I am ready to begin the Caring and Kindness 40 day challenge! My planning calendar is almost full; only a few more dates to fill-in. I can’t wait to see what others are doing and hope I get some new ideas. Join me in showing caring and kindness to others.
Fall is a wonderful time to visit the mountains: the air is crisp but not too cold, the water is still and peaceful, and the foliage is brilliant.
November is at the end of the fall season, so many might think this would not be the optimum time for a trip to the mountains. It could be too late to see the turning of the leaves and too early for a saturation of snow.
This year I decided to go to Lake Lure, North Carolina for Thanksgiving. I am glad I did. We stayed at the historic and beautiful Lake Lure Inn and Spa, built in 1927.
As you can tell from the photograph, the weather was bright. Early mornings were between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit, while days were in the mid to high 60’s.
Each year the Inn hosts a very generous Thanksgiving buffet. In addition to the four meats at the carving station (beef roast, ham, pork tenderloin, and turkey), this year’s buffet included baked haddock, bacon wrapped scallops, twenty four feet of warm side dishes, salads and other cold sides, and an array of desserts.
Parts of the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed on the property and F. Scot Fitzgerald often stayed in room 316. It is a lovely walk around the lake and the area is quaint. You are only a few minutes from Chimney Rock and about an hour from Asheville, where you can visit Biltmore and the trendy downtown shops.
The past few months have been very busy. I have published the second addition of my first children’s book and written a second. Both are inspired by and written for my grandchildren. Some of the best stories come from real life. And we all know how entertaining young children can be. They are generally the center of attention whenever they are in the room. I love my grands.
I took the week of September 6th to take my mother on a small vacation. She has been wanting to visit a few friends and family, so this week she got that opportunity. Although I didn’t nap much, I did get to sleep in. My average awakening time was between 8am and 9am. I drove north to get to mother’s on Saturday evening so that we would be ready to depart on our adventure Saturday morning…not too early.
We left after breakfast.
First stop was the Russell Stover’s candy outlet. Everyone we visited got a box of candy.
We met one of Mom’s friends and had lunch at Cracker Barrel where we picked up some of Bob’s peppermint candies while there.
Next stop was Virginia Beach to visit with Tracy and Karen.Karen makes a mean fruit salad. Tracy was out on the deck cleaning fish caught in the lake earlier this day. It started to rain, so I wasn’t able to jet-ski. (Sigh…sad face)
The underground caverns were beautiful. We learned a lot about calcium deposits, stalactites, and stalagmites.
We ate at the beautiful Mimslyn Inn. The 19th century Georgian Revival architecture was stunning. My daughter knows all the best places.
On the same property as the caverns is the Car and Carriage Museum. We took a quick tour before heading into town for lunch.