Randy and Barbara gave us a night in a B&B up in Blowing Rock as a wedding gift and we were able to "redeem" that gift with them this weekend. We dodged the rain and were able to hike from the Cone estate on the Blue Ridge Parkway down to Bass lake (you can see in the distance) and back. It was a great time.
We then headed over to The River House just outside of Jefferson to spend Sunday night. I had bought a Groupon to stay there and we were so impressed. We didn't stay near the main house (which has a great restaurant and a wonderful front porch full of rocking chairs). We stayed in the farm's original Chicken House. It was unbelievable insde. Long and skinny it has room for a King size bed, gas fireplace (with hen nesting boxes as a mantle), a jacuzzi tub right in the middle of the floor, and matching bathrooms with pocket doors complete with bidets (which I am sure I have spelled wrong and do not know how to operate). We didn't get their in time for dinner, but did have dessert on the porch...a fresh apple tart with coconut ice cream....Yummy. We strolled by the river, met Lady Bear (a cow dog that belongs to a groundskeeper) and just had a great evening. The owner of this Inn also owns the Salem Tavern. Breakfast was very good and we were told to look for another Groupon coming soon. We will, because staying up here is a real treat.