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What do creek side sitting, arts festival and mud on the tires have in common – a mountain refresh is the answer? Our last trip to our cabin in the woods was full of just the right amount of adventure and relaxation.

Creek Side Sitting

Robby and I arrived at our cabin on a Friday right around lunch time. Once we got “Silent Charlie” settled, we headed out to get a bite to eat. One of our favorite stops is Frog Level Brewery.

This microbrewery sits on a creek with plenty of outdoor seating and shade. We placed our food order, got our beverage of choice and headed outside to enjoy the calming sounds of the creek.

After a 4 hour drive, there is no better way to relax. The food was good, the conversation relaxed and the view spectacular. While we could have sat there for hours, groceries needed to be purchased, so off the the Ingles Market we went!

Mountain Refresh - Creek side sitting
Our classic selfie pose at Frog Level

Arts Festival

On Saturday, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that Maggie Valley was having an arts and crafts festival. This became a “must do” for the day. The weather was absolutely gorgeous with cool temps and low humidity. My hair was loving it!!

We parked and embarked on the “hunt” to find something unique and there were plenty of opportunities to unload some cash.

I purchased a couple of gifts for my daughters and Robby bought a gorgeous handmake knife. The craftsmanship was beautiful. In addition, we purchased some unique chairs for our cabin deck. Can’t wait until they arrive!

All that shopping made us hungry! LOL Fortunately, one of our favorite taverns is just up the road, so a light lunch, beverages and a little football watching completed the afternoon.

Arts Festival in Maggie Valley
Look at that view in the background!

Mud On The Tires

The plan for Sunday was a trip to the Wayehutta OHV Trail in Sylva, NC. This park is for dirt bikes, four wheelers and UTV vehicles and located approximately 40 minutes from our cabin.

The park has about 50 miles of trails that run deep into the woods with all kinds of obstacles and skill challenges. We loaded up our RZR and headed to Sylva.

Let me just emphasize that when I say we were deep in the woods, we were really deep in the woods. No cell phone service but there is a bathroom. It’s a modern day outhouse, but better than “going in the woods”!

Robby did all the driving and I simply enjoyed the ride. It was kind of like being on a roller coaster. Fortunately, there weren’t too many areas of standing water, so Robby didn’t get me soaked.

After about 2 hours of riding we were tired and called it a day. The RZR was muddy, our jeans were dirty but our faces were filled with smiles. It was soooo much fun!

Deep in the Woods
Mud on the tires
All Done!

Final Thoughts

We topped off our mountain refresh with more football watching and grilled burgers. Our bodies were tired and a little sore, but we made the most of this cabin trip.

I love that the mountains allow me to break my normal routine. The change of scenery and perspective restore my soul. And this is why I call it a mountain refresh!

Walking "Silent Charlie"
Lunch with a view

The mountains are calling and I am always ready to go!

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