Barn Love and Mountains Views

Barn Love NC Mountains

We spent the weekend in the NC mountains

recently to escape the heat.


In addition to wine-ing a bit,

we enjoyed the scenery

along the Blue Ridge Parkway.



I’m sharing some barn love

and mountain views. . .


I wish I could share the lower temps and humidity too. . . :)

Please have a seat and enjoy!








I made a fun discovery after I got home

of a Barn Quilt Trail Map,

you can click on a state, and then county

if you want to find barn quilts!


After a little searching I found this pattern

is a Carpenter’s Wheel Quilt pattern.

You can read about the Quilt Trail History, here.













Hope you’re staying

cool this summer!

Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain

Thank you for your visit!

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  35 comments for “Barn Love and Mountains Views

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    August 1, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Looks like you found the perfect little get-away Mary! Love the barn quilt and I’ll be the wining was amazing too:@)

  2. August 1, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Thanks for sharing! Love the Blue ridge mountains!

  3. August 1, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Gorgeous….love NC! Such stunning views from every direction…every time we get the opportunity to drive through, I want to stop and move in permanently!

  4. August 1, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Thank you for the tour along the Blue Ridge Pkwy, Mary. The views and photos are wonderful. I love the idea of the Quilt Trail.

  5. Jan
    August 1, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Lovely! I love barns and these are absolutely beautiful.

  6. Gail Steffen
    August 1, 2014 at 8:03 am

    The pictures were enjoyed by all of us. We live in fairly flat Iowa, no mountains, but we do have barn quilts. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Penny @ The Comforts of Home
    August 1, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Your barn pictures are wonderful. I feel extremely blessed to live here in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains.

  8. franki
    August 1, 2014 at 8:47 am

    We ARE so fortunate to live so close to this beautiful area! I’ve got some “wanderlust” going… franki

  9. kathi
    August 1, 2014 at 9:29 am


  10. August 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Love, love, love!!
    Happy Weekend!

  11. Laurie Lenz
    August 1, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Thought you might enjoy her photos of barns!

    Sent from my iPhone


  12. August 1, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Simply beautiful, Mary.

  13. Ellen
    August 1, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Lambs ears, pitch forks and barns! Oh MY! I adore barns, weathered wood or paint, they evoke fond memories of my grandfathers’s cow barn, a foggy mysterious place… It still enters my dreams once in a far while….

  14. August 1, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Mary, the Blue Ridge Mountains area is one of the prettiest in our country in my mind. I would love to be there spending time in the coolness of all that beauty. Your photography is incredible! The weathered barns and lichen covered fences against the blue sky offer stunning contrasts.
    Beautiful post, my friend!

  15. August 1, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Just came back from there 2 weeks ago…luv the coool weather!!

  16. August 1, 2014 at 11:35 am

    An absolutely gorgeous area Mary! Your photographer skills amaze me! I think everyone is enjoying the lower humidity and cooler temperatures! Hugs to you and the girls!

  17. Kim
    August 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Love touring the NC mountains. You got some great shots.

  18. August 1, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Breathtaking views….stunningly beautiful, as always, photography….

    Brought back memories….Way back, long time ago, I had friends who owned a place at Caesar’s Head Mountain on the SC-NC border, not far from Brevard. It was so much fun to visit and spend weekends there!

  19. August 1, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Perfect timing with the weather. How nice! I love the old barns and nice you captured them which made a very pleasant post. Glad you enjoyed your get away and shared with us. Great mountain views. I can picture what a pleasant time you enjoyed.

  20. Linda
    August 1, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Great pictures. The building with the posts looks just like one across from my Grandfather’s home outside of Mt, Airy NC

  21. vicky
    August 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I used to love looking at the barns as I drove a backroad between Hot Springs, NC and Erwin, TN. A beautiful drive anyway but the barns along the way made it a special drive! Well worth the visit to that neck of the woods . . . for many reasons!

  22. Patty
    August 1, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    We went to Virginia in May to look for a place to live. We are currently in CT but are retired and want warmer. That was the first time we saw the Blue Ridge Mountains and I have to admit they took my breath away. They are absolutely beautiful. Saw a lot of old barns and cows and loved every one of them.

  23. August 1, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    that was all so beautiful… i have missed your pics, no net for 10 days, and now this stupid 8.1 doesn’t support pinning so i can’t even steal all this stuff! so much to love, looks like a fab getaway for you. as for keeping cool, try cold coastal living girl, its all the rage our west :-(

  24. paula
    August 1, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Beautiful views of N.C . love all the weathered old barns, if walls could tell a story :)

  25. Betty819
    August 1, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Patty, you will still experience cold weather and snow in NC mountains..Consider going over on the Eastern part of NC. I’m from nearby Wilmington, NC area and it’s a wonderful place to live, close to many beaches and snow is a rarity there, property taxes are lower and a lot of things to do in the area. Check out Brunswick county, NC, outside of Wilmington. It is the fastest growing county in NC according to last census but there’s still room for a lot of growth. Myrtle Beach is only 68-70 miles from Wilmington, NC..

  26. Cathy
    August 2, 2014 at 7:58 am

    We just came back from OBX, NC. These pics make me long to return to North Carolina. I love every part of it and am ready to move to this beautiful, diverse state. Your barn pics are rustic beauty, aged with grace and hard work. Love them, they make me want to move to NC even more now. Thank you for sharing them with us! God bless.

  27. August 2, 2014 at 10:27 am

    What an amazing tranquil place… Lovely pictures… Thanks for sharing with us…

  28. August 3, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Mary!!! I first viewed your post on my phone and came back this morning to comment and pin some barns ~~ I have a barn love board :) ~~ and I found your beautiful new site!!!! So exciting and it is just gorgeous!! Looking forward to reading some of your former posts with your new design now!! The quilt barns are so interesting. I have seen a few, although the map doesn’t have a CT link and our poor little neighboring Rhode Island has been forgotten altogether! :) I love seeing your travel posts, especially of places I’m adding to my future travels list. I hope you have a wonderful and cool Sunday. Linda

  29. August 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    What a wonderful escape Mary, stunning photographs~what is it about old barns that makes them so irresistible? Sounds like a lovely get away. I love your new look too!

  30. August 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Life at its simplest and most beautiful.

  31. August 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Beautiful photos!

  32. August 6, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Love the NC mountains in the summer…used to go to Beech Mountain every summer…got away from that…need to get away soon and enjoy the mountain air…love the benches overlooking the mountains…is that at a resort?…Magnificent photos Mary…and love the pitch fork art!!

    • August 7, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Thanks Shirley, It’s at the Gideon Ridge Inn in Blowing Rock, very serene with lots of places to sit and relax indoors and out :)

  33. August 6, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    The mountains of NC are one the most beautiful places we have visited. We went there several times in the past and I may see if we can do a get away in the Fall. It will be GORGEOUS! Can you tell me when the good fall color will be? Your photos are amazing and make me want to get in the car!!!!

    • August 7, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Hi Pinky, I always have to google ‘peak fall color Blue Ridge Parkway’ every year. It depends on how quickly it cools down but it’s usually mid to late October, much later arriving to NC than in PA :)

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