Nestled high in the mountains of Johnson County, Tennessee, there is a rare gem of an escape.
Mr. Mickey had no clues about where we were going on Saturday because I planned everything about this surprise getaway dinner. I told him to dress for an upscale casual meal and instructed him to turn as we wound through the beautiful mountains surrounding Watauga Lake. The anticipation grew as we approached our destination.
The RedTail Mountain Resort is named after the majestic Red-tailed hawks that are often seen soaring above. It is located in a serene valley surrounded by breathtaking green mountains reaching far above the horizon in every direction. We arrived a bit early to have time to explore all that this fabulous retreat has to offer before we approached the lodge.
There is a stunning golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, workout facility, equestrian center with miles of riding and hiking trails, elegant accommodations, and a beautiful rustic lodge with views that will take your breath away. Come to stay for a weekend or a lifetime. Homesites dot the forests surrounding the golf course. You can make your dreams of a home in the Appalachian Highlands a reality. This fifty-five hundred acre property is only twenty minutes away from Boone, NC, and about an hour and twenty minutes away from Johnson City, TN.
During this evening, we enjoyed a life-changing meal at Vistas Land and Sea Grille. Life-changing because it is the new higher standard by which all other fine dining experiences will be judged for the rest of Mr. Mickey’s life.
Mr. Mickey is enjoying the view (below) while waiting for Lisa to bring us glasses of champagne.
Have you ever seen more beautiful salads?
The wild-caught salmon was the best.
The vegetarian lasagna was out of this world. It alone is worth the drive!
If we had ordered one of those chocolate chip cookie cups, it would have arrived filled with homemade ice cream.
This exceptional young man is Peter, the chef extraordinaire who entertained us and visited us often throughout our meal. His parents are the owners of the resort, and he owns this fabulous restaurant. His talent and passion were evident in every beautiful dish that was presented to us.
This evening’s look included a top by Clara Sunwoo layered over the extender tank, which is also by Clara Sunwoo. The pants are by Lior Paris, and all these items are from ShopMyFairLady.com. The shoes were by Nine West last year. The bag is a couple of years old from T.J.Maxx. The necklace is from Chico’s.
The sun was slipping below the mountains as we drove home along the banks of beautiful Watauga Lake, already planning for our next visit to the RedTail Mountain.