The Esmeralda Inn
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Set-up to pack up! Spending this Labor Day weekend in our new mini pop-up. All systems are intact, we are ready for take off! Looking at the moon, sitting beside the tree we were married under 15 years ago, our new home for the month of Sept. is feeling pretty cozy & ...
... Okay, well, I can dream can't I?
The photos will take you into your dreams, I hope, of being at this home.
Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II, between 1889-1895. Apparently he took many trips with his mother abroad and he studied the architecture so that he would one day have a similar home.
There are 178,926 sq. feet of floor space; and 135,280 sq. feet of living space.
... come across a Black Bear up on Chimney Rock, but it is a rare occurrence. You may also see deer from time to time, and the usual smaller mammals.
Peregrine Falcon's are known to live on the cliffs. Wouldn't that be fun to see one whizzing by you at 200 mph. (Fastest Bird in flight).
Definitely a great spot to visit and to hike if you have the time.
... the route we were, programmed to keep up to speed with you if you follow the 15MPH speed limit. It was a real novelty to us, never done anything like this before. It got us thinking about how well the Yanks have catered for their own laziness, never needing to get out of the car unless you absolutely have to. Not only do they have drive-through restaurants, pharmacies and banks, they also have drive through State Parks as well, craziness!
The first stop ...
... went in depth as to how eco-friendly and fresh their restaurant is. The breakfasts were no exception. I had a Farmers Omellete with "green sauce" and a freshly made carrot & orange juice. The eggs were fluffy, and folded within it was tons of heart-healthy veggies. The included sweet potato hash browns were great too. Kathy opted for two oversized carrot pancakes - those were filling and super tasty. After thanking the owner and paying, we hit ...