Unplugged: The NC Mountain Getaway You Need
"The only trip you will regret is the one you didn't take."
About two hours west of Charlotte, North Carolina is the sleepy little town of Black Mountain. Located in Buncombe County, it’s typical "small town America”. The downtown is lined with cute shops and restaurants. Locals sit and watch cars go by as tourists pop in and out of the retail shops. Black Mountain draws a large number of visitors each year and just outside of town, up a skinny winding paved road sits a gorgeous Airbnb.
What is an AirBNB? Airbnb (air bed and breakfast) is an online community that connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodations.
The Old Toll Road Home
The upscale lodge home that sits at the top of Charmeldee Old Toll Road has five bedrooms and beautiful panoramic views of Black Mountain. It’s designed with a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, two spacious decks, a hot tub and it is the perfect getaway to relax, reset and recharge. The owners, Brian and Alyssa Foushee have designed a home that you will not want to leave.
The day we arrived we were expecting rain, but were surprised with snow; beautiful white, fluffy snow. In true NC form, it didn't last long. We hunkered down to play games that have been provided by the hosts; board games like Scrabble and Monopoly and there is also a shuffleboard table on the second floor. We made sure to take full advantage of the hot tub that's on the downstairs deck; even in frigid 32 degree weather, we stayed quite toasty.
I woke up on the second day to a beautiful sunrise. You can't pick a bad room to sleep in; the view is beautiful from all the rooms in the house. The sun rises on the backside of the home, so if you plan to take pictures or do a time lapse, know that. Sunsets are amazing up there in the summer, I bet. I made a big ol' cup of coffee and in true relax-mode, I sat at the bar and played cards until the rest of the house woke up. Speaking of the bar, be sure to check out the gorgeous bar that the owners built themselves. I sat at it and brushed up on my Solitaire game. I haven't played in years, but I am pretty sure I won.
The hosts won’t be on the property during your stay, but they are avaliable for anything you need. Also, the house is equipped with a large flat screen TV, WiFi and a Bluetooth speaker should you need to use it. We never cut the TV on.
What is there to do in Black Mountain? I had not been to Black Mountain in years (BTW, what happened to to the Bele Chere Music Festival??) so before the trip, I researched the area and here’s a few places I had on my list to check out. Pisgah Brewing Company (2005) - They specialize in craft brews made with all-organic grains and malts. Pisgah Brewing’s flagship beer – Pisgah Pale Ale, is a staple of the Asheville, NC beer scene. It’s a nice place to sit and enjoy a cold beer. It has a fun atmosphere (check their calendar for the live music schedule) and a wide selection of beers to choose from. Stop by and enjoy conversation with other beer lovers or CJ, the friendly and knowledgeable bartender.
*It’s about 15 minutes from the Airbnb.
Looking Glass Falls - One of the most popular waterfalls in Western North Carolina (60 feet tall), the name "Looking Glass" comes from Looking Glass Rock, where water freezes on its sides in the winter and then glistens in the sunlight like a mirror ... or a looking glass. It’s easy accessibility makes Looking Glass Falls a popular spot for travelers along U.S. 276 near Brevard and about an hour from the Airbnb.
Thank you to local photographer Justin Potter for this awesome shot. For more awesome landscpare shots, visit him HERE
Louise's Kitchen - A charming old home that was built in 1904 that’s been turned into a diner, where you feel right at home. The menu is full of comfort food choices; I promise you won’t leave anything but stuffed. The biscuits and gravy are a solid choice; don’t forget to add bacon. Also, make sure you pay when you walk IN the door. I love small town America - no dine and dash option. Mountain Sunrise Cafe - This was a great place to grab a bite. We stopped because who doesn't want to eat burgers and fried veggies in a purple house? They have no social media (how vintage), but I’m here to tell you the cheeseburger with fried okra and squash was delicious. And they have the 'good' Ranch dressing. Not the bottled stuff. You can’t miss it, it’s painted violet and right off the main drag.
Trailhead Restaurant & Bar
Not Your Father's Pizza
Foothills Butcher Bar
Breweries & Pubs:
Black Mountain Brewery
Anyone who knows me knows I love live music, so if you are in the area, I highly suggest checking out Pisgah Brewing, The Orange Peel or The Grey Eagle. They have some amazing acts come through there. Be sure to check their calendar before you go. Are you interested in renting this beautiful home? Please visit HERE
Also, if you are going to be in the Black Mountain or Asheville, NC area and need parking vouchers, let me know. That is my only complaint about Asheville - the parking. So I have teamed up with MobileNow!, a local mobile parking company and they have supplied me with coupons for discounted parking in the downtown Asheville area. If you are interested in receiving a coupon, please shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again to Brian and Alyssa for the wonderful weekend. I think I am recharged and ready to take on my next adventure: MEXICO!