A Day in the Mountains | Blowing Rock, NC

On Saturday we decided to embrace the sunny weather and head up to the mountains for the day.

We stopped over in Hickory, North Carolina on our way up to Blowing Rock, to take a peek at their Saturday Farmer’s Market and to pick up some Olive Oils. The veggies at the market were ever so pretty.

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Onions...
Onions…

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Fresh fennel.
Fresh fennel.

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Once we arrived in Blowing Rock, we went to the Chetola Resort where were planning on having lunch, only to find out that they weren’t serving lunch that day. Not to be deterred, we headed back to Main Street in search of parking… Forty minutes later we had the perfect parking spot and walked down to the Storie Street Grille.

I ordered the pasta with grilled chicken, marinara and spinach.
I ordered the pasta with grilled chicken, marinara and spinach.

Although you can’t necessarily tell from this particular picture, my pasta ended up in a sea of marinara, and finding the grilled chicken was a ‘treasure hunt.’ Note for next time… ask them to go light on the marinara. 😉

Mum went with the side salad and the quiche of the day.
Mum went with the side salad and the quiche of the day.
For dessert mum enjoyed their Lemon cake... which I had a bite of. Because who can say no?
For dessert mum enjoyed their Lemon cake… which I had a bite of. Because who can say no?

After lunch we stretched our legs a little by checking out a few of the shops on Main Street and the BRAHM: Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

via Google
via Google

The museum has art from various collectors, but we enjoyed the paintings by Elliott Daingerfield (you can visit the studio and one time home of this artist that sits in front of the museum Tuesday-Thursday.) The exhibit Elliot Daingerfield: Collected will be on display through July 24th.

The picture of Venice was painted after Daingerfield visited the famous city from 1924-1925 and I found the history behind it quite interesting. Daingerfield had done several sketches, and when it came time to go through customs the officer in charge told him it was illegal to transport art out of the city. When he didn’t believe Daingerfield who told him that art work was his own, he sketched the officer to prove himself.

One of the art pieces upstairs.
One of the art pieces upstairs.
Fiber art.
Fiber art.

Stay tuned for our trip coming up in July when we will be staying at the Chetola and enjoying an evening of symphony music!

~theavidpen

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