My escape to the Mountains of NC this weekend was just that – a perfect escape. Even with the four hour drive there, and four hours back, we still managed to squeeze all of our favorites into four short hours. My mom and I were welcomed to Blowing Rock with 57 degree fall weather, all cozied up in boots, scarves, and jackets (first time this year!), before heading to our favorite spot in downtown for a late breakfast. Once the shops opened we hit all of the best, picking up little trinkets like new bracelets, scarves, and fresh apples for pie baking. After a brisk walk around the lake in town and spending a few minutes relaxing in the park, we hopped back into the car, picked up sandwiches at our favorite deli, and found a quiet picnic bench on the Blue Ridge Parkway to eat before heading home. Though the trip was quick, it was packed with everything I needed for some peace and relaxation, and of course much needed quality time with my mom.