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Cool Mountain Air

What a nice weekend it was, taking in the cool mountain air and getting a true first glimpse of fall in the Carolinas!

Ian and I hit the road not long after 8am on Saturday (so yes, I did in fact wake up to an alarm Saturday after promising not to!). We stopped in at Starbucks on the way out of town and I took a page from other bloggers, choosing a chai tea latte with two pumps pumpkin. Ummm, YUM.


We were joined by our friends for the trip, which is always a blast. After getting settled in at the condo, we made our way to Sugar Mountain for Oktoberfest. We went last year and had such a great time, it was a must-repeat event!

Oktoberfest is just a lot of fun -- tents of vendors selling all sorts of arts & crafts, lots of German food and beer, authentic live music, and people-watching at its finest.


The weather was misty and chilly, and it was nice seeing the leaves starting to change colors. 



That night we drove into Blowing Rock and had dinner at The Best Cellar. I was so excited to eat there since it holds a special place in our heart, being the restaurant where we ate after getting engaged. We were having one of those days, though, where we were just striking out restaurant-wise. I don't know what was up -- full moon, bad juju, who knows. 

Our server was super young and barely paid us any attention ... we are talking empty water glasses at several points, cocktails that arrived separately and too long after being ordered, entrees that came out at 9pm (we were seated at 7:30), a side dish of mine that was served fifteen minutes after everyone else's entrees/sides came, and a combined bill at the end of the night after we kindly requested two separate checks (twenty minutes earlier). I know everyone has their off nights, but when you are a restaurant that charges $30-42 for entrees, I think it should be a pretty stellar dining experience. Heck, I don't even like paying that for a new shirt! :)

Positives? My ravioli with short ribs and porcini mushroom sauce was excellent. The manager did come up to us as we were walking away from the table and asked how everything was. We wished that had happened earlier since she was within ten feet of our table most of the night, an easy position to pick up clues that she had four unhappy diners. After explaining our experience she did offer to give us gift certificates or void our credit cards for the bills, but we declined both. It was a nice gesture, but just a little too late.

So if any of you are planning a mountain escape to the Blowing Rock area soon, take my advice and make dinner reservations at The Gamekeeper, a true favorite of ours that never disappoints! We ate there this time last year for Ian's birthday dinner and it has superior food and stellar service. I don't mean to come off negative in this post, but I know I receive a significant amount of emails from people who are looking for suggestions for dining during Blowing Rock visits, and I would hate to lead you astray!

Last night did end with something very fun, a fashion show here in Charlotte -- recap coming soon. I hope your weekends were great and your dining experiences AWESOME. ;)

19 comments:

  1. I love Oktoberfest kind of events! And the weather and scenery looked spectacular :)

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  2. gamekeeper is delicious! great choice. glad you had a fun weekend!

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  3. Good to know!! We also enjoyed Bistro Roca and the service was on point!

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  4. Glad you had a nice, relaxing fall weekend! You look adorable in your hat! :)

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  5. We were also in Boone on Saturday and Sunday! I have heard good things about The Gamekeeper, our friends recommended it to us yesterday. Some places up there are really hit or miss depending on the day.

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  6. Oktoberfest in Boone looks like tons of fun. There's nothing worse than an (expensive!) dining experience gone bad. At least your dish was good :)

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  7. I'm so excited to discover all these lovely small towns that are perfect for weekend getaways from Charlotte. Will have to remember this for next year! Bummer on bad service, that is one of my big things. Have a great week!

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  8. FUN! And girl, you look fab in a hat. So jealous as I look like a fool in one haha!

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  9. sounds like a great fall weekend! And you look adorable in a hat--I should really break them out more often!

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  10. It looks like your weekend was fantastic (aside from the terrible dining experience), but fall in the Carolina mountains cant be beat! Can't wait to read about the fashion show!

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  11. I love that the leaves are starting to change. I can't wait to see some more visible signs of fall around here. One thing I do totally miss about our time up north.

    Cannot even believe that dining experience. Poor service is a pet peeve of mine, especially at a more expensive, upscale restaurant like that. Hopefully just an off night!

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  12. So glad y'all were able to have a wonderful weekend in the NC mountains, despite the not so great dinner experience! Have a wonderful week :-)

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  13. I love Blowing Rock! I'm glad to hear that you had fun. :)
    The Grass Skirt

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  14. that sucks about the crap service! Honestly, we don't eat out hardly at all anymore!
    More fun to cook at home.
    And, not to mention it's so freaking expensive if you order booze!

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  15. Sounds like a fun weekend! Dinner sounds delicious but what a bummer about the poor service!

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  16. I love your boots! Can you share where they are from?

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  17. First of all, as always, YOU ARE ADORABLE. So glad y'all had a great weekend in the mountains... that sounds so nice right now!

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