Our Saturday adventures included a tour of Avery County, North Carolina before early dinner reservations at the Artisanal in Banner Elk.
The views throughout the high country are awe-inspiring.
Above, the famous Fred’s General Store at the top of Beech Mountain.
We also visisted the tiny town of Banner Elk during the day.
My daytime look included a white linen cardigan from J.Jill similar here and flat silver sandals similar here. The woven straw bag is from my shopping site here. The white straight leg pants by Kaari Blue™ were from Belk last year. The gray tank is several years old.
Before we arrived at the restaurant, I slipped into a pair of heeled sandals in gunmetal, similar here, changed my straw bag to a silver evening clutch, similar here, and put on my new IC Collection jacket here. The jacket was a gift from my friends at My Fair Lady where you can use the discount code August18 for 15% off your purchase.
The Artisanal in Banner Elk has been one of our all-time favorite restaurants for several years.
My first course, pictured above, Alaskan King crab and shrimp cocktail.
Mr. Mickey had prawns for his first course.
These tiny bite-size rolls, fresh from the oven will melt in your mouth.
We both had the Halibut with fresh vegetables.
We shared a small chocolate ganache dessert after the meal.
Alex was a toddler when we first visited Artisanal. Now that he is nine, he loves to help his parents and is learning to be a stellar restauranteur as well.
We finished the evening on a bench in the park at Blowing Rock, eating a scoop of ice cream and watching the parade of people, dogs, and cars. We hope you had a splendid weekend as well.