Friday (7-21-17) Karen and I fled the relentless heat in Charlotte and headed for relief in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We booked two nights in the Brewery B&B in Plumtree. I can’t say enough about how nice the Young family that owns this enterprise and their staff were. The Cafe served good food, the beer was excellent and breakfast each morning was made special just for us.
We weren’t the only people headed to the high country for the weekend and the 2.5-hour drive took closer to 4-hours. Decompressing with dinner and a Blind Squirrel taste flight was a fine reward for making the trek. The Restaurant and Tap Room closed at 9:00pm, leaving the place to just four B&B guests.
Saturday after a hearty breakfast we drove to Linville Falls. The hiking trails were well maintained and provided views at the base of the falls’ multiple cascades and from high above.
It was all uphill to the Erwins View vantage point. The trees here were huge and the forest dense. You never know what to expect along the way.
It was a warm day, even in the woods and we were thankful the hike to the top was only about 1-mile.
Further down the unpaved road from Linville Falls is Wiseman’s View. The guidance I read said, “You’ll think you are lost by the time you get there.” We actually turned around on the narrow road once before going back and sticking with it until we found the place.
Hiking in July can be a hot and thirsty endeavor. The Linville Falls Winery was just the spot to cool down on the way back to the Blind Squirrel.
We booked a 4:00pm Brewery Tour before leaving home and planned to go tubing afterward. A couple we met at the winery followed us back to the Blind Squirrel Brewery for lunch. They took off tubing while we toured the massive stone building that houses the brewery. The building was originally built in 1919 as the T.B. Vance General Store and was restored by the Young family.
An afternoon thunderstorm brought lighting to the stretch of the Toe River we planned to tube and our float was cancelled.
My trip notes included Elk River Falls and since we still had some daylight, Karen and I drove north to find them.
After another impressive breakfast we were off to tallest peak on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On a clear day it’s possible to see Charlotte from the top. We did not arrive on a clear day.
The State Park at Grandfather Mountain has hiking trails, a turn in the road that Forest Gump ran around in the movie, picnic areas, nature museum, restaurant, animal habitats, giant split rocks and a fudge shop, but for me it was all about the high elevation views.
We had another splendid North Carolina adventure. It’s cooler in the mountains!