Our first day trip of the summer season was to...
Black Mountain, NC!
Originally known as Grey Eagle to the Cherokee and Catawba Native Americans, the Town of Black Mountain was founded in 1893. The beautiful Black Mountains border the town to the north. When the railroad came through, it turned into a popular pathway for settlers travelling west and became one of the most prosperous and striking communities in the country. (paraphrased from their website)
The weather was having a hard time making up it's mind and I didn't get a decent photo of the mountains, at all...waaah.
An empty building with a dramatic blue door caught my eye immediately.
A fantastic bug made from metal. Love the artistic talent displayed!
So many of the shops had these strikingly colorful window boxes bursting with flora and fauna!
This is one of several water gardens adorning the town.
We were walking down a tiny side street and saw this little door almost hidden away behind a building. Love it!
All along the streets are these delightfully painted rockers inviting the weary walker to rest awhile. Yep. We definitely sat down in a couple of them that were in shady spots :)
This majestic eagle stands guard over a memorial with the mountains as a gorgeous backdrop.
One of many quaint shops and cafe's.
A peaceful serenity garden tucked on a street corner.
This shop wasn't open yet but I couldn't resist trying to capture the gorgeous hand blown glass ornaments in the window. A myriad of colors glistening in the sunlight. I love the reflections in the window, too!
They were having a mini sailboat race on the lake.
Stunning Lily near an entrance gate across from the lake.
Tranquil and serene is this gate tucked into a rock wall.
This is the first part of our trip to Black Mountain, NC. Next time, I will post the photos of our drive through the mountains on our way home. And, I will share a review post on the magnificent German restaurant where we ate lunch. Yummy!
What are your plans for relaxing this summer?