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Monday, January 5, 2015

NYE in the Mountains

Happy New Year!  I've been on a much needed vacation the past few days and it has been wonderful! Whit and I joined 3 other couples and headed off to the mountains last Wednesday to stay in a quaint little cabin in Ferguson, NC.  Ever heard of Ferguson, well neither had we.  Although it was far removed from any city life, it was nice to just enjoy not having plans and be away from it all. (Get ready for photo overload.)

View from our porch

We arrived Wednesday evening just in time to get settled, make dinner, and ring in the New Year.  Each couple took turns cooking meals each day. Whit and I took on the first evening and made a big pot of chili with a side of cornbread.

We celebrated throughout the evening with cocktails, cards against humanity and some dancing of course.

NYE Essentials

The weather was perfect on Thursday, so after taking in the beautiful views over a cup of coffee, we went hiking on a nearby trail.  We found a beautiful spot to stop and take some group photos.

This didn't go quite as planned
 After hiking we headed back to the house for a little happy hour and to warm up in the hot tub.

Later that evening we enjoyed a traditional New Years Day dinner consisting of pork, collard greens and black eyed peas.
On Friday we ventured out to Boone to explore the downtown area and have lunch.  We stopped at cute boutique called Boone Belles. They had some great things and even better prices. I couldn't leave without this floppy hat...I've been searching for the perfect one for a while now. 
We had lunch at Proper, an intriguing spot in town that from the outside really made you curious what was behind their doors. We were not disappointed. 
I had the roasted turkey and Vermont cheddar sandwich with rosemary pecan aioli, granny smith apples and lettuce on toasted sourdough with a side of tomato pie. This sandwich was delicious and so full of flavor. I would love to try and make my own rosemary pecan aioli in the near future.
Here are a few of the other dishes that graced our table.
Scrimshaw beer, lamb burger with pimento cheese topped potato cakes, meatloaf, collards, & mac n cheese

After exploring the downtown area, we made our way back up the mountain to our cabin. The winding roads made for a long car ride.
Mountain Melody
Saturday was a rainy and gloomy day. Despite the weather, we still made the best of it and went on a run (in the fog) and enjoyed the hot tub, (with an umbrella.) It was so nice to relax and not have plans or anywhere to be.
Sunday it was time to say goodbye to the nice little escape from reality. The fog had settled in and our clear view turned into this. This picture doesn't do it justice, it was actually really beautiful in person.

We had an amazing trip with great friends....a perfect way to start the New Year! Now it's back to the real world.


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