Do you ever have those plans, that when it finally gets to whatever it is, it couldn’t come at a more perfect time? This past weekend was one of those weekends that seriously couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.
I work in healthcare communications, so needless to say–high-stress, complex, fast-paced yet ever-changing, comprehensive and strategic planning, write, re-write, evaluate, re-evaluate, prioritize, re-prioritize. There’s always something. Last week absolutely got the best (or worst) of me like it hasn’t in a long while, and the little weekend getaway trip my boyfriend and I had planned could not have come at a more perfect time!
Weekend getaway in the mountains.
Being in Asheville (aka one of the coolest cities in America), I know there is a whole lot more exploring and adventuring I need to do. A couple of years ago at a UNC Asheville (my alma mater) athletic fundraising event, I bid on a weekend getaway at the cottage in Bryson City–about an hour away from Asheville (because why not). Finally, a new adventure! Looking forward to a peaceful, relaxing weekend with no particular plans, I didn’t do much researching beforehand. I was just looking forward to lounging with my boyfriend, Jordan, and not having to do much of anything other than enjoy each other’s company. The app that the renters use for the cottage, HomeAway, did make it easy to look things up on a whim or make plans. But the cottage’s deck and grill were really our favorite parts of the weekend.
To plan, or not to plan.
Mmmmm, not to plan? Before we left, the only plans we made were: Groceries, wine, special mimosa recipe ingredients, sleep aaaaaand wine. Jord said he was going to fish Saturday afternoon. I said I’d roam around downtown Bryson City. So I threw on my romper and sunhat, dropped Jordan off at the river just a couple of minutes away from the cottage and I parked just a few streets over in quaint downtown Bryson City. And in my mountain-town-weekend-at-the-cottage #ootd, here’s what I discovered:
A building with a story.
The cutest space for rent that is no longer for rent because I rented it. Just kidding–but I wish! Places like this have a story–why is it yellow? And not just yellow, but a distinctive and delightful bright shade of yellow. Any other shade of yellow and I probably wouldn’t be talking about it right now What was there before? (I looked it up but couldn’t find anything!) This photo will most likely make a darling canvas print in my apartment. In any case, things like this spark your imagination.
I didn’t really think about shopping–mainly because I didn’t think about coming across any cute boutiques in Bryson City. I nearly left the store with three things–two of which I’m still thinking about. A black romper for wedding season, and a blue and white striped off-the-shoulder shirt. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.
The Cork & Bean Bistro
We ended up having Sunday brunch at the cutest little place after I found it on Saturday–The Cork & Bean Bistro. All local, fresh and organic. It was a part of the Everett Hotel–the cutest little historic boutique hotel where I want to stay next! I’m telling you, these small mountain towns know how to do luxury appeal.
A notable door.
With a stoop where I just wanted to have my picture taken with my sunhat on and a cup of coffee in hand. But I like it this way too. There’s something about colored doors…
A peace of mind.
If only for a weekend. I didn’t think about work, I didn’t stress or worry about what I didn’t do earlier that week or needed to do the next week. Sometimes I wish I didn’t care so much about my job and doing good work, but it helps me find a balance in the midst of it all–and make the most of these kinds of weekends (and remember I’m only 25!). It was the perfect weekend with my sweet, handsome boyfriend. Boy am I glad I bid on this weekend trip, and even more glad the renters honored it a couple of years later–because we couldn’t have picked a better weekend.
I am definitely looking forward to going back to Bryson City.
All my NC people! Where do you like to vacation or take your weekend getaway trips? Leave a comment and let me know! Until my next mountain town getaway at the cottage… Xx