Sunday, October 21, 2012

Getting My Fall Fix!!

One of the big reasons I chose to move to Charlotte is because of its vicinity to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
And, there's nothing better than the Fall in those mountains!

I generally plan a hiking trip for this time of year, but obviously, being 8-months pregnant, that's really not happening right now.
But that didn't keep me from wanting to see all the pretty foliage, so I talked my Mom into making the trek West with me over the weekend.

After watching the local news Saturday morning and hearing their prediction for peak colors, we chose to head to Lake Lure, just a 90-mile drive from Charlotte.
My Mom has a convertible so we took the top down, put our hats and scarves on and made a day trip of it!
 The higher we got, the brighter the leaves.
 Our first stop was for lunch on the lake.
 On a whim, we chose Larkin's on the Lake.
 A cute little spot accessible by boat or car.
 The food and atmosphere?
The weather could not have been more beautiful.
Sunny and 70!
Perfect..Perfect..Perfect Day!
 After lunch we headed over to the Lake Lure Inn and Spa where the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed.
 They were getting set up for a wedding a few hours later.
But, in walking distance there was a street fair taking place where there were tons and tons of vendors.
 Being a hat lover these newsboy hats caught my eye immeditaly.
No worries, I purchased a few other things too.

Then we got back on the road and in search of more beautiful Fall foliage.
 As we headed up the mountain we ran into Hickory Nut Gap Farm.
A wonderful place to visit with children.
They had a maze set up, petting zoo, picnic area and more.
I can't wait until we can bring Shelby to fun places like this.

Here's a better picture of my baby bump.
You can see from the side, just how large it has gotten!
 There were a variety of apples to choose from on the farm.
 Not to mention, pumpkins.
 This place was a mecca of Fall fun!
It was so great to get my 'Fall Fix' complete with a caramel apple.
 I seriously don't think I had eaten one since I was a kid but it was just as delicious as I remember!
 We even came home with a few apples for baking.
I had one of the pretties for breakfast this morning.
All in all, I could not have asked for a better Fall weekend!
Good company, weather, food, spectacular color and scenic views.
I know from here on out life will be totally different so I was glad to spend some one on one time with my Mom before the change takes place.

Do you crave a Fall fix or is it just me?
What is your way of getting it??


Leigh Powell Hines said...

What a great day!! You look cute.

Annie said...

Now that sounds like the perfect day! I've heard Lake Lure is really pretty!

I Do Declare said...

I love Lake Lure! I am pretty sure when I was there last I ate at Larkins.

donatelli98 said...

So fun!! I am in NJ this week for work and we have tons of gorgeous trees on our campus here - the leaves are beautiful! Such a nice reprieve from the desert!

Monica said...

Beautiful colors! What a fun thing to do with your mom before little Shelby gets here. said...

so funny I wrote about the same thing today! Next year, your fall post will be filled with pics of Shelby!

Jess at Just Rainbows and Butterflies said...

Oh Dee, you look so beautiful in these photos and are absolutely glowing! i'm so so happy for you!

Also, so glad that you got a good Fall weekend in with your momma. Those are so important before baby.

Ashley said...

baked apples!! We have a ton from picking this weekend. I can bake some! thanks.

Dee said...

Because some of us do not own a smart phone and CANNOT AFFORD A SMART PHONE