A Red, White, and Blue Ridge Getaway

We escaped to North Carolina’s High Country with friends for a Red, White & Blue Ridge Getaway over the 4th of July.

Enjoying the scenery and beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Here’s a prescription to beat the summer heat and lower your blood pressure. . .

Have a seat and drink in the scenery. . .

Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. . .

Breathe in the fresh mountain air. . .

Celebrate the Red Wine and Blue at Grandfather Vineyard and Winery


Take a hike or walk along the many trails. . .

Admire the waves of fern fronds and rhododendron blooms. . .

Watch the clouds drift along the mountains. . .

Visit the charming town of Blowing Rock and walk along Main Street. . .

Sit on the porch and admire the view . . .

Watch the sunset.

What’s your favorite way to beat the summer heat?

Edit and Update: The mountain house with the large flag hanging vertically was across the street from us during our stay. A reader pointed out the flag was hung incorrectly. This would be an easy mistake to make, leaning over a second floor balcony to hang the flag.

“When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, the American flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.”

You can find American flag hanging etiquette, here.

I reversed the image using PicMonkey so she hangs correctly, Long May She Wave!

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  39 comments for “A Red, White, and Blue Ridge Getaway

  1. Lynn Schantz
    July 8, 2017 at 7:53 am

    How beautiful Mary, thanks for sharing

  2. Linda
    July 8, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Hi Mary, thank you for sharing with us!! Beautiful

  3. Mindy Zimmerman
    July 8, 2017 at 8:24 am

    We might have to escape again soon! Always so much fun.

  4. Lanita Anderson
    July 8, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Nothing like being in the mountains…….your photographs are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Marty Oravetz
    July 8, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Gorgeous, love the mountains.

  6. Janie Timberlake
    July 8, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Banner Elk my most favorite town! Thanks for sharing.

  7. July 8, 2017 at 9:00 am

    What a perfect, relaxing getaway, Mary! I love the mountains, and I’ve always wanted to go to Blowing Rock, after reading the Mitford Series. I’m leaving the Texas heat tomorrow and heading to Colorado with my youngest son, DIL, and little Harper. I know we will enjoy the cool mountain air and being together.

  8. Vivian in Tennessee
    July 8, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Love Blowing Rock….beautiful town.

  9. Jo
    July 8, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Beautiful photos, good idea for future trips. Thanks for sharing.

  10. July 8, 2017 at 9:42 am

    We love living in these beautiful mountains and you have captured so much beauty. I used to have a small cottage at Lake Keowee with a dock and pontoon so I know how wonderful those mornings on the lake can be also. The lake is always busy on the 4th..a good time to enjoy the mountains. We are just a 10 minute drive to get on the Parkway. Have a blessed day. Dianne

  11. Cyndi Raines
    July 8, 2017 at 9:42 am

    How very pretty! Thanks for sharing the mountain scenery. No mountains near us, so to beat the heat, we go to the beach! Lake Huron’s refreshing cool waters cool you right down! :)

  12. July 8, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Mary, this looks to be a perfect solution to escape the heat. For me, I have to settle for a cold ice tea or iced coffee in the afternoons. Wish a trip to the mountains was in the plan! Thanks for sharing the beauty of NC mountains.

  13. Cheryl Lundgren
    July 8, 2017 at 10:02 am

    We just spent May through June in New Hampshire on the Great Bay and then drove to New York City and from there down to St. Augustine, Florida. I had no idea that the entire East coast is forest. There wasn’t a single state that we didn’t drive through forest as far as we could see. It’s amazing. The trees are slightly different in each state but still forest. We are done here at the end of July and we want to drive through all of Florida and the southern states again for the month of August before we turn north and head to Westerly, Rhode Island for September. Beautiful pictures as always. We are definitely going to add driving through the mountains of North Carolina to our itinerary.

  14. July 8, 2017 at 10:28 am

    So glad I found your blog and can follow along. Your photography is wonderful!

  15. Ellen
    July 8, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Gorgeous photos of the gorgeous North Carolina! Thank-you so very much for sharing and enticing this New England girl to head down South.

  16. Linda Erickson
    July 8, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Mary, thank you so much for my trip to the Blue Ridge mountains! I’ve always wanted to go there, and now I have, even if it was vicariously! What a wonderful place!

  17. Darlene Gardner
    July 8, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Love seeing the familiar sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Blowing Rock is one of my favorite spots to go! What beauty since there has been so much rain here in North Carolina. Everything is so green! Thanks for sharing Mary!

  18. July 8, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Love the Blue Ridge!!! Thanks for sharing!! ❤️❤️❤️

  19. July 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I enjoyed seeing all your beautiful photos, Mary. We made a trip to NC a few days prior to your trip. It was so cool that I needed to wear a sweatshirt during the day! It was a wonderful respite from the heat here.

  20. debbie Valentini
    July 8, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. Where did you stay during your visit? Enjoy the rest of the summer!

    • July 8, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Hi Debbie, We rented a house through VRBO.

  21. Linda
    July 8, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    It’s so peaceful looking. Our Lord has made some beautiful things.

  22. franki
    July 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    We are a blessed nation!!! franki

  23. Angela
    July 8, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    gorgeous!!! thanks for sharing. (as usual!!!)

    Angela from NJ

  24. July 9, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Mary, what a beautiful get-away! Fresh mountain air and cooler temps sounds perfect! I have a friend that bought a second home in Blowing Rock and I was the decorator! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos!

  25. July 9, 2017 at 9:49 am

    OH it looks SO peaceful! And cool! Not to mention the beautiful views and the winery and a weekend with friends, I’m sure you all had a wonderful time🍷

  26. Patti
    July 9, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Gorgeous. Looks so relaxing. Makes me want to go! I’m glad you all got away, and thanks for sharing!

  27. Rattlebridge Farm
    July 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Refreshing, uplifting, and beautiful, all at once. I went to college in Johnson City, TN, and I loved the Western Carolinas. You have captured its magic.🌿🎋⛰

  28. Cheryl B.
    July 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    How beautiful! Thanks for sharing your beautiful vacation.

  29. Paula
    July 9, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    ~Mary~
    Thanks for sharing such pretty pictures, I bet the “fall” would be stunning too !
    Paula
    IN

  30. July 10, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Absolutely beautiful Mary! Thank you for sharing! I feel like I went on a mini stay away night!

  31. July 10, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I so love that area!…love Blowing Rock and there just seems to always be that wonderful fresh mountain air that is indescribable….We need to travel there more often as it is only a few hours drive from us…There is a shop in Blowing Rock that is one of my favs!…Lots of great things home and garden…

  32. Debbie
    July 10, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Oh Mary, I hope your camera did a reverse image or your cabin host hung your flag. It should be the reverse (as in stripes form a J (as in Union Jack) and not an L. Sorry to be picky but it just bugs me when our American Flag is not displayed properly. On another note….love the parkway and your blog/recipes

    • July 10, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Debbie, The photo I took of the mountain house with the flag was across the street from us. I’m guessing when they were leaning over to hang it from the upper balcony they were picturing the stars and stripes when it hangs horizontally.

      • Debbie
        July 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

        Thanks Mary!

  33. July 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Gorgeous pics, and I have been in the area, and it IS just breathtaking. Grins, Sandi

  34. Melodie Strickland
    July 18, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos of the Blue Ridge. It looks so cool and inviting especially during these horrible hot days. Reminds me of my home state of West Virginia.

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