Life’s tough; whether you’re a mom who juggles between work, kids and housekeeping or your bath salts weren’t as effervescent as you’d have liked during your last soak you need to get away with the girls sometimes. That’s exactly what I did this past weekend and it was just what I needed.
I dug out my winter clothes and headed to the mountains for an estrogen-filled weekend with two gal pals. The place was Banner Elk, North Carolina and even for a city girl like me it was quite enjoyable.
Our days were filled with exploring, shopping and coffee breaks while at night we enjoyed great food at local restaurants before scurrying back to my friend’s apartment for a soak in the hot tub dispersed with board games and chick flicks. Every girls dream, I know!
Notable places on this trip included the quaint, picturesque town of Blowing Rock, NC. To say this is a small town is an understatement as it is a total of only 3 square miles. Yet its website boasts more than 100 shops and two dozen restaurants for visitors to enjoy. Also, Nick’s Restaurant and Pub back in Banner Elk is a great place to grab a beer, sing karaoke (or watch others) and chat with the locals. Banner Elk also has a wonderful winery (watch for a separate post on that) and a tapas restaurant called Zuzda Tapas with over 100 selections to choose from.
While many would gravitate toward the more recognized towns of Charlotte or Asheville, NC I would challenge you to veer off the beaten path for the small towns that are dotted throughout the mountains. More importantly, all you ladies need to unite and get away for some rest and relaxation with your girlfriends. Whatever the destination you’ll be glad you did!