful Neo Classical mansion built in the 1800s by a super wealthy mill owner, Moses Cone, as his mountain home. The house has one of the most beautiful front yards imaginable.
We always like to go and look out from the porch and pretend that it the view from our front yard. I can't think of a better way to celebrate this, my favorite season and month!