Hi loves! Happy Sunday. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
Friday evening, one of my best girlfriends, Rene, and I headed north to Blowing Rock to escape the heat and do a little hiking...
We checked into Meadowbrook Inn around 730pm, took the short walk over to The Inn at Ragged Gardens / Best Cellar where a really fantastic jazz band was playing on the lawn, had some dinner and then called it a night, early, so we could wake up and feel good for a hike Saturday morning!
Before our hike we grabbed a healthy brekkie of oats + an omelette at
The New Public House & Hotel.
on our walk back to the hotel we couldn't resist passing thru the gorgeous gardens surrounding The Azalea Garden Inn. This sweet little place was so whimsical & lovely.
"an hour in the garden puts life's problem's in perspective"
Evidently not many places in Blowing Rock have caught on to the milk alternative trend...luckily, we found Camp Coffee Roasters, a super cute & awesome coffee shop in town before we hit the trail to grab some [good] coffee!! #butfirstcoffee they made THE best almond milk latte!
We did a super fun, 5 mile hike on the Boone Fork Trail. It took us about 3 hours to get thru the whole trail and it was so fun, beautiful, peaceful and just so nice to do something different! Hiking is one of those things I always want to do more of but Charlotte isn't exactly the best place for that. I totally caught the hiking bug while out visiting Adam in Park City and can't wait to get back out there this week!
The Boone Fork Trail had multiple creeks you have to cross by skipping rocks, a few beautiful waterfalls, massive boulders + neat little bridges & log cabin-ish stairs & ladders to climb. You enter the trail at Julian Price Park picnic area and from here you can choose to take one entry point over the other. Don't hold me to this, but, I believe to the right is just a short (maybe mile) hike in until you reach a fun & family friendly swimming spot with plenty of huge boulders for sun bathing.
I absolutely loved that this 5 mile hike was a loop!!! I cannot stand having to double back - a loop is way more fun, don't you think!? Personally, I would say the Boone Fork Trail was an easy-moderate hike and made for the perfect active afternoon! Definitely wear appropriate shoes - sneakers with good tread or comfy hiking boots. We hit the trail about 11am, got off about 2pm and popped back into downtown Blowing Rock for a lite lunch + one mimosa at Storie Street Grille before heading back down the mountain.
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoy and find this post helpful if you happen to be heading up to do a little hiking in the NC mountains! xx