On Saturday, Josh and I took a day trip to Blowing Rock, a little town in the mountains of North Carolina.
We love a good day trip, and Blowing Rock is a fairly close destination for us. It takes less than an hour and a half for us to get there. We try to visit at least once every fall because the decor downtown is always spectacular.
Take a look for yourself!
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
It was just what we needed to get into the fall spirit. The main street boasts fall flowers and plants, straw bales, and pumpkins in all sizes. And the arrangements are so pretty! Even the inns and shops downtown participate by decorating their yards, storefronts, and sidewalks.
Everyone in Blowing Rock seemed to be in fall mode. Many women had on flannel shirts, leggings, and boots. I even saw one woman wearing an oversized blanket scarf despite the warm weather!
I guess this means it’s time to make the transition with my own wardrobe, huh?
Blowing Rock has a ton of park benches overlooking Main Street. One of our favorite things to do is sit on a bench and people-watch. It’s so relaxing to watch the people pass by chattering with friends and carrying shopping bags.
We’ve always been a fan of people-watching, and we seem to do some of our best observing on busy days in Blowing Rock.
We also like to visit Broyhill Park, which is a short walk behind the main area of Blowing Rock. It’s rarely crowded there, which is a nice escape from the bustle of Main Street.
We usually walk around the lake a time or two, and then find ourselves a nice bench to just sit and talk.
There aren’t as many people here to people-watch, but we did meet an older couple from Florida. They happened to notice Josh’s Anna Maria Island shirt (from this trip), so they struck up a little conversation with us.
Blue Ridge Parkway
It isn’t a trip to the mountains if we don’t take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We like to stop at a few overlooks to take in the mountain ranges. Here’s a view from one of our stops.
It was a gorgeous day, so we really enjoyed the view.
We ate a picnic lunch at another overlook. I made a new-to-me recipe from Hallelujah Acres that was absolutely delish!! It’s called Bistro Not-Tuna Salad, and it’s officially our new favorite lunch.
I adjusted the recipe slightly by using roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds that I already had in the pantry. I also omitted the dill, used a sweet onion instead of a red one, and doubled the amount of grapes.
Y’all. I can’t brag about this recipe enough. When you decide to try it, let me know if you love it too!
So that was our day trip to Blowing Rock! If you live within a reasonable driving distance, I highly recommend you take a day trip there to kick off the fall season. You won’t regret it!
And the best part is that our day trip cost us nearly nothing. As you know, we’re working hard to pay off the last half of Josh’s student loans. We still like to enjoy ourselves on the weekends though, so we like to do inexpensive activities every chance we get.
Seriously, pack an easy lunch that you can eat on a picnic blanket or in the car and take a little day trip with your family! I’m sure there are plenty of places nearby that have fall decorations galore. The memories you’ll make are well worth the extra gas money.