In our desire to get out of town and into the woods, we booked a last minute escape to Morganton, North Carolina. Despite being raised in the Charlotte area and living in Greenville, South Carolina for a few years, neither one of us had explored the area.
Oh, if only we knew what we had been missing.
Morganton is located right between South Mountain State Park and Pisgah National Forest. Our intention was to go for a weekend of hiking, but one of us (*cough* me *cough*) was a bit under the weather, so instead we made it a relaxing weekend exploring an adorable small town.
Where we stayed: On Airbnb, we found a small basement apartment in a residental neighborhood on Lake James (Listing here). The place included a dock with a firepit, and amazing views of the sunset over the mountains. We would definately go back to use the kayaks and canoes in the summer. Late night was spent beginning Stranger Things on Netflix, and now I’m obsessing over what happened to Barb and Will. If you haven’t tried Airbnb yet, this link gets you $40 off your first adventure. We love it for exploring new cities.
Where we ate:
- Wisteria Southern Gastropub. Our Saturday morning brunch consisted of amazing french toast and Huevos Rancheros. They also are known for their amazing pub downstairs.
Yiannis Restaurant. Large salads and really good pizza.
- Jake’s Wayback Burgers. Not a lot was open on a Sunday afternoon, so we ended up at what we thought was a greasy spoon, only to find out it’s a small chain. Regardless, we both got cheesburger combos, and I was wishing I would have tried the #TripleTripleBurger challenge. I can always come back and go for the t-shirt gold next month.
Where we drank:
- Catawba Brewing Co. We’ve had their beers in Charlotte, and they’re known for their Peanut Butter Jelly Time beer. Nice taproom with an indoor/outdoor ordering station, decent sized patio, and the ability to see the large barrels. Lots of people ordered food to the brewery, making it a perfect spot to enjoy a sunny day.
- Fonta Flora Brewing. Located at the edge of downtown, this taproom has an artsy vibe, with plenty of space for the live music they constantly bring in. I recommend the Tree Sauce – a maple syrup tinted IPA.
Where we hiked: Since I was under the weather, we kept our adventuring minimal. We wandered up 181 to Linville Falls for the short hike to see the sights. We’ll be back April 7-8 with The Landmark Project for a camping adventure if you’d like to join! [Bonus: Use promo code EMACCIPITERSTEW for 25% off your The Landmark Project purchase]
I’m excited to go back to the area April 7-8, especially since it’s our 5 year wedding anniversary. I’ve already decided Matt and I are going to take on the #TripleTripleBurger challenge together at Jake’s Wayback Burgers. The couple that eats an ungodly amount of red meat together, stays together (or so I hear).