In celebration of my birthday, Mr. Mickey took me to Cashiers and Highlands for the weekend. Cashiers, North Carolina, is about 60 miles away from Asheville, along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Explore nearby Nantahala National Forest to discover numerous waterfalls and hiking trails. There is abundant shopping, dining options, and golf among the many amazing things to see and do in this breathtaking area.
Thunderstorms rolled through on Friday and Saturday, cutting our time in Highlands short on both days.
We didn’t let the storms stop us from visiting one of our favorite restaurants on Saturday evening. The Orchard offers seasonal dishes using the finest ingredients available. The extensive menu consists of American Cuisine with Southern touches.
Mr. Mickey enjoyed the salmon special, while I ordered the crabmeat stuffed mountain trout.
Since we were celebrating my birthday, our server, Joe, provided a carrot cake slice on the house. Mr. Mickey has been dreaming about their bread pudding for the past five years.
A stunning pair of sterling silver teardrop earrings were my birthday gift from Mr. Mickey.
The rain adversely impacted our ability to take photos for you this weekend. Below, I recreated the look I wore to dinner.
Packing a few carefully planned separates allows me to mix and match a variety of looks without overpacking. My list for this trip included a gray and a white tank top (here) and a black cami (here). White jeans (similar here), similar blue jeans (here) and black pants (here), a short white sweater (sorry, no photos) (here) and a long gray sweater (similar here) as well as a scarf to go with everything and this black jacket. I took black pumps (similar here) to wear to dinner and wore comfortable nude loafers (similar here).
The Anthracite color Kate Spade satchel was my day bag. Mine is old (similar here). I took a small black chain bag (similar here) to use in the evening. My Native – Silver Mesh 36mm Nordgreen watch is here.
One of my favorite tips for smart traveling is to take a good book to read if the weather turns frightful. I’m reading Fortune’s Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt. It is an enthralling true story that recreates the drama, splendor, and wealth of the legendary Vanderbilts.
Thank you for the cards, flowers, phone calls, and lovely comments on my birthday. You helped to make it an unforgettable day!