On Saturday, my friend Jenna and I headed to North Carolina for a little shopping. She had never been to Boone or Blowing Rock so I knew this was a perfect place for a day trip. The weather was gorgeous, so we put the top down and took off through the mountains. There is a cute little outlet mall in Blowing Rock, NC, it's not much but it has J. Crew and Banana Republic (that's all I need!).
We started our little adventure with lunch at Canyons in Blowing Rock. This is the view from the deck where we ate...
Next, we went to the actual site of Blowing Rock.
The views are absolutely gorgeous and I am still amazed every time I go there. We took a break from sightseeing and did a little shopping.
Then we drove through downtown Blowing Rock and headed towards the Blue Ridge Park.
We drove across the viaduct and over to Grandfather Mountain. We didn't go up to Grandfather Mountain...the views are gorgeous but my friend is crazy, scared of heights. I know that she would never be able to cross the swinging bridge and walk out on the cliffs. We just admired it from below and then headed to Boone for more shopping and dinner.
Downtown Boone is such a cute area. Appalachian State had a game that day so everyone downtown was dressed in yellow and black. They were loosing the game so everyone was leaving early and the streets were filled with students and fans. We window shopped a little then asked a local where was the best place to grab dinner. He directed us to this amazing little (literally, there were only 10 tables in this tiny place!) mexican-burrito place...it was yummy!
After Jenna posed with Doc Watson we decided it was time to start home. We have a already planned a trip back in a few weeks when the leaves start to change colors.
If you live anywhere near the Blue Ridge Parkway and you have never visited it, you must go. There are so many things to do and tons of cute little towns to explore. If you are interested in visiting, leave me a comment and I give you some info on the top sites to see.