On Saturday, we took a drive to the mountains of North Carolina to visit the town of Beech Mountain. At an elevation of 5,506 feet, it’s the highest town in the eastern USA. Summers are cool with prime hiking and mountain biking. Brilliant fall colors last for weeks. Winters bring a wonderland for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing, and sledding. In the village center, there are a variety of restaurants and the much loved Fred’s General Store.
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We snapped the next three photos on East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine campus before leaving for the day.
The pants are incredibly comfortable, with a tummy-smoothing panel in the front. They have a contoured waistband and a not too skinny slim leg style. The smooth band at the waist means no button, zipper, or loops to show up as lumps under tops. The design is perfect for dressing up or down.
I ordered the black denim, but I plan to order the same pant style in other colors because they look and fit so great. They didn’t require alterations!
The Sheer Genius lip color ‘Plum’ here is perfect with this look. My lightweight fine-gauge sweater is here. The other items are from a couple of years ago. Similar shoes here and here – similar bag here – similar scarf here and here. The temperatures on the top of the mountain were in the low sixties, so that scarf helped to keep me warm.
My handsome adventure partner is reading all about the hiking trails and upcoming local events. Mr. Mickey built a fabulous second home-chalet on the mountain in the 1970s, so he is very familiar with the town.
After exploring Beech Mountain, we stopped to enjoy a delightful lunch outside on the deck of Bodgas Kitchen and Wine Bar in Banner Elk. The image above shows our forest canopy view from our table, and below is the delicious dessert we shared after hearty bowls of soup.
I took these dahlia pictures in the parking lot of the restaurant.
We completed the fun-filled day with a scenic drive along part of the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.
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