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Day 10: Carl Sandburg Home – Connemara

The first time I visited Carl Sandburg’s North Carolina mountain home, I wasn’t quite sure who he was.  I had been told repeatedly, though, that I needed to take my kids up to see the goats at Connemara, and to walk the trails offered for enjoyment there.  It was free, with a small fee being charged only to tour the home.  Here is a link with more information. http://www.nps.gov/carl/index.htm

Since the first time that I went to Carl Sandburg’s home 2 years ago, we make it a “must see” place to visit each time that we come.   The kids DO love to interact with the goats (especially in the spring when the babies are born!), but they also love to walk the trails, look at the waterfall, and see glassy mountain when they are there.

Now that our “baby” is almost 3  (too big to carry, yet too small to walk the 3 miles round trip)….you will not see images of the views of Big Glassy Mountain here today.  But here is a little bit of eye candy of what Connemara farms has to offer, should you ever decide to make the trip.  Enjoy~

The bridge onto the property

An interesting tree stump. I saw a lady in a dress floating...what do you see?

Another interesting tree stump.....or is this the BEST hide and seek spot EVER?!?!?!?

One of the descendants of Mrs. Sandburg's prized goats.

The Sandburg's NC Home

Main Street USA – Hendersonville, NC, part 2

How could I write a post about Historic Hendersonville without including some of the following images??? Chosen in black & white, as so to reflect the timelessness of the town.   Come and take a walk down main street with me……

A view of Main Street, from the intersection of 6th and Main

An ICON. The Mast General Store. Here you can find things from UGG boots, to fashion clothing, to old fashioned toys and candies, to candles, cookware, and books.

The historic old courthouse, now a museum

The Old Apothecary sign. Now "Mikes on Main" (an ice cream and soda shop---with some pretty good diner food as well!)

The clock above the current gem and mineral museum

The Black Rose Pub. Tasty Irish food (including good old bangers and mash) is served up here.

McFarlans Bakery. If you have never been, you are missing out on one of the best bakeries in the south!

I couldn't do McFarlan's justice with just a sign. I had to show some of their yummy treats!

Main Street USA….Hendersonville, NC – part 1

One of my favorite parts of downtown “Historic Hendersonville” is Main Street.  It was established in the 1840’s, and still remains quaint and timeless in its beauty.  While many (if not most) of the buildings on the main 7 block stretch are original….they are all transformed into a cultural and diverse display of modern tastes.  One does not need to walk far to find fantastic food, chocolates, art, clothing, and trinkets of any kind.  And I can’t write about downtown Hendersonville without mentioning the bears.  No…not real bears, but the bear statues that are painted by local artists each year, and then auctioned off for local charities.  You can read more about that here, if you like.  http://www.hendersonvillebears.com/about/

One of the Bears on Main Street in Hendersonville, NC

I walked down Main Street a few days ago, camera in hand, to take pictures of a few of my favorite spots.  I ended up coming home with over 150 pictures.  Just of 6 blocks.  As I poured over them, I couldn’ t decide which to share.  There is a place in my heart for every store that I love on Main street.  Every historic thing.  The kind store owners who always have time to talk, to help… to share their knowledge or their recipes or their directions to the best hidden spots to visit in these mountains.  So rather than post over 150 images of the entire street, I decided to do a 2 part series, and narrow it down to my favorite three places in part 1.  The places I always visit when I walk these streets, because something always draws me back time and time again.

Now….I am sure I would get arguments from many on what THEIR favorite haunts are in Hendersonville.  And they would all have their points, as these places  all have special enticements to each unique individual.  However, these are my PERSONAL favorites…and I am glad to have the opportunity to share them with any of you who are reading.  I hope you all have the chance to visit someday……there really is no place like Main Street.

My Favorite Art Gallery

WICKWIRE fine art / folk art

WICKWIRE's street sign

One of the many displays of beautiful art at WICKWIRE

Another WICKWIRE art selection, which speaks for itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Restaurant

Never Blue tapas bar and grille


 

Ahhhh…..the Never Blue. While there are many fantastic restaurants in town, this one is a “MUST VISIT” for me, every time.
While I STRONGLY encourage you to take a look at the specialty drink menu from Never Blue (if for nothing else, for entertainment)…my favorite is the tried and true margarita.
” The Brownie”. Takes 20 minutes to make….you need to order it with dinner. Try one, and you’ll know why…..

Kids Top Pick:  The Toy Store!

Dancing Bear Toys

Dancing Bear Toys...the most fun your kids will have on Main Street!

....and this is only 1/4 of the store!

The people at Dancing Bear are kind enough to have some "mommy seats" with local magazines, while you wait for the kids to decide what they want.

All in 12 hours: The Ever Changing View

It’s not often that I brag.  At least, I don’t think I do.  But when I have a backyard view that some people hike for miles to witness, I have to share it.  I am not trying to brag, but more to let others witness what I get to see in just a few hours.

One thing I always loved about living in the mountains of North Carolina, was the ever changing view that I got to experience.  Every day.  From the moment that you wake up in the morning until it gets dark at night, no matter when you look out that back window, SOMETHING is always changing.  Perhaps its the photographer in me that notices the light differentiation, the clouds moving, the mountains turning different colors….but I dont think so.  I think it would be something that would be hard for ANYONE to miss.

SO today I set out on a small personal challenge.  From the moment the sunrise cast its pink colors onto the Blue Ridge Mountains….until the moment it set underneath its beautiful peaks….I photographed it.  I probably took 20 pictures in all, of the same view, from roughly the same spot on my deck.  Here are some of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy todays view as much as I did.  🙂

Approx. 7:30 am, as the glow of the sunrise illuminates the clouds

8:00 am. Looks like its going to be a beautiful day!

9:00 am. Possible storm clouds rolling in?

9:30 am. God's sign of promise- the rainbow.

12:00. Clouds clearing back up. Blue skies rolling in.

2:00 pm and the rest of the afternoon. Not a cloud in sight.

5:45 pm. The sun setting over the beautiful mountains. I had to pull back a bit in this shot, to get the sun, but its still taken from the same angle. 🙂

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