Thursday, February 4, 2016

Walk Around Bass Lake. Blowing Rock NC

....If you find yourself in the Blowing Rock area I highly suggest you visit Moses Cone Park....
"Moses Cone Park at Milepost 294 near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is a popular destination in its own right, and the 25 miles of carriage roads on the former estate 
offer plenty of opportunities for a hike."
 It was cold and windy on the Friday Erica and I were in Blowing Rock.  We decided to take an easy hike on a trail that swings around Bass Lake.  It was cold but beautiful.  You had to be careful, because it was a sheet of ice there on the path.
 You can see there on the top of the hill the Moses Cone Manor.  You can access it from the Blue Ridge Parkway or walk up the carriage trails to get to it.  We have been many times.  It's a beautiful view from the top.  
"Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, near Blowing Rock, North Carolina on the Blue Ridge Parkway, preserves the country estate of Moses Cone, a prosperous textile entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age. Its centerpiece is Flat Top Manor, a gleaming white 20-room, 13,000 square foot mansion built in 1901 in the grand Colonial Revival style."
High Winds there on the Dam Breast

Beautiful Day in the Mountains of NC
Happy Travels!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Chetola Resort....The Fire Pit

"Explore Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, an 87-acre resort within walking distance of a quaint mountain village, neighboring a 3,600-acre National Park and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina."
One of our favorite spots at the Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock NC was the Fire Pit.  If you go you will find this delightful location just outside the Timberlake's Restaurant. Be sure and secure a drink  from the bar before you venture out.
"At the turn of the 20th century, it was known for its natural beauty and therapeutic qualities. It is fitting that in Cherokee, Chetola means "Haven of Rest." Today it spans 87 magnificent acres in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has come to be known as a world-class resort."
...Beautiful Walkway...

I like this photo because you can see the fire in the glass.  Did I plan this?
Of course not:-)
...Erica enjoying her glass of wine...
....Me, yep I was talking during the photo...:-)
If you go to the resort be sure and spend some time with a glass of wine by the Fire Pit.
Lovely experience.
Happy Travels Everyone!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Winkler Bakery in Old Salem NC



Constructed 1800, restored 1968

One place Gale and I knew we had to visit was the bakery in Old Salem.  I have enjoyed the Moravian cookies over the years but everyone has told me I had to try the sugar cake.
Look at all the temptations....Yummy:-)

A bit of history....

The sugar cake was amazing.  We took it back to our room and enjoyed the yummy sweetness in front of the beautiful fireplace in our room.  We also shared a bottle of local wine.  What a lovely day:-)
Happy Travels Everyone!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Air Plane Manners...A Poster found on Twitter...

I found this poster on Twitter.  It reminded me of one of my worst travel experiences.  
I have not been on a plane for years.  For the most part, my flying adventures have been just fine.  There is only one that stands out and that is when I was stuck in the middle seat next to a smelly guy by the window.  I thought the flight would never end.  He looked clean but smelled of extremely dirty/soiled,  jeans.  The smell was nauseating and I had to endure it for 3 hours.  Ugh!
As I look over this chart I find one that would make me angry.  The one where the person puts his feet between the seats.  I have never seen this but I would have to say something if I were minding my own business and someone put their feet on my shoulder.
What is your worst travel experience?  Which one fo the actions on the photo would bother you the most?  I would love to hear you stories.
Happy Travels

Friday, January 22, 2016

Shopping with Gail in Old Salem NC

Shopping with Gail in Old Salem...
 "Built as a store to serve the whole community, the building had been converted into a residence by the early 20th century with a raised roof and restyled. Built of rubble stone but covered in flat stucco with false joints, it again appears as if it were made from cut stone."
 T. Bagge: Merchant is still the ‘community store,’ but now for Old Salem Museums & Gardens. 
This historic shop offers visitors a unique opportunity to purchase 
distinctive merchandise from tradesmen, craftsmen, and select vendors. 
T. Bagge also offers a large array of educational children’s toys and books.

Moravian Star...Beautiful
I bought a few to take home.
 This is one of the shops we were in.  Pretty:-)

Another fun day in Old Salem.
Happy Travels!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Continued Walk Through Beautiful Old Winston Salem NC

Moravian Church
Gail and I did visit this church for a Sunday service.  It was lovely.
A. Butner Hat Shop
Stone walkways.  Beautiful
I loved the tile roofs.  Such detail...

 What do you think this is?  I don't know so I will google it. Gail and I were guessing wood storage...
I searched and searched and could not find the answer.  Let's just say it is wood storage.  What do you think it is?
Happy Travels

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Doors and Windows of Old Salem in Winston Salem NC

I love to take photos of doors and windows.  I don't know why.  
Here a few from our trip to Old Salem along with door and window quotes...

 “People say that eyes are windows to the soul.” 
― Khaled HosseiniThe Kite Runner
if you're grateful, you'll see God open up new doors."
Joel Osteen

"A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time"
Mark Twain

 “Some live, some survive but others merely exist.
Live to unlock closed doors” 
― Ikechukwu JosephUnlocking Closed Doors
“The past is a window to look through; not a room to stay in.” 
Kevin Keenoo

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens;  but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” 
― Helen Keller

 “Deception sneaks in through the window of pride.” 
― Evinda Lepins
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door” 

 “Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realising you were the prisoner!” 
― Max Lucado
 Calmly, in the precious present, be a light for love and wisdom in the window on your world. 
(Kevin Flynn)