When the rustling leaves perish into the earth and all that is left is the white calm of winter, it is best to loose yourself in the tranquility of the mountains. Blowing rock, is such a perfect escape.
My man decided to whisk me to the ski slopes for a Valentines day adventure, little did he know that I would gain mastery in the art of falling with skies on! (Mostly while trying to stand up!)
We visited the Appalachian ski mountain, if you don’t have your own gear (including ski suite, gloves, googles), it can all be rented there but it is best to go packed with warm (waterproof) clothes. If you are a newbie at skiing like us, you can attend the group or private lessons available at specific hours. They have different types of entry options, you can opt for a half day or full day pass.
We stayed in a classic wooden mountain lodge, decorated with cabin inspired drapes and cushions, equipped with an electric fireplace, which completed the ‘winter vacation feeling’ by keeping us warm and toasty.
Apart from my unsuccessful yet relentless efforts to ski, this trip was one straight out of a fairy tale. Christmas decorations still lingered at places biding farewell to the cold winter. Snow flakes started to cover our tracks as we explored the adorable little downtown.
Blowing rock is approximately a 2 hour drive from Charlotte and 3 hours from Raleigh. The downtown is a small street lined with boutique shops and lively eating joints. We later visited this town in the summer as well and found the ambience equally inviting and fun.
There are many recommendations for things to see in these quaint little shops. Right from the start, there are places like Cabin fever that sells beautiful decor pieces etc for creating the perfect mountain retreat. The fragrance sachets from this place take me back to the woods even months after our visit. There is an amazing collection of flavored Olive oil in this store called ‘Rustic’ (sister store of the ‘Art of oil’ in Boone,NC). Quirky to cute these people have an array of shops selling antiques and collectibles that can click with your individual personality.
As Indians, we have a special favoritism for spices and tea so finding a little shop called ‘The spice and tea exchange’ in downtown was simply fantastic! We purchased their best selling Tuscany spice that can be paired with a variety of dishes and the Maharaja blend of tea which is basically a good masala tea mix.
When the chilly winds grew stronger we took a food break and sat there sipping hot chocolate at the six pence pub! A British-inspired pub offering a lengthy drinks list & a menu of American & English comfort fare. Its easy to appreciate the snow laced beauty of the mountains (even with ski sore body ache) if there is a hot cup of chocolate in your hands. Who wouldn’t agree chocolate always makes life better! A sweet end to a sweet fairy tale trip.