Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mountain Getaway – Hayesville, NC Days 3 and 4

Saturday was probably my favorite day of our mountain trip because we headed out to do something that has been on my bucket list for years… apple picking!

But first – breakfast at the mountain house with a view!

There are several orchards around Hayesville, but most had already stopped offering the pick-your-own-apples because they were already picked over.  We did, however, find one orchard called Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay, GA that still had some apples left, so we set out to find it.  It was about an hour and fifteen minute drive from the mountain house, so the kids settled in with more Frozen for the drive. 

Thankfully we had gotten up early and we arrived just shortly after the orchard had opened because apparently everyone else had the same idea that we did that day and the place ended up being packed by the time we left!

It was a perfect sunny day with highs in the low-50s so it was ideal for what we had planned.  Upon arrival, they warned us that their apple crop was dwindling, but we didn’t care, and we purchased a bag to fill anyway.  I was so glad that we did, because there were plenty of apples left, and we picked until our bag was completely full.  Jacob picked the first apple, followed by Olivia, and then B, and finally me!  I was so excited that I had to get B to document it!  Bucket list check!

They had horse drawn carriages as well as tractor pulled buggies pulling people from one end of the orchard to the other.  So cute!  And the orchard was so picturesque that we used the opportunity to snap a few selfies and some cute pictures of the kiddos!  Olivia was more excited for taking pics than Jacob… can you tell?

Once our bag was filled to the brim, we stopped by the indoor market to check out all of their goodies – homemade apple bread, apple fritters, fresh fruits and veggies, and so many other yummy things.  They were also selling apple cider donuts – another item on my personal bucket list – so we stopped by the little café and grabbed a half dozen plus a couple of waters, and we sat down to take a little break. 

The apple cider donuts tasted like pure heaven.  As I said on Instagram, they were warm and crisp on the outside, soft and light on the inside, and they left the perfect trace of sugar on your lips after every bite!  B and I each gobbled up two of them, and the kids each had one.  Jacob announced halfway through his, “I don’t like these.”  And about 20 seconds later Olivia followed suit.  Saaaay whaaaa?!

With that, it was time to head back out into the orchard for some of the other fun festivities that they had to offer.  First up, a giant blow up bouncy thing that was embedded in the ground!  I’ve never seen one like that one before… it was very different and the kids had a blast!

Next up, a little mini corn maze that actually wasn’t a maze at all!  It was basically an entrance to a giant playground made of tires and pipes and wood.  The kids played on that forever and then they decided to try out the tractors at the entrance.

After the playground we headed to the petting zoo where they had baby goats, rabbits, and baby chicks that you could hold.  The kids loved feeding the goats, but I think I enjoyed it even more!  They are just so stinking sweet!  And cute!  I mean, look at them!

After we fed the goats we held the baby chicks.  I was so nervous when Olivia held them because I was afraid she was going to squeeze them too hard.  Can you tell by the look on my face how concerned I was?  Ha!

They had a little handwashing station just outside the petting zoo that just calmed my germaphob heart, and after a little bit lot of handwashing, we let the kids go down the massive slides they had.  There was a sign at the top that said, “Slide at your own risk” and we had signed liability waivers upon entering the orchard, so I was pretty nervous about them.  It turned out that there were plenty of kids Olivia’s size that were sliding, and there was really nothing to be worried about, so we let the kids each slide several times.  They both loved it!

By then we had been there for a few hours, so we decided to call it a day.  When we left we were thankful that we had come early because there were probably two hundred people waiting in line to get in when we left!  It was crazy!

On the way back to the mountain house we stopped by Subway for a quick lunch, and then the babies settled into the car and watched… you guessed it… Frozen. 

Olivia went down for a long snooze when we got back to the house, and B and J played with the new football game that Jacob had gotten at Subway while I read out on the back deck.  I mean, look at that view!  I could have sat out there all day!

When Olivia got up from her nap, we took a few family pictures:

Saturday evening B and I wanted something good for dinner, so we drove about 30 minutes to the quaint little town of Murphy, NC to eat at Shoe Booties… a restaurant that my parents had recommended to us.  B and I both dined on filet mignon, baked potatoes, and honey glazed carrots with a Caesar salad for me and cream of spinach soup for him.  We each paired our steaks with a glass of wine and we each had meals fit for a king.  It was such a nice treat after eating chicken fingers, sandwiches, and Mexican the previous couple of days.

After dinner, we stopped by none other than DQ for dessert and the kids were in heaven!  When we got back to the mountain house, B helped the kids sort their gems that they had found gem-grubbing the day before as they were all clean and dry, and then we all piled in the bed for some snuggles and some selfies, and then it was off to dreamland for everyone!

Sunday morning we got up early, packed up the car, and we were just getting ready to leave when “The Great Mountain House Lockout of 2016” occurred.  Before I get into that, though, a little back story for you.  The entryway to the mountain house has a main traditional wooden door with a deadbolt and there is also a glass door (kind of like a screen door) outside of the regular door.  The glass door has one of those deadbolt types of locks that is only accessible from the inside because it is only meant to be used when you’re inside the house.  All weekend long, Jacob kept locking the glass door when we were in the house and all weekend long he could never get it unlocked.  B and I were constantly telling him to stop playing with it, but he continued to do it over and over, never being able to successfully unlock it himself. 

