If you travel west from our house, straight up Hwy. 421, and wind along the Blue Ridge Parkway (where the mountain views are endless!), you'll eventually come to the charming village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
This summer, my husband Joe and I spent a wonderful day together in Blowing Rock. We wandered through the many tiny shops and art galleries. We marveled at the lush gardens and hanging baskets of flowers that adorned every corner of town. At the recommendation of a local shopkeeper, we treated ourselves to a yummy lunch at the Storie Street Grille.
But the thing that made this visit most special for me was just soaking up the atmosphere of the town that had inspired the series of books I've been enjoying all summer long. Author Jan Karon lived in Blowing Rock when she penned The Mitford Series. Her lovable characters ~ Father Tim Kavanaugh, Cynthia Coppersmith, Miss Sadie, Louella, Dooley Barlowe and so many more ~ have all warmed my heart this summer.
For me, spending the day in Blowing Rock was almost like spending the day in Mitford with old friends.