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North Carolina Mountains - Beautiful Vistas & Great Retreats!

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Dinner - Storie Street Grille

Last night, we ate at the Storie Street Grille at a corner on Main Street (most of the downtown is about six blocks of Main), usually a pick each time we visit - like a small bistro from the web pics; varied menu with appetizers, flatbreads, salads (can add a protein), entrees, desserts, and of course some specials for the evening, AND one of the best values that we frequent.

We were not that hungry so just had a main entree - Susan the Marinated lamb leg skewers, tabbouleh, feta, lime & scallion aioli, cherry ginger chutney, micro cilantro which she really enjoyed; I had a special seafood dish for the night, i.e. MahiMahi grilled with a delicious creamy risotto containing a touch of cheese, asparagus bits, pancetta, cilantro, and a few other minor ingredients - enjoyed.

Again written mainly for those reading this thread that might be visiting the town - recommended. Dave :)
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You have a talent for picking some of the most interesting places to visit. Keep it up.
 
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You have a talent for picking some of the most interesting places to visit. Keep it up.

Thanks Scifan.. yet again for your interest - of course, many of these are return visits to the same places but we always try to find 'something' different to do. We've not visited a NC winery since 2019 or before because of COVID - at the Banner Elk Winery, the 'tasting' had changed, i.e. instead of standing at the bar, given a real glass, and talking with the server, I choose a 4-wine flight and she (in this case) did 2 oz. pours in small plastic cups and I took them to a table to sample - we might visit several old favs on the way home (posted before) and will be curious what they have likely changed? Dave :)
 
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Spa for Susan & Fitness Center/Walk Around Chetola Lake for Me

Well, our last full day - this morning, I took Susan to the Chetola Spa, while I visited their 'new' fitness center; about the same size, but smelled 'just opened' and the equipment was all new; spent about 45 mins w/ a treadmill and some weights then headed outside for a walk around Chetola Lake, which I do on each visit. As usual, their flower arrangements were beautiful w/ American flags still up for July 4th; swans and several types of duck were in the lake and a couple of guys were fishing (have never ask any if they catch fish but the lake is stocked with trout and bass). Pics below all from this morning - tonight our last dinner will be at Timberlake's restaurant. Dave :)
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BRAHM (Blowing Rock Art & History Museum) - Part I

For the afternoon, we decided to make a return visit to Blowing Rock's Art and History Museum - I've posted numerous times in this thread about past exhibits - our last journey there was pre-COVID. The current exhibits are described below; enjoyed them all but especially intrigued by the metalsmiths. In 'The Alexander Collection' a number of famous American painters were represented, including John Singer Sargent, he was one of the top portrait painters in American art - I put in a combo painting of the Vanderbilts by him from the Biltmore Estate, since that has been an oft common topic for me. Dave :)

Current BRAHM Exhibits
Transformation: Changing photographic technologies and new materials in recent decades - drawing from international collections across North Carolina.
Metalsmiths of North Carolina: Variety of metal fabrication methods and designs of North Carolina artists.
The Alexander Collection: Pieces from the museum’s permanent collection highlighting American impressionistic painting.
The Janet H. Wilson Collection: Exhibits Wilson’s collection of women artists who studied with Elliott Daingerfield, forming ‘The Philadelphia Ten’.
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Timberlake's Restaurant - Last Dinner

For our last night's dinner, we decided to eat on property at Timberlake's Restaurant (which has been discussed in previous posts in the thread along with its namesake, the landscape realist artist Bob Timberlake) - several pics of the outside and part of the inside - quite rustic with plenty of outdoor themes.

The menu varies each time we come w/ different specials - a sampling HERE. Susan and I had the identical meals starting w/ a house salad with a wonderful in house bleu cheese dressing; then elk tenderloin medium rare (we order elk online at home and love the taste, less gamy than venison, and a healthy red meat); the meal came w/ a selection of sides - we had the basil polenta cake. Again for those visiting, a recommendation. There is a small bar w/ local drafts and eating options. Dave :)
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