So anyway, the morning we left, B and I had literally just loaded up the last of the luggage, and we were heading inside to grab the kids when I tried to open the glass door.  It wouldn’t budge.  Jacob had, you guessed it, just locked the door.  He and Olivia were both inside staring at us through the glass, and B and I were both outside staring back at them.  My heart immediately sank and then panic ensued.  Both of us started shouting at him to unlock the door, but we knew that it was pointless since he hadn’t ever been able to get the door unlocked.  Most of you are probably thinking – just go in through the back door!  Well, the back doors all hang off of the side of the mountain, so there was no getting to those.  There is a basement door on the side of the house, but we weren’t even certain that our key would open it, but I yelled at B to go try it anyway.  Meanwhile, Jacob kept trying – and failing – to unlock the door, so I yelled at Olivia to try it.  She couldn’t get it open either. 

The whole ordeal probably lasted all of about 2 minutes, but it felt like a lifetime, and finally, after trying repeatedly to get the door unlocked, Jacob had success!  Sweet, sweet success.  And, sweet sassy molassy, was I grateful! 

Thank goodness he works well under pressure.  He gets it from his momma.

The rest of the day was uneventful.  We loaded the kids in the car, and stopped for one last treat on the way home – donuts for breakfast!  We were able to drive straight through with no bathroom stops again, and the kiddos did really well in the car.  Olivia did get a little delirious toward the end, but nothing to write home about.  

B and I endured Frozen a couple more times on the way home, and we made it home in time for a late lunch and a long nap for Olivia. 

It was the sweetest trip with all of my favorite people, and we really couldn’t have asked for more.  I think we will just have to start making this an annual thing!  

And before I go, a quick disclaimer about the lock-out situation – I just want to put it out there that our car was literally parked at the porch of the mountain house just 15 feet away from the front door where the kids were playing.  B and I were both in and out numerous times so the kids were never left alone longer than 15-20 seconds so they were never remotely in danger. 

No need to call DFACS!  Haha. 

And if you missed the first half of our trip, you can see it here.

*Linking up with Home of Malones for Thoughts for Thursday.


  1. What an awesome day picking apples! Jacob's eyes are looking better:)
    Sweet pictures of your kiddos!!
    Oh my goodness, I bet those 2 minutes of the "lock out" did feel like FOREVER!! Glad Jacob was able to get the door unlocked!!
    Have a GREAT day, friend!

    1. Yes, they are most definitely getting better each day now. Now we just need a miracle for the black eyes to be GONE tomorrow morning! EEEEK! Happy weekend!

  2. That apple orchard looks like the best time ever. So many things to do!

    I'm so glad that Jacob works so well under pressure. ;) And I'm so sorry that you feel, I do too, that we have to put a disclaimer for certain things. Ugh. So silly. Some people sure ruin it for others.

    Have the best day! One more day til Friday!

  3. The apple orchard looks like a blast!!! We never made it this year and I'm sad. I love all of the slides. That would be the highlight for me. Oh wait, nope, the donuts. The donuts would be the highlight for me. What's with the kids not liking them? I'm so glad the lock out situation wasn't as bad as it could have been and that Jacob works well under the pressure of parent's freaking out. ;) And finishing it off with donuts. Perfection!!!

  4. Oh my goodness that apple orchard looks gorgeous! I'm so happy you got to go! We have that giant inflatable thing at all of our pumpkin farms around here, they call it a jumping pillow?? I can't believe you had to sign a waiver for the slide! I guess it's better to cover their a**es. This should totally be an annual thing, minus the lock out! So glad that wasn't as bad as it could have been!

  5. I did an apple-picking post on my blog last Thursday, Lindsay. Love these photos. Your kids are so cute and your daughter's plaid tunic is adorable.

    Welcome by and join my current brand-new linkup, pretty lady. Come share your latest post. I think you will recognize what I am currently wearing. And I even gave you a shout-out Lindsay. =)

    Thanks, Ada. =)

  6. That apple orchard looks AWESOME! So much to do there! It really sounds like the perfect day, especially with some outside reading included. Love that view. I would have totally freaked about the lock out, too, and felt like it lasted forever instead of just those few minutes. Way to go Jacob for getting it to unlock when it really mattered. :)

  7. What a fun trip!!! I, too, love the apple orchard pictures!!!! Surprisingly, I have never been to an apple orchard. Sadly, we have pumpkin patches everywhere and like 1 apple orchard lol. Love all your outfits in this post, so cute!!!

  8. Ha we are so alike with our excitement for festive events! Love it. You guys are so cute. I was laughing so hard reading about you guys getting locked out. The things we have to look forward to!

  9. You couldn't possibly make apple picking look any cuter. I am so happy that y'all had such a great, fun trip! Also its now almost 11:00, I am "working" late, and I totally want a donut. I blame you :P.

  10. It looks like you had such a fun trip! I keep telling my husband that we need to go on a family trip to the mountains!

  11. Breakfast with a mountain view? Yes please! My mouth is watering over those donuts. Yum. What an amazing trip this was! Great pictures!


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