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headylamar
Headylamar  (Level: 150.7 - Posts: 740)
Tue, 25th Aug '09 2:30 PM

NORTH CAROLINA

My honey and I are traveling to North Carolina for a few days. We will be visiting my sister in the Hickory area. We haven't decided whether to take I75 south to Tennessee and across to NC or take 250 across Ohio Amish country. We are in no hurry and would love any suggestions any of you may have as to what we should see or do. Oh, I should add that we live in Michigan near Flint and will take either 23 or 75 south. Thanks for any ideas!

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Tue, 25th Aug '09 2:38 PM

I live in North Caroliina, near Charlotte not far from Hickory. I know Boone is not far from Hickory. Boone is a pretty little mountain town home to Appalachian State College. It is supposed to have many quaint shops and tourist spots.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 25th Aug '09 4:22 PM

I've stayed twice at a wonderful place called Snowbird Mountain Lodge. It's about 100 miles west of Asheville NC, near the Tennessee border. Rustic but elegant. The cost of a room includes 3 meals a day--unbelievable food! Check out their website snowbirdlodge.com. It's on a mountain top, so getting there is...interesting.

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lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Tue, 25th Aug '09 6:32 PM

Blowing Rock is next door to Boone, another lovely mountain town. It's known for its arts and crafts stores. And Asheville has a burgeoning arts community as well as Biltmore House and its winery. Pricey to tour, but it's one of -- if not *the* -- largest private homes in the U.S.; the Vanderbilts' summer residence, filled with art and antiques.

headylamar
Headylamar  (Level: 150.7 - Posts: 740)
Tue, 25th Aug '09 11:37 PM

Thanks Bobo, Sandy and Lam! Great suggestions! Anyone know anything about particular places we need to see in KY or TN or WV on our way there or coming home?

lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 1:42 AM

There's a restored Shaker community in Pleasant Valley, located near Lexington, KY. I've never been, but some friends and their daughters enjoyed their visit a couple of years ago.

lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 1:43 AM

Because life is not a Monkee's song, I meant Pleasant *Hill.*

headylamar
Headylamar  (Level: 150.7 - Posts: 740)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 2:04 AM

Lam, Thanks! Actually, I've been to Pleasant Hill but John hasn't and I think he would love it!

lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 2:18 AM

Good! I won't be embarrassed by that misplaced apostrophe then (Monkees').

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.4 - Posts: 3742)
Fri, 28th Aug '09 9:18 PM

We visited Boone about 30 years ago, and they had a very nice outdoor drama called "Horn in the West" about the battle of King's Mountain during the American Revolution. You're also close to Grandfather Mountain (You missed the gathering of the Scottish clans by about a month) so if you like mountaintop views, or para-sailing, don't miss it. (Google both for times and prices.)

If you come across Ohio, be sure to stop in Amish country. There is a large store in Berlin called Lehman's where you can still buy wood cookstoves and other items. In early August, they have the Mennonite relief auction in that area to raise funds for all the disaster relief activities the Mennonite groups do. If you don't know the difference between Amish and Mennonite, there is a museum/information center in the area with a very informative presentation.

I-23 will bring you down through eastern Kentucky. The section of it in Kentucky is called the "Country Music Highway" with segments named for people like the Judds, Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Whitley, Loretta Lynn, and some others who are associated with the area. Loretta's homeplace is close by, tours available. There is a park not very far from I-23 called "Breaks of the Big Sandy." Beautiful views. It's advertised as the Grand Canyon of the East.

Here's a suggestion: why don't you come down one way and travel home by the other?

If you take I-40 back across to Knoxville, Dollywood is just a short side trip at exit 407. Pleasant Hill is worth seeing, but plan a full day. Make sure you see the singing demonstration put on by the retired music teacher. What a voice. Acapello.

Cumberland Falls is near Corbin, KY. It's called the Niagara of the South. Only two waterfalls in the world have a consistent moonbow. (Rainbow caused by the waterfall mist and the full moon). One is in Africa and this is the other. The next full moon is at the end of this week. My wife and I have reservations at the lodge for Friday, as this is on my "bucket list." Also near the falls, you can take a short train ride to Stearns, a restored coal mining town.
Hope this helps and gets to you in time.
Mike

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Fri, 28th Aug '09 9:23 PM

What they don't have a Billy Ray Cyrus Museum with coal burning stove - come on.

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.4 - Posts: 3742)
Sat, 29th Aug '09 12:04 AM

Just an open fireplace with and achy breaky hearth.







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