Anniversary Trip to Chimney Rock

This post was actually written in November after our trip to Chimney Rock, but I just never got around to posting it! I thought about not posting it, but the pictures are too pretty not to share.

We wanted to do something a little extra special for our second anniversary so we decided to take a weekend trip to the mountains. We are so fortunate to live only a couple hours from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains – if you have never been before, I promise, you’ll be in awe!

We left bright and early Saturday morning so that we could spend as much of the day in town as possible. We rented an adorable little cabin through Air B&B. We had such a great experience – I would definitely use the site again.

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Chimney Rock 3We spent Saturday exploring the small towns of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. The village was really adorable and I had high hopes for the shopping there, but unfortunately it wasn’t my taste (mostly kitschy items like shot glasses, key chains and cheap t-shirts). Needless to say, we didn’t buy anything, but we did enjoy wandering around. They had a beautiful river walk which was nice to explore.

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Chimney Rock 5That night we grabbed a late dinner at Huckleberry’s which was lovely.

On Sunday we woke up early to enjoy coffee on our balcony with the most blissful view. Honestly, there is no place I find more relaxing than the mountains. It was pure heaven.

Then we were off to climb Chimney Rock! I had never been before and my husband went many years ago when he was in middle school so it was a fun experience for us to do together.

Chimney Rock 6We arrived around 10 a.m. which was perfect because it wasn’t very busy and we got to take advantage of the gorgeous views.

There is an elevator you can take to get to the top of the mountain, but we thought that took all the fun out of it so we climbed the stairs. And let me tell you…it was a LOT of stairs. We were quite sore the next day!

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But when you see these views, it makes it all worth it.

Chimney Rock 8It was truly picturesque with all the fall foliage.

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We also climbed a little further up to see Devil’s Peak and even further up to Exclamation Point. We had some beautiful photo ops up here.

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Chimney Rock 12After that, we took the trail to see Hickory Nut falls.

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By the time we arrived back from the Falls, it was almost 2 p.m. and we were starving so we headed into town for a late lunch. If you plan on going to Chimney Rock, I would highly advise visiting as early in the day as possible, by the time we left, the park was packed and all the large groups had arrived. With fewer people, there are more views to take in!

We strolled around town a little more and then went back to the cabin to relax a little and to freshen up. The owner of our cabin had suggested some lovely places for dinner, but unfortunately most of them were closed on Sunday night. So we ordered a pizza from a local restaurant and snuggled in to watch a movie together. It was actually pretty perfect!

We woke up Monday morning to more gorgeous mountain views. I’m telling you, I’d never get sick of this! Before we headed home, we wandered around the property and to some lookout points in their neighborhood to try and take some good pictures.

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After we got home, we cooked a light dinner and watched The Last of the Mohicans (it was filmed in Chimney Rock so obviously it was the perfect choice ;))

Overall, it was a perfect weekend and a lovely way to spend our anniversary.

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