We were elated when we awoke in our room at The Omni Grove Park Inn, because we knew that soon we would be dining in The Blue Ridge. I have never throughout all of my travels experienced a better breakfast buffet, nor have I ever come across a donut wall before! No matter where you stay while vacationing in Asheville, you must enjoy at least one breakfast in this delectable restaurant with an equally impressive view.
After check out, we begrudgingly said goodbye to Asheville, as our quick mid-week getaway had come to an end. However, first we had a couple of stops along the way home to make. We drove about 25 miles away to one of North Carolina’s treasures: Chimney Rock Park.
Chimney Rock State Park gives you the opportunity to explore nature’s wonders up close and personal. From unique geological formations to unbeatable hiking trails to sweeping panoramic views, you will find the best of the mountains all in one place. The center focus, of course, is the park’s namesake Chimney Rock. Climb to the top of this towering 315 foot monolith located on the very edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains high above beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge. At a soaring elevation of 2,280 feet, this experience will most certainly take your breath away. You can get to the top of the “Rock” with just a bit of effort — trust me it is definitely work the hike!
Once our workout was over, we set back out on the road. I am really lucky that I have a patient husband who pulls over whenever I see a scene that I simply must shoot.
Our final stop was yet another place that caught my attention from the passengers seat. Just outside of Lake Lure, is a stunning stretch of creaks. We took our shoes off and walked along the banks looking for rocks to bring home with us as souvenirs. It was such a peaceful area that I would love to return to one day soon.
Trips like this simply reaffirm my belief that I live in the best state in the United States!