Located in the Northwest corner of North Carolina, the High Country includes the towns of Boone, Blowing Rock, West Jefferson, Beech Mountain, Valle Crucis, Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, Jefferson, Todd, Seven Devils and more. It’s perfect for a day trip and is particularly beautiful in Autumn!
Since we already lived in Blowing Rock,at this time, the four of us began our day by heading to Oktoberfest at the Sugar Mountain Ski Resort. In off season these resorts always remind me of The Shining 🙂
This version of Oktoberfest was smaller than others I’ve seen but filled with awesome crafts and yummy foods! There were even scenic lift rides available to see all the beautiful Autumn foliage! Not much more I could have asked for!
You have got to try the bread pudding with apples and whiskey sauce from House Of Douglas Celtic bakery!! It is LIFE. Everything they make is fantastic.
There was a beer garden and inside some authentic Bavarian cuisine including Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Sauerkraut, strudel and pretzels! Yummy! I can tell you that I didn’t know the difference between Brats and Knocks before this haha. If this type of food is not music to the ears of you or your children then they also have various other options like hot dogs and hamburgers.
No Oktoberfest is complete without the sounds of an Oom Pah Band! I love their outfits 🙂
From here we decided to take a trip through Grandfather Mountain. They have a zoo with animals and beautiful views on the way up! This black bear IS model elite and he knows it! That’s not my camera on zoom…he’s just right there!
I hadn’t crossed the Mile High Swinging Bridge since I was a kid! I think it was a little more scary THIS time! haha. Autumn looks amazing from up here! The fog rolls in and I’m in heaven.
The Winery At Grandfather Mountain is one of my favorite places to visit! It’s a peaceful,beautiful place and the staff is always friendly! In Autumn this place can be bustling with tourists from all over. We were lucky and had the place basically to ourselves!
You can have the wine tasting inside and then take a bottle or a glass of your favorite outside to drink by the river or among the vines themselves. Completely dog friendly and there are usually one or two winery dogs that will even try to inspire you to play fetch with them!
And that’s where our day ends…sitting beside the river in an adirondack chair,in perfect Autumn, with a glass of wine and great company!
Till the next adventure….