The best-laid plans must sometimes change. We’ve learned to go with the flow and move on to plan B. There are also times when we have to turn to plan C. We started the day with a sense of adventure and full of anticipation.
Now that my rhododendron is blooming, you can see why I chose that hanging basket combo. The rain started to fall after we stopped to take the photos below.
We snapped these photos at the Lakeshore Marina as we passed by beautiful Watauga Lake, located east of Elizabethton, Tennessee.
My shoes are by Sam Edelman from a few years ago. (Similar here) The bag is from last year. (Similar here) My black linen full leg crops are from J.Jill (here). Styling tip: always pair full leg crops with block heels or platform shoes to balance the proportion. Full leg crops are much cooler than slim leg pants, so I’ve invested in a few pairs for summer. My denim jacket is a couple of years old (similar). My tank top is from Chico’s (here).
Our Saturday plans were to drive to a remote North Carolina area to have dinner in an old farmhouse located on a riverbank. When we arrived, the rain was coming down in torrents. We were a couple of hours early, so we canceled those reservations because we couldn’t even get out of the car.
I tried to call a favorite restaurant in Abingdon, VA, to make last-minute reservations, but they were booked. It was Prom Night, so everyone was extra busy. After four hours of driving, our plans to enjoy a lovely date night dinner were fading. As we were considering other options, we passed by Morgan’s in Abingdon and decided to take a chance that they could seat us.
They found a table for us!
My new favorite link bracelet was a gift from my sweet friend Suzanne Burritt McKinney, the designer of Beauty in Stone Jewelry. All the fabulous pieces are created by hand right here in East Tennessee. The bracelet I am wearing is here. She is offering a generous 10% off with the code SAS10.
Mr. Mickey was so happy when they put this bread in front of him; I thought he might weep.
This garden salad was most excellent. Those are blood oranges and peaches with assorted fresh greens. So good!
While we were waiting for our next course, Mr. Mickey disappeared with the camera. He was fascinated with the blazing pizza oven. (The open kitchen is within view as you walk through the restaurant.) He also got to meet the very talented Chef.
Stephen Gilbert is the owner/chef at Morgan’s (named after his beautiful artist wife).
Mr. Mickey ordered the Faroe Islands Salmon.
I ordered the North Carolina Trout.
We finished the perfect meal with a warm berry crumble topped with ice cream. You guessed it! We made our reservations for next Saturday before leaving. A serendipitous find indeed!