We survived the climb up Chimney Rock!

We needed to get away for just a night so we took about an hour and a half drive to Chimney Rock, NC and what a beautiful trip it was! The trees were still full of colorful leaves, I thought for sure they would’ve dropped by now. We had a nice, quiet dinner at La Strada Bar and Grill overlooking beautiful Lake Lure and stayed over night at quaint and cozy Chimney Rock Inn.

Rocky went for a long, brisk walk Saturday morning while I slept in a bit longer :) and then we had breakfast at Lake Lure Smoke House. Friday night into Saturday morning was windy and cold, I think the temp dropped into the 20s but by noon on Saturday the wind had died down and it got up to about 65 degrees. It was a perfect day to go hiking at Chimney Rock State Park!

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We hiked up to Chimney Rock where the flag is flying then Rocky, being in much better shape than me, decided to keep hiking up the Skyline Trail and made it all the way to the top of the mountain. I stayed behind and rested. Thank God they have steps but it was still a heck of a workout. Today I am definitely feeling it in the back of my calves!

Next time we’re going to hike the Hickory Nut Falls Trail and see the waterfalls. This is our 2nd trip to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, our first visit was in the summer, and I bet winter and spring would be just as beautiful up there.  I think we found ourselves a perfect little getaway. :)

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