At the end of August we were reaching a point of exhaustion with the heat and humidity here. Although it’s a lot less intense in Asheville than surrounding areas outside of the mountains, we’re wimps and were ready for it to be over. With a day off together, an occasion that occurs less often these days, we decided to take a road trip. We had heard that Boone and Blowing Rock, two small cities in higher elevation, were a nice getaway to beat the heat. So we went for it! They also came recommended by my parents who remember loving these quaint art communities when we lived here in 1991. The drive being around 2 hours, it seemed like an adventure fit for us.
Of course, wherever we go, the local breweries are quickly discovered. ‘Market Research’ is what we like to call it. I don’t drink too much beer, but with Nathan being in the industry it’s fun to see how other breweries master their craft. Our first stop was Appalachian Mountain Brewery. It was a beautiful blue sky day with big dreamy clouds. And the temperature was just right.
The tasting room was decorated with local art, huge murals and repurposed wood. The vibe was very homemade and rustic, which we tend to love.
Little J and I left Nathan to focus on his beer flight while we enjoyed the scenery and a cider. It turns out that not only do they brew beer, they have a cidery at a different location. And they are just as creative with them as they are their draught.
Through these doors was their brew house. After learning that eight years ago Boone was a completely dry town, we were impressed by the community that was built surrounding this little brewery.
It was a great start to the day.
Next we made our way to downtown for lunch and meandering. The town center is full of old brick buildings with a beautiful mountain background. Boone had one of the most beautiful US post offices I’ve ever seen.
This is just one of the massive murals that decorated little corners of the town.
And of course, once we saw the General Store we had to stop in!
It had everything I remember loving as a child living in the South, if even for just a short stint.
And a wall of Fiesta Ware? My mother would have been in heaven!
After perusing the town and having lunch we made our way to Blowing Rock, which was only a 20 minute drive from Boone. We stopped into a few gift shops. There is something so charming about little towns that are completely driven and dependent on their visitors. We ended our trip in the town center on the swings… and another brewery.
In our family, nobody is too old for the swings.