Saturday, February 13, 2010

Fourteen Days of Love - Day 13 - Plan Your Escape

There are times when we all dream of escaping to some sweet retreat. Perhaps that romantic getaway involves traveling to a far away land. Then again, your escape could be but a stone's throw away.

When I was much younger, I dreamed of travel to distant lands. Thoughts of Greece, Italy, or France easily conjured up romantic images in my mind.

As I got older, I began to appreciate the simple splendor closer to home.

From the time I was a very small child, my parents, siblings, and I would vacation during the fall in the mountains of North Carolina–my home state. While I enjoyed the time spent with loved ones, I didn't fully appreciate the beauty of my surroundings.

But those early days of family memory making obviously left their imprint, because, eventually, fall became my favorite time of year and the mountains my favorite getaway spot.

It just so happens that those two points are where the Yankee and I connect completely.  So much so, that the mountains are where we honeymooned and continue to venture to as often as time permits.

We have spent a number of wonderful, fun-filled weeks over the years vacationing at the Leatherwood Mountains Resort. Each visit there has provided the opportunity to stay in a unique, secluded cabin high atop a mountain.

This particular quaint cabin, called Horseshoe Knoll, was one of our favorites.

While the décor was a bit rustic for my everyday tastes, it was a very relaxing and enjoyable place to spend some time.

But the real treat was this hot tub–situated on one of the decks–that offered a panoramic view of the mountains…while you soaked!

We've also had the pleasure of staying in various Bed and Breakfasts in the mountains of North Carolina. So far, The Red Rocker Inn has been the one we've preferred most.

Not only is it a quaint little inn that serves delicious food, it's situated very near some wonderful shopping locations.

I'm sad to say that due to the economy this year, we will not be taking any trips this Valentine's weekend. But I've planned the perfect escape…

Can you imagine anything more romantic than floating in a sea of rose petals?!!!

For your next sweet home escape, I'll supply the scented candles–today's addition to the week's giveaway–you supply the rose petals! ; )

Reminder:  Please be sure to publish your
Valentine's post, before you link to the party. And
don't forget to mention the Brambleberry Cottage
in your post.

Remember to leave a comment to be entered in this
week's drawing for the giveaway!

3. Jenn Raley
4. laurie
5. Marilyn
8. lululiz


  1. Wow...two very different but romantic getaways. I could go for either one! My post today is about what I would like to do tomorrow with my hubby. However I just found out today that we will have to wait until the end of the month to do itas he has to work :(

  2. Mr. Sweet and I go to the mountains every chance we get, too. We live on the plains of West Texas so mountains are a special treat. I enjoy the very rustic aspect of the mountains, right down to the cabins we might stay in.
    We spent a week in the mountains of Colorado last summer and plan to do so again this summer. A different spot...I don't care to go to the same places...I like something different each vacation. Hoping to stay in a B&B at least a couple nights.
    Happy weekend.

  3. I love fall leaves - I've never seen your part of the country. My folks lived in W VA and visited one of the Carolinas a very long time ago. They loved it there. I too would have a difficult time w/the rustic interior of that cabin - but you're right, the view is awesome. Thanks, Jenn

  4. Oh that cabin looks wonderful! But then, so does the tub filled with rose petals. Thank you for joining my party. Now, I'll add my party to your party! laurie

  5. Hmmm...private soaker tub overlooking the mountain or lovely inn - tough choice. But staying at home can be romantic too.

    - The Tablescaper

  6. We have always loved going to the Smoky many memories. We had planned to take Amber last August for her b'day. Then suddenly our world changed forever. I couldn't even post pictures from times spent there just yet.
    We have planned a weekend trip in a couple of weeks with Jennifer before she marries in June. We haven't been back since Amber went to Heaven and we feel like we need to go and just remember the good times we have had there over the years :)
    I love all of your pictures from the mountains. We will have to visit the places you have posted about!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Just coming by to wish you the best and HAPPIEST VALENTINE'S DAY.

    I've enjoyed your fun-filled 14 days...hope we get to play another meme before long.

  8. Wow, what beautiful locations, I'd be very happy in that lovely cabin.


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