*I was lucky enough to collaborate with GlampingHub on this post, but all views and opinions are my own.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve lived in North Carolina for over 3 years and never took a trip to the mountains, so when I discovered Glamping Hub, I really wanted to find a property in the Blue Ridge Mountains for a weekend trip. I came across the listing for this charming cabin in Sugar Grove, NC and knew it was the perfect place for my first trip!
Last weekend, my boyfriend and I traveled there for our first little vacation together and we had such an awesome experience. Also, huge sigh of relief that he was able to put up with me for 48 hours straight, especially having to take so many blog pics for me! (nothing’s hotter than saying, “honey can you take a picture of me in this outfit?” 25 times a day, right?)
In preparation for our trip, I got the Vera Bradley weekender bag that I’d been coveting, in their bright, Havana Rose print (which I’m obsessed with!). I have to admit, I was a bit stressed when packing, because I had the cutest dresses planned before realizing that it was going to be cold and rainy all weekend. Clearly, a rookie mistake to not know that its much colder in the mountains than in Raleigh, which now seems so embarrassing to admit. I may have had to get some of last season’s cold weather clothes out of storage, but it did give me an excuse to wear my favorite wool hat one last time!
By far, the best part of our trip were the animals that lived just outside the cabin’s door. When we first arrived, they all came out to greet us and I was beyond excited to see so many adorable baby goats! Ever since meeting some friendly goats last year at a local farm, I’ve been a bit obsessed with them. I’ve even been contemplating a career change to goat farmer…seriously.
Besides the large family of goats, there was a pot belly pig, rooster, two of the friendliest mules (a mom and her daughter) and a Llama, named Dolly. We heard that she wasn’t very social, but did manage to get a selfie with her my the end of our trip! The two of us had a list of things we wanted to do during our stay, but quickly cancelled our agenda to spend our time in the mountains relaxing at the cabin and hanging out with our new farm animal friends instead.
Our cabin and it’s yard had so many awesome spots to enjoy the scenery, which made for a very relaxing trip. The large front porch and cozy sunroom gave a constant view of the barn and our little buddies. Since we decided to stay in for dinner, we enjoyed a couple of beers on the back deck before making ourselves a nice, warm meal of soup and baked potatoes. It was hard for the Italian in me to not make something more extravagant, but Joe reminded me that we were on vacation and it ended up being really nice not having to cook.
The cabin was so cozy and the perfect place to relax on a cold, rainy night. After dinner, we watched some hockey and I began Joe’s conversion into the biggest Penguin’s fan ever (still, a work-in-progress). The next morning, I enjoyed my coffee on a hammock in the back yard (which yes, I almost fell off of twice) and we fed our new friends a breakfast of apples, which helped us win their affection, for sure. Before heading back to Raleigh, we took a long ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping at various overlooks to find the best views and to take tons of pictures, of course!
I honestly haven’t stopped talking about our trip (and those baby goats) for the past week! GlampingHub made it so easy for us to find the perfect place for our mountain getaway and I can’t wait to visit the Mountain Magic cabin again. It was the most peaceful weekend I’ve had in a long time and I can definitely say that my first mountain trip will not be my last! (especially because I think eventually Joe is going to make me go hiking…)