Have you ever road down the Interstate at about 70 miles an hour and whizzed past a town, lake or landmark and said, “Someday, I am going to stop there.” We visited Black Mountain, NC last Saturday and it is just a few miles from Asheville on Interstate 40. We have passed the small town many times on our way to Asheville but never stopped. It is a picturesque location in the mountains of North Carolina. We also visited Montreat that is a small community surrounding Montreat College. On our way home we stopped at Old Fort and Lake James. We enjoyed our day and it was good to visit charming places that make up such a beautiful part of our state.
First, here are the pictures from Black Mountain.
Street View Of Downtown Black Mountain
Another Street View – Black Mountain
We ate lunch at this restaurant. I had pizza and Mr. D had a sub. The food was delicious and I was fascinated with the crust of the pizza as it was crispy on the outside but had a very chewy texture. This restaurant is probably the most popular restaurant in downtown Black Mountain but there are many options for a meal. The choices include the Red Rocker Inn for breakfast and a German restaurant.
Very Popular Pizza Restaurant in Black Mountain
Garden In Front of Downtown Shop -Black Mountain
From Black Mountain we went to Montreat. It is only a few miles away and is in a lovely setting. The population of the town is around 700 people and they do not have one traffic light.
Entryway to Montreat NC
People in Hammocks along the river in Montreat, NC
Flowers In Bloom In Montreat
Close up of Flower In Bloom – Either a Rhododendron or Mountain Laurel
From Montreat we returned to Old Fort, NC and as many times as I have traveled Interstate 40, I have never stopped in Old Fort. It is a very small town but is very pretty.
Above is a historical marker in downtown Old Fort. The picture below is of a park downtown and I loved the picture with the Crepe Myrtles in bloom.
Below is a close up view of a Crepe Myrtle and I love their lacy blooms.
Depot At Old Fort, NC and is now an Art Center
We visited the Museum in Old Fort and it is small but informative. The setting is very pretty.
Cabin @ Mountain Gateway Museum, Old Fort, NC
River beside Mountain Gateway Museum
Outdoor setting at Mountain Gateway Museum
On the way home we stopped briefly at Lake James located in McDowell Count. The Lake has 150 miles of shoreline and a state park. There are many access areas for boating and swimming.
Lake James – Burke County, NC
Another View of Lake James, NC
Oops! I almost forgot this picture. Camp Ridgecrest is near Old Fort and the cross is on their campus. We have seen this cross many times from the Interstate and wanted to take a picture of it. We went to the Camp and they told us the best vantage points to take the picture. We were very pleased to FINALLY be able to do this.
We had a fun day and our mission was accomplished to take the time to stop and enjoy places along the Interstate that we have never taken the time to visit before. Maybe that will be the theme of our road trips in the future.
Happy Weekend Everyone. Thanks for stopping by.