The Depot at Cody Creek

Whenever we travel, we always explore the options and ask the locals where they like to go. On this trip, we discovered an oasis in woods just outside Dobson, North Carolina.

The Depot at Cody Creek is a unique step back in time. The grounds include several areas for special events, an old-time country store, a chapel, a gazebo, a covered bridge, cabins to rent, and a relaxed, casual restaurant serving typical southern style or “county cook’n,” as we say here.

We each tried a fish dish. Those are hushpuppies*, not onion rings (I don’t eat those either). We always order a fish dish when we visit a place that has no vegetarian options. The portions are always much too generous for us, so we rarely eat all of the food served. (*A hushpuppy is a small, savory, deep-fried ball made from cornmeal-based batter. Hushpuppies are frequently served as a side dish with seafood and other deep-fried foods.)

That’s a delicious slice of homemade coconut custard pie. I had to remind myself that all the other bites taste the same as the first. Put your fork down, Susan!

There was an interesting nature display with a waterfall fountain as we entered the lobby of the restaurant. I finally got to pet a bear! For some unknown reason, I have an affinity for black bears. Their faces melt my heart!

Mr. Mickey always patiently waits for me while I wander around, taking pictures for you.

We dress up a little for dinner. It is part of what makes the evening special for us. I wore a top from last year by Clara Sunwoo via The ankle jeans are from Chico’s. The shoes and bag are several years old.

Sometimes passersby who are watching us taking photos will offer to take a shot of us together. I am grateful to the fellow who snapped this professional-looking shot.

We hope you have lovely adventures of your own this weekend!

  1. Susan,
    I look forward to your new post each day. You always look lovely. Enjoyed seeing the pics of your recent trip–always interesting. You two make a fine looking couple.

  2. Gorgeous pictures! We will have to explore this place as we make our way over to that part of the country. Thanks for sharing and giving me travel ideas, as well as fashion ideas. You are a rock star!

  3. Absolutely fabulous! My kind of place. I love the way you and Mr. Mickey make sure you are savoring every moment and making life so special. I appreciate your comments about how the food is enticing , but you resist eating more than you need to. My weakness! If it is put in front of me, I eat it! So I often order a salad or something less calorie intense and then I’m disappointed. Perhaps I can develop better will power and order something delicious and not eat the whole darn thing!I see it is possible. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Good morning. Your blog is the first I go to while having coffee. I really love traveling vicariously through you! Love, love, love reading about your travels and explorations with Mr. Mickey! Thank you for sharing with your readers.

    I have noticed that I am exploring my own “neck of the woods” more than ever…looking for the undiscovered nearby and appreciating what is within easy grasp. This has really brought about a new appreciation for all that of which I can avail myself. Now that is a real gift to this reader, and most likely, other readers of your blog!

    Susan, you inspire others. Thank you.


  5. Love this location. Maybe a stop on our annual SE trip In April. On another matter — I tried your breakfast recipe using the items in my stock. Delicious and filling. And, the bonus is that it’s helped with my digestive tract issues. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I’m off to the grocer this weekend to look for the rest of the ingredients. You’re correct that one easy, light meal later in the day does it.

  6. I have eaten all kinds of food in my life, including things I didn’t want to know about. However, I tested southern food for the first and only time five years ago, not in the south. That food sure looks good!

  7. Susan, always enjoy your adventures and this one looks like it goes on our bucket list. The grounds looks so lush and green.
    Of course, you look stunning as always. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I’ve been to & through NC a few of times & it’s one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever seen. I also have the honor of having been given a police escort out of Raleigh. I was so lost it had stopped being funny & had pulled in to a truck-stop to ask for directions when a couple of cops who’d just finished their lunch overheard my plight & volunteered to lead me to the interstate. I’d probably be down there yet if it weren’t for them. I had my first hushpuppy (along with grits & fried catfish) in the Ozarks, Missouri — exotic southern fare indeed for a Canadian girl from the prairies. I was a lot younger then & had a more efficient metabolism so ate every crumb. My lord, they were good!

  9. Hi Susan!
    A friend just shared your blog with a couple of us last night, after we complimented her on her outfit, saying “she looked GREAT”! She attributed her look to you and said she had just bought the light shawl to finish the ensemble.
    Just logged in to Check your blog out and had to stop to say Hi and that you look fabulous and good on you to inspire your sisters around the world!
    I look forward to following you, sharing you and learning
    Love and Blessing to you and your husband.
    P.S. You two make a handsome couple!

  10. A lovely set of photos, particularly of the two of you. A man who patiently waits for you to do your thing is an absolute treasure. Karen.

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