Echota Resort, North Carolina is just seven miles from Boone and a short two-and-a-half hour drive from Charlotte.
We stayed in a top-floor, three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo overlooking the valley. Although the sky was clear when we arrived, a storm front rolled in over night.
So, although this was the view the first night . . .
. . . dense fog filled the valley the next morning.
It burned off quickly, though . . .
. . . and then we could see for miles.
After a relaxing morning, we drove into Blowing Rock to look around and have lunch. That afternoon, we headed up to Grandfather Mountain, known for its diverse altitudinal ecosystems and suspension bridge.
Photos of the rocky outcroppings and wind-bitten shrubs and trees atop Grandfather Mountain.
That night, we had a nice meal back in the condo, and Jack watched "The Dark Knight Rises."
Sunset over the valley.
And I enjoyed a nice glass of wine on the deck.
On our last day, we reluctantly packed up, ate breakfast, and left Echota. But before we headed back to Charlotte, we jumped on the Blueridge Parkway and drove to a small park so we could hike the Cascade Trail, which featured a pretty waterfall.
It was a quick trip, but we'll be going back for a week in June!