We always like to get to the mountains in mid-October to enjoy the leaves and the various festivals. This past weekend we went to Boone and enjoyed three days of spectacular weather and color. The leaves were at their peak color with lots of golds and reds. Views from the Blue Ridge Parkway were awesome. I wanted to stop every couple of miles to take pictures.
Saturday we went to the fall festival in Valle Crucis. It seems that every year this festival expands further into the cow pasture with lots of tents of various crafts and of course the food vendors. The smells were wonderful- sausages, pulled pork, corn on the cob, kettle corn, hot dogs, hot cider, apple butter, etc. I especially like looking at the jewelry, pottery, wooden carvings, quilts, and knitted scarves. There were also some llamas that were being raised for their wool; our daugther bought warm knee socks made from this wool.
We also drove by the Wooly Worm Festival in Banner Elk but parking was at a premium (and it’s hard to park a Suburban anyway), so we just drove by. We enjoyed the views from the top of the ski area at Beech Mountain.
Every year we visit an apple orchard near Foscoe and take home a couple of boxes of apples. This year was no different. We got some eating apples and some baking apples. Now I have to find some time to make some pies for the holidays.
We also enjoy visiting the Mast Store in Valle Crucis which is really a throw-back to what was once a little country store. It has local pickles and jams, ground cornmeal from a local mill, old-fashioned candy, housewares, boots and bib-overalls, sun bonnets, toys from yesteryear, and of course, t-shirts. We ate lunch in the Hampton Store in Linville which was once a mill that ground grain. Today it is another little country store which serves the best pork barbeque sandwiches.
Such a change from our usual weekends at the coast- but a very welcome change each fall!