So the family and I decided to take a day trip to ChimneyRock State Park. Of course, the drive itself from our little town of Lyman was beautiful and it never hurts when you drive by Lake Lure.

Let me just say this park is pretty awesome because it has things to do for anyone between the ages of 0-100. Seriously.  I saw babies there, who were definitely not a year old and they were totally having a blast. I mean, I think sleeping on Mommy while she sweats up stairs is pretty awesome myself! Anyway, and yes, there were some older folks there enjoying themselves as well. If they are 100 or not will forever remain unknown.

Since we had our kiddo with us, we planned the trip to just be kind of spontaneous. Whatever we decided to do was done. So, our first stop were the quaint little shops around Chimney Rock State Park. Literarily. The street is lined with the shops and the park entrance is smack dab in the middle so basically you were going to shop one way or another. I didn’t mind. We found some cute little magnets, which is our little “thing” we always get wherever we go. You should see our refrigerator, it’s pretty well travelled!
After spending an hour or so browsing the shops and wandering down by the river (the river which will forever be known to me as “The River into Lake Lure”) it was time for lunch. We hit up the Riverwatch Deli & Grill which was good. Nothing spectacular about the food, but let me say this, the view from the back patio is phenomenal! Not only do you have the sounds of the river just a couple of feet below but when you look up, this is what you see…

INSERT PICTURE FROM CAFÉ HERE!!

Oh and their cole slaw is pretty good too!

What was more fun was picking out our umbrella from the picnic table we sat at while we were in the Opera Box” in the park looking down over the little town.

After eating we decided to head on into the park and get some Chimney Rock action.

Of course the first thing we did was hit Chimney Rock.  We took a bunch of pictures, headed up to the Opera Box and took a bunch of pictures and then rode the elevator back down to the parking area and hit the Great Wilderness Adventure Trail. This my friends, is fun for any age. It’s a 0.5 mile loop of a trail that includes some great learning for the kiddos (and adults) and a scavenger hunt.

After finishing the Wilderness Adventure we hit the car and on our way home stopped by Lake Lure. Unfortunately, there wasn’t room on the 5pm boat tour of the lake (it’s first come first serve) so we just decided to head home and grill some steaks.

Not too shabby for a Saturday.




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