Mountain getaway & a little high country scoop!

Last week CSP & I spent Monday through Friday in Valle Crucis, NC with the pugs.  We love being able to go up to the mountains and haven’t been able to for a while.  Time seems to go a little slower up there with no internet, dvr, etc and we just love it.  We didn’t do much, just read, I knit, we watched movies and checked out all our favorite little places.  The pugs love it up there too.  Kiki likes being able to go off leash.  Molly & Zoe aren’t quite mature enough for that but I think they still like the mountain air. Kiki loves it up in Valle CrucisMolly relaxing in Valle CrucisHappy ZoeOne of the fun places we always visit is the Mountain House restaurant.  We’ve been going to Mountain House since it was a tiny little joint at the end of a strip mall.  Then 8 years ago it moved to a primo location on Blowing Rock Highway.  This trip we noticed “We’re Moving” signs.  I asked our waiter about it and got the scoop.  Apparently the owner, Betty’s, lease is up.  Cracker Barrel found out and swooped in.  Betty kept offering more money but CB offered more time.  Cracker Barrel signed a 30 year lease.  Ugh.  Talk about big business squishing the little guy!  I shall boycott Cracker Barrel!  Now Mountain House is moving to a smaller location off 421 where there is no good parking.  Boo!  We’ll still go there of course, and we’ll shoot rotten looks at CB on the way!