If you’ve been following my instagram account you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been in the Midwest this week!
My family and I got to sneak away for a few days and have a little vacation in the gorgeous Appalachian Mountains. I love, LOVE the smoky mountain region. We’ve been vacationing here for years and have so many memories here.
My family and I were at a mountain home in Burnsville, North Carolina. There are lots of little towns in this area that all have quaint downtowns with little gift shops and great opportunities for antiquing.
This fall has been a lot of fun because I’ve gone on a few little adventures! Sometimes it feels like I’m never done packing and unpacking my suitcase (no complaints of course).
Below you can see some of my favorite looks from the trip!
On the first full day of our trip we were totally immersed in fog-it was very eery but also made exploring lots of fun. My brother and I went hiking and we could barely see anything because of all the fog.
One of my favorite hiking outfits ^^ Button down white blouse, green vest & scarf. This trip wasn’t too long so we wanted to fit as much in as possible. We would go from hiking to a cute boutique in town so I didn’t want to look like a wild woman. I paired my hiking boots with the button down blouse to add some civility.
Crazy mountain wind= thick braid ponytail.
If you are traveling near Hot Springs, North Carolina, make it a point to stop at this store ^^ A lot of the thru-hikers of the Appalachian Trail stop here so it’s packed with everything you need (and don’t need) for backpacking. It’ll inspire you to get out in the woods even if you are lazily sipping a latte in Ugg boots.
We were driving through the backroads and found a gorgeous waterfall. Note to self, cowboy boots are not suitable for slippery rocks.
^^ One of my very very favorite views. For coffee in Burnsville, stop at the Appalachian Java & Cafe. Latte of choice was the pumpkin brûlée latte with only one pump of syrup and whole milk.
My brother Bruce looking very dramatic ^^ A couple years ago we were in these same mountains on the Appalachian Trail for our spring break. We didn’t bring a map. We got lost. Everything froze. Strangers on the trail took pity on us and gave us tea & whiskey. We didn’t know if we were going to get out but we did and now it’s a great story.
WE SAW A BEAR.
On one of our last nights of the trip we were driving around a curve in the mountain side right near the house and in the middle of the road there was a huge black bear! We stopped suddenly and tried to get a picture but he scurried away really fast. For years we have been hoping to spot a bear, going on hikes where there have been bear sightings, and low and behold we see one right in the middle of the road! We were thrilled.
Have y’all been to the Appalachian Mountains before? If so, tell me about it (comment below)!