Year comes to an end (Part I)

Well my friends a fun year comes to an end. As I said in my previous blog we wanted to visit Blowing Rock and Charlotte before say goodbye to the 2014 and we did it!

In our way to Blowing Rock, we stopped first at Raffaldini Vineyards. We arrived around 1:00PM and we did the wine tasting. Eight (8) different types of wines, all locally manufactured and bottled. We are more like red wines kind of persons, although we are learning to enjoy white wines. Having said that, we bought a couple of red wines bottles and opened up one of them. We mixed up wine, cheese, salami (sold at Raffaldini Vineyards) and the stunning views from his backyard (See pictures below).

After that amazing stop at Raffaldini’s, we made it to Blowing Rock Downtown (It was too foggy that day so we skipped the Blue Ridge Parkway road in our way up). We arrived to the hotel (Hemlock Inn, Recommended!! Everything is walking distance from the hotel. Clean, hot water, and very comfortable), then we went to the Local Brewery. You should try the IPA and Belgian, they are so good!!! After that little snack, we spent the rest of the night at The Town Tavern watching college football and drinking local brews. People is really nice, there is a mix between college students and locals that makes the town really interesting.

The following morning we were trying to find a place to have breakfast but cafes open at noon. So we ended up in the only place open, had a coffee and hit the road. We visited the Moses H. Cone Mansion. In my opinion it wasn’t impressive but they have couple of handcrafted things really, really nice. I would add that the fog didn’t help to make justice to the place.

For the second part of this blog I will tell you about our trip to Charlotte.

Please feel free to comment. What we missed? Any recommendation? Any question about the places?

MB

Raffaldini Vineyards
Raffaldini Vineyards
Raffaldini Vineyards
Raffaldini Vineyards
Raffaldini Vineyards
Raffaldini Vineyards
Raffaldini Vineyards
Raffaldini Vineyards
Raffaldini Vineyards
Raffaldini Vineyards
Raffaldini Vineyards
Raffaldini Vineyards
Moses H. Cone Mansion
Moses H. Cone Mansion
Blue Ridge Parkway view
Blue Ridge Parkway view
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4 thoughts on “Year comes to an end (Part I)”

  1. Great times at Raffaldini – and there are so many more amazing wineries in NC. Happy to give you more recommendations. And for when you can’t get to the wineries, we bring the tasting rooms to your door. Please check our site for winery and wine suggestions. Cheers.

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