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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Spruce Pine, North Carolina



Where we stayed


So many places to write about and I’m so far behind. I still had memories of Huntsville, Alabama, in my mind when we visited North Carolina and fell in love with another piece of our beautiful country and fascinating heritage.

Spruce Pine is located about fifty miles northeast of Asheville in the Toe River Valley. Just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the area offers natural beauty in all directions.

Janie DeVos, resident and children’s author, rated top notch as our hostess. Thanks to her sister, Kathy, for offering us her beautiful vacation home. The house was lovely and the view spectacular. I can’t even count the number of photos I took of the fog nestling in the Black Mountains.

We stayed on a mountain near Spruce Pine. We found natural beauty, fabulous restaurants, friendly residents, and an interest in all forms of art. Joyce Faulkner and I conducted a writers’ workshop at The Orchard at Altapass, gave a presentation at the Rotary Club luncheon, took part in an authors’ event and held a book signing at Mountainside Wine.

View from our back porch
We visited an old house that once hosted a meeting of the Over Mountain Men of the Revolutionary War. The area is filled with rich history from our earliest years to the present.

We spent a day in Asheville but that's another story...

A visit to the area will stretch your diet limits but there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the area. The downtown has a distinctive mountain flavor, providing a fun shopping experience. You’ll love the chance to meet the locals and learn about the area.

Author event at The Orchard at Altapass
We can't wait to go back, thanks to all the people who welcomed us with open arms.

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