Blowing Rock is 3 1/2 hours away from Raleigh, North Carolina and is the perfect place to get away from the big city and spend a couple days relaxing by the mountains.
We recently got back from a trip there a week ago.
Fall is the perfect time to go. The weather is crisp and the leaves are beginning to change.
Keep reading to get our full itinerary and more recommendations
Where We Ate
While there are many restaurants we wish we could have tried, we went to two great places for dinner.
1. The Town Tavern
This is a sports bar serving American food located on Main Street. We sat outside under the lights on the patio that had a fire pit too.
2. The Speckled Trout
This cute restaurant specializes in...no other than trout which was very delicious. We once again sat outside on the ratio. The night we went there was live music.
3. The Blowing Rock Market
James and my dad got breakfast here one day. You can sit outside.
4. Blue Deer Cookies
A perfect place for an after dinner treat. My dad and James got cookies. Henry got ice cream. I got an ice cream cookie sandwich.
Here are my other recommendations that we will definitely be trying the next time we go.
Things We Did
We did the Glen Burney Trail to Glen Burney Falls and Glen Marie Falls. The parking lot is located right off main street. The hike is roughly 3 miles and does have some uneven, strenuous terrain.
The way out is all downhill and the way back is uphill. But my 4-year old son did it with some bribery and motivation toward the end.
I definitely recommend this hike.
2. Grandfather Mountain
You have to purchase tickets ahead of time to get into the park. We started off our trip here at Mildred's Grill.
While James waited in line for the food, Henry and I walked around to look at the exhibits of animals. We could see bears, elk, cougars, eagles, and otters.
After eating, we headed up the mountain to the do the suspension bridge, the highest in the United States. You have to wait in your car to get into the parking lot as they let people out of the parking lot or you can park in the lower parking lot and hike up .5 miles to the bridge.
The bridge was scary to me. I wouldn't say I enjoyed it, but the views are nice.
I recommend staying longer here and doing more hiking throughout the park.
3. Grandfather Vineyard and Winery
We went here after Grandfather Mountain and had a great time here. This vineyard is the cutest I've ever been too.
It has ample seating and even has spots along the creek. Gorgeous views. The day we went there was live music and we ordered two flights of wine.
Perfect for kids too.
4. Window Shopping
I highly suggest spending some time browsing the shops along Main Street and beyond in downtown Blowing Rock. While you shop, your partner can take the kids to the playground.
There are so many unique boutiques and shops that are fun to go in and out.
5. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway
Drive this stretch of road through the mountains to see beautiful views.
Other Places to Visit in North Carolina
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