This week began in an exceptionally good way.
I turned 50 and my sweet husband whisked me out of town for a surprise celebration.
First stop: Sky Valley Zip Tours just outside of Blowing Rock, NC. Let's just say that after it was over, I was glad I had done it. But my 50-year-old body was sore from the shaking and tensing I had been doing for the entire 2.5 hours! I was SUPER scared. But I also knew I'd regret it if I didn't go through with it. Check that one off the list! And I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that I received a Giving Keys necklace (sweet gift from my daughter’s boyfriend) with the word “FEARLESS” stamped on it.
Next stop: we traveled back to the irresistably cute town of Blowing Rock, enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Storie Street Grille, and then visited BRAM (the Blowing Rock Art Museum). By the way, the museum is now free. My favorite was the Etchings & Lithographs of American Life. 1905-1943 exhibit, featuring work by Thomas Hart Benton, John French Sloan and Grant Wood, among others.
.We headed down the road to Banner Elk to our lodging accommodations; Bruce had reserved a cottage in the River Club at The Lodge at Eagles Nest. After settling in, we enjoyed a walk in the trout stream. Gorgeous! Dinner (complete with live entertainment) was at up at the Amphitheater at the Great Camp. What an amazing setting!
The next day we rode around the resort and on trails with our rented ATV. Quite the adventure! Almost got stuck but thankfully, made it out.
For my actual birthday dinner, Bruce had secured reservations at a highly desireable restaurant. Artisanal in Banner Elk. Absolutely incredible. I don't know whether I enjoyed the meal or the atmosphere more. A rustic barn with an equestrian theme, it is an absolute feast for the eyes and the tastebuds. Talk about elevating food to an art form!
I would say Bruce did an amazing job, wouldn't you?! He certainly made turning 50 seem painless and even quite enjoyable!