On our second day of vacation, after enjoying a free breakfast (woo hoo) at our hotel, we arrived at Swiss Mountain Village for the week.
Blowing Rock is one of my favorite places in North Carolina and no matter how many times I visit, I can always find something new to love. The weather was fantastic, so with open windows and front porch rocking chairs we enjoyed a relaxing break before heading into town.
For lunch, we drove down the mountain, a quick six minute winding drive off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, to enjoy some barbeque at Woodlands Barbeque Restaurant & Catering Service.
(There is currently lots of road construction, but I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished! This is like a mini “restaurant row” as you drive into Blowing Rock.
We ate downstairs and as always, it was a packed house.
The décor is rustic and adorable with paintings and pics of all manner of pig.
They even serve your lunch on these cute wooden pig platters (sorry this one turned out blurry)!
Now let’s get to the eats!! I opted for the chopped pork tray that came with slaw and hushpuppies.
My mom got a veggie plate of corn, collard greens and slaw with a roll.
My dad ordered the half chicken plate with fries, corn and a roll.
Shock and awe, the child ordered a grilled cheese sandwich with chips for this visit! (She is ruining my desire to chronicle chicken strips across the country but I’m happy she made a different selection.) Don’t worry…there are plenty of chicken strips to come. ::sigh:: Five year olds.
The food is great here and it’s definitely a local and tourist favorite. I highly recommend you check them out if you are in the area.
Woodlands Barbeque Restaurant and Catering Services is located at 8304 Valley Blvd (Hwy 321 Bypass), Blowing Rock, NC 28605 (Phone: 828-295-3651).
We decided to drive into downtown Blowing Rock and walk off some of our lunch. However, you can’t go too far before you find the “sweets” shops on Main Street. This day we stopped in the downstairs portion of the Sunset Tees & Hattery, where you find a great little candy store and ice cream shop. The child and I had dessert here and I chose salted caramel and she chose mint chocolate chip (I had no idea she was a fan!)!
Sunset Tees & Hattery is located at 117 Main Street, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605. You can find out more about them via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunset-Tees-Hattery/100477486679496.
After some walking on Main Street in Blowing Rock, doing some shopping (they have a Tervis store!), picking up some fudge (my parents can’t resist Kilwin’s), and playing in the park, we later drive a short distance to Boone for dinner, so I’ll have more for you later!
Side note: Daniel Boone is distantly related to us via my mother’s maternal line, as he married into our family tree by way of my great uncle’s wife’s lineage. So, technically the direct relation is to my great aunt…but still cool nonetheless!