Sunday, June 2, 2013

The High Country

North Carolina's High Country is only about an hour and a half drive away from my home. Yesterday we took a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to the town of Blowing Rock and stopped for dinner at one of our all time favorite restaurants.

The weather was perfect, with clear blue skies and warm sunshine. It gave me the opportunity to wear one of the dresses I found this week. This navy and white wrap effect dress is by Dana Buchman via Kohl's. The Vera Wang sunglasses are also from Kohl's. The handbag is from Stein Mart. The sandals are by Kenneth Cole Reaction via T.J. Maxx.

The churches in the village of Blowing Rock have the most beautiful shade gardens!

We love to dine on the terrace at The Artisanal in Banner Elk. The amazing view of the manicured grounds including the woods beyond is so peaceful and serene.

This is the view from our table. 

You can almost see the creek just on the other side of those steps.

This evening we both had the wonderful Alaskan halibut with wasabi foam.

The diners at the next table were a wonderful Italian family. This is the grandmother with their adorable grandson. Note that he is also abiding by the rule that gentlemen must wear a jacket. As the family raised a toast he also raised and clinked his sippy cup with them. He was so well behaved. It was obvious that he was well accustomed to fine dining even at the ripe old age of two and a half.

This is the hostess who always greets us with a hug. 
She is so beautiful! My rosy cheeks are as a result of too many glasses of Chardonnay. The Italians graciously sent me another glass when I had already had enough but I graciously drank it as well.

Note the sculpture of the horse behind us. The artist created it with twigs and branches of trees. The theme throughout the building and grounds is one of a barn on a farm. There are two other life size horse sculptures on the grounds as you enter. There is also a spot set aside for helicopters to land for special arrivals by diners who normally reserve the wine seller for dining in complete privacy.

The restaurant was built by the owner of Diamond Creek Golf Club a private gated community nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on over a thousand acres. 

As we leave the restaurant and approach the main road we see the Sugar Top Resort. It is perched at 5,000 feet above sea level on Sugar Mountain. This is the structure that brought about the Mountain Ridge Protection Act of 1983 which prevents a building, structure or unit from protruding more than 35 feet from the crest of a ridge.

I also asked Mr. Mickey to take me to the top of Beech Mountain to show me the chalet he built there in the early eighties.

Thankfully I remembered to bring a light cable knit navy cotton sweater with three-quarter sleeves. The temperature at my home today was 88 and the temperature on Beech Mountain was 59 at the time this picture was snapped.

Daylight has still not faded even at 9 PM on the top of Beech Mountain.


I slipped on these nude heels by Impo and my navy cable knit sweater to have dinner.

Thank you for reading! I hope you have a lovely Sunday.


Susan B said...

What lovely scenery and the restaurant looks beautiful (and delicious!). You look fabulous in that dress!

Grammy Goodwill said...

That dress looks great on you. What a beautiful place to have dinner. Your pictures are breathtaking.

Jackie said...

I really enjoy your pictures with the breathtaking views of the mountains. I love the Carolinas, and always dreamed of retiring there! Maybe someday! Your style, as always, is lovely.

Jody V said...

Beautiful! I need to shop in more stores to get variety. Love Dana Buchman.

Kathy said...


josep-maria badia said...

That most precious dress, is beautiful and very elegant. I love the color and design. I also love your sandals. That lovely place to eat, it's great.

Spashionista (Alicia) said...

I don't know what looks more beautiful, the scenery or you! That dress does all the right things for you without going over the top. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos with us.

Spashionista (Alicia)

Anonymous said...

One of the many pleasures of reading your blog is reading about and seeing the photos of the area I grew up in. You look lovely, and what a delight Blowing Rock is!

Irene Helms Designs said...

The pictures are lovely and combined with your well written descriptions, I feel as if I was there. I actually have been to Banner Elk on several occasions but it has been a number of years. Your post might inspire me to make another trip. Thank you for sharing your visit!

Anne Marie said...

Susan you are an inspiration and a motivation for me to get back my girlish figure!! Photos and style are just gorgeous like yourself.

Lady of Style said...

What an amazing restaurant and view! I am sure you had a lovely evening together.

You look fabulous - especially love the post-Chardonnay photo ;-)

Your dress is gorgeous and in particular the ruffled front which is very flattering. I love dresses with these kind if details or wrap dresses.

Lady of Style

Donna said...

Love the dress! It looks good with both pairs of shoes; one a casual look and the other dressier (no oun intended). What a beautiful and peaceful place to visit and have dinner.

Unknown said...

What a fabulous dress- great for travel. Your pics are lovely.

BTC said...

I love your blog and your sense of style. I envy that you can wear sleeveless outfits and heels (I can wear neither). I live in the Chapel Hill area of NC and Blowing Rock is my very favorite place to visit. Looks like you had a fabulous time!

meriusa said...

Your post is a great pleasure. I love the pictures of the (unknown to me ) mountains, the charming restaurant . Very impressive the horse sculpture!
Thank you for the excellent description of the travel