I took the 1 3/4 hour drive up to Cashiers in the mountains in NC. Cashiers is an absolutely charming little town with many lovely stores and what looks like many good restaurants. Very well maintained and upscale town. I think I remember back when we were looking for a place to live that we were quite impressed with it and it is even nicer now. Plenty of plants and art galleries.
Cashiers is in the Sapphire Valley. They used to, and maybe still do, mine sapphires there. Miners would go to get their money for the gems or cash them in and so we have the town named Cashiers because that’s where they went. Very cool story.
My friend Debby and a girlfriend of hers are on vacation there this week and I went up to see her. I arrived at 10 a.m. and we took the best guided nature walk ever. Our beautiful guide Wendy lived “off the grid” for quite some time in these mountains and her stories about all the plants and flowers was to say the least interesting. She had to forage for food in the woods and really spoke from the heart about the plants. She didn’t know the botanical names but she knew the common name and also the name they were called by the locals. The walk was an easy trail in the woods and lasted about 2 hours. At the end it started to rain and Bob went to get the car to pick up up.
After we dried off at the time share unit we went for lunch. A very, very popular place called Cornicopia. Bob and I split an order of ribs and still brought some home. While we waited to be seated we browsed their fine cheese and gourmet shop. I forgot to pick up some smoked trout. Darn.
After that we sat by the pool and visited for awhile. After making a call to FL we found out that her nephew Jeremy, our god daughter Amanda’s brother, and his wife will be having a baby in December. Yippie!
We left a little after 4 and made the beautiful drive back to Travelers Rest. The highway 11 route is one of my favorites. It has hills but not so many curvy roads and is so lush and green. Not really any towns for many miles. A wonderful day.
If you are looking for a vacation spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains Cashiers is definitely an area to check out. It seems to have upscale resorts, golf courses, close to several state parks and white water rafting, hiking and canoe or kayak. Within an hours drive you have Asheville, Cherokee and the casino and Bryson City and all the activities these towns have. That would include Biltmore Estate, Cherokee “Eyes to the Hills” program and Cherokee Indian Museum. Bryson City has a fantastic train trip. All nestled in the beautiful energy of the mountains.