Mountain Escape

“And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth’s shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man’s weak praise should be given God’s attention.” -Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road.

My husband and I love to travel. If we haven’t been somewhere, then we probably want to go there.

In our first six months of marriage, we’ve been blessed to be able to travel to many new places together, but we’ve also been able to revisit places that are familiar.

This past weekend we were able to go to the High Country of NC. I was given a two night stay at a resort in Banner Elk, NC. When we received this special gift, our hearts jumped.

-We. love. the. High. Country.-

We both lived in Boone, NC for a few years, and were heart broken to have to leave. So this trip was already special to us, but to add to it, it was also our 6 month wedding anniversary.

We arrived in Boone early on Friday afternoon and went straight to my favorite local bakery, Stick Boy Bread Company (check them out here

Friday’s special : Swiss Batter Bread. I have greatly missed you….

From there we went and visited our alma mater , Appalachian State University.

Beautiful View of the campus.

Boone is a little slice of heaven. It is very small, but always buzzing with life. There are lots of artsy places to check out local products, and many little side road stands to get some fresh produce.

Banner Elk is about 20 minutes away from Boone. It’s a tiny mountain community close to a number of the ski slopes the high country is known for and down the road from the beautiful Grandfather Mountain.

Growing up in the restaurant business, I am a self proclaimed foodie. I love food. I appreciate it. I document it, and tell the world about it.

We had dinner at this local place (the best kind),  The Banner Elk Cafe’. It is moderately priced, and easy to find. The service was super as well.

My husband’s cheddar burger with curly fries.

My chicken pita with sweet tatoe fries. Honey drizzled over sweet potato fries is always a must.

The next day we wanted to try another local spot, and we stumbled upon the Blue Ridge Bistro ( )

This place is amazing. Fresh organic ingredients, from the farm to the table. 102 sanitation rating and beyond excellent service, you MUST eat here if you ever visit Banner Elk.

Aoli based chicken salad sandwich with mac-n-cheese. Explosion in my mouth. Delicious.

My husband’s meatloaf sandwich. It was juicy, not greasy, and full of bright flavor. So good.

Profile of Grandfather Mountain

This trip was much needed and muchly appreciated. We had a blast, reminiscing about our past adventures in the High Country, and making new memories to warm our hearts.


2 thoughts on “Mountain Escape

  1. Fatima,
    Dan and I and our family always to go to Banner Elk for a week at Thanksgiving. We love Banner Elk Cafe, eating there many times. Banner Elk is one of our favorite places! We will try the Bistro next, thanks!
    Amy & Dan Snyder

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