Summer Vacation: Part 2 {Pisgah Ranch, NC}

After a wonderful, relaxing day in Nashville, we ventured on over to the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.  We had bought a Groupon for a two-night stay at Pisgah View Ranch, just outside of Asheville, NC. We were excited for a couple days in the mountains, surrounded by the quiet, peaceful nature.20130817-171429.jpgWe arrived to Asheville late afternoon on Monday, and decided to check out the town and grab a bite to eat before heading out to the ranch.  After finding a parking space, we walked a few blocks until we hit the downtown.  It was fun to take in the architecture and check out the little shops and eateries along the streets. Before long, we stumbled across Farm Burger and decided to give it a shot.  Farm Burger serves locally raised, grass fed beef and pork burgers. Both our burgers (and the sweet potato fries) were fantastic as we enjoyed them on the patio accompanied with some people watching.  Speaking of people, those we saw in Asheville were  like no one I’ve seen before.  The town kind of reminded me of a Colorado mountain town. However, take the hippy/earthy/outdoorsy Colorado people and add a little mountain-hillbilly to the mix.  Nonetheless, they were friendly!

After our burgers, we ventured back to our vehicle and made a quick stop at The Hop for some dessert before heading to the ranch. Our dessert: Ice cream and coffee, of course! We split a couple scoops of Salted Caramel and Bourbon Cream.  Both were absolutely delicious, and our bellies were satisfied, 🙂20130817-171317.jpgWe arrived to Pisgah Ranch and found out we were just in time for the evening activity for the Ranch guests: BINGO! I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited! We dropped our stuff off in our cute, cozy cabin, then headed down to the farm house to join in the games.

20130817-171325.jpg20130817-171332.jpgI got super competitive until I finally won. My prize :TOE Jam!! {TOE Jam = Tangerine, Orange, Elderberry}20130817-171411.jpgAlong with BINGO, there was also a caricaturist. Tommy and I could not resist the opportunity to get our picture drawn.20130817-171402.jpgThe next day we woke up to find a deserted ranch.

20130817-171344.jpg I guess the other campers had gone into town or were out doing their own thing, so we enjoyed having the place to ourselves.  20130817-171454.jpgWe took a hike, played pingpong, shuffle board, tennis, and enjoyed a couple hours at the pool (all amenities there on the ranch). It was beyond relaxing, and just what we were hoping for.  That evening, when the other guests returned, we joined them for a family-style supper served in the farm house. 20130817-171420.jpg We were presented with so much wonderful food: pot roast, mashed potatoes, squash casserole, fresh rolls, and flan for dessert.  We enjoyed getting to know the guests at our table: A German couple, Andrew and Nina, who had flown into NYC and were traveling down the coast for three weeks to end up at Miami beach to get married, and a couple older ladies from Charlotte and Charleston, SC.  After supper, we continued to visit with them on patio until the evening activity began: Storytime and S’mores around the campfire!20130817-171524.jpgI may or may not have been suuuuper excited about the s’mores part, 😉20130817-171515.jpgThe next morning, we woke up again to enjoy a family-style breakfast with the guests. Once again, the food was delicious and we did not leave hungry.  We enjoyed french toast, fresh fruit, bacon, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and coffee.  Basically, we had 3 breakfasts in one and I didn’t want to eat for the rest of the day!

20130817-171505.jpgSadly, after breakfast we had to pack our bags and hit the road again.  There was so much more in the area that we wanted to see…if only we had one more day! I guess we’ll just have to make another trip back! 🙂

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