Friday, January 25, 2019

A mountain getaway at Black Thorn Farm & Kitchen!

It's been over two weeks since my last blog post, but better later then never! I have 4 kids, what can I say? Things almost never happen at the times I plan them. Just getting everyone out of the house on time is an experience not for the faint of heart. Sometimes it goes smoothly and sometimes....not so much.

After our new year's day trip to Savannah, Georgia, we headed out to North Carolina. What a fun trip! A couple weeks beforehand, we pulled up several VBRO rentals on the laptop and sat on the sofa with Serena for awhile after the kids went to bed, and narrowed down our top choices of where to stay. We wanted it to be somewhere in the mountains with a great view, and not near other houses. We had it down to our 4 top places and ultimately settled on Black Thorn Farm & Kitchen. The description of it being a working sheep farm and culinary destination ultimately won us over. Definitely an advantage over the others. We figured the girls would enjoy watching the sheep, and we love food so why not?! Hank loves lamb and I loved the idea of fresh baked goods delivered because I'm a carb addict like that. 

I mean just look at this bread! It really is what dreams are made of. So delicious.

Before I get ahead of myself though, let's get back to the farm. The "high house" where we stayed had everything we could of possibly needed. From cookware, to toiletries, books, DVD's and basic necessities, all our needs were met. We went to the grocery store the second day we were there and just had so much fun cooking simple country meals like steak, meatloaf, and pan seared lamb. I loved cooking in the kitchen, and the house was clean, charming, and comfortable.

It was cold outside but we still enjoyed being out on the deck at times looking at the mountains, and also exploring the grounds and petting some of the sheep. It was really nice to just unwind and unplug from the world. Sure I still did two loads of laundry, and made the beds, and tidied up but it was different than if I was doing those chores at home. Much to Serena's dismay, she was still on kitchen duty for the most part and had to do after dinner dishes.

We also went to a local ski resort in search of some snow. The girls had a great time snow tubing!

It's been a few weeks now since we settled back into the hustle and bustle of daily life, but I will always have fond thoughts of our tranquil stay at Black Thorn Farm in the basin of Sandy Mush. It was definitely a unique farm to table vacation experience and we'd love to go back sometime.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New Year's trip: Savannah, Georgia!

Happy new year all! 2018 just flew by. It's crazy! The girls are back in school as of yesterday and life's normal routine is definitely back in full swing--complete with Mariam's meltdowns. This morning she wouldn't get off the car because I had to drop her and Layla off in the back lot of the school, instead of her kindergarten lot. We had gotten there early--which we normally don't do, but Serena wanted to get to High school early. Mariam wouldn't get off the car and Serena had to get her off. I hate having to leave Mariam like that but we were holding up the rest of the cars behind us, and she has to go to school. Mornings like these are rough. Can I go back on vacation now? Ha-ha.

Two weeks before Christmas, H wanted to spontaneously take the girls to see snow since he was taking off the first week of January. We looked on VRBO and booked a cabin in Leicester, NC. We were going to drive straight there, but a few days before decided to stop in Savannah, GA for the night. We stayed in the historic district, and it was really nice. The hotel we stayed in was Andaz, which is a cute eclectic boutique hotel in a great spot. The weather was warmer than we thought, but it was perfect and we enjoyed strolling through the city, eating at Paula Deen's restaurant Lady's & Sons, letting the girls play in the park, checking out some shops, and sight-seeing. Another really good place to eat is Treylor Park. It's got some great southern food with a twist. I just love those little chic hipster places with reinvented dishes.

Savannah is a great place to visit and I would do it again! I'll be writing about the rest of our trip in North Carolina later this week. Have a great Wednesday!